Category Archives: Reflections

Changes 2018 Part II

***Note: I wrote this a few weeks after Part I. I just suck as posting when I’ve written stuff. Forgive me? Awesome.*** I thought things were complicated at my old job. Medical devices, in Switzerland, paperwork and processes, checklists and

Changes 2018 Part II

***Note: I wrote this a few weeks after Part I. I just suck as posting when I’ve written stuff. Forgive me? Awesome.*** I thought things were complicated at my old job. Medical devices, in Switzerland, paperwork and processes, checklists and

Changes 2018 Part I

I recently quit my job. This led to a job search because I enjoy eating food and buying my son Legos. The job search included many technical writing, copy writing and horse riding positions. The last one I may have

Changes 2018 Part I

I recently quit my job. This led to a job search because I enjoy eating food and buying my son Legos. The job search included many technical writing, copy writing and horse riding positions. The last one I may have

The Mourning Before

When my mom called me on Halloween of 2011 to tell me that dad had died, I didn’t cry. I did feel the immediate hollow in my gut and the sense of sinking followed by pangs of hurt of guilt

The Mourning Before

When my mom called me on Halloween of 2011 to tell me that dad had died, I didn’t cry. I did feel the immediate hollow in my gut and the sense of sinking followed by pangs of hurt of guilt

Mango (Or Sticky Fingers Part II)

My fickle pickiness about not eating foods that are messy doesn’t come without exceptions. The messiest thing that I absolutely love to eat is mango. Fresh, ripe mango is a wonderful momentary escape to sweet tropical sunsets and the sound of

Mango (Or Sticky Fingers Part II)

My fickle pickiness about not eating foods that are messy doesn’t come without exceptions. The messiest thing that I absolutely love to eat is mango. Fresh, ripe mango is a wonderful momentary escape to sweet tropical sunsets and the sound of

Sticky Fingers

I have this thing about not getting my hands dirty while eating, even if it’s a finger food feast, I have to wipe them after every bite. I actually don’t dislike eating with my hands, but if I do, I

Sticky Fingers

I have this thing about not getting my hands dirty while eating, even if it’s a finger food feast, I have to wipe them after every bite. I actually don’t dislike eating with my hands, but if I do, I

Fire Drill

Prestwood elementary school still houses many memories for me. I cried my first day of kindergarten with Ms. Weir; later I learned to play house and told my teacher I wanted to be a truck driver when I grew up

Fire Drill

Prestwood elementary school still houses many memories for me. I cried my first day of kindergarten with Ms. Weir; later I learned to play house and told my teacher I wanted to be a truck driver when I grew up

D’heim in Züri

Long ago before I knew what “Isch guet gsi” meant, before I had proper fondue at the end of a 40-minute winter snow trek in the dark to a log hut in the middle of the cold, before my son

D’heim in Züri

Long ago before I knew what “Isch guet gsi” meant, before I had proper fondue at the end of a 40-minute winter snow trek in the dark to a log hut in the middle of the cold, before my son

I’m Not Sorry, Just Me

********* Author’s note: I wrote this in February 2013, just two months before my “nerdy 30”. I guess apprehension is something I struggle with in my writing since I haven’t wanted to revisit this post until recently. But something in

I’m Not Sorry, Just Me

********* Author’s note: I wrote this in February 2013, just two months before my “nerdy 30”. I guess apprehension is something I struggle with in my writing since I haven’t wanted to revisit this post until recently. But something in

A Tooth Too Loose

I blame my father for my aversion to flossing as a child. And it all has to do with my first loose tooth. Having a loose tooth hadn’t actually crossed my mind since the last time a tooth fell from

A Tooth Too Loose

I blame my father for my aversion to flossing as a child. And it all has to do with my first loose tooth. Having a loose tooth hadn’t actually crossed my mind since the last time a tooth fell from

Food Fight

Before our little permanent house guest was as old as he is now, he really only did stuff by accident; consequently my disciplining was really a preseason affair. Now that I am the father of something that does stuff purposefully,

Food Fight

Before our little permanent house guest was as old as he is now, he really only did stuff by accident; consequently my disciplining was really a preseason affair. Now that I am the father of something that does stuff purposefully,

