Quick Update

Low on toner…

Sea Point Pool
Sea Point Pool
  • Week of 20 to 26 July.
  • Health week 2/3… kinda skipped a week.
  • Monday, woke up at LQF, dropped Nikki off, a quick tour of an aquaponics farm – very cool, drove to the office, a quick lunch time walk (see above), sunset walk around Clifton, Georg cooked a nice supper (with cauliflower rice) and we had some Haut Espoir Chardonnay 2010 (thanks Rob), watched Get Hard… good fun.
  • Watch these… Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Government Surveillance, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Tobacco
  • Tuesday, office, wagyu cheeseburgers for lunch with Edward at Mondiall (try the Macadamia & Salted Caramel Cheesecake)… we pondered a TV media idea, left the office at 22:00ish.
  • I started using the Photos app in OSX – just to import iPhone photos and keep their tweaks, not great.
  • Wednesday, gave Michael a crash course in networking: ATM, PPPoE and the disaster that is the over encapsulated and lossy Telkom ADSL network, came up with some new icon design ideas for Octotel, got out of the office at around 20:30, 1km swim, phoned Ernst and Anton about Mozamboogy.
  • Missing my week of following Mia’s sleeping patterns.
  • Seems Frogfoot was sold.
  • Thursday, walked to work, interesting meeting about GPON vs AE, our Octotel proposal folders arrived, booked a flight to Joburg, a very cold, wet and dark walk home.
  • Friday, worked at gym in Stellenbosch, 1km swim, Allee Bleue herb tour and brunch with Nikki… very cool herb farm they have there, nice tour to do, fetched Mia from school, drove to Cape Town, worked at the Wembley gym, swim with Mia, cancelled the Mozambique trip we were planning, far from ideal – all kinds of unhappiness, *sigh*, some call centre fun to cancel the flights I booked, Waterfront visit with Mia (load shedding), early supper (Mia wanted a shawarma) and found Mia some new shoes… spot the pattern, she never arrives with shoes and she keeps taking the new pairs to her mom’s house, in bed early, 10h sleep.
  • The road quality between Cape Town and Stellenbosch (R310) is looking very good these days.
  • Turns out mint stems are square.
  • Kinda miss the days of Stellenbosch gym mornings, and the spa sessions with Jacques in Islington.
  • I managed to get un-engaged in 2012, but that’s 1/2 the story. The evening I (partially) broke up with Naulene in my mind was about 4 months before that actually. 11 July. The real reason was this article from June 2012: The Busy Trap. Blogging every week has its uses.
  • Saturday, made Mia breakfast, gym (squats), swim, ginger shots (pulling sour faces) and fresh juices, wrote a tricky email, epic nap, watched the rugby at Carlyle’s while Mia read her book, Georg’s birthday dinner, nice group of people, nice chat with Fred and good to see Dan and Al, had to leave early to put Mia in bed, 10h sleep. Happy birthday Georg!
  • Challenge for the next six months: grow up and try and fix the Mia situation.
  • “Sometimes I think we’re alone.
    Sometimes I think we’re not.
    In either case, the thought is staggering.”
    — R. Buckminster Fuller

  • Mia seems to be very into reading recently, she pretty much devoured the whole 4th Harry Potter book this weekend and started with another one. Real book worm, she does not want to do anything but read.
  • If skipping one meal a day does not work, skip two.
  • Jacques needs to lose 20kg before his wedding in September. He’s going to try the “Lion” diet (only eat 1/2 the days of the week, 3.5 days without food per week). Eat like a Lion. One gym session per week. I said I’d join him with a less extreme IF programme. We now have a little spreadsheet game going. He’s going for 20kg, I’m going for 10kg.
  • Sunday, nice sunny winter Sunday, Mia now has a Kindle with 7 Harry Potter books, photo processing, backups, lazy day at home, sorted through some camping stuff, late afternoon swim with Mia (well – I forgot my costume, so I blogged while watching her swim), in bed early, nice to have all my photos, notes and blogging done on the Sunday already.
  • “I might be a badly xeroxed copy of myself by tomorrow.” — Paul

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Square pants herb
Square pants herb

Quick Update

Monkey Island, foosball and grumpy cats…

Glen Beach
Glen Beach
  • Week of 13 to 19 July.
  • Mid winter week with Mia and a weekend in Franschhoek with Nikki.
  • Monday, Mia and I went swimming at The Point gym, worked at gym, lunch with Nick, pretty much managed to get to inbox zero, a quick promenade walk with Mia… but it was windy and 12deg outside, we watched the Minions movie at V&A… it was long and painful and there is nothing in it for adults, Mia agreed the previous two movies were much better, watched some Futurama (S1E8-9) on Netflix.
  • “Eventually, everything connects.”

