Sunday, April 30, 2006

Another ticket

A short post today, but a happy one: This weekend I bought myself a general admission floor ticket to see Madonna's Confessions World Tour in Hannover, Germany on august 22.
This makes a total of 4 shows for me (as of yet, I'll try to get a scalper ticket for Paris august 31):

august 22 AWD Arena Hannover
august 30 Palais d'Omnisports Arena Paris
september 3 Amsterdam ArenA
september 4 Amsterdam ArenA


Friday, April 28, 2006

What to expect

Wow, the following setlist for Madonna's Confessions World Tour 2006 is floating around on the internet at the moment. Of course, we don't know anything for sure until opening night on May 21st, but still, this sounds like a very good one:


If this setlist will be the case, I know I'll be jumping up and down the entire show, and cheering my ass off, so here's fingers crossed!

The bald and the beautiful

Disaster struck big time yesterday. As I mentioned, I was planning to cut of my hair so that only the blond parts would be left, since I've grown tired of my dark hair. So, my friend Dagmar shaved it off like she did before. So far, so good.... Then, it turned out the dark parts were too long so we needed to cut off even more, resulting in what can only be descibed as a skinhead look. My hair is like 1 millimeter long now and I feel like I've just undergone a goddamned chemo therapy. I try to stay indoors as much as possible, but of course, I had to go to work this morning, so I didn't really have a choice and needed to walk to the bus, get on the bus (mind you, packed with people) and walk from the bus stop to the office. And if that wasn't enough, of course everyone at work is fucking with me now, as if my misery wasn't complete already.

Maybe some of you cannot relate to how upset I am with all this, but when you happen to know me in real life, you'll be aware of my obsession with my hair, and how I spend at least half an hour each morning to style it the way I like it. Well, there's not really a lot of hair to style left anymore. In fact, when I don't shave for a day, my beard would be longer than the hair on my head. So as you can imagine, I feel pretty fucked...

The only positive thing about all this, is that my hair seems to be growing at a pretty rapid speed, and when it's as short as it is right now, you'll notice the difference day by day as it grows. What I want most right now is to lock myself up for at least a week until it's just a little bit more do-able, but unfortunately I can't. So I'll just swallow in self-pity and make sure I won't have my picture taken anywhere for a while.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Who's that Gay

After I finished work yesterday, I rushed in my co-worker's car to the record store, to buy my copy of the freshly released Who's That Girl DVD. It's been over 8 years since I last saw that movie, because I simply wore the video out by watching it over and over again. Imagine my happiness with this release!

The funny thing was, I still knew large parts of the movie by heart, even though I hadn't seen it in such a long time. Guess that's what seperates the true fans from the casual followers! Anyway, I liked the movie a lot, again, even though it became very clear that Madonna is in fact not a very good actress. Never mind though, I love everything she does, so this movie is a great new part of my Madonna collection!

On another level: Today marks the fact that I will return to my blonde natural self! I've grown tired of my dark hair so I'm gonna shave it all of so that only the blonde parts will be left. I've been colouring my hair for about 5 months now (how gay-ish is that?) and it's been good fun, but the thing is it's such a hassle. My hair seems to be growing in a madman's speed, so I had to do it more than once a month. It always takes me about two hours cause obviously I cannot see the back of my head myself. So, a fresh summer look is needed!

By the way, I met this kinda cool guy through the internet, who I secretly like enough to go and try to meet him. He's in my MSN now and we chat regularly each night. Of course, dating through the internet can be a bit tricky, since of course you never really know if what you see is what you get. Then again, how far can you tell when it comes to meeting someone in, say, a bar or at work or wherever you can meet people? Anyway, we'll see how it goes.

I feel a bit lazy today, so chances are I'm going to post again later this afternoon, in a desperate attempt to not work hehe. Cheers!

