850km in a car, a job interview and meeting people here there and everywhere

February 27, 2007

Life sure does turn quickly sometimes! After sending application after application without hearing anything I was starting to think that no one wanted me (sure I know that this is not true but it is nevertheless a thought that passes through your mind once or twice).

Then, last Friday, when turning on my phone after flying, I had a message from a company that shall remain unnamed until further but for a few people (no offence). Called back and left a voice mail, not expecting to hear anything before Monday at the earliest. Then on Saturday afternoon while indulging chocolate and coffee, my phone suddenly rings and a very friendly voice in the other end is wondering if I am able to come to Gothenburg within the next week. Knowing my friend Patrik was going to drive down the next day I agreed to meet Monday morning. Ran home booked my ticket to Västerås, packed, made arrangements with Patrik and Bella (for a next day coffee) and had a quick dinner before I was on my way.

Saturday evening was spend acting “driver for the drunk” so the students at SAA could enjoy a nice evening out.

Woke up early Sunday found the car covered in snow refueled, woke Patrik up and after a quick “MC Breakfast” we were on our way. The first stop after about three hours was to see Bella in Skövde for a very enjoyable coffee and chat and “sightseeing”. Continued down to Gothenburg where we had yet another coffee and pastry at my aunt and uncles and then headed over to Patrik’s parents for a Taco dinner.

Monday morning started by Mr. Murphy deciding it appropriate for me to spill on the shirt I was going to use for my interview but it was quickly solved with the help of some water. Drove in to town and arrive at the office at 08:58 (interview was due to start at 0900). It turned out to be much better than I expected, a 45 minute talk in a very relaxed environment discussing potential etc.

After Patrik had his interview we had lunch with my friend John and started our drive up through the grey Swedish landscape back home to Sigtuna where we had dinner followed by coffee with our mutual friend Fredrik.

All in all it was 840km in a car, meeting new (and old) people and starting a 10-14 day wait for an answer about my future. It also kicked-off a cold which I hope won’t stay long.

 

In terms of thesis, I expect another 5 days before I can call it DONE!

 

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Jazz, whiskey and thesis on a Tuesday night, can it be better?

February 20, 2007

Yes it can! Would it not have been for the thesis, this Tuesday night would have been almost perfect. But the end is near, a few more changes to be made before I am entirely happy.

Quite a lot of snow fell last night and today and the temperature has fallen to about -15 at this moment. I quite like it this way, probably because I’ve had really bad weather during this time of the year for the past three years. Ask me again next year and we shall see what I feel about it.

Now time for a refill on the whiskey and a change of CD.


The PC travel agency how may I help you?

February 18, 2007

Sometimes I wonder if I should have become a travel agent instead. On the other hand, the number of times friends, family, colleagues and strangers contact me for help with their travel arrangements.

Latest incident today (well didn’t receive the call but I did the work). Patrik’s dad calls asking him to find a ticket to Cairo and back… Said and done after searching through various sources I found a surprisingly cheap round-trip fare and took care of the arrangements all through the reservation. I guess this is one of the chances I have to fully play with my creative brain-half

Otherwise had yet another good and thesis free weekend. Saturday was spent flying (for the first time in just over two weeks). It was nice to be up in the air again and become acquainted with a new version of the Cessna (C150) in the shape and form of SE-KUZ toghether with instructor “Henke”. Despite the winds I managed to do 14/15 landings that were acceptable (I will NEVER be 100% happy but Henke said they were). I also enjoyed watching captain Kangaroo aka. Anders doing a landing (or was it 2 for the price of one) while waiting for my own departure.

Saturday afternoon was spent at Fyrishov (a huge pool with waterslides etc.) and with a Coffee at the good “old” Mr. Nilssons before returning down to Sigtuna to help Patrik with a small task.

This morning the alarm clock rang at 0445… You might ask yourself WHY!? Trust me, I asked myself the very same question but 30 min later Patrik showed up yet again (he left 8 hours earlier). Had a good day of sauna, food, food, food food, talking etc before he left just after 1600.

So here I sit writing this blog, chatting with friends on 4 different continents and trying to plan the week ahead. Enough written… To everyone. A Happy Chinese New Year (if you failed your resolution already here is your ultimate chance to start again)!

