Friday, 31 October 2014


Let me tell you what happened last night. My wife went to her regular weekly sauna visit and one of the people who visit that place every week wasn't there. And she asked where she was, and another woman said: "she is at home. She had an ear operation last week". And the moment she got home she picked up the phone and asked her friend how she was doing. She herself was in pain for several weeks and we didn't even got a phone call from those people she calls friends. But the minute she got home she picked up the phone and called her.

You know, all this sex stuff is Fun, with a capital F, but at moments like those I'm almost bursting with pride. My woman is good people, you know. Really, deep down where it counts.

Oh yes, 7 out of 14. Halfway.


MCMLXI: Stranger in a strange land

After the human astronauts had landed on Mars they all died, except for Valentine Michael Smith a boy that is found and raised by the native Martians. Like an ordinary Martian. He is able to read minds like they do and learns to control matter. But then he is found and brought back to Earth. He becomes a celebrity. He is the only human who has been to Mars and returned to Earth.

He is helped by Nurse Gillian Boardman but the leaders don’t want them to be left alone. At last they escape together and build a kind of religion of their own based on the teachings and ways of the Martians. Smith doesn’t feel human, he feels Martian. He is an intelligent creature with the genes and ancestry of a man, but he is not a man. He is a Martian.

I very much looked forward to reading this book, that has become a cult classic. But I was very disappointed, really. The first ¾ of the book I really kept on reading because I promised myself to finish the book, but would I had not done that I would have put it down. Sorry to all the fans of this book, but I really only enjoyed the last quarter of the book. It seemed old-fashioned Science Fiction to me. And it is old fashioned of course. But unlike To Kill a Mockingbird, this book showed the time in which it was written. And that made it – for me – hard to read.

I cannot give this book more than 3 out of 10 points.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Weighing Results Last October Week

I'm late in telling you my weighing results of my Weight Watchers Challenge. Lost 1,7 kg this week and since I started I lost 8,8 kg by now. You think there is a relation to our nightly activities and the weight loss? My wife lost 1,0 kg.


Clark Kent

Anybody doesn't know Cark Kent? OK, I'll help. Lives in Metropolis, reporter of the Daily Planet, has a girlfriend by the name of Lois Lane and like Santa a hideout at the North Pole. Yeah, she said that yesterday and it did wonders for my ego. Clever woman, my Wanita...

So 6 down, 8 to go. She'll get a sticker later.

Does anyone know why this is Six?

MCMLXI: What happened to Han?

In March my sister was born. I didn't care much about it, I had other things on my mind. My mum had the strategy " you eat what I put in your mouth". The stuff she gave me was really disgusting food you know?  There is no taste on it at all. All saltless and it all looked alike. I liked to play with it, but didn't eat it. My mum would keep my nose shut and when I opened my mouth she would get a spoon full of that stuff in it. So, I spit it out, and she put it back in. Very messy stuff, all that.

In June we moved to Wieringerwerf. Under my post is a Google Search Link so you can find where in Holland you can find this tiny village. The house they promised my father that would be ready wasn't of course. The house wasn't finished building, but as they were there with all their belongings and two little kids, a couple offered us a room to live in until our house was all done. Moving back to Delft was no option. Our old room was already rented to someone else and my Dad had this new job with the post. In a big truck he would get all the post from the depot for the northern region of Holland and distribute it. The pay was better and the post was owned by the state, so extra security and with the job came the offer of the rental house.
Two candles, impossible to blow out in one breath

Just before Christmas they moved in at last. Their first home of their own was a fact. I celebrated my second birthday in September. With a little crying baby that kept me awake at night. 

Those were the days.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014


Oh master, you fill me completely with your long hard cock. Her hips bucked uncontrollably against his. Oh, I supposed to please you not the other way arouuuuuund. OMG, OMG, OMG I'm gonna cum again!! Please, please master you pound me like a young man, have mercy on this poor woman. OMG you are the best lover ever! Oh, Oh, yes please more, more, mooooooore. Deeper, Harder, yes, yes, please make me come!

Please, guys that is not what you expect me to report from this challenge, is it?
I think I've taken you to our bedroom far enough. You are not allowed to watch, just to listen at the door.



MCMLXI - What happened in the Netherlands?

 Television sells well

1,000,000 television sets sold in the Netherlands
On November 14, 1961, the family Milius bought in Deventer 1,000,000th black and white TV set in the Netherlands.

 Piet Kramer

On May 23, 1961, the Dutch architect Piet Kramer (1881-1961) passed away. Kramer made ​​a significant contribution to the Amsterdam School (1915-1940), an architectural style that was characterized by decorative brickwork and rounded corners which facades with more relief. In the Amsterdam park Kramer realized several bridges.