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Stressing things out

For some reason, I seem to be in a love-hate relationship with stress. Yesterday, 15 minutes before I got off work, I suddenly had to call what seemed like the entire team, for some major important chance in software we use for planning. Fortunately, it worked out well and I could go home at 5-ish just as planned. The this morning, I just finished my cigarette, again there was a sudden deadline of 10 AM in getting a document ready which would usually take me more than an hour, but I finished it, again, in time. I guess I work good under stress, and the good thing is that after you've made an important deadline, the well-deserved ciggy afterwards tasts all the more better!

Today is also a happy day at work, since it's my manager's birthday. We bought her a huge bouquet of flowers and nice bling bling earrings, that she, judging from her reaction, really liked. So that called for a bit of casual chitchat, which is always nice, especially since yesterday someone got fired and another one got an official warning. It's always good to have some casual fun after harsh decisions have been made, to sort of take the edge of things.

Tonight, after I get off work, I need to run to the recordstore, cause today finally Madonna's 1987 movie Who's That Girl will be released on DVD in the Netherlands, so we all know what I'll be watching this evening! Critics smashed this movie as being one of her worst, but I don't agree. Not only do I think Madonna is not such a bad actor as people write about her, but also, this particular movie is real good fun. I mean, Madonna will never win an Oscar for her acting, but it's definitely not as lousy as general opnion has it.

Anyway, gotta run now, busy day ahead! Cheers!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Delivery time

Yesterday evening Anneke came over with a particular good bottle of white wine she got from her boyfriend. Normally I drink really bad supermarket wine, cause I always used to think I couldn't taste the difference anyway, but this one was really great, so maybe I should turn myself into a connaisseur! Wine is usually my beverage of choice when at home (as opposed to beer when in a bar) so this could end up an expensive hobby hehe!

Anyway, we had a great evening, and it didn't even become fucked up late, so I had a good night sleep as well! Today, my ticket for Madonna's Confessions World Tour in Bercy Paris will be delivered at work, making up my total of three tickets (two times Amsterdam, one time Paris). Of course, I'm totally thrilled about this, even though the shows are not for a couple of months yet. It's just the fact that I can hold the tickets in my hand that makes me happy, you know, the thrill of the prospect of seeing Madonna three times in one week!

So obviously, this is a good day at work, and time flies when you're having fun. I hope all of you have a great day as well! Cheers!

Monday, April 24, 2006

Beware of heart attack

What a great weekend this was! As I mentioned before, I was a participant in de Batavierenrace, which is the largest race of its kind in the world, with over 8000 students or ex-students running. I did the 6.4 kilometer track, which was a bit shorter than last year, but still a hell of a long way. Seeing that I'm not much of a sports guy and smoke like a chimney, you can imagine I felt like I was ready to have a heart attack about three kilometers into the race. Fortunately enough, I did make it, in about 39 minutes, resulting into an average of about 9.5 kilometers per hour. Not so bad, is it?

Obviously, I wasn't into this race for the running... There's this huge party on the campus of University Twente after the race on Saturday night, and that's where the fun really begins. Over 10.000 people partying all night long in bars, a party tent and an open air disco. Since it was so hot everywhere, I opted for the open air disco for most of the evening, and danced my ass off. All of our team was there (well except for my ex-boyfriend, who did run, but didn't go to the party, which was a bit of a blessing) so we had a great time.

However, the day after I realised maybe dancing wasn't such a good idea after all, after running like hell, so now I'm in serious pain and I'm hardly able to walk. Stairs are killing me, and I look like I could use a wheelchair very badly. Of course, this was to be expected, and next year I'll join again, cause except for the running itself, it was a great weekend.

Imagine how I feel right now, after my week off, being back at work. I really need to get back in the rythm, cause I'm feeling a bit lost here, not really knowing what to do. I'll get the hang of it later today, or so I hope!

Friday, April 21, 2006

Run baby run

So this weekend I'll be running the Batavierenrace, which is a race for students (even though I'm not a student no more) from Nijmegen to Enschede. I did so last year, 8 kilometers, and I have to admit that was a little more than I could take, so this year I'll be running 6.7 kilometers. Of course, the real reason for joining in is the great party afterwards, but that's just between you and me!

