Month: January 2009

Gearing up for Obama-Rama-Palooza in DC

Yesterday, sitting here in Sweden and emailing my friends back home in Washington, DC, is when the adrenaline-pumping excitement really hit me (for the second time — this was the first).

We are at:

  1. The end of a dark era that spread fear, turned “us” against “them,” and “we” into “me.”
  2. And the beginning of a new era!

While I know it won’t be easy, I believe Obama and his team represent the best — by far — that we could hope for right now.  It’s a tough job, and I know it’s not possible to please everyone inside America, let alone also outside America, but I believe he can/will do better than any of the others could have.

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Two Excellent Michael Lewis and David Einhorn Articles

I’ve posted a bunch of stuff from these guys over the years:

Here’s the latest:

Titles:

  1. The End of the Financial World as We Know It
  2. How to Repair a Broken Financial World

By Michael Lewis and David Einhorn
2009-1-4
New York Times

In the past year there have been at least seven different government bailouts, and six different strategies. And none of them seem to have pleased anyone except a handful of financiers.

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New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Gothenburg, Sweden

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This was one of the best displays I’ve ever seen — and I’ve seen a bunch of good ones on the National Mall in Washington, DC on July 4th. These Swedish guys rocked it! See this video of the grand finale (click “watch in high quality” mode, expand to full-screen mode, and turn up the sound).

The last pic is from our balcony about 8 minutes after midnight, after a 15-minute barrage of fireworks from everywhere (all over the city). The fireworks were going all night up to the midnight finale (video clip shot from our balcony).

The four  bonus pics after that are from our New Year’s Day walk.

Overall, it was a great New Year’s Eve with Annica and Henrik and a great New Year’s Day with Birgitta and Roy!  Happy New Year to you!

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