Journal: News & Comment

Friday, September 17, 2004
# 10:48:00 PM:

Friends all over

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  • Mark is a scuba instructor I know who lives on Grand Cayman Island in the Caribbean. They got toasted by Hurricane Ivan a few days ago (the centre of the storm passed pretty much right over the island). He has a bunch of photos he's going to post when he has an Internet connection again, but for now he posted a blog entry using his laptop and an Inmarsat antenna, which is usually something only used by ships on the open ocean. (Do you know anyone with an Inmarsat antenna? I don't.)

  • Richard is a software expert who often flies around the world talking about databases. He's in Malaysia, where he discovered an entire mall of geek gadgets, about which he writes, "How many malls do you know have huge billboard signs for hard drives?"

  • Hina, who grew up in Pakistan and Vancouver, is now working in Oslo for a good chunk of the next year. We don't get real Canadian winters in Vancouver, so she's going to experience what it's like by being in Norway instead.

  • Leesa lives in Melbourne, Australia, and recently saw the price of gas hit nearly $1.10 per litre. Today it's 93.9¢ near my house, though when I last bought some a week ago, it was down to 81.9¢.

  • Tomorrow night my band gives a performance at the Burnaby Firefighters' Club Hall, for a 30th high school reunion. In my 15 years as a professional musician, during which I've driven all over B.C. and even flown to New York and Australia, this show is the closest venue to my house I've ever played in. I could walk there in about 10 minutes.


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