The kids loves to run in their back yard. Unless it's even slightly damp. In which case, this is what happens...
Texas is dry. Not dry like in The Untouchables, but dry as in bush fires, bans on washing cars, and wild animals coming into the town in search of water. Dry like a desert bone. All kinds of records have tumbled since I moved to Hell's armpit, most notably the "most days over 100F" one. … Continue reading On Renaissance Fairs
“You’re a hurricane virgin,” a friend of mine texted…and it’s true. This was my first hurricane. I was lucky enough to be experiencing Hurricane Harvey from relative safety: on a second-floor apartment in Austin, well away from the dangers more evident on the coast and in Houston. So, we watched, like everyone, our weather apps, … Continue reading On #Harvey: Mundane hurricane stories
It’s a little after 6.30 a.m. and, standing on the porch of my first apartment in America, I watch the torrential downpour outside. It’s dramatic: rain in an angry, determined deluge that just doesn't happen back home, and I'm glad I'm living a little way up a hill and not in a flood zone. The … Continue reading On First Impressions
My wife recently bought a new car and it's an interesting experience...psychologically. As I was playing the role of emotional supporter, I had a lot of time to wander around and fall in love with the shiny things. I wanted a toy of my own, even though spending that kind of money on something that's … Continue reading On Not Driving
Read about our adventures so far here and here. The train to Edinburgh leaves from Kings Cross station. Maybe you've heard of it. It's a very nice station. Clean, modern, safe. Ne'er a prostitute in sight. The 3 hours to Edinburgh - our first train journey as a couple, my wife reminds me - roll … Continue reading #UK2015 – 3. Edinburgh
Dear friend, family member, former neighbor, backpacking progeny of a schoolfriend or workmate… Now you have decided to spend some time with me in Austin, I thought it would be useful to give you the benefit of my experience on the city and what it’s like to live here. Forewarned being forearmed, etc. This is … Continue reading On Visiting Austin