Monday, December 31, 2007

Holiday Greetings To All My Friends And Family!

For the last day of 2007, I thought I would recap the year and share my christmas letter.

It started in the United Kingdom where I was launching on the second year of a five-week business trip. It was a good time! I met lots of great people, made some good friends, did some amazing things, and have wonderful memories.

In January, Saga got her chance to beg from new people at the pub. She had joined me in the UK in December and really took to the whole pub culture. Usually, she would beg when Daddy wasn’t watching, but occasionally…

In February, I took off for the weekend of my birthday and went to Amsterdam for the first time.

Well, technically, it was my fourth time. In 2006 I had put some air miles onto my Northwest Airlines frequent flyer account by taking a quick flight to Copenhagen (connecting through Amsterdam both ways), and another weekend I went to Amsterdam, but as the point was to get air miles and not actually to do any sightseeing I bought the cheapest tickets I could get. In short, I had only about nine hours in Amsterdam and I was staying an hour train trip out of Amsterdam.

So my first official visit was this February, it was great! I really had fun! Anyone who wants to know what I have done, please see my blog for a detailed travelogue.

In March, I made my first trip to South Africa. A colleague of mine had to leave a trip he was doing early and so, being half-way there (compared to Denver) they asked me to go out to Johannesburg to complete the trip.

April was a lovely month in London! The fun fairs started for the year, the spring flowers were at their peak and the weather turned absolutely lovely! I spent lots of time riding my bike. Oh, yes, and allergy season started with a vengeance.

May was a month of Graduations. My best friend’s daughter, Charlotte Karrer and my nephew, Andrew Bergquist both graduated from high school in the same week in May. I was able to fly back to Florida and drive to Alabama to see (and photograph) both graduations.

June was a wet month in Thames Ditton. There was rain, rain, rain. At least it was green! Not a lot to report. Very few bike rides, no travel to speak of.

The rain continued to fall in abundance in July. But the wet weather could not dampen the spirits at Molesey Regatta, though. The actual races were rained-out but the lunch and good times were not to be stopped by a little thing like rain!

My friends Fritz and Janine came over to the UK for a visit in August and I got to play tour guide. It was fun seeing some of the places I had not gotten to, and taking them to some of my favorite places. Of course, there was a pub or two on the itinerary. My friends in Surrey got to meet some of my friends from the states.

Terry and Angie threw a barbecue at their house. It was a great time!

In September, I was far too busy at work, trying to suss-out whether I was staying in the UK or going home to do much of anything else. I did get to go see a game of cricket (my first) at Bushy Park. It was a charity game between the Police and the grounds crew at the park. I never realized how dangerous a game it is. There were three injuries in the first side.

October was my last full month at the Thames Ditton Office. I discovered that my assignment to the UK was truly going to end (this time) and that I would be returning with Saga to the States when the assignment ended.

November was a great time! My friends from the UK and I went on holiday to South Africa. The brief visit to Johannesburg in March not withstanding, this was my first real visit to South Africa. Again, please see my blog for stories of our adventures in South Africa.

December has been manic, it is amazing how much there is to do when you have left your house empty for two years. Luckily, I have a friends who checked-up on my place for me periodically.

There’s not much to tell about my family over the last year. At least not a lot I can tell you first-hand. All are well.

Dad had a stroke in October but he has made and is making a remarkable recovery. I drove home to Minnesota to spend the holidays with family. It was a good time and fun to see all my relatives again. Even the weather cooperated, though I had to duck between the two blizards to get back to Denver on Boxing Day!

I hope that this holiday season is a great one for you and your family!

Wherever you are today, I hope your 2007 has been a wonderful one and I wish you an even better 2008!

Happy New Year!

Don Bergquist - December 31, 2007 - Lakewood, Colorado, USA

New Year's Eve

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Still Working On It!

Trying to get the place in shape is taking all weekend… but I'm working on it.

There is absolutely nothing interesting going on at all this weekend.

Wherever you are, I hope that you're having a good weekend!

