Wednesday, going to work for the first time this week

  • Posted on: 13 June 2007
  • By: lucas

A non-standard week: monday I stayed home because the central heating was serviced and Franny had to attend a meeting at Hannah's school. Yesterday I felt terrible so I called in sick. I'm feeling a little bit better now and here I am in the train to Delft.

The man who serviced our CV (Centrale Verwarming: Central Heating) kettle was a giant, huge arms, bald head. But very soft spoken. He started to chat about the kettle. How the factory stopped making our type so quickly and that the new versions were so different: more plastics other pump etc. Always funny when first impressions deceive you. When he spoke he didn't look straight at me but slightly slanted. To my surprise he pulled out a PDA to report his work on. Almost cursing the thing for being so cumbersome to work with. He told me it was a bright idea of someone at the office who thought writing reports on paper was so outdated and inefficient. What happened of course that the backoffice was 'streamlined' with this digital report, but the poor guys in the field were spending much more time typing with their big hands using a stylus on a tiny virtual keyboard. Sigh, hurray for progress.

Spent a lot of time on a report for work. Didn't plan it smartly enough as usual. So after working on it all day yesterday till eight o'clock in the evening it was finished. Not so impressed by the result, but hopefully it is good enough. Coming Thursday the review is planned, so we'll see what the others think.

Franny met another mum at Hannah's school to which she got befriended. Her husband is a publisher of a monthly paper: "The African Bulletin" (he comes from Nigeria). His company is called: MediaBlackberry. We got the latest edition from them and I'm impressed.

Going back home: and another delay: between Tilburg and Eindhoven this time, something to do with the tracks or an electricity problem. Sigh ... Still in Tilburg, I'm trying to attract Fran's attention to the pc at home by sending her nudges with MSN. To no avail ... I'll have to call her just now. Okidoki, just called her, she was busy cooking with the afzuigkap or retractor on. Ok just looked all over in on wikipedia, couldn't find anything about an afzuigkap. Like these things don't exist ! terrible. Luckily the dictionary helped out: the more correct translation is: cooker hood (!) or in the US as well: range hood. In factories they are called: exhaust hoods. So it's a hood, like Robin Hood. English still has some surprises in stall for me ! Aha, using "cooker hood" as a search item I got:

An extractor hood (U.K.) or range hood (U.S.), also known as a kitchen hood, stove hood, exhaust hood, cooker hood, extraction hood, cooking canopy, ventilation hood, extractor fan or electric chimney is a device containing a fan that hangs above the stove in the kitchen. It is used to remove grease, combustion products, smoke, odors, heat, and steam from the air by a combination of filtration and evacuation of the air. (copyright Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extractor_hood ).

Ok, so got the retractor wrong, it's an extractor hood.
Another thing that is not going well is that Mari found so many issues with my report I finished last night that I'm considering to delay the review again and updating the report. It's quite a bit of work to update the report. It's a bit embarassing to move the review meeting again, but I realise now that reviewing the distributed version makes not much sense.

Close to Boxtel ! yeah ! going at snail speed again. It's now 17:30, normally I arrive at 17:00 in Eindhoven ...