November, 2013 -

Month: November 2013

  • Thanks

    Today I had my first American Thanksgiving meal, which unfortunately was 17 years late, as I gave up eating meat on the first of January, 1997, and therefore couldn’t have any of this delicious turkey.

  • Parental advantage

    There are many things you can only do if you have a baby, just as there are many things you can’t do if you have a baby. I can no longer successfully sleep off a hangover, or watch violent action films without worrying that I may be adversely affecting the development of my daughter’s psyche. […]

  • Out among the redwoods

    We got out of town today, up to Muir Woods, a national monument. (Which in this case seems to mean it’s got park rangers, but it isn’t big enough to be a national park.) Muir Woods was protected by the work and legislation of Theodore Roosevelt, a man who enjoyed hunting animals, so cynically I […]

  • Things To See And Do In San Francisco

    Today I took my wife and child to the Betabrand shop on Valencia, where we had a charming photo taken with Santa The Hutt. Betabrand is a clothing startup that uses the internet to sell you things like horizontal corduroy trousers and hoodies that have been designed using military technology. It’s an interesting collision of […]

  • Watching The President

    Today, Barack Obama drove past me. I was in San Francisco for lunch, he was in San Francisco for lunch. He was fundraising and giving a speech, I was trying to avoid dropping my grilled cheese sandwich on the top of my baby’s head. My friend and my wife were both with me; Barack had […]

  • A full blast

    We got up early today and had breakfast at an artisanal chocolate factory on Valencia Street. Ok, we had chocolate for breakfast. We’re adults, these are life decisions we’re (mostly) capable of. We were preparing ourselves, girding our loins as it were, for brunch.

  • Firsts

    Felicity had her first visit to a beach today, outside San Francisco on the way to Palo Alto. It was a glorious day, with not a cloud in the sky, crowds of surfers bobbing up and down in the waves like neoprene-wrapped seals. Felicity wore her best lilac dress and was full of good cheer.

  • Harsh landing

    In the 24 hours from midnight at the start of November 22 in Singapore, through to 8am in San Francisco the same day, Felicity had maybe two hours of sleep. She got lots of compliments from passengers and cabin crew, but perhaps because of a malfunctioning light that sent lightning-bright flashes through the cabin all […]

  • You get what you pay for

    Today was our first flight as a family on Delta. This was always going to be harder than a flight with a carrier that didn’t leave at stupid o’clock in the morning, but there’s some key differences to flying with Air Canada and British Airways. To do with how you stow infants.

  • Eight hours to take off

    One good thing about getting up at two in the morning to go to the airport is that you don’t have time to worry about what you’ve forgotten to pack. One bad thing about getting up at two in the morning is that you don’t get any sleep the night before, because you’re worrying about […]