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Yes my brother is Clarissa's Dad. I have today had contact from Clarissa, she is over the moon that I found her. She has a daughter and a son as Irish Lassie said...I have also been able to put every one in contact with one another via facebook...so my niece has "met" her half sisters on line and I have chatted to my great Niece.
Clarissa remembers us all very well even tho she was six when we last saw one another, she kept photos from then and letters :-). It hasn't been mentioned yet (too many questions being asked/answered, as you can imagine) but I hope we can meet in person very soon. I will keep you all updated of any news as and when it happens.Again I cant thank you enough for your support, it has made two elderly people and us very very happy. THANK YOU. You are right… (another 50 words)
Here's my favorite airplane travel story.
On a business trip to the US some years ago, I had to fly from Cleveland to Boston. It was a pretty late flight, and there was not much going on at the airport. Still, I didn't expect what happened. I was walking up to the check-in counter where I could see the woman behind the desk talking on the phone. This didn't strike me as particularly strange until I got near.
Just as I approached the desk, I heard her say, "OK, he's here." This did make me wonder a bit, as I was there with plenty of time to spare and didn't think that they would be waiting for me. She then took my ticket and proceeded to check me in as normal. Once she took my baggage and handed me my boarding pass, she said, "Wait one moment, please."… (another 331 words)
Because i got a phone call from my mum at 03.00 last night telling me my dad had a massive hart faliure and the doctors didn't think he would make it through the night. At the moment i don't know if he is alive or not. I dont want to call and risk waking my mum in case she managed to get some sleep. We agreed she will call me when she has more information. If he pulls through the night, the doctors warned her that he will probably have massive brain damage having been without oxygen for 20 minutes and they would not resuscitate him. That is good though, my father would not have wanted that. Now i just wait. Greatful that my sister is already on her way down and will arrive in a few hours so my mum don't need to be alone. I have aranged for a dog sitter and will go back home as soon… (another 57 words)
As an atheist, it always sounds weird listening to theists discussing their particular favourite sky-fairy, but surely you convert to a religion because you feel a powerful pull on your soul to the eternal truth that that religion presents? Surely then the outer aspects of ritual and belief such as no more bratwurst or foreskin then fade into insignificance against the background of eternal salvation?
I can understand your DH being interested or fascinated by his familial heritage, particularly in Germany where so much Jewisch culture has been destroyed, but this whole "join as a family" thing sounds more like conversion on the basis of liking "Seinfeld" and pastrami on rye rather than seeing the light.
In German there is the term "Englisch Einkaufen", meaning taking something without paying for it. I always wondered where that originated. I think it might get an idea.
Sorry for the English folk on TT, but the term really exists.
Actually you have had lots of useful answers, but only three you could bend to fit your own skewed understandng.
Im pretty sure I posted a lengthy answer to this thread a couple of days ago, but its vanished. To summarise:
1) Squatting is illegal in Germany
2) Adverse posession doesn't exist in Germany
3) In order to be able to take possession after 30 years, you would somehow have to get your name on the deeds (no idea how this would happen other than fraudulently), keep it there and yourself in residence for 30 years and then apply for ownership. Good luck with that.
4) The road to a Zwangsversteigerung is a long one, so even local authorities may baulk, even if a property hasnt paid tax in years. If you want to go to a Zwangssversteigerung, there are various sources for lists of current… (another 39 words)
Adverse possession is illegal in Germany. Was that "useful?" I mean my definition of useful, which is
"Able to be used for a practical purpose," not your definition of useful which is, apparently, "something I would like to hear, whether it is true or not."Rolexes are for douchebags. Thus you should definitely keep the rolex.
A. You misunderstood the 30 year rule. In order to be considered the rightful owner you'd have to be entered in the land registry for 30 years without actually being the owner. However you won't be entered just because you tell them that the house looks like it's abandoned.
B. There is however one way to get your hands on abandoned property right away and that is, that it has to be legally abandoned. The rightful owner has to legally abandone the property by declaration and entry of said declaration in the land registry (§ 928 BGB) and the state has to declare that it has no interest in aquiring said real estate. Whoever, in the proper form, files for entry in the land registry first will be entered as the owner.
I understand that fully, I have only spent 3 years of my life without a pet (4 without a dog) and I really felt I was missing out on something during that time, but sometimes you need to hold back your desires for the sake of a pets well-being.
It's important that the apartment size and the area is suitable for pets (can a cat roam freely, is there a park where you can take your dog, is there possibilites for the dog to run off-leash etc.) and then you need to consider animal size, how long and how often the pet will be alone during working hours etc...
Personally I would think 55sqm is too small
Our dog is 15 1/2 and is rapidly showing signs of old age, I don't think she will be with us much longer and altough we have a house and quite a large garden, we know that when she is gone… (another 85 words)
"Playful tiff" my ass!!
*excuse my French*
Been there, done that, got the T-shirt.
I grew up in abusive circumstances and had abusive partners.
Once a partner starts down that road, a great deal has happened beforehand to prepare
it. Meaning the violence is the *end* of a fatal development, not the beginning: poor
(self)respect, sociopathy, alcohol etc.
And since domestic violence is a late sign of something very wrong, you have to break
out of that situation *right away*. No ifs and buts!
I know there are descriptions of single outbursts and transgressions that "never
happened again" on TT. Let's talk to these people again in a few years.
@Darkknight - quit being a dickhead. Sure you should make your point, but there is no need to prove to the people on the board you have a miserable life.
Part of the reason the OP came here first is probably because he knows of the commonality of attitudes like this, and he wants to be a little prepared when confronting the seller. Germany isn't exactly known for its southern hospitality...
I used google and found this: "Suche meinen Vater"
I'm not sure how reliable that is, but Clarissa posted a request on 15.06.2007 where she searches for her father: Alan Ernest William Marrison (see right column).
Suche meinen Vater
Ich wurde am 27.05.1969 in Duisburg geboren. Als ich sechs war ließen sich meine Eltern auf ziemlich böser Weise scheiden. Seitdem habe ich meinen Vater nicht mehr gesehen. So viel ich weiß lebt er wieder in England, wo ich auch noch einen Onkel und eine Tante haben müßte.
Looking for my father
I was born on 27/05/1969 in Duisburg. When I was six years old, my parents got divorced in a rather angry way. Since then I never saw my father again. As far as I know he is living in England again, where I am supposed… (another 32 words)
OMG you people....I am actually shaking with joy...that was her that posted in 2007....cant thank you enough. I thought this would be fruitless, but you have proven me wrong. At least I know she wants us...yes her Dad is still alive too.
I think I have found her for you!!!
If you look here, you will find her current surname (at least I assume it's her, but I reckon it's too big of a coincidence not to be:
I found her Facebook account should it be the right person (I won't post the link here on a public forum, but it's not hard found - if you can't find it PM me and I'll send it on to you)
EDIT: If she's the correct person, she has a daughter now too
Thank you all for your kind wishes. I have sent her a message on facebook and answered the ad that was posted by her searching for her Dad (thank goodness for Google translate loll). I posted at 12.18 am last night and found her today...think this has to be some sort of record .
