I was thinking a rewatch would be in order last week… and then Ernst sent me this yesterday…
ps. first post with WordPress iOS app.
Weekend in Vermont…
- Quick Update number 304 (almost 6 years).
- Monday, put the last few month’s of Mia’s photos on her iPad1 (10670 photos in total now), Skype meeting, gym, pool was too full to swim, a sunset walk around Tamboerskloof – walked by the farm and our old house in Leeukloof Road, Mousaka for supper at Daily Deli – good memories of that place, watched Captain Phillips… not bad.
- Had a chat with Charl about music festivals en Europe on Sunday – I really need to go check out a few (for business reasons obviously).
- If I end up moving to Cape Town I’ll have to become a weekend dad again, not ideal, but will just have to make the most of it.
- Tuesday, up early, gym, swim, I seemed to have lost my slops at gym the previous day and they were not at lost and found… very annoying, managed to process about 1/2 the email in my inbox, walked around Lions Head, made some salad, a beer at Sgt. Peppers with Johann.
- Wednesday, meeting with Jan and Werner at Blue Crane in Stellenbosch, picked up some emergency slops, haircut, watched Mia’s cricket team (the U8 Unicorns) vs Beaumont – they won, but I was pretty unimpressed by the level of coaching, nice afternoon with Mia – walking around and taking photos at Vergelegen… beautiful gardens, epic play area, Mia took a few photos, Mediterranean platter and a game of chess for supper at W Cafe, dropped Mia at her mom’s, sunset drive back to Cape Town.
- Thursday, breakfast at Loading Bay in De Waterkant with Michael, Jared and Armin, gym, swim, dropped Cath at the airport, walked down to Wellness Warehouse and helped Ashley with some WordPress tips – let’s hope she sticks with it, Lions Head walk, watched the sunset from Signal Hill – all kinds of awesome.
- Seems there is a pretty big community of food/farm hacking around Cape Town.
- I kinda feel like a tourist in Cape Town – bit of a love-hate thing.
- If I had to do it all again > Seed funding > build POC > make Video > refine pitch > skip talking to SA VCs > join accelerator in EU / US… build something witch the global (English speaking) market wants.
- Something must be very wrong – I suspect I’m starting to prefer the odd glass of Sauvignon Blanc over Chardannay.
- I was thinking I should have bought a DSLR earlier and I should have started my weekly blog posts earlier. Then again, as Jacques recently pointed out I was taking photos of my food since 2000 and posting them online – back then it was strange, now it’s pretty normal.
- Friday, rainy admin day, fetched Georg from the airport, Fetched Mia and Francis (a bit of drama), drove to Hermanus – beach house on the sea in Vermont… Mia did not remember the place – since we last visited in Dec 2009, braai.
- Saturady, Hemel and Aarde Valley wine tour – the lesser known spots this time, Southern Right, Sumaridge… nice cheese and fruit platter, Domaine Des Dieux.. most impressive, Hermanus Pietersfontein, which brings me to 9/17 of the H&A farms visited now.. awesome Chardonnay region, sunset walk, G&Ts, epic braai (thanks Georg) – filet, sosaties, braaibroodjies.
- Sunday, up at 4:00 with Francis coughing – took her some water which helped, morning walk along the wooden beach walkway to the tidal pools, packing, drove to Gordon’s Bay, big hake and calamari meal at the harbour, ice cream, rainy drive to drop Georg at the airport, walked around the Waterfront with Mia and Francis – nice new play area… it’s been too long, gelato, photo processing, in bed early.
- Great weekend, 84 photos (above average).
- Tunes of the week: Brothers album by The Black Keys.
- Remember: Tuesday the 4th is pancake day!
Have a fun week, crazy kids.
Far out of the comfort zone…
Walking up Lions Head
- Not going to lie, I took some strain this week.
- Monday, woke up at Aiden’s house in Sea Point, quick Promenade walk, email scrubbing at Wembley Square, gym, swim, booked in my camera at Photographic Repairs (Park rd) – holding thumbs, lunch at Wellness Warehouse, death by email, vitB shot – more painful than usual, back to Wembley Square, sunset walk around Kloof st, Startupbootcamp related Skype meeting.
- Living out of a suitcase for a month really gets you to trim down on the things you don’t need.
- Still homeless, but at least I think I’ve figured out that I need to move to Cape Town again.
