Get rabbit…

23 02 2009

…for the ready! Ehm, whatever, anyway: Come this Friday, the waiting is over and my old, faithful Passat will be crushed to a handy piece of aluminum foil. After 5 years of high maintenance, it’s time to change to something less prone to breaking every once in a while.

More facts on Friday!


On French cars….

2 02 2009

Well, a little add-on is required since I test-drove the new Mazda 2 Sport fit for fun edition today. At first I was sceptical if I would even fit into that little thingy, but I was more than pleasantly surprised by pretty much everything it had to offer. 86 hp, aluminum rims, sporty front and rear fenders and enough room for a driver, a co-pilot and – that is if you flip the rear seats – enough space to accomodate more than enough luggage. And/or beer. Plus, it handles pretty well. Overall, pretty neat.

The Mazda 2 Sport

The Mazda 2 Sport

Project Full Beard and the end of the semester…

2 02 2009

Yeah, I never really was a friend of shaving. Neither did I ever really look good with a beard. Not that I ever tried growing it as long as to actually be able to call it that. But now that I’ve realized that – bearded or not – I don’t need to visually please anyone, because the semester’s over, it has become time to relaunch ‚project full beard‘. And I don’t care if anyone finds this interesting, I just thought it was something worth sharing since nothing much apart from that is going on in my life right now. The semester’s over, as mentioned above, the first two exams have been taken, I have (at least) two theses to write and spring’s a long way down the road. In March, I’m headed for Sondrio, Italy to do some alpine soaring and I’ve officially NOT registered for my pedagogy and psychology state exam, which means I’m taking it next year. So much for my tremendous progress college-wise.

The German government has come up with a nice little plan to motivate people to buy new cars. They call it „Abwrackprämie“ (wrecking bonus) – candidate for ‚word of the year‘. In short, it goes like this: If you own a car that is older than nine years, you’re paid 2.500 Euros if you put it to rest on a car graveyard (or send it to car heaven, to put it more euphemistically) and buy a new one. On top of that, if the new car you buy fulfills certain environmental requirements, you don’t have to pay taxes for two years. That means: it was never this cheap to buy a new car.

Here’s my personal favorite:

Peugeot 207

Peugeot 207

…..Peugeot gives you another 1000 bucks if you buy one of their cars.

’nother one?

Peugeot 207 in red

Peugeot 207 in red

There’s just two problems I’m facing now: 1) Who’ll pay? I’m a poor student, I don’t have money of my own. Donations welcome! 😉 2) How am I going to transport everything that I used to be able to transport in my Passat in this little thing?

Time will tell….

Sorry to everyone who felt neglected during the last few months…

16 12 2008

…most importantly to Meredith, who I hope isn’t too upset now that I’ve been such a jerk and never called. I actually talked to Mike on the phone not too long ago and told him to say hello to everyone…of course that’s no excuse for being mainly concerned with myself. A short summary of stuff that I’ve been up to lately:

1) Read and prepare tons of texts for college

2) Prepare and give two lessons in school – that sucked really badly, by the way…

3) Prepare my lesson for my club’s winter theory course

4) Attend several glider-related meetings

5) Find time to relax and not go insane

….and that was only the most important things I could think of right now.

Then there’s band rehearsals, trying to write music, discovering that my skills are too limited for the stuff I want to play…and so on.

And now that all the hassle is finally coming to a pause, the holiday season starts and I’ll have to run around town and buy Christmas gifts, send emails and cards (naa, just emails…) and hope that it’s all over soon. I friggin‘ hate Christmas…Everyone’s trying to show their generosity by donating to charity while the rest of the year they don’t give a rat’s ass if there are poor disabled children dying of some unknown and/or uncurable disease in some orphan’s home in Nigeria… The good thing about this time of year is that there’s mulled wine in abundance and by tactically placing the Christmas market close to college, the town has given valuable excuses to students to show up drunk to class. Not that I would ever attend class after the consumption of alcoholic beverages. Or consume alcolholic beverages before going to class.

Whatever happens in the next few days – which will most likely be Christmas shopping insanity – I’ll keep ya updated. And maybe I’ll even find the time to call.

….as you may have noticed…

20 10 2008

…there is a change in layout to marvel at on this page. Instead of the Philadelphia skyline as seen from the Schuylkill Expressway, you are now looking at a panorama of the ‚Altstädter Kirchenplatz‘ in Erlangen. This has to do with the fact that I am now back in Erlangen and after two weeks of getting everything back in place (most of all my sense of day and night), there’s nothing really new to mention. The town still looks the same, the people I’ve met up to this point haven’t changed and it seems that time might just as well have been suspended for seven months in Erlangen while it went at a faster pace elsewhere. It’s really hard to think back on half a year of new impressions, new encounters and life-changing experiences when you come back to just the same old dull crap and all that you’ve seen seems to be overshadowed by this uncanny reluctancy to evolve. But before I get too philosophical, let’s look at the good things: I’m back in the arms of mother S, and apparently, I’m being missed somewhere…Just admit it, there’s simply no cooler person than myself 😀

Meanwhile, school has started again and it already seems that all my good intentions (study more, harder and more efficient) were only intentions and not implementable in everyday college life. I’m already now way behind in my reading assignments and I’m taking way too many classes. Some will have to be postponed to a later semester because with all the other stuff I’m up to – working, playing music, working in the shop at the airfield in winter, preparing my lesson for the winter gliding theory course etc. pp. – there’s not really time to devote enough attention to ALL the classes I wanted to take. We’ll see how it works out, latest in January, when I’m drowning in work for my term papers.

Oh and by the way: M, you need to update your blog more often…you don’t want me to get outta touch, do ya? Anyway, I’m off to the library now, I need to get a grip on all this reading material somehow.

Peace, I’m out.

The old world…

12 10 2008

Finally, a week after getting back, I now find the time to write something. As you all may know, I arrived back home a week ago on Saturday and spent pretty much the whole of the week recovering from the after-effects of my jet lag, seeing all kinds of people and taking care of a few university-related stuff. So, I didn’t really have time to sit down and elaborate about my thoughts. I am dead tired today, so this won’t be a long entry either, but this week should offer some spare time for me to really post something that’s more worth your while. Also, I hope that you guys over in America aren’t upset that I didn’t call on Thursday, like I had promised on Tuesday. But weren’t you on that site visit anyway? Whatever, I’m sure I’ll get around to both calling and writing something this week. And now I’m off to bed.

Have a great rest of the Sunday!


17 09 2008

Yesterday, I drove past a batallion of FOX 29 TV vans on my way home from Malvern to West Chester. The center of town was blocked by police, fire trucks and ambulances and I rode right past a TV journalist, who was apparently at that point preparing for going on air for a live broadcast. After investigating, I found out that there had been findings of a „suspicious device“ in a parking garage on High Street (the one where we usually leave our cars when we go out in WC city and don’t want to drive home).

Now. What is going on in this little town? First, Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson come here to shoot parts of a movie and the whole town is blocked by film crews, then someone tries to blow up a parking garage….has the whole world gone crazy??

Here is the link. If you watch the footage, the pretty lady with the beige dress reporting live is the one I saw on my way home.