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  1.     I should have asked if her friend was on her way back from the CVS.  The 5G, nanotechnology, and residual magnetism never occurred to me.   
  2.   This is the conversation I had two weeks ago with my sister who lives in Florida about a woman who she talks to every day.   Sister:  Did you get your shots yet? Me: Yes, did you? Sister: No, the lady who lives two houses away got hers and now she's dead. Me:  Huh?  How old was she?  How was her health before the shots? Sister: She was in her late 60's and seemed to be in good health because she jogged every morning.  She never mentioned any illness to me. Me:  Wow!  I wonder if she had something that she wasn't sharing. Sister: I don't know.  Could be. Me: Did she die in her house or in the hospital? Sister:  She died in the ambulance. Me: That's too bad. Sister: Yeah, I think she lost too much blood. Me: Huh? Sister:  Yeah, she had head injuries after the car hit her. Me: You're an idiot.   I'll spare you the next 15 minutes of conversation, but it was a struggle for me to convince her there was no cause and effect in this case and she needed to get her ass down to the CVS and get her vaccine.
  3. I think you will find the answer is "it depends", and you will know the answer for your situation after your interview at the Ausländerbehörder.  I am an U.S. citizen, married to a German citizen who still works, and have been in Germany since 1997.  When I retired from the DOD in 2019, I applied for my Aufenthaltstitel, and my application package included my Anmeldung, proof of health insurance, financial account statements, transcripts for my college degrees, and marriage certificate.  We own our home without a mortgage and have no debt.    At the second meeting, after reviewing my application, the agent told me she would process my application as soon as I provided a German language A1certificate.  At no time during the first interview, which was mostly in German, did she mention the language certificate.  I scheduled the test in Darmstadt, and after a long processing delay, received my A1 certificate.  When I delivered it to the same agent, she made a copy of it and told me I should have my three-year Aufenthaltstitel in four weeks.  Four weeks later, I received the notice from the Ausländerbehörder that my Aufenthaltstitel was ready.    When I picked up the Aufenthaltstitel, the clerk at the main desk told me I would need a B1 certificate and a certificate for the Integration Course if I wanted a permanent Aufenthaltstitel when this permit expired.  Otherwise, I could apply for another three-year permit.  I asked why I needed these certificates, and he told me it was because I had not yet reached the German retirement age and I could still work.  I am working on my German language skills, but it is not a priority and has not hindered my ability to get around.  I think I am functionally at the A2 level, but will eventually take the B1 test.   A co-worker, who is the same age as me, retired at about the same time and lives in Bavaria with his German wife.  He has trouble with "Guten Tag" and relies on his wife for every translation, but received his initial Aufenthaltstitel without any proof of language proficiency.   As of the time when he received his initial Aufenthaltstitel, he will not need a language certificate when he receives his permanent Aufenthaltstitel.   The BAMF must have reorganized its website, because none of the links I bookmarked work.  The link Balticus provided has a BAMF link for more information, but this link returns a 404 page not found error.  Here is the current URL from the BAMF website that seems to be relevant; although, it has less information than I remember from the previous website:   https://www.bamf.de/EN/Themen/MigrationAufenthalt/ZuwandererDrittstaaten/Familie/NachzugZuDeutschen/nachzug-zu-deutschen-node.html   This page states "As a spouse or registered partner of a German national, you will generally be required to have a basic command of German."  I suspect the interpretation and enforcement of "generally be required" and "basic command" are up to the approving official.    
  4.   I am normally reluctant to let facts get in the way of a funny story, but you should put a bit more effort into your cherry-picking.  I couldn't care less about Springsteen, but this decision was reversed just days after the date of the Vancouver Island report.  The original statement was only those vaccinated by FDA-approved vaccines would be admitted into the Springsteen on Broadway concerts.  The new rules are anyone fully vaccinated by FDA or WHO approved vaccines can attend the concerts.    https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/springsteen-on-broadway-clears-way-for-astrazeneca-recipients-to-attend-show-1.5477545
  5.   No.  All I see when I click on the link is:   Gone   Error 410
  6. Problems Installing COVpass app

