Yesterday I was preparing a fabulous meal in the kitchen of a friend in this house. You know that this is an eight storey building where nearly hundred people are living, and there is a lot of fluctuation because of students moving in and out. But the people who life longer here sooner or later know each other and, yes, take care a bit. So I was not surprised when an elder lady rung the bell, she is living on the second and my friend now and then runs an errand for her. But she made my friend follow her outside in the corridor, and seemed a bit upset.
What had happened was, that the old lady on returning home accidentally had a look at her door and door frame. She noticed a small mark on it: Thin line by ballpoint in blue – the doorframes are in a light greyish-bluish mix, so you see it at one glance when you know where to look. She checked her floor, and found any door marked, in fact all doors throughout the whole house had received a sign. The appartement manager had not noticed it before and started to clean the door frames later when he was told about it.
What freaked the old lady out was the fact, that she was the only one who had a kind of special mark on her door frame, like singling or sorting her out.
Now we all have are looking around and wondering what this is all good for. I really thought that Gaunerzinken are out of use these days!


The Scot

Mr. Knudsen-sor tagged me: Old “meme-is-for-the-weak”-Knudsen came up with seven personal superstitions. He wants others to do the nasty, as bittersweet me, who seemingly ignored the insult, as did marky, and witchypoo. Ellie in turn wrote about her ex, bastard-face, what turned out to be an interesting socio-economic dense narration of irish life and times; Eddie Waring in turn confessed to an arse-fixation: Call this Brit in California a happy man, he always carries a part of his home with himself.
I once wrote down 8 uninteresting things about me and why not continue? I do not tag anybody else, if you like to let it all out, just do it.

Seven things about mago, or what mago thinks:
. I was baptized and that is it, no confirmation. I refused to do it.
II. The death-sentence is un-ethical. Nobody has a “right to kill”. No single person, no group, no state. There are crimes that make me wonder whether it is the right position, but after all, yes it is right: A state has not the right to take away the life of a human being. Full stop.
III. War is the organized destruction of human beings. Who ever uses this as a means of “politics” or as a means to earn money steps outside the civilzed community. Carla del Ponte was the only real man in Europe for the last ten years.
IV. The Balcans are no part of Europe. Somebody built a fence!
V. I once played pool in a certain state of mind. I knew what would happen on this table, I was one of the balls, it was one of the most strangest experiences of my life. It lasted for one frame, say 10 to 12 minutes and afterwards I couldn’t point a queue straight.
VI. I would like to meet Janwillem van de Wetering.
VII. The time-machine would have to beam me right to Prague 1590. One way ticket please. 20 golden years at the Emperor’s, then move to Wolfenbuettel, starting at the library …


I won something!

Portia found this blog worth to receive the “Thinking Blogger Award” and gave it to me together with Proxima, Austere, Uncle E and Crusty Beef.
Politly I want to thank for this and confess that it appeals to my vanity. If this blog provokes one or another thought in a reader’s head than it is good. Do not miss to follow the TBA-link to the source of this award, The Thinking Blog by Ilker Yoldas. There are currently more than 250 other Thinking Blogs to be discovered! Happy rummaging!
Thank you Portia.


Tag autch …

… not the brightest pun, I know.

Amanda tagged me. Eight facts or habits about me.

The rules are:
1. I have to post these rules before I give you the facts.
2. Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
3. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
4. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
5. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

Do I know 8 people that can be tagged? Successfully?

I. People who know me personally say that I can be very stubborn, hard-headed (if this phrase exists, dickschädelig). That may have something true in it.
II. I am very touchy about the tone of voice with that someone adresses me. A collegue once snared at me in the mensa like a drill sergeant on the barrack square. I had to go away, actually went to the toilet and kicked through a door; took some years before I spoke to the bastard again, because I was forced to.
III. I like to shoot guns. I am glad that I do not possess one and that their possession here is strictly limited.
IV. Sometimes I regret that I did not learn a craft. If I would have grown up where I was born, I guess I would have become a smith working with iron, blacksmith, maybe making steel, blades.
V. I was drinking too much for a long time. The worst time was at the end of the eighties when I was down to more than one bottle of Ballantine’s a day. It was no happy drinking. It was shit actually. Today I do not touch hard drinks, from time to time I have a bottle of wine.
VI. I managed to get my degree before my mother died and could show it to her. She died with the impression that my future would be safe and she wouldn’t need to worry. I can understand what Doug at his blog documents. He is in a similar situation as my father was when he took care for my mother. My father could not bring himself to realize that there is no cure for cancer (breast, lung, brain). Anything that takes away pain in the last phases is good.
VII. I burried my father at my 38th birthday and was unable to say something.
VIII. I am unable to “sell” myself. I am part of a business and we face bankerott because we insist to do what we learned and studied: Read, think, write and speak. Maybe I am just a stupid prout pathetic idiot. But I am an independent idiot.

That’s it. I do not tag 8 more, who sees this and wants to make her or his own list shall do it. Maybe some curiosities a little satisfied. 🙂