Daily Archives: 14 January 2009

the bailout game

This is fun, if you have a few minutes… I only played once, sank the country into a deep recession, and put Paulson and Bernanke on trial for conspiring to spread communism. Not really my intention, and I’m not sure if it always ends that way or what.


what the Dutch banks say

We’re sorry, no one is available to take your call right now. But if you leave your name and telephone number at the tone, a customer service representative will get back to you. Beeeeeeep.

We think they’re hiding under their desks. I imagine they’re expecting an angry mob with torches and pitchforks, rather than a literature professor seeking a loan. DrBob did manage to get an appointment with one bank next Tuesday – one of the ones that may have gotten caught up in the Madoff scandal, possibly not a good sign. But at least they answered their phone; the rest are nowhere to be found. Why, one would almost think they don’t want to do their job! (That is an inside joke for Americans and Canadians living in Germany and the Netherlands, because the latter two have a lot of people who seem to think they get a paycheck just to go someplace and be surly all day.)

Anyway. One Dutch bank guy has agreed to talk to us. If DrBob can coax him out from under his desk, I’ll let you know what he has to say next Tuesday.

Song du jour of the day: Aan de Kust, by Bløf