So, I had my first lesson last night and it was great! When I arrived at the pipemajor’s house a practice chanter was waiting for me and in the next hour I learned how to play 5 of the 9 notes a bagpipe can play. It’s a bit tricky because the fingerplacement in playing each note is different than I’m used to with either my regular wooden flute or my tin whistles so that will take some practice. This also because you do not cover the holes with your fingertips but rather with the finger itself. And as these are less sensitive then the tips of the fingers, you can’t always feel immediately if you’re fingers are in the right spot.
I called the housing cooperation and they said that, although I won’t get the official paperwork and all until the girl now living there has handed in her key and they’ve inspected the place, the house is mine. So I’m moving out, yay. 😀
This afternoon I’m going to a second hand store to see if they have some nice furniture and such as I still need a coffee table, a dresser and a fridge. And possibly a simple nightstand or so would be nice as well. I have a little thingy here I could use, but something new, or at least something new to me and something I really like would be nicer.
Tonight I will also have my first bagpipe lesson. I’m really looking forward to it ever since I joined the pipeband a few weeks ago. I can’t wait till I get the practice chanter and can get practicing.
Then, a little while later, on December 18 I’m going to the taping of “De Lama’s”, a comedy show/game program on tv, together with one of my friends. It’ll be so much fun!
It’s amazing to discover how many things you need when moving out. Everytime I think the list is complete I think of another thing I also need to get.
I have not heard back from the Housing Cooperation yet but have been on a few shopping sprees already to get necessary things (kitchen stuff and such), although I’m waiting with furniture (I need a couch and a dresser and a coffee table) until I get confirmation from the HC.
I registered myself with a temp agency this week and worked in a pastry factory yesterday, packing the goods. Quite a mindless job but it smells nice and you get to take broken pastries and cookies or ones that are deformed or something home with you… 😀
I filled in and posted the House Acceptance form. Now to wait for the Housing Cooperation to get back to me to say whether or not they approve of it (I don’t foresee any issues with that).
I’ve already made a list of things I’m gonna need, which is, furniture wise, not much, just a couch, a dresser and a coffee table. I’ll probably go to a thrift store for it as it doesn’t have to be perfect for just this starter place. I’ll get decent furniture once I’ve graduated and got a job and a normal bigger house (some years ahead and stuff). As for small things, I’ll mainly need kitchen stuff, pans and cooking supplies and such.
In other news, the repair guy came this morning for my TV (which was broken, it wouldn’t show anything anymore and the built-in DVD player would freeze and such) and he just replaced it and it didn’t cost me a dime as it fell well within the guarantee period.
So afterward I spent half the afternoon to get all the channels on the proper places and such and decided to watch a DVD. So I took out my Charmed Season 1 box to continue where I left off only to find that while the TV worked fine, the DVD player didn’t.
It would take almost 5 minutes just to work itself through showing the paramount logo (which normally takes what, 5 seconds?) and then it showed the language menu and refused to respond to any button.
So I ejected the DVD and tried another Charmed disc, same story. Then I tried a Deep Space Nine disc and then it just didn’t do anything, it remained black. And before you say anything, I know the discs are correct, I have seen them and they never malfunctioned before.
So I gave up and called the repair people again and now they’ll come around again.
*Sighs in frustration*
Nation mourns bird killed in domino shooting
Fri Nov 18, 2005 10:26 AM ET15
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Dutch animal lovers are mourning a sparrow shot dead after it fluttered into an exhibition hall and knocked over thousands of dominoes set up in preparation for a world record attempt.
The sparrow will be commemorated in a live Dutch television broadcast of the domino-toppling Friday after a wave of national outrage at the shooting.
“We know we are responsible for a lot of emotion in the country and we realize we couldn’t go on without properly marking this,” said Jeroen van Waardenberg, a spokesman for reality TV company Endemol, the firm behind “Big Brother.”
An exterminator shot the sparrow Monday in the northern city of Leeuwarden after fears the bird could upset more of the 4 million dominoes which staff had spent weeks balancing on their edges for the record attempt.
Dutch animal rights groups are outraged, especially as sparrows are a protected species in the Netherlands.
Hundreds of condolence messages have been posted on a website for the sparrow (www.dodemus.nl), which has attracted 200,000 hits.
Yeah, this is what we Dutchies bother about, not the mess the world is becoming, noooo, we bother about one little bird being shot. In case you get worked up about it, they had tried for an hour or two I believe, to catch the thing which didn’t work.
