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Tuesday, August 1, 2000
I visited my parents and had a good talk with them.
The weather had been quite warm the whole day compared
to the past weeks. It spelled thunder. So it came to
no surprise that there indeed came some thunder storm
when the evening set in. When I left around eleven in
the evening it was still raining. The combination of
streaks of vapour ascending from the road, and distant
lightning gave me a spooking feeling. The whole way
home (a little more than one hour driving) it continued
raining, and I saw lightning all the time. There were
even some places where there was some real fog.
A strange combination: thunder storms and fog.
Tuesday, August 8, 2000
Annabel playing Go on the computer
Finally, I have got Annabel
so far that she will play Go
against the Go program
I have on our computer. She plays against it at the
lowest level, but she manages the win almost everytime.
Of course, I explained her about the "revert" button,
so she can revert whenever she makes a stupid move,
which is actually one of the best ways to learn to
play the game better.
Saturday, August 12, 2000
When we said goodbey to our guests this evening,
Annabel and I saw a meteorite.
For her it was the first she saw. She kept on asking me
what happened after it was gone. I told her that it was
simply burned up. But she seems not to understand this.
As far as I can remember this is the fourth meteorite that
I have seen. The first I saw was in
Ocean City in 1985. The second I saw together with
Li-Xia on the Campus of the
University of Twente while
bringing her to her dorm. The third time was when I was
standing near our shed in the back garden.
Wednesday, August 16, 2000
Wandering around (in my mind)
While I brushed my teeth yesterday evening, I got a
"Random Memory" recall about
biking from Woerden to Vleuten during the early seventies.
This made me wander around to many places in and arround
Woerden, including my high-school and homes of friends.
There is such an ocean of memories in our brain of the places
where we have been. I often wonder how it is possible that
our brain remembers all these things, while it is a living
organism that changes day by day.
Friday, August 25, 2000
Planting the chestnut tree
Today, we decided to plant our small
chestnut tree in our front garden.
So, I dug a hole,
filled it with planting earth, put the small tree in it,
and put back all the earth. I did remove the now hollow
chestnut from which the small tree grew.
Annabel gave it a lot of water.
We also seeded some Myosotis Alpestric, which we
got for free from the Internationale stichting
Alzheimer onderzoek some time ago. I do not have high
expectations of what will become of these seeds.
(Read below to read what happened)
Wednesday, August 30, 2000
Autumn is coming
Today, when I wanted to water the
chestnut tree we planted last Friday,
Li-Xia looked outside, and
remarked that the leaves had already turned yellow.
When I came outside, I noticed that she was right. The
ground was still wet from yesterdays rain. The yellowing
was also more of the type that you would expect in
autumn to appear before the leaves fall off. The plant
(because you can hardly call it a tree) must have thought
that winter is coming, not used to the cold temperatures
because it always had been inside. Now, I am no longer
sure it will survive even the winter. But if it does,
it will surely grow into a large tree!
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