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Saturday / March 1st / 2003
Mighty sneezes...

My cute little boy is only eight years old. But when he lets loose one of his impressive sneezes, the whole house vibrates from its very foundations. Like there is an earthquake coming on, and every soul within a radius of fifty yards jumps with a start into the air....
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Wednesday / February 26th / 2003
Highest priority...

If worse comes to worse, my main concern at this very moment is not whether or not my business works out and I earn enough to survive. My highest priority is raising my kids properly so that they will grow up to be healthy and happy, up-and-running and well prepared...
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Sunday / February 2nd / 2003
Bed as trampoline...

All four of my children have just loved jumping up and down on their beds using it as some kind of wonderful trampoline that they can never get enough of. With the oldest two, I gave up having to tell them all the time, "stop jumping on your bed, you're...
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Wednesday / December 25th / 2002
What else can I say?...

To all of you fine readers out there who have taken the time to visit my blog and come back once in a while: What else can I say?...
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Friday / December 13th / 2002
Christmas cards again...

Well it is that time of the year again, meaning that I have to write and send off loads of Christmas cards. I really hate writing these cards as they seem so impersonal, and does anyone read them anyway? This year I ended up making no less than eighteen, each...
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Sunday / November 24th / 2002
My son the hooligan...

I am so very proud of my oldest son Lennart. Even though he is quickly turning into quite the hooligan, I think I will still keep him. Actually there is a short story behind all of this. As is the case every weekend, Lennart got out of bed really late...
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Tuesday / November 19th / 2002
Nothing to do anyway...

"You haven't got anything to do anyway..." I hate it when my wife tells me that for the hundredth time this week. Whenever she asks me to do yet another chore, and maybe I perhaps do not react super positively about it, volunteering to do it with pizazz, the comment...
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Thursday / November 14th / 2002
First funeral in my life...

This may sound pretty unusual, but tomorrow afternoon will be the very first funeral in my whole life that I have ever attended in person. Can you believe that? It will be a good old traditional Dutch funeral with black limousines, a mass with a sermon, some hand-shaking and all...
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Tuesday / October 22nd / 2002
Maarten's eighth birthday...

Maarten's eighth birthday morning excitement threatened to become a complete disaster when everyone started arguing and yelling with each other about the most unimportant trivial matters. The parents stood by helplessly trying to remain calm and fearing the worst. Finally, the happy birthday boy could not take it any longer...
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Sunday / October 20th / 2002
Death is just the beginning...

The way I remember it, the shining sun was beating down on the bleached sidewalk just outside the hospital, and the sun-rays were reflected back up from this glistening surface in such a way that the pinpoint rays caused sharp jabbing pains in my eyes. Sure it was a hot...
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Sunday / September 22nd / 2002
Preparing first-hand...

Alright, so it is finally time for me to prepare myself for the (near) future. In other words, Thea will be starting her new career move one week from this upcoming Tuesday. This means that I have all of next week to be trained in the fine art of housekeeping,...
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Thursday / September 19th / 2002
Eighty-five...

You would have been eighty-five years old were you still living today. I send you my warmest happy birthday greetings, old buddy. I still miss you, Dad. Have fun and see you later....
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Sunday / August 25th / 2002
What else does a man want in life...

Once in awhile, someone tells you something that ends up really sticking in your mind. That is exactly what happened to me while I was visiting the family and friends back in America during my summer vacation a few weeks back. It was a wonderful and sunny day up in...
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Wednesday / July 3rd / 2002
Stolen bike...

This afternoon Marlies was all excited about picking up her report card at school and collecting her new books for the upcoming school year. When she parked her bike at the playground, she didn't think much of the group of macho Moroccans standing around making noise and acting real tough....
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Wednesday / June 19th / 2002
Not necessary at all...

Too often it is the case that age old differences between members of the same family last much longer than is necessary. A pinpoint of a potentially painful moment in time which was meant to fizzle away the second it stopped happening. And then because of the misinterpretations and perceptions...
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Friday / June 14th / 2002
Twenty-two years ago...

