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Disturbed in Tilburg

Friday, July 10th, 2009

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As some of you may be aware of, only two days after mutilating my finger I went on a 1.5 handed drive to foreign places1.

Thanks to my navigation system I took the scenic route through the city Kik is living in. It told me to take the first exit off a huge roundabout but showed me to take the second, which seemed just as wrong as the first one to me.
So I took the third.
That was almost the right decision under the circumstances2, as the navigation system then made me turn around and suddenly knew where I was.

After I had arrived we just had time to fix and eat some dinner, then we had to leave to pick up Kenny, er, Jeroen and Rifca and head out to Tilburg.

The club was insanely hot, humid and stifling, so we fled to the gallery, which was the place with the least “pollution”. Unfortunately the best places were already taken, but we managed to find a spot on the second tier up from the railing.

The opening act wasn’t very exciting, but at least they weren’t utterly horrible either like those…. people… who opened for System of a Down a few years ago.

I had been told that Disturbed were a very good live band, and a special edition CD with a few live bonus tracks that I own seemed to prove that, so I went there with high expectations.
And they didn’t let me down.

The performance was really great both from the musical point of view and concerning interaction with the audience.
At some point the singer even complimented the Dutch audience on their being able to understand what he was saying, and went on to lament the fact that in most other countries the audience had no clue whatsoever what he was going on about.
So, ok, maybe he says that to every audience, but if he doesn’t then I am afraid he has a point. The average Dutch person certainly knows way more English than the average German, and that’s a fact.

But enough of the words, let’s see some pictures - still and moving:

Hannibal
Here they release Hannibal Lecter onto the stage…

Disturbed 2
romantic moments

Disturbed 3
more light and action

Disturbed 4
“Listen to me” ;)

Here’s a little something the audience sang for Disturbed between songs:

Unfortunately I only started filming this rather late, here’s the version of someone who was faster.
Unfortunately, the sound quality of the following song that he or she captured as well leaves a lot to be desired. Digital photo cams just aren’t made for capturing loud audio like that.

My first reaction to the chanting was the same as David Draiman’s by the way: “What?!

I’ll leave you with something that I found by following the related videos that I got to my upload:
Excuse me, but is this the right concert? I am confused. ;)

(If your computer and/or your internet connection allows that I’d advise you to watch the high quality version of this video; it is sure worth it.)

We are…”
“… Disturbed!”
We are…”
“… Disturbed!”
“We all are…”
“… disturbed!”

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  1. the Netherlands [back]
  2. actually, I should have taken the fourth exit [back]

Another jolly finger post

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

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Welcome, dear readers, to another episode of “Trying to Mutilate Yourself in Six Easy Steps” with Melantrys.

Step 1: Pick a tree that sneakily started to grow on its own behind the lilac. Better yet, pick two.

Step 2: Fetch a spade and start to dig.

Step 3: Dig closer to the trunk by hacking at tree roots with the spade.

Step 4: Forget you are working close to a fence.

Step 5: Hit fence post with a finger in mid-hack. For good measure, don’t just hit the post, but scrape along it as well.

Step 6: Sink to knees while pressing your hand to your chest.

finger 1
Is this my finger joint?

finger 2
Actually, I don’t want this to be my finger, ‘k?

finger 2a
Actually, the whole of the photo is way more horrid than the cutout I posted above (Update 2009/07/10)

It’s a shame, really, that the colour isn’t coming out so well in the photos. In real life the joint is a truly interesting shade of blue.

Update (2009/07/04):

Went to my regular doc yesterday, and he was happy I’d already had x-rays done to rule out a break cos from the looks of my finger he’d have suspected one.

Here’s a pic of my finger today. Add a bit of blue in your mind; the cam’s still eating some of the colour.

I think it’s fascinating how the blood is wandering off into various directions (lower finger joint: purple; upper segment of finger and knuckle: blue to purple to green)….:

finger 3
Look at the pretty colours!!!

A peace offering…

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

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… to all my impatient readers:

A few photos of a recent sunrise:

sunrise 1
the sunrise of…

sunrise 2
… last week’s Sunday

A word to the wise: Never, ever get a bathroom that faces east.
Or west for that matter, I suppose.
Or anywhere that might turn out to be a good subject for a photo.

