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Santa Barbara

We drove up to Santa Barbara for a long weekend not quite knowing what to expect. Santa Barbara turned out to be the California that I was expecting to find in Orange Country. Laid back and easy going.

We set off without any idea what we were going to do and had a very nice trip. Santa Barbara had lots of nice restaurants, a pretty decent mission and a beatiful courthouse.


This year we went back to Taiwan for Chinese New Year. Well actually we went back the week after because we didn't want to be there when everything was shut down. Here is Taipei city from the deck of our friends David and Jean's apartment.


In Mexico. We went to Peurto Vallarta for a week with Dave's parents. This photo was talken on the balcony of the fantastic time share where we stayed. The photo doesnt show it, but the sea view was spectacular and there was a great barbeque for evening feasts. There was also a jaccuzzi. (and beer!)


This was a business trip right before a long weekend. Cassandra came along. The business trip was horrible. The customer decided to return our equipment after using it to bridge a gap in coverage at their site. I stuck around for a while to try to save the deal, but it was pretty obvious the customer had no intention of keeping the equipment. The sales contract was full of holes and was obviously made at a time when sales numbers today mattered more than anything.


At the start of 1994 we moved from Taipei to Singapore. We lived there for almost 6 years.

The whole thing was related to a rather complicated company situation. A venture capital company bought and merged two companies that made devices that attached to ultrasound systems: Freeland Systems and TomTec. My employer, as a Freeland distributor, was part of the deal. The office was relocated to Japan and I moved to Singapore to open an office to support South East Asia. I became an employee of TomTec Inc.

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