Don Bergquist – December 30, 2007 – Lakewood, Colorado, USA

Happy Birthday to my cousin, Marin

Happy Birthday to my niece, Theresa

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Pit Stop

It is amazing how fast my house can fall into disarray. In the three weeks I have been home, I have used my home more like a pit stop than a home. Between the holiday travel and the time I have been spending at the office and getting ready for the holidays, I have spent very little time unpacking my luggage and getting it put away, getting my office back into order, and doing laundry.

I think I will be spending the weekend cleaning and organizing… it is time!

Wherever you are, I hope your life has some order to it!

Don Bergquist – December 29, 2007 – Lakewood, Colorado, USA

Friday, December 28, 2007


I had some errands to run today. It is really amazing how hard it is to get back to normal after having lived abroad for the past two years. I still have not gotten my office at home back into order. I have a pile of laundry to do and a number of small projects to complete.

Of course taking a week to go to Minnesota for the holidays and being sick so that I spend a great deal of time curled-up below the duvet instead of going through the list of things to do has not helped.

If the prediction for continued cold and bad weather continues perhaps I will get a chance to catch-up this weekend. Yeah! That’s just what I wanted to do to ring-in the New Year! Housework! A mid-winter spring cleaning is not really my idea of a great way to spend the New Year’s weekend. But what am I to do?

There is a lot of things I need to get done around here. Not the least of which is take a walk with Saga Roo… she wants me to play with her. After that, I have no idea what I will do today, but in addition to the things I have to do, I hope to find something fun to do.

Wherever you are today, I hope that you will find a way to combine the things you have to do with those that you want to do!

Don Bergquist – December 28, 2007 – Lakewood, Colorado, USA

Happy Birthday to my uncle, Chris

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Second Verse, Same As The First

Apparently, the snowstorm yesterday was just a prelude to today’s storm. When Saga and I arrived last night, there were about six inches of snow in the yard and the walks had all been shoveled. That was last night.

This morning, when we went out to the park, the snow was already ankle deep on the walks. I swept my porch and walks before retiring inside to catch-up on my email. By lunchtime, the snow on the walks was at least four inches thick! I’m staying inside today. It is a good day for hunkering down under the duvet!

I think it is a good thing that Saga and I made it home last night. I’m sure we would not have made it home through this!

Wherever you are today, I hope you’re snug and warm!

Don Bergquist – December 27, 2007 – Lakewood, Colorado, USA

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Boxing Day

What changes a year can bring!

This time last years, Saga and I were having a wonderful time with our friends back in the UK celebrating Boxing Day at the pub. This year, I celebrated Boxing Day by driving from Kensington to Lakewood.

Far from my drive of a week ago, I had no delusions that I could even come close to setting a record. Last night, after checking that the weather reports for the Denver area were continuing to show a deterioration of the weather here, I packed the car, bade my holiday greetings to my parents and went to bed.

When I awoke this morning at 04:30, I made a pot of coffee, took Saga out for a walk and hopped onto the computer to check the weather forecasts. It was not looking good! The prediction was for 50% chance of snow by nightfall.

The little one and I piled into the car and headed off. The roads were good until the Minnesota State Line. It started snowing just after I crossed over into South Dakota. The next six hours would be spent dealing with the fog, ice and snow in South Dakota. There was a spectacular sunrise to be glimpsed through the fog banks, and a few harrowing heart-stopping moments on the ice outside Vermillion, but other than that, nothing too bad.

On crossing the state line into Colorado, I had reports that this morning’s blizzard had left the roads west of Fort Morgan impassably icy and snow-packed. I decided that I would drive as far as I could get before stopping for the night. It was looking good as I got past the point I was told about. I kept seeing traffic coming at me, so I kept going.

Until I got into Denver proper, there was no problem on the road. There were a few slick spots once I got to my neighborhood, but nothing too bad. Saga and I took a walk in the park to shake the road our of our bones and now, completely knackered by the last 18-hours on the road, I am headed off to bed.

Wherever you have spent today, I hope that you have been going places.

Don Bergquist – December 26, 2007 – Lakewood, Colorado, USA

Boxing Day

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!

The big day has dawned cold and white!

