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  1. Hmmm. I have a Master's in Music, Vocal Performance (I studied at two US universities.)


    Klopfen, I'm assuming elzo79 already plays a suitable instrument well enough to get admitted to a music school. Programs don't normally accept majors who are beginners on an instrument (I've never heard of such a thing, anyway.)


    To me, jazz seems like an odd course of music study in Europe, though I'm sure lots of people do it. Most music schools, while they may have a class or two specifically in jazz theory and history, and a jazz ensemble of some kind, are really geared more towards classical music studies. Even in the States, you need to go to a school like Berklee in Boston to get a good jazz education, so you'd really need to have a look at the program(s) you're considering to see if they offer enough of a jazz emphasis to suit your goals.


    I'm sure you already know that most of the great jazz players got where they are through more informal study (i.e., gigging and working connections, besides the usual luck.) Not via formal university education.



    I'm continueing my education and taking a Masters program in Statistical Research. I'd like to see one of you BASH that approach to the future. lol A STATISTITION! lol

    Whoa. I hope you're a lot better with numbers than with letters.



    I guess that explains my "Great Wall of Texas" Idea. Talk about freeing up jobs, and creating them at the same time.

    Hardly your idea. As a Texan, no thanks on that wall. There's already a tunnel system to run drugs under the border without it.



    I take pride in my nationality (German), I truly expected a more embraceful group of Germans to tell you the truth.

    You're not German. If you were, you could just pop over and get a job, couldn't you?



    I'm an expat. An expat that is returning to the country of my people.

    No, you're not. You're just really delusional. Someone returning to his own country has a perfect right to live and work in his home country. You don't. Sorry to say, the only country you have a right to live and work in is the United States, and some of its territories. Ha ha ha ha ha ha.



    Unless of course none of you people are, and your just illegals living in Germany.


    You realize that there are more than the just two choices of: 1) German and 2) illegals living in Germany?



    Remember that one flight that the pilot took down the plane on purpose? I know this is unlikely but, I'm wondering was this possibility ruled out?


    That's what I thought, too, LR, especially since all the other experts say it's really pounded into you what to do when the plane goes into a stall.


    Patrick Smith, of Ask The Pilot on, always says a commercial airliner will almost never go down as a result of only one technical problem. It's nearly always a perfect storm, a whole series of incidents going down one by one, leading to disaster. You can definitely see that here.



    Why would the markets believe it'll be different this time? That is why this whole rescue package is a farce and won't work. But have fun blaming the Brits anyway.


    While you're at it, enjoy the loss of democracy and independence you're accepting in the bargain.


    I distinctly remember talking to people in Europe (mostly Germans) in around 2001 about the EU, and a lot of them were quite suspicious of the whole thing. They were worried about just the kind of thing that's happening now: Brussels gaining more and more control over not only the everyday laws of member countries, but also the mechanics of government.


    At the time, I thought they were overly cynical (imagine! Germans being overly cynical), but now I think they were right to be leery.


    Funny, I don't remember the Euro ever being particularly popular when it was introduced. Germans called it the "Teuro," Greeks saw price inflation of everyday goods compared to the drachma. I think it's pretty funny that there's such a scramble to retain it.



    Read Post 157 on this thread. Obviously, he's clueless about Germany.


    Indeed. teddy doesn't like illegal immigrants. They're such a bane of his existence, he feels he must impose himself on another country, in which he has no right to live, to escape the problem in his own country.


    On that thread, he states that it's better to live in Munich, where he thinks there are fewer illegal immigrants than in Berlin (!). I don't know what town/city he inhabits in the US, but surely if he wants to escape the illegal immigrants, he could merely move to a different part of the US where he perceives the problem is non-existent.


    Or perhaps he just wants to get away from his fellow countrymen and doesn't believe he will encounter Americans in Munich. Hard to tell.



    I didn't know we were doing the whole "aftermath" thing now. Are we talking "mental anguish" and "pain and suffering" like lawyers do?


    OK, forget about the aftermath, then. Oklahoma City still pales in comparison, how could anyone disagree?


    Oklahoma City: 169 dead

    Pearl Harbor: 2,402 Americans dead

    9/11: around 3,000 dead


    Still think you have a case?


  7. You sound like you'd fit in just fine in a corporate environment in Germany. Except the cowboy boots. Don't wear them to an interview. Germans have unpleasant memories of a recent American president who liked to wear cowboy boots. Pull them out after you've been on the job awhile, if you like.



    As for me, PEOPLE COME ON! I don't need a lecture from you. I'm a simple man, with a difficult plan. I will learn German, and I hope to live there one day.


    You're certainly not the first poster who has come to TT, spouting off about his/her own country and announcing a wish to move to Germany to escape your terrible CESSpool of a home country.


    I don't know whether you expect to be applauded for your keen political insight and courageous plan to change your life, or what, but you won't get that here.


    Germans don't welcome immigrants without special skills (by that I don't mean in accountancy) and language fluency any more than Americans do, be warned.