Anyway, heartattack notwithstanding, I am planning on setting a good time in my part of the race, so I decided to smoke just a little less today, which isn't very succesfull as of yet. Maybe it's too late to go training anyway, but then again, I didn't train last year and made it all the way to the finish, even though I felt I could die that very instant. Now that I have a bit of a shorter track to run, I'm pretty positive I'll do good, but you're gonna have to get back on that next Sunday, which will be the first opportunity to post again.

I have to admit though, this is a nice diversion from my normal way to spend a weekend, which is usually just clubbing and swimming. I could end up being an athletic wonder hehe. The only bad thing about all this, is that my ex-boyfriend R. (the one I keep rambling about) is joining as well, so we're bound to run into each other, quite literrally since I'm up after him. Could be interesting, let's see how it goes!

Everyone have a great weekend, and if I don't survive mine, know that I love you all!

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Pretty relaxed

I hate it how soon a week can go by when you're having vacation. It's already Thursday, so this means I have to get back to work in only 4 days. Not that I have anything against my job of course, but still, you can get used to sleeping in very easily, so it feels like I'll have to break a new found habit this Monday.

I'm still loyal to my plans of doing nothing, and so I'm pretty relaxed and happy right now. I'm going out tonight with a couple of people, and that's about all I have planned for today. Maybe go get some dinner somewhere in town, but that's usually an in-the-moment thing, so we'll see about that. I could just as well end up with some takeaway stuff in front of my telly, watching silly sitcoms or whatever.

The only problem with doing nothing is, that generally there's not a lot to write about, either. So again, this is a short post, but I promise things will get better next week, especially after I've finished my race this weekend! Cheers!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Shaking the bar

Just came back from a great visit to my parents, where I went to yesterday early in the afternoon. A good way to start of my week of vacation, since I did absolutely nothing, exactly as I had planned earlier! I hadn't seen my parents in a couple of weeks, so it was good fun meeting them again, and had some vodka's with my mother, which is always a nice way to spend the evening.

So now I'm back in Groningen, ready to go bartending in about an hour, and then having a party tonight, the first one in about half a year I can actually attend without having to check my watch every five minutes to see if it's time to go home already. Not so much of getting any rest this week, but that's okay, I wanted to have fun full stop and working on that pretty well!

Hope everyone has a good day! Cheers!

Monday, April 17, 2006

Holiday, celebration, come together in every nation

How fucking fantastic it is to wake up on a Monday morning knowing you have the entire week off from work! Even though I'm not going to London as I planned before, I'm still extremely happy with my week vacation, since it's the first one I actually have since August last year. Don't get me wrong, I love my job, but some free time is more than welcome as well!

So today I'm going to visit my parents in Leeuwarden, and will probably spend the night there as well and go back to Groningen tomorrow morning. I'm bartending tomorrow, so I need to get a bit of sleep tonight. At 6-ish PM I'm done bartending after which there is a party. This is totally cool, since I never really get the chance to attend party's from my former fraternity, cause they're always on Thuesdays or Thursdays, and of course I need to go to work the day after, so it's no use going. This will be the first party in a very long time I actually get the chance of going to, so believe me when I say it's gonna be an all-nighter!

Of course, I also need to train just a bit for the Batavierenrace, which is a running race organised annually. Last year I did 8 kilometers, which was just a little over the top for me, so this year I'll be trying for 6.7 kilometers. I should be able to pull that of, so wish me luck next Saturday!

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Cheap date

I did something potentially stupid last night, but can't really feel sorry for it... After a great evening with Jurn in the local gay community, I ended up going home with this totally handsome guy called M. (yet another M., seems like I'm picking them out) and spend some of the night at his place. It was good fun, I have to say, but then again I somewhat promised myself to not do any one night stands anymore.

Remember how I wrote, earlier this week, I didn't want to have anything to do with guys anymore? Well, I guess I cannot be taken on my word, cause this guy approached me on the dance floor and basically we started making out instantly. After that, it was very obvious I would go home with him, so I feel just a little cheap, but then again, what the hell... I had fun and will probably never see this guy again, so who cares really.

