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, 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 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.

walter_watch

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.

Quick Update

Back from 10 days in the desert with only a few minor scratches…

Fog at the Waterfront
Fog at the Waterfront
  • Week of 4 to 10 May.
  • Monday, packed up our living camp at AfrikaBurn – huge mission, stopped for a curry and rice at the Tankwa Padstal, we managed to get off the dirt road before sunset, drove to Franschhoek, great to sleep in a real bed.
  • 12th time I’ve been on the R355 without a flat tire. Very happy.
  • Tuesday, unpacked, a Hammam scrubbing and a great salad at Babylonstoren with Nikki, sunset walk with the dogs, in bed early.
  • Wednesday, up at 5:00, drove to Cape Town, some photo downloads and backups, office, lots of email to process, City Fibre planning meeting, a slice of raw pizza at the Waterfront Food Market for lunch, Octotel catch up meeting, dropped Mia’s school clothes at CafeNeo with a pretty hysterical Naulene, some Thai food and answering theme camp member posts, a bit of photo processing, in bed early.
  • It really is winter now in Cape Town.
  • Thursday, some quick photo processing over breakfast, walked to work for a change… very nice, long day at the office, walked home around 19:00, in bed early.
  • Inbox zero! …and RSS feed zero.
  • Nice read on the logic behind IF.
  • Friday, walked to work, R16 paleo breakfast at Checkers, claimed a free coffee with the Vida app – it works well, Wade Bales wine show with Paul at 15 on Orange, in bed early.
  • At first I thought there were no photos of me at this year’s burn, but I found two in Gerry’s collection… both very random and from the back.
  • “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” — Dr. Seuss

  • Another 8 week health plan coming up. Only managed 7 of the 10 weeks of the last round.
  • Saturday, woke up around 8:00, fell asleep again, got out of bed around 10:00… so nice to not have to do anything, brunch with Wouter at Bootleggers in Bantry Bay, photo processing, sunset walk along Clifton and Camps Bay beach, Wouter’s famous steak with temperature probes and broccoli for supper.
  • I want to go back to AfrikaBurn and take more photos.
  • Sunday, very relaxed day, caught up on 5 weeks of blogging, chilled breakfast, nap, unpacked some (more) AfrikaBurn stuff, played with the new Macbook at the Waterfront… nice, but almost no travel in the keys – not sure I could get used to typing on that, got a new (fav) hoodie for the winter, a haircut at Mr Cobbs barber – trying a very adventurous new hairstyle, a misty walk past the Mouille Point lighthouse, soup and rye bread with lots of butter.
  • Check out the Dymaxion map.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

AfrikaBurn 2015…

AfrikaBurn 2015
AfrikaBurn 2015, photo by Gerald
  • Week of 27 April to 3 May.
  • That place we go to not sit in front of computers and play with phones…
  • My 4th AfrikaBurn, 1st with a SO, Mia’s 2nd.
  • My phone was off. Not too many notes to work with here.
  • Monday, I volunteered for gate greeter duty from 15:00 to 18:00, epic sunset.
  • Tuesday, hmm.. hung out with Mia, cycled around, took some photos at a sunset wedding.
  • Wednesday, Mia played marriage officer at the wedding chapel… Paul missed his shift, watched some Mary Poppins with Mia at the Sweet Love Cinema.
  • “I just got married by a nine year old.” — o/h as I cycled by some people.

  • Thursday, dropped Mia off in in Ceres, water refill and shopping for supplies, back before sunset.
  • We had great food this year (thanks!), managed to actually keep the same weight – not just protein shakes and trail mix. Also managed to get some sleep every night.
  • Try some dill in your next salad.
  • Friday, the Chris and Chris swimming pool camp in the afternoon, watched some things burn.
  • More than one cool cycling adventures around the desert. Mia loved the cycling.
  • Saturday, swimming pool camp in the afternoon and a spitbraai, watched some things burn… like I said, not that many notes.
  • Sunday, cycled around and found Cub Scout her bag, packed up the theme camp, a hot shower at Lynne’s camp and some T10 G&Ts, in bed early.
  • Activity levels at the burn are so much higher, makes you think that we were not designed to sit still for 8 hours a day.
  • Not enough photos taken. Next year I should really take out my camera more. I say this every year.
  • Some photos from the DSLR – I still need to process the photos from the two compact cameras.
  • It was great to meet a lot of new people, Gerald the Swiss guy in our camp in particular.
  • Separating the living camp (quiet zone) from the theme camp was maybe a bad idea. Can’t really work out a solution to this one. I’m thinking – next year I want to still camp in the quiet zone, but maybe have a lookout deck.
  • Many other learnings, lots of notes for next year.
  • The (two days of) packing up was a real bitch.
  • All in all, it was great fun and very rewarding, thanks for all the hard work everybody.
  • I’m kinda happy I still have a SO after this adventure, not that I doubted it really, but I think it’s very cool to be able to share experiences like these.
  • “For those that have been no explanation is necessary, for those that haven’t none is possible.” — Devin Ross Herd

