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A strange year… (So far…)

There have been some events in the personal and professional arenas that are turning this year one of the strangest of my life as an adult so far.

Let’s see what happens next…

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What internet has show me…

At least in the last two years:

– That there is a group of hackers specialized in hacking social network accounts of people like you and me…

– That people pretend that someone hacked their social network account instead of being responsible of what they post in it…

– That no matter the scenario or the situation, it is better experienced while texting…

– That people takes no responsibility of their acts, even less if they are grabbing a cell phone while doing such act…

– For some strange reason wit is greater while using the restrooms…

– We, as a society, tend to judge someone for something superfluous, but we leave the important issues out of the conversation…

Wildcard and divisional

If you know me, you will probably know that I’m a football fan.

The playoffs are on their way and, differently to last year games, these are great!

Let’s see who qualifies for the conference games…

Interesting…

I have been observing certain behavior now that I returned to this pages and I’m thrilled.

I’m going to be on the lookout and see if there are some patterns evolving.

Meanwhile, these have been some quite busy days…

Cheers!

Back again…

And here I go again…

After a short break, depending on where you were looking, I’m back.

I don’t know if it’s good or bad but rest assured that I’ll do my best, as usual.

It’s going to be awkward at first, but once we get some traction, it’s going to be OK.

Gentlemen, start your engines!

170

Yes, that’s the number of this entry and as I wrote this, I’m watching in this blog’s stats that people is more concerned in making lists of things to do before dying instead of enjoying it.

I’m just saying.

Enjoy!

A quick note…

I’ve been neglecting this site a lot, but since I have some other stuff to do I haven’t finished my post for SA yet…

I’ll make some time and complete that…

Read you around!

So the story begins…

Almost a week ago, I embarked in a new adventure: to support for the company I work, a project in my area of knowledge.

This adventure will send me across three continents to a country I didn’t now nothing at all (well, with exception of its location).

Friday (04.03.09)

So, Friday, April 3rd arrived and 5 P.M. too so I took a cab to the airport for my 19:40 flight.

In Mexico City, if you’re traveling abroad, you have to be in the airport at least 3 hours before your actual take off hour to avoid any inconvenience.

The cab arrived to my house, I say goodbye to my wife and put my luggage in the cab.

The driver was very friendly and made my trip uneventful and enjoyable. We ran into some traffic (it was Friday, after a pay day and the beginning of a huge holiday in Mexico) but we made it in an hour.

I went to the airline counter and the usual suspects were there: the classic teenager giving her mom a hard time about the weight of her luggage and its distribution (there was a limit of 25 kg a piece), the ill tempered husband giving his wife a hard time about EVERYTHING and the family of 7 (?) doing last minute arrangements…

I lasted less than five minutes in the counter, getting my boarding passes and everything… I proceed to pass the security check, where the guys in there were checking, yes, but a pair of girls that were in THE OTHER SIDE of the security check… No further comments…

I arrived at my gate and suddenly I felt in Germany: in the gate besides mine, there was a Luftansa flight waiting to board…

The boarding in my flight started after an hour (on time) and I get to my seat (very comfortable, indeed… Two seats and I had the aisle one, woohoo!)

So Heathrow airport here we go!

Not so fast, you naive man!

it seems like for some reason, the turbines of a 747 couldn’t be started by the common method (I totally ignore it) due to Mexico City’s altitude and should be started using an alternative method (that’s the actual reason the captain gave us, I’m not kidding… Even cars now deal with altitude differences)…  Should I get down and push? (extra point to the ones who know the movie where this line is brought up).

Anyway, near 30 minutes later all the turbines are up an running and we can take off… But since we delayed we have to take a number… Finally, we took off. It’s fascinating how a enormous thing like a 747 can lift off so smoothly… Wow!

I watched Yes Man while dinning and after that I doze off…

Saturday (04.04.09)

Around 11 a.m., London time, they woke us up to serve us breakfast… I watched a chapter of  “The big bang theory” and got ready to landing…

We circled London and had the chance to see the Parlament and its tower and some two floors buses…1:30 p.m.

Heathrow airport

Heathrow airport

We were sent to pass some gates and I was sent to Gate 5 to wait for my 9:15 p.m. flight to Johannesburg…

The first thing I did was buying a calling card, but those things have more instructions than a plane so I spent it all trying to call home with no success…

After wandering a little I found a place where some internet cards were sold and through its magic I could call home and tell the news.

Solving that, I roamed the mall, excuse me, the Terminal 5 and went to grab something to eat…

Roaming Heathrow

Roaming Heathrow

And that’s when I found out: I will need a converter (which I did not have) to connect my laptop and charge it… And in the airport the UK ones were sold but (and this is a big but) in South Africa it’s a different plug!!!!

So, to the hell with it! I will buy one when I arrive…

More roaming and finally, time to board my ‘Burg flight…

On my way to the gate, I have to had a proof that I had been in Heathrow so I went and got my proof (and you know what is my proof since you asked for it)…

To follow: Now to South Africa…

It’s all in the way we say things…

Through my life I had moments that can’t understand some things: math, some history facts, coding some Java thing, etc.

I always find somebody that put that thing in terms that I can understand and get me through it.

I read this FoxTrot cartoon today and remind me of this:

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She didn’t quite get it but that’s life…

On the ther hand, we have to be very careful of what we ask for and in the way we ask… As Dilbert shows in this cartoon:

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I rest my case…

Have a good one!

Damn…

I waited the whole week to write this, once my head is cool and everything, but I can’t avoid feeling like crap when I remember this again.

On Monday, due to Martin Luther King Jr’s anniversary, I had a day off that we (my wife and I ) wanted to enjoy with this person (I’m not going to mention who that was since I don’t want to)…

Anyway, one day earlier, she called my wife and used sentimental blackmail to do something that she wanted to do and upset my wife… Obviously, we cancelled our plans and felt like crap the following day…

On Thursday we found out the this person did what she treathened to do, without asking my wife permission simply because “she can”…

I don’t like (to say the least) the people that uses feelings to do whatever they want even if the person they do that somehow needs it…

There is something called respect, you know?

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