Saturday, January 04, 2003

Anderson's In London! EasyInternet Cafe! The Best Deal In London!!

Oof. We're Hoooo-ome.
Just flew in from London, and are my arms tired. Well tired of Northwest, anyway. Mysterious "problems" needed repair yesterday before we left, and after delays (the "part" was at Heathrow, not Gatwick where we were). Finally they decided to really fix it, and put us up for the night at the Gatwick Hilton. We even had a small banquet to socialize with all our new internee's, er, friends. They (Northwest, not the passengers) were very apologetic and the flight today went fine. Free drinks for everyone!
Its great to hear about what everyone is up to - this is the biggest family update I've had since I don't know when.

John, as far as posting pictures to this blog - there's no easy way to do it through the blogger. You'll need to find space on the web somewhere where you can upload it to, and then on the site do a html link to it.

If you want, I can give you the username and password for my web space and you can upload pictures to there. If you're not familiar with how to FTP files, you could even send me the pictures and I can post them for you.. Click Here to email me. Have a great Saturday everyone!

Thanks for starting the Anderson Family Blog, Peter--I've really enjoyed reading about what people are up to. Thanks also to Matt for acting as my family's temporary liason to the weblog, especially for posting the link to the photos I took at Columbia U. It looks like we are finally catching up to the rest of our web-savvy family! Mae, Mom and I had a great time hanging out in New York after Christmas--highlights included eating dumplings in Chinatown and meeting my roommate (who is from Yonkers) and her family at the Met. I'm back in Bloomington now, gearing up for the Spring semester which starts next week, and house-sitting for my advisor and her cat. I'm glad to hear about Matt and Janelle's new place, and Peter and Maria's potentially new puppy (so cute!), and Tom's successful Ethiopian restaurant date. Keep her away from Steve and I'm sure yours will be the next wedding we'll all fly up to Minnesota (or Chicago?) to go to! Maybe Mae can come this time. On that note, here's a "pix":

We'll see if that works! Happy New Year to all,
Hey Andersons,
Happy New Year, y'all. Hey, can someone give me a few pointers on how to post pictures to this thing. I can't figure it out -- two new technologies, the blog and the digicam. If that works, I've got a few questions about our VCR...

BTW, I think the Anderson family crest from our part of the family is 2 rampant cod fish above a snus can...
Have fun.


Friday, January 03, 2003

Hello Andersons. It's fun to hear about all of the Anderson family adventures all over the globe, from New York to London. Well, I was struggling with my rap song in 5/4 so I decided to take a hiatus on the hip hop album. I think I'll focus on making beats rather than rockin' the mic, if you know what I mean. Also, that girl I have a crush on... yeah, well, tonight, we went on a date for ethiopian food. It was nice, we got some chicken, lamb, and some vegetables, and I had an ethiopian beer. It was very nice. Stevie suggested I take her to McDonald's and tell her to order off of the $1 value menu. That can be our next date. (I think she likes me!)


andersons in new york

Take a look at Ingrid's pix.

About that picture...I can't take credit for it. Some "friend" of theirs made it.

Hehe.. i love the picture Matt, that's hilarious..:)

Thursday, January 02, 2003

wacko with jacko

I'm not sure what was going on down there...

Liv - send me a pic of the anderson family crest, and i'll put it up on this page... Say hi to all the dead kings/queens.. and have a safe journey back!

EDIT: I found the Anderson Coat of Arms and added it to the sidebar. Be proud ye Andersons!

Interesting newsgroup:

Anderson Family Name Newsgroup
Farewell to Kensington High Street Cyber Cafe

This is our last visit to our dear old Cyber Cafe. Going back to get some grub at Marks and Spencer(ate in a pub today in Windsor). Tomorrow will find us eating fast, and getting tube and train back to Gatwick for our homeward flight - it will be good to get home. For all we've seen and done, it feels like we've been gone a month.

Windsor was great - saw the changing of the guard. Saw the bullet that killed Nelson at Trafalgar. Saw tombs and more.
I was impressed with these words at King George VI's tomb:

At a most hopeless point in the war when George VI felt he did not even have a light at the end of the tunnel to offer his poor beleaguered subjects, he shared this with them during his radio broadcast of Christmas 1939, 'I said to the man who stood at the Gate of the Year, "Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown." And he replied, "Go out into the darkness, and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light, and safer than a known way."' May that Almighty Hand guide and uphold us all.’

Wednesday, January 01, 2003

Hi everybody! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
We are celebrating tonight 1/1/03 our family Christmas.

We had a GREAT meal (How's that for humility) and then made gingerbread houses.

