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I think this has to be my Dad.
Because when I started studying law, he told me I wasn't made for that, when everyone else kept telling me how much money I'll get to make one day. Because his silent support is the reason I finally dropped law school after 2 years, and have never been happier since.
Because when he was still working, he'd always prescribe the best medication to the poorest kids, and refused to give them generic stuff, and when their parents didn't have medical, he'd pay the difference out of his own pocket without telling them.
Because when I was a kid, and we'd walk around town together, we'd always bump into some poor people and he'd give them money and we'd go for coffee with them and he'd buy them cigarettes, and when I asked who… (another 835 words)
To my Foster Mom.
This was a friends Mom who went to court to become my legal Foster Mother oh so many years ago when I was a teen.
It wasn't until after I realized she too was going through trauma- but this great lady still helped me.
To this day I am eternally grateful for her love and support - then and now. She will always be my hero who helped a kid!
I spent the day with another old lady - we were classmates in the fifth grade - and her daughter. We ate homemade mushroom soup, little red potatoes with horseradish mayonnaise and salad, and celebrated my friend's 77th birthday with pound cake, ice cream, and strawberry sauce. Her daughter painted a little water color while they were here, a charming seaside scene and I wish she'd given it to me!, and we talked about children, grandchildren, husbands and how impossible it is that we're getting old. No, correction, that we are old. Lovely day.
To let you all know the end to this story (and because I'm Proud Dad), my daughter had to appear as a witness in the prosecution of one of these guys yesterday. The first case was postponed from October as the accused never turned up, so this time, being escorted by the police, the trial commenced with him. After giving her evidence, my daughter was praised highly by the judge for her actions on that night and her Zivilcourage which is, unfortunately as the judge said, not at all prevelant and should always be praised where it does occur, especially by a young woman.
righter, your daughter is a legend. I'm so glad she got the recognition she so richly deserved!
On a totaly different note, I spent the weekend with some old friends (flatmates from student days) of my husband, at a 30th birthday/xmas get together. Not only was this awesome fun, but yes, these are special people. There are three guys (including my husband) and their three wives, plus 3 other guys (all gay ) and 2 other girls, who are college friends of the other two wives. My husband and I are the latecomers to this grouping, but nowhere do I feel more comfortable and accepted, or have more fun. There are lots of ways in which this group is special, but just for an example (and this really deserves kudos) both couples (who now live down the road from each other (though some 250 miles… (another 153 words)
There's a new wave of Abmahnungen going around. Urmann und Collegen are sending bills of 250 yoyos a piece to thousands of people who watched (streamed) "material" on redtube.com, apparently after tricking the Cologne Landgericht into ordering ISPs to reveal the owners of the IP addresses. Since streaming is not illegal and users who are streaming the videos on a legitimate site cannot know that they are potentially violating copyright, the court should never have issued the order and the Abmahnungen are improper - at least according to Christian Solmecke, a well-known protagonist from this thread.
If you receive an Abmahnung related to redtube.com, Solmecke recommends that you neither sign the cease-and-desist order nor pay anything, but instead send a letter of objection.
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Whoa... just got Urmann's Abmahnung via mail, and not via one of my freemail accounts that attract spam either. Was extremely flummoxed, particularly as wild horses couldn't persuade me to watch something on the order of "Hot Stories", which is what they list as my transgression.
However, when I checked the date when this supposedly happened, all my Angst flew out the window:So they know I'm going to be doing this then, eh?
Yesterday, a woman was shopping up and down Residenzstrasse, an area well known for expensive fashion labels, accompanied by her pug. Unfortunately, the dear little dog suffered a stroke, right there on Residenzstrasse, and expired in front of the Prada shop. I am glad to say that when the distraught dog owner rushed into the shop, asking for a bag to transport her dead pet, the clerk not only gave her a large bag but also helped her wrap the dog in tissue paper and gently placed it inside.
The woman got on the S-Bahn at Marienplatz, heading for Solln, and put the bag on the floor next to her seat. And while she was looking out the window, a thief, seeing the bulky, heavy Prada bag, snatched it up and disappeared.
source: Süddeutsche Zeitung, 10 December 2013
I can only imagine the thief’s… (another 102 words)
Actually more of a tear of joy and a smile because I miss the funny and spontaneous Christmas events west of the great pond :-)
We need a good cheer Christmas thread :-)
Update, courtesy of our negotiator from yesterday: The man that blocked our exit is a customer of the physical therapy office, but not representative of or employed by them. The Kindi and the physical therapy practice have had an agreement for the last 25 years (since the founding of the Kindi) that parents may use that parking lot for drop-off and pick-up. She checked with both the Kindi and physical therapy office and the agreement hasn't changed. The old man just took it upon himself to stir the pot.
He is already quite "well-known" by the Kindi and parents. Apparently he staged some kind of protest over the summer that involved sitting in his car and honking the horn repeatedly while the kids were playing outside (which, since he was elderly, led people to believe he may… (another 111 words)
Informing the Elternrat was a good call. The Kindergarten can then call in both parties for a meeting to try and sort the parking issue out. It's sad how often these things happen outside schools. Blocking any sort of emergency access however is obviously more than a step too far. I know our school rings the police/Ordnungsamt pretty quickly in this case, regardless of whether it's a parent or a resident and the fine is pretty substantial.
Do report it to the police, though. It's amazing how far residents will go sometimes. Our (primary) school was even dragged to the Schulamt because - wait for it - the residents were unhappy that the children are allowed out during breaktimes. The Schulamt threw the residents' representative out quicker than you can say 'what#39;
You'll have to see if you can find State or Federal financing before you come. You won't find financial aid packages as found in America here (on the other Germany doesn't charge foreign student fees). The DAAD also has a scholarship databank.
I just looked at the website. Why would you come to Germany to study in English and pay so much in tuition? I think you should seriously reconsider borrowing money to study there.
