First snow = First snowboarding trip

Deja vu?

Yesterday night while we were drinking a cool beer or two in the recently reconditioned Scottish Pub it started snowing outside. And when I say it started snowing, I mean heavily. When we got out of the pub we couldn’t really believe our eyes as everything was white and there were already a few centimeters of snow on the ground. So we instantly planned a nice trip for today.

This morning I woke up hearing Ioana say “wow”. Opening my eyes I saw her standing at the window and I knew why she said what she said. It looked like it snowed all night and there was a healthy snow blanket covering the ground. A few phone calls and some preparation later we were standing outside waiting for the bus to come still amazed by the amount of snow we were seeing on the 5th of November.

About an hour or so later we (as in Ioana, a friend and myself) were at our usual boarding place a bit disappointed by the grass that was still poking out from the snow. But we tried our luck anyway and while I can’t say it was the best snowboarding trip ever for an early season opener it was more than OK. We made a kicker and tried some jumps with moderate success. Oh, and please see what happens when you ride down a hill concentrating to avoid a tree stump you saw and considered really dangerous while completely forgetting about the kicker you’ve just built in the middle. And the damn thing just POPS UP in front of you leaving you no choice but to jump it… It’s worth watching for Ioana’s comments alone. :-)

OK, that’s it for today. Now for some sleep.

PS. Strategic Flickr and Vimeo links were placed in this post. Find them all and get a virtual pat on the back…

What? Offline Google Talk messages?

Wow, it’s actually becoming usable. Well, that’s a bit of an exaggerated statement because to be honest this was the only feature I was missing (badly). So now even if I shut down Yahoo! Messenger I can still sit around and waste time by chatting with my geek friends. And now I’ll even receive stuff they sent me while I was taking care of, you know, my real life. Well, to be honest, at this moment I can’t think of anything I’m missing from Google Talk. I like it a lot because it isn’t overloaded with crap I won’t ever use. Well, thumbs up Google, I hope you’ll keep it this way.

Finally!

I succeeded. I took my driver’s license today! (Insert applause here.) And it was about time considering that I started the school sometime in the second half of August. I still can’t believe it’s over! It looks like all that stress was worth it after all, as today I can proudly declare that I’m a fully licensed driver. And now for some celebration… :-) And take care on the streets while in Baia Mare… >:-)

Keep those fingers crossed

Yep. Stage 2. The driving test itself.

How familiar

Nagy Zsolt, Romania’s Communications and Information Technology minister starts a personal blog (you know, as in a personal blog where you plan to talk about what you’re doing, the places you’ve visited and what’s your son’s opinion about all this) in Hungarian. Whoops, big mistake. That last part to be more precise, the part where I said it’s in Hungarian. As expected, the bashing begins immediately: one, two and three. Truth to be told, the nice things are thrown around mostly in the comments, but they still make a great reading. Not.

I’d only like to add that only those of us in the situation know what a “great” feeling is to be born as a stranger in a country and as a bonus to be counted and despised as a stranger in “your” country. I know it doesn’t make much sense but I have no idea how to explain better. I’ll try to summarize though: it sucks.