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  1. 53 minutes ago, john g. said:

    But still engraved on your head?😂

    By the way ( and brilliantly staying on topic in the flummoxed thread!), I am also a JG and born in 1952!

    No...they are 9's.  If they were 6's, they would have little lines under them.


    The JG52 is for Jagdgeschwader 52. 




    A friend of mine, the late Ulirich Steinhilper, was a Bf 109 pilot assigned to JG 52.  He was shot down over Canterbury in October 1940, the same month he became an ace.  He spent the rest of the war in POW camps in Canada and made so many unsuccessful escape attempts that he became known as the Ausbrecherkonige von Kanada.  After the war, he worked for IBM in Germany and was credited with developing the concept of word processing.  IBM in the States wasn't interested in the concept (no place for it in business), but IBM in Germany continued with the concept.


    Uli wrote three books about his wartime exploits and I met him and his wife Lore several times for lunch in Stuttgart.  He was concerned that he would be remembered for his breakout attempts and not the work he did after the war, specifically with IBM.  I convinced him to write a fourth book and helped him proofread the manuscript.  I had to deploy, so I couldn't finish helping with the manuscript, but one of his sons took over.


  2. Almost all of the Rewe stores in my area have a dry-aged beef section with primal cuts hanging on display.  These are for cut to order steaks, with the most popular being T-bone and Entrecôte (Ribeye).


    The Germans don't appear to distinguish between Porterhouse and T-bone, so I have to be specific on which end of the shank I want my steak.  Most of the time I buy a 5cm thick Entrecôte for the grill.  When the Entrecôte is not available, I'll get a thick Porterhouse.


    If you haven't tried dry-aged beef, you are missing out on a fantastic steak.  After you trim the manky parts away, which are a natural byproduct of the dry aging, the meat is a deeper red, almost burgundy, color and has more flavor.  The dry-aged beef is more expensive than regular beef, but for me it is worth it.  A 4-5cm thick Entrecôte is about €35.


  3. 49 minutes ago, Chelski said:


    No pictures! This is the Internet... pictures or it never happened. -_-


    PS: Glad you enjoyed them! :D


    The first was a private moment to be enjoyed.  I might take a picture of the next one. :rolleyes:


  4. Just now, fraufruit said:

    But sex is only for making babies. Ask the Pope.


    I'm not Catholic.  Besides, if he doesn't play the game, he shouldn't be making the rules.


  5. Maybe we need a "Grits Grits Grits!" thread. :huh:


    I prefer hominy grits, which is significantly different than polenta or yellow corn meal mush.  No self respecting southerner would be caught making instant grits.  If my mother was alive today, she'd be spinning in her grave if she saw me making instant grits.


  6. 49 minutes ago, kaffeemitmilch said:


    It's pronounced VEGETARIAN.


    Then why are you reading a "Bacon Bacon Bacon!" thread?  You should be reading the "Broccoli Broccoli Broccoli" thread. :D


  7. 1 minute ago, kaffeemitmilch said:

    There's a thread about bacon with 13 pages??? Y'all need to sort your priorities... :blink:


    I just did!


    To be more accurate, there's a nearly nine-year old thread of 13 pages about bacon.


  8. On 11/15/2021, 9:39:24, murphaph said:

    You'll have to get used to a full Irish now JG ;)


    My shipment of Irish bacon arrived yesterday in perfect condition.  The four packages were surrounded by sheets of reusable frozen cubes, which was then wrapped in a mylar bubble wrap, and then secured in a plastic bag before being boxed for shipment.  The ice was still frozen when I opened the box.  Three of the 450g packs went into the freezer and the fourth went into the refrigerator for the next day's breakfast.


    This morning, I had a partial fry up...no beans.  Being raised in the south, I prefer grits, but I didn't have any of those either.  I opted for the healthy-heart breakfast which consisted of two pieces of bacon, three eggs, hash brown potatoes (rosti), mushrooms, and tomato halves.  To my surprise, the eggs were double yolks, and I think I felt an artery seize up.


    The Irish bacon is delicious and for me is well worth the cost.  I exhausted my supply of American bacon, and detest the poor substitute at Rewe, so I will be buying the Irish Stafford bacon from now on.