Since the Last Time We Talked

**Note** I wrote this post in June of 2014; then I was talking about a 6-month-old baby. At the time I was a bit scared to publish it, but since then I’ve forgotten about it, rediscovered it, cleaned it up

Since the Last Time We Talked

**Note** I wrote this post in June of 2014; then I was talking about a 6-month-old baby. At the time I was a bit scared to publish it, but since then I’ve forgotten about it, rediscovered it, cleaned it up

The Day I Grew Up

I was ‘buddy’. Buddy was also my uncle’s old dog, but to my dad, I was buddy. “Buddy, go get your glove and let’s play catch.” “Buddy, you need to sweep the patio and pick up the dog pooh and

The Day I Grew Up

I was ‘buddy’. Buddy was also my uncle’s old dog, but to my dad, I was buddy. “Buddy, go get your glove and let’s play catch.” “Buddy, you need to sweep the patio and pick up the dog pooh and

Brave New Year

It was inevitable; and with 20/20 hindsight, it should have been done since the beginning. But in the two years since the birth of the Roughly Translated blog, I was never really focused on the direction my blogging was following. Rather, I

Brave New Year

It was inevitable; and with 20/20 hindsight, it should have been done since the beginning. But in the two years since the birth of the Roughly Translated blog, I was never really focused on the direction my blogging was following. Rather, I

Life After Facebook

I had been inching toward my own Facebook cliff since about October, and when I happened upon this article about stress and Facebook, it brought me right to the edge. If you don’t want to click the link (and I totally

Life After Facebook

I had been inching toward my own Facebook cliff since about October, and when I happened upon this article about stress and Facebook, it brought me right to the edge. If you don’t want to click the link (and I totally

Thank You, Carl

“Por lo que! Therefore, so that, because of, for this reason…this is one you should not be missing now.” Thank you, Carl. I will never forget this Spanish conjunction ever since that day in second semester when we were sight

Thank You, Carl

“Por lo que! Therefore, so that, because of, for this reason…this is one you should not be missing now.” Thank you, Carl. I will never forget this Spanish conjunction ever since that day in second semester when we were sight

Well Balanced

I left the house in a mood that stank of rancid vinegar. Our ensuing move to Zurich was looming and I was already late to a lunch date. The mid-August day in The Hague did nothing to offer me solace;

Well Balanced

I left the house in a mood that stank of rancid vinegar. Our ensuing move to Zurich was looming and I was already late to a lunch date. The mid-August day in The Hague did nothing to offer me solace;

Zurich at First Blush

After a travel day that was as rocky as the cobblestone streets that trace the city’s old district, I have been calmed by the serenity of this tidy and enchanting place. An early morning walk through downtown provided me the

Zurich at First Blush

After a travel day that was as rocky as the cobblestone streets that trace the city’s old district, I have been calmed by the serenity of this tidy and enchanting place. An early morning walk through downtown provided me the

Klout is Ruining My Life

A few weeks back when I had a bit of time on my hands between projects, I steeled my resolve to jump face(book) first into the professional side of social media. For my freelance work I have a Facebook page

Klout is Ruining My Life

A few weeks back when I had a bit of time on my hands between projects, I steeled my resolve to jump face(book) first into the professional side of social media. For my freelance work I have a Facebook page

Quality Control, Part V

Catch up!  Part I, Part II, Part III and Part IV!! Act III Scene I Back at the Sacramento office, 9:00 am. Linda is clearing off her desk while her computer sputters to life. She feels a small relief because

Quality Control, Part V

Catch up!  Part I, Part II, Part III and Part IV!! Act III Scene I Back at the Sacramento office, 9:00 am. Linda is clearing off her desk while her computer sputters to life. She feels a small relief because

Quality Control, Part IV

Catch up on the first three parts! Part I, Part II, Part III Act II Scene II Hristo walks back in to the kitchen with his arms full of fruits and vegetables. He sets everything down on the table, careful

Quality Control, Part IV

Catch up on the first three parts! Part I, Part II, Part III Act II Scene II Hristo walks back in to the kitchen with his arms full of fruits and vegetables. He sets everything down on the table, careful