 


Valentines day, the day one remembers that one is single

February 14, 2007
Newspapers filled with “What are you giving your loved one on Valentines day” polls, stores selling hearts in any shape and form you can imagine, restaurants offering “menues for two” etc. But for those of us who are single we are reminded that we are excluded from all of this romantic frenziee. While all our non-single friends are busy we find ourselves “alone” . On the other hand it also reminds you that you are in many ways a free person. Free in the sense that you can do what you wish without having to ask someone, free to be in charge of your own life and free to go hunting for someone to celebrate your next Valentines with =). Finally, it is (at least it should be) a good excuse to acknowledge the people you love, regardless if they are wife/husband, boyfriend/girlfriend, parent, colleague etc. Let this be the day to show people you care about them(as if you shouldn’t do that every day!?)!
In short: Happy Valentines everyone!!!

14,283 words

February 13, 2007

60 pages

1312 lines

261 paragraphs

Yupp, you guessed it, that’s where my thesis is at now and there is still some work left to do but not as much as it was when I started 😉 I can reach out for the glass of champagne waiting for me at the end and I can become slightly more “human” again.

Not much else that is new at the moment other than having paid part 1 of the Turkey trip now (another thing to look forward to).


Västerås, Gothenburg, Sundbro and a slice of Turkey

February 7, 2007

Ok, I know I said flying, normal, flying, normal about what was going to be written here but I decided to make a mix today and this mix is me, take it or leave it!

In flying, particularly general aviation one quickly learns that things do not always turn out as planned. Last weekend was by no means any exception to that rule. Having decided that a weekend away from Sigtuna was more than needed I went to visit my friend and fellow flying maniac Patrik in Västerås (1 hour away). Our original plan was to fly from Västerås to Mariehamn (Åland Islands) via Stockholm where we would pick up two passengers before heading out over the Baltic Sea. However, after a lot of head scratching we realized that good old Murphy had struck again and due to the opening times of the airport in Mariehamn there was no chance to be back before the aircraft had to be back for the next “maniacs” to use it. This resulted 85 kilos less (one passenger deciding not to go), many more possibilities and a lot of frantic flight planning to come up with an alternative and quite late at night we did!

After not too many hours of sleep, the alarm clock woke us up at 0600 and we took Patrik’s “red bullet” down to the flying club where we began preparing the aircraft and just as the sun started to rise, Christian arrived from Stockholm. After some problems with the fueling and a few phone calls later we were finally ready to take off to our new destination Gothenburg, Säve with an estimated flying time of 1 hour and 36 minutes in glorious weather. After a very nice and relaxing flight down (at least for me and the passenger in the back seat) we arrived at Säve after 1h35 minutes (great planning Patrik). Picked up by Patrik’s father and taken to lunch. The only sad thing was that just as we were leaving the airport I started receiving messages about a fire at my flying club in Uppsala (more to follow).

Just before leaving Västerås

Time is valuable even for us and as we had to be back in Västerås before 1500 we could only stay for two hours. Back at Säve we met up with a student from the flying school in Västerås, Alex, who is also one of Patrik’s friends (always nice to meet new people), refueled the Piper and head back. The return was almost 45 minutes longer and much more enjoyable for me as I actually got to fly (thanks Pat) all the way to the approach (I am not quite trustworthy with those landings yet). On block was 1500, exactly when we had to return the aircraft. Completed the final paperwork and had a waffle before leaving the airport.

The evening was spend together with Patrik, Alex and Mathieu (another new acquaintance) at the top of the city’s skyscraper with glass or two of wine (one of the better I’ve had) and duck for dinner before returning home with the most expensive taxi I have ever taken in Sweden (280SEK for 8km).

Enjoyed 9 hours of sleep that night, a luxury for me at the moment, before being woken up by John asking me if I wanted to tag along to Turkey in May and bring someone along. Without a blink Patrik and I joined in and then decided to head up to Uppsala to A) Meet our friend Fredrik and B) See the result of the fire at the flying club.

Arriving at Sundbro it was not a pleasant sight that met us and the atmosphere was as far from normal as can be and seeing what had happened to the maintenance facility almost made you want to cry.

In Uppsala all we did was have a coffee, listen to tales from the army life from Fredrik and try a single malt before I was lucky enough to be driven all the way home.

Thanks to everyone (esp. Patrik) who made this a splendid weekend helping me to get through all this thesis s**t and thank you to John who offered us to come along with him to Turkey giving me something to look forward to!
(I will try to keep this blog updated more often but time is scarce to me right now so do excuse me if I go silent for a while. If there is anything you think I should write about, do tell me).