    I put the ice cube racks in the freezer and will use these with my cooler on my continuing search for pralines and cream, butter pecan, or Ben and Jerry's Cherry Garcia ice cream.


  9. We've been supporting a hedgehog population for about 10 years.  It might be too late in the season to build a hedgehog house, as they likely already have established residence somewhere for the winter hibernation.  I built a house for our visiting friends in September and placed it in a secluded and protected area near their regular path, but none of the five or six that visited every night took up residence and it is empty now.  Maybe next year.


    It's been four or five weeks since we've seen any hedgehogs and the food I left each night went untouched during the night for at least four nights in a row.  When they were making regular visits, I had to replenish the feeding stations two and three times a night because they would visit at different times, or make repeat visits and eat everything.  Fresh water each day is also a must, and I use a large rectangular plastic trough I bought at the Toom in the garden section.  The trough is normally used as a drip basin for flower pots, but it is a good height for thirsty hedgehogs to visit for long drinks.  The birds like it as well during the day for drinking and bathing.


    We have foxes, cats, and marders in the area at night, as well as birds of prey during the day, so the rat and mouse population might be under control.  A rat will not have any problem helping itself to the hedgehog food, but we do manage to keep the cats out when I put the wet food in the feeding station.  The cats won't touch the special dry hedgehog food, as far as I can see from the trail camera I set up to monitor the nocturnal activity.


    A few years ago, we did have a rat that survived the natural predators and had become a pest.  Since it is in the garden, I would normally not be concerned about it; however, it had chewed holes in the buried plastic irrigation pipe in over a dozen places as it dug its burrow, so it had to go.  I set a heavy-duty rat trap, with peanut butter as bait, under a large inverted plastic container.  There was just enough gap between the lip of the container and the ground for a determined rat to squeeze through.  I didn't want to trap a hedgehog, bird, or other animal by mistake.  Sometime during the first night, the rat became an ex-rat.


  10. 1 hour ago, Chelski said:

    Time to get salivating. :D


    I'm looking forward to it.  I love the full English, and the last time I had one was in March 2020 in the UK.  According to the UPS tracking, my shipment will arrive tomorrow.  :lol:


  11. 1 hour ago, Chelski said:


    Genuine question... What's the difference between black pudding and white pudding? Is it just the blood?


    Educate me please. ;)


    There might be some differences in the spices, but the main difference is the blood.  I grew up on a farm, and the only part of the hog we didn't use during the slaughter season was the "oink".


  12. On 11/13/2021, 11:33:37, Chelski said:


    Cool. But go for the Stafford butchers as opposed to the prepacked O'Neill's. A couple of € here and there makes a big taste difference.



    I ordered some of the Stafford bacon over the weekend.  :D


  13. 48 minutes ago, Bier_me said:

    Greetings all.  I'm planning on retiring from the US Military in the near future and we are exploring employment options post-military in Germany.  I have been told that if one applies for a German Visa and obtains permanent residency status they would be ineligible to apply for NAF and Government Civilian positions (GS) because of permanent resident and SOFA status.  Can anyone verify if this true?


    I understand that someone could apply for a GS or NAF job, following the mandatory waiting period post-retirement, but we are looking into full immigration into German residency because the German Finanzamt's tendency to back tack SOFA protected DoD personnel, especially in the Rheinland-Pfalz area.  To avoid the unnecessary tax trouble, we wanted to pursue residency.  However, my job options would be limited to either German only positions or contractor jobs.


    Just looking to see if anyone can verify or provide more information on this.


    Congratulations on your future retirement!  It's never too early to start planning for a European exit.


    You are correct about the exclusion from NAF or AF (GS and GG) employment based on German residency.  As soon as you receive your residency permit, you are "Ordinarily Resident" and will be treated as any German when applying for these jobs.


    Concerning the Finanzamt targeting DoD personnel, I know of only three that were affected by this, and they all shared the same traits:

    • Civilian employees (one GG in RP, one GG and one GS in Hessen)
    • Stationed in Germany in excess of 15 years (one was over 30 years)
    • German spouses employed in Germany
    • Did not report their U.S. income on the spouse's German tax returns ***
    • Children completing German schools or universities
    • German vehicle driver's license (no U.S. license)
    • Membeship in German social clubs (golf or shooting)
    • No property ownership in the U.S.
    • Owned property in Germany (purchased with LQA)
    • No U.S. bank account

    *** A fourth case I know of involved a GG employee who shared the traits above with the exception of reporting his U.S. income on his wife's German tax returns.  The Finanzamt did not pursue him like the others because his wife included a copy of his IRS Form W-2 with each of her returns and the Finanzamt chose to ignore it.


