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Mar. 20th, 2018 @ 09:39 pm Scenes from my life
Current Mood: okayokay

Item 1:
I was on the phone with my parents — I make it a point to call them at least once per week. (Protip: every time you’re thinking ‘should I call my parents?’ then the answer is almost always ‘yes’. If you have parents to call, of course.)
My father was speaking, and he was telling me I should invest one of my evenings off to go and train or exercise somewhere. Then my mom, in the background, called out: “Yeah, you should totally do that! Why not come to here, and take your father along to the training?” My dad then said: “Uh… let’s not be hasty…”
An textbook case of “Do as I say, not as I do!”

Item 2:
The house next to ours is for sale. Our neighbour moved out at the end of last year. The house is a rental, like all houses here were. But now when the renter moves out, the house is put up for sale. So it’s a mix of rentals and owned houses, with the rentals slowly getting sold.
Last Sunday, we left the house to visit somewhere, and there was a family of four (mom, dad, two kids and a dog) milling about. We greeted them, and then the woman out of the blue asked us if we liked our neighbourhood. Turns out that the dad had already checked out the house, and now the whole family was here to look around the neighbourhood. So I pointed out some of the amenities we have, and also pointed out that the whole area had large parks running through it, even though it looks drab from the road. When I told them that the biggest drawback was having the highway across the park behind the house, they told us they lived in Amstelveen, under the flight path of planes approaching Schiphol, our national airport. So yeah, not really an issue then! They seemed like nice people, too.

Item 3:
We got discounted tickets to the Efteling theme park. We looked in their agenda to see what the quiet days were, and Mondays fit the bill! We took Babarage with us, so we were with three. Babarage was in a wheelchair most of the day, because she just can’t be on her feet all day. That meant we needed to get to the special entrances, which was very interesting: you get to see ‘backstage’, so to speak. And normally you don’t really interact with the people manning the attractions that much: you get into the ride, they check your seatbelts and what-not, and off you go. But with a wheelchair, you often have to go somewhere and ring a bell, and they come to get you, put you in a special ‘staging area’ where you can wait, etcetera. I was very impressed with the way they handled all this, with empathy and efficiency. That’s a combination you don’t see too often.
It was, indeed, very quiet, and we never had to wait long. That also meant we could enjoy a lot of the rides and attractions! Also, I want the Villa Volta music (specifically, this part) to play every time I walk down a hallway or enter a room.

Crossposted from my blog. Comment here or at the original post.
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From:luna_puella
Date:March 21st, 2018 08:34 am (UTC)
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Yay Efteling! The Villa Volta music is epic indeed, one of my favourite pieces from the park.
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From:fub
Date:March 23rd, 2018 10:49 am (UTC)
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All of the music is pretty good, though. It was fun to hear most of them back during the Aquanura show!
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From:luna_puella
Date:March 23rd, 2018 10:04 pm (UTC)
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Oh yes, there's hardly any bad music in the park! And can you believe I only saw the Aquanura show for the first time a few weeks ago? We always pick a quiet day to go and never hang around that long, but I finally got the chance when we stayed a weekend in Bosrijk.
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From:loputon
Date:March 21st, 2018 02:35 pm (UTC)
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Hehe, I used to like the Efteling too! Can't remember anything of it, but it was nice.
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From:fub
Date:March 23rd, 2018 10:52 am (UTC)
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Last time we were there was five years ago, so some things had changed -- but a lot of things stay the same too. I like the roller coasters and the more spectacular rides, but the fairy tale forest is a lot of fun too -- and they're still adding and modernising things there, which is really cool.
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From:spiral_meter
Date:March 21st, 2018 09:06 pm (UTC)
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My dad's wife, who is NOT my parent, is always bugging me about working out and it's getting really old.

I hope your new neighbors are quiet.

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From:fub
Date:March 23rd, 2018 10:53 am (UTC)
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They seemed cool, and their kids are already a bit older, so that should be fine. Of course I subscribed to updates on the house at the site it was offered on -- and it's now shown as 'under offer'. Probably them, I'm guessing.
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From:ashmedai
Date:March 23rd, 2018 05:44 pm (UTC)
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Haha I think if someone with kids was checking out a house anywhere near mine, I'd try to think of anything to put them off the idea of moving in. XD

That conversation snippet with your parents cracked me up!
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