Let’s just say things were quite urgent by the time I was done with running to fetch the cam and shooting photos. ;)

Belated Happy New Year!!

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

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New Year 2

Yeah, I found the pc today, am still missing half of my brain though.

Depending on how the pics that I took look on the pc, one or two photos may bling up this post. But not just now. Too much work to fetch cam, upload pics to pc, edit, and upload to server.

I already had breakfast today and shopped for buns and drinks, so my work for today is more than done.

*huffs pitifully*

*huffs some more*
That’s the best I could do, standing shivering in the garden, taking pics of the neighbours’ rockets… I mean, it’s supposed to be blurred like this. That’s art. :mrgreen:

New Year 1

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

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xmas
see post title

Merry Christmas to everyone!!

As per Attawie’s request…:

Monday, December 15th, 2008

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Mel MD
Mel MD

Of weekend emergency doctors, pharmacies and the usual crap at work

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

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As some of you may know, I’ve been suffering from an ear infection (with the added bonus of fluids behind the eardrum) since Friday evening.
As you may also know, the store I am working at turns into a fridge during winters (which may be how I got that ear infection in the first place).
Anyway, on Saturday stupid me dragged herself to work. Doctors were closed anyway. That invisible guy might as well stab his knife into my ear at work. Bad decision. Was a terrible day.

On Sunday I couldn’t stand the pain anymore and drove to the hospital. The resident weekend “family doctor” there was really good. Noted my cold, and didn’t only peer into both ears but also listened to my lungs, inspected my throat and took my temp (37.2°C, which he dubbed a “mildy elevated operating temperature”).
He prescribed ear drops with an antibiotic and ibuprofen (”Are you allergic to Ibuprofen?” First doc ever to ask me that…).

Then I drove to the weekend emergency pharmacy for the region, which was in the same city.
Patients had to stand outside in front of a flap and crouch down slightly to be able to see the young lady manning the pharmacy.
After I had handed her my prescription she was gone for quite a while. She returned and beamed at me.
“I am sorry but we don’t have your ear drops. We have similar ones but I’ll have to call the hospital and ask.”
Another long absence; another bright smile.
“Unfortunately I can’t reach anyone there. I could give you your painkillers and order the ear drops. You can come pick them up on Monday then.”
“I need those ear drops now; I am in pain. That’s why I went to the weekend emergency doc at the hospital.”
(You may or may not know that those kind of drops also have some effect on the pain. And of course they fight the infection - which is after all what causes the pain…)
*another bright smile*
“Well, we also have some over-the-counter-drops. I could give you those of course.”
“Look, I’ve already tried those at a weekend in the distant past. They do not work. At all.” (Which is no small wonder, as they don’t contain antibiotics…)
Then she went and looked up some hotline that has the numbers of weekend emergency pharmacies to phone the closest one and ask if I can get my drops there, which - you might have guessed it - took her a while. She returned with the phone pressed to her ear. Whoever was on the other end wasn’t really more helpful than her.
“Ah. No, that’s us; I meant other pharmacies that are open today. Uh-huh. (*beam*) Which city’s nearer for you, Faraway or Totallyfaraway?”
*speechless*
*blank stare*
*desperation*
“Look, I’m not gonna drive that far with that pain. Why don’t you just give me my prescription back and I’ll see if I can rouse our local pharmacist?”

*confused look*
All in all that exchange must have taken 20 minutes (out in the cold), and I had attracted a cue of two more patients, which I think is quite a lot for an emergency weekend service…

My local pharmacist was not on weekend service but answered my buzz at his door, let me into his warm pharmacy, assured me that was no problem at all, could give me all I needed and wished me a speedy recovery.

On Monday I first went to work, then soon to our new family doc. He said it didn’t look dramatic, but I should take more of the painkillers if the pain was so bad and offered to give me a sick note till Friday.
Stupid me thought of the special 20% off thing at the end of the week and said so. Doc suggested taking off till Wednesday then.

