Take the man out of England

Wednesday, July 28, 2004 So the wireless stuff worked out brilliantly – about as straightforward as it could have been. And what’s the first thing I did when I suddenly had bandwidth to burn on the old laptop? Yep, that’s right – catch up with the Archers omnibus. Something very bizarre and entirely appropriate about […]

Welcome to the wireless world

Tuesday, July 27, 2004 OK, so every blogger who’s gone wireless has posted one of these posts: ‘Oh wow – I’m surfing from the garden – it’s great.’ Now it’s my turn. The Airport’s still on its way, but the wireless card arrived today (Linksys 11g Cardbus card because my old TiBook only supports 11b […]

OK, so not everything’s 20% easier

Tuesday, July 27, 2004 Try returning an iPod to Apple because the hard-drive has toasted itself. Yes it’s under it’s one year warranty, but after 6 months you have to pay for shipping, even if the repair is still free. So that’s $30 for a free repair. Or for 60 bucks, you can buy Apple’s […]

New Mexico facts for the week

Tuesday, July 27, 2004 — New Mexico has the highest per capita number of deaths by lightning of any state in the Union. It’s monsoon season here now, so the hot and sunny mornings give way to big storms in the late afternoon and evening. Two state troopers were struck by lightning (but fortunately not […]

20% Easier

Thursday, July 22, 2004 An old friend of mine (an Irishman married to an American woman) maintained that it was over all 20% easier to live in most parts of the US than to live in Ireland. Things worked a bit better, there was a greater commitment to customer service, and the cost of staples […]

Across the Desert 2

Wednesday, July 21, 2004 (being the reverse journey to this one) Somehow the giant empty spaces of the Mojave seemed only slightly deadly this time, as we drove back from Los Angeles to Santa Fe. Here are some pics from the two-day trip, and the thought remains – why the hell would you want to […]

Say goodbye to the bike

Wednesday, July 21, 2004 I’ve a blogging backlog to get through, now that I’ve arrived in Santa Fe to start a new life. So let’s start during the frantic last week in Dublin, and a problem I faced with regard to one of my bikes. The road bike and the mountain bike were going to […]


Thursday, July 08, 2004 My visa for the US was approved today after 3.5 hours of scary waiting interspersed with paperwork and questions – a pretty good definition of hell. The whole room in embassy was filled with uncertainty and responsibility without control – the classic stress-inducing combination – with plenty of people being turned […]

Fast and Luas

Tuesday, July 06, 2004 I was one of the hundreds of thousands who spent part of the weekend on the Luas. Despite being clearly designed by a Wexford man – the floor looks disconcertingly like the Cusack stand during a Leinster hurling final – the whole thing is great. With the sun shining on Sunday […]