I will definitely let you know how it goes and may even post a picture of us, if we manage to meet x
There lies your answer. To you the obvious solution was for the cyclist to slow down. Sadly its an obvious solution a cyclist encounters multiple times per day. Of course if he was busy or important he'd drive a car. A cyclist is obviously a student or a hippy loser who has nothing better to do with his time anyway.
Some people cycle for exercise, or environmental or reasons I haven't even thought of. Their time is no less important, and they are in no less of a hurry, than people who selfishly choose the pollute the atmosphere by demonstrating their importance by driving a car.
Good info here so far, but:
"I am not sure how dedicated he is to the idea. Hes been talking about it for forever and a day so I figured I would look into it. Give him the info and let him decide"
I think if he were dedicated HE would look into it, get the info and decide.
I think it's great that you want to help, but for pete's sake, if he cares that much why are you doing all the legwork?
I have explored the possibility of conversion for many years. I studied extensively and attended services for many years. Here are my 2c.
Judaism is actually closer to a sort of nationality than 'just' a religion. The reference to the Member of the Tribes is very clear to me.
I suggest you browse through http://www.jewfaq.org/ which is quite well done.
A very important point is that Judaism as a religion firmly discourages proselytism. Conversions are not welcomed, they are actively discouraged.
Furthermore, even though somebody has gone through a formal conversion some communities exclusively accept maternal lineage.
I would suggest that conversion is not necessary in order to learn more about his paternal 'heritage'. Get in touch with your neighboring community… (another 53 words)
You say he is interested in judaism but does he really want to become jewish? I think you are complicating it too much. I am not religious so for me it's a cultural question. I think he should research judaism and take what he wants from it. He doesn't have to become jewish just because one set of greatgrandparents was nor does he have to become whatever his other sets of greatgrandparents were. Many jews will never consider him jewish because his mother wasn't and many will also not consider him jewish because he refuses circumcision for himself and his sons but why should you care?
I agree that quoting posts is quite useful, especially for flame wars. Click on "MultiQuote" at the bottom of any post that you want to quote, then click "Use Full Editor". Voila.
Lastly, stop acting like a twat.
A good friend of mine has been living in the home for Asylum Seekers in Dachau for the last year. He now has been granted the right to stay in Germany for an unlimited amount of time and must leave the home by the end of June.
He has been attending German courses and plays soccer on a German-speaking team. He works at a Friseur on a 450 euros basis and will most likely be taken on there for fulltime professional training in the fall.
I have been helping Mouhamad in his search for an apartment or room in a WG, but as soon as potential landlords or their agents find out the potential renter is a young Moslem whose rent would be paid for by the government, he is not even given the opportunity to view the place.
Mouhamad cannot afford to pay provision.
Does anyone out there have a 1-2 room… (another 155 words)
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Everything was fantastic, except for the fact that the Black Forest Cake didn't seem to have any Kirschwasser in it.
Our waitress was from Germany, so Jr decided to speak to her in perfect German. He hasn't spoken that much German in years. There is hope that he is still semi-fluent!
When I moved out from my boyfriend's flat in 1995, I went into an 8 m2 room in the Kolpinghaus hostel in D'dorf. I was about 4 years over the cut-off age and not even Catholic.. but they let me in, for which I am grateful.
go to social services or a church and ask if there are hostels near you.
Just checked.. there are Kolpinghauses in Munich. (Just googled München Kolpinghaus).
Go there and ask nicely, look distressed, say you have nowhere else to go. See if they can help. The offer rooms for the long term. I stayed in my small room (shared kitchen and bathroom facilities, washbasin in my room) for six months and then I moved to London. I was very grateful that they took me in.
Kyle, are you still in Munich?
The Haus International is a hostel near the Nordbad, pretty decent:
A few quick details:
Cheapest bed in a shared room (3-6): 26 Euros.
Single room without shower (go to common shower on the same floor): 35 Euros.
Single with own shower: 39 Euros.
+49 (0)89 12006-0
Hope that helps.
I think you will find squatting in UK is now Illegal, and so it should be . Shame on you for even thinking about squatting in somebody elses property, if you don't like Empty Properties then complain and keep out.
Forbidden in the UK since 2012 and carries a fine of up to £5,000 and/or up to 6 months in jail, see here.
First off, let me express my disgust at your attitude.
There you are, you have a place to live in, but you are eyeing somebody else's property, thinking it would make a nice addition to your property portfolio. So you think you can just take it?
Well, I am quite happy to tell you that the only way you could get that house is if you had been (§900 BGB):
entered as the owner in the land registry (= Grundbuch) for at least 30 years, and
had been living in that house for the past 30 years.
But please, go ahead and put in a claim on some house, saying that you had been living there for the past 10 years, this will have the following consequences:
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I'm pretty sure that squatting in outhouses is still permitted, both here in Germany and in the UK.
On the downside, if you're squatting for 10 years, you have some serious medical problems and should really get yourself checked out.
Again a house is not a rolex. You may lose you rolex but you dont lose your house because it simply wont move anywhere.
Just because a house looks like doesnt mean that the owner forgot about it.
I'll take sarabyrd's comment one step further. I actually followed a dog owner home after his Malinois picked up my new kid by the back. If they are refusing to give info and their dog is off leash (something we never do, ever), they are in a much more untenable situation than you will be for following them. If they say they will call the police, tell them to please do it as you need the police assistance to recover your money as well.
Do you still have your account statements? Or online access to the receiving account? If not, contact your bank for a print-out of all movements on your account in the time in question. That way you can check for yourself how much you received from them when. There can (just as an assumption) be a mistake in their accounting and the overpayment went to someone completely different.
They know where you are and will not hesitate to sell this debt to a local collector. Don't ignore this.
Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer. Please have all legal advice you receive here verified by a legal professional.
*However, I was a debt collector in my former legal life. We don't give up.*
- not sure if anybody has looked at a map recently, but the last time I checked, Germany was somewhat central in mainland Europe and had open borders to 9 other countries.
It should be an interesting task to implement!
Because I finally found out that my husband has been visiting sex clubs. Because I have never felt that he found me attractive or even really loved me and I think he is having an affair. I feel so horrible about myself, lonely and sometimes want to give up. BUT I will never give up on myself and I still wish him the best and that he finds whatever happiness or kick he has been searching for. Time for me to move on and I am so excited to do so. Yes! Yes! Yeeeeeees!!!
I hate to be a complete cock, but I can't help but smirk at the irony of Chocky starting this thread a full three weeks after the last email I sent him which contained specific questions and has remained unanswered.
Evidently it's not only Germans who have other things to do, don't feel like responding, or just plain forgot.