My brother, his wife, and son arrived at parents’ place yesterday afternoon. Almost immediately Eric and Grandma went outside to decorate the small tree at the end of the drive. (The "Eric Tree.") They have done this every year so that Santa will know where Eric is spending the holiday. It would be a shame if Santa left Eric’s presents at his home in Minneapolis if he isn’t there.

The tree topper was a bit of a quandary this year. The tree has grown too high for Eric or Grandma to reach so they had to conscript Uncle Don to get the topper on. This may be the last year that tree gets a topper!

Christmas Eve was lovely! There was music and games. Eric beat his daddy and his uncle in a game of Monopoly. Everybody beat Uncle Don in card games… and then there was the food!

Granddad made a lovely roast duck! Chip and I pitched in to make the veggies and everyone contributed something to preparing the meal. It was a lovely meal and a great time.

But now it is Christmas Morning. The tree is beckoning me. Were I still a kid (instead of just a child at heart) I would run screaming into my parents’ room: “Santa has been here! Santa has been here!” but because I am now an adult (a-hem) I can restrain myself, if just barely.

We have to wait for everyone to arrive and then we’ll have breakfast and open presents. By lunchtime the floor will be festooned with the detritus left over from the opening of presents. Ah! The holidays!

This afternoon, we’re headed over to the family farm to have lunch with my uncle and his family. I’m sure that will be an experience too!

Wherever you are today, I hope you get to spend the holiday with your family and friends!

Merry Christmas!

Don Bergquist - December 25, 2007 - Kensington, Minnesota, USA

Christmas Day

Monday, December 24, 2007

A Visit From St. Nicholas

Clement Clark Moore
'Twas The Night Before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."

Wherever you are today, Saga and I wish you sweet dreams full of wonderful Christmas joys!

Don Bergquist - December 24, 2007 - Kensington, Minnesota, USA

Happy Birthday to my cousin, Elizabeth

Happy Birthday to my cousin, Abigail

Christmas Eve

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Frosty Morning

It is amazing to me to consider the places I have been, the people I have come to know, and the means they will employ to come to grips with their environment.

Last month, in South Africa I wondered aloud at how they could be wearing jumpers (sweaters) whilst we were running the air-conditioning in the bus as we drove along. I think it was Angie who pointed out that while it was hot to Europeans, it was comparatively cold to the South Africans. It was only in the high seventies but it would get much warmer as the spring progressed and turned into summer.

I won’t say that I have never thought of this, I grew up in Miami and used to make fun of them there for putting on a coat when the temperatures fell to seventy. Being of Minnesota parentage, I never was made to put on a sweater or a jacket until my parents got cold… so I usually only wore one when I was cold.

The reason for the musings this morning is that I woke-up thinking about the different ways that people deal with their environments. Back in the UK, where it is cold and miserable but not deadly without long exposure, they build pubs in ever village and burg. People gather for warmth and hospitality.

Here in Minnesota, they do all their socializing in the warmer weather, here they hunker-down in the winter. The cold and the ice are a deadly combination so they leave their homes when they can but know that there will be long stretches where leaving home is not a good idea.

You lay-by provisions, make sure you have enough coffee and cards and you entertain yourself (yourselves) until the dangerous temperatures and the ice subside. Ah! But it is lovely out! Deadly but beautiful, that’s the Minnesota winter. The trees are iced in frost and snow, the ground is covered in a fluffy white quilt.

And here is sit. Inside, warm, with a cup of coffee, my feet up and staring out at the bitterly cold woods around the house. There are geese walking out across the frozen lake. But in here it is so cozy!

Wherever you are this morning, I hope that you’re cozy and warm.

Don Bergquist - December 23, 2007 - Kensington, Minnesota, USA

Saturday, December 22, 2007

The Internet

It is amazing how quickly one becomes jaded. But is it really my fault that I have grown so accustomed to the internet speeds that I get from my DSL? Is the direct internet point-of-presence speed that enjoy at the office really too much to ask for? Who is to blame for this impatience I feel? I blame Bill Gates.

Well, perhaps not Bill personally, but the whole class of person who sees a technology and decides it has to be better. It is possibly apocryphal but I have heard the anecdote that Bill Gates once asked why anyone would ever want more than 256k of memory in a personal computer. The answer, of course, it that we need it because the software that Microsoft and others create requires it.

