Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Random Tuesday - To Infinity and Beyond... and Back.

It's another Random Tuesday, and it's a good thing because my brain is waaaaay tooooo scattered for coherent thought right now.

If you are of a like mind, go check out Keely... she shows us how it's done.

Let me just say that moving sucks and we aren't even really starting yet. The floors have all been sanded down to the beautiful wood and now the staining begins. My gawd it seems to take forever for stuff to dry. One room's walls have required three coats of white to cover up the brightest/ugliest/saddest green you have ever seen!

Tonight we get our new basement cleaned and set up for the big move. Hopefully we can get everything shifted over as well. Let's just say that I'm increasingly surprised exactly how much SCUBA diving CRAP we have. But this cellar space is larger than the last one, so we'll be able to spread out a bit and hopefully have more than an area 6 inches wide to park my bike.

We had a fantastic time in Munich for the Whiney Expat Bloggers Meetup 2009. A great group of friends in a beautiful, clean, if a bit stuffy city. Munich has many claims to fame of course, but the one I found the funniest was the "We built our opera house on the world's first beer tax" to be a bit over the top. I had my first Maß which as far as I can tell is just a HUGE mug of watery beer. Give me a Guinness any day.

The more I travel, the more I realize that cool/sexy/poor Berlin was the right choice for me. But the people are great in Munich and I would go back for a visit any time.

As of this moment I haven't had enough time to read the instruction manual for my new camera. Unfortunately I think that this will be required. I've started twice but the thing is almost incomprehensible. WHY can't someone actually write a manual that is in simple language and actually gives the owner some value?

Today Mimi and I turned over 3,500 KM on her odometer. I'm really loving the sweet little scooter and will really not be happy on the day she needs to be put away for winter. :(

I didn't get the filing gene - no matter what, I always need to go back to find things and am continually surprised by where things end up. If something were to happen to me tomorrow, I pitty the person who has to find things in my work filing system. Let's not even get into what the folder with my photos looks like.

Now that gray hair has finally started to make its appearance on my head I don't seem to be too happy about it. In fact, I caught myself standing at the bathroom mirror this morning pulling individual hairs. Am I crazy trying to fight against something which is going to happen no matter what?

Been reading:
Priorities Are Clear as Mud in Germany - With elections coming up it is interesting to see what Merkel's administration is up to... or not up to.

Deutsche Bahn to Cut 75% of Berlin Train Services - There must be some nasty politicking going on here. WTF? This is the second maintenance "emergency shutdown" this summer! Somebody should hang pay! Where is our Mayor? Partying in Fuerteventura?

Astronauts pack Buzz Lightyear for ride home - OK, so he didn't quite make it to "Infinity and Beyond"... but he was on the SPACE STATION! He's probably my favorite cartoon character of all and knowing that astronauts think he's cool too is a like a rocket boost for me. :)


OK, I'll leave you with the Mean Kitty Song!
Every time I pass a "Sparta Bank" this song starts playing in my head.

13 comments:

PapaScott said...

>Am I crazy trying to fight against something which is going to happen no matter what?

Why do you think I cut my hair so short? :-)

Kat said...

Every time I see the Mean Kitty Song I think in my head "THIS IS SPARTA!!!" I have issues.

sarah1976 said...

If you pull out the grays, they come back and stick out through the rest of your hair, becoming even more noticeable. So, yeah, don't do that. I speak from experience here.

tommy said...

I say just rock the grays...like straight up OWN them and make them your b*tch, lol. Seriously though...nothing wrong with a few grays... if they bother you terribly just start coloring your hair.

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Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Why do owner's manuals always seem written only for rocket scientists? Or maybe it's that they've been translated (badly) from another language... :)

Moving is never fun - but it sounds like the new place is going to be great, so it's something that helps the motivation levels... :)

Happy RTT! :)

Jan said...

I took one look at the manual for the D90 and immediately went out and bought the "Dummies" book for it. Yeah, they have one.

As for the gray hairs...well, unless you want to start dying it, they're like death and taxes - inevitable. Yes, I speak from experience.

CaJoh said...

I think that I discovered how to take a timed picture on my old camera about three months after it died. Don't know why I was reading the manual to the camera I no longer use— I blame it on getting older.

Jul said...

I like Berlin better than Munich, too. Want to find Scott a job there?

You can't win against the gray. Embrace it. (I got my first ones at 20, so I've had a while to get used to them.)

headbang8 said...

Grey hair? I wish I had more of them...

C N Heidelberg said...

Sarah is right, don't yoink the grays!! They come back all short and fine and stick straight out. They're much less noticeable if you just leave them.
Damon loved yoinking mine because he's so much taller than me and can see them all easily; this had to stop when I saw how they came back!

Snooker said...

@ Papa - I don't think this is an option for me

@ Kat - It seems PERFECTLY NORMAL!

@ Sarah - I'm noting the experience... and weighing my options

@ Tommy - You know, you're right... nature is doing this to me, I should just let it happen. But we won't talk about skin flecks... That part of aging I am not going to appreciate!

@ Stacy - I'm going for the bad language thing on the manuals. My question is, did they have to start out with Chinese?

@ Jan - How I wish you were closer and I could just borrow that book!

@ Cajoh - Well, the important thing is that you eventually READ the manual!

@ Jul - Tell you what, tell Scott that he has to find a job in Berlin. It simply is the best city, you know?

@ Headbang - YES, I can see how me complaining about the color of the hair on my head could trouble the "follicle challenged"

@ Heidelbergerin - Point taken... no yoinking (that sounds like something Shaggy would do... yoinking... For those that don't get that reference, there is NO way for me to explain it to you. :)