    For the other three, the respective Finanzamt determined these personnel did not have any substantial ties to the U.S. and were in Germany for more than the employment.  The Finanzamt looked at the tax-exempt income but I can't remember how many years back they went.  The tax-exempt income included the Living and Quarters Allowance (LQA) and Post Allowance.


    There is a 180-day grace period between U.S. Military retirement and AF/NAF employment.  However, there is a waiver process the hiring organization can use if appropriate.  The waiver requires a General Officer approval, but if the hiring organization writes a convincing justification, the waivers are usually approved.


    I'm not following your thought process about applying for the residency permit in an attempt to avoid back taxes on any of your Military pay.  As soon as you register at your local Rathaus, which starts the residency process, you will immediately attract the attention of the Finanzamt (and other offices).  If the Finanzamt is interested in you, registering will make it much easier for them to set the hook in your wallet.  If you are concerned about potential back taxes, keep your legal distance as long as you can by maintaining your SOFA status.


    Here are two options to consider if you want to retain your SOFA status and are not concerned with LQA should a potential dream GS job become available.

    • Apply for a part-time job with AAFES (at least 20 hours per week).  This won't pay much and will not include LQA, but you will receive full logistical privileges (Commissary, PX, MWR, etc.).
    • Apply for a DoD Contractor job that provides Technical Expert Status Accreditation (TESA).  The TESA job requires you to meet specific work experience, training, and education requirements, but you will have SOFA status, and full logistical privileges, and housing allowance if authorized in the contract.

    A third option if you know of a GS job on a short horizon and you can afford to wait is to retire and do nothing for up to 90 days while enjoying your automatic tourist status.  As long as you do not accept contractor or AAFES employment, your transportation agreement will remain intact and you will qualify for LQA.  If you decided to take a trip back to the U.S. at the Government's expense after you retire, then you use your transportation agreement and will not qualify for LQA if locally hired.


    I wish you the best!


  14. 7 hours ago, murphaph said:

    300m³?? What were you building, a small runway?


    Construction projects for new facilities.  On larger projects where we didn't have the concrete plant on site, we would schedule a continuous stream of transmixers from sunrise to well past sunset feeding pumping trucks to fill the formwork.  Depending on the project, the trucks would deliver between five and seven cubic meters at a time.  While one was filling the pump hopper, the next was going through the slump test, and the next in line was watching the clock with an eye on the dump station.  I don't recall any issues with the deliveries and each truck was back on the road to the plant for the next load well within the 90-minute window for the mix.


  15. 14 hours ago, andrew_ysk said:

    I said cementing requires, portland cement, sand and aggregate. They said: what !? need only sand and cement. 



    I was taught to mix universal cement as such:

    1: 2 : 3  cement: rock : sand



    Not to be pedantic, but "cement" and "concrete" are two different terms that seem to be incorrectly used interchangeably.  Concrete is made from cement, aggregate, and water.  The aggregate can be sand, stones, or a mixture of both, and the cement is used to bind them together.


    You might be receiving confusing answers from the Obi employee because you are likely not asking for the correct items.  "Zement" is cement and "Beton" is concrete.  If you are laying a course of bricks for a wall, you will need Zement.  The addition of sand will depend on the mix available.


    If you are placing a slab or footer for a foundation, where the material will be the load bearing structure, you will need Beton.  The size and mix of the aggregate will depend on the design load and the type of rebar used.  I haven't needed Beton in quantities less than 300 cubic meters, so I don't know what is available on the Obi shelves. 


    I agree the choices for the DIY person can be confusing, and I wouldn't expect the Obi employee to be much help. 


  16. 6 minutes ago, Metall said:

    Well, you could cook it again and invite. Take it as a compliment. :D


    The next best thing to meatloaf fresh from the oven is cold meatloaf sandwiches the next day.  I used to make English muffin bread specifically for my meatloaf sandwiches.  The bread is also good on it's own lightly toasted.