My perfect Sunday starts with about 6 fluffy Pancakes and drenching it all with butter and a jug of REAL maple syrup. No blueberries, no chocolate chips just pure
I'll post a picture Sunday morning but for now here are some funky ideas what shapes you can do.
Just picked our motorbike up after our accident in Ireland (11 May) everything has been repaired and i had a great ride home today,gave her a good scrubbing(removed about half a kilo of Irish mud stuck everywhere)apologised to her and promised never to hurt her again(did and said the same to Mrs bobbylines aswell )one very very happy bobbylines today.
You should have insisted on their contact info as every dog owner is liable by law to have their dog insured (Hundehaftpflichtversicherung). If both dogs were injured you would each have to pay for the vet costs of the other dog. If one dog was on leash and the other wasn't the owner of the dog off leash would have to pay for the vet costs alone.
They probably walk their dog in the same place every day at roughly the same time. Get the wound documented by the vet, go all CSI about it, confront them again. If you can't get information file a private complaint with the police against anonymous (Anzeige gegen unbekannt), pointing the cops in the right direction.
Under German law, animals are objects, and even if their dog only scratched yours with its teeth, their dog damaged your dog = object = Sachbeschädigung and you can claim damages.
Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer. Please have all legal advice you receive here verified by a legal professional.
No need to be sarcastic.
I am more like a week-end driver: this is why i noticed just today. And the car i registered on Monday.
Sure did called the dealer at about 15:20, three times even. He just did not picked up or maybe he was out of working hours.
Now: i have a car with problems (just imagine you are driving today in the afternoon with no Klima: just increases your nerves, and you'll keep repeating yourself how could you miss that). Then come back to your computer to see that the only answer you got is a sarcastic one that does not help at all.
I asked the above questions to get some answers in the week end to know what i am looking at:
- will i have to pay from my own pocket the repairing(klima and the dead lock) or are they covered by the legal warranty in the first 6 months;… (another 240 words)
What a moran (sic) and what a (this is the first time I've ever used this word) douchebag. A bad lay - 20 f**kin' minutes???? - and an admitted pedophile. What do you bet he heads for the pre-teens every time? Yuck - I want to wash my mind out after reading this.
[list=1] Do I have to have insurance for this time. ( I will be out of country for 2 weeks of this time. - Yes
If I continue payment myself is it a percentage of my elternzeit payment for the 4 weeks? - Not applicable as you have to pay the full amount for the full time
The company covers the cost of health equipment at €2 a day now. Thats €60 for the 4 weeks I would have to pay myself if not covered.- Don't understand - what equipment are they paying for - probably irrelevant anyway as you need to have and pay health insurance the whole time[/list]
Most of the above is irrelevant, as every person resident in Germany is required to have authorised health insurance for all the time they live here, irrespective of their circumstances.
Now, where did you hear that before, and what… (another 7 words)
This makes quite disgusting viewing. A British MP of 12 years standing eagerly takes money in return for calling for the return of Fiji, a military dictatorship, to the Commonwealth (on behalf of an undercover BBC journalist posing as a lobbyist). The MP takes a dim view of Fijians (whom he allegedly knows about from his army background), and shows himself to be a racist and anti-semite. When the 'lobbyist' describes human rights violations in Fiji, the MP stops listening and starts pouring coffee, but immediately wakes up when the conversation turns to money. A member of the House of Lords of 14 years standing also agrees to set up an all-party committee in return for payment and a trip to Fiji.
It's sickening that the parliamentary… (another 53 words)
Greetings,gggo5a, and welcome to Toytown! Strange name, by the way...
As HEM points out, there is no Government plan..it´s a State/public system..ok, call it Government because they can change it .
Ok, seriously, the system is complex..basically:
if you´re an employee and you earn under 52,200 euros a year, you MUST have public/govt/State insurance - call it what you like. Your employer pays their part, you pay yours. Your figures are fairly correct. Whether you smoke or do Triatholon is irrelevant - it´s compulsory. It does not matter if you are fat or thin or go to brothels or church on a Sunday: that´s the system. You cannot opt out. Same with the pension system as an employee.
HEM again correctly pointed out AOK is not a private insurance - it´s one of about 150 or whatever… (another 155 words)
There's always this one ...
A man is flying in a hot air balloon and realizes he is lost. He reduces height and spots a man down below. He lowers the balloon further and shouts: "Excuse me, can you tell me where I am?"
The man below says: "Yes, you're in a hot air balloon, hovering 30 feet above this field."
You must be an engineer" says the balloonist.
"I am" replies the man. "How did you know."
"Well," says the balloonist, "everything you have told me is technically correct, but it's no use to anyone."
The man below says "you must be in management."
"I am" replies the balloonist, "but how did you know?"
"Well," says the man, "you don't know where you are, or where… (another 30 words)
I have to say, I have asked a number of - IMHO justified - questions on
Ebay, and almost always got a useful answer. I sure would not buy from
a seller who doesn't answer, that is a big red flag to me!
Don't know if that's a German email problem, or just a German problem (or maybe even just a man thing) but my husband drives me crazy with that, if I ask him, for example, "do you want tea or coffee", he answers "yes"
I have been an eBay member since 1999 and still have 100% positive marks. I sell and I buy but no powerseller am I. When I am selling and someone asks a question, I am always answering them. Sometimes the questions are a bit silly, but I am answering anyway. My considering is that the person asking could be the final highest winner and would result in positive marks. Also I am thinking that answering might push the final highest price a bit more. So, being unfriendly might cost me!
I am treating the winner of my auctions like I am wanting to be treated. But answering a question is best. No different than in a shop.
I am also including a small package of Gummibärchen and a note thanking them for purchasing something from me. I received that from a seller many years ago and am deciding… (another 29 words)
Got an email this morning to see if I would be interested in a job. Not really but it's worth a look, especially if I can do it on a freelance or part time basis.
Went to the finanzamt yesterday with the letter panda kindly wrote out for me and went to get a confirmation of receipt. Woman was bitching and didn't want to do it. Ended up in a staring match with her waiting for her to comply. She ended up huffing and puffing and stamping a copy for me. That was rather satisfying.
Long haul Frankfurt-Joburg. I got seated next to a Hasidic Jew who rather than ordering a Kosher meal in business class, he brought along his own food which included a smelly tuna fish sandwich. I think this sandwich traveled with him from New York. I barely noticed that he brought his own meal when he launches into a lecture as to why Jews don't eat things like the disgusting shrimp/prawns on my appetizer. I nod politely, go about my business working a bit and then fall asleep. In the morning, Yoel Moshe wakes up too, scratches his beard and notices that a piece of tuna was lodged in the deep forest. He successfully fished said tuna out and popped it in his mouth. And my shrimp cocktail was disgusting!
OK, here's my story:
I worked for a company where I became unhappy (too much work, no advancement, no training).
I handed in my notice.
The boss was horrified and piled on the promises, so I took it back.
I was given an advanced position and promised training.