In Staphorst people take "justice" in their own hands

In Staphorst a woman was dragged on November 10, 1961  from her home and put on a cart. A man was taken from a  cafe in Meppel to accompany her. "Adultery, fornication," came the cries of the spectators. The mob from Staphorst struck with this 14th-century practice two birds with one stone. They expressed their sympathy for the "victims" and two unfaithful spouses were simultaneously punished and rehabilitated. The young people who had devised the plan it meant a break from the dull provincial existence. But people outside Staphorst were furious: the "Staphorster" affair. They spoke about decay of law that resembled the 'lynchings' in the American South. The foreign press spoke up. It is disputed whether this practice occurred only in Staphorst; similar events took place in Limburg during the fifties.

Stewardess from Canada in traditional Dutch clothes

Henk van der Grift

What Jaap Eden did three times earlier, to beat the Norwegians and become world champion speed skating, had been reserved for Coen de Koning (in 1905 in Groningen, with only one Norwegian veteran as an opponent), and, of course, Henk van der Grift in 1961 on the ice rink of Gothenburg. Unlike all his predecessors Dutch Van der Grift went in 1960 to Norway as early as October to stand on a secret mountain lake near Fagernes in solitude and prepare for the cold season. With his world title Van der Grift proved the Norwegians could be beaten were when you went all the ice in October.

It is a myth that Van der Grift would have accomplished the construction of the Jaap Eden Baan. Nothing is less true. It was sportswriter Kick Geudeker, editor of the then leading weekly magazine Sport & Sportwereld, who took the initiative to build the Jaap Eden Baan. When Van der Grift world champion, the first spa for the new ice rink was almost into the ground. Van der Grift was not even present at the opening of the first skating track.

With the opening of the Jaap Eden long track speed skating was also in the Netherlands a true national sport.

Odd facts

  • In 1961 Feyenoord became the Dutch foot ball (soccer) champion
  • Closure of Lake Veere, het Veerse Meer, a dam between the Dutch islands Noord-Beveland and Walcheren. 
  • The Blue Tram runs on 9 November last ride from The Hague to Leiden. 
  •  Anton Geesink won the first non-Japanese judo world champion title in Paris.

Year review Dutch television NTS (In Dutch)

Tuesday, 28 October 2014


Suppose you have decided to " play" this evening, like we did some night. Outside this house. In a restaurant. When does the play actually start? At the moment you get dressed? After we leave the house? The moment we step into the car? When we arrive at the restaurant? After we are seated? If the actual transfer of power is not clear to both partners, one is already in " play mode" and the other thinks "who do you think you are?". So we needed to address this problem after a situation that had gone completely out of control.

So We thought changing her name would be the trigger. From the moment I said "Wanita" she is not my beloved equal partner anymore, but a submissive girl who needs to obey. And it worked like a charm. The other way around she just calls me "Master" with the same effect.

Wanita is used in our former colonies on the island Java, Indonesia. It means girl or woman. I like it because it is such a pretty name. So when Cat said it would be more practical to name my wife, my one true love, there was just one option.



I think I don't need other words than the title of this post? Do you? Day four and one happy Han.


MCMLXI: What happened in the World?

Some airplane crashes, the start of building the Berlin Wall, Cold War is cold indeed, and Eichmann is sentenced. 1961.


  • January 3
    • President Dwight D. Eisenhower announces that the United States has severed diplomatic and consular relations with Cuba.
    • At the National Reactor Testing Station near Idaho Falls, atomic reactor SL-1 explodes, killing 3 military technicians.
    • Aero Flight 311 (Koivulahti air disaster): Douglas DC-3C OH-LCC of Finnish airline Aero crashes near Kvevlax (Koivulahti) on approach to Vaasa Airport in Finland killing all 25 on board, due to pilot error: an investigation finds that the captain and first officer were both exhausted for lack of sleep and had taken excessive alcohol at the time of the crash. It remains the deadliest air disaster to occur in the country.
  • January 5
  • January 7 – Following a 4-day conference in Casablanca, 5 African chiefs of state announce plans for a NATO-type African organization to ensure common defense. The Charter of Casablanca involves the Casablanca Group: Morocco, the United Arab Republic, Ghana, Guinea, and Mali.
  • January 8 – In France, a referendum supports Charles de Gaulle's policies on independence for Algeria.
  • January 17
Jan. 20: John F. Kennedy inaugurated as President of the U.S.
  • January 24 – A B-52 Stratofortress, with two nuclear bombs, crashes near Goldsboro, North Carolina.
  • January 26 – President John F. Kennedy appoints Janet G. Travell to be his physician, the first woman to hold this appointment.
  • January 31 – Ham the Chimp, a 37-pound (17-kg) male, is rocketed into space aboard Mercury-Redstone 2, in a test of the Project Mercury capsule, designed to carry United States astronauts into space.