    People here would willingly call me a traitor for wanting to leave as if they practice true patriotism, but to tell you the gods honest truth, my ancestors traited my native land of Germany just a short Century ago!


    I can't for the life of me figure out what this means (traited?), but if you think that leaving your own country is equivalent to becoming a traitor, you need to review Article 3, Section 3 of the US Constitution.



    I think we've overlooked the real threat to the American dream...the Muppets!


    I had heard this, too. You have to have some kind of huge mental dissociation problems not to twig that EVERY Christmas special on TV is about how the True Christmas Spirit isn't about buying stuff, interspersed with commercials for toys at Wal-Mart and weekend doorbusters at JC Penney. :rolleyes:



    In general, it's a good idea for anyone who is going to make him/herself a financial dependent on someone else in a foreign country to have a legally recognized relationship with the person s/he's dependent on.




    Sorry, but all the advice here about getting married for the sake of tax benefits or to have some kind of security is just absolutely hilarious to me. If you need security looking like a ring on your finger to move country, then you have not yet arrived in the 21st century.


    I can't speak for the others here who advise getting married, but I have bolded the crucial phrase in my advice.


    I don't think it's a good idea for anyone to move to a foreign country where s/he has little chance of immediate employment, without a contract. This opinion has nothing to to do with government benefits. What happens if xamax moves to Germany, lives on her boyfriend's largesse for awhile, and then things don't work out? She not only no longer has a home or a job, but has also lost out on any income and career advancement she would have had if she had stayed in her own country. If she's not married, she's not entitled to any of the benefits she would receive in a divorce settlement. I also suspect that people take their obligations more seriously generally when they are sealed with a contract.


    That's why it's a better idea for xamax to stay in her own country and remain employed and self-sufficient if she can't get a contract from her boyfriend, or until she is independently employable in Germany. I think we agree on that.


    By no means am I advising her to get married for the sake of tax benefits. Marriage does represent a contractual obligation which you can call "security" if you like. Entering into a marriage contract isn't any more old-fashioned than entering into any other kind of business contract that protects both parties.


  11. I don't know if it was the MOST embarrassing thing, but it certainly was the most persistent: my mom would take the kernel of truth about a stupid or silly thing I and/or my sisters had done, and embroider it into an epic story that made us look much dumber/clumsier/etc. than we were.


    She would do it right in front of us, for the edification of some other adult. If we challenged her about the fine points of the story, she would just say it didn't make a good story without the additions.



    What, for example, did the street musicians play?




    In the second half of the 18th century, tastes began to change: many composers preferred a new Galant style, with "thinner texture, ... and clearly defined melody and bass" to the complexities of counterpoint.[10] Now a new custom arose, that gave birth to a new form of chamber music: the serenade. Patrons invited street musicians to play evening concerts below the balconies of their homes, for their friends and their lovers. Patrons and musicians commissioned composers to write suitable suites of dances and tunes, for groups of two to five or six players. These works were called serenades (sera=night), nocturnes, divertimenti, or cassations (from gasse=street).

    Mozart wrote 13 serenades, several divertimenti for various combinations of instruments, and a couple of cassations.


    I don't know if you could find any concrete documented proof that street buskers played Mozart opera arias in, say, Vienna in 1775, but it's not unlikely. Most of his operas were debuted in public theaters at the time, and not in private court performances. If I had to guess what from Mozart would have been played by street musicians the most, it would be opera arias, which could be played by a solo violin or other melody instrument.



    Classical music is for people that believe that they are of superior intellect (like HerrdinkBumps) or mental or both.


    Strictly speaking, Beethoven was a Romantic composer, not a Classical one.



    Mozart's music was played in the streets in his time,


    But not 10 years after his time. With only one or two exceptions, up until the present day, the only music people listened to was new music. There were a few documented revivals of certain kinds of earlier music in the 19th century, like Mendelssohn's revival of Bach, and some opera, but until the spread of recorded music, everyone wanted to listen to current music, not older music.


    But even now that we can listen to a lot of older music, we don't listen to all of it, just the important and popular figures. For the same reason, Mozart is still popular, and Led Zeppelin is still popular, but Rihanna probably won't be popular in 30 years, never mind 200.



    Many times children have breakdowns because they're hungry or tired. . . . Yes, the immediate cause may be a disappointment such as no second cookie, but if you've kept an eye on your kids and see the signs of an approaching crying jag, offer a little something or a lap or a cuddle or a lie-down. We're the ones in charge and it's up to us to keep things on an even keel.


    This is SO true. I am lucky to have a child with a very calm temperament, but at age 2 or 3, they can fly off the handle regardless if you don't pay attention to moods, naptimes, feedings, etc.


    This won't help the OP in this case, but parents and parents-to-be take note: putting your child on a very consistent schedule and keeping to it will prevent a LOT of temper tantrums, power struggles, and frustration on everyone's part. It's not the easiest thing to do: we had to turn down lunch dates, not schedule playtime activities that looked like fun, etc., because it would conflict with nap times. But we learned our lesson the few times we took a break from the schedule: it's really hard to calm an overtired child.


    An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, like katheliz says.