Likewise, there was a time when the 256k modem I am communicating to the internet this morning over would have been more than sufficient to do anything I need to do. But this morning I cannot even get the page loaded to upload my blog entry. I can write it, but as I have been waiting an hour for the page to load (there must be some pretty intense stuff on that page that I just never noticed because of my internet speeds at home) I will just email my entries to myself at home and post them when I get home.

Well it will, at least, keep me from farting away my entire vacation on the internet. (As if that would have happened…) That being said, I suppose I should go and beat the old man at a hand of three of cribbage!

Wherever you are today, I hope that you're having a great day with the people you love!

Don Bergquist - December 22, 2007 - Kensington, Minnesota , USA

Happy Birthday to my cousin, Rebecca

Winter Solstice

Friday, December 21, 2007

Driving East

It was a lovely day and a perfect day for driving!

The skies were clear and bright, the roads clear, the traffic (for the most part) light. As a matter of fact, the only problems all day were the encountered in the first hour of the drive. Oh, and with my cell phone.

By not getting out at butt-ugly-early o'clock as I had hoped to do I had to negotiate Denver traffic at rush hour. But as my entire itinerary touched no other major metropolis, once I hit the interstate, it was fairly smooth sailing practically the rest of the way.

Denver Rush Hour was made worse by a roll-over accident on Interstate 25 that had the exit I would have used normally closed. No biggie. I just adjusted my route to exclude I-25 and all was okay. It left me on the surface streets for a few extra miles and added about thirty-minutes, but it knocked time off the journey had I not changed my route this morning.

The down-side was that when I passed Sterling my mobile started reading "No Signal." The remaining 800 miles of my trip I had no signal. It was worked out this morning when I called Qwest. The phone had been set when I got it the other day to recognize only Qwest towers. That fixed, I am now able to use my phone again.

All that aside, the temperatures were warm (relatively speaking) until I reached Souix Falls (South Dakota) and the roads were clear of snow. I arrived about 14-hours after I departed home in Denver. A door-to-door time of 14.5 hours for an average speed of about 65-miles-per-hour for the entire transit. Not a record. I have to shave about 45 minutes off that to claim a new record.

Today, we're going into town to lay-on provisions and do some last-minute Christmas shopping so I guess I should wrap this up and get social with my parents.

Wherever you are today, I hope that you're day is going along smoothly.

Don Bergquist - December 21, 2007 - Kensington, Minnesota , USA

Thursday, December 20, 2007


The coyotes were howling this morning to beat the band. The pack sounds like it has grown (groan?) appreciably since I left for the UK. When I left a couple years ago, I would have guestimated that the population of coyotes in the park was fewer than ten. I saw one or two once-in-a-while; occasionally, they could be heard howling.

This morning, the chorus sounds as if it is at least twenty-strong! The howling came at me from down the valley (toward Wadsworth) and up the valley (towards Fox Hollow) and, by the sounds of it, is pretty wide-spread. The sounds of the pack echoed off the sides of the valley for a while after the singing had stopped.

I would not have known any of this had I been able to keep to a schedule. At least, I would not have known about it this morning.

Despite my plans, I have yet to leave for Minnesota and it is well after five. My plan was to have the car parked and have all the provisions laid-in so that all I had to do this morning was walk with Saga a while to get her tired for the trip, jump in and go. And all of this was to have taken place more than two hours ago. The plan kind-of fell apart about six last evening. Well, it started to at least.

After working from home yesterday, I spent the afternoon gathering things for the trip and had planned to pack the car before bed. Of course, I wanted to do this after I had popped out to run a couple errands and finished a few last-minute things I had to do before leaving town. I'm sure you can see where this is going.

One thing lead to another and by bedtime, the car was not packed. But I decided that the few minutes it would take to pack the car in the morning were not going to seriously inhibit my progress. I went to bed and slept the night away.

This morning, bright and early (if 02:00 can be called bright) I rolled over and looked at the clock. I was up right when I wanted to be. It was time to get moving. But, that snow on the lawn looks cold. Who could blame me for snoozing just a bit longer? Besides, I'm on vacation and don't have to be anywhere at any specific time. Thus thinking, I lay myself back down and took a little (three-hour) nap.

