lucas's blog

Glad to see my bike back again

  • Posted on: 12 April 2007
  • By: lucas

Yesterday in the early morning I left my bike in front of the closed door of the bike storage plage (fietsenstalling) at the station. Wondering if I would ever see it again. Well, luckily the staff stored my bike plus the others (a few more bikes were already parked there when I came). So very happy about that, today the place was open as usual.

Yesterday my mom visited us. She went with Hannah and Franny to the swimmingpool and they had a good time. Hannah is still afraid to push her head under water. She slipped and fell down with her head under water which resulted in a good cry. All three of them were very tired when I got home. Franny made a delicious noodles dish with fried chicken and egg. We also discussed the latest trials and tribulations within the family. There's a lot going on and we have to make our own choices and not let us getting dragged into something.

Why is the train going so slow ?

  • Posted on: 11 April 2007
  • By: lucas

Whoops, there's a 'stop train' in front of the intercity I'm sitting in. Ah well, I'm between Tilburg and Breda, so we'll catch up.

The new stainless steel thermos is working really well ! decent coffee for a small price compared to the 'brew' you can buy at the station for 1.50 euro. I can almost buy 2 weeks of coffee for that amount. Ok, that sounds stingy, but I'm still Dutch ;-) and 4*5*1.50=30 euro's a month, that's what I pay for my phone !

Anyways, the bike shelter was closed this morning ... a few more paying customers put their bikes in front of the closed doors, hoping the staff would put them inside. They are supposed to open at 04:45 and I arrived on 05:25 ... I really hope I'll see my bike again when I get back in Eindhoven in the afternoon.

Long commute leaves ample time to

  • Posted on: 10 April 2007
  • By: lucas

do what whatever I want to do. I can carry my guitar to play like them old days in the train. I can browse the net with laptop/phone combi. I can sleep, drink coffee, have breakfast, blog.

Talking about blogging... The last post was 3 years ago, so I've some catching up to do. Yesterday I was leafing to some old diaries of 1998 etc. Nice to read my scribbles and remembering the things that were so important then.

Much has changed, much has remained the same.

Anyways, good to start this up again.

Trip to the USA, part 3

  • Posted on: 15 September 2004
  • By: lucas

It's Tuesday evening in my second week. I'm sitting in my favourite cafe, with free wireless internet !

I've got my credit card sorted out last week, picked up my rental car from the airport and things are generally ok. The food at the Indian restaurant was excellent, made me feel like eating at home. No burgers/fries/ketchup tonight.

At work things haven't been going as smoothly as I hoped. Yesterday I found out that the measurement equipment was not working properly. Luckily with the help of the German service desk and people at the office here we got it working again. It was a bit scary to open very expensive measurement equipment and to adjust screws to get the optics aligned again ... but anyway, after that I just had to disassemble another piece of equipment that wasn't working either. Next time I've to ship anything I'll make sure it's packed in a triple set of boxes minimum ! A double set is just not enough to survive the trip.

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.

Started work in kitchen again, part 1

  • Posted on: 19 August 2004
  • By: lucas

After a long time (too long according to Fran) I picked DIYing again. Took Thursday and Friday off, brought Fran and Hannah to my inlaws because it's difficult to do anything with the little inquisitive lady running around the place.

Wow, it's now almost midnight after the first day, I'm dog tired but pleased I tackled some rather difficult and awkard tasks. I will put some photo's online tomorrow. The two outlets on the 'long side' of the kitchen are in place (one of prerequisites to start the tiling !). The old worktop on the 'short side' is gone, the steel supports cut with an 'angle grinder' (funny name for such a dangerous power tool, the sparks are beautiful, but when you get them full in the face the appeal lessens ... (yes, I wear safety glasses, ear protection, gloves the works, I'm not that stupid. I just look stupid when I've got all these things on, but that's something else), we (the dutch) call them: 'haakse slijpmachine', and now if I think about it again, the English name doesn't sound so bad after all.)

Christmas has come !

  • Posted on: 24 December 2003
  • By: lucas

Happy holidays everyone !'

We spend the most of xmas at my parents in law. They decorated the house a bit more intense than ours (we have just the tree).

Henny is very busy in the kitchen, smells very good indeed.

I'm off to the food, want to get stuffed like a turkey ;-)