Although I do not receive that many spam mails, it is getting a bigger issue every week.

Mails programs are getting smarter to filter out those mails, but once in a while there is one slipping through.


Canadian Viagra or even stronger stuff. Girlfriends from the past who miraculously living in the same city as you do. I must say. Everything is working as it should. No need for blue or other coloured pills. And those so called girlfriends from the past. They must know each other, because the name is different, but the content is always the same 🙂

And the last one was also special, A business deal with a sensitive character. As I was scanning this mail, I really wondered how bad those mails are. Run through a translation like Google Translate or even worse.

On the other side it is very funny to read what the mail actually says.

“Hello i have a sensitive partnership deal/ business transaction i would
like to discus with you but I do not know if I am talking to the right
person, But I will like you to confirm if you are the owner of this EMAIL
ADDRESS and a proven identity to show you are. All I want is a
confirmation from you that I am communicating with the right owner of this email. I will furnish you with the information concerning the transaction for you when I am convinced that you are the right person.”

To be honest, my English is not perfect and I do make a lot of mistakes myself.

First of all, this is mail. We are not talking. But it is a figure of speech :-).

And last but certainly not the least, He wants to furnish me? With information?

That puzzled me the most. What does that mean? Does he wants to make closets, couches, beds etc from printed information?

I think there is a challenge for all English teachers here. You can make a fortune by correcting spam mails before they are send out.

I am so curious what language this text is translated from. Any ideas?

Carpe diem.

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The Dutchman is still alive!!

Many things happened in the last few months.

I will not elaborate on them, but they made me stronger, wiser and full of life again. To be true, cleaning and getting the mental garbage out is harder than I thought. But with the  kicks in the butt from my friends and pushing the right buttons by others I managed. This process is still ongoing, but I feel I am on the right track.

Still living in Riga. Still renting the same flat and it is getting very cold now. Still have the same job, although a lot is going to change for the department I work in. Hope it will be for the better.


Time to change. Not always changes are announcing themselves. Some occur and we can to adapt to it. Some we initiate ourselves. Whatever change is happening, they have consequences. The challenge is to define and decide what we want to change and how to do it.

The coming weeks I will try to answer some simple questions for myself. Hopefully this helps to define the changes I need to make still.

1. What did I dream of becoming when I was a child?

2. Where and how do I spend my free time?

3. Listen to my inner self. What does it really wish it could be doing?

4. What activity do I do that makes me feel happy and when I do it, the time just flies by?

5. What activities, events, shows, books am I attracted to?

6. Resolve my past issues. My past does not have to decide my future. If I let my past go and any limitations I have placed upon myself, what would I be doing?

7. What would success mean to me? What would the perfect life be?

8. What would I do if I had the Universal Credit Card (money is no object)?

Will keep you posted 🙂

Carpe diem.

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When it is on the internet, it is true ;-)

No pictures today 😦

Just a random collection of researched “things” I found on the internet.

They just make me wonder if money is well spent on those researches and who makes the decision to do this research.

  • Is shopping more satisfying than sex? Well, 55% of the English women said so 😉
  • Can lack of sleep ‘double the signs of ageing skin and make it harder to recover from sunburn’? It is well known that the body is recovering during different phases in your sleep.
  • Ovulatory Cycle Effects On Tip Earnings By Lap Dancers…  ehhhh What?
  • Does having sex regularly keep you young? Apparently. Stop using those ridiculous expensive creams 😉 Your body releases growth hormones and endorphins which do the same trick.
  • How Long Can A Shrimp Run On A Treadmill? What is next? Can a goldfish climb the stairs?
  • A Comparison Of Jump Performances Of The Dog Flea & The Cat Flea. If you want to start a flea circus, this is very important.
  • An Analysis Of The Forces Required To Drag Sheep Over Various Surfaces. Ever wanted a career change to become a shepherd? Start going to the gym.
  • A Comparison Of Apples And Oranges. They have a lot in common. This will have a dramatic effect on the strategies used in arguments and discussions in the future 😉
  • Male Beetles Can Mistake Beer Bottles For Female Beetles. Conclusion, never drink beer from a bottle. Glad the pubs have glasses.
  • Interacting with women makes men dumb. That explains why men behave weird in female company. We are just becoming Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest.