  • Lesson from the last week: you can change you diet to only eat two meals a day and only go to gym twice a week, but it’s not that smart, some regular exercise is required. Swimming fixed my text neck.
  • Tuesday, Mia stayed at the office doing Mathletics and playing Monkey Island while I went to an MTN meeting with Michael, blueberry and mint flapjacks at La Belle Cafe in Camps Bay with Mia… healthy choices and 9yo’s don’t always go together, a chat with Dominic (who I have not seen in ages)… mostly fibre conversations and some ISP industry news, Point gym with Mia, 1km swim, Clifton walk from Georg’s house to the end of Camps Bay beach via Glen Beach and back (see photo above), two for one Thai food night… Mia seems to manage her chopsticks fairly well.
  • I suspect the best way to get Twitter followers is to stop tweeting. Nobody wants more tweets in their stream.
  • Safe to say communication with Mia’s mom is now very broken, have not spoken to her since before the school holidays started ~26 June.
  • Wednesday, we dropped my car off at Audi V&A, worked at Wembley gym, fresh juices and ginger shots with Mia, 1km swim, introduced Mia to pulled pork tacos at The Yard… but she did not really like them, we played a few very fun games of foosball, Gardens Centre book shop… Mia loved the Grumpy Cat book – I think she might have a dark sense of humour, fetched my car, showed Mia the new A8L… very cool, Green Point park walk, we shared the 1kg T-bone steak special at Hussar Grill in Green Point… first time I’ve been to this one, also very good.
  • Pro tip: always have your wheel alignment done with the car dealer if you have a car with air suspension, the regular tyre places have no idea what to do with them.
  • Thursday, walked to work while Mia played Monkey Island at home for an hour (while Sam was there), Wembley 1km swim with Mia, Cybersmart meeting, 6-monthly dentist check-up and cleans… Mia’s teeth are tip top, introduced Mia to raw food pizza at the Waterfront market with a fresh juice, great hot chocolates for a rainy day, a very competitive cave golfing session (mini golf next to the scratch patch), butternut soup for supper, Anton phoned – he’s getting Vumatel fibre soon (the free 4Mbps line option), we tried the new Lindt roasted sesame dark chocolate… pretty good, more Monkey Island (3)… Mia finds her own walkthroughs now, photo and notes processing, we read the East London Swimmers book at bed time – taking turns reading pages… I should take Mia to go see the Sea Point pool photos at Kleinsky’s.
  • Nice to see Mia for seven days in a row – and seven days of swimming with her.
  • Friday, fruit salad, tea and Monkey Island, work, drove to Hout Bay to fetch some dog food for Nikki’s dogs, a late lunch at W Cafe and rooibos cappuccinos with Mia, dropped Mia off at her mom’s house, drove to Franschhoek, weekend at LQF with Nikki.
  • Saturday, minor disaster averted, lunch at Nikki’s house, very cool wine (and buchu spirit) tasting with Nikki and Rob at Haut Espoir (thanks Rob), dinner at The Tasting Room with Nikki… nothing short of spectacular, amazing food, great wines, superb service.
  • I found a photo I took at Klein Constantia a while back in House and Garden Gourmet Magazine (Winter 2015).
  • Sunday, nice lunch at Bread and Wine with Nikki, we watched Wish I Was Here… not nearly as good as Garden State.
  • Great weekend.
  • “Simplicate and add lightness.”

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

2nd photo for the week…

Franschhoek
Franschhoek

Quick Update

No more text neck…

Tidal Pool
Tidal Pool
  • Week of 6-12 July.
  • Monday, woke up in the Hemel en Aarde valley, Ataraxia visit with Nikki… always awesome, line fish and veg at Bientang’s Cave in Hermanus old harbour, back to Ataraxia to fetch my wallet, meh, Caledon, road trip to Franschhoek via Theewaterskloof Dam, fetched my AfrikaBurn hamster fret (camping gear), sunset walk with Nikki and the dogs, dinner with Nikki and her mom, a long drive to Cape Town – stopped twice to inflate a slow puncture in my front left car tyre.
  • Health week 1/3.
  • I’ve been reading the 4hr body book again and I really like the concept of “minimum effective dose”.
  • Tuesday, walked to the office, caught up on some email, lunch time walk around Bantry Bay (see photo above, pretty zen), borrowed an air compressor from a neighbour on the walk home, caught up on some notes, photos, backups and an unhealthy amount of backlogged online reading and video watching at home.
  • “We have a romantic ideal in which we turn to one person to fulfil an endless list of needs: to be my greatest lover, my best friend, the best parent, my trusted confidant, my emotional companion, my intellectual equal.” — from TED: Rethinking infidelity

