• In which I build a &quote;Tight Five&quote;

    It's waiting for me... So as many of you know, I went to an English Language Comedy Night last month and had the nerve to ask the organizer if he knew of any comedy open mic nights in the area. He didn't (he lives in Amsterdam, not down here "below the rivers") and told me to check Google. But then he told me he'd give me five minutes in the January show if I wanted. Then he handed me his card. Immediately I started building my "tight five". If you watched the first season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon last year, you'll have heard her talk about a "tight ten". There is a[...]

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    Wherein I am not a tourist

    Before I begin today's post, I wanted to thank those of you who have commented on previous posts. You have been so supportive and I am grateful. It is so much easier to keep writing when one knows one has an audience. So here we go... Last week was a week of frustration, and I apologise for not posting, but you will soon see why. We moved into our house on 3 January amid worries that our furniture wouldn't make it through Customs in time or the movers wouldn't be able to coordinate with the shipper on such short notice. But all the stuff got to my house at about the same time the [...]

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    Being Kass

    This post might come off a little more vapid than my usual stuff. I'm not, as a general rule, particularly fixated on my looks. I mean, let us ignore for the moment the fact that I work in an industry that is all about looks. I'm not in high fashion, after all. I'm in historical dress. And yet, it is still an industry about how people look. I also realize this is posted on New Year's Day, but honestly, the timing is coincidental. This week, I move into my new house so it's a time for new things anyway. If we had been able to move into our house when we arrived, I would have [...]

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    It Ain't Luck

    Before we get into today's post, I just wanted to express my incredulity that I received no comments on last week's post. The incident I related in that post came as such a surprise to me, personally, that I was sure I'd get at least a couple people saying, "Go for it!" or at least, "Wow." But no. Nothing. No comments at all, anywhere, on any medium. I can see through analytics that my posts are getting read. But it's hard to keep posting when you aren't hearing back from people. So please, if you enjoy these posts, take a moment to comment. Doesn't have to be long or profound. Just a [...]

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    So there I was.  I found out there was an English language comedy night at The Hub in Eindhoven last Wednesday featuring professional comics from the US, UK, and Europe.  The Hub is a kind of gathering spot for expats.  There are a lot of us because of the presence of ASML and the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven.  So The Hub provides things like live music jams and Dutch conversation hours and other meetups for people new to the Netherlands and Eindhoven in specific. I wanted to go see some live comedy.  So I got Bob and Dutch Whisperer Annet to go with me.  If [...]

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    The First Post

    So here we are.  A new blog.  A new post on a new blog.   You might be asking yourself why I need a new blog.  I mean, isn't ReconstructingHistory.com enough?  Well, I've been doing a lot of things that are only peripherally related to Reconstructing History and I wanted to have a place to talk about them. 2019 is going to be a big year.  We've moved ourselves and the business to the EU.  Part of what I'll be talking about is learning to live in a different country, speak a new language, and get along with the neighbours. A rather large topic [...]

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