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  1. Life without alcohol

    The preferred method, and the one I chose, is to go directly from detox to rehab, with no stops inbetween. I was picked up at Detox in Bayreuth by an employee of the rehab in Hochstadt. Nice guy and we just chatted for the 45 - 60 minute drive.   The alcoholics are treated differently than the drug addicts (for ease and because they refer to themselves in this manner, hereafter "druggies") in Hochstadt. The main building has the offices, cafeteria, therapy rooms and many 2-3 person rooms. One wing is for the women (of which there aren't many, maybe 10 or so) and the rest is for men. That is where the druggies stay for all or most of their stay.   About 100 meters down the walkway, there is a separate building with three floors and 5 or 6 rooms per floor. The first two floors are for alcoholics in SINGLE ROOMS. The top floor is for druggies very close to their release date, who have been on their best behavior for their entire stay and who the staff feel can be trusted. They get TWO MAN ROOMS. That means the alcoholic gets a single room in an unsupervised house on day 1, while a druggie with very few (I'll probably get to that at some point) exceptions will always have at least one roommate. Most druggies never even make it to this house.   The other side of that house is basically a mirror image, but only the top floor is rooms for those who stay on for "adaptation" after their rehab is finished (I may or may not get to that at some point I didn't do it so I only know a little about it). The other floors are for Ergo Therapy, a computer room, and an office or three.   Anyway, once I got there, the first thing they did was take any money I had over 60 € and put it into my patient account. Then they sat me down and asked me a bunch of questions and took my bank and credit cards. Then when it was time to get my stuff over to the other house (where the alkies live) a patient came over and asked the personell if he could help carry my stuff over, which he did. I don't know if he was just a really nice guy or if he just wanted to see what the other house looked like (druggies aren't allowed in the other house unless they live there), but he never asked me for anything in return.   My stuff now on my bed, in my single room, they dumped it all out. They took my nasal snuff, which I didn't really care about, and were trying to figure out if I was allowed to have my chewing tobacco or not. I had a shit load of chewing tobacco, enough to last 4 or 5 weeks of my 15 week stay. People were allowed to smoke, but they weren't allowed to use vapes, since that is too similar to smoking out of a pipe, and they just never had anyone whose main method of nicotine consumption was chewing tobacco. I was there to quit drinking, not to quit chewing, so I told them that was "KO Kriterium" for me, and I was checking out if they took my chew. They called the head Dr. and he approved it. So far so good.    They also took my water cooker or kettle as the brits say, but I was able to get that back once the Hausmeister checked it out. I could have gotten a receipt for my nasal snuff to retrieve upon release, but I told them just to chuck it. I can't recall that they had to take anything else from me. I pretty much knew what I could have and what I couldn't have.   To be continued at a later date ...   ETA: I should probably add that there are about 12 Alchoholics and around 80 druggies in this facility at any one time.  
  2. Gender neutral toilets.

       That is why some women don’t help guys or sit next to us on the subway.    Ooh. She said good morning, she wants me. 
  3.   A friend of mine from high school used to work on cancer research for the American Association for Cancer Research. They made huge strides back in the early 2000s that she would tell me about, especially concerning the use of photosensitizers to treat cancer.    Sadly she died in 2005, so I don’t have any current insider info, but while the pharmaceutical industry may indeed care more about the bottom line, there are other organizations carrying on with this work.     
  4. Life without alcohol

      Thanks, but it isn’t about me, it’s about getting off alcohol. I get your point, but I think it’s fair game to say you can’t understand the addiction. A picture of your new shorts, not so much. 
  5. My business plan.

        True, but you also can't get a nice German Cameltoe going...    
  6. Does a Fish Fart?