Well, that's pretty much it. I was up at five, which allowed me to hear the chorus of coyotes across the road in the park by the creek. The car is all packed. My breakfast is on passenger seat, all that is remaining to do is to take Saga and go for a walk and hop in the car. The Weather Channel shows that I should have great driving conditions all day long and so, there is nothing keeping me from the open road!

Wherever you are this morning, I hope your day starts out with a serenade!

Don Bergquist - December 20, 2007 - Lakewood, Colorado, USA

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Last Day

Well, it’s the last day of 2007 in the office for me. It has been a good year and one that has had many surprises. I have lots to do today and only a normal day to do it in so I had better get going.

Sorry for the short entry today, I am working from home today and want to get to work early. I’ll have my laptop with me on holiday so look for me to post again just after the New Year!

Wherever you are, whatever holiday you celebrate, I wish you a happy and safe holiday season and prosperous New Year!

Don Bergquist – December 19, 2007 – Lakewood, Colorado, USA

Happy Birthday to my cousin, Christine

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Winding Down

Well, the year is coming to a close. In two days I will be headed off to Minnesota for the holidays. The weather looks like it is going to cooperate. I’ve put together a playlist on my iPod of Christmas Music and some novels that all have a Christmas theme. All I have to do is pack the car tomorrow before going to bed.

The mornings have been early. My cold is all but gone. I still have a bad cough at night, but other than that, am feeling great. Saga is sitting on the floor to my left looking at me as if to wonder why daddy is playing with that damn glowing box again.

I bet if I said the word “out” even under my breath, it would get her attention. I suppose I should take her for a walk and then get to the office.

Wherever you are, I hope your year is coming to a wonderful conclusion!

Don Bergquist – December 18, 2007 – Lakewood, Colorado, USA

Monday, December 17, 2007

Much Better, Thank You!

I am feeling so much better. My energy level is still not up where it should be, but I may be able to stay vertical enough to do some work. It’s a good thing we were expecting snow Friday, I have my PC at home and can work from my home office today.

It is just after four, and with all the sleep I have had this weekend, I am not ready to head back to bed yet. I think I am going to try and work for a while and then go off and take a nap. I need to get over this.

Wherever you are, I hope that you’re feeling well!

Don Bergquist – December 17, 2007 – Lakewood, Colorado, USA

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Feeling Better?

Well, I have been taking it easy (sleeping mostly) this weekend and am feeling a bit better. I was able to get out to the grocery store this morning and get some soup and some more juice. Other than that, I have been taking it easy. I'm feeling a bit better, but still not 100%.

Wherever you are today, I hope you’re feeling well.

Don Bergquist – December 16, 2007 – Lakewood, Colorado, US

Happy Birthday to my cousin, Craig

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Back Off To Bed

I have spent most of the last 24-hours asleep. I took some cold tablets, walked Saga, went back to bed. Got up at mid-day, repeated the process, and then slept again until well after dark. This cold is the pits!

Wherever you are today, I hope that you’re feeling well!

Don Bergquist – December 15, 2007 – Lakewood, Colorado, USA

Friday, December 14, 2007

Cold and Snow

Well, the snow part is self-explanatory. They are expecting a big snow system to move across the state today. But that is a ways off. It is about four o’clock in the morning and I cannot sleep. I am coughing and aching. My head is stuffed and I cannot concentrate.

Here is one big benefit of being in Colorado over Thames Ditton: The grocery store that is only two miles away is open 24/7! I’m going to pop into the car, run up to King Soopers, get some juice, some cold medicine, and head back to bed. In Thames Ditton, I would have to wait for the chemists to open at 09:00 and then ride my bike up there.

I hope that wherever you are today, you’re feeling well!

Don Bergquist – December 14, 2007 – Lakewood, Colorado, USA

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Too Busy To Write Today

It has been a busy day for me today. I found myself too busy to write.

After my workout this morning, Saga and I went for a walk in her park and today she wanted to go all the way down to the river and back. She didn’t seem to notice that it was cold or that her feet were getting wet.

