It’s been quiet around here … too damn quiet. Attentive readers will know that I’ve been away on a little vacation in England and Spain, and despite vague plans that I might have something to say in the meantime, I couldn’t face the thought of it when there were pubs, bars and beaches just a short walk away.
How strange to be back. Everything is on a different scale here, and while walking Number One Son to daycare this morning I only met three people in four miles, although the cheerful attitude of a Colorado Springs Utilities employee playing with the sprinklers in a local park was as refreshing as the water he accidently sprayed me with. The walking thing is inspired by the fine city of Cambridge, where the narrow streets and parking difficulties got us onto our feet after seven years of cruising in air conditioned lazy comfort. So Cambridge was a big hit with all of us – the kids loved the water, the wildlife, the little shops, the fish and chips etc., and the parents loved the beer gardens. The Cambridge Blue in Gwydir Street was particularly refreshing, as the kids could hop over the back wall and play in the cemetary. Lovely.
An impromtu walking tour of London with kids aged 2, 3 and 5? Interesting, and the perfect setup for a week of doing nothing in Spain. Well, I say “nothing”. Obviously walking down to the beach every morning and ordering drinks and fresh fish for lunch while watching the kids go crazy in the water is not for the inexperienced, but we rose to the challenge pretty well.
No lessons were learned, nor observations made, that had any parallel in the field of database management.
Anyhoo, click here to acknowledge that you’re so desperate for a vacation that you’re willing to look at someone else’s vacation photos as a substitute.