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Yes, we know that the newsletter is very late. We actually have a lot's of stuff to share with you, but the actual text will have to wait until the next issue, which will be out on Tuesday or Wednesday (cross your fingers[1eng]). In the meantime, lots of pictures. But first...
A belated happy birthday to Kristi Holder. A belated newsletter happy birthday to Angela Elsey; we attended her birthday party, so we actually managed to deliver our birthday greetings in person. And just in case the newsletter slips further behind schedule, early birthday greetings to Bobb (not a typo) Head, and my father-in-law Rudolf (not a newsletter reader, but the rest of the family is).
Loosely grouped by event, here are some pictures of Karin and Tobias' first time to Dim Sum:
(That's Judith holding Tobias in the second picture.)
And while we were heading to dim sum, a parade broke out, so we had to watch (yes, those are all Harley-Davidson motorcycles):
Unfortunately, the camera ran out of power about two-thirds of way through the parade, when the Star Wars Storm Troopers came by, but here is a link to their photo gallery: http://www.goldengategarrison.com/gallery/oaklandparade2004/PICT0156
We've also been doing some dancing lately, and Tobias has, of course, come along. Here is Tobias at Argentine tango class:
And here is what he might have seen if he'd been awake:
And at Friday Night Waltz:
Tobias was more awake:
which meant that he could enjoy the attention of the other dancers:
We had a bit of rain, and then the weather cleared up enough for us to walk around the neighborhood, which Karin had seen only from the car for the past few weeks. Since Karin is writing more extensively about this, comparing gardens, Christmas decorations, and home construction techniques with what she's used to in Austria, I'll save the neighborhood pictures until the next issue. But as a teasers, here some pictures of our house at Far Creek Way (in a reverse zoom):
with a bit of the neighborhood thrown in:
And lastly, a picture of Karin enjoying her first "smoothie":
So much for the pictures. The words will come in a couple of days.
Ta-Ta For Now
- Tobias, Karin, Paul
 "Cross your fingers": An action which purportedly brings luck, performed by crossing the middle finger over the index finger of the same hand. The same action is also suppose to nullify any promise that one is making at the moment, which is a bit odd given the first meaning. If anyone knows how these two meanings might be related, let me know.
 "Dim Sum": Cantonese style brunch, meaning literally "a bit of heart". Instead of ordering from a menu, the food is brought by the table on carts, you order what looks (and smells) good, and the cart pushers mark your bill with the appropriate stamps. Sort of an inverted buffet. An incredibly social occasion (meaning "festive and noisy"), Chinese people tend to have dim sum on weekends, in large groups.
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