At the bottom on the left is an alphabetical list of the pages in this web site, to help you navigate if you feel so inclined.

A guide to our family photo album covering 1994-2010, showing the principal themes, is here.

A year by year guide to our family time-line from 1994 through 2007 is here.

A photo journal beginning in 2008 is here.

The most recent pages of the album, copies of posts from my WordPress family blog, http://ianstock.wordpress.com/, are linked here:

http://www.zinzins.net/disneyland_weekend_2011.htm, http://www.zinzins.net/peace_train.htm, http://www.zinzins.net/manutd_v_barca.htm, http://www.zinzins.net/xmas_&_alex_birthday.htm



Our 1998 Annual Update:


Christmas brings you all our best wishes, as ever. Particularly this year, when we have often felt isolated, it is a pleasure to get in touch and remember that our community may be scattered, but it is still there.


1998 brought its best news at the beginning of the year. Alexander arrived on January 22: our first blue-eyed boy. His mother did not want to be away from her home for any longer than necessary, and was out of the hospital (with her doctor’s blessing, needless to say) less than six hours after arriving! [The photo was taken at Rio Del Mar beach on February 15, after a storm.] The little chap is big and progressing well, enthusiastically exploring cupboards and drawers all day long. Sue (my sister) thinks he looks like his father.

In honor of his arrival and (in the interests of completeness) in order to do something about the absurd disparity in life insurance premiums based on smoking, I quit on January 17. The cravings are now few and far between, and Marie-Hélène quit in October. So we both feel rather pleased with ourselves.

Unfortunately, the bad things that 1997 brought us remained stubbornly immutable. Our furniture remains blocked by Tison, a blackmailing moving company in France (“pay double the estimate or we won’t deliver your furniture”), and the French court competent to judge the matter will not even hear it before March of 1999, 21 months after our departure. One can’t accuse French justice of being ruthlessly efficient.


Nick and Tom remain in Paris, although they did visit us four times during the year, and we were able to spend a lot of time together this last summer. They dragged me panting and heaving to the top of Yosemite Falls [the photo was taken on the way down], and I realized that they are already (at 12 and 9) more fit than I (at 37, more or less!). The court that changed their residence when we left France (so that they could continue to attend French schools!) appointed a psychiatrist to examine them and us after their headmistress called in social services. He came all the way to Santa Cruz to meet everybody, and told us that the boys should rejoin us. So now we wait and see.

It still feels great to be back home. Santa Cruz remains a fascinating and diverse place, with its cafes and terraces that can delight even a Parisian and its beaches and waves for her children. It cannot be a coincidence that Alban only ever wants as a present something that ends in “-board” (but does not begin with “black”!), and that Santa Cruz’s prime industry (apart from the Silicon Valley fallout) is manufacturing various boards. If you know the trademark “O’Neill’, you know Santa Cruz’s best-known product.

I took a real job in March, for the first time since the summer of 1992. Lots of hard, hard work, but very satisfying. The law firm (Wilson Sonsini et al) is the biggest in Silicon Valley, and the “deal flow” (as they say here) is incredible. The commercial future of high-tech passes across our desks. The extra years in France have made the return here more complicated professionally, but for the moment at least even a square peg can find his place. It was a delight to discover that a chap who, as a lawyer at a firm in New York many years ago worked for Reed and my dad, has now moved to Reed and is himself a client of this firm.



Life in our “hers, his and theirs” household continues its merry rights of passage through the childhood years. The absences are disconcerting (after Nick and Tom have been absent since August, Daphné and Alban will now be in Paris for Xmas), but the noise, the amazing variety of small objects constantly appearing underfoot and the high and low moments (not forgetting the noise) remind us day after day how blessed we are. If we could just get the furniture back . . . !

A warm thanks to everybody who helped us get moving over here, most notably John Fore and Oded Eran, and a warm “salut” to all those that we miss over there. Our apologies for the late arrival of these good wishes.

We wish you all good health and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Here is is our carousel of time, and here are other annual updates: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007


Listing of Pages in the Site

. . . with Alban
. . . with Daphne
. . . with Nicholas
. . . with Thomas
2008 Diary
2008 Special Days
2009 Daphne Alban
2009 Diary
2009 Sports
2009: Tom in IOW
2009: Tom Visits
Alban 1997-2007
Alban Petit 1989-96
Alban with friends
Alex & Charlie's Friends
Alex 1998-2002
Alex Arrives
Alexander 2002-07
Big kids with . .
Breakers '05
Charles & Alex 2
Charles & Alex 3
Charles 1995-9
Charles 2000-07
Charlie's Here
Childrens' parties
Courtney & Antony's Wedding
Daphné 1997-2007
Daphné Petite 87-97
Death Valley
Diary to 2007
Dirty babies
Disney Decor
Disney Residents
Disney Rides
Disneyland 2011
Down the Coast
Faby & Jean
Family Groups
Fooling around
Graduations 2007
Graduations I
Happy Valley
Her Family
Her Friends
His Family 1
His Family 2
Historical Themes
Ian in England
Ian's 50th Birthday
Ian's friends
Ian's Work
Journal from 2008
La Bellanderie
La Grée
La Radinerie des Berhauts
Laura & Damian
Law School Reunion
Le Tahu
Little little guys
Maman Fille
Man Utd v. Barca
Missing You
Mountain Biking
Moving House
Moving Out
New York
Nick 1999-2007
Nick younger
Our Cars
Our Cats
Our Homes
Our House!
Pacific Grove
Papa Ian
Peace Train
Photo Albums
Pools I (1998-2001)
Pools II (2004)
Portraits 2008
Risky Flight
Road Trip!
Santa Cruz
Soccer in 2003
Soccer in 2008
Soccer: hobby #1!
Special Days
St. Malo
Surfing USA
Tahoe Weekend
Thanksgiving 2005
The Hanlons
Thorpe Park
To Santa Cruz
Tom 2000-07
Tom in Paris in 2008
Tom younger
West Cliff
Xmas 1994 -2001
Xmas 2002-2007
Zinzins in California!