Thursday, 14 August 2008

chicken run

Tradition says that you treat your colleagues to coffee and cake on your birthday. Since my birthday was on my day off, I did it today. I walked to the Multi-Vlaai shop on Linneausstraat and bought two 'vlaaien', a typical sort of cake/pie from the province of Limburg; one was an apple/nuts vlaai, the other a chocolate brownie vlaai. Both are excellent cause for a heart attack via a diabetic coma. In short, they were delicious!


multi-vlaai

From Multi-vlaai I walked to Muiderpoort Station and took the bus to work. When I walked in, my way was barred by the new gate system. They switched it on yesterday. My hands were full of vlaaiboxes, my keys are on my belt on the left-hand side, the key reader is on the right-hand side, the key has to be put flat on the reader otherwise it doesn't work… I stood there juggling the boxes, the keys, trying to switch hands and getting through a gate that's too narrow since the wider gate wouldn't open to my key… I was ready to either go home again or take an axe and rip the gates out of the ground. Somebody else took my key and opened the gate for me. I now have to admit the gate system is ultra-secure: you can't even get in when you have a key!

The rest of the day I spent making nice little forms in PDF that you can fill in to request entrance permission for people who have to go through the gate but who don't have a key. Why not just give them an axe? It would work better and faster.

After work I walked the length of Kruislaan to the Weespertrekvaart. I walked through the tunnel under Gooiseweg . . .


gooiseweg

. . . and along the Weespertrekvaart to Amstel Station.


sky-line

Along the Amstel I saw a grafitti which I presume is about Microsoft.


'word is a virus'

The Amstel was quiet; not many skiffs to be seen.


amstel

One of the houseboats has a chicken run. Maybe this will give Vincent ideas for his bird cage.


chicken run

Sometimes you see things advertised and you wonder what they're advertising.


'bonkers® as a bullet'

I walked the length of Weesperzijde and turned right at Mauritskade, past the Hogeschool van Amsterdam and into van Musschenbroekstraat. Here is the Wibaut sports hall where the University Sports Centre has a fitness gym.

I joined the USC; € 90 for three months. It's cheaper to do it by the year, but I have to see the orthopedic surgeon in two months and I don't know what he's going to do to me. If they amputate everything under my moustache there's not much use in having a year card. I don't need a gym to blink my eyes… One blink for 'yes', two blinks for 'no'.

I had an intake interview with the trainer whom I told about the physical problems I have. He made note of them in his computer and we made an appointment for Monday evening 19:00. He'll show me how the machines work and set up a workout plan for me.

He said it would probably be a combination of aerobic exercise (get the heart rate up) to burn calories and upper-body muscle building to make sure I burn fat and not muscle. This combination should not be too much of a burden on my hips, knees and feet. It will also make me look like the Terminator. Yeah, right. I'll be back… Monday 19:00.


usc gym

When I walked out of the USC I saw these rainbow coloured hallways in the street across from the gym.


van musschenbroekstraat

I had dinner in the ThaiCoon, where I hadn't been in a few weeks. I ate half of the meal and took the other half home for tomorrow's dinner.

23 comments:

Renate said...

- what happens if two people try to get through the gates at the same time? like one sitting on the other's shoulders? or two extremely skinny people waltzing through?

- gym looks as crowded as the one in Ellerbek. Prices are comparable though. Body shape doesn't come cheap unless you do crunches and other exercises without trainers and machines... or as Schatz just put it: weight loss and body shape are directly proportional to weight loss and shape of your wallet.

amy w said...

Hi Kees! Happy Birthday (one day late? although it might be two by the time you see this). Was wonderful to see you -- hope to be back in A'Dam soon! xo Amy

Musings from Myopia, AKA John said...

Happy birthday, Kees, at least one day late. This birthday greeting brought to you in Europe courtesy of Nicole in Australia from John in North America (I'm embarrassed to mention the U.S.A. because of our current president).

Vincent said...

I admire your gym signup. I always hated those gyms. I didn't mind the one in the Rijnstraat where I went coz it was much more private. I hope you'll enjoy it.

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