So today was my first day back at work. As I still need the odd pain killer I decided that the cold air is not good for my ear. Stuffing cotton inside or pulling thick woolly hats over my ears was no option as those kind of infections apparently get worse if you cut off the air.
I have a thin t-shirt cloth like keep-hair-out-of-face bandana thing that I tried out but it clawed at my ear rings, and kept slipping upwards and keeping my ear canal uncovered. So I went for a stylish thin yellow shawl.
That went well until our boss arrived.
He declared that outfit inacceptable.
“Can’t you find something else here in the store? Or at least tie it in a different way, I don’t know, Rambo-style?!”

A part of me must have known it, as I had the bandana with me, too. My ear rings went, that thing came on and I spent the day looking like a moron and constantly pulling down that ugly thing.

I really need a new job, I think…

no hijab
not allowed

Eating out and at home

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

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For his 75th birthday our father invited some family and the neighbours to a Chinese restaurant we frequent at times.

Like always, the food was delicious.

As we only met some of the family there and not before, the odd gift was heaped upon our father.

Little did we know that the owner of the restaurant was observing this and coming to the obvious conclusion: Here was some anniversary going down.

Much later, when she brought the bill, she also placed this in front of our father, announcing “And this is for you”.

gift 1
box

gift 2
a look inside

gift 3
contents

I am still wallowing in thankful sentimentality. This was such a nice gesture.

Well, one more reason to go there when eating out I’d say.

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Coming to the eating at home part, this is my reply to Attawie’s food post.

Guess this!!

mystery soup
mystery soup

Melantrys’ Almanach of Astonishing Flora

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

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Today will mark the launch of - hopefully - a series of informative posts on… well… flora.
Otherwise known as plants.
Or “that green stuff with the nice colourful blobs”.

Whichever definition you prefer1 I am going to take you places2 that you’ve probably never been to before: to see some more… unusual… plants.

Almost everyone has heard of lilies, and a lot of people have actually seen lilies.

What most people are completely unaware of though are the few fascinating3 and rare species this particular plant has developed.

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Lilium Erotica

lilium erotica
lilium erotica

A rather big flowered species of lily that produces a huge amount of blooms in showy colours, smells extremly strongly and produces twice the amount of pollen that most other lily species produce.
Possesses a strong sex drive.

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Lilium Perversum

lilium perversum
lilium perversum

A subspecies of lilium erotica.
Possesses a strong, uncurbed sex drive.
Actively pollinates everything from unrelated plants like hibiscus over animals to humans.
The pollen is very aggressive and almost impossible to wipe off. In case of contact it is recommended to wash it off with soap and water. Feel free to liberally use disinfectant - you never know where the pollen has been before.

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  1. you’re even allowed to make up your own [back]
  2. figuratively speaking [back]
  3. if at times somewhat bizarre [back]

‘Nother post for Dave (and that mysterious person called Twitch)

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

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A comment reminded me of something long overdue:
pics of the greenhouse being in use.

The outside seen from various angles:

greenhouse 1

greenhouse 2

greenhouse 3

The inside:

greenhouse 4

greenhouse 5

greenhouse 6

The terrace:

potted tomato 1
A so-called “balcony tomato” for cultivation in a pot…

potted tomato 2
… among the first we bought, and thus already starting on tomato production.

Although some of the tomatoes outside the greenhouse aren’t far behind:

tomato blooms
tomato blooms

beans
Hm, beans…

And back inside some of the seeds have been busy:

Don’t always believe “best by” dates. These Okra seeds were only supposed to keep till December ‘07 - and the package had already been opened!

okra old 1

okra old 2

okra old 3

The following pics are of the new ones I came across by accident in a home-improvement market. It was the only package they had (left?), and I immediately grabbed it.
The okras on the package look darker and more shiny than I know them, so let’s see what the plants will produce - if the filthy German weather doesn’t kill them dispite the greenhouse, that is.

okra new 1

okra new 2
And why are they “spineless” anyway??? Got no backbone, the fucking cowards, eh?!

melon 1
+++ out of cheese error +++

melon 1
+++ melon +++ melon +++ melon +++