  • Cool video: Captains of Spaceship Earth
  • Start-ups and Emotional Debt
  • I noticed my todo.txt file is more than 6k lines.
  • Wednesday, inflated my car tyre again and took it to get fixed, walked to the office, Plessey meeting, website tinkering, visited Shani’s new Sea Point swimming pool themed photographic exhibition at Kleinsky’s on the way home, Wouter cooked his steak special, more website tinkering and blogging.
  • Thursday, gym, swim, fit two new car tyres and swapped wheels around, walked to work, lunch with Michael and Rob at Kleinsky’s… try the Latke Benedict, all kinds of fibre trench sharing talks, left the office way after dark (20:00ish), salad and a glass of red for supper at La Vie with Georg.
  • Lesson from AfrikaBurn 2015. Theme camp organising is for losers who want to be abused. Living camp organising is the way to go.
  • AfrikaBurn planning has begun – actually we’ve just started talking about it. Not sure I’m ready yet – I suspect my AfrikaBurn ideals have been warped and broken a bit. ERnst is keen for 2016. I’m thinking: a Sunday only bar called Love Drunk Robot, both Sundays.
  • Jacques has announced a new wedding date, 26 Sept, in Pretoria. I need to make a best man speech. Let’s see if this date sticks – it does not leave any room for a Suiced Gorge walk.
  • Friday, drove to Stellenbosch, gym… squats with a Killers soundtrack, swim, sauna, Stellenbosch was pretty quiet – student holidays I guess, investor pitch with Michael and some double rooibos espressos, a very nice lunch with Nikki at LQF… sunny outside Friday vibes, fetched Mia from her holiday school outing (Ratanga rides), Manuka, sunset drive to Cape Town with some Queen (I want to break free etc, Mia’s choice), a salad plate at Tamboerswikel… nice place, drove by Tigers’s Milk for Paul’s birthday, but figured it was a bit busy for Mia, gelato in Camps Bay, in bed early, epic 12h sleep.
  • I was sitting in the Stellenbosch gym, tweaking a presentation deck, and for some reason I remembered the thrill of going to Cape Town around 2002 / 2003 with Anton and Ernst.
  • Saturday, Mia made me some tea, bircher muesli with cinnamon and berries (Mia loved this) at Knead / The Point, we could not find swimming goggles for Mia so I figured I’d go get myself some new (scuba mask-like) swimming goggles – and she can have my old pair, we went swimming at the Wembley gym, watched Inside Out at the Waterfront… a bit sad, but good – the Lava (pre-movie) short film was very cool, introduced Mia to the L’Occitane shop, we found Mia some new shoes and leggings, in record time, at the Woolworths, I watched the rugby at the aquarium restaurant while Mia explored the aquarium (on her own)… she was the last person out – we stayed until after they closed watching with the chef and the security staff – nice guy, free beers, Spur ribs for supper and the 2nd half of the rugby… nice game to watch, gelato, watched five TED talks with Mia on the Apple TV – Netflix / Futurama was not working, 11h sleep.
  • The aquarium should do a dads and kids rugby deal for the coming world cup.
  • Mia is 148cm tall now, just outside the 97th percentile growth curve, 44kg.
  • I ended up getting a pair of Aqua Sphere Vista swimming goggles, see photo below. I should have switched to these open water style goggles a long time ago. Very clear and great fit – really sucks into your face very nicely.
  • Ernst suggested I look into joining the ClossFit cult.
  • How to put grumpy Joe in his box: lose 3kg, get into a regular swimming routine, see Nikki and Mia, eat healthy, don’t sit at a desk for too long, squats.
  • Sunday, ginger tea and TED videos, Wembley gym with Mia, ginger and flu shots (lemon and cayenne pepper)… and made videos of funny facial expressions, swimming, Deer Park, post-noon brunch at Manna (because of their all day breakfast menu, thanks Nick) – coconut breakfast and fresh juices, De Waal Park, Green Point Park outdoor gym and play area, the New Newport Deli, we fetched Georg (mayor of La Vie), Baked Deli it Bakoven, cauliflower base pizza at Col’caccio / Camps Bay for supper… not bad, photo and notes processing while Mia watched Rio 1 again.
  • Third ~11h sleep in a row. It does wonders. Try it.

Live long and prosper (LLAP), crazy kids.

2nd photo for the week…

Swimming goggles
Swimming goggles

Quick Update

My birthday weekend…

Newton Johnson Views
Newton Johnson Views
  • Week of 29 June to 5 July.
  • I’ve been suffering from “Text Neck” this week, swimming and a massage seemed to help.
  • Week three of not seeing Nikki. Somehow I managed to end up in a long distance relationship with somebody living 75km away.
  • Monday, dropped Paul off, very nice Smoked Salmon Bagel at Kleinsky’s, bumped into Paul at the Woolworths again at around 18:00, sunset walk to Clifton.
  • Michael pointed me at the Dunning–Kruger effect… everything seems easy to everybody.
  • Tuesday, very misty day, walked to work, inbox zero and RSS feed zero, SeedstarsWorld Cape Town in Hout Street… Cath did very well, nice quality pitches and organising in general, a drink at Aces ‘n Spades, I was missing Mia on the way home so listened to the Matilda soundtrack – which helped a bit.
  • “Human beings are not creatures of logic; we are creatures of emotion. And we do not care what’s true. We care how it feels.” — Will Smith