The position was taken away again after 3 months with the weak justification
I "hadn't been good enough". Oh yes, absolutely no training (for this position)
ever materialized, so I didn't stand a chance. It was a setup to keep me in the
Seriously, please please PLEASE move on! Old boss will screw you over *forever*!
Not because he is evil, but because it is in the best interests of a company
to retain people in unpopular jobs by any means necessary. This will happen to
TAKE… (another 10 words)
Stupid phone and my fat fingers, I gave kiplette a red by mistake, sorry
Well, anyway I signed the contract and now I have to pick up the courage to go to my boss and hand in my notice something I have never done before
On Monday morning, my first day of work at my new job, I was attempting to buy a ticket for my first trip on the S-Bahn. After trying and failing several times to find the "Stripe Ticket" option on the ticket machine, I finally figured out how to do it, only to have my debit card declined (the same card that I'd been using all last week to get money from Deutsche Bank ATMs). In the midst of my panic and frustration as the train approached, a nice man handed me his stripe card with one stripe remaining on it and told me to take it. I tried to pay him 1.25 euros for it, but he refused to take my money.
It was nice to experience an act of kindness from a stranger on my first workday in Germany.
Also, the woman had a *girl*.
That's a big no-no in China, where the one child policy has led to horrendous
amounts of abortions and and baby murders of girls. They only want sons.
Basically, this wonky divorce is the guy's only chance for another shot
at getting a SON.
Here's the fun part:
Men determine the sex of the baby
I also picked up measles as an infant in a doctor's waiting room, some weeks before I was due to be immunised. Also because an unimunised child was there.
I was very ill for a while - at one point, the doctors feared that I would suffer permanent damage to my eyesight or even end up totally blind. Luckily I recovered fully and luckily I didn't develop a brain infection from it later.
People who don't immunise their children should be held accountable when this happens.
Haha loving these stories
Unfortunately I was once the difficult passenger 2 years ago on a flight from Liverpool to Paris to start my job as an au pair. Was feeling a bit woozy all day before I went to the airport and started having heart palpitations about 20mins after take-off. The last thing I remember was trying to grab the air stewardess' attention who was bustling by and fainting mid-sentence "I don't feel w..." onto my fellow passenger. I was in the aisle seat, this guy was in the middle, and his girlfriend next to the window. According to the air stewardess who told me later on what happened, this girl apparently reached over him to screech at me "Get your hands off my man!", immediately jumping to the conclusion that I was making a pass at him when… (another 154 words)
I enjoyed your story most of all Pretzel Princess, especially the bit about a jealous girlfriend trying to fend off the unconscious competition. Comedy gold!
My worst experience (apart from flying from Tampa to Dublin via Chicago (!) (with a 6 hour stopover) to save €150 at the behest of my very thrifty best friend) was when flying home to Ireland for my first Christmas since moving to Germany. We got on the plane and were about to take off when a thunderstorm erupted. The flight to Ireland takes two hours, but our plane sat on the tarmac for nearly two and a half hours, unable to take off as the storm was moving north directly along our flightpath. People started to do all sorts of weird stuff, like doing the sort of deep stretching you see footballers doing before games as well… (another 142 words)
Thank you Parcelforce UK,
after wondering why my latest parcel seemed to be taking too long to arrive you really can't imagine how overjoyed I was this morning to see the current status on it ...
Parcel status: destroyed
Not lost or damaged, but you have wilfully destroyed it.
I had a difficult situation before my wedding.....nervous if having to go to a new hairdresser, I went to a reputable one, armed myself with all the appropriate German to explain how I'd like my hair. Above all, don't make me ginger ( no offense to redheads, I've been red many times only now is my blonde phase). In hindsight, I should have legged it when instead of doing foil highlights as I'd asked for, she combed through streaks in big blobs! Is this a lazy way of doing highlights?
As the goo was washed off, my daughter nearly fell off her chair laughing...."mummy, you look just like Louie" (our giant ginger cat aka Garfield in our neighborhood). It was one of those tumbleweed moments as the entire salon gawped at my hair. Not prone to losing my rag, I simply… (another 137 words)
I'm happy because the pulling of my 2 backteeth happened so quickly that I couldn't believe the surgeon when he said he was done. No bother at all. And he didn't have to sew anything, seems the infection didn't go through my sinuses.
Just hoping it will heal well.
Thank you for your good wishes. Got myself some codeine paracetamol too.
While I don't necessarily think that is just or fair I just wanted to add that thus far having a disabled daughter here we are pleasantly surprised by how much help we are getting financially. We can claim a 3700€ in taxfree income for her plus all trips by car that include her or are for her. We also travel for free on public transportation including Deutsche Bahn. And we get €440 a month plus retirement benefits for the extra time that she requires to be taken care of compared to other toddlers. If you add that we haven't had to pay a Euro for any of her healthcare costs and many expensice medical devices she has required over the last year totalling many, many thousands of dollars, plus the 13 whopping units of phyisical and occupational therapy she gets per week for free with… (another 138 words)
If you're expecting millions because your coffee was hot or there was no toy surprise in your cracker jacks ... welcome to Germany where you might get a replacement toy, or in your case a band aid... but more probably just get ...
What's Real supposed to do?? Appart from giving a refund and saying "oh my god, that's terrible" I don't see the point of going there. If its a sewing needle then it might be from the person in Bangladesh that slapped it together or from that oddball customer that put it in there while it was in the shelf at real.
Count your blessings she didn't poke her eye out and move on.
I once bought a package of ground beef from REWE and found a big chunk of glass in it. I took the meat back together with the receipt. Didn't even get an apology, just a refund and I got to keep both the meat and the glass.
Today at 11.15am I'm going to have two back teeth removed since there is massive huge inflammation and they can't be saved. I'm absolutely petrified that it will hurt during and after, that there will be even more complications and I hate the thought of losing teeth. Wish that it were 12pm already.
Yep, I'm a coward.
450Euros, for 14 days work, 4 days a week totaling 63 hours…..
That works out at a little over 7 Euros per hour to be “fully engaged with all 5 senses” minding your son.
Im sorry but that is taking the mickey a bit.
I would understand if it was a babysitting job where the child is asleep the whole night but you are paying somebody to look after your precious child, play with, feed and most of all, you should respect and trust that person enough and pay them a bit more.
Maybe its just me but that sounds like madness.
PS: I have a full time job and normally do not interfere on Toytown but I really felt the need to comment on this.
No we don't have a choice SA618. Remember what happened to the Occupy Wall Street folks? Rounded up, tear gassed, sprayed with pepper spray (by the police) and arrested for civil disobedience simply for protesting Wall Street excesses. Last week the SCOTUS ordered that when arrested, the police can take your DNA (like fingerprints) and store them in a database without your consent.
I voted at the last couple of elections but I didn't get a vote on the Patriot Act. I didn't get to vote on the wars that were started either. Or Libya.