      Of course you have. In adolescence boys hold eachother down and fart on eachother all the time. Surely that is communicating something.
  7. Do you believe in telepathy

      People (see @El Jeffo's post above) think I'm nuts, but I'm pretty sure I was able to see an Aura as a kid. I just saw a white something surrounding some people. At the time I didn't know it was abnormal to see it and I associated it with spirituality or "holiness".    At one point I mentioned to my mother that "That guy or woman (don't remember which) must be really righteous, becaue his/her light is really bright." She obviously had no clue what I was talking about and it was then that I realized not everyone could see it. I haven't seen it in very many years, nor have I tried.
  8. Do you believe in telepathy

      I seem to have dreamt about it a few years ago... 
  9. Do you believe in telepathy

    Not telepathy, but I have had two dreams of seemingly impossible (or at least highly unlikely) situations which came to happen many years later. In the case of both of those dreams, they seemed extraordinarily real at the time. I'm only willing to share one, but here it goes.   Around 25 years ago, I dreamt that I was at a business dinner (long before I expected to ever be at any business gathering) and I stood up, said something in German, everyone clapped because I said it properly, and I sat back down.    Now, no one is ever going to clap, simply because I said something in German properly. Right?   At a company-wide dinner, to which the families were also invited, in 2015 or 2016, the CEO of my then employer was giving a speech and asked, "what's that word that Americans can't say properly?" Someone yelled, "Spießbratenbrötchen".   He looked over at me and said, "A.N.Other, give it a shot".    I stood up, gave my best rolling R on the braten and the brötchen parts. Everyone there started clapping and my son commented, "half the Germans here wouldn't have pulled that off".   My dream came to pass exactly as it had happened in my dream. What I found really odd at the time is, when the boss mentioned that "Frau XYZ" was doing activities with the kids during this event, no one clapped. I thought, that's pretty screwed up, they clapped because some dumb American can say a German word properly, but not for the woman who is actually doing something...
  10. Template of Vollmacht für Wohnungskauf

      Isn't it?
  11. Barbecue at work -- Foods to bring

      This is like the two thousand year-old fighting between the Israelis and the Arabs and you are like a US president thinking he's going to solve that real quick like.
  12. Which past members do you miss the most?

    There are many I have thought about over the years, wondering what ever happened to them. Way too many to even count. Some said goodbye and many more just never logged back in.    Several of them I have met and many more I haven’t.    @Orla_inka comes to mind. I never met her, but I often wonder how she’s doing.  Is she back on her feet?   Another is @miinerva  Also never met her, but she was a lot of fun. If you’re gonna leave, I guess it isn’t so bad leaving with status “Reinheitsgebot approved“    
  13. Jokes

    A Harley biker is riding by the zoo in Washington, D.C., when he sees a little girl leaning into the lion's cage. Suddenly, the lion grabs her by the collar of her jacket and tries to pull her inside to slaughter her, under the eyes of her screaming parents.   The biker jumps off his Harley, runs to the cage and hits the lion square on the nose with a powerful punch. Whimpering from the pain the lion jumps back, letting go of the girl, and the biker brings the girl to her terrified parents, who thank him endlessly. A reporter has watched the whole event. The reporter, addressing the Harley rider, says: 'Sir, this was the most gallant and brave thing I've seen a man do in my whole life.'   The Harley rider replies: 'Why, it was nothing, really. The lion was behind bars. I just saw this little kid in danger, and acted as I felt right.'   The reporter says: 'Well, I'll make sure this won't go unnoticed. I'm a journalist, you know, and tomorrow's paper will have this story on the front page. So, what do you do for a living?'   The biker replies: "I'm a U.S. Marine."   The following morning the biker buys the paper to see if it indeed brings news of his actions, and reads on the front page: “U.S. MARINE ASSAULTS AFRICAN IMMIGRANT AND STEALS HIS LUNCH”.
  14. Gender neutral toilets.

      Jeez dude. I was just thinking that it isn’t uncommon, especially at fests, for the cleaning lady to come in the men’s room while the men were peeing, yet I wasn’t aware of anyone harassing them.    There you go and destroy my illusion with your dreams of a cleaning lady reach around. 
  15. How to quit your job in Germany

      I’ll go back in time and let my 1995 self know. Thanks.