This week you get two photos…

Our Vegas sign
Our 5m high Vegas wedding chapel sign

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Week before AfrikaBurn…

Franschhoek
Franschhoek
  • Week of 20 to 26 April.
  • Monday, new school visit with Mia and Naulene, hardware store, meeting with Naulene and a salad at Sacred Ground, afternoon walk with Nikki.
  • Trying to get some new parenting agreement with Naulene has been really painful.
  • Tuesday, school run, gym, swim, LED light order, fetched Mia from school, bike shopping.
  • Gym has been reduced to squats, abs and swimming.
  • More drama with Naulene.
  • Wednesday, some Vegas sign building, we found Mia a new 24″ bicycle in Paarl… bit of a late birthday gift, awesome dinner at LQF with Nikki.
  • Mia is now 150cm, 43kg, shoe size 5.
  • Thursday, Cape Town day, Wellness warehouse shopping, vitB shot around Kloof street… first one in my arm (not so much fun), Orms visit to get some Polaroid film.
  • Remember: it’s unlikely for people of divergent mental health levels to remain in a relationship. The crazies mostly have short relationships. The sane ones get taken out of dating pool so there is a bigger % of crazies in dating pool.
  • Friday, storage visit, fetched my bike, shopping, scones and cream with Mia at Somerset Mall and ginger shots… just for the expression on Mia’s face, Wouter and Gerry came to visit, lots of (reluctant) packing.
  • The start of 10 days in the desert, 6 days for Mia.
  • Saturday, final packing, we drove to AfrikaBurn with the Vegas sign and two pretty full 2Ton trailers, a quick stop at the Tankwa Padstal, Nikki rang the first-timers gong around early evening, found a spot to camp just before sunset, T10 G&Ts with Storm and Angelique.
  • Sunday, a day of theme camp setup, Mia convinced Wouter to assemble her bike and went off exploring.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Single dad adventures and a bit of home schooling…

AfrikaBurn prep
AfrikaBurn prep
  • Week of 13 to 19 April.
  • Monday, up at 5:30, school run to from Franschhoek to Somerset West, sense of humour failure with Naulene again – she did not pack school shoes for Mia and knew that they were missing but did not tell me, drove to the office in Cape Town, fetched Mia from school in Somerset West, some shopping and an early supper with Mia, back to Cape Town, some theme camp planning and sign building.
  • Somerset West: a town where the highway has traffic lights.
  • Tuesday, up at 6:00, school run from Cape Town to Somerset West with some Bohemian Rhapsody, a meeting with Naulene at Manuka, a quick swim and sauna to de-stress, fetched the (China election strength) ink for our theme camp stamps, a meeting in Cape Town, fetched Mia from school – she found her school shoes again, took Mia shopping for stationary, back to Cape Town, a quick sunset promenade walk with Mia, helped Mia with some homework, wrote Naulene a long email, wrote Mia’s name in her school shoes, in bed early.
  • Wednesday, home schooling day, got up at 6:00 to discover the power was off, got back in bed and slept till 8:00, some home schooling and work from home, Mia did Mathletics on her laptop and managed to get a high score of sorts, sunset Glen Beach and Camps Bay Beach walk with Mia, calamari platter at Ocean Basket in Camps Bay for supper, processed all the notes on my phone, bought Mia an AfrikaBurn ticket, in bed early, great day.
  • Thursday, up at 6:00, school run, we fetched a new hockey shirt for Mia, worked at gym, figured out the stretch tent logistics for our camps, gym, swim, fetched Mia, shopping and a burger at W cafe, sunset drive to Cape Town, gluing and cutting parts of the Vegas sign with Wouter, in bed after 0:00.
  • The Vegas sign is taking shape, very cool little industrial design project.
  • I’ve been pondering 2nd relationships and blended families recently. Pro tip: you really should work out if you are dating somebody you want to be a co-parent with fairly early on. It really helps if they are fully functional humans.
  • I’m about to introduce Mia to the 12 Star Trek movies. Not that I’m that big a trekkie, but I figure it’s something you need to see.
  • Friday, up at 6:00, school run, car wash day, got a gift wrapped and found a UniqueHorn card, nice breakfast at W cafe… bumped into Theo, gym, swim, watched Mia’s hockey… she scored 7 goals, drove to Franschhoek, had some The Botanist Islay G&Ts… try it.
  • IF does not work with kids around, somehow you always have to buy them ice cream.
  • Our 12 pairs of Elvis shades arrived.
  • Saturday, AfrikaBurn theme camp building day with Mia, Nikki, Felix, Paul, Wouter, Storm and Angilique. Good fun – this was the first actual building and painting day.
  • “I might have bought up all the gold splay paint in Franschhoek.” — Nikki

  • After three years of theme camp projects for AfrikaBurn, I really feel we’ve stepped things up and have something cool to put on the Binnekring this year. Much more work than past years. We camped next to the Ledhedz camp in 2012 and I remember being inspired by all the work that went into that. I remember having a chat with Jon Cline towards the end of that burn and thinking I really want to do something that cool.
  • Sunday, more theme camp painting work with Nikki and Paul, sunset walk with the kids and dogs.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.