WIR – Apr 30

While checking out, I noticed that the Holiday Inn had these great wall sculptures in their lobby.


OMG, I can’t keep a straight face. I let one rip in the Uber car & Mehdi is opening windows & spraying perfume. Arrived at Hotel Mercure Paris Sud Les Ulis Courtaboeuf. 

Room was ready in a few minutes, but it’s the dumpster room. 

Otherwise, it’s a nice room.

The quote translated: “There is no shame in preferring happiness”, Albert Camus. I worked on my presentation before going down to dinner, halibut, trumeric risotto & peas.

Tuesday team dinner was at La Criée. https://goo.gl/maps/4pkzcp9cyRr 

It’s been so hot in the hotel, so I sleep with the window open. I woke to a nice sunny view Wednesday morning.

The temperature was in the 30°s. It snowed in the early afternoon and there was a thunderstorm in the evening. I waited for the rain to stop and walked to the creperie, which was closed! I went nextdoor for a pizza, walked back, & called it a night. I slept decent. I had a dream that I had interviewed at Maxim & got the job. When I went into my current job, Kevin had the office next to me & he had my new boss on the phone. I met Jim for breakfast Thursday morning. We had an interesting discussion about life in Taiwan, his travels (mostly to Japan & Thailand), jobs, Microchip,… He doesn’t like going to China. He says Chinese people are rude & loud. The Uber ride to CDG took about an hour because there was still traffic. I worked on self assessment until dinner, then walked through the park to Aux Trois Gourmands. 

Submitted self assessment, packed, showered, & slept. Caught the 7:25am shuttle to Terminal 2 GARE at CDG. Check in & security went quickly.

I bought & mailed postcards & got gifts for us, the Moms, Dad & Linda. I splurged on La Mer, as it was cheaper @duty-free than in the States. I took a good dump @CDG before boarding. 

WeWe boarded buses and walked up the steps of the 787. Au revoir Paris!

Optimal Road Trip with a Boat Across Texas.

Texas Fishing Road Trip
Texas Fishing Road Trip

Thank you Randy Olson for sharing your code for computing the Optimal Road Trip Across the US –  http://www.randalolson.com/2015/03/08/computing-the-optimal-road-trip-across-the-u-s/

I used Randy’s information to create the Optimal Road Trip with a Boat Across Texas – http://engineeress.com/major-lakes-TX.html

So, hitch the boats; let’s get on the road!


Maiden Name Bar

Topolski London


The Facts

NAME: Topolski

IT’S A: New bar and café that pays homage to the works of Polish-born British expressionist painter Feliks Topolski

OPENED: 1st November 2013

WHO’S BEHIND IT: Company of Cooks

DID YOU KNOW: The new bar and restaurant features a self-supporting scaffolding structure within the arches to hold and display Topolski’s artwork

LOCATION: South Bank

ADDRESS: 150-152 Hungerford Bridge, Concert Hall Approach, Waterloo, London, SE1 8XU


OPENING HOURS: Mon-Thurs: 7am-11pm, Fri-Sat: 7am-1am


PHONE NUMBER: 020 7620 0627

MAP:View map


Housed under a railway arch behind the Southbank Centre, the former studio of Polish-born artist and illustrator Feliks Topolski has been transformed into a bar-come-restaurant-come-exhibition.

Topolski’s menu, created by Bruce Wilson and Claire Cook, takes us on a journey through Eastern Europe with dishes such as Zurek, Borsch and Cracovian sausage featuring on sharing plates.

A range of strong Polish lagers, handpicked wines and fruit-infused vodkas are on-hand to quench thirsts.

Paying homage to its namesake, Topolski features the artist’s eccentric work throughout the space (vast canvas portraits of leading 20th hang from arches) and will host a specially curated series of live music events.

The team from B3 designers have created a unique space that allows visitors to enjoy Felix Topolski’s work along with a seating and bar area , at the same time keeping Felix’s utilitarian artistic style visible throughout.

Topolski wins foodies and art-addicts hearts once they’ve experience the artist’s passion for life and culture through a very arty foodie adventure.