Today marks exactly twenty-two years ago to this very day that I first caught site of Thea and fell madly in love with her. Actually more than likely exactly to this very hour as like now it was around ten-thirty in the morning, if I remember correctly. Twenty-two years is...
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Tuesday / June 11th / 2002
Broken afterall...

Remember when Maarten had a terrible fall the other day? We were very relieved that his injuries weren't that bad. Just cuts and bad bruises, at least we hoped. Well as it turns out, Maarten's thumb is broken afterall. Because it was on a Sunday, only a doctor's assistant had...
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Friday / June 7th / 2002
Maarten gets injured...

Today Maarten was not paying enough attention while speeding down the road on his bike. He crashed into the back end of a parked taxi cab and had a terrible fall. There he was standing at the front door explaining to me what had happened. In his own words: "I...
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Sunday / June 2nd / 2002
Thea's birthday...

Today was Thea's birthday, and as tradition has it we took the four kids to Amsterdam for a fun and relaxing Sunday family outing. We parked the car on the outskirts of town (to save on parking costs) and took the tram to the Centrum where we got out at...
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Wednesday / May 15th / 2002
Cyber warrior...

Today my oldest son Lennart turned fifteen. Hard to believe. For his birthday he received a number of gifts related in one way or other to the art of war. Some books about the second world war and a sidewinder game voice thingibob from microsoft. Now he can not only...
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Saturday / May 4th / 2002
Thea got the job...

Hurrah, Thea had her second interview yesterday, and you will never guess what happened. She finally got accepted! Starting this October she will be starting her new direction in life as trainee for the Dialysis and Clinical Nephrology department at the Groene Hart Ziekenhuis. We are all very happy for...
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Saturday / April 27th / 2002
Chewing too loudly...

I have been reminded on a number of occasions that I have the tendency to chew too loudly. Chew too loudly, what does that mean? Well basically the chomping sound of my upper and lower teeth meeting forcefully is loud enough that it easily irritates those poor souls sitting adjacent...
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Sunday / April 14th / 2002
Back to basics...

I was never meant to be a teacher, because I have very little patience. This is especially true with one's wife where irritation is an inevitable consequence of that man-woman battle of wits. Technology versus intuition, who is going to win? First of all, Thea has been trying to learn...
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Saturday / April 13th / 2002
Ace combat...

This afternoon Lennart and I decided to head on into town on our bikes and hang around. You know, the usual father-son type of activity. Lennart is at that age when he doesn't have that much to say, so I can really appreciate the few times we spend together like...
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Friday / March 29th / 2002
Explosive personality...

My oldest daughter Marlies is a very sweet thirteen year old, but she does have what you could call an explosive personality. This means that when something goes wrong, no matter how trivial or seemingly insignificant, she will explode in rage and start screaming. It has to do with learning...
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Friday / March 8th / 2002
Acting weird...

The great thing about Maarten is that he is still young, spontaneous and happy with most things in his life. Something for which we should all strive, even in our coming old age. Even if you are still young. Maarten can be a real goofball and jokes around alot, acting...
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Friday / February 8th / 2002
Joe turns forty-five...

Believe it or not, today is Joe's birthday. He will turn forty-five years old. All I can say is: Happy Birthday dear Joe! Don't forget that forty-five is a nice round number and it adds up to nine. Think about and enjoy the new present as our two paths continue...
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Thursday / February 7th / 2002
Teenager number two...

It is now official: Marlies is now thirteen years old, meaning that she qualifies as a full-fledged teenager in and out. A very happy moment in time that we have celebrated in true style the whole day. That means that half my children have grown up already to become real...
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Thursday / January 31st / 2002
Tactile softness back then...

Poor little Maarten is sick. He has the flu and has been lying in bed for two days now. While I feel sorry for him, at the same time I cannot help thinking to myself how cute he looks with his little sad, red face calling us once in awhile...
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Saturday / January 5th / 2002
Child inside of us...

Today marks exactly ten years ago since God gave us that wonderful gift we now are blessed with: Sabien. She is our youngest daughter and the third out of four wild-and-crazy children. Ten years ago exactly, that is hard to believe. I can still remember it as clearly as if...
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Monday / December 24th / 2001
Turn around the corner again...