- Tuesday, woke up in Tamboerskloof, early morning blogging and photo processing, gym, swim, Skype call to .nl, we managed to make it into the top 17 for Startupbootcamp Amsterdam, a beer at La Perla with Johann and Victoria – for some reason I remember them playing this song: “Until the night closes in…” (seems to capture the general La Perla experience nicely), spotted two of my photos on the wall at Call-a-Pizza in Sea Point, Sgt. Peppers in Long St with Johann and Victoria.
- Had a chat with Victoria, seems RTD2012 created a few ripples.
- I suspect I spend too much time in the past in my head.
- Wednesday, woke up in Sea Point, not the best day – visa issues, Mia’s girls relay swimming gala – she swam freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke – Mia’s school won (most points), ribs at the Spur with Francis and Mia – they have a pretty epic play area, dropped the girls at Naulene’s house, sunset walk around Tamboerskloof.
- SA passports really sucks, could not get a visa quick enough for Startupbootcamp.
- Thursday, a bit of aquaponics research, awesome sunset walk around Lions Head – it’s been too long, Kloof st conveyer belt sushi, watched Escape Plan… entertaining.
- Friday, lunch with Cath at Sababa (Bree St), fetched my camera – seems a loose screw blew a fuse rolling around a circuit board, a glass of wine at Brampton with Jan and Werner, fetched Mia, drove to Bettys.
- Lessons for the week: reliable, cheap and generally available internet access is _still_ a problem in Cape Town.
- Anton’s “bek, hek, nek” jokes seem to never get old.
- Satuardy, epic weekend with Anton and family in Bettys, a pretty big wave crashed over Mia, Louise and Anton while near the rock pools, braai, beach time, sundowners on the rocks with Chris, nice dinner, perfect day.
- Sunday, leg of lamb for Sunday lunch, walked around the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden with Mia and Petr, met up with Charl and family at the garden’s restaurant, dropped Petr off at his gran’s house, hake, calamari and chess with Mia at Surfside in Strand, dropped Mia off at Naulene’s house, some photo processing.
- Appreciate the little things – like a fully charged toothbrush.
- Happy to have my camera back. I seem to average about 150 albums (moments worth taking a camera to) per year – a bit sad that I missed the recent Amesterdam moments, but maybe also a nice reminder to keep taking photos.
Have a fun week, crazy kids.
- Week of 10-16 Feb.
- Monday, woke up in Dublin at 7:00ish, death warmed up, bus ride to the airport, my DSLR died, Jacques missed his flight, Aer Lingus flight to Amsterdam, train ride to central station, sunset walk around Amsterdam – beautiful city.
- Tuesday, woke up at the Ibis hotel, met Jordan at the Amsterdam central station, meeting with PayLogic, lunch at a Chinese place, met with guys from Adyen, met with StartupBootcamp Amsterdam, rainy walk to the hotel, frites and mayo, a beer at a Bavarian bar (got the timezone wrong and was a bit early), party at the Paymentwall offices (waitresses in air hostess outfits and baby tigers on display), Heineken seems to be the beer of choice – in metal bottles, a party at some other company function related to the Casual Connect conference – Jordan (who is a bit like the Amsterdam version of Paul Carr without the drinking problem) got in as some bigcorp (could have been PayPal) exec, I got in as Jordan, talked event photography with a pretty photographer from Kiev named Sasha, cold and windy walk back to the hotel, all in all a fun day.
- Wednesday, up at 6:00, train to the airport, 11 hour KLM flight to Cape Town, watched Rush… pretty good, watched Runner Runner… not bad, Werner fetched me at the airport.
- It sucks flying through the day – night time flights are much better.
- Thursday, woke up in Stellenbosch, fetched my car at Paul’s house, omelette at Basic Bistro with Werner, Carlyles with Georg, a beer at Il Leone.
- Friday, woke up in Sea Point, salad at La Perla with Georg, met up with Paul in Cape Town, Mia’s school swimming gala with Naulene and family, as I arrived Mia started her freestyle heat, but forgot her goggles so swam into the lane barriers – mild sense of humour failure, then she came 2nd in the breaststroke and won the backstroke race – she won the trophy for Grade 2 with the most points in the gala and she was very happy, full moon sunset valentines supper with Mia overlooking the Stellenbosch mountains with a glass of Longridge Chardonnay (JOMO: Georg and Aiden went to Ultra festival).