  • February 3 – China buys grain from Canada for $60 million.
  • February 4 – The Portuguese Colonial War begins in Angola.
  • February 9 – The Beatles perform for the first time at The Cavern Club.
  • February 12 – The U.S.S.R. launches Venera 1 towards Venus.
  • February 14 – Discovery of the chemical elements: Element 103, Lawrencium, is first synthesized in Berkeley, California.
  • February 15
    • A Sabena Boeing 707 crashes near Brussels, Belgium, killing 73, including the entire United States figure skating team and several coaches.
    • A total solar eclipse occurs in the southern part of Europe.
  • February 25 – The last public trams in Sydney, Australia, cease operation, bringing to an end the Southern Hemisphere's largest tramway network.


  • March 1 – United States President John F. Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps.
  • March 3 – Hassan II is crowned King of Morocco.
  • March 8
    • Max Conrad circumnavigates the earth in 8 days, 18 hours and 49 minutes, setting a new world record.
  • March 13
    • Black and white £5 notes cease to be legal tender in the UK.
    • A dam bursts in Kiev, USSR, killing 145.
    • A second B-52 crashes near Yuba City, California after cabin pressure is lost and the fuel runs out. Two nuclear weapons are found unexploded.
  • March 15
    • The Union of Peoples of Angola, led by Holden Roberto, attacks strategic locations in the north of Angola. These events result in the beginning of the colonial war with Portugal.
  • March 18
  • March 29 – The Twenty-third Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, allowing residents of Washington, D.C. to vote in presidential elections.
  • March 30 – The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs is signed at New York.


  • April 5 – The New Guinea Council of Western Papua is installed.
  • April 8 – The British passenger ship Dara blows up and sinks off Dubai; 238 passengers and crew are killed.
  • April 12
  • April 13 – In Portugal, a coup attempt against António de Oliveira Salazar fails.
  • April 17
    • The Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba begins; it fails by April 19.
    • The 33rd Academy Awards ceremony is held.
  • April 18 – Portugal sends to Angola its first military reinforcement.
  • April 20 – Fidel Castro announces that the Bay of Pigs Invasion has been defeated.
  • April 22 – Algiers putsch: Four French generals who oppose de Gaulle's policies in Algeria fail in a coup attempt.
  • April 23 – Judy Garland performs in a legendary comeback concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
  • April 24 – The Swedish ship Vasa is removed from the water after being sunk 333 years earlier.
  • April 27
    • President Kennedy delivers a revealing speech: The President and the Press: Address before the American Newspaper Publishers Association
    • Sierra Leone becomes independent from the United Kingdom.


  • May 6 – Tottenham Hotspur F.C. becomes the first team in the 20th century to win the English league and cup double. This being the last time Tottenham won the English League.
  • May 15 – J. Heinrich Matthaei alone performs the Poly-U-Experiment and is the first human to recognize and understand the genetic code. This is the birthdate of modern genetics.
  • May 16 – Park Chung-hee takes over in a military coup in South Korea.
  • May 19 – Venera 1 becomes the first man-made object to fly-by another planet by passing Venus (however, the probe had lost contact with Earth a month earlier and does not send back any data).
  • May 21 – African-American Civil Rights Movement: Alabama Governor John Patterson declares martial law in an attempt to restore order after race riots break out.
  • May 22 – An Earthquake rocks New South Wales.
  • May 25 – Apollo program: President Kennedy announces before a special joint session of Congress his goal to put a man on the Moon before the end of the decade.
  • May 27 – Tunku Abdul Rahman, Prime Minister of Malaya, holds a press conference in Singapore, announcing his idea to form the Federation of Malaysia, comprising Malaya, Singapore, Sarawak, Brunei and North Borneo (Sabah).
  • May 28 – Peter Benenson's article "The Forgotten Prisoners" is published in several internationally read newspapers. This is later considered the founding of the human rights organization Amnesty International.
  • May 30 – Rafael Leónidas Trujillo, totalitarian despot of the Dominican Republic since 1930, is killed in an ambush, putting an end to the second longest-running dictatorship in Latin American history.
  • May 31
    • In France, rebel generals Maurice Challe and Andre Zelelr are sentenced to 15 years in prison.
    • South Africa officially leaves the Commonwealth of Nations.
    • President John F. Kennedy and Charles de Gaulle meet in Paris.