    Me too.
  7.   Correct!  The first thing I did when I received my account information was change my mailing address.  Since then, all SSA correspondence arrives at my German address.  The system even puts the post code before the city name.  I can't remember about the phone number, but I think it is still U.S. only with the XXX-XXX-XXXX format.   The requirement for Experian verification is only when applying for an account online, even in the States.  This is not needed when applying at the FBU or U.S.-based SSA office.  It's too bad the SSA used Experian, since this credit reporting firm had problems with a data breach in 2020.
  8.   The failure was related to the confirmation at the end of the online account creation.  A VPN service to a U.S. server would not have made any difference.   The SSA uses information from Equifax to verify applicants using the online option instead of visiting any SSA office.  I had my latest credit history from Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion, which was less than a month old, so verifying answers to the questions asked should have been easy.  However, the correct answer to all of the multiple choice questions was "None of the above", since the choices for each of the questions related to recent credit cards, car loans, or similar activities were not correct.   For example, one of the questions related to the source of my current student loan.  I graduated from college decades earlier but never had a student loan.  Another asked for the current monthly amount for a mortgage with Wells Fargo.  I retired the last mortgage for my rental properties about ten years earlier, but never had any association with Wells Fargo.  The other questions were similar and related to current financial transactions, none of which applied to me.   After the third attempt to break through the Equifax verification on the SSA site, I captured screenshots of the questions and multiple choice answers.  I then spoke with an Equifax agent and verified the credit report I had was current, the questions asked did not apply to me, and there was likely a problem with the SSA process.  At this point, I could return to the U.S. and visit any SSA office, or go to the FBU in Frankfurt.  The FBU process was easy, but I had to wait for the mail forwarding to send the account documents to me.
  9. I have a U.S. address and tried to set up the MyAccount on the SSA website.  My attempts failed every time, so I called the SSA office in my home state for assistance.  The SSA agent would only be able to help in person but recommended I contact the Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) at the nearest U.S. Consulate.    I made an appointment with the FBU at the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt to set up the account, which had to be with a U.S. address.  This worked great and the SSA agent set up the account using my U.S. address, which is a mail forwarding service.  A month later, I received the MyAccount confirmation notice and login information and was able to change the correspondence address to my German address.  I now have access to my social security history back to the dawn of time.   The FBU in Frankfurt is no longer responding to appointment requests, but you might have more success with the FBU in Berlin.  However, you must have a U.S. mailing address and the means to have mail forwarded to your German address.
  10. Unresponsive American consular services

      It's been quite a few decades since I applied for my SSN or my first passport, but these two processes have always been separate.  From the DS-11 form (I bolded the text):   "Section 6039E of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. 6039E) and 22 U.S.C 2714a(f) require you to provide your Social Security number (SSN), ifyou have one, when you apply for or renew a U.S. passport. If you have never been issued a SSN, you must enter zeros in box #5 of this form."
  11. Unresponsive American consular services

      DD is likely Darling Daughter.   @NativeFraulein, I hope you have more success than me.  I've been trying to get a response from the FBU office at the Frankfurt Consulate since February.  The Conuslate used to have a webpage to schedule appointments, and I used it several times before.  I don't see the link now, so I assume they removed it and moved the appointment process to email requests.  Unfortunately, it does not appear that anyone at the FBU office  is checking the email queue.
  12. Coronavirus

      I'd worry more about the andromeda strain. 
  13. Coronavirus

      Please see this thread:     I haven't used the Schnelltest stations lately, but I still see people using their smart phones to register for the test and not waiting around for the results.  On my phone, the certificate in the app's wallet is in German and English, but goes away when the validity period expires.
  14. Twat of the day

        This is what everyone else sees.     
  15. What made you laugh today?