Once, back at the house, I grabbed my lunch and gave her Saga a quick cuddle and headed for the train. Some wanker parked across two spaces in the place that I normally park and so I had to go to the remote lot. But a quick slog through the mud later I was on the train into town.

The morning was manic and I got a lot of testing done, went to the post office to get a few things sent out, and then back to the office for lunch at my desk. Back at the homestead, I did some work in the office (still trying to get things back in place and working as they should) and finally, it now being nearly nine, sat down to check my email.

I’ve been at the computer now for just over thirty minutes and so, of course, Saga has come to tell me I am not paying enough attention to her. I love it how she tries to get her nose under my hand as I am trying to type. I suppose I should get some shoes on, take her out and then get to bed.

Wherever you are today, I hope that your day has not been too busy to spend some of it with those who are important to you!

Don Bergquist – December 13, 2007 – Lakewood, Colorado, USA

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The Storm Passes

All-told I have about eight inches of snow on the lawn. It looks lovely sitting there in the hollow between my building and the one across the yard. That will not last long. Already there is a discernable path of one of my neighbors and their dog here they walked across the lawn early in the storm. There is also the single set of tracks left behind by the guy who shoveled the walks. After he shoveled up to my place, he walked across the lawn to the next building and shoveled out from Michael's door.

From everything I have heard, the roads are good, a bit icy in spots, but not bad overall. I am, however, going to give myself extra time to make it to the train station. With the derailed train yesterday still eliminating the last three stops from the line, I am pretty sure that the spill-over will reach-up to the station where I park.

If too many people have made the connection, the train is likely to be packed even this early. I suppose I should wrap this up and head-on out.

Wherever you are, I hope you're having an excellent morning!

Don Bergquist – December 12, 2007 – Lakewood, Colorado, USA

Happy Birthday to my cousin, Emily

Happy Birthday to my nephew, Eric

Happy Birthday to my cousin, Colby

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Heavy Weather

What a morning to be out on the road!

Or, rather, it would have been had I actually decided to go into the office this morning. Instead, assuming the local meteorologists knew something out the weather that I didn’t, I decided to bring my work laptop home with me last night. I’m glad I did!

When I turned on the TV this morning and did my workout on the treadmill I could see that it was not nice outside. The snow was falling and the lawn outside my office window was a blanket of white cotton candy.

At five o’clock, when the local news replaced the overnight network news, the lead story was how messy the roads were after the snow had fallen all evening. I decided at that moment to stay home. With a cup of coffee and the television making noise in the background, I started my testing. The rush hour was worse than they had suspected. There were over twenty accidents according to the news by five-thirty.

There was also a coal train that derailed in Littleton that knocked the commuter light rail off its tracks. I heard no reports of casualties, so I assume that there were very few people who had made it onto the train by that hour.

When Saga and I went out for our walk at sunup, the snow was up to her knees. The snow kept falling all morning with a bit of a slackening at lunchtime. Saga and I went out to walk around her park at lunchtime and the snow was up to her belly… she really eyed me with a mixture of excitement (she wanted to go out) and misery (it was cold and wet!) as we walked along what was a trail (somewhere down there, under the snow).

As I sit here in my office, just finished my testing for the day, I can see that the snow has started falling again. Saga’s gonna love that! Well, all that snow does look pretty! Sure, it’s cold and wet and tomorrow it will be sloppy, but right now it is so beautiful!

Wherever you are today, I hope that you can see the beauty around you.

Don Bergquist – December 11, 2007 – Lakewood, Colorado, USA

Monday, December 10, 2007


It’s the little things you miss. While in the UK it was root beer and Triscuits. Here I miss the availability of lamb and curry spices in the grocery store. Last night I did the shopping at the local King Soopers.

There were a few things that I needed that I didn’t have so I decided to brave the side roads and go out. The snow had mostly melted and it was nice to get out of the house. While perusing the aisles, there were a number of things that I noticed that I hadn’t known about two years ago that I now wish they had at the local grocer.

The mere profusion of beans available in the UK is just staggering. Here I have the choice between pintos, navy, lima, and chickpeas. Oh well, I guess I can get over the lack of lamb and beans for the ability to drive my car when ever I want (provided it isn’t snowy out) and being so near the mountains. I do wish there was a pub here though!