As a former exchange administrator, I know that Germany has privacy laws that are protecting citizens but in the US, not so much. We had to supply emails to the lawyers when a lawsuit was filed against my former employer. I was in charge of organizing… (another 85 words)
Jobs are much more than the financial part. You spend 1/3 of your day, 33% of your life working. If you have any chance of leaving something you hate just do it.
If you get kicked out with one day, it's life... at least you tried.
And fortunately aren't we in one of those socialist countries that will take care of you if this happens?
Why would Turks want to shop in German supermarkets anyway when there's so many good Turkish shop around? (which, by the way, sell great quality Fruit and veg that don't go off the minute you unpack your shopping bags).
In fact I find it much better that supermarkets don't cater for Turks because, the way I see it is, if they did one of 2 things would most likely happen
1) Supermarkets would make a loss because the Turks would continue shopping in their local Turkish shop, meaning the Turkish products would remain on the German supermarket's shelves, meaning they would have to compensate by raising prices affecting everyone
2) IF the Turks were to shop in the German supermarkets, a lot of Turkish shops would go bankrupt, people would lose their… (another 37 words)
Flew half-way around the world end of March this year to attend a wedding of a dear Friend (as a Bridesmaid). On account of my travel, Bride had offered to "take care" of my accommodation. In reality, this meant I slept on various people's floors/couches/spare rooms over the week I was there (people I did not know). The Bride was a complete and utter Bridezilla on the day, and the Wedding was a fairly trashy affair. As such, I did not really enjoy the wedding, but pasted a smile on my face and got on with it.
I purchased a not-inexpensive gift from the Gift Registry for them. Found out upon arriving that Bride and Bridegroom have been gifted their house by Bridegroom's parents (i.e. the parents paid for it - 700,000+ value in the local currency) and that their lifestyle… (another 65 words)
This reminds me of my first ever flight. We went as a family on holiday to Yugoslavia (as it was then, now Croatia), I was around 12 and had an interest in all things transport and my sister was about 7.
After lunch my family asked if 'the kids' could go into the cockpit, the stewardess went and asked and we got invited up. And we stayed up there the rest of the flight and were only rushed back to our seats as we came into land (my parents said that they had all had their seat belts on for some time).
We had a great time, I remember that the captain sat my sister on his knee and let her talk to air traffic control over the radio! I was asking what all the different knobs and buttons did, and when I pointed to one and asked 'what does that do' the pilot said 'that… (another 87 words)
Don't remember if it was east coast US to Incheon or west coast US to Incheon...
16 hour or so flight. Laaaaaast seat. Wouldn't recline - toilet directly behind me. Smelled terrible. Baby on my left, crying like CRAZY and kicking me in the ribs. I couldn't whine at the parent because the parent looked hopelessly dead to the world and I knew instantly there was nothing I could do or say.
Guy to the left of me REAAAAAAAALLLLY wanted to tell me about Jesus.
No in-flight movies or any of that stuff. Just...hell.
I flew to Jo'burg, quite pregnant, with a toddler and a 4 year old, in the front row of the cheap seats (for the sky cot) - this poor chap got our aisle seat, I was initially feeling quite sorry for him that he had ended up with probably his worst nightmare. Then he got out his really very porny porn magazine and started gawking. Ugh. So then I sniggered every time the air steward people came and asked him what his kids wanted, and expected him to help set up the sky cot etc.
Airplane seats are way too cramped for picture books which are any more explicit than Tintin.
Totally different story, as related to us by a friend - early 1990s, flight from mainland UK to Belfast, young man with very short hair sat next to pretty girl with long blonde hair. He perks up very much at the sight of… (another 66 words)
I flew from Madrid to Munich a while ago and was able to snatch an emergeny exit row seat, the one next to the door. The other 2 seats were occupied by a mum and her 12year old son on one of their first flights. After a while a steward came to us and explained how to handle that door in case of emergency.
He had just left and the woman asked me how to do that and if she had understood everything corectly. So I confirmed that she was right and don't need to worry about the door as I was sitting next to it and it would be me opening the door.
She then asked me why I appeared to be so confident about opening the door and the entire emergency process and if I had done that before.
This question left me with the only possible answer: 'Sure, a couple of times because once the aircraft has… (another 22 words)
I've always said that I might take the right to lifers seriously if they would adopt all of the unwanted babies after they were born. Especially the ones with major defects.
When we were shopping in Munich over the Pfingst-Weekend, the wife and I saw a very young girl (maybe 10 or 11) with a very pronounced belly. Everything else about her looked like a normal, fit young girl and she didn't look fat, she looked pregnant.
I suppose she could have a stomach tumor or something, but if it was a pregnancy, she was already too far along to get an abortion, but she was probably too far along by the time she realised she was pregnant.
My first thought was, " she's too young to be having sex", then I realised that no matter whether she "wanted to" or not, she was raped. Unfortunately, the first reaction is usually, "damn, a bit young for that", rather than, " #33; who did this to this poor young girl?"
You said you had a minijob - that is not formal employment as you don't make any formal contributions to health insurance, pension or other social insurances - that's why it's called a "minijob".
Your Swedish health insurance may "cover you abroad", but if you mean on the back of an EHIC card then that is not valid if you are a resident in another country, and where it is valid, then only for emergencies. Your Swedish health insurance is also not considered sufficient cover for the German authorities. You need approved cover to live her. It's not just a matter of having insurance cover, it is a matter of having cover acceptable to the German authorities (to especially include long-term care cover)
Whoever advised you on German health insurance was quite… (another 119 words)
You don't, really. You've established residency in Germany, so you're required to have German health insurance. Your EHIC is intended for temporary stays, not indefinitely for as long as you feel like it.
You were told all this 5 months ago, but you didn't believe it then, either.
When I moved here in 2009, I started off by taking a German course and after I finished I went and registered as unemployed. I did not yet have health insurance at the time although I was working on it (getting dicked around for having lived outside the EU too long). The Agentur für Arbeit did not ask me about health insurance at all and I don't remember them asking either about why I hadn't registered earlier. If you are not applying for benefits, I don't think they care.
However, it was explained to you in January on your other thread that you should have health insurance if you are living here. It is the law. As soon as you registered yourself in Germany, you were supposed to get health insurance. If you go and register now, you will be back charged since the day you… (another 145 words)
That's the part that stuck out for you? I like the way he offended about 50% of the female population of this board...
German chicks are quality, while all you have to do is waft a bit of chocolate under the noses of those simple, easy American chicks...
Most women have extremely fine tuned instincts when it comes to men. When you start off a contact with asking for something, like meeting up, you are done. If you want a woman, then offer something instead, like respect for her brain and understanding the natural caution women must use. Talk to her, intrigue her, respect her, which translates to taking the time to compose an email worthy of a response.
You sound angry, hostile, and entitled. You have high expectations, well, try starting with expecting more from yourself. They are rejecting you? It is just natural selection at work here. Have something better of yourself to offer, then you will see better results.
