This could take a while, so if you don’t feel you can face ploughing through my extended waffling feel free to click here for the two paragraph summary.
Back in 1999, while working as an IT contractor, I saw an opportunity in The Netherlands and thought “that sounds interesting”. The job itself was not far from Schiphol, which meant that I could easily commute, by train, from Amsterdam.
It was a fun time and, when that contract came to an end, I started looking around for what else was available and ended up taking a permanent job, a similar commute in a different direction. After moving several times within Amsterdam, I decided I’d had enough of the rental market and bought a house closer to work, got a dog and started to settle down.
At this point, my employer informed me that they wanted to relocate me to their distribution centre in Belgium. While I could see the logic of the move, the timing was abysmal.
But we moved. I moved and my partner also moved to Belgium and moved in with me.
For someone who enjoys both eating and drinking, Belgium is a very pleasant place to find yourself. In fact, we’re so settled here that we now have three sons, all of whom are thoroughly Flemish, and a social life that largely revolves around eating in, eating out and taking children to activities.
I have changed jobs a few times since the move, and am now freelancing again.
I’ve always been a big reader and something of a film nerd and, with the boys all being a bit older, I am finally finding the time again to catch up on my frighteningly large piles of unread books and unwatched films.
I am also a big player of games. Proper games, with people. This is something that goes all the way back to my teenage years and early twenties when I spent far too much time playing role-playing games. While the role-playing has (rather regrettably) fallen by the wayside for me, I do still make time for board and card games — especially of the abstract strategy variety.
This blog is a rather random collection of whatever happens to amuse, interest or infuriate me and exists to provide an outlet for my incessant rambling.