Monday, November 26, 2007


it's finally happening. apple is getting to the point where adequate customer service (paid support) is crap. not because the agents can't help you get to the bottom of your problem, but because of scarcity. 2 hours on hold. f that.

Friday, November 23, 2007

turkeys in bedford (photos updated!)

happy thanksgiving from bedford. the new house was finally broken in (bigtime) when 33 of us had dinner here last night. it was a great success. jason has video which i hope to post soon. in the meantime, cathy opened the photo studio for the kids and the rest of's a sampling. Iposted a very large version of these images, so stretch your window to see everyone.

if you watched the whole thing through, you'll see that the show ends with cousin ellyn. as soon as i saw that, i thought of another time that i had some photos of ellyn, and made a little project on my mac. it was pre-blog, so what a perfect place to post it...right here!

Monday, November 12, 2007

villa pics

here are some of the first images from our first couple of days. enjoy!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

no limit

this is da bomb. once again the villa situation in st. martin is over the top. giant stone tile floors, outdoor living and dining rooms, giant glass walls, urban-outdoor french architecture, full suites for all, an infinity pool, and those automatic gates that open when you drive up. oh yeah, and there's the direct view of the ocean and sunset. maid service, a couple of cars in the driveway, we stocked the kitchen, and we are set for the week.

photos and video will come as we shoot em. jason's got the big hd and cathy's got the d200.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

europe slides

here are select shots from the kropp-pinsky romp through vienna, salzburg, and zurich. kropp is quite the photog with his new d-200. i got some good shots with my iPhone, too, but according to cathy's review upon seeing rich's photos, he's got quite an eye. judge for yourself. enjoy the show.

first pic!

we are in. last week our new home got some permanent residents. i was off to europe after just one night in the new digs, and now i am back. it's pretty awesome, but settling in won't come for a long while, as it's a big house to fill, there are still a ton of boxes everywhere, and we are off to st. martin in two days. then it's back home and time for thanksgiving prep, as most of the family is coming over (and sleeping over for the long weekend). here's a quad-shot of the kitchen from the slick new iMac on the kitchen island. more to come.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

like old times

as usual, kropp and i are having a great time. we are officially done with vienna, now sitting in the airport for our flight to zurich. yesterday was an all day trip on the train to salzburg. i busted out the iPhone as my camera-du-jour and it did a pretty good job. as soon as i get to kropp's apartment and i can juice my gadgets i'll download the pics and post them here.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

vienna morning

a quick round-up before my first full day in vienna with the kropper:

the family and me moved into the new house thursday as planned. all was pretty smooth. the usual slew of boxes, debris, not finding what we needed when we needed it, pizza delivery, plastic utensils, needing to adjust the water temperature in the boiler, and other little things you would expect in a new home were all part of the experience.

jackson and jaden were great...slept well in their new rooms... cathy and i were so proud of jackson and how well he transitioned so quickly.

of course i needed to go-geek and get the internet and phones hooked up right away. we took some photos with the iMac which i will post when i get back to the states.

friday was a day of more organization and planning for the new house, as well as planning for the rental of our old house after settling on a tenant from omaha as apposed to a fictional web scammer from nepal (long story for another time). then i packed, showered in the sink so i wouldn't burn myself in the too-hot-yet to be adjusted shower, and left for an overnight flight to zurich to meet up with rich for some days of old-friend r&r.

the trip was good, slept pretty well, and found rich in the airport saturday morning and we did the fruit and croissant and coffee (espresso) thing, then got on our next flight to vienna after some catch-up chatter and minimal trip planning of what-to-do-where-to-go over the next four days.

we landed in vienna, taxied to our hotel (well chosen by kropp in the heart of everything, near am hof and stephensplatz), walked and toured a little (after i lost and then found my wallet and had a shower), did the subway-thing to a ferris wheel for a view of the city (not recommended but better than we thought), then back to the hotel to get our coats, and then off to find a bar. just near the hotel at the end of a dark alley we hit paydirt: a really small, dark irish-american-austrian pub, locals only, covered in beer paraphernalia and thick with cigarette smoke and beer taps and good conversation and music from the 70's. we got drunk on a couple of huge beers, smoked some butts at the bar, and then we were off to a schnitzel joint that the hotel receptionist recommended. good schnitzel...then to the world-famous cafe sacher for a sacher torte, some apple strudel, and coffee (tea for rich), then a walk back to the hotel and i friggin crashed. that brings me to know...up and ready for sunday. gettin in the shower.

photos will come later today from the iPhone, and then after we get back to zurich rich will download from his nikon and the blog will get visual. just essay for now.

quick update: thanks to the web, here are other people's photos of some stuff we have seen so far. who needs a camera!