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Stabbed in the back?


Recently it has come to my ears that an official complaint has been launched against no less than 17 colleagues at work. Whether or not I'm one of those is uncertain for the time being, but so far I haven't received any registered letters, or had police officers turning up at my doorstep. Neither was I contacted by my former employer about missing items or things that were not returned.

Yes, apparently it is that serious. Two of my colleagues have already been questioned by police and I expect others to receive the same treatment shortly. What is most amazing, is that this complaint is being launched by our former employer, over 6 months after we've stopped being employed by them. I would suspect that if they had a real case, they'd have filed a complaint within days, not several months later.

Anyway, after talking with one of the colleagues that was already questioned, it turn out that it's practically impossible to answer any question or make a statement when you're not allowed to inform yourself about the actual complaint and specific charges. Hence, should police turn up here, or contact me, I'll be refusing to make any statement but "talk to my lawyer". Which I don't have, lol.

So if anyone knows a good lawyer that is licensed in Belgium and knowledgeable in employment law and security in specific, feel free to forward their contact information to me, just in case. I'd prefer one that is affordable :)

While the fact remains that everyone is innocent until proven guilty, even the slightest hint of investigation can cause serious issues in our line of employment, especially when there are clearances to be renewed, courses to be followed etc.

I'll keep you all updated if I can, either privately or right here on the blog, depending on how the situation evolves.

Updates and Relaxation

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I just got a hold of my schedule for September and have updated the data on the blog accordingly. If you can't seem to reach me, try my mobile phone and/or leave me a message. You can also try leaving me a massage, but I'll probably fall asleep after thus totally forgetting about getting back to you, lol.

The sauna experience at 't Mineraal was quite enjoyable though it always feels a bit awkward going to one you're not used to. The food was excellent, the company even better. Next time we may try Brasschaats Badhuis.



It's been a while since I was able to post an entry here, which is not due to lack of things happening in my life, but rather due to loads of things going on right now. I've been experiencing quite some things I had no or little prior experience with, and as such, this observation wraps it up nicely I suppose :

As a non-parent, most things in life are easy - just a few things are complex. Once kids are involved, everything becomes complex. Even the complex issues you faced while being a non-parent now suddenly seem easy and trivial.

Enough observations for now though : here is what I plan on getting done today :

- laundry (in progress)
- pack stuff (in progress)
- visit and relax in sauna (not my regular one though)
- play wow (commencing shortly)
- check, prepare and update my photo gallery (postponed)
- upgrade the blog installation (completed)

Oh, since I have limited internet access these days, I do read my mail, but can't post blog entries from the phone (yet). Until I get that issue resolved, I suggest you follow me on twitter because - since "peep" is an excellent twitter client on the HTC Hero - I'm using it to update my whereabouts every now and then. (@friedkitten)

Life in a suitcase

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I really should be heading out the door around this time if I want to be at work on time, but I'm quickly throwing together an entry and gathering stuff around the apartment. The original plan was to be in the apartment for the next three day or so, but plans have changed, hence the never ending packing and unpacking. Didn't sleep all that well last night, so it's gonna be a heck of a long shift tonight, especially since I gotta work till 7AM instead of 6AM. Believe me, that one hour makes a ton of difference.

Off I go!

Hero, finally?

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Sorry about the total lack of updates, but I've got very limited access to the internet these days (I'm at home right now, for a few hours) though that will change quickly once I pick up my HTC Hero in The Netherlands on Monday. Yeah, I've decided to cancel that order I had open since July 4th, and pick up a unit I ordered today, on Monday. That's how easy it could have been had Google and the Belgian Government not been playing cry baby over some youtube license issue (or that's what the store tells me).

For those anxious to know how everything else in my life is currently progressing, the answer is to talk a lot and even more important to listen to each other. So far we've been doing good - great may be a better word - but there's still a lot of ground to cover and obstacles to clear.

Exhausted but not complaining

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With the ongoing intense heat I'm really suffering and it's starting to affect my everyday performance and mood. When I can usually keep room temperatures relatively cool so I can get some sleep, I can't do all that now. The heatwave is not the only reason I'm not getting enough sleep though, my mind is processing a ton of new information and feelings every second and that too is wearing me out.

Taking a break or a pause is not something I'm even considering, because others are in an even worse shape and need all the mental and physical support they can get.

Would I do it again, had I known all this upfront? You betcha. In a second I'd make the same decision over and over again if I needed. Sometimes you face rough weather, but as long as the boat is sturdy and manned by a dedicated crew, you'll sail through to calmer waters eventually. And I'm dedicated, let there be no doubt about that.

Look, he's here. Oh... gone again

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Over the past couple of days I've been very busy, most of the time spending little to no time at home and constantly on the move whilst working my regular job as well. It's taxing and the heat is sometimes just too much - aaarrrghhh, fuck global warming, I want it to be cooler! - which every now and then makes for a very irritated and grumpy ServMe.

Got limited access to the internet, hence the lack of updates. I'm trying hard to keep up to date on mail and such and for those who really need me, call my cell phone. I'm hoping to get the new one (HTC Hero) on Friday, finally. That's it for now, Folks!

Back to doing laundry and packing things before I head off again.

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