  • June 1 – Ethiopia experiences its most devastating earthquake of the 20th century, with a magnitude of 6.7. The town of Majete is destroyed, 45% of the houses in Karakore collapse, 17 kilometers (11 mi) of the main road north of Karakore are damaged by landslides and fissures, and 5,000 inhabitants in the area are left homeless.
  • June 4 – Vienna summit: John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev meet during 2 days in Vienna. They discuss nuclear tests, disarmament and Germany.
  • June 16 – Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev requests asylum in France while in Paris with the Kirov Ballet.
  • June 17
    • A Paris-to-Strasbourg train derails near Vitry-le-François; 24 are killed, 109 injured.
    • The New Democratic Party of Canada is founded with the merger of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) and the Canadian Labour Congress.
  • June 19 – The British protectorate ends in Kuwait and it becomes an emirate.
  • June 25 – Iraqi president Abd al-Karim Qasim announces he is going to annex Kuwait (such an annexation of Kuwait would occur in 1990).
  • June 27 – Kuwait requests British help; the United Kingdom sends in troops.


  • July 4 – The Soviet submarine K-19 reactor leak occurs in the North Atlantic.
  • July 5 – The first Israeli rocket, Shavit 2, is launched.
  • July 8 – A mine explosion in Czechoslovakia leaves 108 dead.
  • July 12 – A Czechoslovakian Ilyushin Il-18 crashes while attempting to land at Casablanca, Morocco, killing all 72 persons on board.
  • July 21 – Mercury program: Gus Grissom, piloting the Mercury-Redstone 4 capsule Liberty Bell 7, becomes the second American to go into space (sub-orbital). Upon splashdown, the hatch prematurely opens, and the capsule sinks (it is recovered in 1999).
  • July 25 – U.S. President John F. Kennedy gives a widely watched TV speech on the Berlin crisis, warning "we will not be driven out of Berlin." Kennedy urges Americans to build fallout shelters, setting off a four-month debate on civil defense.
  • July 31
    • At Fenway Park in Boston, the first Major League Baseball All-Star Game tie occurs, when the game is stopped in the 9th inning due to rain (the only tie until 2002).
    • Ireland submits the first ever application to join the then European Economic Community.


  • August – The USA founds the Alliance for Progress.
  • August 1 – The Six Flags Over Texas theme park officially opens to the public.
  • August 6 – Vostok 2: Soviet cosmonaut Gherman Titov becomes the second human to orbit the Earth, and the first to be in outer space for more than one day.
  • August 7 – Vostok 2 (with Titov on board) lands in the Soviet Union.
  • August 10 – Britain applies for membership in the European Economic Community.
  • August 13 – Construction of the Berlin Wall begins, restricting movement between East Berlin and West Berlin and forming a clear boundary between West Germany and East Germany, Western Europe and Eastern Europe.


  • September 1
    • The Eritrean War of Independence officially begins with the shooting of the Ethiopian police by Hamid Idris Awate.
    • The first meeting is held of the Non-Aligned Movement. The Soviet Union resumes nuclear testing, escalating fears over the ongoing Berlin crisis.
  • September 7 – Tom and Jerry make a return with their first episode since 1957, Switchin' Kitten. The new creator, Gene Deitch, makes 12 more Tom and Jerry episodes until 1962.
  • September 10 – During the F1 Italian Grand Prix on the circuit of Monza, German Wolfgang von Trips, driving a Ferrari, crashes into a stand, killing 14 spectators and himself.
  • September 14
    • The new military government of Turkey sentences 15 members of the previous government to death.
    • The Focolare Movement opens its first North American center in New York.
  • September 17 – Military rulers in Turkey hang former prime minister Adnan Menderes.
  • September 18 – United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld dies in an air crash en route to Katanga, Congo.
  • September 21

    • In France, the OAS slips an anti-de Gaulle message into TV programming. 
    • Han's second birthday
  • September 24
    • The old Deutsche Opernhaus in the Berlin neighborhood of Charlottenburg is returned to its newly rebuilt house as the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
    • In the U.S., the Walt Disney anthology television series, renamed Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, moves from ABC to NBC after seven years on the air, and begins telecasting its programs in color for the first time. Years later, after Disney's death, the still-on-the-air program will be renamed The Wonderful World of Disney.
  • September 28 – A military coup in Damascus, Syria effectively ends the United Arab Republic, the union between Egypt and Syria.
  • September 30 – The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is formed to replace the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation (OEEC).


