Zero Hour

Well, I’ve looked forward to writing this post. It appears our long spring of work is done, at least on the USA end.

I enjoyed teaching the three day ISM workshop at Salt lake City last week, and I learned a lot about document retention and destruction policies as a result. The only bad part was being away for four days at the very end of our house clean out and “move to London” prep. My wife, as usual, did a brilliant job when I was away. The last few days were spent closing the books at OES for 2006-2007, and then a fairly horrific stretch of final house cleaning, seven pickup loads of stuff to move around (Goodwill, Dump, Mum’s house), and then a few hours of July 4th celebration with my family yesterday afternoon (before repacking everything late last night).

United jetAt the moment, though, things look good. All eight (!) of our bags are checked in, I’m enjoying the free WiFi at the Portland Airport, the kids and wife are buying books at Powells, and I’m ready for a large Coffee People coffee as I watch our bags. Our Portland to Chicago flight is on time, and the United check-in person was actually surprised to tell us that Chicago was having a very good day.

We should be in London at 11:15 a.m. tomorrow, and hopefully we’ll find a cart to get our giant mound of luggage to the station wagon that’s arranged to drive us to the Hotel Danubius in Regents Park where we have two adjoining rooms arranged for a week.

The next adventure: finding a flat to live in. The optimum find would be three bedrooms, walking distance to the American School in London, older with character, easy to resupply, maybe a lease to own option… who knows. What ever it is, we hope/need to secure it next week.

On July 14th, I fly again. This time to Memphis, TN to do a presentation at the Lausanne Laptop Conference. More on that presentation later– for now, I want to enjoy my coffee and the accomplishments so far.

A fond farewell to the tech team at OES– I was spoiled with two send off parties (one at the Lucky Lab, and another at the home of one of the team members). The homemade ice cream at the garden party was especially nice.

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