Wherever you are today, I hope that you find whatever you’re looking for!

Don Bergquist – December 10, 2007 – Lakewood, Colorado, USA

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Gray Morning

Well, yesterday was every bit as miserable outside as the predictions would have you believe. It didn’t stop snowing all day. This morning there were nine inches of snow on the front lawn. Saga and I went out for a walk in the early morning hours, but it was not pleasant for Saga. It was too cold and too wet.

The temperature when we went out this morning was -2º (Fahrenheit – that’s about -19c). Saga really wanted to go out, but by the time we got across the street, she wanted to go back in almost immediately.

The skies were still overcast and the snow was still drifting down gently. The walks had been plowed in my complex (I had heard the grounds staff shoveling about 05:30) so I guess the prediction is for no further substantial accumulation.

I have some housework to do today, but nothing too substantial. It is going to be a lazy gray day.

Whenever you are today, I hope you have a good day!

Don Bergquist – December 09, 2007 – Lakewood, Colorado, USA

Happy Birthday to my step-mom, Florence

Saturday, December 08, 2007


I can understand why bears hibernate! What a miserable day outside.

Saga ran outside, took one look at the snow that has been falling since last night, and came back in. I had to coax her to go out and take care of her morning ablutions. After having taken Saga out, I crawled back under the duvet and enjoyed a nice leisurely morning reading and listening (well, half-listening) to Christmas music on my PC.

Saga came and curled-up under my arm while I was reading and promptly fell asleep. The party last night was great! There were a lot of people there that I hadn’t seen in quite a while. I sat at dinner with some old friends and caught-up on what has been going on with them.

After dinner, I danced a bit and then headed home. The roads were getting bad, but nothing like they are this morning. The snow started falling as I was headed to the party and continued unabated all evening. The news this morning said: “If you don’t need to be somewhere today, stay home.” How wonderful! The local television station is affirming what I wanted to do anyway!

I may take a walk in the snow later on (it would be alone, Saga will not enjoy that) but then again, I may not. It is a good day to watch movies and drink a toddy or two.

Whatever you find yourself doing today, I hope you’ve got a great day to do it!

Don Bergquist – December 08, 2007 – Lakewood, Colorado, USA

Friday, December 07, 2007

Freezing Rain And Snow

Listening to the weathercast this morning, I think it was a good thing that I have decided to take the day off and do some work at home. Channel 7 is calling for rain this morning with falling temperatures and freezing rain or snow by nightfall.

It is good that I have nowhere to be until tonight. My company Christmas party is on for tonight and I am looking forward to seeing people I haven’t seen for most of the past two years!

Qwest has scheduled a technician to come out today and sort-out why I have no internet and other than that, I have nothing on my schedule for the day. It is gray and dreary out there so I am not at all upset that I have no plans to leave until this evening.

When Saga and I went to the park, she didn’t even want to chase the prairie dogs… it was out, purchase some real estate, and get back in. It wasn’t so much that it was cold; it was pleasant (except for the mist). It was misting pretty heavily, though. It was very much like I remember from so many mornings in London. That heavy, thick form or precipitation that is too wet to be fog but too fine to be rain.

According to what they were saying on the local National Public Radio station this morning, we’ve already hit our high for the day… 22º (Fahrenheit – that’s about -5.5c). Woops! Saga is barking… I’d better go check and see if the Qwest guy is here.

Wherever you are today, I hope you’re warm, comfortable, and happy!

Don Bergquist – December 07, 2007 – Lakewood, Colorado, USA

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Thursday Evening At Home

I didn’t get a chance to write this morning. I spent too much time trying to decide if I was going to get out of bed this morning. It was a lovely, lazy morning that made me want to stay in bed and watch the news.

When I finally got out of bed and got my morning workout done, I had no time left to both walk with Saga and write so I decided to put this off until this evening. I had a good day at the office. I got through my projects for the day and also scheduled Qwest to come out tomorrow morning. Perhaps by this time tomorrow I will have internet.

Wherever you are today, I hope that you’ve had a great day!

