Adoption Complete

July 31, 2007

I’ll post a longer blog tomorrow. We’re exhausted after traveling all day. Victoria Dallas Fischer is home and is a US citizen (pending some minor paperwork). Everything went great and she’s doing really well.

There’s lots to tell about the entire process, including an update on Spanish Wiggles. But I’ll save that for tomorrow or the next day. For now I’ll leave you with some pictures.



Danielle with Victoria:


Watching the Wiggles together:


Going to Guatemala

July 25, 2007

I won’t be blogging for a while. We leave tomorrow morning very early for Guatemala. Today is full of last minute stuff. Think of all the things you need to bring if someone is going to hand you a baby and you have to take care of her in a hotel for five days.

It will certainly be an adventure. We’re staying here. The weather forecast doesn’t look that promising. Scattered thunderstorms pretty much the entire time we’re there. We really need the pool as entertainment for Danielle, so I’m hoping Guatemala is one of those places where it often gets a thunderstorm in the afternoon, but there’s still plenty of dry time.

We also finally got true possession of our new place. We did the final walk-through and got the keys. It doesn’t seem real until you have the keys.

I’ll be back in the US on the 31st. You can expect pictures posted sometime after that.

Human Tetris

July 23, 2007

Funniest thing I’ve seen in a while…

The Floating Pool

July 22, 2007

We had one of those totally gorgeous Saturdays. About 80, sunny, no humidity, nice breeze. Perfect. So I took Danielle to check out the new pool in our neighborhood.

New York is a funny city in that its waterfront property isn’t optimized for recreation. The city was built on commerce and much of the waterfront property is for shipping, etc. But that has really started to change lately. The entire west side of Manhattan is now a bike path with park areas.

The latest effort is to create a big park in Brooklyn near the Brooklyn Bridge (our neighborhood). When it gets finished it will be awesome. As an experiment, the city floated in a barge with a pool on it. It’s The Floating Pool.

It’s free, but they control the amount of people who can go in. You get a wristband for an hour slot in the pool. If you have to wait, they have built a big beach there. There are concessions stands and it’s very nice.

When it’s your turn, everyone lines up and heads in. It’s very nice. The whole thing is brand new (the barge isn’t, but the contents are). There’s a big Olympic size pool. They have two lanes reserved for lap swim and the rest is for recreation. The whole pool is 4 feet deep. There are nice locker rooms, showers, etc. You have views of the lower Manhattan skyline, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty. It isn’t very crowded. It’s pretty nice.

We’ll be back…

Tracking down a virus

July 19, 2007

Here’s an interesting post from a guy who is a malware research director. He discovered a fairly lame trojan horse virus and tried to track it back to it’s author, YoGangsta50, simply by using readily available web information.

How about a nice game of chess?

July 19, 2007

For those that remember the 1983 movie War Games, this is the line that the computer utters after it realizes that Tic-Tac-Toe is unwinnable.

Well, let’s add checkers to the list. Not that it’s true when most humans play, but scientists have proven that the top checkers computer program cannot be beaten.

Another memorable line from War Games (the heros were trying to escape an island):

Well, what kind of an asshole grows up in Seattle and doesn’t even know how to swim?

There’s no point to that quote, it just makes me laugh…

We’re going to Guatemala

July 19, 2007

It’s been a bit crazy, but we finally have an appointment with the embassy in Guatemala. We had set a closing date on our apartment and we had been working with our congressman to get the final approval. Suddenly we get a call from the adoption agency saying they have the approvals and we can come on the 18th.

But our closing was set for the 17th. And the 18th was only five days away. Can we get our lives together that quickly? Maybe not. So we asked what would happen if we asked to reschedule. Our agency said, no problem, they’ll give you a date a week later. So we said let’s do that.

The only problem is that all you can do is send a request for a new date. You can’t ask what the next date would be and then decide.

So we asked for a new appointment on the 25th. And we waited. And waited. We expected to hear by Monday. Nothing. Finally at the end of the day on Tuesday the 17th we get word that the next available appointment is Friday the 27th. We’re going.

In some regards, this works out for the best. We get to take possession of our new apartment on the 24th. We thought we’d be in Guatemala then, but now we’ll still be here.

The bad part is that if you have your embassy appointment on Friday you can’t get the Visa for the baby until Monday. So you have to be in Guatemala longer. Originally we didn’t think it was a good idea to bring our daughter Danielle. Long flights and bureaucracy aren’t exactly optimal for a four year old. But this would mean being away from her for six full days. I’ve never been away from her for that long.

So she’s coming too. It will make the whole trip more complicated, but overall it could make it even better. Danielle will always remember going to Guatemala to pick up Victoria.

Tori and Dan…

Tori and Dan