- Saturday, woke up on Paul’s farm around 7:00 feeling nicely rested, I made some (photo) backups for the first time in too long, took Mia to Zara’s 8th birthday party in Erinvale, stopped by Naulene’s house, crazy hot day – 45deg, nap, sunset walk with Mia around Paul’s farm, salad, in bed early.
- Note to self: make Mia drink 1L of water before going to a kids party.
- Mia liked her Swiss chocolates, tshirt and model KLM plane.
- Seems Clone Wars Season 6 will be out early in March.
- Sunday, we watched Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, omelette at Basic Bistro, met up with Dirk and Jan briefly, dropped Mia at her gran’s house, afternoon with Georg in Cape Town – heat wave in town had to stop for a beer at a few places, La Perla, La Vie, Wakami with Aiden, pizza at Posticino, a great evening swim to cool down.
Have a fun week, crazy kids.
Geneva and Dublin…
- The week of 3-9 Feb.
- Monday, woke up in Geneva, bus ride to IMG (business school) in Lousanne, made good progress on my GUST presentation and pitch, semi-final pitches, a moving conversation on the bus ride home, sad to read about John’s car accident.
- For some reason I can’t seem to force my Macbook wifi radio to 2.4Ghz – just could not get it to connect on 5Ghz to a Cisco AP. Painful.
- They seem to really like their bread in Geneva.
- Tuesday, SSW final at CICG, long trade show day, met a lot of people – from Spain, France, Dubai etc. – also a pretty French girl – who was interested in Bitcoin, QS, JOMO (digital detox) and AfrikaBurn, Flitto won SSW (a 9 year overnight success) – Simon (the founder) is an awesome guy, watched a pretty epic documentary about ten years of Alibaba.com, dead tired, drinks with the SSW people at Scandals, ended up at a Hookah lounge in the red light area of Genava with some of the other SSW founders: an Armenian guy from Dubai (Rafael) and two guys from Denmark living in Thailand – and a London based R&D guy for Visa – who says he read about GUST a while ago.
“The biggest risk in life is not taking any risk.”
- 40% of the SSW founders were not from the country they represent, many of them were on startup 2 or more.
- It was great to meet the SSW team and all the founders – good network, which I think was the real value.
- Geneva: wax museum with a pulse.
- Note to self: preparing for these startup pitching events takes a lot of time, some of these guys have been working on their pitches for months. I hope I did a good job at representing Cape Town and SA.
- Wednesday, walked to the Lift14 conference at CICG, finally managed to sit still for the first time in 4 days and fully charge my laptop and phone, tired, very cool talk about (not) hiding complexity and our relationship with devices by @alexislloyd from nytlabs, tram ride, steak at Le Relais de l’Entrocote with Thomas and Casper – Thailand sounds pretty cool, taxi ride, an iki beer (with green tea) at Lola’s bar with the SSW crew.
- Lots of hot woman around Lift14 – in a non-obvious way, the geeky designer types.
- Had a long chat with a KDE hacker about Xorg, Wayland and Mir. Interesting. In summary: you probably want to keep your Macbook for one more year before thinking of switching (back) to Linux. At least Intel has committed to Wayland.
- Thursday, last (full) day in Geneva – first sunny day, Lift14 day2 (future of work session), walked passed the ITU building, played with an Oculus Rift, attended the LEGO serious play workshop (built a “my nightmare date” LEGO model), Indian food with the SSW crew – chats about Jolla phones (I want one), South Korea, xmas lights powered by sprouts, a goodbye Leffe Draught at Duke Pub with Thomas.
- Rabbit. Carrot. Pistol. (Rock. Paper. Scissors.)
- Realised again that language can be a bitch – a real barrier.
- Friday, very cold and wet walk to the train station, train to the airport, SAS flight to Copenhagen, watched The Great Gatsby… meh – the brunette was hot, awesome salad and a Carlsberg in Copenhagen, flight to Dublin for Jacques’ birthday weekend, met Jacques in the passport queue at the airport, thank you Ireland for not needing a visa, bus ride into town, found our hotel, cold and wet walk to Temple Bar for some live traditional Irish music, some Connamera Irish single malt.
- Very little fear of flying at the moment, which is good.
- The NSA is sitting on the biggest set of useful online dating data.
- Saturday, hotel breakfast buffet, Dublin (hop-on-off city) bus, Guinness factory tour, had an idea to grow aquaponic hops, a great tasting Guinness at gravity bar, bus ride to the Jameson factory, watched some of the Ireland vs Whales game over an Irish coffee, met Pletz for a drink, good show at the International Comedy Club, Nando’s.
