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King's day

Well, my blogging frequency has dropped as it always seems to do.

This time the reason for it is different though. Normally I just tend to get bored but currently I'm still busy and have other priorities than blogging so I'm not freeing up time for it. That said, today everything is different because today it's King's day.

What exactly does this entail?

That's a great question as we don't really know. It's the first time in more than a century as we haven't had a king here since 1890.

However, most likely it's going to be exactly like Queen's day used to be. A massive party! If I have to believe other people saying that it's going to be a massive party is a bit of an understatement and I should really be saying that it's "nothing short of the world's greatest party". Personally I'm not sure I agree as there are some pretty awesome parties out there but then it doesn't matter. It is safe to say that it's a day of orange craziness here in the Netherlands.

Spent Time

On Tynan

It's early and the whole day is in front of me. How will I spend my time?

When I was in middle school, frozen yogurt was served during recess for fifty cents. Sometimes I had fifty cents, other times I had to borrow it, and other times I didn't get to have frozen yogurt. Back then, it seemed like a pretty big deal. But now, looking back, whether or not I had frozen yogurt had no impact on my life. I don't really remember how it tasted or any particular times that I ate it. If there's any impact, it's probably that I lost a few hours of expected life by eating it.

It's interesting how things that seem like good ideas, or even seem important, can turn out to be completely irrelevant. The anguish over young love, which seemed so strong and so important back then, yet now isn't much more than a blur. The hours spent in school learning things like biology, which have now been totally forgotten. The acquisition or denial of that amazing gadget that we just have to have for Christmas. I waged a yearlong campaign to get an Atari Lynx, and considered not geting one to be one of the toughest struggles I had gone through back then.

I don't bring all this up to say that what happens in childhood doesn't matter, though. Not at all. In that same era, I think about how I met my childhood best friend, Charlie, who taught me Chinese and took me to Taiwan with him. Even today, those experiences (along with many others) are with me. We were issued TI-85 calculators back then, too, which was the first device I ever programmed on. I learned a lot. My parents never really let me watch TV back, and that, amongst so many other good decisions they made, have shaped me in positive ways.

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