It is time to turn around the corner again, yet again. But first the usual holiday celebrations, including Christmas which is tomorrow. Turn around the corner again. Brings back old memories, some from a long long time ago, others that seem just like yesterday. Or so it seems. Trying to...
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Sunday / December 2nd / 2001
My son creates a masterpiece...

Amazing piece of art (enlarge)Alright so my seven year-old son Maarten has turned out to be a real prodigy, an amazing artist. One evening when it was time for him to go to bed, I could not find him anywhere. I made it up the stairs to the attic room....
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Thursday / November 29th / 2001
Routine explained again and again and again...

Routine again. Every morning during the week, the same predictable series of events come and go. That is what is called routine, and there is unfortunately not much one can do to prevent it. That's pretty much how life goes, and it allows us to survive better if we know...
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Wednesday / November 28th / 2001
Chatting with Trudi is fun...

Been chatting alot with Trudi in the evenings. Over the Internet that is, using AOL instant messaging. She is an acquaintance from the good old Salinas High School days. Idle chit-chat late in the evenings. Could this be what they mean by cyber-s#x? Probably not. She is a fine gal,...
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Saturday / November 17th / 2001
This is hard to imagine but it is true...

Now Marlies, Sabien and Maarten are all playing field hockey. All my kids except Lennart (the lazy computer whiz-kid still). Who would have ever thought that they would get involved so much in this typical Dutch sport? This morning I went to watch Marlies, like all good fathers in order...
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Wednesday / November 14th / 2001
Why are kids so difficult?...

Why are kids so difficult to get to school early in the morning? Seems like an amazing hassle for something so simple. Yet the amount of energy expended, repeating things a hundred times before it is done, bugging each other, fighting and wrangling. Put on your shoes, do not forget...
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Tuesday / October 23rd / 2001
Maarten turns seven...

So Maarten is now officially seven years old. Yesterday we celebrated his birthday in style, and after stuffing ourselves with lots of cake and letting the kids run around the house like complete maniacs, we drove to "de Sniep" which is a tropical swimming pool nearby. Where do those kids...
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Saturday / October 20th / 2001
Exactly one year ago today...

Exactly one year ago today my father passed away. Even after all this time to accept things as they really are, in my heart I am still not one hundred percent convinced that he is "really" dead. Where is he then? Strange but true. I will not dwell on the...
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Sunday / October 7th / 2001
A big hurrah for Maarten...

Maarten Hurrah! Maarten finally passed his swimming test this afternoon for the first so-called A-diploma. An amazing feat, of course. Just in time for his seventh birthday. Seven years old already? We are very happy, and relieved. All those tiring mornings over the last year, his crying fits, poor...
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Saturday / September 22nd / 2001
Dilemmas of parenthood...

One of the most difficult dilemmas of parenthood (at least it is for me) is watching your children grow up while at the same time trying to hold on to them. For loving and overly protective parents like myself, you want to remain close to them while the child wants...
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Wednesday / September 19th / 2001
Today is my father's birthday...

He would have been eighty-four (84) years old had he still been alive. Happy birthday Dad....
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Tuesday / September 11th / 2001
Confirmation it really happened...

My mother has just confirmed it via email as proven in the entries of my father's war diary. He was indeed on the USS Meade with the hull number DD602, as I had already announced on my homepage. My father went aboard on August 22, 1943. He lists all the...
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Friday / August 31st / 2001
You'll never guess...

You'll never guess who I talked to the other day. Alfred Nakatsuma, an old Stanford buddy from years and years ago. The last time I saw him was more than fifteen years ago when he visited me in Amsterdam when we were living in a monument house next to the...
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Tuesday / August 28th / 2001
One year later...

While it has been nearly a year ago since my father passed away, I still often think about him. Without warning, he pops up in my mind and this vision causes me to become sentimental about the past. Usually he is younger, about the age when I was a kid,...
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This archive includes all of my blog entries I have ever written which fall under the category Family and friends or thereabouts.

The entries are listed reverse chronologically from top to bottom.