Guus Bosman

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Tech talk at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh

For our college recruitment I gave a tech talk at Carnegie Mellon University last week. It was fun talking with students. They were younger than I remember. It seems like my talk went over quite well, and at the end I gave them my three pieces of advice for looking for jobs: 1. Work where the firm makes its money, 2. Your supervisor is very important. When looking for a job, try to interview her/him as much as possible, 3. Do the hard things. In college: take the hard courses. At work: investigate the hard problems. Be the go-to-person.

The next morning I went for a run downtown, crossing all three rivers. Pittsburgh is a beautiful city.

I drove to Pittsburgh from Arlington -- about 4 hours clean driving time.



This morning when the boys were eating, Leo all of a sudden said with a very sad voice: "sleutel" and pointed to the window.

My parents had told me that the guys sometimes play with a toy wrench key and try to put it through a hole in the window screen. Apparently Leo and Adrian succeeded in that the other day because indeed, the wrench key was outside -- right on a ledge.

So I left the kids up, one by one, to take a look. We'll have to use a broom to get it off the ledge.


Goodbye taverna

Time flies... my parents are leaving tomorrow. Last night we had a wonderful taverna. We had dinner with Ginny, Gilbert and Judy, and Trey and Baka visited for a while. Jaap had made hamburgers and fruit salad and we had great conversations.


Kids on an urban bike ride

During dinner Leo and Adrian kept saying they wanted to go on the bakfiets. Sasha was staying late at work so after dinner Jaap and Mieke helped to get them ready and we went of for a bikeride. Often we'll go to a store, but last night I just drove them around a bit.

We lucked out -- there was a fire alarm at one of the high rises near Virginia Square so there were lots of firetrucks. Thankfully it was a false alarm but the cars and fireman were very interesting for the kids.

Then on to Clarendon, where we saw the bakfiets from Bike Arlington with two ladies who had been doing outreach.

The kids were watching the world go by and having fun. It made me realize they are growing up to be real Arlington kids, living on the border between suburbia and the urban R-B corridor.

Sasha came with the elevator -- much to Adrian's surprise -- and after being reunited, Sasha and Adrian walked home together -- but not after trying the elevator once more.


Nora & Opa

The other day Jaap, Nora and I went to H-Mart. We bought Indonesian condiments, and ingredients for sushi.

It's great to see my parents and Nora together.


Bloot eten

Jaap and Mieke went to see a music show last night at the Capitol, and Sasha was home a little later, so I gave the kids dinner. They love macaroni with red sauce, "en kaas!"

To keep laundry to a minimum, I introduced the rule "bloot eten".


Bosmans and the Zanes

It has been many years since my parents and Jonathan and Irena saw each other -- well before Julian was born.

Last night the Zane family arrived and stayed for the night, they are on their way to South Carolina to see the solar eclipse on Monday. We had a lovely dinner together and enjoyed catching up on old memories. Ilana is going to college in 10 days, unbelievable.


Nora is back

Last night Sasha and Nora arrived at Dulles. Sasha went to pick her up two weeks ago and so after two months our family is finally reunited.

The girls had a great time in Bulgaria and Greece. We were home around 11.00 pm last night, and the first thing Nora asked for was boterham met kaas. Her Dutch is still very good -- a little slow, but with a rich vocabulary.

This morning at 6.15 am Leo started waking up and he was very happy when his mother was caressing him, so we slept a little longer.


Rally of Solidarity for Charlottesville

Eva and I went to the Rally of Solidarity for Charlottesville. We bicycled to Court House and spent some time at the rally, then we went to Whole Foods.


With Opa & Oma

The boys and my parents are very comfortable with each other. When Leo and Adrian wake up, they don't call for me but yell "Oma! Oma!" instead. Which works for me since I get to sleep a little longer.

Oma has a lot of patience, which is good when the boys are having breakfast. They have a routine figured where the first half of the breakfast is independent -- but the second half is with Oma reading a book.

After breakfast they usually go the playground or the grocery store, and have lunch around noon follow by a nap. They are really happy with the fruithapje when they wake up.

Their Dutch is improving significantly. Of course, they are learning appropriate and non-appropriate words alike so Adrian is fond of saying "oh jee!" now. When they count objects, they'll say: "een auto, twee auto's... allemaal auto's".


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