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After having thought about it, the only leak I could discover was when I bought bread at the open market. I was sure, that at one point on Friday evening, I had two one hundred guilder bills. I was quite sure that the first thing I did was buying the bread. I remembered clearly that I got two ten guilder bills back, when I bought the bread, because I recalled having them still in my hand after I had put my wallet in my pocket. (I often make this mistake: I hold the bills in one hand, put the coins in wallet, and then putting the wallet in my pocket, forgetting the bills in my other hand.) I bought bread for 4.60, which means I got change for 25 guilders. There was no memory of receiving a 25 bill as well, and no memory of having it spend afterwards. I faintly remembered that when I looked for some money while standing at the stand, I was a little surprised seeing the fifty guilder bill at first, because I did not immediately remember that I had bought something for 49.95 later that evening.
But yet, I was not absolutely sure, I had given the girl serving me a fifty guilder bill, and also not that only got 20.40 for change. I could remember spending the one ten guilder bill for four books at 'De Slegte' bookshop, and the other ten guilder bill for the cup I had when I was sitting outside a cafe while feeding Andy.
I talked it over with Li-Xia, and she told me that Friday evening she had seen me put a fifty guilder bill in my wallet, because she wanted to know for sure, how much the things costed we had bought.
Of course, I went back to the bread stand, and when the girl saw me, her first response was: `Did you forget something'. Then I told her that I though that I did not get enough change back. She immediately replied that I had given her a 25 guilder bill. She also exactly remembered what I bought, and how much it costed, and this after having served at least 50 customers (I guess) since I bought bread two hours before. Honestly to say, this did not surprise me, as I already got the impression that she is a very smart girl.
When I told her that I remembered giving her a fifty guilder bill, she repeated that I had given her a 25 guilder bill. As she seemed so sure, I decided to give her the benefit of the doubt, and leave it there.
I have kept on searching my mind, to find an explanation for the missing 25 guilders. Did I really give her a 25 guilder bill, or was she mistaken.
We went to the hospital to find out more about whether Andy has the Kabuki Syndrome or not. We visited a clinical geneticus, who is regarded as an expert with respect to the Kabuki syndrome. Her conclusion was that Andy, our son of 21 months old, should indeed be considered as having the Kabuki Syndrome. Since last year October, we knew that there was a rather large chance that Andy could have this syndrome, but no definite diagnoses was made. Partly because he was still rather young, and was not one of the very typical cases.
Andy is now the youngest known child having the Kabuki syndrome in the Netherlands. Although we have mixed feelings about the diagnoses, we feel mostly relieved, that it is for sure now. Above all we know that Andy remains who he has been all the time.
When I remarked that because VB only has bitwise logical operations it must be a more low-level language than C++, this colleague of mine replied: That is because it was designed by people that use C++. And he added that VB was probably implemented using C++. I think he is right.
From a view point of language design, both C++ and VB make the same stupid decision to consider Boolean values, and bit vectors as signed integers. These should have been three non-interchangeable different types. These appearently minor design decisions, which seemed so handy at first, have been the cause of many horrible bugs.
I bought two books. One second hand book by William Neill, with the title Landscapes of the spirit, which contains landscape photographs, which almost match up with those of Shinzou Maeda. Some of the pictures also remind me of James Gleick.
Another book I bought was from the sale, and costed less than a dollar. Its is the French language edition of a catalogue of an exhibition under the title The Gate of the Present held in 1992 in Frankfurt in Germany. This exhibition consisted of 25 models of buildings. All the models are made from Lego bricks.
Was she lying to me about the itching, I wondered. Of course, it is possible that me rubbing her back very gently, indeed cured the itching. Or is this a clear example of the placebo effect? I think, that the itching is only there in her imagination. If you think that your back may be itching, it really starts to itch after some time. Most likely, this is her way of getting me to touch her before she has to go to bed.