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We now interrupt our regular programming to bring you an outage

It’s been a busy week here at the Weather Report. I’ve been struggling to meet deadlines on a daily basis and at times it has felt like all work and no play; that said, I did manage to get out to an Expats Pub Quiz last night at Cafe Cultura. The theme was the 1980s, and questions went something like “Which country did the US invade in 1989?” and “At whose 70th birthday party did Whitney Houston sing in London in 1988?”* and “Which Spaniard won the US Open twice in the 1980s” …  Our team, which consisted of YT, Jonas and Jonas’s BF Gísli, did not do well – especially not YT. In fact I was completely useless. I did not know a single theme from a television show, nor the answers to any of the political questions … not even who shot fricking JR!

I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that I was stoned for most of the 80s. Children: JUST SAY NO. Otherwise in two decades time, you, too, will face a humiliating pub quiz defeat. It’s really not worth it.

Anyway, I’m not here to talk about that – I’m here to tell you that finally, FINALLY, I’ve gone ahead and done what I’ve been threatening to do for over a year – I’m moving to a new web host. As a result, this site will be down for all or part of 48 hours after they pull the plug at the old site. That is because the DNS servers need time to propagate, and I bet I totally sound like I know what I’m talking about when in fact I haven’t a clue. I just know we’ll be offline for a while. So if you can’t find us – don’t fret, we’ll be back. And in the meantime, there’s always the wall over at the Facebook group!

STILL BALMY, WITH RAIN
It cooled down a bit yesterday and we had flurries that actually stuck to the ground for an hour or two, but today we were back to rain and dour, gray skies. There’s that damp kind of cold that gets right into your bones – but on the upside, the air is incredibly fresh. Currently temps of 2°C [36F], the sun came up at 9.09 this morning and set at 6.15 pm.

* That one I DID get after a good deal of agonizing … but only because when that concert took place I had just moved to the UK to start my new life as a European person. Anyone else know the answer? [those of you who were at the pub quiz last night – shhh!]

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  • Jessica February 20, 2009, 12:01 am

    Don’t feel bad. I wasn’t stoned during the 80’s (nope, that started in the 90’s…) but I don’t think I could answer any of those questions either. I thought the questions would be more about pop star drama or popular songs or the OUTRAGEOUSLY bad fashion trends (which can still be seen in Reykjavik clubs today…). Or maybe some world issues like Iran-Contra affair or Ethiopia famine for example. C’mon ask me about Debbie Gibson, Ronald Reagan, Gorby, or Depeche Mode!!

  • James February 20, 2009, 12:02 am

    I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that I was stoned for most of the 80s.

    LOL… But if you ever become a politician, you’ll have to insist you never inhaled…

  • Bern February 20, 2009, 4:15 am

    Werent we all at some point. Thanks for the heads up on being down for a few days.I wont blame the computer again!!

    Weather in New Jersey…COLD…with 40mph winds..should feel like O degrees…is it spring yet,please

  • Steve February 20, 2009, 9:01 am

    “bring you an outage”

    I read that as “outrage”, especially when I saw Jonas’ name, so I was a little confused after reading the post until I reread the title 🙂 .

  • Lissa February 20, 2009, 4:42 pm

    Will the forums be affected by the webhost change, too?

    The 80’s were a very good time to be stoned. I don’t remember it well.

  • Bryan Bessette February 20, 2009, 6:26 pm

    Didn’t Sue Ellen shoot JR? *Runs off to Google it*

  • mini-ciné February 20, 2009, 6:27 pm

    The reason you couldn’t answer any of the questions is because it was a pub quiz devisved by foreigners whose idea of general knowledge is rather wider than what Icelanders regard as general knowledge.

  • Mondrian February 20, 2009, 6:28 pm

    Hmm. The 80s were a bit of a blur for me. Happily remember Depeche Mode though.

    Also: cool “Minn tími…” stuff!

  • alda February 20, 2009, 7:22 pm

    Thanks, everyone!

    Jessica – yes, but those WERE the questions!

    Lissa – yes they will. But hopefully only for about a day.

    Bryan – that’s what I said, too! I think everyone just THOUGHT that. It was actually Kristen somebody …

    mine cine – um … actually I lived abroad for the entire 1980s and most of the 70s and some of the 90s. I’m socialized as a North American and really have no experience of Iceland until my 30s. So that can’t be my excuse.

    Mondrian – we’re working on it. Slowly. 🙂

  • Ljósmynd DE February 20, 2009, 9:41 pm

    I have read this article about “Iceland`s Disposable Class” yesterday and was very surprised about the fact, that somebody, who has paid into the state unemployment fund and has no claim to payments just, because he is foreigner. Very strange legislation, indeed.

    I think, Iceland and particularly Reykjavik would loose much of it`s appeal to me by loosing it`s international flair, that is, if they decide to send foreigners “home”, whatever this is supposed to mean, by legal and bureaucratic snares.

    Besides, legislation of this kind is prone to provoke reciprocal treatment abroad, which wouldn`t be helpfull for Iceland at all.

  • JoeInVegas February 20, 2009, 10:19 pm

    You consider yourself a European person? Isn’t Iceland kind of in the middle there towards Canada?
    Perhaps you just didn’t drink enough during the quiz, if you had then your answers would have been brilliant (at least to you).
    Expecting sunshine and temps around 70f this weekend, I’ll think of you.

  • Vikingisson February 21, 2009, 12:09 am

    ^?? Iceland hangs like a beautiful pendent off the Arctic circle.
    She is also being drawn apart millimeter by millimeter with the Euro plate and N.A. plate going in opposite directions at Thingvellir.

    As for the lost decades.. if you remember them then you weren’t there, so they say. There are however flashbacks even now. The kreppa has caused much nostalgia for me.

    “Have you ever been experienced?
    Not necessarily stoned, but beautiful”
    Jimi Hendrix

  • andrea February 21, 2009, 3:29 am

    Hmmm — I spent part of the ’80s a little under the influence myself! I could only answer the invansion question but now, as a huge fan of Rafael Nadal, which Spaniard *did* win the US Open twice?

  • Karl February 21, 2009, 8:27 pm

    We were sitting beside you, and though at times we felt strong, we really didn’t do very well at all. Who let us think that the phillipines were a muslim country?! I think we just got sidetracked by Ms Marcos’s shoes.

    Andrea/alda, the Q was US Masters, not US Open, so it was golf, so who cares?

    Minicine: I….. really don’t know how to take that. either a) you hate your own country, which is sad, or b) you hate the country you voluntarily moved to, which is just strange, or c) you just hate the country, but decide to voraciously follow the country on the web anyway, which is, well, just plain odd. or, I guess, (most likely?!) You’re an icelander who does badly at pub quiz, and feels a need to take it out on someone else?

  • Bryan Bessette February 23, 2009, 3:26 pm

    You must have been thinking of Indonesia, Karl. 🙂