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Living in a new world – Days at home (39)

It’s always a long day when you had a glass too many. But that’s fine, the day flew past in the end being busy and in calls most of the day. To be honest, the whole week passed very quickly which is good.

I am hopeful that, as promised by our PM, we will see a plan next week to come out of lockdown, and that it will start week after next. Whilst I am not an expert, that is what I am wishing and hoping for.

This charming picture of me will be the ‘normal’ I think. That’s me going to the supermarket, to work, commute – whenever I go outside really. FaceID on my phone and iPad is overrated I suppose.

Let’s see what happens…..

Anyway, I promised an update on the kids. Another few zoom sessions for the little one, and some more help from us concluded a busy week for them. It’s not easy, and it’s great to see them getting along so well, playing and entertaining each other. Even I have a Roblox and Minecraft account now.

Let’s hope they all go back to school again soon and end up having more time with their mates.

Have a fantastic weekend, stay safe.

Sunday Column (167)

This week started with a bank holiday. I really could get used to 3 days weekends. Also, I finally bought what I was going on for for the last few months: an iPad. Yes, after converting to an iPhone, reading Steve Jobs’ Biography, then “Inside Apple” and now the biography of Joan Baez, I am so taken with Apple (and subsequently with the 60ies/Hippie attitude) that the next purchase will be an iMac. That has to wait until we have moved though.

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The iPad is aiming to replace my netbook which my MIL (mother in law) will appreciate. Also when I start commuting longer from the new place there will be plenty of use for an iPad from reading the paper to writing this blog.

By the way the new place. We really annoy our solicitors and mortgage advisor. After some mistakes on their end, it has now all been verbally sorted. Once things are confirmed in writing we are going to exchange contracts (hopefully next week) and then move early June. Fingers, toes and legs crossed. We cannot wait. Life is on hold until we can settle. No new purchases, no BBQs, no new paint on the wall. We are just waiting.

This week I also got a new CD. Yes, those round little music holders that are getting replaced by digital music. I feel so retro knowing I love my vinyls and also got my record player here (despite that I haven’t used it for a while). Anyway, I got the CD from the Reinhard Mey concert I was visiting with my mum last year. It is great to have this memory on CD. Not only the songs but it also brings back the memory of this experience. Music can be so thought provoking and sentimental.

There has not been much else happening. Or it might have been, but nothing I can speak about freely. No, nothing to worry about. But there are a few things going on of which I am quite thoughtful about. However, things will happen as they meant to be. Being a Buddhist helps you coping with a lot of stuff you need to put up with. Politics, opinions, change of life, sudden changes and love.

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Yes, love is the one I need to deal with too. Not a big burden of course. I love love – I mean who doesn’t. But hearing that the kids love you and that they miss you, I find it difficult to not think about it all the time whilst being away, at work or travelling.

This ties in with the most important event that happened this week: Rohan took his first few steps! It is fantastic to see him doing it. He seems to have so much fun and joy doing it but only does it when in the bedroom “having a race”, not when he is in the garden, park or elsewhere. I guess this is only the beginning.

I guess life is the challenge of being able to balance the “need for money”, the “aspiration for a career”, and the “love for the family”. This might sound sentimental but I am pleased with my life at the moment. Seeing so much love from my 3 year old (and the younger one too but different), and having a great job that allows for flexible working is fantastic. I couldn’t wish for anything else at the moment.

Now, before I start rattling on, I better stop.

Have a fantastic week. A normal weekend, a normal week ahead.

Buddha bless,
Volker

Sunday Column (158)

A week of travel away from home is laying behind me. Of course my job requires a lot of travel, however this week was a whole week away which is unusual. I enjoy it to the extend to get a few good night sleeps, but I often end up staying up late with clients or colleagues which causes the reverse effect. But it is always well worth it 🙂

Anyway, I had a very positive week, met some very impressive people and got to know a lot more about management, products, and innovation. What else could I ask for?

