helen-louise (baratron) wrote,

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a holiday

Hey, even my own LJ entries come with an Irreparable invalid markup ('<font="verdana">') in entry tag! I feel sooo special ;)

Tomorrow the boy & I are going to Brussels. It's extremely last-minute. To cut a very long story short, he has been "ordered" to take 2 weeks off work. He spent 5 years working for a small company where he was the only sysadmin, and one of only about 3 people (out of ~30) who had A Clue about anything. Thus, he was always too afraid of going on holiday in case the whole place fell apart without him. I have vivid memories of going to the Ontario Science Museum and him being stuck on the phone for over half an hour while I wandered around on my own, and of sitting in a cafe in the Anspach Centre in Brussels while he tried to connect to his company's computers to fix something using his Palm Pilot and mobile phone (at 900 baud). Argh.

Now he works for a large company where they have 8 sysadmins, most of whom have A Clue, but he's still stuck in the habits from before. However, being A Subsidiary Of Kodak, they have rules about these things, and they don't like you not using up your holiday allowance. So he was told in no uncertain terms that he had 2 weeks to use up before the end of the year, and he'd better take them Or Else.

So we are going to Brussels for 4 days (because I can't have any longer off work at the moment :/) and then he will have 1 1/2 weeks at home, which will hopefully be long enough for him to write his alternative to Twonkyvision. It might actually get finished(!) I might die of shock if that happens - Richard never finishes anything! ;)

If you want a postcard from Brussels, better email me quickly at the usual address - will be leaving in the morning.

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