I have got tickets for the friendly match between England and Mexico. This is a masochist pleasure of mine, I think Mexico has got beatent by 4 goals every time I can remember we have played in Wembley. I don't know what is about the English game that does not quite agree with the way Mexico plays. I will go to the match resigned to the worst, but such is the nature of fandom: hope is eternal.
- Arbeiten in Deutschland?
I may go to work for a couple of months to Frankfurt. This is by no means set in stone, but hopefully it will happen. In any case I would like to spend a couple of months there, my rudimentary German (I am almost certain I got the sentence above wrong) needs polishing with urgency, I am fed up of speaking only 2 EU languages, I studied French for several years back home in Mexico, so in theory I should be able to pick it up very fast, and I studied one year of German during my adventures in East Asia, so it is time to become fully proficient (as for English, I am resigned to treat it as the unloved poor relation of my linguistic affections).
- Trip to Barcelona.
I love Barcelona. The food, the atmosphere. Visiting friends for the umpteenth time, always a pleasure to go there and catch up with the latest developments in Spanish literature and cinema and to have a walk in the Barceloneta where people sunbathe, often with less clothes that you would expect, naturally and with abandon.
- and Budapest
I know little about Hungary. Lemme see: greatest football team never to win a World Cup, Bela Bartok (his string quartets are awesome), Zoltan Kodaly (who wrote several music text books which I used to learn the fundamentals of musical theory). Er, that is it (OK, Maximilian of Hapsburg was from the Austro-Hungarian royal family, but I actually know precious little about him, except for his demented attempt to become Mexican Emperor, ended abruptly with his execution by firing squad, when the most eminent of Zapotecans refused to sign a pardon).
So I am in urgent need to redress this sorry balance, the Triathlon World Cup will be there (no, I don't race) and I may go. It's nice that the cup is close home this year, although last couple of years trips to Canada and Australia were great I think my personal finances should not be abused, specially taking into account that next year's cup is in Beijing!
- and Mexico
family matters as always, some very pleasurable, and some not so much, suffice to say that I have to deal with the Catholic Church in the eternal pretence that we are all believers, even if many people could not care less about Catholicism or Christianity in general (the growing twisted and sickening cult of Santa Muerte in the country exemplifies this perfectly).
I have told to my relatives in no uncertain terms that I don't believe on all this religious nonsense, nevertheless they insist I play an important role in the religious proceedings that will bring the family together on the day, they have convinced their priest to turn a blind eye to my Dawkinsian atheism. We shall see how things turn out.
- Report on IT mercenary activities.
sometimes I don't really understand big firms.
Pretty much all departments in the firm are staffed by contractors now, often people that are coming back to the place where they were made redundant in the first place.
Why? Because the corporate culture, so important to the efficient running of any firm, rests firmly in the space between the contractor's ears.
All those savings achieved by sending jobs to exotic locations are somehow balanced out by the quite high rates of the people that actually know what they are doing.
The chaps back in remote locations never last more than 6 months, and they are actually not employees, they are employees of an outsourcing firm, so they are moved at the will of the contracting company leaving the hiring company with a headache since they now have to train a replacement from scratch (yet again).
How all this wastage is considered more efficient is a riddle to me (no, not really, chaps several time zones away from London bill one fifth of what somebody here bills, the difference is that people here actually have industry experience).
Enough ranting. I get paid relatively well, often just for filling forms (OK, complex forms, with technical stuff that most reasonable human beings would never understand, but still), why should I care beyond doing my work as it is required from me?
Don't know, I think all the parties involved get a raw deal (remote workers, local workers, the hiring firm), except a few individuals that position themselves as the great architects of downsizing. Clever people, I suppose they have earned all the money they get.
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