  • Wednesday, gym, swim… the Point pool is fixed again, phoned Ernst and Anton, city fibre planning meeting, office – looks like we have a 3rd ISP for the Octotel network, met Aiden and Georg for a drink at La Vie, tried the new Lindt 99% dark chocolate… not bad.
  • Thursday, swim, Capetel meeting, IS meeting, vitB shot and car wash, burger in a bowl with Georg at Da Vinci’s.
  • How to create a grumpy Joe: winter, no exercise, long hours at a desk, gain 3Kg, don’t eat healthy, don’t see Mia for a while.
  • Friday, gym, swim, back and neck massage at Wembley Square, fetched Nikki from Franschhoek, road trip to Hemel en Aarde valley via Caledon, stayed at Cordale Cottage(s) – close to Creation, very nice… must have been a heritage cottage because I bumped my head more than once walking through the small doors.
  • A list of Hemel en Aarde Cottages if you are interested:
    Babylon’s Cottage, Cordale Cottages, High Season Farm, Emetts Country Cottages
    (Thanks to Salome and Carolyn from Creation Wines for the list).
  • Saturday, some tea water tea, Mia sent me a text message for my birthday (on a 10 digit Nokia phone), walked to the top of the farm, nice views, wine tour with some Depeche Mode driving music… Hamilton Russell, Bouchard Finlayson, Sumaridge and a birthday lunch with Nikki at Creation with the food and wine pairing… very good.
  • Sideways (movie) weekend – the R320 (road) pro-Chordonnay anti-Pinot Noir version. Good fun wine tasting in the area. My favourite wine route. Beautiful views. Perfect company. In love, again. Tasted wine from six farms in the area – still need to visit: Spookfontein, Restless River, Jacob’s Vineyard and Mount Babylon at some point.
  • Sunday, I made bacon and eggs, we visited Domaine Des Dieux, drove to Stanford to visit Chris and Chris… of AfrikaBurn Kalahari Safari theme camp fame (the one with the swimming pools), Chris made a delicious Sunday roast – awesome guys.
  • “Everything counts in large amounts.” — Depeche Mode, tune of the week.

  • Nice to not have a laptop for 4 days.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

2nd photo for the week…

Hemel en Aarde Map
Hemel en Aarde Map

Quick Update

No more iceberging…

View from the Bakoven rock.
View from the Bakoven rock.
  • Week of 22-28 June.
  • Monday, walked to work, we started distributing our Octotel flyers in Sea Point and finished a proposal for two ratepayers associations, I had the best intentions to finish some photo processing and go to bed early but ended up drinking red wine with Georg at La Vie because of load shedding… so no gym the next day, load shedding is evil.
  • Death of the ringtone. I don’t think I’ve used my phone’s ringtone this year.
  • Tuesday, walked to work, tinkered with PDFs and logos, finally finished processing all the SAWi photos with orange dark chocolate and some of Wouter’s special green tea and ginger tea combo.
  • I kinda like my morning routine of just drinking two glasses of water for breakfast.
  • Wednesday, early gym session with Wouter, haircut at Yogi’s, fetched my snail mail – 1st time in six months, meeting in the De Waterkant area, Waterfront visit, browsed the L’Occitan shop and got some shower gel, my first visit to the Nu Metro VIP cinemas (only 16 big reclining seats in the cinema)… pretty cool, lame movie – The Riot Club… they should not have made a movie out of the play, was hoping to catch Ted 2, some blog notes processing at home and tried to get yr.no to rename Nikki’s weather location.
  • Even though Georg has fibre internet available in his building, Telkom ADSL is still a better deal for him. Pretty sad. Proves the case for an open access model.
  • “Paying interest is for losers.” — Spotted on the Techstars alumni mailing list.

  • Thursday, walked to work, made a booking or two for my birthday weekend… might be a record for early planning anything for my birthday, some document writing and a bankers meeting, Wouter made chicken schnitzel with zatar + mint + coriander sauce with some yoghurt and olive oil – very good – I love zatar spices, some notes processing, we rearranged the kitchen, as you do.
  • I came up with three pretty cool startup ideas this week. Might sound a bit strange, but I figure after 6 months of recovery time I’m getting some entrepreneurial confidence back.
  • Naulene is back from Italy. I really hope she chilled out a bit. Mia’s school shrink seems much happier these days. Mia is now living with her gran most of the time it seems.
  • Friday, gym, breakfast with Michael, great pastrami sandwich at Kleinski’s… hipster deli in Little Tel Aviv with nice art, went to go see Georg’s new apartment on Clifton 1st, a walk to Moses Beach, nice sunset, sushi at Codfather – I should not have eaten those three tempura prawns – all for a low light food blog-off with Paul, a Jameson 1780 at La Vie.
  • La Vie is Georg’s new Van Hunks.
  • I was supposed to see Mia this weekend, but Naulene changed her mind, rather predictably. *sigh*
  • I think I might be missing Nikki’s dogs.
  • Saturday, breakfast at the Bantry Bay Bootleggers with Wouter and the cyclists, almost feel like you need to dress in lycra to fit in, caught up on some blogging, walked from Bantry Bay to the end of Big Beta Beach and bumped into Malu at the big Bakoven rock – had an idea for a project Georg and I are busy pondering, Argentinian Rib Eye with some Middelvlei Free-Run Pinotage with Georg at The Butcher Shop and Grill (next to the Mouille point lighthouse), La Vie, Koi.
  • “Most woman view men as accessories to their lives.” — Wouter

