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London it is!

March 31, 2006 Leave a comment
Yes, we will soon be visiting London to get an idea of where in the city we will want to live. A few more trips over the summer, and by late summer or early autum, we will be moving to London. The reason for the slowness of our move is because Milo has to wait 6 months to move after he gets certain shots and passes certain tests.
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Robert Vasen

March 30, 2006 1 comment
Yesterday, Lorie and I attended the funeral of Robert Vasen who was a friend of her family, but also a really neat person. He seems to have touched many lives, even that of an ex-houseboat neighbor (Terry Moos)
 
You can read about him here:
 
During the eulogy, someone gave a quote that Robert was fond of saying, which Lorie and I thought was great: "Live today like there is no tomorrow. Learn today like you will live forever."  

Heli-Skiing in Utah

March 27, 2006 3 comments

On March 23rd, my dad Gail, my brother Mike, and I went helicopter skiing in Utah. It was a first for all 3 of us and we all agreed that it was our best day of skiing ever. We had clear blue sky, fresh snow, no lift lines, and got to make fresh tracks with every run. We had 6 runs for a total of 12,000 vertical feet of skiing. We also got to ski together with one guide the entire time, even though there were other people using the helicopter with us: we only saw them at the base of the runs where we would wait for the helicopter to take us up for another run. It was run by Park City Powder Cats & Heli-Ski (http://www.pccats.com/helicat.html). Our guide skiing with us was Jon Marshall (http://www.jmarshallphotography.com/)

 

Photos are at http://spaces.msn.com/grothadventures/Photos/

 

Moving to London, not Paris

March 18, 2006 Leave a comment

Yes, that’s right. We are now going to be moving to London in June or so and not Paris. 

Why London? As it turns out, most of the people I will be working with on a regular basis are based in London. I will still need to go to Paris, Munich, Amsterdam, Milan, Madrid, among many other locations, but if I will be spending most of the time in London, then it only makes sense to live there.

Most of the details are the same as I explained when we thought we were moving to Paris

We plan to live in the city, so we can have the full-on urban experience. Neighborhoods (“neighbourhoods” in the UK) that our friend Cullen suggests are “Chelsea or maybe Notting Hill. Both are pretty artsy, both have a vibrant nightlife, both are pretty safe and sane”. Hopefully the people who will help with our relocation will help find us someplace cool to live that we can also afford. Although afford isn’t really the way to put it…. exist without going flat broke is more like it.  

Milo is still going to move with us and Ripley is still going to live in Monroe, WA. We still want you to come and visit. We are still working on the new/unfinished house in Kirkland. Lorie will still be looking at various schools, but now in London. We probably won’t learn as much French though. Now we have to learn how to speak and spell real English, not American.

So wish us luck and please come visit!

Ultra-Mobile PC

March 9, 2006 1 comment
This thing is amazing. It runs Windows XP (Vista once that ships) and all apps that run on Windows.
Check out the experience (the UI, apps, etc.) at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/umpc/seeit.mspx
 
And it looks like you can buy one in April!
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