Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
I go online to check the headlines on The New York Times, CNN, and the BBC almost every day.
Does that say a lot about Twitter? Or just the people whose tweets I’m following?
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
We've taken kids to the hospital in Switzerland before. Or, I should say my wife has. I don't even know where the hospital is. I should probably have her drive me by and give me a mock emergency in case I need to go on my own.
It's never been a huge emergency - always a kind of "just in case" scenario. Such as we had last week at 5 o'clock in the morning when my daughter woke up crying with respiratory problems. To our parental brains the equation looked like this:
problems breathing + living and going to school in Switzerland = SWINE FLU
Maybe it's that way in the States, I'm not sure. Seems everyone in Geneva is on orange alert for H1N1. You don't really see people wearing those funny surgical masks, but you do see increased notices about washing your hands in public restrooms. And a friend recently told me two of his co-workers at the UN have come down with it.
So my wife took our tear-streaked 5-year-old to the hospital with swine flu and came back with a tired 5-year-old with the croup who was so thrilled at the prospect of staying home from school she began taunting her brother about it.
It's hard to gauge the fear of Swine Flu in the States, although I read the New York Times daily online. I don't know if I'd be so afraid of it if I were back in Chicago. West Nile gave us a scare in the Midwest a few years back, but even then, we weren't draping the kids in netting and bathing them in OFF.
I think swine flu becomes a lot scarier when its potentially contracted abroad. And the croup is a lot scarier when it's potentially swine flu.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Our office was without internet connection for two days. In fact, our agency's entire European network was down. It was interesting to see the reactions.
Some people were freaking out. How could they check email? Or their calendars? Or the news? Thank goodness for iPhones and Blackberries.
When my partner and I were talking, we kept turning to our computers to Google whatever we were discussing, only to realize we'd have to continue the discussion without visual aids. He was describing the a kind of fish he caught, and went to show me what it was like on Google images. Horror of horrors, he actually had to use words to describe it to me. He may as well have used the burnt end of a stick to sketch it on the cave wall.
Personally, I loved the break.
Monday, September 7, 2009
This weekend I took the kids to see Ice Age 3-D.
I paid for the movie tickets. Then learned that the 3-D glasses are sold separately. So after I bought tickets to the 3-D movie, I paid for the 3-D glasses by which we would watch said movie.
That seemed very Swiss to me.
But considering you pay extra for ketchup here - even at McDonald's - I don't know why I'm surprised.