Archive for June, 2002

mostly above average

Thursday, June 27th, 2002

Emma and I got The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy on DVD yesterday, and had fun watching the first couple of episodes. Brought back lots of 80s memories. The disk set is really cool, with a second disk containing documentaries, a Douglas Adams tribute and a whole load of other things.

Also included in the pack is a survey card from BBC America. One of the questions made me smile, “On average, how many DVDs have you bought in the last 12 months?”

embarrassing

Monday, June 24th, 2002

Since I was a kid I remember people in Scotland supporting whoever happened to be playing against the English soccer team. Probably not big or clever, but I think it was a backlash to what was percieved as gloating by the national UK media who would give England much more coverage than Scotland.

Now it seems that the constant hostility to the English is starting to drive the English away from Scotland, and frankly I’m not surprised. I wouldn’t want to visit or live somewhere I would feel sneered at or threatened because of where I’m from or how I speak – my wife Emma used to be on the receiving end of comments from people when she lived in Edinburgh and unsurprisingly, was not impressed. I don’t have a strong Scottish accent (despite having been born and raised there) which used to be a source of taunting from other kids at school. Not to mention my last name, which because it’s not Scottish, was made to be an issue by kids and teachers alike.

All this makes me think about where I used to live and while there are things I miss, I’m glad I’ve got away from that kind of pettiness. People here seldom comment on my accent (and if they do it’s generally complimentary), they rarely if ever comment on my last name and almost never mis-spell it. In Scotland it got to feel like people would spell my name wrong because they couldn’t be bothered to take the time or effort to get it right. Most of all I appreciate living in a place where there is not a constant victim culture, always complaining that it’s someone else’s fault when things go wrong and belittling people who happen to be different.

take me out to the ball game

Tuesday, June 11th, 2002

Tonight I’m taking my brother David to see a baseball game – the Minnesota Twins against the Atlanta Braves. I haven’t seen a game for about 2 years, but I thought that seeing as he’s here it’s a good American thing to do. I guess it’ll be easy to get my little camera in, so I’ll see if I can get a picture for tomorrow.

This morning I was about to take a shot on the way in to work of the lovely fountain in Loring Park. But as soon as I took out my camera the fountain was switched off, which I must say is a kind of bizarre thing to see. So I took a shot of the view in the other direction instead:

Walk to work
Walking to work

first picture

Monday, June 10th, 2002

As an example of my new teeny camera, here’s a picture of my desk at work.

My Desk
My Desk

the spy

Monday, June 10th, 2002

It’s my 30th birthday today. Kind of bizarre. But I’m having a good time – my brother David came over from London last Thursday and will be here for another week. It’s his first time here and I think he’s enjoying it, we had a good weekend zooming around town.

But most importantly, what did I get today? My dad got me the Godfather DVD box set which is fantastic, I’m really looking forward to watching all of the movies with the commentary and everything. Emma got me some really nice clothes from Banana Republic – unfortunately it was too warm this morning to be wearing long trousers but hopefully tomorrow will be cooler. Her parents got me a really cool corkscrew, which is encouraging me to open a bottle tonight. My mom gave me a great present – she put together a photo album of my life (so far) from age 3 days to my wedding almost 2 years ago. There are plenty blank pages at the back for me to add new things too. David gave me a very cool picture frame, and continuing the photographical theme, my brother Richard gave me a teeny ickle camera which is just great fun. Can’t believe how small it is, and it has surprisingly good quality. So I’ll hopefully be posting a lot more pictures on this website, coming soon.