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Wednesday / June 4th / 2003
Hotter and hotter...

My so-called luxurious office suite is located in the bedroom, up in the attic and a little off to the side. It is an ideal spot to work alone, think and concentrate, and prepare myself for the future. However, it is very hot outside and that makes things different in...
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Thursday / May 22nd / 2003
Wearing shorts and bare foot...

So who am I trying to kid walking around the house in my short-sleeve Stanford T-shirt, green shorts and bare foot? I mean, it's pouring down rain and cold outside. Inside the house, it is not what you would call tropical weather either. You see, I was born and raised...
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Tuesday / March 4th / 2003
Innocent chickens...

All those poor innocent little chickens. They all have to die. And it was not their fault at all. Just happened to be there when the awful chicken influenza virus struck. Clucking around the farm, and then all the trucks came and rounded them up for the gassing. All nine...
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Thursday / February 20th / 2003
Like that...

Every once in awhile you wake up with that tired ho-hum kind of feeling and it just refuses to go away the whole darn day. The more coffee you drink the worse it gets. The more you concentrate the harder it becomes. Lying around and doing nothing does not help...
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Wednesday / February 5th / 2003
Spinning aftermath...

There I was again one evening at the fitness center called Living Well. After nearly an hour of intense spinning followed by a nice warm sauna (my reward for a good job done), I had this really good-feeling about everything while I was putting my clothes back on downstairs in...
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Wednesday / January 15th / 2003
Full of surprises...

The other day I was gathering up some money from the local bank's cash dispenser just around the corner when this homeless person came up to me. I was at first startled by his appearance, but upon closer inspection he appeared to be harmless enough. Or so I thought. He...
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Tuesday / December 31st / 2002
Fireworks...

Two days before New Years, all the Dutch folks get all excited and prepare themselves for the big event by going out and purchasing tons of fireworks. Per year more than tens of millions if not billions of euros are shot off into the night sky. This is a tradition...
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Wednesday / December 4th / 2002
Vibrating washing machine...

This afternoon I was supposed to fix the washing machine. Lately it has started to rattle pretty loudly, and during spin cycle it vibrates so violently the the whole house is shaking. My theory is that the machine is not properly balanced, so I volunteered to take down all the...
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~ Posted at 09:24 PM | any comments?
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Friday / November 22nd / 2002
It's a ringbaard...

Alright so I decided to grow a ringbaard this time around. For those of you unfamiliar with the Dutch language, this can best be translated as a ring-beard. I am not quite sure what the proper English translation is. Everyone in the family thinks it looks terribly ugly, and they...
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Sunday / September 15th / 2002
Montage raamhorren...

At the rate I am going now, the whole house should be mosquito free within about a week or so. Yet another "raamhor" (mosquito screen) has been constructed and put perfectly in place. Bought it at Gamma and it turned out pretty good. The great thing about these Doe-het-zelf...
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Friday / September 13th / 2002
Getting used to...

It is going to take some getting used to but I feel confident that matters will be better under control in the not so distant future. Sort of just moving along now like it wasn't really meant to be, but doing it nonetheless. There is now one mosquito screen less...
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Wednesday / July 24th / 2002
Sliding boxes...

Sliding boxes back and forth is not my idea of the most thrilling activity to keep you busy the whole day. Let alone the rest of your life. But that is exactly what the group of people were doing over there. The whole day back and forth. Amazingly enough they...
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Thursday / May 9th / 2002
Hemelvaartsdag...

Today is a holiday called Hemelvaartsdag in Holland. In Dutch the word "hemel" means "heaven," "vaart" means "float," and "dag" means "day." So if you are a lousy translator like I am then you might call the holiday something like the "Float-to-heaven" day. In English, we all know it as...
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Tuesday / April 30th / 2002
Queen's birthday...

Today is the queen's birthday. The Dutch people refer to this yearly event as Koninginnedag and it is a national holiday. Big deal? Yes, for all the Dutch folks in this small country, it is a very big deal. Queen Beatrix is coming, she's coming! People dress up in orange,...
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Friday / April 12th / 2002
Coughing and coughing...

