4046 South Magnolia Way
Denver, CO 80237-2016
December 25, 1997
This Annual Report is being sent to you in lieu of a religious
or secular greeting card, since I do want to keep in touch with you, but
don't want to participate in the annual madness. Bah, humbug.
This year I
Went to Croatia and Bosnia
Got a job
Still didn't get a job in radio
I left/sold Schreiber
Instruments in January 1996, and at the beginning of 1997 still didn't
have a direction. I fooled around with the Internet, but decided
that it was not my cup of tea (kid stuff). I didn't come up with
the next program that everybody needs, but no one else has thought of,
so I started to look for engineering work again.
I hooked up with Dave Hoeft, whom I met 18 years ago,
when he was just out of high school, and I was a senior designer on a CAD
system and a fire sprinkler application. Now, he has developed a CAD system,
and a fire sprinkler design program, but needs help with the number crunching.
I started on a consulting basis in March; in August Dave offered me a full
time job, and I accepted
Big deal? To me, yes. I've been self-employed
for 16 years, but never got the hang of the capitalist thing. What a relief!
And I love the work. Check out our stuff at http://mepcad.com
Between February and August, I also toyed with the idea
of working on a weapon system. Imagine! Me! Firebrand
pacifist back in the seventies, working on a weapon system? I met
these neat people, Ivan and Sheila, who are doing the leading edge of the
leading edge of the leading edge of technology for the Army, and they've
got the neatest toys that
I'd get to play with. Bang, bang! It would have been fun, but what
would my friends say?
In August I went to Croatia, for two weeks, first time
in five years. I begged Lea to join me, but she thought it would be too
I spent a week in Zagreb, visiting friends, especially
my childhood friend Zlatko Novak, former Senator in the Croatian parliament,
and General Director of the Zagreb Hotel Intercontinental - rated as the
best hotel in Europe, and Zlatko as the top General Director in the Intercontinental
chain. I have to brag about this guy. I taught him everything
he knows. We spent most of our first five years of life together,
and I'm two months older. And always will be.
I rented a car in Zagreb, and headed for the coast. I
drove almost the entire length, all the way to Dubrovnik - the most scenic
drive in the world. I took a detour to Sarajevo, also going through
Mostar, and then a ferry from Split to Rijeka - overnight, great ride,
felt like a cruise ship. After a week of almost non-stop driving,
I finally stopped for couple of days of rest at
world's largest nudist resort, on the west coast of Istria. The closest
thing to Eden, on this planet.
My impressions from the travels (I knew you'd ask):
Croatia is doing much better economically than in recent
years. Tourism (main cash cow) is up 50% over last year, and prices
are high. Some people are doing extremely well, many are not.
The government is extreme right, and corruption is rampant. Not much
different than during the communist years, in many ways. But a great
place to visit.
In Bosnia, the tension is palpable everywhere. In
the Mostar area, where Muslims and Croats are supposed to be friends again,
it feels like a tenuous cease-fire. It wouldn't last a day without
the heavy SFOR presence, mostly French. Sarajevo is an overwhelming
sight. Half the city was destroyed in three and a half years of siege,
and reconstruction must wait until peace comes. For now, the priority
is to prepare for war, in case the U. S. pulls out of the peacekeeping
effort. That's how it is. Ask anyone there.
And now the really glum news: The observations from
the Hubbell telescope indicate that possibly there may not have been a
Big Bang. Drat! I may have to change my religion again.
At home, a big October snowstorm collapsed the roof above
the hot tub, and we were without it for two months. I don't know
how we survived. It's fixed now, better than before.
Lea's true love is gardening, but now it's too cold for
that, so she's taken up oil painting, and she's damned good. I don't
know why oil painting, but there it is. After twenty two years of
living with me, she has yet to take up computers. I really think
she has the background and the talent for it, but just can't get over the
Irit, Lea's daughter graduated from University of Colorado
in Biology, and now is in grad school, has a teaching assistantship, singlehandedly
runs Prima Skin Care (which she inherited from Lea, when Lea came to Schreiber
Instruments to run marketing), raises an 11-year-old, and in her spare
time, pursues romance. She'll marry a doctor or become one, whichever
Adra, Irit's daughter is a few months away from a Karate
Black Belt. She came in second in a state-wide essay contest
Sixth grade. And now come the teens. Kee-yaa!
John, Lea's son married his soulmate, Jeannine, in 1996.
They are the most genuine hippies I know today, about twenty five years
behind, and a thousand years ahead of their time. I'm not sure what
that means, but it fits. John is a social worker, close to his degree.
Jeannine was office manager for John's old frend Jim's climbing equipment
company, and is working at starting her own computer-related business.
Our life is good. May yours be too.
Ed and Lea Schreiber
Photography by Adra Goren