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


We're not really sure why, but somehow 2002 did not merit an annual update. We started writing one in mid-December, but never finished and sent our Holiday wishes without it. Oh well: no big deal.  But its absence does now oblige us to locate a few of the year's events to insert here.

Organizing the various summer vacations was a challenge, as it has been most of our time together. The older children need time with their respective other parent, and court orders have a tendency to decide when rather bluntly. Ian has professional commitments and cannot spend as long away from home as can the rest of the household. Here's the schedule that we prepared in 2002 to keep track of everyone:




Ian Daphne/Alban Thomas/Nicholas
11/6     Vol SFO-Paris

Arrivee Marly

Vol SFO-Paris

Arrivee Paris

22/6 Vol SFO-Paris

Arrivee Paris

26/6 TGV Paris-La Gree   TGV Paris-La Gree  
1/7     Depart La Gree  
11/7 Depart pour Six-Fours TGV Redon – Paris - Toulon Vol SFO-Paris

TGV Paris-Toulon

18/7 Depart de Six-Fours

TGV-Eurostar Londres

Depart de Six-Fours

TGV-Eurostar Londres

24/7 Londres/Le Chesnay Londres/Chesnay    
25/7 Paris - La Gree Vol Paris-SFO    
31/7       Vol Paris-SFO
6/8 Depart de la Gree      
7/8 Vol Paris-SFO      
22/8     Vol Paris- SFO  

But once the organizing was done, well now that was a whole different kettle of fish!


The parents and the little guys spent the first collective week in Six-fours, a town on the Mediterranean coast, courtesy of Tante Lucette in her apartment overlooking the sea. She moved in with Tante Camille for the duration of our stay. This is Castellet, a medieval town in the hills above the coast.


Here are Tantes (Aunts in French) Camille (Marie-Hélène's grandmother's sister, on the left) and Lucette (her mother's brother's wife, on the right)  and Annie (her mother's cousin, in the middle) with three of us at a dinner that Tante Camille was kind enough to offer us.


Marie-Hélène took Charlie and Alex to Thoiry, an animal-theme park outside of Paris, and Charlie met a goat!



Here they are at La Grée, working cooperatively with stickers.




The other even that sticks out from 2002 is Ian's turning 50. This only occurs once in a lifetime, fortunately, and so we decided to celebrate that this would be the only time it occurred!

The party is portrayed here, but here's a photo that didn't make it on to that page: Alex conked out on the floor of the living room as the musicians played on!

We did not have  a lot of visitors in 2002, but here is Claude, who came all the way from Paris, on the pier.  In Santa Cruz, they call it a wharf.



Finally, a Memorandum from the bad side of Silicon Valley. You've all heard about the good side, the fabulous entrepreneurial energy here, the quick-witted techies reinventing our favorite gadgets year in year out, popularizing semiconductors and now the internet: there's a whole lot of creative energy, a lot of smart people doing interesting things. But there's also coping with the inevitable cycles of business, the good ideas that don't quite make it, and here that can be harsh. This Memorandum, received in the build-up to Christmas 2002, is a relatively muted example of that harshness. Hundreds of this particular chip company's employees had already been laid off as the company tried to cope with a 30-40% drop in gross sales in the space of a year, and now those that remained were told to make their much easier contribution. Still, being docked a week's pay is not fun. 

To:  All San Jose Vice Presidents & Directors

From:  Human Resources

Re:  Unpaid Time Off Requirement

Date:  October 9, 2002

Chip company is continuing to seek ways in which to reduce costs during the current economic slump. 

To that end, chip company is requiring all employees to take 40 hours of unpaid time off by the end of 2002.

In order to comply with California state employment laws, exempt employees must take an entire 40 hour week (Monday-Friday) off without pay.  Non-exempt employees may work with their supervisors to arrange a mutually agreeable schedule, as long as they meet the 40 hour requirement by the end of the year.  Employees whose 40 hours of unpaid time include a company holiday will not be paid for that holiday.  Employees will not be allowed to utilize sick, vacation or PTO in lieu of unpaid time.  There are no exceptions to this requirement.

Please meet and communicate this requirement with your employees as soon as possible, schedule their time off and provide the schedule to ____________ in Payroll by October 18, 2002. 

We appreciate the difficulty and disappointment inherent in this directive.  If you would prefer to have someone from the HR department in attendance when you present this information to your department, please contact _______, or _______________.

Here is is our carousel of time, and here are other annual updates: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 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
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