I'm not an expert, but I think if you were awarded full custody, he can huff and puff all he wants, but he doesn't have the right to demand anything. Especially if he doesn't pay any support.
Don't let him intimidate you.
Yes, young people of the world - step right up and enjoy your 15 minutes of fame. MTV - which used to stand for Music Television, but now is now just Masturbatory Titillating Viewing - wants to know all about your sex life. It's a documentary, which has nothing to do with reality TV, so you can feel free to talk to us. Tell us about your experiences with other people, your own digits and appendages, electrical appliances, fruits and vegetables, and farm animals.
You'll be broadcast to a global audience, so for the rest of your life, every time you meet someone new anywhere in the world, you'll enjoy contemplating whether they might have already seen you talking about your most personal, intimate details. This surely won't come back to harm you in your later professional life.… (another 54 words)
I think that somebody should thank Metall for all of the adverts that she has recently placed, and taken care of - not one has been left open when it was time to close it!
She has done a super job and set an example for many to follow.
Also thanks to Pandamunich, who, as ever, continues to freely give plenty of advice to those with tax problems/questions.
goodness me, I could really do with one of those for the corner of my living room. Would you accept 10€ for it; oh, and do you deliver?
But jokes aside: you're not likely to sell something like this via TT. I suggest you try here:
I sold my concert guitar (5000€) via this site a couple of years back.
A guy is looking for a place to sit in a crowded university library.
He asked a girl in the library: "Do you mind if I sit beside you?
The girl replied with a loud voice: "I DON 'T WANT TO SPEND THE NIGHT WITH YOU!"
All the students in the library started staring at the guy; he was truly embarrassed and moved to another table.
After a couple of minutes, the girl walked quietly to the guy 's table and said with a laugh
"I study psychology, and I know what a man is thinking. I guess you felt embarrassed, right?
The guy then responded with a loud voice: $500 FOR ONE NIGHT? . . . THAT 'S TOO MUCH!
All the people in the library looked at the girl in shock ....
The guy whispered in her ear: "I study law, and I know how… (another 4 words)
Obviously we would need more information. Like, when did you buy it, where did you buy it, was it used prior to this, etc etc.
All we have now is that your wife got a prick while sleeping.
An advice to the single men, if you:
1. Are not ugly
2. relatively fit (not being so plump you can practically be rolled down the eifel, so skinny a whistle could blow you away, visit your dentist regularly)
3. clean (shower more than once a week, not smelling like a blend of alcohol and cat's puke)
4. have your addictions in control (be it beers, smoke or dungeons and dragons)
5. Can pay your bills (and dinner dates)
6. Can hold a decent conversation
7. Mature enough to handle women
Then you are already better off than half the men out there. To win the battle you only need a little push, a little courage, good manners, and some flattery, perhaps some prayers for the religious.
@Lisa13 and @Yomintyfresh, loved your posts, some insight from the opposite side.
Last week, I decided to try a dating site for the first time in my life. I've been out of the dating game through serial monogomy for many years, ouch, showing my age now. I know from some of my female friends what they can be like, bombarded by stupidity, but my ex found her new partner through one, so I guess it must work sometimes. I was completely unsure of what to even do, so I resorted to just being myself, looked through all the profiles and chose the ones which sounded interesting (not really interested in the pictures, prefer the person), Out of the ones I quite liked, of the ones which looked interesting, I wrote a wee friendly and personal (i.e. not copy pasted) messages and up to now maybe half… (another 152 words)
@Derekbeggs - You are quite a catch. I seriously doubt that you will be single for a year!
@OP - Whatever you do, take everything online with a grain of salt and try not to be so intense. Good luck.
In the 1960s (remember young people: no internet back then ) you met a potential partner in a ballroom dancing class. Now, it's salsa. There is always a shortage of men, so take your chances. No need to go online and you get some exercise as well .
You have to hurry up and send them the following letter immediately (it has to reach them before 30 days from the date of the Bescheid have passed), otherwise their tax estimate becomes final.
And then submit the correct tax return within a month.
[right]Berlin, den 13.6.2013[/right]
Betrifft: Einspruch gegen Steuerbescheid für 2011
Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,
hiermit erhebe ich Einspruch gegen den Steuerbescheid für 2011, und beantrage die Aussetzung der Vollstreckung.
Ich habe in 2011 kein selbständiges Einkommen erzielt, die Steuererklärung für 2011 werde ich bis zum 5. Juli 2013 nachreichen.
Mit freundlichen Grüßen
By the way, since you still have that… (another 49 words)
I didn't read through all the posts here so I'm sorry if I'm repeating something that has already been said. I just wanted to share my experience. I'm currently working with three language schools (freelance basis). The pay varies considerably from one school to another. I get paid per unit between 16-20 euros. None of my schools have accepted to pay travel costs, but the good news is that you can refuse to take classes that are not close by. Of course there is a downside to that, you might end up having only 3 classes a week. I've had classes where my travel time to the class was close to 1 hour. Unless you take all classes that are offered to you, have a contract with at least 2 schools and are willing to work from 8am to 7pm, you're gonna have a bad time. As a freelance… (another 283 words)
I was always told that you do not mention the price before you've gone to see the client and talked to them about their needs and what you can deliver.
The best thing to do is group lesson in companies. I know a lawyer friend who asks EUR 90 per 45 minutes for a group of lawyers and gets it. He specialises in legal English and as he is a lawyer, he knows the language needs of lawyers.
Read marketing books, go to marketing seminars, read books about language teaching and acquisition. Do a qualification to teach business English (they were around even in the late 90s when I did my CTEFLA and I know one German English teacher [whom I thought was a native speaker - that's how good she is] who did this month-long course in Berlin and it has stood her in good stead.
Think hard about your… (another 189 words)
Reading some of these posts, I feel pretty lucky. Here I was thinking that it is tough doing this, yet there are others who are struggling a lot more than I am.
When I first arrived in Germany a few years ago, I was being paid €15 per 45 mins, and struggling just to get 5 classes a week. Some days I would wake up for a class from 7:30-9 am, and then have nothing until 5 pm that evening.
Now I earn €21-€25 per 45 mins working for language schools, and upwards of €26 per 45 mins when dealing with private students.
I am tempted to ask for more money from the language schools, but I also don't want to become too expensive for them, and start losing classes to other teachers that will accept far less. I also average about 20 classes per week with very few cancellations (the joys… (another 187 words)
DING DING DING DING DING DING! You've passed the loyalty test! Those were (apparently) stale taco shells on their way to the dumpster that this (former) employee was licking. You get the fresh ones (that were licked by someone way better looking)!
I'm not a cat lover at all. Don't get me wrong, I think they can be cute and cuddly and I like to pat them as much as the next man (and I love funny cat videos), but actually owning one...