Furthermore, if you think this is a good idea, you should probably also re-think your major.
You may actually be correct. It's the same thing I told spiderpig, when one of his posts got removed that he meant to just be witty, and not an attack; your reputation hurts you. You have the reputation of being a dick, so the mods are probably more likely to delete your than they are the posts of someone cuddly...
I don't know you, but judging you based solely on your posts here, I would have to agree with their assessment.
And yet the smoked almonds (also a junk food snack) are with the healthy seeds and nuts, and the unsalted peanuts are with the junk foods. Of course, just to confuse further, the shelled peanuts are in the fruit and veg section.
Maybe they should just organise everything alphabetically...
Good to see we'll be able to get CBBC and CBeebies in HD now. My 4 year old has been complaining for years now about the inadequate resolution while watching Shaun the Sheep.
I didn't realise names were so strongly linked to being Jewish. I didn't even think about this when choosing names for my kids. Is it possible that my kids are now Jewish? Could they get Israeli passports? Could I get one too? Maybe we could emigrate there. The plan is coming together.
Here in China they seem to put all the white powders together - salt, sugar, potato starch, MSG, some random Chinese white powder. There's a certain inarguable logic behind that of course, but it's a bit confusing for the ignorant foreigner going shopping for the first time...
Pretty much ever single aspect of German supermarkets is a pet peeve of mine, but yes, product placement can be particularly infuriating. I'm pretty sure that when people do their intensive training courses to become qualified as a shelf stacking engineer*, one of the core lessons is that products should be put wherever you can find some place to put them.
The only area where this rule does not count is with fresh meats. They should only be put in the fresh meat fridge. If you find that fridge is already full, then it is widely accepted that you should just leave the meat sitting around on a trolley in the aisle nearest to the meat fridge.
It is sometimes a bit baffling from a consumer point of view, but to me, it is perhaps more confusing from a business perspective. In developed countries,… (another 111 words)
Men and women can´t say one word without touching you? The male colleagues are overly effeminate? Sounds like a perfect society but, I´m afraid, one you don´t seem to fit into. Are you sure you belong here, Starscream? Especially as it´s one I don´t recognise after over 20 years here.
Clearly you are irresistible.
I hope all the inviting to activities seizes soon, so that you can join in with the "Germans are so unfriendly and cold" camp.
Yay, the week has barely started and it is already Friday. :-)
I would suggest to make things as simple as possible to start. Thanks to lots of advice here on TT, I got things started a few months ago. In a nutshell.....
1. Go to your local gem Gemeinde office to register a Gewerbeschein. It cost me 35€. Try to make your business description quite broad so any future offshoots are covered. Something like 'general domestic services'
2. Get business insurance. I got mine for 110€ per year and covers most things, most notable being responsible for people's keys. There is quite a large excess 250-500€ but then again, I can cancel the insurance at any time during the year.
3. When the questionnaire comes from the Finanzamt, take it to your tax advisor to help fill it in. I'm still waiting for mine to arrive....it takes a while.
4.… (another 149 words)
You've already read on the thread that it's hard to get a job, so what answer are you expecting to the question "Can I get a job?"
Even long-term members do not have the privilege to dictate what kind of answers they receive on the forum. You will have to take what you get - and I can't see you getting any answers like "Oh yes, forget what we've said about Berlin. YOU can certainly get a job".
Apart from whether you could find one or not, I believe as a student you are obliged to have enough funds already to prove that you can support yourself during your studies - pay your rent, food, and of course your compulsory health insurance. relying on getting a job in a bankrupt city won't get you a residence permit.
Yaaaaaawwwwwnnnn!You've chosen to move to a continent 27 countries of which have established rights of Freedom of Movement for, not only their goods in trade and capital, but also their citizens. How many non-US members of Toytown Germany do you seriously expect to be interested in a discussion of the divisive arguments related purely to the internal politics of one single (albeit large) country on a far-away continent?
Btw, I though you were the guy who, last week, was fed up with discussing US politics with Germans.
ETA: In case anyone missed it, or you forgot already, it was just 3 days ago you said this...
To be fair, it would be reasonable in this case to assume they would inform you of any technicalities if you are in touch with them the whole time about the issue and there was a chance you would not be paid.
Under 100€, if you go for a plastic filling.
However, dentists here have a (deserved) reputation for ripping people off.
So, you should follow this procedure:
go to dentist, tell him/her that you are Selbstzahlerin (i.e. you are going to have to pay this out of your own pocket) and ask him to have a look at tooth. This consultation will cost under 30€.
then ask him/her for a written estimate of what repairing the tooth will cost, this written estimate is called a Kostenvoranschlag. Even one written by hand immediately will do, as long as it has his/her stamp on it.
then decide whether you want to do the filling.
For someone who has been on this forum for quite a while you come across more as a NaiveFräulein than a NativeFraulein.
Someone "told" you, and you believed that person more than the loads of threads dealing with registration here on Toytown. Naive.
You believed your employer would pay your flat and a much above market salary, even though local experts like engelchen tried to warn you. Naive.
Anyway, no use crying over spilt milk.
Here's what you should do:
Get yourself down to your Bürgeramt first thing tomorrow morning (if you live in Essen proper, you have to register at the Ausländerbehörde, Schederhofstr. 45), together with your passport and rental contract, do an Anmeldung (= register yourself at the address you have actually been living at since September).… (another 192 words)
I might be the only parent in civilized Western world not having a baby pram, but that is because I don't want any. I have a baby wrap (by Didymos) and a baby car seat, I'm happy with that and so is the wee one.
Why oh why then does my oh so overbearing mother today (during skype call) just casually mention: "Oh btw, I got a baby pram for you. A friend of ours would otherwise sell it, but she gave it to us for free." I can bloody well imagine the conversation between her and one of those gossipmonger bitches:
"My daughter has a baby and she doesn't even have a baby pram."