Although, there was something funny on tv tonight. We have this comedyshow thing which is called “Mooi! Weer de Leeuw” (trans.:Good! de Leeuw again). And Paul de Leeuw, the presenter, had organised a cremation for the bird. An official car arrived with carriers and all that carried this tiny coffin, shaped like a domino stone, and it had wreaths on it (one, supposedly, from Sesame Street’s Big Bird) and such. Then he and some artists with birdnames in their name sang some songs adjusted to fit the bird and then it was carried away and ‘cremated’ in a microwave. It was hilarious.
So I went to see the house today. It’s nice, it’s an older house with more character than the newer ones around it although it’s slightly smaller than I thought as I was expecting it to be one of those newer ones. The interior looks good, the flooring in the living room is laminate and can be taken over from the current resident. Only issue is a bit of dampness in the storage room but that’s not overly serious. All in all I like it very much and I am going to accept the Housing Cooperations offer of this house. Now all I need to do is fill out their form and get some proof of my income to send along and then hope they approve it (which I don’t really doubt).
It’s likely that I’ll be moving out next year. At the moment I still live with my parents but would like to move out and be on my own (4 months abroad and taking care of yourself gets addictive :D) and now it seems to be happening.
I registered myself with the Housing Cooperation in my area last year and they have now made me an offer of a nice little house in the next town (about 5 km from where I live now). I have to decide before the 22nd (technically by the weekend as I have to return the acceptance/decline form by the 22nd) and am very tempted to take it.
I tried calling the current occupant to make an appointment to come around and look at the place but her cell number that was in the letter is out of order so I take it she changed it. Tomorrow I’m going by there to see if she’s home and talk to her then.
The weather was not too pleasant today, halfway the afternoon it started to rain, and not just drizzle, no, a rain that was getting close to a pour. I was planning to go down to the soccer field here as it’s been flooded (in winter the soccer field is the skating rink) in preparation for winter and frost and I wanted to take some photographs. Perhaps I’ll get a chance tomorrow if it stays dry. Personally I don’t mind too much being outside in the rain but it’s not very good for the camera.
So, in remembrance of better times, a sunny picture taken early October, which was unusually warm for the Netherlands.
To continue over from the previous post, last night I wanted to show my mother the stars but it was cloudy. Not too pleasant as it doesn’t happen often that my mother shares my interests in this way. Hoping tonight will be a clear sky so I can show her the constellations (at least the ones I know and they are limited to three at the moment) as well. She did see Mars however as it’s so close to the moon right now and very bright, even on a (somewhat) cloudy night it’s hard to miss.
Right, gotta cut this short now, I have to catch the bus in a little while to go to school (I study archaeology) for my Hieroglyph class.
Last night, I decided to finally watch the stuff that I taped during the week (Gilmore Girls, Law & Order: CI and Star Trek: Enterprise), mainly because the new GG and LO:CI will be on tomorrow and I want to have seen the previous eps before that.
So, around midnight when Dad had gone to bed and stopped hogging the tv, I installed myself on the couch, rewound the tape and enjoyed myself.
When I got to the Enterprise ep (4.20 “Terra Prime”) I cursed myself for missing last weeks episode as it’s a twoparter. Shortly after it began, the dog started whining and felt an urgent need to go outside. So, I let her out (after which she ran around the yard barking at various fences and plants) and stepped outside as well. It was a beautiful night with a nearly full moon and clear skies. I positioned myself in such a way that the moon was hidden behind the house so I could gaze at the stars a bit. I saw Mars, Orion, the Pleiades and Cassiopeia.
Seeing Mars out there like that, as a bright, shining yellow dot made me feel funny as at the same time, the Enterprise episode was partially set on Mars. As I watched that dot glister in the sky, I realised again why I am the Trekkie that I am. Not because of the series and movies being so good (which they are, even ST:5 :D) or because of the prettiness of the actors/actresses (and there are quite a few goodlooking ones) but because of Hope and Faith.
Hope for humanity that one day we will succeed in putting our differences behind us and start living together instead of next to each other, in infinite diversity in infinite combinations. Faith that one day we will reach the stars. We might not find a universe out there like the Star Trek one, but we will find it, no matter what.
I’d like to end this by briefly paying tribute to Michael Piller who died November 1st. I just found out about this yesterday and it really made me sad and probably caused my philosophical mood while watching Trek. Michael Piller was a producer/creator and writer for Star Trek in a lot of its incarnations. He (co-)produced TNG, DS9 and VGR, he wrote the movie Insurrection and in general was an enormous asset to Star Trek. He will be sorely missed and I hope he’s out there, having fun with Gene and Jimmy and DeForest and all other Star Trek people that have gone.