This is what clubbing did in NL

Now that the UK is opening night-clubs, I’ll show you what to expect over the next few weeks. My government ran an experiment for fifteen days. The experiment was: do whatever you like, but keep your distance and get tested for activities when social distancing is not possible. Oh, and when you get your Janssen-shot your Corona-pass is active immediately (also called ‘Dansen met Janssen’-pass). Oh, and a test is valid for forty hours. That will get you going all weekend! Delta-variant? Yeah, we heard about that, but it’ll will be dominant by September, not earlier.

This is what happened

Number of people who tested positive per 100.000 inhabitants between June 14 and July 19.
First white dot on the blue line beneath the graph: June 26, opening up. Second dot: July 10, closing night-clubs and curfew for all cafes at midnight.
Number of people who tested positive between June 14 and July 19 per age group

In other words: let the unvaccinated groups dance all night long and give some of them long-covid, and their parents (many under 25 still live with their parents), who are still 1 shot and/or two weeks away of being fully vaccinated, too.

And what about Delta? Yep. Taking us by storm.

Covid-19 variants measured between June 28 and July 4

But the Brits are better vaccinated than the Dutch, right? Well…not really.

Vaccination rollout in the UK, source: The Guardian July 19
Vaccination rollout NL, source: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control July 19

And don’t forget, the Dutch are mainly vaccinated with mRNA vaccines, which are better at fighting off the Delta variant.

I can’t wait to see the UK graphs in a few weeks’ time.

Door |2021-07-19T17:13:44+02:0019 juli 2021|datascience, flow|0 Reacties

Covid Confessions

We were doing so well in June. Then the Dutch government decided it would be a great gift to all people to open up basically everything on June 26th, including nightclubs. Imagine all those young bodies dancing, sweating, drinking, hugging, kissing inside rooms where the air is recycled through many noses, mouths and lungs like it’s 2019. Sure, people needed to show their coronapass before allowed in, but that could be obtained with a quick test, giving you green light to party for 40 hours in a row. And scanning all those QR-codes became a real hassle when you see the row of people waiting to enter grow and grow.

On that day, June 26th, we had a daily count of about 550 new infections. In some countries, that would still be reason enough not to go out and about. Unsurprisingly, on July 1st that number went up and as I’m writing this, July 10th, we counted 10.345 newly infected people in one day. That brings us back to lock-down Christmas 2020. With one week of partying we nullified 6 months of patiently waiting. Well done government. They still can’t seem to grasp exponential growth despite their weekly meetings with the experts.

I feel so angry.

I’m currently studying really hard for a data engineering exam and it’s tough. I really appreciate all the knowledge I’m gaining on how to handle data in data warehouses and data lakes, but it is not inspiring to learn data plumbing. The past month I haven’t been sleeping well, and that led me to spiral down the greyness inside. There was a bright point in the future I clung on to these past few weeks. The idea of travel. Two weeks with just the three of us in a city that I love. Two weeks of reintroducing Daughter to the wonders of going places.

A few months ago the Man took a gamble and reserved a house in Copenhagen for two weeks through Airbnb. I knew it was a gamble, but in June the idea of travel became a realistic scenario. We both receive our second shot the week before we leave, we are welcome in Denmark. As our second shot is only a week before we leave we still need to take a test before entering Denmark, but if that’s the only thing I have to do to be able to enter the Louisiana Museum, check out the shops on Vesterbrogade or get a coffee at The Coffee Collective, no problem. But then June 26th came.

With one week of exam preparation to go (doing the exam coming Friday), the bright point in the future shines very brittle. I guess the Germans put up a fence for their partying neighbours next week (we drive through Germany to get to Denmark) and the Danes put us on the red list, requiring us to quarantine on arrival. Rightfully so.

I have been one of those careful inhabitants of this country who have been taking all the precautions and spent nearly 1,5 years in and around their home. I’ve dealt with it all. Even with a four year old (now five) darting around the house for weeks on end while juggling work, home schooling for her and home schooling for me at the same time. The gift from my government after six months of surviving the greyest of days? I bet another six weeks of staying at home during Daughter’s Summer holidays. At least we both are exempt from home schooling.

As I said. I feel so angry.

Door |2021-07-10T18:35:01+02:0010 juli 2021|flow|1 Reactie

Cooking dinner

During pandemic era the Man took his role as cook very seriously and prepared family dinners every single day. However, yesterday he was meeting his colleagues in the vicinity of Eindhoven, a 1,5 hours drive. That meant he wasn’t at home in time to prepare dinner, ergo I had to cook. Luckily for Daughter and the Man I haven’t lost my skills. They enjoyed their meal.

