Friday, August 29, 2008

Dave in another part of Suomi, and Italy

Now that the book has been submitted, Dave and Yvette will be taking a well-earned vacation. We will be in Lapland, northern Finland, and Venice, Italy, for the next week and a half. No e-mails, no blogging. Just relaxation.

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My Book

I am proud to announce that the first draft of my book has now been submitted to the publisher. The book is called Eloquent Science: A Practical Guide to Becoming a Better Writer, Speaker, and Scientist and will be published by the American Meteorological Society in mid to late 2009.

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Flowers on Suomenlinna

Helsinki Festival Celebrates 40 Years

Richard Thompson at Helsinki Festival: Aug 18, 2008

We Love Arnold's Donuts!

Bruce Springsteen leaves Helsinki Hotel the day after the show

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Bruce in Helsinki

Pictures of me, Yvette, Robert Marc, and Trina.

The American flag and the Finnish flag at the Olympic Stadium. 40,000 fans singing "Born in the USA."

European Radar Conference: My friends at Ravintola Savu

Long time

OK, several people have asked why I haven't posted in a while. As happens, things got real busy the last few months. Here's a sampling of what happened since my last post.

* European Radar Conference in Helsinki: lots of friends from Oklahoma and the U.S. visited. Good to see them, and host them in my new hometown.

* July 11: Bruce Springsteen rocks Helsinki for three hours and 31 songs, including Born in the USA, Dancing in the Dark, 10th Ave Freezeout, Rosalita, and Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

* Robert Marc and Trina Friedman from Oslo visit for the Bruce show. It was great meeting new friends.

* Li and Kaijun leave Helsinki for Minnesota.

* Great new movies (Kung Fu Panda, Wall-E) and great old movies (Ed Wood, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Cars, Big Fish)

* Rowing with the Vaisala team started up again.

* Aug. 18: Richard Thompson concert, along with friends, Gil and Merja.

* Aug. 22: Helsinki Festival, 40th Anniversary free concert in Senate Square: Finnish artists perform the songs of 1968. What a hoot! Helsinki really knows how to throw free parties!