"That poor little thing! Life must be hard in Germany ...(pause) Btw, I have a spare baby pram, my kids have grown outta it, was about to sell it. Wanna have it?"
"Oh yes,… (another 213 words)
Like many similar sounding words in English and German, the German "Asozial" does not have precisely the same meaning as "Asocial" in English. As Illic says it is an insult in Germany, heading more in the direction of "anti-social". Using the English/American definition doesn't work because it is a different word.
Asocial doesn't mean anti-social. Asocial people just don't need a lot of contact with others. My sister is asocial and a real loner. I'm kind of on the low side of social - I see friends from time to time, but my relatives mean more to me. My other sisters are more social than I.
Popular just means people like you a lot and want to be around you. It doesn't necessarily mean that you're a nice person. Popular people have developed certain social skills, not always positive ones.
@OP: I'd use 'outgoing' as the opposite of 'asocial', not popular.
There's also a significant difference between 'asocial' and 'sociopath'. Some of us have figured (rightly or wrongly) that people cannot hurt you when you don't meet them or talk to them, and therefore lock themselves away.
Having said that, being asocial is a worry (for those that care about you), because for the vast vast majority of people, friends are a benefit (if they are true friends).
anthie87, we usually ski between 8 and 25 km a day. 8 km would be a easy trip, 25 km would be a big one. Time back in Munich is around 6pm.
Thanks to STB for leading the trip to Fischbachau today. A great day out. Distance covered, according to my tracker, was about 14.5 km.
Click for the the 360° moving panorama photo - it works in Chrome, but might not work in other browsers.
Boyle reveals she has Asperger's. As a kid, they told her she was brain damaged. The more people who "come out" with this, the better the world will understand them. Kudos to Susan.
I'm happy to be"friends" with my nephew on Facebook to see what he's up to in realizing his dreams and fulfilling his aspirations and to feel like he's a part of my life.
Today he posted this pic on his Facebook.
He's on the right playing professional basketball for the Kuwaiti team and living in Kuwait. He's also played pro ball in Finland and Iraq.
He went to college on a full basketball scholarship after leading his high school team to the state championship for the first time in the school's history. He's 6 foot 7 inches tall and 27 years old.
When he's not playing pro ball he works with juvenile delinquents.
Does anyone have any experience reporting animal cruelty in Berlin? I searched TT and only found some information about reporting it in Munich, and the post was from several years ago.
My neighbour has a cat and we frequently hear her screaming and yelling and making loud noises that sound like she is kicking or hitting something, followed by the cat immediately whimpering/meowing and or screeching.
We couldn’t do anything based on that evidence alone. But then two disturbing events happened.
One day I saw the cat on her balcony. A short while later our neighbour started screaming at the cat for being out on the balcony. She picked it up by its neck and tossed it back inside the flat.
Then last week I signed for a DHL package for her and later when I took the package… (another 76 words)
At some points in the 20th century welfare system there was something like what you're describing for women who receive certain categories of social welfare (whether it was long-term unemployment or disability pay or something else, I don't know). If there's anything like that now, it'll be specific to one or another Bundesland, not a national/federal thing. In Baden-Württemberg there is currently something like this given to parents, but only upon the birth of triplets or higher-order multiples! IIRC it's three grand for triplets, a lump sum right upon the birth, to defray the "Erstausstattung" costs such as furniture, a buggy, etc. Singletons and twins get nada, aside from any Kindergeld or maternity pay, as already mentioned.
With 30 years experience in the legal field in Germany to my name I cannot confirm that statement. Besides, Crossman now has a witness to the agreement, i.e. the guy from the Bauträger who called up wanting to negotiate. Crossman has a claim on the company and the guy has proven knowledge of the agreement - most judges would consider that proof of the existence and possibly even contents of the agreement.
Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer. Please have all legal information received here confirmed by a legal professional.
"Travelling within the EU (or into the EU from another ‘listed’ country)
When travelling to or returning to the UK from another EU or non-EU listed country your pet needs:
a rabies vaccination (make sure your pet is microchipped first or the vaccination won’t count)
a pet passport or official third country veterinary certificate
tapeworm treatment (for dogs only)
You must also use an authorised carrier and an approved route.
You must wait 21 days from the date of the rabies vaccination before travelling."
So I would say you're ok as the vaccinations are up to date and the last one was more than 21 days prior. Of course I'm not a professional, blah blah blah.
I´m happy to recommend my own dermatologist south of the river, Dr Ossowski. He studied in the US and is a charming and sensitive doctor. He does my moles and cancer stuff and I´ve needed that the past few years.
I´m not on commission.
Ah, the way people can be. Most of us don´t know anything about other societies, to be honest. Or at least not updated information. In fact, to be honest, most of us know zero.
A little anecdote ( not the first time I´ve written this, by the way ): and I may get the cities wrong but..
I was in a disco in Buenos Aires c. 1975 and I was a long-haired git from England. I went in there hoping to find a lovely young girl. In fact, I got chatting to a long-haired male git, a local.
We spoke in Spanish but I will provide the highlights in English.
Where are you from?
Ah, New York.
Ah, Los Angeles.
Ah, no, England..Great Britain.
No, England, Great Britain, Europe.
End of conversation. I wonder whatever… (another 3 words)
Cat hasn't vomited in 2 days. This is a good sign.
I had a walk around a Christmas market today and it was nice to get out the house
I got home and cat2 hadn't peed on anything.
Finally got my Nebenkostenabrechnung for 2012, and I'm getting 900 yoyos back! And a reduction of NK and Heating advance!
That investment in that thick woolly jumper appears to have paid of
Ironically, that number includes the OP who stated on another thread that he used the ER because they couldn't make him pay. That bit of the post has since been deleted.
Edit: Found it!
The US is the most powerfull nation in the world. It is the culturally dominant country in the west. When you come to Germany it is striking how extremely the US dominates the country. (Observation as an Indian who lived in the US before coming to Germany). From food to media, from A to Z.