Carpe diem.

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Row Row Row your boat part 2

During the “cruise in company” of the Tall ships Races, it is tradition that all crew members of all the Tall Ships are parading through the town which is hosting the “cruise in company”. So it happened yesterday in Riga.

Yesterday we all were gathering around the monument of freedom to witness the fellowship of the Tall Ships walk by and it happened to all of us waiting. Right in front of the parade a wedding couple had planned to put flowers at the freedom monument. Everybody in the audience aside the streets were applauding for them, which was actually very cool to see and hear. As they looked very surprised, I have the feeling they didn’t know the parade was near 🙂


After the happy couple the parade slowly passed by and to picture this, I took around 150 photos which I am not showing all. That would be too much. Even for the visual addicted among us.

The parade was passing by with the Latvian Police sweeping the street on a Segway in front.


Finally all crews were passing. Some were walking, others dancing and singing.


The Russians were in style.


Another Russian crew, but happily waving their oversized hats.


A Polish crew was happy to roam the streets.

And some crews had hired a choreograph. Singing, dancing or performing a small play.


Are they Irish? No Polish. Identity crisis?



As Holland was represented by 2 ships, they also brought the Dutch Lion on a leash. Many males followed the female lion. Who will blame them?



Especially for our Lady (OTC), a German crew (as I couldn’t find a Spanish one).

They looked very tired. Maybe they compared the Latvian cakes beers with the German ones till early in the morning?


It seemed pirate ninjas took over the city center. I don’t mind being taken hostage by some of them ;-). Although …………

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Last but not least the English. It seems they had to bond together and prevent each other not to do weird things or pee at the monument of freedom.  Who organized this stag party?


To view some of the ships these crews belong to, click on the link below and see my previous post.

Thanks for reading. I have had a few great days with a lot to do and see.

Carpe Diem

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Row Row Row your boat part 1

After a week of rainy, windy and cold weather it suddenly became better in Riga, Latvia.

Lucky people here, because there were Tall Ships coming in on Thursday to show off in the Riga Harbour. Why? It is part of an event called “The Tall Ships Races”.

To get in the mood of this event, small symbolic ships were placed in the canals around the old town of Riga.


The Tall Ships’ Races are races for  sail training “tall ships” (sailing ships). The races are designed to encourage international friendship and training for young people in the art of sailing. Over one half (fifty-percent) of the crew of each ship participating in the races must consist of young people between 15 and 25 years of age.

The races are held annually in European waters and consists of two racing legs of several hundred nautical miles and a “cruise in company” between the legs. This year the first race was from Aarhus, Denmark to Helsinki, Finland. The cruise in company went to Riga. Sunday they will leave again to race the second part from Riga to Szczecin, Poland. The start will be somewhere mid sea.

As pictures say more than words, I will post them and added some comments if needed.


A Tall Ship sails into the Harbour. I am missing something here. SAILS



I got this far to see the Dutch Tall Ship. Shame.



Nicely lined up




Cannons. Not for shooting purposes 😦

Part 2 will be about the parade by the crews of these ships.

Some weird stuff came by. You will see it soon.

Carpe Diem

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How about a shower in Riga?

Sometimes it rains in Riga.

But most of the time it doesn’t take that long. However the intensity and the amount of water is tremendous. The sewer system cannot handle this amount and to illustrate this, I borrowed 🙂 some pictures and 2 movies on youtube and facebook.

it is possible that that the movie on facebook is not accessible for some of the readers. My apologies for that.




Pictures and movies are made by my colleague Jock (with thumb 🙂 ), Rush (facebook)  and James (YouTube)

Carpe Diem

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Easy photo monday

A few weeks ago I found this “shocking” Latvian furniture, with the male reproduction body part in a relaxed state attached.

Wasn’t there a connection with shoe size and the length of that particular body part????