- Seems Bram Stoker used to write children’s books, until he got married.
- Jacques is planning on becoming a shake and bake house husband – remotely, in under three weeks. Level 9 skills.
- Jacques reminded me that Naulene got herself some other valentines date in 2008, while we were still together. Strange but true.
- Sunday, bacon and eggs brunch with Jacques, walked to the train station, Bitcoin chats on the way to Pletz’s house (who we know from Stellenbosch underwater hockey days), we missed our stop, Pletz fetched us, catch-up and braai, awesome family day, more than one Jameson, train back to the city, out and about.
- I’m happy we waited a year with Mia’s immunisation shots.
- Children are awesome.
- Lessons of the week: 1) no chance of getting international funding for an SA business 2) find and join a well respected startup accelerator.
- I really liked Dublin. Nice vibe. Good fun.
- Big thanks to Seedstars World team, Jacques and Pletz.
Have a fun week, crazy kids.
- Monday, gym, vitB shot, started packing, drove to Somerset West to give Mia her maths workbook, packed The Death Star in Ziploc bags.
- Tuesday, gym, backups – before going travelling for two weeks make sure you have five backups in four locations, fetched my passport/visa in Cape Town, had a Whopper with Werner (the complete opposite of the regular Zucchini’s lunch), lots of last minute things to sort out before leaving, packing to move (FML!), Paul and Janna popped over.
- Moving house + mom heart attack + startup negotiations + startup competition and overseas trip plannnig… *sigh*.
- Wednesday, up at 5:00, moar packing, moved my stuff to storage – everything still fits in 3x3x2.5m fairly easily, found a 3 page diary entry Naulene wrote about a day walking around Cape Town with Ernst and a walk up Lions Head with Ernst and me – a great day (25 Sept 2005) – I still have the photos, watched Mia’s swimming training at school – backstroke day – she’s making good progress, we went shopping for a shammy swimming towel and a bigger swimsuit for Mia, had some red wine biltong (very good), ninja ice cream, Helderberg (strawberry) farm visit – Mia played in the sprinklers and managed to get very wet, I took some 1/8000sec water droplet photos, we had supper at the new Greek restaurant near the farm – George’s, the usual tasty meze stuff followed by (a bit too) exotic dishes (White Bait and Baby Octopus legs – which Mia ordered), dropped Mia at Naulene’s house with three bags full of (pre 5yo) toys, dead tired, watched some Top Gear in an empty house.
- The idea of spending an afternoon with Mia after all the packing and moving was good motivation.
- Note to self: do not move house and pack for two weeks overseas on the same day.
- Thursday, woke up in a sleeping bag, bought three AfrikaBurn tickets, packed up my kitchen – which took longer than planned, Werner helped me move my last stuff to storage, interesting feeling being homeless, a burger and a bottle of unfilted Fleur De Cap Chardonnay at De Oewer with Werner, dropped my car off at Paul’s house, Bitcoin meeting with Jan and Werner in Claremont – I guess that was the first meetup of/about the South African Bitcoin Foundation (a bit meh), Jan dropped me off at the airport, killing
time with G&D’s (Gin and Dry Lemon) at the airport wondering if I packed everything, KLM flight to Amsterdam at 0:25, fairly comfy flight – got some sleep.
- Almost 40deg in Stellenbosch on Thursday, about 4deg in Geneva on Friday.
- Friday, woke up over Europe somewhere, watched The 5th Estate (WikiLeaks movie) – pretty good, walked around Schipol airport for a bit, spoke to my mom, KLM flight to Geneva, I was greeted by the SeedstarsWorld people at the airport, found my hostel (after a bit of a train ride and a walk), laptop charge and shower, sunset photography walk around Geneva – followed my nose for about 4 hours – beautiful city, a bit nippy outside, lamb shawarma at a street cafe 8 CHF (~R100) – this city is not cheap, picked up a Wired mag and read it over a beer, met up with the SSW crew at a bar called Les Brasseurs.
“Courage is contagious.”, “Revolution is the struggle between the past and the future.” — from The 5th Estate
- Interesting that Snowden did not use WikiLeaks – but seems so closely tied to them afterwords.
- Note to self: donate some Bitcoin to WikiPedia and WikiLeaks.