We are the coughing family. Everyone is sick in one way or the other in various degrees of incapacitation. Cough, cough, hack and hack. This has been going on now for a couple weeks, starting with me. If one is sensitive to sounds (like me) then it can be very...
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Monday / April 1st / 2002
Wooden fort...

My youngest son Maarten has been bugging me now for a couple weeks to help him build a fort in the backyard. Because I have been preoccupied with all the computer stuff and setting up the new room, I felt guilty for having neglected him. So on Saturday we went...
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Wednesday / February 27th / 2002
Zware storm...

'Takkeweer, zegt u? Welnee!' Nederland ging gisteren gebukt onder een zware storm. De een ondervond zware last, de ander kon zijn plezier niet op. As explained in an article in the Dutch newspaper to which we are subscribed called Algemeen Dagblad. I thought this picture was pretty impressive showing how...
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Sunday / February 17th / 2002
A good critical faculty...

After having read my blog Looking for carpet, my aunt Jeanine emailed me a nice message. She brought it to my attention that she found it interesting that I was the one to make the final decision, because Libras are supposed to keep deliberating back and forth and have trouble...
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Saturday / February 16th / 2002
Looking for carpet...

Now that the new room above our garage has been completed, the real work for us has just begun. This means alot of painting, wallpapering and that sort of thing. But it also means looking through zillions of catalogues for furniture, lamps, carpet, ad infinitum. Not really my favorite activity,...
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Monday / February 4th / 2002
Non-neighbor humanoids...

Even neighbors, I mean "especially" neighbors, can be unreasonable creatures. Humanoids. We have these people that live in the house directly behind us, and for the last three years we have not even exchanged a single word or gesture. In the beginning, I thought I would not let such behavior...
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Saturday / February 2nd / 2002
Máxima Z...

Today was the big day for Holland with Kroonprins Willem Alexander marrying Máxima Zorreguieta of Argentina. What a spectacle and the whole country had their eyes glued to the television set all day. Having grown up in America where such a formality called royalty is foreign, I have found it...
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Monday / December 31st / 2001
Winter storm...

Winter storm wreaks havoc in Europe. Well, for awhile at least it seemed that this time around it would be a calmer winter than usual. Not true. Nature has its own way of taking control when least expected in order to show the humans that they are just as vulnerable...
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Wednesday / December 19th / 2001
The W-I-N-D is blowing...

Okay so I have been living in The Netherlands now for more than twenty years, twenty-one years to be more precise. It is a small country, very flat and there is lots and lots of wind. The fact that the country is small makes covering most distances that much easier...
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Saturday / December 15th / 2001
First snowflakes are falling...

Just the other day summer ended. Then came fall, and slowly but surely the temperature dipped downwards. Until below freezing, that's zero degrees centigrade. Brrr. Now the very first snowflakes are falling. Falling, falling, ever so gently, sticking to the surfaces everywhere, collecting and collecting. The thin white layer becomes...
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Tuesday / October 30th / 2001
Sunset in Holland and other special effects...

Sunset in Holland.Now that winter time has kicked in and thus the time has officially been moved back an hour, it gets darker much earlier in the afternoon. In fact, when I cycle back from my work at the end of the day, that wonderful orange ball called the sun...
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Monday / October 1st / 2001
Lowlands of Holland...

The Lowlands of Holland are exceptionally notorious for the windy climate. This is especially evident while one is trying to ride a bike across the flatlands that are wide open and completely exposed. Ironically, no matter in which direction you are cycling nor given the time of day, it is...
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Saturday / July 28th / 2001
Ghost town...

It's like a ghost town around here, as all of the Dutchies have left for their summer vacation retreats. This is a typical European activity which never ceases to amaze me. Not a soul for miles (I mean kilometers) around, few cars on the highway, and amazingly quiet wherever you...
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This archive includes all of my blog entries I have ever written which fall under the category Life in Holland or thereabouts.

The entries are listed reverse chronologically from top to bottom.