Each one is unique and fun. Mine is the smallest and they seemed to think it was an outhouse. I can't help it they are all so creative! I just make a little cottage and they make a cathedral or a mansion. Now we're going to have dessert. We'll see you all soon. Tom is unfortunately going to be out of town on Sunday... we'll miss him, but we'll manage, I'm sure.
I like your pics of the week, Peter. They remind me of that windmill half a mile from my parents. See you soon.!

Happy New Year from London!

Science Museum today: Babbage engine, Pascalines, Napiers bones, Apollo 10, V2.... Lots of stuff I find interesting!

Westminster: good but crowded - lots of interesting graves and memorials - never have I been so close to royalty!

Cabinet War rooms: great! Very interesting.

Hi, everyone. This is Matt. Happy New Year! Janelle and I closed on our house on Monday. I'm going to swing by today and drop off a few things. Maybe I'll take some pictures of the interior and post them. See ya!
Happy New Year! Another year has passed, and what a year it has been! Two marriages in the family, family vacations to Disney, new homes and too many other things to list. Here's to a happy 2003!

Here's the picture of the day. I took this picture yesterday afternoon. If you can't tell by now, I have a fascination with old buildings and windmills. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Thanks for having such a nice family-friendly idea as starting this blog, Peter. As most of you know, Liv, Joel and I are in London this week. It's been very gloomy and rainy every day, but we are getting about and wearing out our feet. Yesterday we went to Hampton Court Palace, which was very interesting even though we were pretty cold and soggy by the end of the day. We got free audio guides with our admission and they were from Antenna Audio, the same company Norris works for at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts! Although I am usually too cheap to pay for such guides, they really added a lot to the experience as they not only explained what you were looking at but gave you an idea of the living conditions of the time, etc. Today we went to the Tower and had a live Beefeater guide who was entertaining.

All these major tourist spots seem to be very poorly set-up in that they have tiny giftshops, cafes, etc., that don't encourage people to stay and spend money. The help is not always the friendliest or most efficient. They could take some lessons from DIsney!

rescuing the clerks?

The other day in London, as we walked to the cybercafe, we came on three young women standing outside of a shop, around 10 AM, and looking around - "could you open our door," they asked me. They were all too short to reach their lock on the glass door.

"Do you have this problem every day?" I asked.




Picture of the day: The Windmill Cafe, a small diner next to my house in Savage, MN. I took it on the way to work this morning. Have a great New Years!

oh, and about thumper. Maybe you could just take buddy instead!

I continue to work with my friend on our forthcoming hip hop album. I wrote a rap song in 5/8 time just tonight, and am hopefully going to revolutionize rap music forever. My rapping friends resist the time signature however, as they are not accustomed to "flowing" to such a funny feeling beat. Once you let it get in you though, five can really move your soul (and your feet!).

I also continue having a crush on this girl. hmmm. we'll see what happens- New Years Eve maybe I'll make a move. Or maybe I'll make a rap song about her. "girl you are so cool, and I am no fool, I went to school, but when I see you I drool" - something to that effect. okay, peace.


Monday, December 30, 2002

Maria's uncle Bob passed away around noon today. Her family has had a tough couple of months. She just had another uncle pass away a couple of months ago, and her cousin has cancer as well. If you could all keep her family in your prayers, I would appreciate it. They really need God's comfort right now.

Today's picture of the day is of Grandma and Grandpa at the train station. I just love this picture and have it sitting on my desk at work.

Sunday, December 29, 2002

Maria and I went shopping today, and while we were at Burnsville Center, we stopped at a pet shop. While we were there we just fell in love with a tiny Tibetan Spaniel that was in a litter of 3. We played with him for a while, and began considering purchasing him. Maria has been wanting a small dog for a while now, and this dog was just so friendly and cuddly! We started calling him Thumper because he was just hopping around all over the place. Here is a picture of a similar dog that we found online:

So what does everyone think, should we get him?
Here is the picture of the day. I took this at a beautiful garden near where Maria and I got married. We were supposed to have our wedding pictures taken there, but it rained so that plan was a wash. These are some of the pretty flowers in that garden:

Maria and I went to the Lord of the Rings - Two Towers today. It was a pretty good movie, Maria thought it was better than the first one. I am not sure if it was or not, but I really enjoyed it. I can't wait for the next one to come out, but we have to wait a whole year! I'm just glad I already know how it ends..
We also went out to dinner at Perkins. Our waitress was a nice woman, but she was a bit slow. We were sitting there for like 10 minutes before she even acknowledged us, and then throughout our meal, she kept ignoring us. I asked for a drink refill at one point. She took my glass, and disappeared for like 10-15 minutes. We had to finally ask another server for my refill.. ugh.. she got a smaller than normal tip, needless to say.

Maria and I were talking about where we want to go for our next big trip. One place we've talked about is Italy. We both would love to go to Europe, and we've both wanted to go to Italy for some time. We'll see, maybe this will be where we go... Off to bed!