Last week, for some reasons, my write up about “Fatherland” had the most views and hits. Maybe, but only maybe, I got reminded this week that I am actually from Germany. But I cannot translate any more, I don’t even feel that I understand Germany any longer. I am detached. But I still hold the passport, keep some of the traditions and apply some of the “German thinking” to my life. But I am truly settled in the UK. More so when we get our new house of course.

On that note we are making progress. I believe all reports and surveys but one have been done. We now carry out some more detailed survey to clarify some issues for peace of mind (hopefully), and will then be ready to move…..fingers crossed.

I wanted to add something else about my travel and being away from home. It is not a problem in general but I believe Colin is now in an age that he starts asking and questioning where daddy is. Managing his expectations in times like these are not always easy. Also, he wouldn’t understand yet if I spoke to him on the phone. With kids you always seem to be in transition. That of course doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

Regarding the tablet question: Yes, I still want an ipad3. Yes, I can still afford an ipad3. However, I don’t really need one. Not because it won’t be fashionable to own one or to use one, and not that I don’t know what all I could do with it, but….I hardly use my Samsung Galaxy tab which I got from work. Once I use that more often and make “use of it”, I am sure I can justify the ipad3. Or do I really need to justify it 🙂

Anyway, have a great week everyone.

Volker

Sunday Column (141)

I love those weeks that pass very quickly. Too often have I managed to work a few hours more. And, I don’t mind it. But if you have days where you work the hours of two days in one, hardly sleep, and realise you have done weekly overtime despite you only worked 4 days, it is time to relax. I am not moaning, I love working, even feel like being a work-aholic but with family and all, it can be quite tiring.

Yes, I am a bit stressed at the moment, a bit pushed. Despite our Germany holiday, I haven’t really relaxed for a while. The sleepless nights, the ongoing man flu and the car take their toll. All that on top of work. Latter however is very enjoyable as otherwise I wouldn’t put that much effort in.

Anyway, to relax I got away this weekend. Since the car wasn’t an option the four of us went – with rucksack and pram – through the rush hour on Friday morning to catch a train to Cornwall to see Jen’s uncle Mike.

It was fantastic. Despite the hate for buses and my wife feeling travel sick, everything else was great about the trip. Colin just loved being on the train and when we got to Falmouth, we could easily walk around, e.g. to the hotel, the beach and town. Who needs a car anyway?

We met Jen’s family and it was great. We spend a lot of time with them, and chatted and caught up a lot. It has been 6 years since we were down there. And the beach! We had a room with a beach view and also sat in a little cafe at the beach in bright sun shine on Saturday morning. Nothing else to wish for. Happy times, and lots of time with the boys. And, no long hour drives.

So much more relaxed, but tired of course.

Then, I still have one unresolved issue. My wife and friends can’t stand me questioning them any more, but it is the tablet question. Sure, I don’t really need a £700 gadget, and surely the money is better spend in toys for the boys or the mortgage. However, I like gadgets and would like to get one.

I have been a great advocate of Android after handing in my Blackberry and getting an HTC Desire Z last Christmas. I like being a bit geeky and like to figure things out. So my logical choice would be an Android based tablet like the Sony tablet S. It is versatile, offers memory card slots and has 3G. But it only comes with 16 GB internal memory. Also, I found out that for both the Sony S or the iPad2 one has to convert the video files.

So, if I go through all that hassle and money, should I maybe stick with the original. If so 32 GB or 64 GB memory. Will it be too slick for me, and given that I never liked Apple for it being a closed system and that you cannot change anything? How much do I actually change when it comes to it?

I think the decision is clear. More or less at least. But what if I start liking Apple, will I eventually get an iPhone too? Reading the biography of Steve Jobs surely doesn’t help me moving away from it. Maybe I leave it to Santa Clause to decide.

As you can see: if you don’t have any problems, you find some.

Have a fantastic week, this one should be a lot quieter.

Best wishes,
Volker