sat 08 dec 2007 00:52:49 witte de withstraat
woo hoo i am back on line, at my own desk, even with my own phone number back again. woo hoo.
i've decided that KPN's monteurs are nice people, as are some of the phone people, but that their service structure is absolutely ridiculous. it's a long story, and i had to tell it to them so many times today on the phone that i don't even wanna go into it here. the big bureaucratic problem was that because of a locked door, the original monteur couldn't get at two little wires he needed to twist together. once i got the key, i was supposed to call back KPN because he wasn't allowed to give me his number. KPN wanted me to start from scratch and make a whole new appointment for sometime next week. then they agreed to send someone today between 16.00 and 18.00, but then a bit later they called again and said nope that can't happen either. i was frustrated and angry, and because i don't usually get angry in dutch it was hard to communicate this.
finally this evening the problem was solved by ... guess who. dvr.
tonight jk and i went to a place called "louter" for dinner, aptly named cuz it was pretty damn loud in there. on the corner of de clercq and bilderdijkkade. good food, i had the tagliatelle with oesterzwammen (sp?). they had the old-fashioned heavy drapes in a semicircle round the door, to keep the patrons from freezing when somebody walks in out of the cold. i guess it would also help with the blackout too. i wish i knew the name for that.
also, this afternoon i closed out my raamgracht life. gave all the keys to the place back to m a a, checked all the utility meters enz. oddly enough the new owner of the apartment said he might call me sometime to go have a drink. i saw him as i was leaving. ok so farewell raamgracht, i guess you treated me well for almost four years.
in general i think i've had pretty good luck with landlords since i came to this city. first l&m, then m a a and now jk.