Quite a faery stool I guess

Carpe diem

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45 Life lessons

This morning I came across a list of life lessons. They are written and collected by a 90 year old person.

I don’t know this person, but I loved it and I want to share this with you.


1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short not to enjoy it.

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

5. Don’t buy stuff you don’t need.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for things that matter.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye… But don’t worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful.  Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It’s never too late to be happy.  But it’s all up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over Prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words, ‘In five years, will this matter?’

27. Always choose Life.

28. Forgive but don’t forget.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give Time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d
grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you think you need.

42. The best is yet to come…

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.


Carpe Diem.

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To take a picture

Last week I finally managed to make time and I sorted out a big pile of digital photos.

Holiday snapshots, kids, mother and kids, sightseeing pictures and the most remarkable thing was:

I am hardly seen alone on any of them.


There are a few perfectly explainable reasons for that.

  1. I am not alone on that picture (mostly with the kids);
  2. Many pictures of myself I don’t like;
  3. I don’t feel comfortable being the subject of a picture;
  4. I do take most of the pictures. (Yes I can  😉 ).

But I managed to find a few where I am posing on my own. Although they are from a long time ago, they represent very good memories 🙂


Stag party on a quad in the snow (2005)                      No, not my stag party 🙂


Venice, Italy (2009)

And that is about it. On the other hand. I am perfectly comfortable with it. No regrets.

I guess I will stick to the scenery pictures with my phone.

Keep smiling 😉

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small talk or no small talk

Yesterday I felt the urge to have a haircut. It was already 6 weeks ago since the last attempt to have a decent hairdo. The side wings covered my ears and my hair gel usage was getting out of proportions.


Let me describe the process of getting a hair cut in The Netherlands:

You make an appointment because the working class is getting haircuts during the spare time they have on Saturday. This means that you have to plan it weeks before. The best is to make an appointment right after your hairdo is decent again. But somehow I keep forgetting it all the time. Glad to be outside breathing the fresh air without the smells of hair gel, perm fluids, sweat and perfumes.

Once i am comfortable in the chair, I relax and am quietly staring in the mirror. I do wear glasses, so if I take them off I don’t see that clearly anymore. Big advantage 🙂

The person asks how she has to cut your hair. Only scissors or can they use a trimmer for the back also?

My regular answer is:  I don’t care. I want my hair short in a fashionable way. Okay. Understood. one, two, three, GO.

I close my eyes because I don’t see anything anyway and it minimizes the small talk. Wishful thinking. There she goes.

It is needed. Your hair is so long again. <thinking> Weird isn’t it. Why do you think I am here?

Where are you from?: <thinking> If I answer that, does that change the way you do your work?

Do you have kids? <thinking> Are you looking for a second job babysitting?

nice weather isn’t it? <thinking> No not really it is raining. OR it is 30 degrees. I am sweating my ass off.

What I think always differs from what I am saying. Guess I am too polite to be rude.

This goes on and on. Until she is ready and you have to pay the bill.


Now I am living in Riga, Latvia and here it goes a little different.

Entering the barber shop the first thing you encounter is being attacked by a dog. 25 cm long and 10 cm tall. No excuses or any attempt to get the dog away from me.

They did speak a few words English and I managed to explain I wanted a haircut. Which should be obvious in a barber shop, isn’t it?

I was directed to a chair and sat down. Friendly as I am I tried to have some small talk with the person although I didn’t feel like it. And it went like this:

Nice dog. Yes

How long are you working in this shop? Why? why do you want to know?

Are you from Riga? Yes

From that point I decided to tell something about myself, just to see what was happening.

I moved from The Netherlands to Latvia in February. Oww.

I have 2 little girls. One of 1 year and one of 3 years. Sweet.

You have kids? No.

and this went on for a while until she was done with cutting my hair.

The bill was also higher than I expected. Next time I take the bus or train to the country side and get my haircut there. With the travelling costs it is still cheaper 🙂

Then I will close my eyes again and start relaxing as soon as my butt touches the seat. No small talk in Latvia. Perfect.

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