Archive for November, 2007

The Jets vs. The Sharks

So when I get home from work today Kristin tells me that Cailin got bit at school. By what, you may ask? A bug? A small animal? Nope. Another kid. A fourth grader.

As it turns out my two darling little girls started a gang fight at school today. Third graders against the fourth graders. All out warfare on the playground and a trip to the principles office. Madelyn insists it was all a big misunderstanding. One or two kids pushing or yelling is a misunderstanding. Gang warfare between grades is on a whole different level.

Oh well, at least they are leaders and not followers.


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Sean finally received his deluxe edition of the Helvetica film yesterday and I watched it. It is a really well done documentary and deserves all of the high praise it has received throughout the film festival circuit as well as the design related blog-o-sphere. It is very interesting, very informative and very entertaining. It also has a very nice soundtrack with some excellent bands. I would recommend this film to anyone.

And it also lets me know that I am not alone. There are others out there like me. You might be one of them.

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Notes on an opening

I went to an opening for an exhibition tonight and let me start by saying that all of the art opening type of people you see at art openings were present. The crazy haired smelly guy, the short haired very well dressed lady, lots of thick framed glasses and designer square toed shoes.

The art scene is growing in Abu Dhabi, and the work was good. The exhibition, titled “Desert Whispers” was held at the Ghaf Gallery which is one of only two or three actual galleries in Abu Dhabi. Two of my former students were part of the show and I was quite happy to see them talk about their work.

There were two notible exceptions tonight. I have never been to an opening in the U.S. where foriegn dignitaries and ambassadors attend in chauffeur driven blacked out Mercedes. Nor have I ever been offered a fresh fruit juice or soft drink by a Fillipino waitress while looking at art. I kind of like it. It should happen more often.

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The above image is one of the many reasons I will not be sad to leave the UAE in June. It has been almost three years since I have been able to look at anything on Flickr. Or read a blog that is hosted on Typepad (no Chris Glass, No Swissmiss etc…). Or use Skype. Or use iChat because the government owned (and only) internet provider doesn’t like AOL. Or any number of other things that the UAE finds objectionable or might cut into their bottom line. And you never know when something might disappear behind an impenetrable light blue wall.


Update: You can now add ffffound to the list. Another one bites the dust.
Update 2: And Twitter goes down. They’re dropping like flies.

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Definitely not a mix up at the hospital. Hope is one of us. The picture of Emma was taken a few months ago and when Hope pulled that face I new right away they were cut from the same cloth. We have some exciting times ahead of us.

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And Then Came Hope

Hope was delivered on November 5, 2007 at 9:31 PM (GMT +4) in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

After an active labor of 2 hours and 45 minutes and 2 pushes Hope Elizabeth Russell entered the world covered in cheese. She was officially 3 days early, but didn’t seem like it. She weighed in at 8lbs 6oz and is 22 inches long from head to toe. That is 3.9kg and 59cm for all of you metric fans out there. Kristin and Hope came home from the hospital on Thursday afternoon and have been relaxing from the trauma inflicted upon them by the staff and patients of the infamous Al Corniche Hospital. I will post a link when she writes the story.

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