Letter to The Chef

Thanks for your kind offer of free alcohol in one of London's top hotels via SMS. Thats not an invitation I get often, especially from the head chef. Unfortunately it arrived just as I had turned in for the night 60 miles down the road on the coast. I could have used a pint though. How long has it been now?

My cellphone didn't wake the baby. Did I tell you we had another? Thats 3 now. No more. Also we have a spanking new kitchen so I can get on with my baking without swearing all the time. Did I tell you I'm a bread baker? Probably not. I'm thinking about doing it for a living but am too scared to open a boulangerie even though I have the capital to do so. I was inspired by The Handmade Loaf What else is new in Kays' life?

\* My stepfather died at the end of 2003; My dad died at the end of last year; My mum died 4 months ago. I think my family is done with funerals for a while but we have several house jokes which the children are required to recite, one of which is

Q: What makes God laugh?
A: People with plans

Talking of which....

\* I lost my job last week after 7 years. My last day at Sun will be 14 October. Guess I'll need a new email address and blog site, huh. It was nothing personal - I was just amongst the number and so am looking for work, principly in the areas of system performance, capacity planning, benchmarking, system and network architectures, and secondarily in technical team leadership and project management.

My resume is here though for reasons of brevity I have left out all the work I did on fishing boats, in French restaurant kitchens and fighting Argentina (for reasons that are still not clear to me, 13 years later). Some papers I have written are here and here. I'm sure you will offer me a start in your kitchen (as Plongeur de Maison, naturally) but hopefully the world of IT has not yet had its fill of me.

\* We are going to buy a house in France ( with a BIG old stone bread oven ). There is symmetry here: My Mum loved the place and her old friends first talked of selling it to me as we drove from the crematorium. Another coincidence is that it is in the town of Descartes and I am hopeless at maths.

\* We now have 3 Mercedes with a combined mileage of over half a million miles. The secret is frequent oil changes. Being heir to an oil fortune would also help with the bills. If you hear people saying they don't make them like they used to, believe it. They're still a whole lot more robust than any other brand though.

\* Out of the dozen vines in my vinyard in the garden, 4 have fruited. This is year 3 for them so thats not so good. Fortunately the proposed purchase in France has a big field out back so I can desist with this fools' errand and grow them in the climate God provided for the purpose.

Keep in touch. Must run now - I have revision to do as one of my prospective employers expects me to have more than a passing knowledge of TCP internals (never mind).

Dom.
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