  • Sunday, very chilled morning, Waterfront, beer and muscles starters and oysters at Den Anker with Paul, Wagyu burger at Mondiall, chats about dating alpha females, Ferrymans, Rafiki’s, Up Yours, Yours Truly… nice to catch up with Paul.
  • Memories of watching 12 Monkeys at the Waterfront in 1996, could have been the very first movie I watched there (my blog notes don’t go that far back).

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

SAWi / Grootbos weekend…

Grootbos
Grootbos
  • Week of 15-21 June.
  • Monday, school holiday, Mia and I made high protein pancakes with coconut oil and cream, we watched Jurassic World at the iMAX… very cool experience, attempted to go for a late lunch at Noble Hill / Cosecha and visit Colmant but that failed, a walk around the Franschhoek town centre, chocolate shop visit, a hot chocolate, sunset walk with Nikki and the dogs.
  • “The key to a happy life is to accept you are never actually in control.” — Jurassic World

  • I’ve been pondering what we can do for kids to give them a head start, like giving them a computer in the old days… are things like Raspberry Pi the answer (hacker toys) or should we rather be teaching them farming / AgTech… I guess anything that stimulates creative / design / inquisitive thinking.
  • Tuesday, public holiday, rainy day, morning walk with the dogs, a nice lunch with Stephanie and Guy, somewhat stressful day.
  • I’ve recently found two people who love Campari, almost as much as I do. Christina and Stephanie.
  • Kinda forgot my laptop PSU at the office and did not touch emails for 5 days, joy.
  • Nice to see Mia for 7 days in a row.
  • Wednesday, bulletproof coffee, school run, gym, property manager meeting in the CBD, Plessey meeting, got out of the office after dark, Wouter made steak and broccoli, some photo processing and backups, a drink with Georg and Aiden at NV80 in Sea Point.
  • Georg moved into his new Clifton 1st pad.
  • Managed to squat 80kg this week (squat rack / free weights), up from 50kg two weeks ago – I suspect it’s more the recent lower back stretching I’ve been doing than a big increase in strength. If you sit in front of a computer a lot you should really look into squats and functional training for posture.
  • Thursday, walked to work, investor pitch day, walked home along the beach front, caught up on some photo and notes processing.
  • Charl started blogging again. Keep it up (-:
  • Friday, Link Africa meeting, fetched Mia from school, fetched some wine from Andrew in Strand, drove to Grootbos (near Gaansbaai) with Mia, pretty spectacular 8 course food and wine pairing dinner, I played event photographer – I kinda forgot my flash in my collection of AfrikaBurn hamster fret, so I used my 85mm at f/1.4 and the photos worked out pretty well, Georg and I ended up sitting at the main table with the owner of Grootbos and family, good fun.
  • Try the Saronsberg Viognier, exceptional.
  • Turns out Paul is kinda dating a married woman… totally alien concept. She’s getting divorced soon it seems. She told him she’s married one evening early on, but he did not remember… for 4 weeks, until she reminded him this week. Hehe.
  • Saturday, breakfast at Grootbos Forest Lodge with Mia, SAWi media briefing session, classic wine tasting in the woods with a snacky lunch, pony ride (with a guide wearing an NA tshirt… not the worst place to go chill out, I’m sure), petting zoo rabbits with Mia and Megan, epic nap, SAWi 2015 awards evening, tasted 101 ridiculously good wines…. well, at least all the Chardonnays, loved the Diesel Pinotage, as always.
  • Check out SAWi, cool concept. Data driven approach to recognising South Africa’s top wines.
  • Sunday, breakfast at Grootbos, beer tasting at Birkenhead in Stanford with Georg, fish and chips (actually.. and veg) at the old harbour in Hermanus with Georg and Mia, ice cream, walked up and down Pringle Bay beach with Mia, dropped Mia at her gran’s house, sunset drive back to Cape Town… memories of listening to Another Universe / Arno Carstens on the radio driving into a glowing orange Cape Town… nice end of Father’s Day tune (yeah, because of a car ad), post sunset promenade walk, photo processing (~700), tea and a smoothie with Wouter, in bed by 21:30, super weekend.
  • “We used to microwave;
    now we just eat nuts and berries.” — Talking Heads, 1988

