Trip to the USA, part 1

  • Posted on: 6 September 2004
  • By: lucas

Saturday, I'm two-thirds on my way @ 10000 m altitude to Blacksburg VA USA. My second time in 4 weeks. Alone this time, I mean: no collegues, and Fran and Hannah are 3000 miles away in Eindhoven.

Last time I visited Blacksburg shortly and spent some more time in Cleveland. Now I'm going for 2 weeks ! A very long time, it won't be easy for Fran. Hannah is so full of energy and only takes a short nap at lunchtime.

My first time alone in the states. The expectations of the parties involved are quite high, the pressure is on. Hope the measurement equipment I sent is still working when I take it out of it's boxes Tuesday. Monday is a national holiday, Labour Day. No it's not on the 1st of May, silly of me to think so, that one is the socialist one.

The ceiling of the kitchen is finished ! (ok, almost)

  • Posted on: 31 August 2004
  • By: lucas

The ceiling was one of the things I dreaded to do. The moment I actually started I didn't have a real plan. Luckily our neighbour Bas had some good idea's and after some Ctrl-Z (undo) actions the wooden frame looked a bit sensible.

I worked all Sunday to get the frame in and late in the evening Fran and I put the ceiling itself in.

See the gallery at:

UNProfor, 1995

  • Posted on: 30 August 2004
  • By: lucas

Dutchbat stickerI served a 5 month period in Bosnia with UNProfor (United Nations protection force) in 1995. My contingent: 1 (NL/BE) VN Logistics and Transport battalion. My rotation: L8.
There is now (January 2012) a dedicated website: https://1nlbeunlogtbat.n for this battalion.

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Hannah climbing up the stairs

  • Posted on: 1 June 2004
  • By: lucas

Hannah surprised us today by climbing over the barricade and climbing up the stairs.

Franny went upstairs and heard Hannah following her to the steps, but when she reached upstairs Hannah was right behind her !

I thought the board I put up as a barricade was high enough, but this little lady sure can stretch her legs !

See the [Movie Hannah climbing up the stairs|movie] for all the details. It's her second attempt.
The barricade is upgraded, hopefully for another few months !
Anyway, just remember: never underestimate a toddler.