At the same time the US thanks to its long history of isolationism and having the oceans as a boarder is extremly parochial. That has changed a bit with the internet and with regards to its southern neighbour Mexico thanks to immigration. The US takes decisions with only slight regard to the countries it dominates, that affect them strongly.
Of course that results in the US being observed closely and criticized mercilessly. It can't be any other way. I think you have to get used to it.
That most… (another 102 words)
Really? I think all things holocaust and naziism are incessantly discussed in Germany. Including all day, all night, everyday coverage in the media. Quite astonishing how you could have missed that. (Not astonishing to me though, ive been reading these forums for a long time).
The belief that tort reform would lower costs in the U.S. is disproved by study after study. Texas introduced tort reform 10 years ago and there is zero evidence it has reduced health care costs. Many of these studies have concluded that the economic toll of tens of millions of Americans who are uninsured dwarfs the impact of malpractice by as much as 20-fold. And how many illegal immigrants actually USE the U.S. health care system? Far more uninsured Americans use it, that you can bet on.
"Asozial" is an insult in germany. It's usually used to refer to redneck-type welfare fraudsters.
Germany doesn't have a geek-culture like the US. Before nerds became cool in the US, they were shunned. Germany never had that much of a nerd-bullying system in schools here, so consequently the backlash with nerds now being praised has been less strong as well. And, to some extent, german culture is less about individualism and more about conformity.
The point was that you come across as someone who thinks your way is best, and anyone who doesnt like your personal flavour of kool aid is incompetent. XP is a perfectly reasonable methodology, one incidentally that I have used successfully for much of the past decade, but that isnt the point. The point is that you are the kind of guy that is going to get all worked up in an interview and tell the interviewer he doesnt understand XP properly, and something about zero defect software and..., and its to late because he already decided that he doesnt want to work with you.
It takes a special kind of person to go to 20 interviews with "firms who were the leaders in my segment of the software industry" and believe that the reason none of them want you is because you are too good.
So your defense of your flawed analogy was to move the goalposts by disregarding the limited number of FIFA national soccer teams. Then maybe you shouldn't have pointed at it as if it were an advertisment for your self-acclaimed technological skillz. That suggests to me that you are quite easily impressed. Academics in almost any field are past masters at initiating Wikipedia entries for one another on a quid pro quo basis and, (in many cases even a relative ignoramus), can use SEO software to optimize their showings on Google Trends. However, as you are a life-long learner I'm surprised that, even if BBCODE is beyond or beneath you, you haven't, in 5 years TT membership, yet learned to master the TT Multiquote UI feature. I'm also surprised you haven't learned to limit… (another 254 words)
* You have a way of making yourself wanted in a community or company, as we can all see from the last 2 pages of this topic. It's hard to find people who appreciate your real value, but somehow all our Toytowner hearts went out for you! What a loss for those 20 companies and their teams!
* Needless to say, but I'd be so happy to work with you! All your technical knowledge is definitely corroborated by your emotional intelligence, broad understanding of everything, delicate attitude towards your panelists and absolutely incontestable leadership skills.
* The website at your profile (which you elusively mentioned) is state of the art! So well structured, so well designed, so irresistible! Unfortunately, I wasn't brilliant enough to find the information… (another 76 words)
Wow, that website has just made me lose all faith in any argument The Winch makes. In fact, I would swear that the site was made by a retired German guy in his spare time. I mean frickin sound in a web site is one of the things that makes us UX people cringe with pain! Not to mention the colors, frames with scrollbars and animated gifs!
Jr got a 99% on reading comprehension, and a "wow fantastic improvement!" comment [it's not his best subject]. The error? "If you're a poor clothes folder..." was corrected to "your". Even teachers make mistakes. Should I tell her?
Strangely enough, that's the same solution for my problem uterus. Sorry, waaay TMI, but if I hear my doctor mention taking it out one more time I'm going to scream. I'm too young; and it's too invasive. Can't modern medicine do better??!!
This has been such a hard year. I have never felt so challenged by what life has thrown at me, and it just doesn't seem to stop. After caring for my very narcissistic mom during and after a very difficult cancer treatment and recovery for nine months, she finally left last week. And I'm sick as a dog with some bad cold or flu, plus a seriously puffed up jaw from something. And I have to deal with this other "little" health issue, for which the only solution may prevent me from ever having biological children.… (another 133 words)
Soooo, it was a complicated OP but it went well.
The catheter had such a huge crust on it that the doc thinks it better to plan immediately a change of catheter in one month.
Apparently, my body is really completely intolerant to foreign objects inside it.
The not so good news is that I got an infection and sometimes the fever goes above 39C.
And infections aren't good for pregnant women.
I hope this infection gets under control really fast!
And I'm stuck in bed because of the lovely pee bags, one for residue from the left kidney and another one for the right kidney...
I can't wait to have the pleasure of washing myself in bed...
Huge cyber hugs for all the other unhappy people on the thread, we really need and deserve them!
I don't think the coverage is necessarily skewed because of this. Storm news is mostly updates on the status as it happens. With Nelson Mandela, updates are not so pressing or surprising. Unless he suddenly comes back to life!
Anyway I would totally understand if they gave the storm full priority because ... you know ... it is happening right now in front of our noses and we need to know if we are in danger.
How dare you all? Seriously, you should all be ashamed of yourselves...getting in the way of Chocky's outrage by pointing out that he is both wrong and now apparently somewhat dim. Shame on each and every one of you.
Yes, I am serious. And it is spelled COLOMBIA and its problems are much more bigger than the drug business. But feel free to teach me about it, maybe you have the wisdom to solve them all and we are all idiots.
My original topic title was "Am I dumb?" which was not acceptable to Toytown because it needs to be three words or more.
Hmmm... Maybe the question should be, "Is Toytown dumb?"