We know loads of cat owners, and dealing with the hair and piss and etc just doesn't seem worth the effort. In the house I grew up in in England we had a decent sized garden that was neighboured by 3 other gardens (left, right, top). All these other neighbours had cats. From what we could tell, cats don't venture into another cats garden and so they all used to come into our garden to and fight. Which was noisy and smelly. When we approached the neighbours, they also gave us the "should we put them on a leash" response. But the fact is, I don't care what you do with it, just… (another 104 words)
There is a limit in the number of cats you can have and your neighbors have to accept it. I think it is 2 cats, but maybe it is even one, I am lazy to Google it. If you are under the limit your cat can go and on your neighbors garden all he wants and your neighbor has to accept it. But after the limit he can make you go and clean the or charge you with the cleaning costs. Asking for proof or ownership seems not to get you out of the problem, you might end up paying for more costs.
And another reason why people may hate cats is when they have kids and a sandbox in their gardens, cats will think it is a giant cat toilet and their poor toddlers might end up literally eating the
Anyway, having 12 cats make you a looney.
P.S., Not a cat hater at all, I have one cat and had always cats around… (another 5 words)
My yards, front and back, have been pavilions for cats to loll in for thirteen years. They must be covering their poop or doing it somewhere else, because in all that time I've been offended fewer than five times. The cats used to annoy me, but now I accept them as an effective squirrel repellent. Just lucky, I guess.
This thread about flooding that has killed over a dozen people and forced the evacuation of thousands has so far received 316 views while the thread about a wooden construction for cats has over 2,000 views. I don't understand this world.
Werner is very cute, he looks however a little traumatized.
My advice would be that you take your time with him after his arrival and let him discover his new life at his own pace.
Anxious dogs need lots of time and shouldn't be pushed into meeting people or new objects or experiences.
A calm and patient home will enable him to have a good new start.
All the best to you and Werner,
BTW: Our foster-dog Bernie has found a new loving home :-)
I thought I'd told this story somewhere but its not on this thread...
I used to fly a fair number of times between Hamburg & various places in DE, also to UK. Lufthansa was the company's preferred carrier. In the pre-2001 days I more often as not got a cockpit ride (far more interesting than sitting in the back).
So one afternoon I was flying back from Stuttgart to Hamburg. I knew the plane would be full & the two later in the day were fully booked. I checked in and sat near the gate watching all the standby folks waving their tickets & trying to plead their case. I boarded near last hoping to try my usual trick of asking if I'd get an invite up front. The stewardess says "Captain is behind you - ask him". A rather disheveled guy in shirt but no tie stood… (another 264 words)
Just before a flight to Copenhagen, waiting at the gate for the announcement that we can board. I often get just tired of people pushing and shoving and having no concept of a queue - and so, guess as precautionary measure, I said loud to my colleagues (it was a business trip) something like this:
"I've been living here for quite some time now and I do like it here! However there is one thing I'm missing to become fully integrated. I haven't learned yet how to push and shove while in a queue and honestly speaking I don't think I'll ever manage to even grasp WHY should I do it. Do you think that would disqualify me for German citizenship?"
After that I have had one of the most civilised German queue experiences ever
Edit: Yes, in hindsight it was rather… (another 12 words)
I don't know your neighbour and she may well be a "bitch" nonetheless, but if my neighbour had twelve (twelve!) cats roaming, and pissing all over my garden I'd also be pretty annoyed It's good that you've found a solution but you could be a bit more gracious about it. We all have to live together.
4 cats or more officially puts you in the "mad catperson" category. 12 is enough to get you on the Discovery Channel along with people that collect trash up to the ceiling etc.
Cats also kill the birds. I will take birds over cats anyday.
Sorry but I too would be totally pissed if I had 12 wandering cats living next door to me on my property and killing the birds.
I am always amazed that animal lovers think everyone else should love them as much as you do.
You talk about being neighborly, but that works both ways. Some people don't like animals on their private property, in that case it is the OWNERS responsibility to keep them contained.
Well done on the cat house though.
Most cat owners don't know or don't care that their cats are crapping in their neighbours garden. There are several cats around me and they are often fond of just on my lawn. sometimes they on the flower beds instead and dig some of the plants up for good measure. They're also quite fond of jumping off the wall and crushing my flowers. If I could install an electric fence to keep the fuckers out I would. The question is not what's not to like, but what's to like?
I'd literally had a bucket - full from my bitch of a neighbour over my cats alleged desigration (sic) of their garden and rather do something I might regret (and believe me I was very close) I decided to build this on to the back of the house.
It's circa 1000mtrs x 2000mtrs and cost about €250.000 all in.
To be fair I was gonna do something anyway as, our place is right next to a busyish back road and it was stressing me out whether I'd return to find one of our 437 cats dead in the road.
WOW, I feel so much better now.
Pik of my cats taking a quick walk in the garden:
One thing that always bugged me about 1984 was the cost of all those telescreens and microphones, The way we have been exquisitely duped into spending lots of our own money to supply ourselves with the latest surveillance equipment, screens, microphones, webcams, gps systems, is really a touch of genius.
Regarding travel costs.. I made sure that I (nearly) only accepted classes within the centre of town. Sometimes I'd be paid for travel time and then I would (sometimes) accept those classes if they were interesting or there were a lot altogether (say 3 double lessons all morning).
Prices paid can be as low as EUR 10 for some schools to about EUR 22 at other schools. This was my experience about 3 or 4 years ago. I am in Dusseldorf.
The best thing to do is to cultivate business clients of your own. Brush up on business language and what business people need - e.g. English for presentations, for negotiations, telephoning, and the like. Then put together seminars and courses of your own and market them to schools. You could offer courses that go once a week, weekend seminars, day seminars,… (another 52 words)
As a German native speaker I'd say you are a bit off the mark. It has got nothing to do with dislike of one's own country, but more with a desire to explore unknown territory (not even necessarily outside Germany and not necessarily permanently).
Yes, the language barrier is going to cause you problems, but no, that doesn´t mean that your useful working life is over!
Keep working on learning German, (and that doesn´t mean going along to class for an hour several times a week and doing nothing in between!), but also consider applying for work through Zeitarbeit companies - the pay is not particularly high but it would certainly give you experience of a German working environment and maybe even help you to get a foot in the door to a permanent job.
The Germans have a saying, which literally translated means "hope dies last"...
Much though it may surprise him, I'm with SpiderPig here, and I'm quite surprised no-one else sees it the same way. The picture you have shown is not dangerous, unsafe or unhealthy, especially if it was masked (I would not use the words "purposely" or "hidden") by fitted kitchen furniture. Given that the pipes are correctly capped and sealed, and that furniture was to be built in front of where they are exposed, there is no good reason to make the area good - in fact it would be detrimental if someone wanted to use these services at a later date. it's definitely not unusual to leave services in a condition like this if they are out of sight.
