WUI (Writing under the influence)

Somebody once said we are all Americans, sometimes born in the wrong places.
On a warm autumn day in 1986, while enjoying beer with my college buddies,
I decided to join my new homeland.

I've come to appreciate the ideals that helped create this great country.
Liberalism, political-correctness, multiculturalism and moral equivalence
are destroying it.

This old house Grovenet Wal*Mart Visiting Poland American wine better than French.

Sunday, July 27, 2008


Beer and Max

last Thursday, I finally went to the Oregon Brewers Festival for the first time. In the past, I just wasn't interested enough to go into the enemy territory also known as People's Republic of Portland. But this year was different. After having gorged on the fabulous Polish pilsners for 4 weeks, I wanted to see if any brewer in Oregon can brew anything other ales and lagers. Sadly but unsurprisingly, I was disappointed. There was maybe one pilsner called Trumer that was just barely decent and should be available in some local stores for almost $9 per six-pack. (I was paying $1 for 0.5l bottles in Poland even with the dollar as weak as it is.) The beer is made in Berkeley, which doesn't help.

Incidentally, this was one of the very few occasions in my 8-year of having lived in the area that taking Max made sense.


This old house update (new deck)

Many things are (slowly) happening around my house. The shed I started building last year was finished a few months ago and I have been turning my garage into a poker room. Then, we went to Poland for 4 weeks. Now, I'm replacing my old deck. I'm using the other 4 weeks of my sabbatical to do so but I'm frequently interrupted by my two sons' soccer games, camps, etc. I hope I will be done with the deck before I return to work in a week. I will then resume my work on the poker room.

The shed.

The old deck being taken apart. The pieces that are still good will be used to build a tree house.

One more week should suffice for the deck. But there will be wrap-around two-level stairs that may take another week.

UPDATE: Oh, boy, how wrong I was!!! I finished the thing in late October.

Monday, July 14, 2008


Pictures from Poland IV (this means 4 in case you've recently graduated from a government school) Sopot

Sunday, July 13, 2008


Pictures from Poland III

Interesting building and interesting story. No time right now to tell it.


Pictures from Poland II (communism tour)

I took my children on a communism tour. I wanted to show them what people like Obama could do to make us all (equally) (un)happy.

This is where I lived since I was 1 until I left in 1997. A 46m2 (495ft2) apartment on 9th floor. The communists in charge thought this was adequate for a family of 4. When I lived there alone since high school, I thought it was too small to throw out a decent party. Is Barack Obama going to tell us that 495 sq. ft. apartments will become the way of the future in the US together with thermostats that he will set for us directly from the White House to 50 in winters and 80 in summers?

BTW, the building pictured just below was 800m long and at some point almost 10,000 people lived there, which was more than 4 per apartment because extended families had to live together due to lack (imagine that! something lacking in a socialist paradise!) of housing.

Also, the play area hasn't changed much in 20 years. In fact, there used to be a water pool, which since then has been replaced with a big sand box. There were almost no children playing. Maybe because they are were sitting in front of computers playing games...

Saturday, July 12, 2008


Pictures from Poland (Gdansk)


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