- Saturday, first day of Feb, woke up in a youth hostel in Geneva, first day of SSW Bootcamp at EPFL in Lausanne, visit to the Rolex Learning Centre – impressive building, mentor sessions, made my presentation from scratch in 30min, first pitching session – some impressive business ideas around, wine tasting evening – nice French Chardonnay, traditional Raclette for supper (three plates of melted cheese with charcuterie and gerkins) at a local restaurant with the Seedstars crew.
“The UN of startups.” — about SSW in Geneva, o/h on the bus.
- Every time I have a text editor open to make notes people ask me if I’m busy coding.
- Sunday, up early, full day of startup coaching and pitches in Lousanne, beer-ping-pong pitches, in bed early.
- Good article about the Zappos CEO in Las Vegas in Wired.
- Looking forward to seeing Jacques in Dublin.
Have a fun week, startup kids.
- Monday, school run – we talked about multiplication and division, blogging at gym, Stellenbosch gym, email scrubbing, sunset walk with Mia.
- We’re officially on the IS Labs website now.
- Tuesday, school run, gym, Gusted some Simply Asia sushi, Mia made it into the school swimming squad, roast chicken supper with Mia and Anjela, we read a shortened version of Gulliver’s Travels before bed time.
- Wednesday, school run, Waterstone gym, haircut, renewed our PO Box in Cape Town, lunch at Wembley Square, a beer a Royal Eatery, Founders Club meetup no6 at Publik Wine Bar (overpriced Hipster wine bar) – the grass fed beef biltong was pretty good, great supper at Mesopotamia with Werner and Andreas – have not been there since December 2009.
- I suspect I’ve become one of those people who don’t like going to Unisex hairdressers – a Barber seems to actually know how to use a pair of clippers and have some sense of pride in cutting hair accurately.
- Thursday, school run, Gust’s weekly meeting, Woordfees meetings, afternoon walk with Georg, a long phone call, supper at Apres with Mia and Georg.
- Friday, school run, gym, breakfast at Greengate and a Berg-pad walk with Georg, Mia’s inter-house athletics / picnic, was feeling a bit deflated – or maybe just not looking forward to moving house, watched some Entourage.
- Saturday, watched About Time – great movie, Etienne and Clarissa’s baby shower in De Waal park with Paul and Taryn – happy I drove though, Riesling Rocks at Harteberg with Jan, Adelle and Yolandi – good fun, night out with Georg, Janey, Janna, Tascha and Johan – Jolly Roger with Kabous, Balboa (which ended in a bit of an argy bargy exit), Mystic with Janey and Janna.
- About time travel: there was than one moment at the end of 2007 that I may have wanted to change (NYE iirc) – but only with all the information I have now.
- Did a bit of reading about Aquaponics.
- Sunday, watched some Entourage Season 4 and 5 with Georg, Wijnhuis, Georg set off on his travels back to Durban, Jacques phoned, photo processing, sunset walk to the Eerste Rivier chain bridge, phoned Ernst – who seems to have quit his job.
“Freedom or Death” — from Entourage.
I hate change. I love change.
The real Cape Town…
- Monday, gym with Werner – first legs day in a while, set up incremental rsync backups for my Linode (more snags than I initially expected), finished the (2nd) TrustFabric opt-out proposal for the NCC, sunset walk around Stellenbosch, veg and Chardonnay, killed some crickets (at least one per night at the moment).
- Upgraded my media centre Mac Mini to Mavericks – just so I can share an Aperture lib – so I can have all my landscape 5D photos as a screensaver on the TV, rebuilt its RAID1 set (only took 5 hours) – always a bit annoying when you fix something you know you could have fixed months ago.
- No real luck with Tinder so far, but it’s still amusing.
- btw. Gust Pay and TrustFabric managed to get new funding towards the end of December.
- I used to try keep a balance between my Quick Update posts and other content – I don’t think I really bother anymore.
- Tuesday, gym, took a walk to swap my offsite backup drive – it’s been a bit too long, sunset walk, watched some Entourage.
- Storage space I currently need to make sure all my personal data it safe: around 1TB.
- Wednesday, up early, Mia’s first day in Grade 2, my garage door was finally fixed, set up a Bitcoin SMS gateway with Pieter (37 Coins), street soiree with Paul (which was overly full – had to walk back home to get us glasses), Campari and a good burger at 5 Reyneveld.
- We started building a new ticketing system for Gust this week.
“Powerdisking” — Paul, about watching a whole season/box set of TV shows in one go.
