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Monday, December 7, 1998
In the past days it has been snowing a lot. It's a pity that
the snow is also melting away each afternoon.
Post boxes (Cont'd)
The other day, while biking home through the rain, I saw a post man
emptying a post box. The use a frame with two bags attached to it,
which they hang under the post box. Then the post box is emptied
by virtually taking of the front of the post box. The collected
mail falls in the appropriate bags.
In a flash, I realized that by switching the labels on the slits,
you would not really do a service for the people using the post box.
I strongly get the impression that some fool changed the labels
on this one post box, which is not
such a strange conclusion after all, as this post box is close
to a psychiatric hospital.
Thinking about the order of the slits, I also realized that the
labels are confusing from a ergonomical viewpoint. They now
read (from left-to-right) `Other zip codes' and `Zip codes from
7000 to 9999'. You only know what the other zip codes are, once
you have read the second label.
A good time to swap the slits, is on the new years day. Because of
our tradition of lighting fireworks, all post boxes are sealed-off
to prevent post being burned.
Recognizing movies in a split second
Sometimes it happens that while zapping you recognize a movie
in a split of a second, even without having see the movie ever
before. This happened to me this evening. I saw a flash of a man
with a camera standing by a covered bridge taking a shot from
a lady. I immediately knew from which movie this must have been:
The Bridges of Madison County.
(If you can read Dutch, you can read
I watched for about 5 minutes, and then realized I had some dish
washing duties to perform. Later at the evening, I some the last
part of the movie. Especially, the scene with her opening the box
that was sent to her after his death, I found touching.
Friday, December 11, 1998
The Bridges of Madison County
When I read the book in Beijing, the last
time we went to China, I had got the
impression that the book was based on a real story. Today, I found out
it was fictional. There has never been a 'Robert Kincaid' working for National Geographic.
I felt betrayed! In this the book is as
deceptive as its
story. I could have known it.
Saturday, December 12, 1998
Shuan Yang Rou
Li-Xia's favorite dish in Beijing
always has been `Shuan Yang Rou',
a dish made from very thin sliced sheep meat, which is put in boiling
water for a short time. `Yang Rou' means sheep meat. `Shuan' is also
used for rinsing clothes. The art of this dish lies in slicing the
meat so thin, you only need to boil it a view minutes. Li-Xia cannot
slice it as thin as it should be, so we have to do with something
that comes close to it.
Li-Xia likes to eat the boiled sheep meat with salt and oyster sauce.
I like to eat it with a mixture of light Chinese soy sauce, rice
vinegar, and a little sesame oil.
Monday, December 14, 1998
Yesterday, we heard that broeder (brother) Bouwman
passed away last
Friday. His funeral will be coming Thursday.
Last month he became 90. I still remember how I visited him in the hospital
Till he was accepted in the hospital, he still lived on his own
taking care for himself. But after he was accepted in the hospital,
his condition became worse quick. When I visited him in the hospital,
he already told me that he had only a few months to go. I heard that
last Tuesday he still walked, but on Thursday he got a fever, and
on Friday he entered coma, and died shortly after. He was the eldest
member of our church. I have many good memories of him. I still
remember how he recited a poem about us on our wedding day, which
he had written for the occasion.
Tuesday, December 29, 1998
This morning we went to the hospital with Andy, where he was weighted. We were happy to see he weighted
7850 grams. Two weeks ago, on the seventeenth he still weighted
7270 gram. He gained more than a pound in two weeks. We already
had noticed that he looked less slim than before. For half a
year his weight has been stable now. On June 6, he weighted
7940 grams. It looks like the new tube feeding he is getting,
is finally going to work. With his length of 75 cm, he is now
just above the 3 percent line. It seems he is no longer suffering
from acute malnutrision, according to the feeding requirements for boys.
Thursday, December 31, 1998
Shuan Yang Rou (Cont'd)
This evening, we had dinner with some Chinese friends, and
they served us real Shuan Yang Rou. The trick for cutting the
meat very thin is simple, but effective: cut it when frosted.
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