Michael Sat May 3 10:25:25 2003|
Re: Hello from mid-Atlantic!
> _wondered_ what had happened to you... lost at sea is as good an excuse as
> any, i suppose.
No, actually -- now that I'm lost at sea I have time to talk. It was getting *ready* to move the household to another country for five months on two weeks' notice that had me tied up in knots. (And finishing up some work beforehand, of course.)
Plus I've lucked into some steady translation work.
> so how long are you all in budapest for?
Till August or September.
> you may have to check in on the
> news occasionally, just to give us the european perspective - i suspect
> things will be a lot funny from a distance, anyway.
What distance? I'm online. There is no distance. I'm reading the Toonbots message board from just outside the Straits of Gilbraltar. IT'S THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY! WOO!
I have to admit, it's been very nice not to see any news. Of course, the TV carries CNN, but I keep it on either the movie channel or Animal Planet.
I have heard from a few people that I should avoid sounding American while travelling in Europe. To which I reply, "Ich wollte sowieso nicht Englisch reden." Seems to solve everything. It's certainly worked fine for me in the past. In the worst case, I'll just get a little maple-leaf flag pin. My wife worries. But frankly, I *don't* come across as an American while in Europe, so I don't expect even a little bit of a problem.
Well, I have a grueling schedule of eating and napping to get back to. With the occasional half-hearted stab at pretending to translate a couple of pages while actually watching the Simpsons or one of the movies I've missed lately. So I'll leave all you fine folks for now. Ciao ragazzi!