In the year my father turned 31, my sister was born. When my sister turned 30, she had Joep. Jeroen is one year older than me, he has three sons. This is not the first time I/we thought about children.
The question is: do we want to make the commitment needed? Do we want to give up a large part of our freedom for that? So far, I haven't seen any compelling argument to have children. But we haven't made a definitive decision yet.
2) How many of the things that got you where you are now were the exact opposite of what you tried to achieve?
I am assuming you mean my carreer.
I think the demise of Semergy plays a large part in my career. Until that point, my career had been climbing steadily uphill: more and more responsibility, building larger and larger systems. Until I left Semergy -- then I started work at my current job. It's simply building system after system, rather repetitive. The drudgery is slowly wearing me down, but I did get responsibility as an architect (and even as the head-honcho of the architects). So while I didn't intend my work at Semergy to end the way it did, it did give me the opportunity to flex my 'managing muscles', so to speak. I think that will give me an advantage later on.
3) What is your most prized possesion? (original, he? ;)
I don't know. I have a lot of possessions that I really like, but none of them is essential. I could do without TV, I could do without a computer, I could do with a lot of things.
I think my most prized possession is the print by Moebius ("Stargazer IV") we have hanging above the couch. It's beautiful, signed and limited -- and it's the first thing klik and I bought together for our home.
4) What do you think of the society of today?
I think things would be a lot better if people didn't feel so much entitled to things. It's normal for people to recieve a lot of things from society as a whole, but they don't bother giving anything back. There's a lot of 'consumerism', of people feeling good about themselves while they don't ever achieve anything.
I'm not advocating we leave people in the lurch -- some people need our support and we should give it to them. But some people just need a swift kick in the nuts instead of having their hand held.
I was going to write something about babyboomers too, but that's a rant I'll save for some other time.
5) Which pieces of music remind you of your childhood?
I didn't really start listening to music until I was late in my teens. I don't know why.
That being said, I did catch up later: I have an impressive (even if I say so myself) collection of 80's music that I must have heard on the radio when I was much younger, but never consciously registered then. But I do recall we used to watch TopPop (with Ad Visser [can you believe that I had large glasses like he had?]), so I must have heard all those hits of the 80's. I only started appreciating those songs in recent years, though.
I do remember that my parents used to have this one tape that they would play on the car stereo, and it contained "How are you gonna see me now?" by Alice Cooper. That song reminds me of sitting in the back of the green Volvo, coming back from a visit to my grandparents.
I hate the song itself, though. I thoroughly detest ballads.