  • I think I’ve pretty much walked right trough my latest pair of slops, took me a year – two summers.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

2nd photo for the week…

Franschhoek
Franschhoek

Quick Update

Galaxy Quest, Futurama and life on other planets…

Clifton
Clifton
  • Yes, yes… I’m a bit behind with blogging again.
  • Week of 8-14 June.
  • Monday, fibre meeting in Milnerton, load shedding supper – 1/2 a bird at Vasco Da Gama’s with Wouter, Luke and Graham in De Waterkant – where the power seems to stay on, some photo processing with Wouter’s special green tea and ginger tea combo.
  • Some recent Octotel press: MyBroadband, TechCentral, IT Web, BusinessTech.
  • Tuesday, Mweb FTTH meeting, a quick sunset walk – watched the sun set from the bench just below Nettleton road, soup for supper, watched an episode of Daredevil on Netflix… not bad.
  • Octotel is a 100% Dvorak typing company. Cable Guy 1 and Cable Guy 2.
  • Wednesday, walked to the office, TE fibre cabling workshop in Century City, finally watched Mad Max at the Waterfront… very entertaining.
  • Seems Naulene lost the plot and was sent to Italy for a while.
  • Thursday, fetched Mia from school, raincoat shopping for Mia, we had macaroons at Melissas and bought some flowers for Nikki, dropped Mia at her gran’s house, drove to Fanschhoek.
  • Mia finished reading her Harry Potter book (book 3) and started reading the 4th one… at least it gets them reading.
  • Friday, fetched Mia from school, we watched Galaxy Quest… good fun, Mia loved it, Sigourney Weaver crush.
  • Saturday, lazy 12h sleep, Mia, Wouter and I went for breakfast at Bootleggers / Bantry Bay for omelettes, Cape Town natural history museum with Mia, ice cream, tea at Company Garden’s Cafe, a stroll around the gardens… those squirrels are huge and very friendly (in a natives expecting trinkets kinda way), watched Oceans in Space at the Planetarium… good fun – all about live on other planets, De Waal park play area, Wellness Warehouse extended shopping session, frogurt at Myog, early evening pizza at Bacini’s, some random Netflix surfing.
  • I gave Mia a new iPad with all the games removed and a bunch of coding for kids apps installed, including her Mathletics app.
  • Sunday, Deer Park visit for Zander’s 4th birthday… I played kids party photographer, Waterfront toy shop visit, played with the 5k iMac… insanely cool screen – the new OSX Photos app looks really lame *sigh* – must make time to switch to Lightroom at some point, Mia worked out she can go on the Big Wheel on her own now that she’s older than 8, so she did, crazy thick dark hot chocolate from Vovo Telo, bless the Waterfront Cape Union Mart for selling shorts in winter, stopped to take the above photo at sunset, some bday cake for supper, watched about half of the first Futurama season (1-7) with Mia… somehow I never really watched Futurama.
  • Three days of following a 9yo’s sleeping patterns (12 hour sleeps) works wonders, feeling tip-top.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Into darkness and other hair colours…

Bantry Bay Bench
Bantry Bay Bench
  • Week of 1-7 June.
  • Monday, early school run from Franschhoek to the tune of The Black Keys again, sunrise drive through Stellenbosch, gym, dropped off some anti-histamine for Mia, Octotel website (soft-) launch… good interest from 4 ISPs, a wine trade show at the Upper East Side Hotel in Woodstock, strange evening… maybe I should start doing some yoga.
  • Smashing anti-histamines in my face – it’s that time of the year it seems.
  • “Most people are vanilla.” — Nikki

  • Tuesday, gym… everyday is squat day, office, rainy day… had to get a new umbrella and more anti-histamine, tinkered with the Octotel website until I was happy to call it Version 1.0, Wouter made an epic dinner… rib-eye steak, spinach and pepper souffle with cream (very good), felt stuffed, some more website tinkering to get the website no render well on a few browsers, tablets and phones.
  • “Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.” — Voltaire

  • Wednesday, got out of bed after 8:00, not feeling great, cold and wet day, city fibre planning meeting with Michael, raw food pizza and raw food cheesecake at the Waterfront Food Market, big day for Nikki… it turned out, caught up on some work and reading at home.
  • “Some people have better relationships is three weeks than others have in ten years.” — Wouter, about Paul.

  • Thursday, walked to the office, 6 course tasting menu winter special at La Mouette with Georg … good value, nice to catch up.
  • Friday, Web Africa meeting, DStv over fibre meeting, drove to Franschhoek, a sunset walk with Nikki and the dogs, I made some original recipe Margaritas, pizza night with Paul and Christina.
  • “Your weird Boland love triangle.” — Nikki, about Cape Town, Somerset West and Franschhoek.