Don Bergquist – December 06, 2007 – Lakewood, Colorado, USA

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

So Much Time, So Little to do…

I am at my desk in my office at home. It is five o’clock and I have already done my morning walk on the treadmill, showered and dressed for the office. My lunch is packed and after I walk with Saga Roo in her park, I will be headed into town.

While I haven’t discovered exactly what my job actually is to be now that I am back in Denver for good, I have been given a couple assignments that I have deadlines for. Today, I have to continue working on the project portal updates that I have been asked to put in place and get some testing done for Thames Ditton.

I still have no dependable internet connection at home, so I am only able to update my blog periodically. Qwest (my phone company) has yet to determine that I have a mobile number that should be connected to my home line. (Which is amazing as they provide me with both phones!)

There is lots to do at the office and I have some errands to run at lunchtime. In fact, Saga has come in twice since I sat down to write this morning to tell me that she feels that I spend too much time at the computer. I suppose I should go ahead and get out to walk her. It’s going to be a busy day. I hope it will be a good one.

Wherever you are, I hope that your day will be a good one!

Don Bergquist – December 05, 2007 – Lakewood, Colorado, USA

Happy Birthday to my cousin, Cecilia

Hanukkah Begins

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Medical Professionals

Well, this week is the week that I see my doctors (allergist and general practice), my ophthalmologist, and my dentist. The year is running out and it is time to spend the flexible spending dollars that I have banked for the year. It has been a good and healthy year (with the exception of my allergy/sinus problems this summer in London) so I have nearly my entire medical budget to spend or to lose.

It is not that I actually dislike doctors, it is just that I don’t like going to the doctor. I would have no trouble coming up with a list of things I would rather be doing. But the good news is that other than a slight change in my prescription, and a slight adjustment to my allergy situation, I came through my exams with flying colors. I am feeling great and now I have doctors backing me up on that.

Wherever you are today, I hope that you’re feeling well!

Don Bergquist – December 04, 2007 – Lakewood, Colorado, USA

Happy Birthday to my sister-in-law, Helen

Monday, December 03, 2007

Well, It's About Time…

For those of you who have been asking, yes, I do intend to finally update my blog!

I've got intermittent internet service at home (still working with the phone company on that one…) so it may take a few days, but there it is. It is about time I get my pictures and stories that I have been writing uploaded. So, since there is so much that I have backlogged and ready to upload, there is no entry today… (…other than to tell you that I have started uploading the backlog, that is!)

The stories that I am uploading today start with the entry dated 30 October 2007 titled "Departure." I hope you will enjoy the stories and pictures.

Wherever you are today, have a great day!

Don Bergquist - December 03, 2007 - Lakewood, Colorado, USA

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Guess Who Has Jet-Lag Now!

I guess I never thought about it, but Saga Roo is jetlagged! It never occurred to me that dogs could get jetlag, but what the hey! Why not!?

Dogs have a diurnal cycle like any other mammal and she has gotten acclimated to Greenwich Mean Time. She didn't have the benefit of taking a strong sleeping tablet to try and reset her sleep-cycle.

I know that she is jet-lagged because she keeps coming up to my room at ungodly early hours of the morning, jumps on the bed and wants to play. She doesn't need to go out, I know… I tried to take her out and she wanted to come right back in. Oh well, I guess I will just have to wait for her to catch-up to our current time zone.

Wherever you are today, I hope that you’re well adjusted to your surrounding.

Don Bergquist – December 02, 2007 – Lakewood, Colorado, USA

Advent Begins

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Work To Do – No Internet

The good thing about having no internet connection at the moment is that there is nothing to distract me from the work that I have been allowing to stack-up all week. I have all the laundry that I have brought home to do. I haven't sorted it yet, but I am sure that there has to be at least a dozen loads to do.

In fact, I suppose that I shouldn't be wasting time writing this morning. I should get to work and get this place into shape. But, nah! It is a lovely morning and I think that I will take Saga for a drive and perhaps stop by Sonic and get her a treat! Anything is better than starting the work around here.

…and who can blame me for avoiding things I don't really want to do?

Wherever you are today, I hope that you've got nothing but pleasant things to do today!

Don Bergquist – December 01, 2007 – Lakewood, Colorado, USA