Brian

Personal Quizes

Normally I don’t do this kind of thing. But my friend Jenn sent me this and I was right in the middle of finishing my thesis paper for school so naturally I stopped everything to fill this in. Can’t get all the names I want to send it to via Read more…

By Brian, ago
Europe

Use of Resources

I don’t have a single handy bone in my body. IKEA furniture stretches my limits. People who paint their own homes and change their own oil and install their own lights have my undying admiration. If you know how to find a stud in a wall, or what kind of Read more…

By Brian, ago
Europe

Harbor Tourney

Normally, the idea of playing ultimate frisbee for four straight days would be very exciting. Unfortunately, the entire good weather quota of the Netherlands was used up in the first two weeks of May (which were beautiful), and this week we had a more traditional weather forecast (read: cold, rainy, Read more…

By Brian, ago
General

Back in the Matrix

Yay! Home internet connection is restored! I had to stare quizzically at the “Do It Yourself” home installation guide from my new internet provider for a bit, since it is all in Dutch, but eventually I got it all working. They sent me a box with a bunch of cables Read more…

By Brian, ago
Europe

Train Pass

One thing you really have to hand it to the Dutch for, they know how to take care of their employees. I notified my HR department that I was moving to the Hague and they immediately put in to buy a train pass for me so I could commute to Read more…

By Brian, ago
Europe

Damn Surveillance Cameras

Apparently on the 19th of March the Dutch government has a photo of my little Justy doing 88kph in an 80 zone. Once again, this is equivalent to doing 54.7 mph in a 49.8mph zone. And for this infraction the officials of the government demand that I pay them the Read more…

By Brian, ago
Europe

Busy Busy Busy

Crazy week last week. It was my first week living in the Hague and I never even got home before 11pm any night that week. Friday I had dinner at a friend’s place in the Hague (something that never happened in a year and a half in Dordrecht) and got Read more…

By Brian, ago
Europe

Pub Quiz S02E09

A bit of a frustrating quiz. The questions were all either ridiculously easy, or ridiculously hard. That, combined with the fact that our normal quiz mistriss was absent and was replaced by Goldmember. This dude’s pronunciation was so bad we spent most of the time looking at each other quizzically Read more…

By Brian, ago
Europe

Bureaucracy in the Morning

No, it’s not an oxymoron. Listen to my day yesterday: 8:21 – Miss the train by one minute. Decide to instead do some housekeeping and go and officially register the fact that I am a resident of the Hague at the town hall. 8:32 – Park at the town hall, Read more…

By Brian, ago
Europe

Moving Day

Wow. I can’t believe I actually pulled it off. I mean, a long time ago I hit upon the realization that most of getting things done is just saying that on such and such a date such and such an activity will take place, and then convincing everyone you are Read more…

By Brian, ago