- I’m off to Switzerland at the end of the month for the final of SeedStars World.
- Thursday, up early to book a flight and complete visa docs, Schengen visa appointment in Cape Town, Zuchinni’s veg pancake stack and fresh juice (yum), got a new pair of Reef Fannings – probably my 6th pair since 2005, Wembley Square, good meeting about .nl festivals, got a (50MB/s write) USB stick, parent info evening at Mia’s school with Naulene – Mia’s new teacher is cool, sunset walk around Stellenbosch.
- Seems South Africans need a transit visa (DATV) for LHR to a Schengen country. WTF? A visa to spend 45min waiting for the next flight. The guys at SA home affairs must be proud. Spectacular regression.
- Friday, gym, all kinds of unhappiness about DAT visas, cancelled my BA flight (going with KLM), fetched Mia from school, shoe shopping – had to get bigger school shoes and sport shoes (she liked a pair of glowing green/yellow Nike Free’s), she’s a size 3 now – tricky because most kids shoes go up to 2 and ladies shoes start at 4, sunset walk and a run on the Coetzenburg rugby fields, watched the last of Entourage Season 3.
- Mia’s is 137cm, 34.5kg, shoe size 3, not sure why I collect this data, might plot it at some point.
- Saturday, some Clone Wars and green smoothie with avo, swimming with Mia, dropped Mia at her gran’s house, Noble Savages party in Constantia, Rodney played some great music – “your own personal Jesus”, midnight swim – more than one hot girl at the party.
- AfrikaBurn fundraiser house party – the real Cape Town.
- My green smoothie currently contains: avo, bananna, spirulina, (lots of) flaxseeds, coconut, chia seeds, moringa, cinnamon, cocoa nibs and whey protein.
- Sunday, watched the new Riddick movie – it sucked, nap, late lunch and some Longridge Chardonnay at Root44 market with Paul, fetched Mia, Thirsty Scarecrow play area, La Pineta play area, sunset walk along the Eerste Rivier up to the chain bridge with Mia.
“Everybody has their list of things they just don’t do, mine is just a bit shorter.” — Paul
Have a fun week, crazy kids.
Getting back to work…
- Monday, Day 1 of the health programme, first gym session in a while with Werner – Mia went to Club V, lunch at Greengate with Francis, rainy day puzzle building, shopping with Mia and Francis, cooked supper while they watched Clone Wars, Francis sleepover, we read three bed time books.
- I showed Mia the Eddie Izzard Death Star Canteen video (clean version) – she loved it.
“Did you dry these in a rainforest? Why, with the power of the Death Star do we not have a tray that is ****ing dry?”
- Mia discovered DuckDuckGo.
- Started working again, mostly planning for the year.
- Tuesday, Francis’s fifth birthday, gym with Werner, Mia and Francis went to Club V, took Mia and Francis to the birthday party in Somerset West, sunset walk around Stellenbosch and some blogging, browsed through photos from 2004-2009.
- Francis is super cute – a bit sad not really being a part of her life anymore.
- Wednesday, up at 6:30, healthy eating day, blogging, rainy day gym session, swim, fixed my Aperture library issues (kinda, I think I need 16GB memory), migrated about 70GB of photos, sunset walk, backups, noisy crickets – did not sleep well.
- Seems I only took (kept) about 2500 photos in 2013. 4300 in 2012, 6300 in 2011.
- Our AfrikaBurn 2014 theme camp plotting and planning has begun.
- Tune of the week: FOALS, Spanish Sahara. Hat tip to Etienne. Pretty keen to see them at Ramfest.
- Thursday, up at 5:15, early flight to Joburg with Werner and Jan, Gust Pay and TrustFabric strategy workshop, had my shoes shined at the airport – something different, flight back, killed two crickets.
- Friday, watched The Wolf of Wall Street – great movie, Brampton (until they closed) – had a chat about Zeppelins with Dirk, ended up DJ’ing the last few tunes of the evening (generally a good sign that you’ve had enough wine).
- Saturday, watched some Entourage (S3), Naulene dropped Mia off, swimming at gym, Potjie at Werner’s for his birthday, we watched Tales from Earthsea (Ghibli) – strange, but not bad.
- Sunday, we watched Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind 1984 (pre-Ghibli) – a bit out there, but entertaining, swimming at gym, ribs and veg at Apres, gelato and a stroll around town, processed Mia’s school photos from 2013, Strand Beach walk – had a long chat with Mia about talent vs work, dropped Mia at her gran’s house.