I have to admit that I avoid this thread a lot yet now I need it. My very best friend has only a few days left if that. Please pray, send out good juju or whatever that she passes as peaceful as she was when I was with her today. It seems that being my best friend is the kiss of death. My best friend in the U.S. passed from the exact same thing 2 yrs ago.
I am unhappy and afraid because in a short piece of time, after 12h, I'll have my third operation on the right kidney, this one to once again replace the catheter.
It doesn't look good though cause the doc thinks it might be "verkrustet" (sorry, not in the mood to look for a translation) and he hopes that it can come out easily, otherwise there's the risk that it can rip my poor harnleiter and no one wants that, especially the baby (I might have to be opened up if there's a hemorragy)...
To make things better, last afternoon I started passing a kidney stone from the left kidney which meant horrible, horrible pain till 3h in the morning cause I couldn't get the good painkillers .
I can't get a break with this pregnancy...
Evildudette, I feel your pain about… (another 139 words)
The blood tests show that she has a massive infection, that is treatable, but that they couldn't find the cause of it, which means it probably is the tumour they were worried about. She's now of 6 different kinds of meds for the next week to see if she improves.
It just seems so unfair. This poor cat has been passed round so many homes as no one wanted her. She was clearly abused when she was little - so afraid of everything, would run and hide under the sofa with every unexpected movement, cough or sneeze. She was particularly afraid of feet so I think she was kicked too. It took her over a year to feel really comfortable with me, and I'm the only person she trusts and will come to. It just seems so cruel that now she's finally happy somewhere to enjoy her elder years that… (another 15 words)
You are being taken advantage of big time!
First off, JOIN THE LOCAL MIETERVEREIN (tenant's assistance). Immediately.
Use the TT search function.
Secondly, the son was just as much a crook as the mother. The "hotel type situation" is a lie!
And you are being badly harassed.
This is a furnished apartment SEPARATE from your landlord's apartment, right?
Then this is a normal rental covered by German rental law, with three months notice and many many rights on your side. Very possibly much of that contract is invalid, and the (good for you) defaults of German law apply.
DO NOT SIGN ANY MORE PAPERS. DO NOT PAY EXTRA KAUTION. GET A PROPER TYPED VERSION OF THE CONTRACT.
And, GET LEGAL HELP FROM THE MIETERVEREIN.
These people are major crooks, and I recommend moving.… (another 67 words)
The woman was in Essex when she became ill. I doubt any insurance company would have paid for her to be transported to Italy to give birth, especially as she would have required guards and strong medication unsuitable for a pregnant woman, so the UK was forced to look after her for 5 weeks in hospital and deal with the birth. The child thus automatically became the responsibility of Essex authorities, whether they wanted it or not. What advantage do you think they had from taking on the case otherwise? Why do you think they would use all those resources treating the mother and child for such a long time if they were not legally responsible for doing it? I understand the image of the busybody official, but that is not enough to explain this.
How sad! By all accounts Walker was a great guy who did much to organize and donate to worthy causes.
Their deaths were certainly horrible BUT avoidable. They paid the ultimate price.
If I remember correctly, the penalties were enhanced in CA to deter street racing and exhibitions of speed. These idiots are responsible for thousands of injuries and deaths every year.
The Fast and Furious films and similar tripe contributes to a culture of disregard for safety.
We cannot overlook the fact that what they were doing was illegal and endangered the public.
What escapes me is WHY? when you can just book time at a racetrack…like normal rich celebs do.
For me, when I speak in German (which is still rather limited), I have to be more direct because I don't have the filler words to try and be more polite. Case in point, I was looking for a particular bottle of wine, so went to Jacques Wein Depot:
Hallo, tut mir leid mein Deutsch ist nicht so gut, aber ich hätte gern diese Wein (hand the guy a piece of paper with the wine label, year, etc. written on it - no response). Haben Sie das Wein? Nie. Ach so, könnten Sie das Wein für mich bestellen? Nie. (Guy walks away).
I found it incredibly rude of him, and will henceforth never shop at Jacques again.
Now, if I were in England, the conversation would have been more like this:
Hello, I am after this particular bottle of wine, and I was wondering if you stock it? No. Oh, right, is there any… (another 144 words)
in 10 days time the new timetable will be introduced with various improvements to services all over the place. Still, to summarize it to the very most important changes
- isar card (i.e. weekly/ monthly tickets) will be no longer sold on a calendar week or month from monday to sunday/ 1st to last day of month but will be purchasable during the week or month and valid from then for a week or month from that date.
The isarcards sold as a subscription will remain on a fixed monthly basis, but with the addition that a "starter card" will bridge the initial number of days from signing up till the start of the next month.
- theres a limited stop express bus line x30 linking the south and east of the city being introduced which only stops at u-bahns and allows people to shortcut across… (another 148 words)
"That's Dr. Bitch to you."
Yeah, works. Or tell him to kick a dog and he'll feel better. Or to take up some other hobby like underwater basket weaving.
"Ihr Leben muss ganz schön fad sein, wenn Sie den ganzen Tag am Fenster sitzen und die Parkbuchten beobachten" - Your life must be pretty dull if all you do all day is sit at the window observing the parking bays.
Tell your kids that he's a sad little man without a meaning to his life. They will feel sorry for him. If you're lucky, one of them will tell him that he will die soon anyway and will no longer be miserable.
However, if there is an official sign saying "Buchten für Hausbewohner x - y reserviert" I would stay out of them.
Notwithstanding my summer occupation as a freelance gardener and moving-house-help (I've just conceived of a cool gardening business name "Green Blades") obviously in winter one is to coin a phrase "between jobs" so one must find other stuff to do around the house.
So, having repaired our hoover highly successfully and marvelling this afternoon at how well it sucks now I've stuck some tape round the hose, I'll start with this:
- you are impressed at how well a hoover sucks!
(Yes I am getting winter boredom!)
Off we go....
