Christmas presents (2015)

A new year has nearly come to an end, which inevitably means new Christmas presents were to be found under the celebratory tree.
The kind folks at Lego have created two more lovely sets of Lego Technic, and both have come to my house. Even gift wrapped!
I’m particularly looking forward to 42043, which has the first implementation of the new hydraulic system. Yay for progress!

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Christmas presents! (2013)

Another year, and yet again I have treated myself to a couple of sets of Lego.

This year, the two largest 2013-models: 42008 and 42009!
I’m afraid they’ll have to wait for my return in January. 😉

42008 – Service Truck

42008 – Crane Truck with Semi-trailer (B-model)

42009 – Mobile Crane MK II

42009 – Reach Stacker (B-model)

Christmas presents! (2009)

This year the floor beneath our  Christmas tree has been riddled with presents, many more than last year. I don’t know why, but the festivities spurred an unknown generosity among the both of us.

Therefore, this year brought me not one but two sets of Lego!
I can thank my GF for both the 8297 and the magnificent 8258.

Below are some stock-pictures of the two, I’ll add my own later on. 🙂

8297 – Off Roader

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8297 – Buggy (B-Model)

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8258 – Crane Truck

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8258 – Duty Wrecker (B-Model)

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Note: there also are two very large (and very nice) pics of the 8258:
Huge overview
Background

Deadlocked?

Yesterday, our central heating system broke.
I’m guessing it did, as I’m no heater-expert…

The little flame isn’t burning anymore, and it’s not coming back on. No matter how hard I try.

We kind of figured it would happen some day, as the system was built in back in 1992, and wih an average lifespan of about 15 years, ours has survived for about 2 more years. So no worries there, we saw it coming and now we have to to two things.
Firstly, the apparatus has to be mended on a very short term as I’m particularly fond of a hot shower instead of a *very* cold shower.
Secondly, we want to get ourselves a new one as our old one is old. (You must’ve seen that one coming!)

So I pick up the phone and called the telephone-number of the company with whom the previous owner has had a maintenance contract for the apparatus with. The nice lady on the other side looked up our address after I explained what was wrong and we made an appointment for the mechanic to pay us a visit and mend our heater. After a little while, she figured out the contract hasn’t been paid for (nor by the original owner, nor by me) and we had to cancel the appointment, as there wasn’t anyone to credit for the mending.

She gave me the following choice:
Either I signed a two year maintenance contract for the current heater, or I would buy a new one.

Well, that’s fine by me, but I want both! I want both my heater fixed, and after that I want a new one. The lady told me that was certainly *not* an option, as the contract could not be broken before the end of the two-year period. So, if I wanted a new heater, I should wait for two years and then come back. Funny thing is: buying a new one straight away was also not an option, as it would take at least until late november for the sales-guy to show up and give us advice on what to buy, after which it would take at least 2 weeks for the heater to be installed in our house. If you’ve been counting, that would indeed add up to mid december!

I asked the nice lady whether I heard it correctly, and spelled it out for her.
It boiled down to this: If I want my heater fixed right away, I would have to get a full two-year contract, but if I want a new heater I would not get any warm water until at least mid-december!
The lady said yes, and I thanked her for her time while wasting mine and hung up. Worst thing: the lady didn’t think of it as being unacceptable for me, and just was trying to sell me their products without thinking properly.

After this I called another company, who offered to mend the heater right away (today!) and an appointment to get a new one next wednesday!
Now that’s better. 🙂

EDIT:
The heater-repair-man has fixed out heater! After a quick peek, and an evenly fast fix he was in and out of our house within the hour. 😀
Best thing of all: he knew the above problem from other clients, and has been trying to keep the fix as cheap as possible. (Meaning the heater is now error-prone and will have to be replaced soon; which we will!)
Maarten: now hot-water powered!

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Yay!

It’s my birthday today (I’m turning 25 this year), and I already got some presents.

As you might know by now, I’m a Lego-addict, and I’ve got a new present to add to my collection: the 8294!
It’s an excavator, and it fits nicely with the other pieces in the collection. 🙂

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(And yes, I’m already scavenging for the 8293-set, which adds a motor to the excavator!)

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More to come, as I’m expecting a special delivery to be dropped off at our house tomorrow.

Zoo-tripping – Noorder Dierenpark

We did a road tour to a few Zoo’s: the first is Noorder Dierenpark in Emmen.
Lovely park, however strangely divided into two parts.

They feature a great set of animals, all held in pretty enclosures. Their speciality are the vast amount of baboons, elephants and Humboldt’s penguins. We’ve had a blast cruising the zoo, yet found it to be about a 5 hour trip all around it. Too bad that’s about the time it took us to get there in the first place. 😉

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Pics backpost

Remember me buying my new flashy hardware?
Well, I still like it a lot. 🙂

I also made a whole lot of pics with it attached to my camera, and as I promised: here’s an very small excerpt of those.

We had to wash our rabbits with special shampoo to cure a skin condition, which was troubling them and making one in particular very grumpy. Here’s them both undergoing ‘treatment’. I can safely assure you: bunnies don’t take lightly to water!

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Unfortunately I wasn’t able to make comparison-pictures to show the difference my external flash makes. You’ll have to do with the above, and trust me on the previous point. 😉