June 30th, 2003

Rob is standard

Farewell Maastricht, Hello Katwijk

Today was the day I officially handed in my keys to my gorgeous, luxurious, spacey, comfortable apartment in Maastricht, located at the old harbour, bars and restaurants at the water's edge, yachts lying in front of my apartment..... I miss it already.

But let me recap the entire weekend for you.
Friday: work, go home. New apartment was empty, roomies not home. Logged on to Taps. Guess what? Just when things start to get pleasantly hot and heavy, you hear a key turn in the front door. So much for writing erotica and being in a sexy mood. Could've just closed my bedroom door, but that would just raise suspicion. Don't want to become an outcast in my own home. Went out for two beers and staring at a cute waitress with one of the roomies. The other roomie (the filthiest one) is now on holiday. Two weeks Ibiza. Peace and quiet at home :)

Saturday: reunion time! BBQ with graduates from the Hotel Management School. Saw about 7 or 8 yearmates, so had some catching up to do ('s been 4 years). Funny to see how everyone spread out. A few took an additional course/education, two decided to see the world first, and others settled down in a job, with or without SO, two unemployed at the moment. Pretty diverse really. After the BBQ, onwards to Maastricht. Stayed up 'til 1 am unscrewing IKEA furniture and putting everything the wall for easier loading the next day.

Sunday: Parents arrived with the trailer, called two friends (They'd promised to help and be there early. I still had to wake them up. Hehehe.) After 90 minutes of hard labor, we filled the trailer and the back half of my car. Drove to Katwijk (3 hour drive, with a pitstop in Eindhoven), enjoyed an additional hour in various traffic jams (on a SUNDAY for crying out loud!) and then, the unloading. Without help from friends. More cursing from my dad. Once everything was inside, it was my mom's turn to start cursing. Why do I *ALWAYS* have to go through this? Every visit my mom brings to my home includes a full inspection of the house, my room, my wardrobe. Complaining about how I don't clean the house good enough, that I iron my shirts wrong, and all of this while saying 'She's only saying this for my own good' as often as she can. Bleh. I'll stop here before I get angsty. I love my parents, I just don't invite them to my house because they always find something to complain about. And in the unlikely event there's nothing wrong with the house or wardrobe, she'll still complain that I need to lose weight. Thanks ma. I love you too.

Aaaaaaanyway, back to Eindhoven, watched Dragonheart, ate chinese, slept.
Monday: To Maastricht again, last few bits to clean up, then handed over the keys. Spent almost an HOUR at the electricity-company's office waiting for my turn at the desk. A few phonecalls later and all my official ties with Maastricht were cut. After some more fun in traffic jams, another stop in Eindhoven to pick up my properly ironed shirts and finally I could go back to my new apartment.

So here I am, surrounded by boards and other parts and pieces of furniture. Tomorrow I'm going to city hall (village hall really ;) to officially make myself a citizen of Katwijk. Then, on to Leiden (10 min drive) to give blood (I save lives!) and probably spend the rest of the day trying to make the apartment look like a cozy home.

After this, I don't want to move for at least a year and a half. And for my next move, I'll hire real movers. Le sigh. 7 weeks until holiday.
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Survey, stolen from Caniche

1. LAST MOVIE YOU SAW IN A THEATER?

The Matrix Reloaded

2. What BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?

Between books right now. Finished Harry Potter 5, next one will probably be Sleepy Head by Mark Billington. GREAT British crime writer.

3. FAVORITE BOARD GAME?

Bloodbowl, by Games Workshop.

4. FAVORITE MAGAZINE?

Men's Health, Playstation Magazine

5. FAVORITE SMELLS?

Freshly baked bread

6.FAVORITE FOODS?

Japanese (sushi and teppanyaki), traditional dutch dishes (stamppot, snert!)

7. FAVORITE SOUNDS?

Lounge and Chillout music. The sounds of a girlfriend enjoying your lovemaking ;)

8. WORST FEELING IN THE WORLD?

Foodpoisoning

10. FAVORITE FAST FOOD PLACE?

Taco Bell (but they don't have one in Holland!), Subway

11. FUTURE CHILD'S NAME?

I actually like Simba and Nala. Even though my love for The Lion King has died a bit over the years, I would consider them with my wife. Won't be miffed if the kid will have a different name though.

12. FINISH THIS STATEMENT. "IF I HAD A LOT OF MONEY, I WOULD...

donate to WWF (Wildlife, not wrestling) and Greenpeace, buy a nice house and spoil my parents.

13. DO YOU DRIVE FAST?

When I'm in a hurry.

14. DO YOU SLEEP WITH A STUFFED ANIMAL?

IUsed to. Now occasionally, if I want to wrap my arms around something.

15. STORMS-COOL OR SCARY?

Cool!

16. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CAR?

Mitsubishi Colt.

17. FAVORITE DRINK?

Oreo Cookie Shake with a dash of Baileys.


18. FINISH THIS STATEMENT, "IF I HAD THE TIME, I WOULD LOVE TO...

write a book, learn how to play guitar, learn more languages (Japanese), go to Namibia to work with cheetahs

19. DO YOU EAT THE STEMS ON BROCCOLI?

Yes.

20. IF YOU COULD DYE YOUR HAIR ANY COLOR, WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

Lightblond

21. HOW MANY DIFFERENT CITIES/TOWNS HAVE YOU LIVED IN?

3

22. GLASS - HALF EMPTY OR FULL?

Full, most of the time.

25. SAY ONE NICE THING ABOUT THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU.

Actually, I stole it... But.. 'Niche, you're funny!

26. WHAT IS UNDER YOUR BED?

Nothing. My matrass is on the floor right now.

27. TOILET PAPER/PAPER TOWEL-OVER OR UNDER?

Over.

28. MORNING PERSON, OR NIGHT OWL?

Still night owl, slowly shifting to Merningperson. Right now at 80-20

29. OVER EASY, OR SUNNY SIDE UP?

Sunny side up! Like to dip my bread in the yolk.

30. FAVORITE PLACE TO RELAX?

At home, lying on the big couch

31. FAVORITE PIE?

Warm apple-crumble, with a bit of caramel.
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