10.04.2011 - 16.04.2011 20 °C
Two weeks ago during our Caribbean cruise Dave received an urgent e-mail from his old Lafarge Canada boss, who is now Regional President for Lafarge's Aggregate & Concrete operations in the Middle East based in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Long and short Greg wanted to know if Dave would come out of retirement and head up the HR function in his Region for three months until the person designated for the job could be transferred in and take over. After a lot of thought (about 3 seconds) he got back with the "Talk to me" message. To make a very long story short (many changes in the documents they required for a visa, changes in the type of visa, changes in place we will stay) we now have visas and have booked flights to depart for Dubai on April 16th.
We have been madly setting up a new laptop, loading apps on the iPad2 and other technology, getting prescriptions filled, completing income tax filings, renewing expiring credit cards, getting the house organized and looked after, lawns and beds cleaned up from winter and ready for spring, organizing bill payments, cancelling the paper, researching the culture, weather, and geography of the UAE and trying to tie up any loose ends. We are sure that we will have missed some things - but hopefully nothing that will cause much damage.