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This morning was spent trying to organise a heap of practical stuff that needs to be organised when you move countries. Convincing the mailman that he needs to send my mail to another address, ringing the cable company to tell them that I no longer will be using their overpriced services, closing bank accounts I’d been holding onto because you never know (and that was harder than it sounds), and to top it all off I had to call the phone company to tell them that I want to be disconnected as of late August. By the time I called the phone company I had already listened to four different computerized voices (all women) telling me that I need to press a certain number to perform a certain action. I know I’m not the first to say this, but why do companies have these computers? I so wish I could just call a number and talk to a real life person. But sometimes you have to be careful with what you wish for. The lady from the phone company was very friendly, but also a tad incompetent. I was on my best phone-Dutch (ie without the normal accent that’s a leftover from my childhood) but she just didn’t want to understand what I was saying. At the end of the conversation, I was longing for a speechcomputer!

[addition 1. About an hour later, and I finally managed to finish The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The Trilogy of Four (yep, being unemployed definitely has its advantages) whilst sitting in the evening sun on my balcony. As you’re probably used to by now, I don’t do blow-by-blow detailed reviews, but I will say this: I liked it. Not the like as in un-put-downable like, or like as in you-have-to-go-out-and-get-it-now like, but like as in you could take a random page and get a good quote (see below) and I love that in a book. And like as in if you want to read something which’ll make bring a smile to your face read this. ]

[addition 2. It’s only fitting that I end this post with a quote from The Hitchhiker’s Guide, from the book So long, and thanks for all the fish:

" ‘I have had a day’, said Arthur, ‘of extreme telephonic exhaustion’ "]

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