Anyway, besides from this, it was a fun evening as well, albeit a bit costly... ended up spending 40 Euro in one night, which is quit a lot in Holland. Jurn and I got totally drunk on way too many beers and I danced my ass off! I think I need to slow things down today, and then go visit my parents tomorrow.


Friday, April 14, 2006

I'm like a bird

Just a few more hours to go, and then I'll be enjoying a week long off from work. I can't tell you enough how happy this vacation makes me, since the last time I had one, was august 2005, and my next one will probably not be before august this year, when I'm going to Madonna's Confessions World Tour in Bercy Paris and the Amsterdam Arena. So what am I planning on doing this coming week? Nothing, absolutely nothing. I'm just going to do fun stuff, like visiting my parents and partying, and that's about it. No quality time for me hehe!

Meanwhile, I still have a couple of hours to go. As I may have mentioned before, my chef got fired last week, so I've got a new one, called S. I don't him very well yet, but he seems nice, and what I've seen of it, I think he's good in his job. That's a big improvement, seeing that I thought the last one sucked big time. She wasn't a bad person or something, but I just think she wasn't really up for the job. I do hope everything works out for her!

Anyway, it's time for a ciggy break, so I wish you all a Happy Easter, don't eat too many eggs, and talk to you soon! Cheers!

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Nuke 'em

I feel like talking about something serious today. As people who know me in real life may already know, I'm absolutely patrified by nuclear weapons, and although I did take some of the Cold War in, I didn't even exist during the Cuban Missile Crisis, so in a way I never really felt the fear of it before myself.

Of course, and that is the reason for this post, all this has changed for not just a bit, because of the growing tensions in the Middle East, Yesterday, Iran proudly announced they had succesfully enhanced uranium, giving them the technique not only to built nuclear power plants, but also, in time, to built the Bomb. This really freaks me out, since the Middle East cannot in any way be classified as one of the more stable regions in this world, and Irans going dispute with Israel could really heaten things up. In a way, I'm frightened by the possibility of a World War 3, concerning nuclear exchange all over the place.

In a way, the United States don't have any right to tell other nations to not prolifarate, since that very country holds over 13.000 warheads in stockpile, but then again, I don't think any nation should have nukes, so the more they are contained, the better. Yesterday I read in various newspapers the US are planning on launching a first strike attack on Iran to make sure their nuclear facilities will be destroyd. This scares me, because no doubt not only Iran will strike back, but also it will fuel the hatred of various terrorists groups, undoubtably causing a major conflict in a region where, well baby, you don't want to have any conflict.

The thing is this: no doubt Iran will attack Israel after an attack from the US, and since we all know Israel is a nuclear power, I believe things could really get out of hand. To me, their is every reason to attack Iran and make sure they won't get the Bomb, but the results of such an attack could end up unthinkable. Israel, already a threatened people, will probably go for an all out attck, making them even a better target for the countries surrounding them and eager to whipe 'em of the map.

I just wonder, where will all this lead us?

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Two strikes,you're out

I've read this rather scary article last night, stating that each person has a maxmimum of two loves of their lives, with whom they can actually be totally happy. After you blow it with both, you're destined to settle for second best, cause there's no way you'll find anyone ever again that perfectly fits you and contemplates you.

This is a thought that kinda scared me, considering I still, after 3 years, consider R. to be my one true love, even though at the end it worked out horribly, and we'll probably never even say a word to each other again. Does this mean I already used up one of my two possibilities in becoming happy with a guy? If so, that means you have to be really carefull in relationships, so that you won't blow them when they actually mean something. I for one tend to think of people as someone I could easily fall in love with very soon after I've met them, but I do think it's telling that R. is still the only person I can actually tell myself I loved, and still love. My first boyfriend, G. was in my life for a longer period than R. was, yet I don't consider him to be of any significance (to me that is) anymore. I guess now I should be glad with that thought, for otherwise I would have used up both of my chances already, and I'm only 25.

I guess the shit comes up when you turn older and you still haven't found that significant other you really see as significant. Sure enough, I know that at 25 there isn't really that much to worry about just yet, but I do know now you should always be on the look-out, even if this means a total contradiction with my post from yesterday...