You may (and would seem to) have good grounds for full return of your deposit, if the handover protocol does not show… (another 26 words)
No offense, clickety6, but a hole in a plaster wall - particularly one that is concealed behind a fitted kitchen cabinet - is hardly a tear in the space-time continuum. It's not like the plaster around the edge is actively disintegrating, launching dust and noxious chemicals into the air. In all likelihood it just sat there over the years, happy and unchanging, until it was discovered.
I don't see anything unhygienic about it, nor do I see any advantage in you complaining about it - unless, of course, they're accusing you of making the hole. But it doesn't sound like that's the case.
But the point is you didn't see a hole, so it was never a problem, and your life has not been anyway different as a result of it being there.
Have you ever looked in the attic? Is it horribly dirty up there? Do you care? - it's the same thing.
You titled this topic "Landlord hid unsafe work" - this is in no way "unsafe"
Do please report back...
None of this detracts from your apparent right to have your deposit returned, but attempting to use this "hidden wall disaster" as a lever, will make you look somewhat foolish.
Read about a 16 year old girl buried alive for talking to boys in Turkey. Murdered by her loving father and grandfather. She was buried under the chicken coop and then reported "missing" by her family. When the police found her, her lungs and stomach were full of dirt. She was fully alive when they did this to her, to "teach her a lesson." That is bad enough, but what really pisses me off is that 200 of these "honor" killings occur every year there, making up HALF the total murders in that country per year.
Stop murdering your daughters you asshole men in religious clothing. Women are not something that "need to be kept in line". Fear and intimidation should not be a basis for a religious life. In fact, pitch your religion out the window and see just… (another 23 words)
I am happy today because I went out for a walk with a friend this morning and we found an old lady who had fallen off her bicycle sitting on the ground next to her bike.
She had been taking the dog out for a walk, on the bike, and the dog had decided to go the other way, causing her to fall.
Anyway, she had quite a few grazes and a small cut to her hand and was in no fit state to continue riding to get home to Starnberg, so my friend went and got his van,while I comforted her and was basically a shoulder to cry on, and then we helped the lady and her dog into the van, plus the bike into the back, and drove her home to her husband who immediately told her off for taking the dog out on the bike!
Anyway, she was okay and simply happy to be home, and we did our good deed for the day.
After my vents and frustrations with Hermes over the last week they finally managed to find our house yesterday. Sadly they didn't seem able to find the bell at the gate as they left the parcel with a neighbour down the street and delivered only a note to me, timed at when my wife was at home waiting for them.
Anyway, I suppose "all's well that ends well" as they say, even in spite of appalling service.
In turn this has enabled me to bring a 30 year old postcard to life as this delivery was the last item required.
My dear wife gave me a postcard about 5 years ago, it was from her travels in Scotland around 30 years ago and in the form of five bottles of whisky. Bottles which either don't exist any more or have totally different labels now. It's taken me a year to… (another 22 words)
Mohawk guy, you reek of desperation. Approaching women (in real life) and thinking a few 'polite' lines will directly get you anywhere makes you look incredibly naive. Either you ARE a guy, that can attract some attention or you are not. German women do talk to you, it's just not coming across well if you INSTANTLY signal that you are trying to convince her of a date. Try not to make yourself look like a desperate lap dog with blue balls and you might simply get to know people.
The important thing is that you know some people. Guys, women you are not interested in. Socialize with people you do not want to date. A desperate loner is suspicious to most people. A social circle will provide you with women sooner or later. It's a trust barrier. Being with other people or on a party… (another 74 words)
so the other day I met this German girl on the street and I asked her (very politely I might add as I'm a really nice guy) to go make me a sandwich and then I would let her enjoy my manhood as her reward. She just walked off without saying anything!!! I don't understand!!! I know she was digging me because she was walking on the same sidewalk that I was, so I thought it was really rude of her not to answer me at all! Are all German girls this rude and uptight?!?
I had a message saying Eva in my area wanted to meet me, also Adriana, and Helga, and Soozie, and tones of other girls. But when I clicked on the links none of them wanted to meet me at all. German girls are bitches.
Because I still feel like even if I try to conceal it with a smile and a "oh look how beautiful the weather is now". I start to have more and more self-harm thoughts, not that I want to die but I just want to show the world that I am not going well (everybody seems to think that it is just a bad pass), like a stupid teenager I know.
I know I should consult somebody, but I don't want to, first because I don't want to take any pills (I'm sorry. I know we talked already about it. still terrified and I don't want to touch it. I'm a coward), and second because that would mean I would have to stay here for more months and I WANT TO LEAVE.
I want to leave so badly. I hate it here, hate it. My soul is starving for fulfillment, peace and happiness I haven't had in… (another 129 words)
It's interesting that so many people appear to be surprised by this "revelation". I have the 2009 book "The Shadow Factory" by James Bamford in which he details the workings of the NSA. The focus of the book is on the failings, unintentional or intentional, of the intelligence community to prevent 911. He exposed the existence of the NSA back in the 1980s and his book is full of footnotes and sources for his claims of spying on individuals both foreign and domestic.
Fact is, we should all know that every bit of electronic information including voice recognition to analyze content is being scanned by the NSA. It's a huge amount of data, but there are some very smart people working on it to provide summary and details of whatever is deemed interesting to the powers… (another 32 words)
This thread is amusing. You don't know for sure that you are being surveilled in Germany so you are sure it isn't happening; therefore, Germany is much better than the US.
It's so damned cute it could make me shed a tear.
my dog Terry (7 year old Westie) had a spinal stroke 4 months ago and we have now purchased a dog rolly or a doggy wheelchair.
He instantly love it and is not learning how to live a new, but nevertheless an exciting life with his rolly!
If anyone here also has a handicapped pet or a dog on wheels it would be nice to set up a forum an maybe a meetup!
Life with a handicapped pet is not easy , but we have take on the challenge and wouldn't change it for anything!
Looking forward to hear form you!
Katerina and Terry
Sign-up sheet: Finland XC Ski Trip, March 2014
1) Editor Bob - two weeks
2) Newinmunichberlin - one week preferred
3) zorsey - one week prefered
4) NewChris one week
5) STB - one or two weeks
6) CandyQuackenbush - two weeks
7) Natalia - one week
8) nomis - one week
9) pyrchick - one week
10) Ophelia_30 - one week preferred
11) KitKit - one week preferred (but you might be able to twist my arm to do 2)
12) Eli - one week
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The law says that you should register your address within 7 days of moving. You may be asked for your registration for certain things to prove where you live like if you want to open a bank account.
The law also says that you must have health insurance if you live here. Your EHIC card may cover you if you are here as a visitor but once you have registered, you aren't really a visitor any more.
If you have proof of having had health insurance in the EU, you can register for insurance on a voluntary basis and pay around 148€ a month. When you start working, you pay 8% of your wages and your employer pays another 7.5% for you. If you do not register for insurance right away, it will come back to haunt you when you start working because when you sign up for insurance, they will ask to see… (another 26 words)