In mid-January I had the opportunity to cross off yet another portion of Asia from my map of places I've been. A short trip from LAX to Seattle then over Tokyo before finally arriving in Hong Kong (no, there was nothing short about the trip.. unfortunately the direct flight from LAX to Hong Kong was sold out). While it was a classic in-and-out business trip with a total of about 40 hours of travelling for 96 hours of actual work, I did get to sample the local cuisine and do a brief afternoon of sightseeing. Among other local delicacies, I had the opportunity to try a dumpling containing shiitake mushroms, chicken and "fish stomach". At least that's the best translation the local guys could come up with. With shame I have to admit that I passed on the fish stomach part. I always say I'll try any kind of food at least once, but having already had a dozen or so more normal dumplings I just wasn't feeling it. Other than the food I enjoyed the Hong Kong skyline over two nights- very impressive and something I've only seen anything comparable to in Shanghai.
About five months ago we made an offer on a house that we really wanted to buy. The reason I haven't written about us actually buying a house is of course that nothing has come of our offer yet. The house we bid on is on the market as a short sale and as the saying goes in U.S. these days: "Short on price, not on duration". Sigh.. However, it seems tomorrow is the big day: we expect to finally get approval and begin the escrow process. Stay tuned!
Today was a holiday - Presidents Day - one of the few but nice holidays specific to the U.S. (yay!). Not only does that make this a short work week, but I am also travelling to Atlanta on Thursday for PyCon 2010 which cuts another two days out of the normal work week. As my first trip to Atlanta, beyond staying in the airport for 2-4 hours, I hope to see more than just the Regency Hyatt where the conference is hosted (and where I'm staying). The conference itself is going to be interesting. I've been using Python for work for a couple of years now but only at a somewhat introductory level. There also a certain amount of humor in that in a previous life back at DTU and Arcanic around 2000-2001 I may have said some pretty snarky things about Python. My good friend Søren will appreciate me saying snarky, judgmental things about technology that comes back to bite me years later (cf. USB)..