Claudia Schiepers

November 28, 2008, 7:35 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Although I consider New York, USA my home now, I am still Belgian and I try to follow the news in my birth country as I find it very interesting. It's even more interesting when the two countries meet in the news. Unfortunately, in the latest news storm where those two (kind of) met, I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

So this is the short version of the story:
Belgian minister of defense comes to New York with a delegation. They party one night in a Belgian cafe and (according to the Belgian waitress) the minister sings and drinks. A member of his delegation talks to the Belgian waitress and tells her that they aren't doing very much in NY as most meetings were canceled. Something they knew in advance and did not stop them from flying over the ocean for this field trip. 
The waitress, who keeps a personal blog to inform friends and family about her adventures in the big city, writes a report with her version of the evening on said blog. She gives her personal and subjective opinion and this gets some momentum on some other blogs. 
When questioned about it, the minister denies getting drunk and having a fun trip in New York. He also lies about calling the New York Belgian bar and so getting the waitress fired. Two days later he admits that there was a contact between his office and the bar that caused the dismissal. 

Now all blogs are of course writing about the disgrace. How can a politician who claims (on his own website) to be open to dialog through the internet, make a public speech about the menace of blogs? Who the hell does he think he is and what dictatorship does he live in to get someone fired?

Now I have read a lot of the comments everywhere and I have to agree with the majority, De Crem, our Minister of defense is a total ass. This however is not news to me. He always was an ass and he is not and never will be capable of dealing with criticism. I suggest he finds another job… 

I do find it a bit weird that almost nobody is criticizing the actions of the waitress. As an employee, her loyalty should be with her work. She blatantly ignored this and put her boss in a position where his business's reputation was at stake. Maybe she didn't think her blogpost would have this effect, but that does not mean she is not responsible for her actions. I have worked many years in the "horeca" and I believe there is a unwritten law that says that discretion is a given. If I owned a business like that, I would expect my staff to be discreet and to serve our customers. That is what they are being paid for. 

And of course she has the freedom to write this down on her website. Nobody is arguing that she does not have that right. But if I write things on my blog that would hurt my company's reputation, I fully expect to be fired. In the end, they are still paying me to do a job and to be a representative of their brand. I don't see why this would not be the case with this waitress. She made her bed and now she must sleep in it. Unfortunately, it is not the nicest way to find out how powerful freedom of speech can be. 

But that is just my humble opinion about all this…

And it’s a first edition!
November 19, 2008, 4:08 pm
Filed under: Boeken

So the boyfriend has connections… 🙂 He also does the artwork for this author's books. Cool, no?

Da Vinci

I will find you…
November 18, 2008, 6:50 pm
Filed under: Kat

J., my cat (who lives with the parents) came home last week while breathing from his back… Something created a huge hole in his body and left a gaping wound. Not a lot of blood, no infection, just a big hole. The opinions are divided as to what or who could have caused this. Some say a car (?), I say a rock that someone threw… Just so you know, whoever hurt my cat (if it was a person), do it again and I will find you. Trust me, it will not be your best day!

The vet did a good job (according to my sis, who is also a vet).


Atlantic City
November 17, 2008, 2:14 pm
Filed under: New York

After a busy, but fun week in Europe (London and Belgium), I drove down to Atlantic City, NJ for the weekend. So much fun! A fairly nice hotel, great company, the most decadent meal ever (6 pound lobster and steak!), a little bit of gambling, lots of staying in bed and heaps of saltwater taffy. What more could a girl wish for!

The boardwalk is quite nice off season. It reminds me a bit of the Belgian coast in the early 80s.


Behind the scenes
November 9, 2008, 12:16 pm
Filed under: Amerika

November 7, 2008, 6:11 pm
Filed under: Amerika

November 4, 2008, 8:03 pm
Filed under: New York

It's been quiet here lately, but I have been blogging on one of the Standaard blogs: In alle Staten. mostly about the elections and what is going on around here.

Once that is all done, I promise to devote more time here again!

So exciting today!!! I feel like I am watching history unfold right in front of me. Or around me. It will be a very emotional night. Let's just hope it will be the good emotions.