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Door |2021-06-24T11:43:08+02:0024 juni 2021|deze dag|0 Reacties

The dishwasher gamble that turned sour

We should have known better. Five days ago I wrote that the dishwasher we originally ordered wouldn’t fit in our kitchen and thus went back to the shop we bought it from. Then we quickly decided to order another one, to be delivered a week from now. The gamble we took was to order a ‘second chance’ model instead of a new one. That gamble turned sour, but not for the reason I thought it was a gamble (that it was previously repaired). The Man noticed that the credit card was still not credited for the new order and called customer service. It turned out that the entire order, including the appointment for installation, was cancelled without noticing us. We could have been waiting all week, expecting a new dishwasher next Saturday, for nothing. When on the phone the employee offered to place a new order “and that can be delivered tomorrow”. With that promise he forgot that the delay is in the installation. Two weeks, maybe even longer, to make an appointment for that.

Of course we were livid. The Man send a very lengthy e-mail to customer service this afternoon and as I’m writing this we’re waiting for their response.

Considering the shortage in dishwashers, I didn’t wait for the company to come up with a solution. Their own stock is even lower than when we first ordered, three weeks ago. I checked their site but they have absolutely no model left that fits our kitchen. Acting quickly is key, so again I scoured the web for dishwashers. It really feels like a scavenger hunt by now. I ended up with a company in Dokkum, way up north, that has one Siemens model on stock that suits us. We even called the shop, just before closing hours, to make sure our kitchen panel will indeed fit. They don’t do installation, but I’d rather have a machine and find a local professional to pay for the installation (or even try installing it myself!) than end up without a new dishwasher for many more weeks. We placed our order and now we have to wait and see if indeed this dishwasher can and will be delivered soon. Fingers crossed!

Door |2021-06-18T18:28:04+02:0018 juni 2021|flow|1 Reactie

Quarantinology

Though talking from the viewpoint of the US, I really enjoyed listening to Allie Ward’s episode Quarantinology. Covid-19 regulations are being lifted, now what? Ward talked to several researchers covering the history of quarantine, what to expect in the near future regarding infection rates and how to deal with settling in to our new lives. Indeed, we’re not getting back to normal. Normal is dead, according to Cole Imperi. Imperi also talks about ‘shadow losses’, things we lost during the pandemic, and our need to grief for them. That part really made sense to me. I highly recommend listening to this episode of Alli Ward’s excellent show.

Door |2021-06-16T22:06:39+02:0016 juni 2021|flow|0 Reacties

No dishwasher (yet)

Still doing the dishes by hand today. It did get delivered, but the installer immediately saw a problem. The panel attached to the dishwasher door is split in two, therefore the model we choose (on which the panels slide over de machine’s door) is unsuitable for our kitchen. Very frustrating when you realise how much research I already did to find a model that to fit in our kitchen. The global supply of new dishwashers is drying up due to slow deliveries due to the pandemic and shortage of microchips. When I first ordered a dishwasher, my preferred model was on stock and two mouse clicks later was out of stock. I suspect all the machines were bought by a kitchen selling company, whom I’ve heard also struggle to stock enough electronic devices for their customers. So today we had to make a quick decision to order a different type of dishwasher. We switched from AEG to Siemens (a bit more expensive) and settled for a model lacking the feature of opening the door after finishing a wash cycle. At least this one was in stock. Could be delivered tomorrow, however we don’t want to install it ourselves so we have to wait another two weeks before the machine gets installed. Another two weeks of doing the dishes by hand. Annoying, but we’ll survive.

One interesting turn of events. The Man discovered our preferred model became available as a ‘second chance’ model. It was returned and repaired and ready for sale. We decided to take a chance and swop the order for this model, since it ticks all the boxes we were looking at the beginning. Fingers crossed our gamble pays of in the long run (as in the repaired model will turn out not to be a faulty model).

Next episode in two weeks!

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P.S.: the installers didn’t come for nothing. We ordered a new fridge at the same time. That one is quietly doing its work while I’m typing this. This kitchen upgrade makes the Man happy since he was the one mopping water from the bottom of the fridge the past few weeks. We should have replaced that old beast four years ago when we moved in, but it was sort of doing its job and expensive to replace. And also needed solving of the bottom plank puzzle.

Door |2021-06-13T21:40:37+02:0013 juni 2021|deze dag|1 Reactie
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