Ah, this was fast. Last week blurred by, the holy weekend was spent sleeping so far, with a little cooking and “administrational” (this word seems not to exist, but I believe it should) “work” thrown in. I’ll leave for Suebia tomorrow, and will return before next weekend, because I will have to see some doctor next Monday. But this is so “next week”, who cares ? Last week ended bitter-sweet. The sweet thing was the co-driver, who taught me the new tour : a friendly, open, and intelligent person. The bitter part was to hand her back. But there are holidays now, so I will start again in two weeks, with my co-driver from some years ago. My actual co-driver, and the colleague I had before I got sick (and needed the first op on my eyes), these two shall share co-driving for the remaining seven working weeks of the school year. Each does two weeks with me, and two weeks on another route, in alternation. The idea is that they fill up their negative working-time-accounts. It should work, because the new tour is notably longer than what I had before ; additionally a major road is closed, so I spend a lot of time sitting in traffic on the detour. In fact the people who did this job before clocked in a lot of over-time. But all this is so “mid June”, who cares ? In other news : Some weeks ago Mr IDV nonchalantly solved the problem of the papyri, so I wonder whether he – or someone else of You, venerated & talented readers – could solve the problem of this message from outer space (about) that just dropped in ? Meanwhile we can listen to Sunday Music. This time it is a Bourée by Mr J.S.BACH performed by a flutist-farmer-band named Jethro TULL 54 years ago. I hope you enjoy the music. May the next week be calm and easy !
The last days were great, I do not want to miss a minute of them. Now I sit here in silence, and do not know what to do. I tidied up, washed the dishes, even had a little walk ; a two room appartement can be large and empty too. I feel absolutely no inclination to go to work tomorrow. Especially since I will switch tours with a colleague on midday. In the morning I’ll drive as usual, and say goodbye to parents and kids, while in the afternoon I will sit in another vehicle, with another co-driver, and go into a totally different direction. I hope it all works according to plan, because the reason is – of course – only financial : The colleague clocks over time, while I have under time ; by switching tours our working-time accounts should even out over the coming months, towards the end of the school year. But first I have to clean the vehicle tomorrow before I can pass it on, I only hope that I get a freshly cleaned one in response. Today’s Sunday Music is the Preludio for A Minor Suite composed by Manuel PONCE (1882-1948) (Ger., Eng.), performed by Armen DONEYAN (born 1989) (about). I hope you like the music. May the coming week be bearable for all of us.
I should have been busy today, but I barely could get up in the late morning. The last days were pretty demanding – everybody I spoke to complained about the weather, the depressive & stifling atmosphere gave anybody headaches. One morning I looked at my colleagues in their grey t-shirts, shuffling over the yard pushing wheelchairs or leading kids, all with puffy eyes and grey faces, looked like the march of the very old zombies into the institute … At least I have a clean appartement now, and all the stuff I have to care for lies orderly on my desk. To be treated. Soon. I reduced my news intake over the last week, but what I had to learn was bad enough. CNN (wasn’t this station called “Fake News Central” by the maga mob ?) gave Trump a platform to spread his lies, and when this lousy bastard mocked the victim of his sexual abuse the audience laughed. Then there is this super judge who accepted “gifts” from his billionario friend – obviously this judge is too narrow minded to understand the ethics that come with his office. But he’s a good conservative and hence good enough to judge about anything related to the constitution. But all this pales in comparison to the headhoncho of Texas who “vowed” to pardon a murderer, even before said murderer was sentenced to 25 years in prison. He’s obviously white, a black man would have been stood at the next wall for this crime. Not that things are good here in Europe, we do not live on the island of bliss. The fascist party in Germany becomes stronger and stronger (and more radical), while the Green Party tries some reeducation, I can not use another word. I must first read more about what goes on here, before I can yell around. But what is obvious is that the Green Party stinks of Moralin nowadays, and who dares to utter some criticism is a bad bad really bad human being, booh ! Generally outrage & emotions replace argument and focused discussion on a rational basis. Something went wrong in the societal discourse here, not only in Germany, in the whole of Europe, but I can not say when & where. Today’s Sunday Music is a little longer than usual : The atmospheric title Mars from Fanou TORRACINTAs (about) recently published album Gipsy Guitar From Corsica (2). I hope you enjoy the music. May the coming week spare us further cruel disappointments.
Last week was demanding, weekend was busy. But I nevertheless watched when Charles and Camilla Windsor had their new, used crowns put on their heads. Good to see that all is in order ; all went smooth, nobody tripped over the hemline, nothing fell to the ground. Mind you, it would leave an unfavourable impression when the Orb (Ger., Eng.) would be dinged ! Tomorrow will be another busy day, “things” need to be attended, I have a list. Sadly I need these small lists now more than earlier. But who cares, as long as things necessary are cared for in time. There is no clever bridge to today’s Sunday Music. Today it is just a gang of old geezers, who thankfully have not forgotten how to hold a guitar. They call themselves “Rhythm Kings”, and are seen here performing a song by Mr J.J. CALE (1938-2013) (Ger., Eng.) titled Anyway The Wind Blows. I hope you like the Music. May it be a relaxing week for all of us !