• I told my trainer this week that I learned a new word in Dutch. Proberen. To try. "Forget it," he said. "It's useless. It means nothing. What does it mean to try? You either do it or you don't." So I said, "Who are you? The Dutch Yoda?" I wrote a week or so ago that I was having stamina problems and also problems just getting started. My trainer gave me a good piece of advice (and sounded like a Nike ad). He said, "Don't wait for Monday or the 1st of the month. Don't wait for tomorrow. Just start. Now. This minute. Don't worry that you didn't do it yesterday. Don't remember that you used to[...]

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    Last week, we finally picked up our cars. They arrived on the first of January, but they had to be inspected and made legal to drive in Europe. Then you wait a L... O... N... G... time for the government to send you your registration. With my cars came the rest of my art — the big stuff that I didn't ship in the container with the furniture. So my living room looks like a disaster area with art propped up all over the place as I decide where to hang it. So now I finally have all my possessions in one place. And I feel a little like "What next?" Well, obviously I have to [...]

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    So I did my three minutes (plus) on stage on Wednesday at The Hub in Eindhoven. You can see my set in a video on my timeline on Facebook. I'll post it to the front page of this site as soon as I'm not cheating someone else's internet. Hope you like it. It went well. It went well mainly because I hung out with the professional comedians before the show and they gave me tips. The microphone was cutting out and they showed me how to hold it so it wouldn't. One of them had the staff readjust the speakers because half of the room wasn't hearing things properly. And most important to me [...]

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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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