Return to Europe

Imagine my level of happiness – finally after almost 6 months on the wrong side of the Atlantic, i have a ticket back to europe on thursday.  Sadly, it is a return ticket so i will have to come back to Florida but not until after i squeeze 10 days in belgium and 2 in portugal.

It took me all of half an hour to pack my things today – only one bag, managed to get everything into it and still have room to spare.  Flights between europe and america, belgium and portugal and hire cars have knocked a hole in 2 grand, and thats before i have even bought pizza for the missus.

Still no joy from the house engineer and also still no joy with the car at autorapo.  The engineer has not been in touch for two months now and the car has been in the garage for 6 months.  I plan a sweeping assault on all that is holding me back.

A flying kick to the office door of the engineer will catch him by surprise and i can pin him down and find out whats going on, then , next stop, Autorapo.  If there is still no joy there, i will be using my european recovery which i paid a mint for, to transport the car back to england and land it safely in the hands of Moserve.

My german friend Uwe will be looking after my possessions for me until i can get the new house built – although i have been wondering with Portugal in an EU bail out, if i should consider somewhere else – Answers on a post card please.

I have also ordered a stack of DVD’s for the crossing back to europe on the boat, including ‘Alo ‘Alo, Doc Marten, green wing and 30 rock.  I am almost looking forward to the crossing with that bunch of nonsense.

Got the new Foo’s album today too – will pass judgement on that in a few days.  Also, i would like to bring to a close the Mac versus PC debate.  I have now had the Mac for 3 months or more, have the software for spreadsheets, presentations and letters installed.  The total cost of the rig so far is around 2300 usd, which is massive – almost three times the cost of a reasonable pc.  It feels good to touch, it starts up quickly too – infact let me tell you how so –

PC start up – start up, go and put the kettle on, come back to pc, enter password, go and pour water on tea bag, mash it , and return to pc to begin work

Mac start up – turn it on, pull out chair, sit down, begin work

The same can be said for the shut down procedure too.  The Mac does hang sometimes too but it is momentary and it always resolves itself.  I have completely refrained from installing any microsoft software on it.  So – if you are considering a Mac instead of PC, here is my recommendation.

If you can afford it, its ok.  If not, dont stretch yourself.  And remember, there is still a lot of functionality software that doesnt work for Mac, so from an engineers point of view, you will still need a pc.

enough of that bollocks –


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