catjones

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About catjones

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  • Location Cologne
  • Nationality British
  • Gender Female
  • Year of birth 1955
  1. Based on what you said, they wouldn't have visited if you moved to New York much less germany.
  2. Bank forces to take its life insurance

      It's actually called Mortgage Life Insurance and the lender is the beneficiary.  You die, they get their money.  I'd ask how often the insurance gets reviewed and recalculated as the principle gets reduced.
  3. Liable for breaking a friends glasses?

    Friday's Topic: I set my glasses on my floor (maybe in the middle) and this guy comes over and steps on them (maybe deliberately).  I ask him to either pay for them or use his insurance.  He claims to not have insurance and has no money.  Should I sue him or call the police?   Saturday's Topic: I called the Police because a guy stepped on my glasses.  They hung up on me.  What should I do?   Sunday's Topic: I called a lawyer to sue a guy who stepped on my glasses.  They lawyer said he'd charge me 300e / hour and figures it will take a minimum of five hours.  No guarantee of outcome.  What should I do?
  4. Liable for breaking a friends glasses?

    If I set my glasses on the sofa and a friend sits down on them...that's my fault.  A sofa is where you sit.  A floor is where you walk. The OP didn't deliberately "break" the glasses....he walked across the floor.
  5. futile

    One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin. He lay on his armour-like back, and if he lifted his head a little he could see his brown belly, slightly domed and divided by arches into stiff sections. The bedding was hardly able to cover it and seemed ready to slide off any moment. His many legs, pitifully thin compared with the size of the rest of him, waved about helplessly as he looked. "What's happened to me?" he thought.
  6. "Very cold country" - Expats don't feel welcome in Germany

    It's really not that difficult to understand.  If you don't have a vote; you don't have a voice.  It's not a "miracle"; it's the hard work and perseverance of your older sisters that opened doors you enjoy today.  We tried your altruistic approach....it didn't work.
  7. "Very cold country" - Expats don't feel welcome in Germany

    No, the story I presented was more "generational" than "gender".  The bureaucrat was trapped not in male or female attitudes, but of attitudes from an older generation.  My hope is that the female generation entering the workforce today will not only be better educated but have expectations that are far more egalitarian than their mothers and grand mothers.  Progressive actions will produce workforce equality that our children will consider "normal".  Instead of demanding equal pay, they will expect it.
  8. "Very cold country" - Expats don't feel welcome in Germany

    Change is enforced from the top.  Until women hold middle and upper management positions equal to their population the workplace will not reach a wage equilibrium.  Changing stereotypes is a generational effort.   Short story:  a woman friend who works in the Gov was up for promotion.  She was turned down and later found out that the manager considered her age and said, "she's too young and of child-bearing age.  she'll probably leave after the first kid, so find somebody else". Irony #1 - the manager was female. Irony #2 - the manager was/is in charge of Government Employment Discrimination. ahhh, germany.
  9. "Very cold country" - Expats don't feel welcome in Germany

    Actually, it was the oil embargo of the 1970's which led to hyper-inflation.  Consumer prices soared while wages remained stagnant or lagged.  To maintain pre-embargo living standards families needed additional income and since the paternal breadwinner couldn't keep up, mothers were called upon to make up for the difference. What took one breadwinner, now takes two and that legacy lingers....it's the new normal.  For many women, it wasn't the lure of working, but the necessity. 
  10. futile

    I'm drowning in your stream of consciousness.
  11. Is this more complicated than necessary?  Isn't this a simple tourist visa issued in Taiwan?   
  12. Kicking the bucket, are you prepared?

    The downside is that passwords change and the cellar letter is not synced to that reality.  I've attached an addendum to my will with my email account password.  I have my "password Letter" in my Draft folder that also includes other info and instructions.