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Facts of the matter

Last night I was seriously thinking about quiting guys altogether and just don't bother for them anymore. This may sound extremely insincere coming from me, but I actually felt that way, and for once it wasn't out of anger with one particular guy, or out of self pity or anything, but just out of plain and simple facts.

Fact: Most homosexuals are not interested in any form of steady relationship whatsoever. The vast majority of them seems to be only on the look-out for one-night-stand #878642355 who they can freshly dump the next morning. I admit, as I've done before, that I'm quilty as charged with this practice as well, but I do believe that was more a bit of a thing of the past, and now I seriously hope to get involved in some broader way with a guy I meet in a bar, a club, or anywhere.

Fact: Guys can tell you you're the one, and change their minds over the course of a day, leaving you with nothing but a broken heart after maybe even a, say, months-long relationship. All three serious relationships I've had in my 25-year old existence, have ended up this way, with me being dumped in a way that I didn't expect at all.

Fact: No matter how close you're relationship with a certain guy may be, there is always a far bigger chance than there is with women, that they'll cheat the hell out of you. I know many gay guys who are officially in relationships, but fuck like monkeys with any guy willing to show even the slightest of interest. So this basically means you have to keep your boyfriend on a tight leash (and I don't mean that in a good way) to keep him from cheating from you, which will probably lead up to one of the break-ups discussed earlier.

So, while I have no intereset in sleeping with women, maybe I should quit guys just as well, and live like a monk for the rest of my life!

Monday, April 10, 2006

Busy as a bee

As promised, I'm taking a break from my obsessed Madonna posts of this past week, so I'm just going to write about what I've been up to this weekend. I noticed in my Webstats that most visitors seem to arrive at my site through a Madonna related query, so maybe it's a bit risky, but there we go.

Friday at work I found out my boss was taken out of her function, which I have to say didn't really come as a surprise and isn't something I'm heartbroken about. It wasn't like I hated her something, but it wasn't as if we got along just fine either, so I'm basically blase about the news. So, after work I went for drinks with some friends, and got home about 1 AM, so I got a good night sleep before my Amsterdam second show ticket experience Saturday morning.

After I got my tickets on Saturday, me and Annelies had a nice breakfast, after which she had to go to work, so I went home for a shower, and then went bowling with this large group of friends we always do stuff with on Saturday (usually just drinks). Normally I despise bowling, but after a couple of beers it turned out actually to be a lot of fun, and I didn't even do so bad.... ended up in the top 5 players (we were there with 17 people). We also had reservations for dinner, but since we were off early on bowling, we decided to go for drinks in between. Dinner was great, at this nice ancake all-you-can-eat restaurant, quite noisy, but that's fine after so many beers.

After dinner I went home to fresh up cause Michael was coming over to go clubbing. We went to the local gay bar/dancing and ran into Jurn and some other people I know. Great evening, all dancing and loads of booze, and I didn't see my bed until 6 AM, so it was a nice old-fashioned evening. Also, I cought up with this rather handsome guy that I instantly kinda liked, named M (this is a different M than the last one, I can now disclose the last one was called Michael, yes, the guy I was going out with Saturday, we're basically just friends now, which is fine). Unfortunately, I was a bit too drunk to actually make a good conversation, so I was already expecting never to see or hear from him again, especially since we didn't exchnage any phone numbers or e-mail adresses. Still, when I came home last night, he had sent me a message, to which I replied, so I was kinda surprised I seem to not have screwed up as big time as I'd expected.

On Sunday, as usual, I went swimming with Leendert and Milan, and yesterday evening I didn't really do anything, except for staring at my Madonna tickets and marvelling on about the fact that I'm so totally happy with just the thought of seeing Madonna live for not just one, but three times.

Back at work now for another funfilled week, and looking forward to my first week off in almost a year, which will take place next week. Hope everyone has had a great weekend as well! Leave me a message, and have a good day! Cheers!