  • Pro tip: you should probably be worried when your girlfriend changes her hair colour. Except when she colours her hair grey (as in Michael’s case).
  • Saturday, epic sunny winter’s day, morning walk with the dogs, a Steph Weiss or two, nap, Paul played the piano for a while, muscles for dinner at The French Connection with Nikki and Paul… great meal.
  • Sunday, another epic sunny winter’s day, nice lunch, we found Paul asleep in the sewing room, almost managed to finish watching a Star Trek movie (Into Darkness).

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

2nd photo for the week…

Dogs

Quick Update

Cat hair and limoncello…

Winter Walk
Winter Walk
  • Week of 25-31 May.
  • Monday, woke up in the Waterfront, office, Michael’s first day, website tinkering and creative writing, a beer with Michael at La Perla, early moussaka supper at CaffeNeo, some photo processing and backups.
  • We now have a website for Octotel… (yeah, I built it with WordPress and Layers) …and it should look good on your phone too. I also made a super amazing favicon and we have a LinkedIn company page and a Facebook page for you to go like.
  • Tuesday, I think all my AfrikaBurn bumps and scratches have finally healed, walked to work, fetched my watch – with a new strap… joy, rainy day, but I managed to avoid getting wet in the walk home, soup, tea, dark chocolate, blogging and photo processing, in bed early.
  • I have a watch again, after only about 4 months. I really missed it at AfrikaBurn.
  • I feel like I might still be recovering from last year.
  • Wednesday, gym with Wouter, walked to work, some DStv over IP research and website building, walked home, caught up on some reading.
  • Thursday, mega winter hibernation, played with Pipedrive CRM, fibre supplier meeting, watched Mia’s astro hockey match… the net around the astro court is not great for photography, we did homework at W Cafe in the mall… Andrew joined us for some tea and cake, school socks and school shoes shopping… Mia insisted on Green Cross school shoes, dropped Mia at her gran’s house, sunset drive to Cape Town, photo processing, some website tinkering and backups (aiming for inbox zero before the weekend).
  • The Gust Pay and TrustFabric servers which were hosted at Hetzner died (was shut down), which is kinda cool actually, less email to process.
  • Mia has been reading a Harry Potter book. Not sure which one, but she says she’s 150 pages in.
  • Friday, gym, office, fetched Mia from school, drove to Franschhoek, T10 G&T, dinner at Foliage with Nikki while Mia watched Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979).
  • Saturday, watched Star Wars Rebels with Mia, took a longer than usual rainy walk with Nikki and the dogs, picked some lemons and limes, made some limoncello and lime-monchello, watched Mega Mind again… great movie, made margaritas with the extra lime juice we had, a great curry with some Kevin Arnold Shiraz 2010, made a custom gin infusion.
  • Paul went on a date with Christina, The Christina, of AfrikaBurn 2014 fame.
  • Sunday, watched Star Wars Rebels with Mia, another long rainy day walk with Nikki and the dogs, listened to Mia practice her oral about leopards a few times, sunset walk, some cat photography while Nikki was out, great wintery weekend.
  • No more RSS graffiti – but I found Dlvr.it to post my blog post to FB.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Waterfront weekend…

Den Anker
Den Anker
  • Week of 18-24 May.
  • Health week 2/8… kinda, erm, more of a catching up with friends week.
  • Monday, school run from Franschhoek to the tune of The Black Keys, work, gym, lunch with Andrew, worked at Manuka, fetched Mia from school, we had tea and scones while doing homework, kids/family shrink visit with Mia and Naulene… fairly productive, sunset drive back to Cape Town, a catch up chat with Wouter, went to bed at 21:00 because of load shedding.
  • Seems Andrew is back in SA for good, but he sounds like he wants to move to Joburg.
  • Tuesday, gym with Wouter – I need to work on my dead lifts, failed plan to return Mia’s book bag via a friend driving to Somerset West… Naulene refused to fetch the bag from SW, an early lunch with Ernst at Sababa Deli in Bree Street and a catch-up chat over a latte at Jason Bakery, WordPress tinkering, Sportsman’s Warehouse forgot to send my watch to Joburg for the strap to get fixed, winter food craving – soup and rye bread, some blogging with tea and dark chocolate.
  • It seems I’ve managed to adapt to not need breakfast. Two meals a day.
  • Wednesday, gym at 6:30ish, listened to the first episode of Binary.fm, office, I won the PayPal refund case against the two international theme camp grumpy weirdos, pulled pork tacos at The Fat Cactus in Woodstock with Jonathan, a catch-up T10 G&T with Al and Diabi at Ricks in Gardens.
  • I still have a bit of an annoying heel injury from AfrikaBurn.
  • Thursday, office, a drink with Paul, Al, Claus, Janey and Melissa at Up Yours.
  • Nice to catch up with Andrew, Ernst, Jonathan, Al, Paul and Claus this week – and nice to meet Diabi and Melissa.
  • Cape Town is awesome. Yes, it’s winter and I tend to forget… but all I have to do is think back to London last year to really appreciate it again.
  • Friday, car wash, office, weekend with Nikki at the Waterfront, Nobu, Bascule.
  • Saturday, gangster theme party at James’ and Malu’s house in Noordhoek.
  • “…just once, I would like to hear you scream, in pain.
    Joe Hallenbeck: Play some rap music.” — The Last Boy Scout

