I’m back. In some ways, it’s like I never left: the all-too-familiar drive into London from Heathrow, the walk back from Sainsbury’s with heavy orange plastic bags hanging from each hand, the BBC. But one critical difference: no Kristine and Henry this time, which makes it a little sad and lonely.
I arrived at my hotel, The Park Inn, early this afternoon, and quickly got settled into the apartment where I’ll be living for the next two weeks. My apartment is actually kind of cool – it’s a loft, with kitchen, living room, bathroom and even a deck on the lower level; and a bedroom with operable skylights upstairs. It has an even smaller kitchen than what we had at our Dolphin Square apartment in Pimlico. But then again, I probably won’t be eating too many meals here over the next two weeks (though I did make myself pasta tonight). I’ve got tomorrow to get adjusted to the time zone change and hopefully get over my cold before jumping into an intense work week. Conveniently, I’m within walking distance of the office. – Cheers
David Cuddy agreed to move up the time of Weber Shandwick’s Great Donut Race 2008 so I could witness the spirit, the competitive drive … the hunger of Weber Shandwick Seattle . I was probably not the only one surprised by the outcome of the head-to-head donut eating race between Senior Vice President, William Brent, and Senior Account Exec, John O’Brien. I have to admit, my money was on O’Brien. But Willie’s not the SVP of WS Cleantech because he’s a dumby. He figured out early that milk was the key. Never bet against the bald skinny guy.
I come to you so silent in the night. So stealthy, so animal quiet. I’ll be your saviour, steadfast and true. I’ll come to your emotional rescue.
The Fry Family Trio took delivery of our new boat today and christened it Emotional Rescue as we took our maiden voyage as boat owners. Jason at Lake Union Sea Ray kindly gave us a little boat training course (blower, check. forward/neutral/reverse, check. pump-out head, check), and then we were on our way, tearing up Lake Union as much as we could under 7 knots. Henry has pretty good sea legs. We found out that he’s happiest when driving the boat. We’ve done some preliminary research on all the destinations within Puget Sound and can’t wait to get started on our nautical adventures. Steady as she goes.