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Three tickets in the pocket

This morning I got my tickets for the second Amsterdam show, september 4, of the Confessions World Tour.
Looks like it's gonna be one big Madonna week, now that I'm going to three shows!!!!

Friday, April 07, 2006

A fast sell-out

Wow, this week has gone a lot faster than I'd expected. After the tour announcement, the Amsterdam pre-sale and the Paris on-sale this past week, it's already time for the weekend! Tomorrow morning me and Annelies are going to try and get tickets for the alleged second Amsterdam show, so fingers crossed!

I admit I'm a bit of a bad poster this week, since all I talk about is the upcoming tour. I promise though, that next week will be better! Until then, have a good weekend!

Fosse debout

Anybody who knows me in real life will already know this:

I've got a Paris fosse deboute august 30 (which means floor general admission) ticket as well!!!!

So I'm going to see Madonna's Confessions World Tour 2006 at least twice (as you may know, I've already got an Amsterdam ticket for sept. 3th)

That's all for now, as I cannot be any more extatic!!!!

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Ticket frenzy

Now that I"ve got my Amsterdam tickets secured, the craziness moves on since tomorrow morning will be the French general sale for Palais D'Omnisports. Of course, my most memorable Madonna moment was in that very stadium during the Re-Invention World Tour 2004, so I really need to go there, most preferably to all 4 shows. The problem is, I don't speak a word of French, so I haven't got a clue what French Ticketnet is telling me. I just posted on the ICON messageboard if you can call their service number from abroad, but I don't want to take any risk, so I need to know what to do. The things we do huh?

Ticket frenzy seems to be going crazy anyway. I just read that people are lining up in Montreal (where it's very snowy as we speak) for the general sale starting next Saturday. That means 4 days of sleeping in front of the Bell Center arena. My God, what fun it is to be a fan of the biggest star in the universe!

Meanwhile, I'm planning on going to the ticket outlet anyway come saturday, since I have this gut feeling there will be a second show in Amsterdam, for which obviously I need to have tickets as well. I'm not going to sleep ther like I did two years ago, since all the people who stay overnight will get tickets for the first show, and I already have them. So I'm hoping for the second show to be announced just whe I'm about to be served, getting me tickets to both shows!

ANyway, time to get back to work, and to try and figure out that darn French site!

Edit: I finally found a way to view the site in English, so I take it it won't be that much of a problem anymore! Wish me luck tomorrow morning, 9 am CET!

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

I've got tickets!

I could not be any more thrilled! This morning, ICON organised a pre-sale for Madonna in the Amsterdam ArenA, even though the general sale will not be until saturday and.... IVE GOT TICKETS!!! Two wonderfull GA floor tickets to go see the Queen!

Next thursday will be the general sale for Paris, which I need to order as well. The pre-sale passwords can only be used once, so I wasn't able to use them for Paris as well, but I'm sure it will work out and get a couple of tickets for Bercy Paris as well.

And even if I don't, I AM going to see Madonna in Amsterdam and I'm just so totally happy right now!

Everyone have a great day, I know I will!

Monday, April 03, 2006

Come on already

Monday morning has arrived in Holland, so we're just hours away from an official Madonna tour dates announcement. Unfortunately it's very early in Los Angeles, so chances are we'll have to wait for them for quite some time now. Of course, I"m thrilled already, cause last friday two dates for the Palais D'Omnisports Bercy Paris were already announced by official sponsor NRJ radio, so at least I know where I'm going! It appears the Parisian shows will go on sale this thursday, so as you can imagine I'm quite nervous right now. I just want to hold the darn tickets in my hand and dance around with them!

Fortunately, I didn't let all this anticipation get in the way with this past weekend. I just went for drinks with friends, and got totally outraged at M, who was visiting me on saturday night. I guess that's someone to take out of my phone memory! Still, I had a good time, and I wasn't feeling bad about it yesterday, so I went and visited my parents and had a good time there. Oh and did I mention I've got tickets to see Pink in concert at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam. Of course, it's no Madonna, but I do really like to go and see her.

As soon as we'll find out about Madonna's ticket sales, I'll get back to you! Expect a happy camper!
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