  • October 10 – A volcanic eruption on Tristan da Cunha causes the whole population to be evacuated.
  • October 12 – The death penalty is abolished in New Zealand.
  • October 17 – Paris massacre of 1961: French police in Paris attack about 30,000 protesting a curfew applied solely to Algerians. The official death toll is 3, but human rights groups claim 240 dead.
  • October 18 – West Side Story is released as a film.
  • October 19 – The Arab League takes over protecting Kuwait; the last British troops leave.
  • October 26 –Cemal Gürsel becomes the fourth president of Turkey. (His former title was head of state and government. By constitution referendum, he is elected as president).
  • October 27
    • Mongolia and Mauritania join the United Nations.
    • Confrontation at Checkpoint Charlie: A standoff between Soviet and American tanks in Berlin, Germany heightens Cold War tensions.
  • October 30
    • Nuclear weapons testing: The Soviet Union detonates a 58-megaton yield hydrogen bomb known as Tsar Bomba over Novaya Zemlya. It remains the largest ever man-made explosion.
    • The Note Crisis: The Soviet Union issues a diplomatic note to Finland proposing military co-operation.
  • October 31
    • Hurricane Hattie devastates Belize City, Belize killing over 270. After the hurricane, the capital moves to the inland city of Belmopan.
    • Joseph Stalin's body is removed from the Lenin Mausoleum.


  • November 3 – The United Nations General Assembly unanimously elects U Thant to the position of acting Secretary-General.
  • November 8 – Imperial Airlines Flight 201/8 crashes while attempting to land at Richmond, Virginia, killing 77 persons on board.
  • November 9 – Neil Armstrong records a world record speed in a rocket plane of 6,587 km/h flying a X-15.
  • November 10 – Catch-22 is first published by Joseph Heller.
  • November 11
    • Congolese soldiers murder 13 Italian United Nations pilots.
    • Stalingrad is renamed Volgograd.
  • November 17 – Michael Rockefeller, son of New York Governor and later Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, disappears in the jungles of New Guinea.
  • November 18 – U.S. President John F. Kennedy sends 18,000 military advisors to South Vietnam.
  • November 24 – The World Food Programme (WFP) is formed as a temporary United Nations program.


  • December 1 – Netherlands New Guinea raises the new Morning Star flag and changes its name to West Papua.
  • December 2 – Cold War: In a nationally broadcast speech, Cuban leader Fidel Castro announces he is a Marxist–Leninist, and that Cuba will adopt socialism.
  • December 9
    • Tanganyika gains independence and declares itself a republic, with Julius Nyerere as its first President.
  • December 11
    • The American involvement in the Vietnam War officially begins, as the first American helicopters arrive in Saigon along with 400 U.S. personnel.
    • Adolf Eichmann is pronounced guilty of crimes against humanity by a panel of 3 Israeli judges.
  • December 14 – Walt Disney's first live-action Technicolor musical, Babes in Toyland, a remake of the famous Victor Herbert operetta, is released, but flops at the box office.
  • December 15 – An Israeli war crimes tribunal sentences Adolf Eichmann to die for his part in The Holocaust.
  • December 17 – A circus tent fire in Niterói, Brazil kills 323.
  • December 18 – India opens hostilities in its annexation of Portuguese India, the colonies of Goa, Damao and Diu.
  • December 19
    • The Portuguese surrender Goa to India after 400 years of Portuguese rule.
    • Indonesian president Sukarno announces that he will take West Irian by force if necessary.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Down Boy, Three Down

Down boy
Good news. Wonderful news. Headlines. Forget Russia, the Middle East, Africa, and the rest of the world in turmoil. Day three of the quottuordecim challenge went fine. Just fine.


Three down, eleven to go.


MCMLXI - Odd facts and figures

 About 1961
1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (dominical letter A), the 1961st year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 961st year of the 2nd millennium, the 61st year of the 20th century, and the 2nd year of the 1960s decade. As MAD Magazine pointed out on its cover for the March 1961 issue, this was the first "upside-up" year—i.e., one in which the numerals that form the year look the same as when the numerals are rotated upside down—since 1881.[1] The next such year will be 6009.

World Population: 3.080 billion

Nobel Peace Prize: Dag Hammarskjöld (Sweden)(posthumously)
Nobel Prize for Literature: Ivo Andric (Yugoslavia)

World Series: NY Yankees d. Cincinnati (4-1)
 NBA Championship: Boston d. St. Louis Hawks (4-1)
 Stanley Cup: Chicago d. Detroit (4-2)

Women: Angela Mortimer d. C. Truman (4-6 6-4 7-5)
 Men: Rod Laver d. C. McKinley (6-3 6-1 6-4)

Kentucky Derby Champion: Carry Back

NCAA Basketball Championship: Cincinnati d. Ohio St. (70-65 OT)
NCAA Football Champions: Alabama (AP, UPI, NFF) (11-0-0) & Ohio St. (FW) (8-0-1) 

Canadian Hockey Champions: Galt Terriers

Formula 1 Champion: Phil Hill

Motion Picture release
West Side Story is adapted for the big screen, and will go on to win Oscars for Best Picture, Supporting Actor (George Chakiris), Supporting Actress (Rita Moreno), and Directing (Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins).

