Friday, August 27, 2004

Did anybody see the birds? Of course you did, who hasn't. Pretty scary movie, and still hasn't lost much of its power. Remember this was made in the 60ties, but it remains a classic example of movies in its class even today.

You know what is more scary? The birds for real! That is exactly what we have here. At our lovely apartment. After moving in some 6 months ago, we are now under attack from birds. To make things even more strange, none of the other people living in this building have problems with birds (there are a total of 6 apartments here). Perhaps being on the top floor has something to do with it, I sure as hell don't know.

What I do know is that the birds won't leave us alone. I told you before about the heatwave we had around here during mid-summer. To let the heat escape we opened the door of our balcony, it sure cooled us down a little bit. But after a while strange things started to happen. The table would sometimes be messy, everything would be tossed around, first Nele though I was doing this (why should I? ;) ). One other day I found my swimming gear on the balcony, wtf? Next the key to the front door was gone (now we have to enter our home through the garage).

At one point in time, we found shit on the floor, at that point we knew, the birds! They are invading our home. Most of the time they were just eating stuff we left on the table from breakfast or something, now and then they also stole things: keys, swim gear (I don't want to know what they planned to do with that),...

From then on we close our door, but left the window open. This is one of those windows you can open just a little bit and lock, it's big enough for bugs to crawl through , but we found out they still came in! this time even into the living room. To make things even worse, they shit on the cough, the wooden living floor, the table and, oh, my super-expensive Jamo surround speakers, not one, but TWO of the 6 speakers!

No man or bird or living thing messes with a guys hifi surround sound cinema home theater!

After cleaning that shit up (you can take this literally), we just decided to lock up everything again, airtight. Do you think we are now bird free? Well they still come, and they are picking away at the wood of the window. I wonder how long they will keep this up, and what if they manage to get in again one day? I never knew birds could do all this!

Sunday, August 15, 2004

There are a few things I like doing. Anything computer related, but also some sports like cycling. This is a tradition in our family which goes back some generations, my uncle and father both took on cycling at the junior league. Some weekends I make trips of +100 km just for the fun of it. Important to note is that I don't own a race/sports bicycle, at the moment I don't feel the need for an upgrade.

A few weekends ago while doing one of my tours again i stopped for rest at the parking spot of one of those nature parks. Although it was a beautiful day, almost no cars were on the parking lot, there was however this old couple walking their dog. The woman looked a bit out of this world, and wouldn't respond to anything the man was saying, Not that there was much communication between the two, it almost looked like each of them was located in another dimension, connected together, only by their little dog.

They stopped at one of the few cars on the parking, a grey-metallic Mercedes. The man opened the door for his dog and wife, and then entered the car himself whistling while he walked over to his side, fastened his seat-belt, talked to his wife some more. Suddenly he stopped talking, and nothing happened for over a minute, it looked almost like a photograph. He reached over to the his wife side put something that looked like a gun under his chin and pulled the trigger. The sound of the gunshot could be heard well outside the car, he bounced back into his seat and fell over hitting his head his steering wheel. I was shocked, not sure that what I just witnessed was real, his wife did nothing, she didn't move, look at her husband, nothing. An empty ice cold stare.

The shot apparently was louder then I suspected, it seemed a lot of people heard it too. Everybody looked at the car, somebody opened the door, somebody else was trying to get the lady out of the car. The dog ran away, it still had his leach on. I jumped on my bike and returned home, some things are just too weird and scary.

Monday, August 09, 2004

It's getting hot in here, must be something in the atmosphere.

We are in the middle of a heat wave here, and it is freaking hot! I barely have enough energy left for typing this little piece of text.

I'll continue after the temperature drops to normal levels.