I have been in Boeblingen, near Stuttgart in Germany since Sunday. It is cool and damp, but my colleagues are friendly and the hotel is very luxurious. Best of all, high fibre food, including fruit is readily available. And I managed to go for a meal with colleagues last night without drinking. I'm missing home and Helen, and am actually looking forward to the weekend, with its party and attendant micro-crises.
I'm working on cfengine, which is a configuration management tool for networks of Unix systems. It's quite absorbing. My goal is for it to be implemented by June 1 on all our systems. This may be my salvation.