Do Your Duty

Brave Hond [Day 61/365]
Today is election day for the municipal voting. Expats, as well as Dutch citizens are hopefully heading to the polls today to make their voices heard. As an EU citizen, G could vote, so I went with him, even though I can’t vote for another three years. I hated not being able to vote! I looked longingly at the booths while G was in there, lucky bastard! At least I’ll be able to vote when they hold the municipal elections again in four years.
Polling Place
Our polling place is at one of the school buildings just a minute’s walk from home. It’s a university-age school, though, and the voting room was a relatively small room on the ground floor, not the echo-y high-school gymnasiums in which I’m used to voting. We went just before noon and there was no waiting, no long line. It will be interesting to see what the overall turnout is. At least it has been a beautiful day, with the sun shining and the temperature not too cold. No excuse there not to vote, at least!
Election Day
In response to Geert Wilders’ latest bit of idiocy, in which he wants to ban head scarves — we’re talking head scarves, not burquas — many people are planning on wearing head scarves into their polling place today, men, as well as women, as a form of protest against Wilders. If Wilders gets his way, no one will be able to wear a head scarf into a municipal building in Den Haag or Almere (the only two cities where his PVV party is on the ballot). I must admit, I thought about wearing one myself today, out of principle, even though I can’t vote and the PVV is not on our ballot here in Utrecht.

On a happier note, the first photo here is a picture of the dog who was waiting patiently while his owner went inside to vote. Such a good dog!

Not How I Wanted to Spend the Day

Leaky
Our lousy ceiling/leak karma continues. We discovered this morning that we’ve got a leak in one of the pipes from the bathroom, causing water to drip through the ceiling and down into the living room. So now the plumber is here and working on the problem — after putting a few holes into the wall/ceiling in order to find out what the problem was — and my day’s plans have gone down the clogged drain. Just when we finally got a bit of sunshine today, too! Figures! We’re going to have to get a few more holes in walls before it’s all fixed, which will be sometime hopefully on Monday. (To avoid extra weekend charges.)

Oh yeah, the Dutch government has collapsed dissolved, too. I think I need a cupcake.