It looks like she is going to die. They have done a load of tests and find out the results of some of them tomorrow morning. It's not looking good. That cat has been the only thing keeping me going for a long time now. If she goes there really will be nothing left.
And if the worst should happen, and the sadness begins, please remember to some day save that kitten (or maybe a grumpy old cat) waiting for you out there... in a Tierheim... in a trashbag... on your doorstep...
Poor Cat #1 can no longer keep anything down at all and her poo is now entirely fluid. Having to take her back to the emergency vet. I'm so worried for her, I love that cat more than anything in the world.
OK, that does it.
With having to find a new home and dealing with *that* stress, please please do whatever YOU frickin' choose for x-mas!! Seriously!
From one stressed out person to another - slam on the brakes NOW.
As to me - brakes are on. We are having a quiet x-mas dinner at home with a much quieter MIL and a friend or two.
Then travel to a friend for a laid back New Year's drinking party. Looking forward to that .
Our Kindergarten is in a similarly impossible street in terms of parking. However, the Kindergarten head worked out a friendly arrangement with the head of the parking-ticket-agency in town (is it the Ordnungsamt? I don't even know). In any case, she got permission for Kindergarten parents to park on that street -- in a carefully mapped out section of the street, usually restricted to Anwohner or else no-parking whatsoever -- for pick-ups and drop-offs only. The parking enforcement folks agree not to ticket cars parked there as long as they have a special, signed note in the window. This note has the Kiga's letterhead and the name and office phone number of the parking-ticket-agency person who has authorized this arrangement, so if parking enforcement people or neighbors come by and… (another 106 words)
I agree, tell him: "Lassen Sie uns bitte in Ruhe. Ich rufe jetzt die Polizei!"
Edit: After reading the posts below, yes, why not find out who it is and call the police on him for harassment? It's Belästigung in German.
Why do we have to close it?
If people stop posting to it then it will disappear off the map and enter obscurity of its own accord.
Mods should close this, mods should pass those details onto the cops, mods should save the world. For sake - as far as I was aware, our job is basically to make sure that threads get moved, split or merged, and that posts and threads that go against the code of conduct get removed.
Now I personally think that as little intervention as possible is the best way to go, and try to stick to those guidelines set - not just close threads and remove posts on a whim. I just read the code of conduct and the forum usage guidelines again, and from that I see no justification in closing this thread.
If someone disagrees, then they're welcome to either post what part… (another 28 words)
Her kids had been taken away from her on the orders of the Italian authorities.
An article in the Guardian this morning had a link to the adoption judgement made in Chelmsford:
The PDF under "Further information" gives the full judgement. The father is of uncertain immigration status so can't travel. The mother has had many manic episodes due to not taking her medication, leading to her being sectioned on previous occasions in the past, though the judge believes she may finally be starting to accept that she needs medication. The Italian court took her older children away because she had been so "unwell" and the children witnessed terrifying things. The grandmother looking after the older children… (another 360 words)
I read part of this story yesterday and as I understood it she already had two kids the Italians had in care 'cos she was incapable of looking after them.
We are in a habit of calling it "social services" as though it's some great faceless machine. Social services is a few over worked individuals, just like you and me, with the job of ensuring the welfare and keeping from harm all the children in a country. (certainly according to the press - 'cos if a kid get hurt it's always social services fault)
They make a decision like this and then they are not allowed to defend themselves 'cos it involves people's/children's privacy etc.
So we read half a story in the press and make our mind up in seconds... what has taken the social workers probably days of… (another 44 words)
We also had a newborn in a fourth floor Altbauwohnung, so I feel your pain.
Two thoughts came to mind when I read your post, both of which are probably unwelcome (sorry).
1) "fire hazard" might refer not only to the possibility of physically getting past a buggy in the hallway, but also to the crazy arsonist types that keep going into hallways and setting fire to the buggies parked there.
Given that the materials are highly toxic when burned, there have indeed been cases of people dying here in Berlin as a result of buggies being parked in the hallways.
If you want to get an idea of the extent of this type of arson, try googling: Brand (or Brandstiftung) Kinderwagen Berlin. And if you want to know about fatalities from it, just add Todesfaelle to the keywords.
2) with or without… (another 184 words)
Germany's always been a bit slow when it comes to fire safety. In the UK a house in multiple occupancy has to have fire-retardant ceilings and staircases, fire doors, a fire alarm system, fire extinguishers and blankets, etc. etc. In Germany most houses don't even have a basic €5 smoke detector.
Locking people inside is clearly insane, but the fact that the natives don't seem concerned shows how little consideration the topic is given here.
I would answer to the Hausverwaltung , in written form, best with "Einwurf-Einschreiben" ,that you are going to ignore their demand. Go search for court decisions like that in the link below, print them out and add them to your letter. Fertig. (And no, they have no right to take your belongings away, unless in an immediate urgency).
This way you make it clear to them that you are willing to get sued by them and take your stand before court. (Maybe get legal insurance if youn don't have already). They will have to weigh their chances, and their chances aren't more than 50/50.
I would add to my letter a photo of your Kinderwagen in the hallway which makes clear that you respect the safety limits, which are exactly 71 cm , means the free space between your Kinderwagen and the… (another 131 words)
I have had good service in Germany before -- at Tap-House, in fact! Once the tossers stopped waiting on us the other wait staff for the most part did a fine job. They were understaffed by the time we wanted to leave last Friday.
I will not stop wanting good service just because a message board full of whingers says it doesn't exist.
If you're not getting any benefits from your partner, I'd get a new partner. I have a friend who hasn't gotten benefits from his partner since I've known him (that's not completely true, she blew him one time), and I always wonder why he's even staying with her, when they're basically just roommates.
Anyway, moral of the story, if you ain't getting benefits from your partner, why in the hell would you expect them from us (the tax payers). I ain't blowin' you dude!
