Thursday, November 25, 2004

It's my son's birthday today. Nine years ago he was born at a local hospital. A lot has changed since then: he gained a sister and perhaps even two...His dad switched carier from bookkeeping to childcare;
this country's population has changed its mind dramatically on the subject of camera-suveillance
and the line "Ausweis bitte!" People die by the thousands without those in power doing anything to ease their suffering and people are hardly in the mood to even help their own relatives.
But we won't give in! We will continue to fight for a better world in our own small way. Say goodmorning to the busdriver, help your elderly neighbour with her groceries, write letters to government-officials
and spread the world that it's not only easier but also more helpful to do good than bad. And keep on smiling although this world keeps being battered by hurricanes, earthquakes and unwilling politicians.
Help make this world a better place and enjoy life to the fullest!
(And probably die trying, but that's not the point)

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Me and my kids had tuns of fun the past weekend: we went to see the arrival of Saint Nicholas or "Sinterklaas"
as the good man is known in this country. Protector of Amsterdam merchants and friend to all children, this long dead bishop is still celebrated.
Afterwards we treated ourselves to a sauna-visit. As it so happened neighbour Angélique works there as a volunteer. At first it felt a bit odd walking around in the nude in front of your neighbour but then again, as insiders know, more of my friendly female neighbours have seen me naked...;-)
One of them is no longer a neighbour: neighbour Miriam is from now on: Miriam, the mother of my daughter(s).
Last sunday they moved so from now on I will have to make an appointment whenever I want to see my daughter Eva.
I brought her to school yesterday and the last image I have of her in my head is that of a 4-year old with trembling underlip whispering "I love you daddy..."
One of the present mothers asked me if her daughter could send mine a card and wanted to have the new address.
I had to tell her to ask my ex since I was unfamiliar with the requested data...

On a lighter note: Why do you think the American supreme command refuses the Red Cross to enter the once proud city of Falluja? The image of the US-marine executing an already severely wounded and unarmed Iraqi in a Mosque might help to answer that question. Well, Colin Powell can't be held responsible for the malfunction of The American System ("Let's roll in with all our tanks and then all the citizens wiil cheer and form a Democratic Nation all by themselves!"). From today on poor Condoleeza Rice holds the position of scapegoat
as being "the first black woman" to be Secretary of State. Luckily there are rules to play the game of war.
Does miss Rice have the rulebook and what will she do when a player cheats?
Go tell mommy? If Schwarzenegger had been given her position would the media talk about "The first white male former bodybuilder"? I dont't think so. But then again: I might be mistaken.

Monday, November 08, 2004

If you have trouble accessing the presidential website try typing

For those still interested: Here's the American Presdent's resume.

Is George Junior's re-election enough reason to end you own life? A 25-year old lab-assistant from Georgia apparently reasoned it is: he shot himself through the head in New York, behind the fences at Ground Zero.

So it had to come this far: people are so unhappy wtih their government that they prefer to kill themselves.
And was George Junior really re-elected? You can start doubting that fact when you take a look at all the unragularities that took place during the elections. The most notorious one for me being the fact that in a district in Ohio a bit over 300 people showed up to vote and more than 4000 of them voted for George Junior.
That's really clever. However, if you take in consideration that of the four companies producing the ballot-machines three are in the hands of the Bush-family or direct friends then only one question remains:
why do the American people just sit back and let this all happen?

Then again: in our own small part of the world Theo van Gogh, a filmmaker and collumnist who enjoyed kicking people against the shins, whatever their race or preference, was brutally murdered by a muslim-extremist who apparently protested agains van Gogh's anti-muslim films and collumns..
So, the "whole" nation turned against Islam, extreme right wins votes in parliament and Islamic schools are being blown up. I wonder what would have happened if van Gogh's murderer had been a vegetarian Swede who protested agains van Gogh's overwhelming love for pig-meat?

I hold on to memories: I remember our Rocky Horror-Halloween-performance a week ago. And I remember the fun we had in the pool yesterday when my daughter exclaimed: "Look, daddy, there's a really big bubble in the jakuzi! O, no, it's my brother!"

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Which one of the two Bonesmen, Bush or Kerry, can call himself "strongest man in the world" for the next four years? And will it matter? Will it matter for the people in Darfur, Birma or Iraq? Will it matter for the people that suffer from the American boycot in Cuba, for the people who are illegaly detained in Guantanama Bay-prison?
All we can do is find out if the two candidates mean what they said in the past few months or they just uttered some hollow words to attract votes...

My son wasn't feeling to well last week so he stayed at my moms for a few days. This past weekend I celebrated Halloween on the stage of the theatre where I experienced my first ever steps in the world of acting;
It was The Rocky Horror Picture Show back then as it was last saturday...Back to my roots!