Have a fun week, crazy kids.
NYE week, last week of holiday…
- Week of 30 Dec to 5 Jan.
- Monday, got up at 10:00.. new (late) record for recent times, sunset braai at Paul’s farm with Georg and Paul – great braai broodjies and red wine, watched The Abyss again – epic movie (to watch after Aliens).
- Tuesday, french toast (with extra savoury mince on the side) at Basic Bistro with Georg, Kink Disco NYE party at Zevenwacht Wine Estate with Paul and Georg – this involved a fair bit of “just in time Joe” planning.
- Hello 2014 – though, to be honest this reality only set in a week or two later.
- The socials… ended the year with 1193 FB friends – no real growth since 1050 in Dec 2012. Twitter followers mildly better 877 from 723.
- Wednesday, chilled at home, watched The Mexican again, nap, watched Leon, Zoolander and Pain and Gain again with Georg and Paul, lots of bubbly and Chardonnay, nap, watched some Entourage.
“I have to ask you a question. It’s a good one so think about it. If two people love each other, but they just can’t seem to get it together, when do you get to that point of enough is enough?” — The Mexican, good dialog for a pretty cheesy movie.
- Thursday, tea with Anton, breakfast at The Open Kitchen with Georg, more chilling and photo processing, lunch at Inniebosch followed by a Caffe Coretto (Grappa and Espresso), Balboa with Al and Georg, fun evening at Jolly Roger and Balboa (until they closed around 2am) with Anton, Niel, Celeste and Anke(?).
- Friday, ribs at Apres with Georg, watched a few episodes of The Trip – not bad, nap, a sunset walk around Mostertsdrif, nice supper at Anton’s – awesome summer evening, watched The Counterfeiters – not bad, made popcorn, watched Zombieland again.
- Saturday, Georg and Anton started their long drives home, fetched Mia, car wash while shopping for a birthday present for Francis, nap, watermelon, body surfing at Strand beach with Mia, soft serve ice cream, sunset beach walk, made popcorn, Clone Wars – nice day.
- Sunday, I made gourmet omelettes, we completed the Death Star – only took us 10 months (one of the reasons I could not move in November), swimming at gym, Mia swam a 25m freestyle in 26 sec, Strand beach walk – pretty much end to end with a soft serve ice cream in between, fish and chips and a beer cocktail (Jack Black, Jack Daniels and Passion Fruit) at The Thirsty Scarecrow (Mooiberge) – try it, Mia had a Grenadine and soda, variation on her usual Passion Fruit and soda – she played in the play area till 20:45 and it was not totally dark yet, gelato and a walk around the middle of Stellenbosch – another great summers day.
Have a fun week, crazy kids.
Mostly a week of watching movies, the one kinda sparked a reason to rewatch the next…
- Week of 23-29 Dec.
- Monday, last minute xmas shopping, breakfast at Wijnhuis with Mia, swimming (with Mia’s new fins), we finished a box of cherries, nap, sunset walk to Coetzenburg rugby fields, we searched for the LeapFrog Tag pen and finally found it, loaded the Solar System adventure pack on it (early xmas gift), watched Gravity with Georg – pretty lame movie.
- Tuesday, watched Titan AE, Death Star Lego building (up to page 220/260) and some BTC trading, swimming with Mia – took a video of her freestyle stroke with the underwater camera to show her at home, dropped Mia at her gran’s (old) house, xmas eve dinner with Paul at De Cameron – try the traditional Italian meat dishes there.
- Wednesday, relaxed xmas day in De Wetsdaai with Anton and Georg, a swim at Bikini Beach, a drink and a braai broodjie at the Jolly Roger – pretty much the only place that was open in Stellenbosch.
- Joe’s xmas present to Joe: 1.0 BTC and a bottle of Acqua Di Gio.
- Thursday, watched The Campaign – ok, watched Alien3 – epic, Georg managed to sleep trough most of both movies, late lunch with Georg at The Long Table – we had a 22yo Clos Malverne Cab/Merlot, try the cheesecake there, watched World War Z – entertaining, sunset walk, Anton dropped off my diving gear, Trumpet Tree with Al, Paul and about 10 other Stellenbosch locals.
