It was a dark and stormy night …

Still is in fact, but I managed to take some photos of it so I thought I’d post them before lose interest.

Three bolts of lightning for the price of one …

Lightning with a loop …

A full sky shot of the storm …

The full gallery is here, minus the other two million photos where I missed catching anything interesting.

More Personal Nonsense

Well, this was plan number one …

  1. Wife goes to Sicily for four months to act as translator/local liason for a small unit there, reaquaints with her cultural heritage etc..
  2. I look after kids and we meet there for Christmas.
  3. Erm …
  4. That’s it.

Plan is now changed …

  1. Wife goes to Sicily for six weeks.
  2. I have no idea what we’ll do for Christmas — maybe go to Mexico, or maybe we’ll be in the middle of a move to Virginia. Something crazy, no doubt.

So on balance that’s a good thing — no Sicilian Christmas, but we save about $7,000 in airfare and a lot of child-related parent separation anxiety.

The irritating part is that this new timescale has been known for months, but never communicated to us until yesterday when my wife spoke to the unit commander. Had we been informed in time then I would have made plans to attend the UKOUG conference in November, and even submit an abstract of a paper to them. Well maybe I’ll go anyway — I like a nice curry, and haven’t been back for over a year. But the general complaint here is that the USAF seems to assume that spouses are staying at home looking after kids, maybe doing a little Pilates or scrapbooking or something. Heaven forbid that they should attempt to have a life or career that would benefit from advanced notice of where they’re going to be living or who is going to be posted where.

On another topic, I’ve been busy with some writing, but it fell by the wayside for a while because of my loathing of all forms of word processor software. I remembered from my IBM days that the old-schoolers there would use a document processing system that i believe was called “Bookmaster”. I’ve found something similar in a product called Lyx — So far it has been a good experience, and lets me focus on content without worrying about presentation and paragraph numbering and whatnot — ie. all the issues that would distract me from what I should have been doing.

Lastly, there’s something funny going on, either with my computer or with WordPress. Every minute or so the cursor jumps back to the beginning of the article, or the clipboard gets pasted in, or some other flavour of weirdness is observed. Hmmm … too many toast crumbs in the keyboard. perhaps. The DEL key has stopped working as well.