Snow, snow, snow, finally some snow

December 7, 2013

This week we had our first snowfall. The first wave of snow quickly melted, but the second wave is still on the ground, not a lot of snow, but at least something. next Monday will be my last working day before my month long holiday. And part of what I’ve planned for my Holiday is to make one hundred snow angels, and this will be a bit hard to accomplish unless I get more snow.

Christmas greeting card

Some of you might remember the Bazooka Christmas card from last year, Super Danio. Well this year we’ve started working on a new card, it’s not going to be a new game, and I’m really not as involved as I was in the previous card, but I did help build the setup for the new one. It took us a lot of time to get the base up, but I do think that the end result will be great. I’ll post the end result when it’s done (and public). Pictured below is just a small part of the setup.

bazooka_christmas

Inner city Stockholm isn’t always that great

This week we enjoyed a short but delightful visit from my sister, her husband and a few other friends. Sadly they were only here for a day, from early morning to late afternoon. It’s really hard to figure out something to do when you have so little time, and especially during day time.

So we did what we always do, just walk about in inner city Stockholm. I usually try to avoid the city center, because there’s a lot of people, and when I say a lot of people I mean it. You spend most of the time dodging other people, and because everybody move in such irregular ways, you have no way to actually get from point a to point be in any effective manner.

Anyway, as it became lunch time we decided to go somewhere to eat. Every place we went to were packed with people, after a lot of searching we ended up at O’learys at Centralstationen. The place was kind of full, but there were still some free tables. We were greeted by one of the waiters, she asked me how many we were, I answered, “Seven”. She looked at me and asked me “two?”. I don’t know if it’s the Finnish-Swedish accent, and this isn’t the first time, but the numbers seven and two seem to confuse a lot of Swedes. I answered her in a clear manner, “Seven”, and at the same time I lifted my two hands and showed her seven fingers.

She nodded, took the menu’s and asked us to follow her. As we walked after her, deeper in to the pub, I started to think if she really did understand me, we came to a table with two free seats. She turned around, and looked at the seven of us. She walked briskly towards me, clearly annoyed, and said “Why would you say that there’s only two of you if you’re more than that?”. Without waiting for me to respond she ran us to the other side of the pub where there were a lot of empty, small tables. She waived for us to set us down. “We don’t serve food for this section, so you’ll have to order at the bar.” and off she went again.

The table wasn’t lit at all, and we practically sat in the dark, she came back moments later with a larger set of menus and cutlery, I asked her if she could turn the lights on, she answered with a short “No, we can’t”, and disappearedĀ again. Paulina decided to take some kind of control of the situation and grabbed a pen and a piece of paper, “Tell me what you want, and I’ll write it down and I’ll order for everyone at once”. So after we had all chosen what we wanted, Paulina went of to place the order. A few minutes passed and then Paulina was back. Apparently she couldn’t place the order without everybody paying first. So off we went to pay, and of course, the cash register decided to not work. At the other side of the bar an older lady asked the waiter if she could place an order, the waiter snapped back “Wait for your turn”, then the waiter turned around and said to her colleague; “If it doesn’t suite you, go somewhere else.”.

After the register started to work again, we got our payments through, and we got our food.

Basically, the moral of the story, don’t go visit the O’learys at the Centralstation in Stockholm, take your business elsewhere, where they actually respect their paying customers.

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