- The tenth man policy: when nine people agree on something, it’s the tenth man’s responsibility to disagree no matter how improbable the idea. — From WWZ
- Watching movies now often involves an iPad with the Wikipedia page to check random details and facts.
- Friday, watched Alien Resurection – not the best one in the series, but entertaining, omelette at Basic, body surfing at Strand Beach with Mia and Georg, soft serve ice cream, dropped Mia at her mom’s, a beer cocktail at The Thursty Scarecrow.
- Turns out there will be a Clone Wars Season 6 – in early 2014, joy.
- Saturday, watched Django Unchained – very entertaining, played with Tinder… looks like a cool app, but you can’t seem to undo anything and the swiping UX is a bit prone to mistakes, watched True Romance again – epic, spent a few hours watching Burning Man Youtube clips and reading about Geodesic domes.
“Now, if that’s a fact, tell me, am I lying?” — one of the best scenes ever.
- Theme for the last few weeks has been rediscovering a few things I really like to do – swimming, wine, music… read: stick with what you know (only if you really like it).
- Sunday, mostly listened to music and cleaned the house, shopping, sense of humour failure – Naulene made me drive to Somerset West and back for no reason – same old issue: communication, nap, movie night and Mediterranean food with Paul, watched Snow White and the Huntsman – nice visuals, watched Death and the Maiden again – pretty gripping.
“I love you. It has been the logic of my life, but I have a feeling it’s going to destroy me.” — Death and the Maiden, good scene.
One more week to catch up on.
Yes, I know, three weeks without blogging…
- The week of 16-22 Dec.
- My phone notes got a bit out of hand over the holiday time.
- I traveled ~2400km this week.
- Monday, woke up in Durban, road trip down the N2 with Georg (with some Black Keys, Pixies, Ben Harper and Depeche Mode), epic buffet breakfast, we stopped at the Nelson Mandela Museum in Qunu, Cinsta East, Cinsta Bay, table tennis, beach walk, swim, partied with a pretty crazy tennis coach from Holland (Flo) and four German girls (volunteer workers ranging in age from 18 to 23).
“Your dad is 3 years older than me?” — Georg to the blonde girl.
“Easy, guys… I put my pants on just like the rest of you — one leg at a time. Except, once my pants are on, I make gold records.” — THE Bruce Dickinson, More Cowbell.
“Dis alles snaaks tot iemand huil, en dit was amper ek.” — how Georg woke me up on Tuesday morning.
- Tuesday, woke up at Buccanneers Backpackers, had to do some work, breakfast with an awesome view of the river mouth – with the German girls, beach walk, braai.
- I’ve developed a thing for marmalade. Orange marmalade. Yum.
“Be gay on your own time.” — Georg
“Startups that use technology to disrupt existing, profitable business models and can scale fast.”
- Wednesday, woke up in Cintsa, drove to Grahamstown, lunch at Kenton on Sea, Jbay beach, shell shop visit, fish and chips, watched about 10min of Hanibal before falling asleep.
- Thursday, woke up in Jbay, big guesthouse breakfast, Jbay factory shops, Tsitsikama big tree 5k hike – well worth it, Keurbooms, Plett, a beer with Al at Loui’s in Knysna, pizza at Sirocco, Bloo – interesting place.
- Friday, breakfast at Ile de pain, haircut, drove to Stellenbosch with Al (Georg drove to Cape Agulhas) – a fair bit of Bitcoin talk on the way, a beer at Trumpet, bought some more BTC.
- 666: Al’s bar tab number at Trumpet Tree.
- Saturday, Love and Light with Ernst, Paul, Al and Peter Futter.
“Namaste bitches.” — Ernst’s line of the day.
“Get involved.” — Paul
“How the gym gives back.” — Ernst, explaining his motivation for going running at gym early in the morning – watching the girls swim. Something about water flowing over their bodies as they turn. Reminded me of this quote…
“There are three things I love in this world: Kylie Minogue, small dimples just above a woman’s buttocks, and the fear in the man’s eye who knows that I’m about to hurt him.” — The Other Guys
- Sunday, breakfast at The Farmer’s Kitchen with Ernst, some Chardonnay at De Oewer, dropped Ernst at the airport, a long beer with Etienne at Van Hunks – he had some life changing news, a drink with Aiden and Georg at La Vie, fetched Al at Paul’s house and dropped him off at his car, watched Aliens again.
- Sigourney was 36 when the movie was made. Newt is one year older than I am.
“Get away from her you bitch!” — Aliens, great line.