Grammy award

Record of the Year: "Theme From A Summer Place," Percy Faith
Album of the Year: Button Down Mind, Bob Newhart
Song of the Year: "Theme From Exodus," Ernest Gold, songwriter

 Biggest hit singles
  1. Ben E King Stand By Me 
  2. Del Shannon Runaway 
  3. Chubby Checker Let's Twist Again 
  4. Elvis Presley Surrender 
  5. The Marcels Blue Moon

MCMLXI - The Goodreads challenge, add one year

We have moved a year and this years' choice in the Goodreads challenge is: Stranger in a Strange Land by
I didn't choose Catch 22, Ian Flemings' Thunderball or the first Asterix book.

Heinlein is often referred to in BDSM-books. Why? I have never read a Heinlein book before. I'm curious to read it and see what the relations between a lifestyle and his books in the sixties were. So Stranger in a strange land.

The rest of the posts this week will be the same as in 1960
On Monday Odd Facts and Figures
On Tuesday What happened in the World in 1961
On Wednesday What happened in the Netherlands in 1961
On Thursday What happened in Han's life in 1961
On Friday the review of A stranger in a strange land.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Mind blowing results of day two

My wife just blew me away with this one yesterday night.
Two out of fourteen. So far, so good.


Eye test II

OK, I may need glasses, but if I should go to Specsavers? Not sure yet.

I'm sexy and I know it.

Lust 7

Eye test

OK, a little test.Sit 10 feet or 3 meters from your computer screen, half of that if you are using this I pet thingies. Say out loud what piece of cloth is missing each time.  
I know, I know, but I still couldn't resist!
It's much better than those E, F, L, G, H? I K? M, no, no that is an N, things. I take it with me to show the doc next time.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Detailed account of Quattuordecim challenge last night

One of fourteen.
You didn't expect anything else, now did you?

The Girl and the Snake

In my series unknown fairy tales a Swedish folktale. Snakes and women. They have a history. But not this girl. Enjoy the Scandinavian tale of courage and trust.

Once upon a time there was a girl who was to go to the wood and drive the cattle home; but she did not find the herd, and losing her way instead, came to a great hill. It had gates and doors and she went in. There stood a table covered with all sorts of good things to eat. And there stood a bed as well, and in the bed lay a great snake. The snake said to the girl: "Sit down, if you choose! Eat, if you choose! Come and lie down in the bed, if you choose! But if you do not choose, then do not do so." So the girl did nothing at all. At last the snake said: "Some people are coming now who want you to dance with them. But do not go along with them." Straightway people arrived who wanted to dance with the girl; but she would hear nothing of it. Then they began to eat and drink; but the girl left the hill and went home. The following day she again went to the wood to look for the cattle, did not find them, lost her way again, and came to the same hill. This time she also entered, and found everything as it had been the first time, the well-spread table and the bed with the snake in it. And the snake said to her, as before: "Sit down, if you choose! Eat, if you choose! Come, and lie down in the bed if you choose! But if you do not choose, then do not do so! Now a great many more people are coming who will want to dance with you, but do not go with them." The snake had scarcely concluded before a great many people arrived, who began to dance, eat and drink; but the girl did not keep them company, instead she left the hill and went home.
On the third day when she once more went to the wood, everything happened exactly as on the first and second day. The snake invited her to eat and drink, and this time she did so, with a hearty appetite. Then the snake told her to lie down beside him and the girl obeyed. Then the snake said: "Put your arm about me!" She did so. "And now kiss me," said the snake, "but if you are afraid, put your apron between us." The girl did so, and in a moment the snake was turned into a marvellously handsome youth, who was really a prince, bewitched in the form of a snake by magic spells, and now delivered by the girl's courage. Then both of them went away and there was nothing further heard of them.

"The Girl and the Snake" (From Södermanland. From the mss. collection of the metallurgist Gustav Erikson, communicated to Dr. v. Sydow-Lund)

Lust 6

Friday, 24 October 2014

New Quattuordecim challenge is on!

The challenge start tomorrow at 00:00 hours

I'm glad to tell my beloved is feeling better most of the time. She has been nagging me for a few days in a row she wants to continue with the Quattuordecim challenge. Have I told you yet it was her idea, the concept I mean, in the first place? Strange girl.

I know what is in the envelopes that are still left, so as long as she was not well, I kept saying: patience. But I think she's ready to rumble now. So I lay them out in two neat layers of five. Nine contain a challenge, one holds a safecard. I have played this game a few times in my head, but never in the order of the envelopes she picked. LOL. The safecard always came sooner in the challenge.

Anyway she picked envelope number three.

