Our newest granddaughter, and Katy, Emily and Josh’s first cousin, Felicity Daphney Goodrick, arrived on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, a couple of days after we did. She’s a really cute baby (not that I’m prejudiced), but her parents don’t want her pictures posted everywhere; if you want to see them, email me for the link. I’ll post some appropriate family pictures and information later.
The best I can do is this “before” picture:
and the front page of the newspaper from the school where Becky teaches, the Pinetown Boys’ High School:
We flew from Frankfurt to Johannesburg on a Lufthansa Airbus A380-800, a double-deck behemoth that’s the world’s largest commercial airliner – it even dwarfs the 747.
The Goodrick’s dogs, Duke and Doug, are part of an extensive security system to foil the burglars and robbers who frequently cause serious problems in this country.
The dogs are wearing matching Springboks sweaters (South Africa’s internationally famous rugby team whose most famous game is central to the plot of Invictus).
South Africa is hardly a third world country; in some ways, it’s more advanced than the US. Greg and his brother have formed a business, LeaderOptec, to wholesale fibre optic cabling equipment. There is feverish activity throughout the country and in neighboring Zimbabwe installing high speed internet; in the US, only Google is doing anything remotely similar, and Greg and Tim help supply the connectors and cables.
Verizon will, on request, unlock your cell phone and a trip to the nearby Vodacom store and a few minutes to install a new SIM card, means my phone looks different:
although it works as well as it did at home. Oh, by the way, it’s also a lot cheaper than Verizon. Perhaps the major cell phone companies haven’t gotten together in some back room to fix prices.
The freeways and tollways are wide, fast and relatively pothole free. And yes, they drive on the left, which is something we’re gradually getting used to.
Gas is relatively expensive, but there are no gas wars because the nationwide price is set for all stations everywhere each Tuesday. Lately it’s been going down.
which is in Rands per LItre, which translates to US$4.99 per gallon. Which they consider pretty cheap.
Seen along the highway – a familiar sign:
and one just before a construction zone that’s direct and to the point:
But it’s autumn here, and the leaves are beginning to turn. This is the spectacular view taken from the living room window. Golfers can be found playing as early 6:30 a.m. on the Camelot Estate Country Club course directly across Haylett Road.
But wait – we haven’t had summer! Not fair!
More pictures soon. If you’ve saved the link to the baby pictures, they’ll be posted there first.