- Looks like I am losing my job because I was refused to sign their dodgy contract. They are trying to dodge tax and I refused to help them so they are sacking me for being 'difficult' by requesting a legal contract.
- All the Xmas temp jobs seem to have gone so I don't know if I can get a new one immediately, which I need in order to pay my rent.
- My cat is sick and needs treatment. I can't afford that either but I'll pay it and just go without food myself.
- Cat 2 keeps peeing on the bed because she doesn't want to use the the litter tray because of cat 1's sickness. Yet she won't use any other tray, it has to be *that* one.
- I'm so low and lonely and down all the time. I did go to my doctor but she said its because of my circumstances right now and that… (another 73 words)
From bad to worse.
SO we had the xmas drama,
Then the bike drama (husband can't drive so is dependent on his bike, absolutely, and it's buggered, absolutely) - did not make him a happy boy...
Now some REAL drama!
Husband is home today, he just got the post and emailed me: our landlord is selling, we have to move by end of Feb!
WORST NIGHTMARE - the boy chose this house (love at first viewing) and has only lived here 1 month so far! We only just finished unpacking after he got back from DE! We haven't even hung our pictures...
But, we do have a houseful of furniture suitable for this house and a lawnmower and all sorts.
I had a bad feeling since the 6 month renewal, because the agents were very slow over it, but they repeatedly assured us all was well, and, knowing… (another 54 words)
I'm HAPPY because I have the option to come back to Germany in a few months. WOW a bit shocked too as my interview at embassy was so bad (or so I thought), then there were a few other complications. WTH how did it even go through?
Now I really need to sit down to do some soul searching and weigh my options.
I've started warm up to the city of my birth, mostly because I have started to meet like-minded people (which was one of the biggest challenge for me up until now) and I can see possibilities to do bigger things, things that I've always wanted to do, and some very interesting projects. I could definitely do all of that in Germany too, but I think I really need to weigh pros and cons now in coming few weeks.
Nevertheless, I am happy!
There is funny peacock butterfly in my flat that is behaving like a pet, it likes to be fed and to flutter around in the sun. It sleeps a lot but is surprisingly lively. When I was a child on the wild west coast of Cornwall I used to have 3 or more hibernating on my ceiling and they were deeply asleep for months.
Plus yesterday I got rid of Internet Explorer 11 and rolled back to IE 10, so life is much smoother.
Let me guess, you are not an engineer? Not one of the hard sciences either?
Does it say anywhere in there that you should re-send a letter?
It says submit the correct form.
This is Germany, we have a correct form for everything.
I even went to the lengths of telling you what to fill into it. Yes.
Which you would have known if you had read the posts I had mentioned.
Research, you know.
I even gave you the references...
I do agree in general with the idea that taxes = you must pay, even if you don't use. I don't have kids, but I am fine for my tax dollars to go to kids' schools. I don't own a car, but am fine with my taxes going to road upkeep, etc etc etc. These projects and activities are necessary for the state to function and are valuable public goods. But, I have a real problem with this TV license.
I do not own a TV and I do not watch German television. I watch shows via Netflix via VPN Overplay. Netflix and the Overplay subscription, together, cost less than this new monthly "mandatory" fee. If the fee were slightly more reasonable, in the region of €5 per month, and if the television produced with it were at least akin to Wonders of the Solar System, Earth, or the Blue… (another 43 words)
Ive moved out in June, but still am having issues with him. Hes only paid back half of the Kaution claiming he would pay it back to prove he doesnt want to keep it. But he is claiming the floor was damaged, and has not provided any evidence or Rechnung. All in all he still has to return 250 euros for Kaution, and 170 for the overpayments. Ive went to the Mieterverein last week, and they have sent him a letter, so just waiting for a response.
Right..live typing! On a health insurance form: the question:
Übersteigt das monatliche Gesamteinkommen* Ihres Ehepartners/Lebenspartners gem. § 1 Lebenspartnerschaftgesetz 1/7 der monatlichen Bezugsgröße nach § 18 SGB IV bzw. beträgt es im Falle einer geringfügigen Beschäftigung nach § 8 Abs. 1 Nr. 1 SGB IV § 8 a SGB IV mehr als 450- EUR?
Translation in English: do you earn over 450 euro a month?
It maybe is direct, after all! Direct into the lunatic asylum!
Edit: 8 minutes´ typing to write " Do you earn over 450 euros a month? "
Although it's none of my business, I am curious why you're so transparently desperate to have Jewish ancestors. Jumping on every ship that comes through won't help your cause though, while a minimum of research will certainly help you avoid looking foolish. Here's what the USO is - it has nothing to do with being Jewish, beyond the fact that the National Jewish Welfare Board, among many other organizations, was a founding member of the USO.
Back in July I received a letter from one of these scumbags telling me that I downloaded and allowed for copy an episode of a TV series the date being November 2012 and I would have to pay €800. I found out that the scumbags have three years to get you. Anyway, I decided to ignore it and pretend that I did not receive it as
it came by ordinary mail.
Middle of last month I received a reminder letter from the lowlifes telling me I had to respond by the 4th of this month. My wife phoned and said she didn't know what this is about as we had not received anything. The bastard said that he would email the original and my wife, unfortunately, gave him her address. I was annoyed about this as I was hoping them sending a letter would delay things in our favour, so the wife telephoned and said… (another 617 words)
Synergies are being focused through out-of-the-box thinking. Multidisciplinary teams are networking to conceptualize a solution, and by pushing the envelope resolution will be obtained.
Wont be with friends or Family this Christmas. Husband and I are without jobs. Can't take a language course yet because of potentially having to relocate due to a job, but that date is totally uncertain. Feeling terribly homesick. No pets or kids to keep us company…. which on the other hand is good because we don't have the money for it, but it's a double edged sword non the less. HOW does one get into these situations? Especially when we have been searching for jobs for what seems like forever!! I'm feeling mopey and sorry for myself, but probably mostly due to the fact that i'm just recovering from a flu and am in somewhat of a depressive state now.