Number 3 is different than all the others. Do you know what the abbreviation MCP stands for? Yes, also for Microsoft Certified Partner, but that is not what I meant. Pig is correct, I think.

So, different.The next challenge begins tomorrow at 00:00 hours. The challenge is to bring me to a climax every day for 14 days in succession. The days start at 00:00 hours and end at 23:59 hours. If you will make make come once a day, 14 days in a row, you will win the challenge. If you fail only once the challenge will be over and you have lost. My goal will not making that impossible (I'm tired, go to sleep LOL), but passive. This is 14 days about me. The other 50 weeks in the year are for the both of us.

You can imagine it is getting more difficult at the end of the fortnight. We'll see.
I'm a Male Satisfied Partner (MSP)


This picture speaks to me on several levels. The expression of real submission. The hands clasped in the neck. I love the posture. Really do. The fact that she is naked and he is dressed. She is balancing on her feet, unsteady like the way she must feel.

And we? We wait and see what happens. With our hands in our pocket.

Lust 5

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Results Wednesdaynight Weight Watchers Weighing

Success is not a race, be patient.

 Ah, it helps to keep motivated these stupid posts. Maybe you are already fed up with them, but it helps me not only to weigh every week, but to honestly share them with you. Sounds crazy huh?

Anyway, todays result is plus 1 kg. That was really unexpected and not, I might add a result of a lack of self discipline. Got to find out what I do wrong, because this is going nowhere.

Saying goodbye

Today was an eventful day at work. Nearly 100 people heard today that there was no need for their services anymore, starting the first of January 2015. I know it happens to a lot of people, but the same applies to this, as it does to all things: the closer it gets to home, the worse you feel about it. My job seems to be safe - for now - but to see all those people leave will be hard. Some I know for over 20 years.

All man and women with a mortgage, kids, obligations. Expectations. And broken dreams. There is no such thing as "it's only work". Today we heard who could stay and who had to leave. And I hate so see them go. It's not that the rest of us will have to work harder to do the same amount of work with less people, it's saying goodbye to people I found today the most difficult. And to show that you are happy for those who stay. Sure I'm glad that they were the lucky ones, but you know..

I hate saying goodbyes. I'm not very good at it.

Lust 3

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Lust 2

I was thinking about Cat's post yesterday. And her favourite quotes all seemed connected with judgement of people and the conviction that inevitably follows. And so I decided to follow her post but about the opposite of judgement. What is the opposite of judgement? I thought hard about it and I think it is tolerance. So I'm posting about tolerance today. To follow last weeks post:

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong, because someday in your life, you will have been all of these.”
George Washington Carver (1864-1943); botanist, agricultural chemist, inventor, educator

Because all things begin and end with love.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Stormy weather, it's raining all the time...

The weather outside if frightful
but the coffee is so delightful
and since we've got no place to go...

Have a look at tomorrow:

Lust 1


Lust, or lechery (latin "luxuria") is an intense desire. Lust could be exemplified by the intense desire of money, food, fame, power or sex.
In Dante's Purgatorio, the penitent walks within flames to purge himself of lustful thoughts and feelings. In Dante's Inferno, unforgiven souls of the sin of lust are blown about in restless hurricane-like winds symbolic of their own lack of self-control to their lustful passions in earthly life.

What we see is not the same as what is there

There is so much more than meets the eye

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Saturday, 18 October 2014


Ok, those were other times, back to ours. I'm dying for a photo of a half naked woman. Here it is from a very talented Russian photographer, Borisov Dmitry. Not a mockingbird this time, but a hummingbird. It looks like a painting doesn't it. It is not. It is a photo. (And a little photoshop as well).

Borisov Dmitry

Friday, 17 October 2014

MCMLX - To Kill a Mockingbird

The story

To Kill a Mockingbird is a story set in the 1930, in the middle of the Great Depression. A time of poverty and unemployment. A time where the American Dream was tested on its credibility. This is the background of a coming-of-age tale through the eyes of Scout, a young girl in the South of America. She lives with her father, a lawyer and widower and her brother. Through Scout’s eyes we see an opaque figure named Boo Radley, which lives next door but was never seen. Rumors are flying around, but her father warns her to keep an open mind. 

Another plot involves Tim Robinson, a young black man who is accused of raping a white woman. The father, Atticus, takes on the case because he thinks there has been a miscarriage of justice. In spite of the whole town, mainly the white people who do not appreciate this. Because of that behavior the Scout’s family is welcomed into the black community and she is amazed by the feelings of happiness and togetherness of the poor black community. Atticus proves that the girl Tim Robinson is accused of raping, actually seduced him and the damage to her face was caused by her father, furious about her sleeping with a black man. Despite the evidence at the trial the all white jury convicted Robinson and later he is killed, trying to escape from jail. The girls father, furious on Atticus because of the things Atticus said about him at the trial meets Scout and her brother and it’s obvious he wants some kind of revenge. They are saved however by the mysterious and supposedly dangerous Boo Radley who disarms the father and kills him.

