April 19, 2002
My wife and I visited Arne and his family two years
ago when I was the keynote speaker for Yggrasil 2000, an annual
conference in Oslo, put on by the Norwegian Computer Society for GUI
designers and technical writers. It had about 150 attendees from 6
I had met Arne two years previous to that time when he
came to the U.S. as head of documentation for Visma Norway to work with
myself and others on the Visma Logistics English version documentation
and help project.
He is now an independent contractor doing technical
writing, help, and translation work.
He has been a good, though distant (in miles) friend
over the last 4 1/2 years.
From: Arne Kvadsheim
Sent: Friday, April 19, 2002 1:50 PM
Re: I am now blogging
Thanks to my phone company I've been disconnected from the net for a
few days, but I read your blogg this morning, and you sound like you
could do with a bit of cheering up! I don't know if this helps, but I
want you to know that I've been thinking about you and your family
almost every day since you where over here. You'd probably call it
'praying for' instead of 'thinking about', but you know me; I'd never
admit to that :-)
There are areas where I guess we'll always disagree, but among the
things I like most about you is your openness, your kindness and that
you're always willing to discuss things. Also, I've been a great admirer
of your curiosity and optimism, and that you're constantly looking for
solutions and improvements. At 55, this makes you much, much younger
than most of the 25 year olds I meet.
That's also why I was surprised by the somewhat pessimistic tone in
your blogg, and I wanted you to know that your generosity and
helpfulness has served as an example for me, and has helped *me* in *my*
life. Maybe it helps *you* to know that even from somewhere as distant
as Norway, someone cares. A lot.