Tell your histrionic MIL exactily that: It's time for your mother to have a treat and you are the one who is going to make it happen.
No matter what you do MIL will huff and moan and suffer so make it worthwhile.
Oh drat, I feel for you.
I've had relatives tie me up knots, and then fault me for it, too.
It's easy for me to say this, but I strongly suggest you firmly put on your black hat (i.e., be the bad evil person) and wear it proudly. Once that black hat is on, you:
- go see YOUR parents and YOUR Mom for Christmas, and do exactly that treat with her
- tell the PILs they are much younger, and that your time with your own parents is limited
- tell any sisters, brothers, SILs etc. etc. who disregard other people's needs and reproach you to sod off. Say that with great emphasis.
Seriously, you are in a no-win situation already, so at least go see the people you *really like to meet this year*. Break any bad promises, and do the heart thing.
And if you two just want to be alone for the… (another 28 words)
I am unhappy because my MIL is unhappy and I foresee a whole world of unhappy which is going to make my parents unhappy too, which is greatly unhappifying, because I hate anything that makes them unhappy and don't want to be the cause, however indirectly, of anyone's unhappiness.
So, yeah. The first year we lived in Berlin, my PILs came over for xmas. The announced that before we even had a house sorted! Lol... my parents were... slightly sad not to have the chance to see us that xmas, but not too bothered, cos they are realistic about such things and not too hung up on xmas. As it happened, Dad was too ill to make the journey that year anyhow. We all assumed they'd come the following year. Then my *incredibly selfish in many ways* SIL decided to get married on… (another 986 words)
I think that given the restrictions on mental health professionals something else is clearly going on. It's not as though a nefarious doctor could simply slip a judge a fifty and get a court order; I'm aware from colleagues in the UK of cases where pregnant women who have been sectioned have actively tried to harm their unborn babies (eg, by repeatedly slamming into walls belly-first) and the medical staff really had their hands tied as far as keeping the child safe and the only real option was to wait until it was born and have a social worker on hand to deliver the newborn into foster care.
It's worth also noting that most medication for bipolar disorder is teratogenic, so the mother being off her meds isn't something to be alarmed about. It would however potentially leave… (another 232 words)
If you don't trust the site, use a youtube ripper for your song.
I would say as long as the site uses its own file storage service or some other file locker there is very little risk.
Btw, I abhor pedophiles - I think people that download songs from the Internet are people that realized how the world is now... MPAA and RIAA have won in brainwashing people to believe downloading media from the internet is a serious crime
I just saw a picture of my mother on facebook, and she looks like she's regained some weight and looks healthier than I've seen her in years. I truly hope that that means the medicine addiction is a thing of the past...
The last time I saw her, she was a waste of a woman, always doped up on Morphine, comatose on the sofa. That was almost 5 years ago, though, and I really hope appearances aren't deceiving in this case.
Are you deliberately trying to entice unsuspecting foreigners to break German laws to get them deported?
Foreigners also need a work permit to volunteer at commercial establishments in order to prevent exactly what you're suggesting and if she were to get caught she could face deportation.
I say, if English was good enough for Jesus Christ, it should be good enough for shallow German TV productions..
Alien species also seem to have a remarkably good command of the language of the Bard.
Duh, jeba, he was asking whether taking on German citizenship triggers any additional tax burden, i.e. whether Germany taxes its non-resident citizens on their worldwide income like the US do.
Well, it doesn't.
Having to pay German tax on German real estate income has nothing to do with German citizenship, everybody has to pay it!
I've just had my second letter but have not responded. Why should people have to pay for something they don't even use, which is already part-financed by advertising?
A simple letter from a lawyer is going to cost you 100-150€ and the costs will escalate if you decide to pursue a formal case, where the chances of winning are not huge, and even if you do win, you are not guaranteed a refund of your costs. So yes, for 150€ he's suggesting you forget it and move on. It's likely that payments are "per calendar month" irrespective of whether your child attends the whole month or just part of it - that may not be explicit in the contract but is likely to be implicitly applied.
Not only will you have to "eat it" as Calibear says, but check your contract for their cancellation policy in the event that you wish to withdraw your child. It is likely that you will have to give at least one month's notice (that means one additional full month of payment AFTER the calendar month in which you give written notice to end the contract). We've had our kids in 3 different Kitas over the years, with public, religious, and other not-for-profit management. In all cases we had a 3-months-notice clause in the contract regarding cancellation. In one case we sought to get out of the contract prior to the 3-month period and we were released from continuing to pay the fees, but only because the head of the Kita was especially kind to us and also because there were other… (another 19 words)
I met a very affable weirdo at a party last night who went from being amusingly non-sequitur to someone I didn't want ever finding out my last name in the instant he started going on about the little-known heritage of William Shakespeare, who was not, as we've all been hoodwinked to believe, one of the English language's most prolific playwrights but actually a Kraut who specialized in a particularly insidious game of the Emperor's New Clothes wherein he made a practice of actually butchering languages into unintelligible dribble.
That I, of all people, happened to attract a grade-A nutbag is about as flummoxing as a Beamter who appears to be experiencing less than optimal job satisfaction. No, the flummoxing bit was that he then demanded I read his manifestos of nuttery on… (another 105 words)
Look, if you want to make a silly stupid fuss about xmas, just DO it. Don't keep saying how you "don't want to get in the way" and "don't want to interfere". That's exactly what you want. So, admit it. You think making yourself sounds like a lovely martyr is going to help manipulate me into giving way to your thinly veiled demands? I don't work that way and I can see through you! Not to speak of the fact we've already bloody well agreed to everything you've asked!
And, given that you DO want to interfere etc etc - then why the Devil did you not talk about this when things were still fluid and negotiable? For instance, Before YOU booked the holiday to Rome that you are so miserable about going on?
You know, since we're just down… (another 179 words)