The lesson Scout learns is that the man she was so afraid of appears to be a kind, lonely man because of a mental retardation that makes him look simple. It is important to see people how they are, and not trust your instincts based on prejudice and fear.

What did I think of it?

To kill a mockingbird is a classic from a long time ago. I expected the book to be outdated in a number of ways, but it really isn’t. Italo Calvino said: “A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say”. And that separates I think the classic book from the other books in this year. It has so many layers in it you can read it and every time you will find a new perspective. The heroic Father, going against the stream most people think, the learning curve of the girl, the morality and the way it is written that controversy against race, still very much alive today as it was 54 years ago. No black President is going to change that.

I only knew the title, but didn’t know the book. I’m very glad I took the time to start reading the book. OK, the first 50 pages made me a little impatient. But after that Lee Harper tells a classic story about right and wrong, about white and black, about injustice and tolerance. And those themes are of all ages. I have understood all Harpers layers are being dissected at schools in America where they analyze this book page by page. I understand why that is done, but it is a pity. A book like To kill a mockingbird can also be appreciated by reading it just because it’s a good book. A classic.

Out of 10 points, I would rate this book an eight.


Thursday, 16 October 2014

Weight Loss is Simple but not easy

Do you dislike that song as much as I do: "I never promised you a rose garden". I think it is the most depressing song ever. Who could write lines like: Along with the sunshine, there's gotta be a little rain sometime? Really? Not here in Holland, we've got enough rain, thank you.
Anyway that song was in my head playing on repeat when I thought about "Weight Loss is Simple but not easy". Yesterday was Weight Watchers Crazy Wednesdaynight Weighing Day. I lost 0,7 kg.

It wasn't easy.

MCMLX What happened in Han's life?

In 1960 I lived in the house on the far right behind the small windows on the second floor. My parents had one room there looking over the canal in Delft. The toilet was in the hall and had to be shared with another family. There was no shower in the house, once a week we would go to the "bathhouse" to take a bath. Two small steep stairs lead to the second floor. On the first floor lived the owner. And she didn't care much for crying children. So my mum walked a lot with me in my pram, a beautiful "English" pram she was very proud of. They have bought the pram on instalments and payed every week the shop owner a small amount.

My father was a delivery man and brought the parcels of all kinds to an address in Delft and it's surroundings. My mum was a full time mother. Those living conditions were not uncommon in those days. A young couple rented a room somewhere and saved enough to buy or rent a bigger place. In these old houses the plumbing was old and showers were not standard in those days. In the summer of 1960 my mum was pregnant of her second child, that was due in March 1961. It was a cool year, the average temperature in 1960 in Delft was 9,6 degrees Celsius.

The young couple felt the stress of having another child on the way, complaining neighbours about the noise and a job that didn't pay very well. My father never was attached to any job so he went job hunting in 1960.

This is what my pram must have looked like:

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

MCMLX What happened in the Netherlands?


A dike breach over a length of 70 meters in the Northern Y polder creates a flood in Tuindorp-Oostzaan. No fewer than 2,700 homes often come up to the first floor flooded. Tens of thousands of residents to be evacuated.

Succes at Winter Olympics

At the Winter Olympics in the United States the 18th year Sjoukje Dijkstra wins 
Sjoukje Dijkstra
gold at figure skating competition. The 19-year-old Joan Haan Apple is fifth.
Jan Pesman wins bronze in the 5,000 meters speeding on skates for men.

 An Oscar for Bert Haanstra

Bert Haanstra wins in America an Oscar for 'Glass', a ten-minute film about the art of glassblowing and the beauty of glassware.

Radio Veronica started

Radio Veronica started its broadcasts from the North Sea. In November, it draws less than 5 million listeners daily.The History of Radio Veronica found its origins in Denmark because there already existed; the phenomenon of offshore radio: there they had Radio Mercur. If one offshore station eluded even the law to continue to broadcast from a ship. Outside the national territory A group of Dutch radio dealers wanted to do in our country the same. Broadcast music interspersed with advertising.

Blonde Dolly murdered

In The Hague Sybille Niemans, also known as' Blonde Dolly' was found dead in her home. She led a double life. Many knew her as the charming, sophisticated Mrs. Niemans who read stories to the elderly. Others knew her as a prostitute especially with contacts in the Hague society circles. The police in her home found a guest book, containing telephone numbers of mainly wealthy gentlemen. It is rumored that she was murdered because she knew too much of  'certain things'.

We aren't afraid to get old, ask the insurance company why 1960

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