  • Sunday, early morning grapefruit, brunch at Mondiall, sunset walk, watched parts of Kick Ass 2 again, a drink at the One and Only, a great pot of muscles for dinner at Den Anker (see above), watched Divergent again, super weekend.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Sportsmans Warehouse Muppets

Dear Sportsmans Warehouse, Sea Point – you guys suck.

In fact, Polar watch straps also suck – but that’s another story. I’m trying to get my watch strap repaired for the 2nd time.

My watch has been at your Sea Point branch for more than a week and you still have not sent it off to Joburg to get fixed and nobody has phoned me with a price for a new strap.

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Is it that hard to courier something to Joburg overnight and get me a price?

I visited your shop two days ago to hear what the story is. I was promised somebody would phone me yesterday. Nothing.

*sigh*

UPDATE 25-05-2015:

I received this:

Text message
Text message

“Winning Starts Here!”

UPDATE 26-05-2015:

I have a watch again. It cost more than R0.00 to fix, but I’m happy.

Quick Update

Grumpy weirdos…

Bantry Bay
Bantry Bay
  • Week of 11-17 May.
  • Health week 1/8.
  • Monday, walked to work via the scenic route, booked my Polar watch in for a watch scrap repair (again), played with Layers for WordPress… pretty cool, drove to Franschhoek after the traffic, phoned Ernst on the way.
  • Tuesday, woke up thinking: 2015… Rugby World Cup and Star Wars!, phoned Anton and Georg on the way to Cape Town, work, processed some photos from the other two compact cameras that went to AfrikaBurn, gym… the pool is broken till June *sigh*, walked to The Ambassador Hotel in Bantry Bay, an early salad and a glass of Ataraxia Sauvignon at Koi with great views to catch up on some work, epic sunset (see above), a sunset G&T with Georg and Aiden at La Vie… nice to see them – Aiden had some crazy stories, arrived home to a totally empty kitchen – we’re having some floors redone at home.
  • Started reading The Four Hour Body book again.
  • New hobby, phone friends while driving… using that car phone I almost never seem to switch on… better than the false sense of friendship we have from using Facebook.
  • The troubles with Naulene seem a bit better. She agreed to go see a child psychologist with Mia.
  • After 4 AfrikaBurns, I think it’s safe to say I don’t really like the whole dress-up thing. No real desire to be somebody else. I get it – I should make more effort. Needs more thought. Nothing worse than seeing some half baked attempt to decorate something – two ribbons on a bike – waste of time.
  • Wednesday, up at 6:00, gym, office, R16 paleo brunch, Michael’s 2nd interview, sunset walk along the Promenade, Chinese for supper at Dynasty in Sea Point with Georg… pretty good.
  • Thursday, arrived at gym just before 7:00 – still dark, listened to Sam’s Town – great gym album, office, doc signing in Durbanville – kinda exit #4, made my first Contactless card payment in SA – buying hockey snacks for Mia along the N2, watched Mia’s hockey… mildly annoyed that I drove all the way to watch a game and Mia did not get a chance to play, talked to the coach, Mia played in the next game for one half and scored one goal, kids birthday present shopping, clothes shopping with Mia… winter socks, stockings and a training bra (which kinda failed because of the unhelpful shop assistant), tried to drop Mia off at home but Naulene had a moment and would not let Mia in the door without having all her homework done – so we sat in the back of my car and she did all her homework while Naulene yelled at the other two kids, arrived late to Jacques’ snoek braai in Durbanville, nice evening, Jacques showed me all his new paint ball toys.
  • Jacques still does not have fibre broadband in London.
  • I never really liked Sea Point, but it’s growing on me.
  • Friday, woke up thinking aB was a very big production – lots of logistics, Sam washed my car, I have a new floor in my room, office, fetched Mia from school, drove to Franschhoek, watched Star Trek (2009) with Mia.
  • Mia volunteered to do a 5min talk about AfrikaBurn for her class at school.
  • Living in 4 houses is tricky. Mia’s stuff is all over the place.
  • Saturday, rainy morning walk with the dogs, Greg and Stevi’s 3rd birthday party… lots of fun, I played photographer, epic afternoon nap, braai with Nikki, Tony and Dane.
  • Sunday, morning walk with the dogs, lazy Sunday, we managed to almost finish watching When Harry Met Sally before falling asleep, nice day.
  • I think it’s safe to say we will not be looking to include any internationals in our next AfrikaBurn project / theme camp. Having to deal with grumpy weirdos is no that much fun.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.