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  1. 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. 9 minutes ago, jeremytwo said:

    She gave me a ride back this morning in her golf cart. I had a barbecue to carry back to my camp. 


    I think Im in there.


    :lol: 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. :wub:


  3. 3 hours ago, hooperski said:

    Drug companies worldwide don't want to find a "cure" for cancer as it's a cash cow.

    We've all lost friends and family to cancer and these firms play on our emotions.

    As far as I remember, all the TV adverts claim that they're close to finding a cure. Been saying that forever.


    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. 5 hours ago, fraufruit said:

    Please do continue A.N.Other. I, too, was enjoying your journey before all of the dead horse beaters showed up.


    There really isn’t a point in posting anything serious on TT anymore. It will just get lost in the mass of off-topic bickering and one can’t really expect admin to keep cleaning this stuff up.


    Plus I don’t really know what would happen if they did. Perhaps the thread would be closed, perhaps it would be removed, perhaps other things could happen to end it. I’m not trying to play a victim card or anything, it just seems pointless to continue. Thanks though. 


    4 hours ago, French bean said:

    It's not about you, it's about A.N.Other.


    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. :lol:


  5. 26 minutes ago, SpiderPig said:

      I dont think I have ever seen 2 guys comunicating by farting... 


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


  6. 25 minutes ago, emkay said:

    I had lots of experiences of telepathy and clairvoyance as a kid. Some scientists claim we all have these abilities as children.


    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.


  7. 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...


  8. 5 minutes ago, SmurfLee said:


    Can you just leave him alone?

    Do you understand that more enemies mean more difficult time for you?


    If you don't like someone, just ignore the one.

    Unless someone stabs on you or your friend, just don't go ahead stab the person.


    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.


  9. 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“





  10. 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:



  11. 19 minutes ago, jeremytwo said:

    This morning on the campsite the gorgeous French girl was cleaning the bogs while I took a leak. I had faint hopes she would reach round but all I got was wet feet from the high pressure cleaner, sadly.



    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. 


  12. 8 minutes ago, LeonG said:


    If nothing is in your contract, it's 4 weeks to the 15th or end of the month but if your contract specifies a Probezeit, the notice period can be stated as 2 weeks to any day during the Probezeit.



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


  13. 13 minutes ago, Squareidiot said:

    Thats the thing, 4 week period should mean just that. 4 week, not count it to 15th or what not. Hence my rage and everything else


    I didn’t know about any of this when I quit my first German job in 1995. I gave 2 weeks notice, the boss accepted it and that was it. 


    I would’ve probably been pissed off back then too, but that would have simply been the way it works. You weren’t so lucky and your boss wants you to follow the rules. Not really his problem that you didn’t understand them. 


  14. 4 minutes ago, emkay said:

    Epic TT serious thread meltdown. Shame.


    I agree. I actually had more that I would have liked to have shared on the experience, but I had to be happy with what I was able to get out there. It is what it is. 


  15. 1 hour ago, Janx Spirit said:

    I asked Siri to send a message in German to my son "bring a bottle of milk with you" 




    "Bring Andrew to meet me there"




    Yeah, I never understood why she can‘t be bilingual. Nope, either German or English. I understand that she cant run the fuzzy interpreter over all languages, but at least make a shortcut between two or three. 


    For example my primary language is English and she should use that as a default, but give me the option of saying “languagechange German“ to dynamically switch to German for whatever follows, without needing to go through all the settings to change it then change back again. 


  16. 4 minutes ago, jeremytwo said:


    Extremely easy sport, just rugby with shoulder pads.


    Your lack of knowledge of and experience with the sport is showing there, jez. 


    They are as similar as Oxford English and southern American slang. They have the same roots, but grew in completely separate directions. 


  17. 2 minutes ago, hooperski said:


    Not a good idea to cook food in aluminium foil.


    Lots of things are bad for you. I do for fish, but only for fish. That's not true, sometimes I'll put potatoes in aluminum foil and throw them directly on the burning charcoal.


  18. 24 minutes ago, optimista said:

    Inevitable ogling. Inevitable touching. Inevitable hard-ons and ensuing comments and laddish behaviour. They had a fad a decade or so in Munich where ladies would walk around with their shirts open, displaying their bras. It was extremely hot. The fad lasted about 10 days. I wonder why?


    I must've missed that fad. I left Munich for Frankfurt in 2009 for a little over a year, maybe it was in that time-frame.


    One should never have to worry about touching or comments, but even I would find it hard not to look, and boobs do absolutely nothing for me.


  19. 11 minutes ago, El Jeffo said:

    Yeah, and the fish goes in the microwave.


    Since I'm trying to take this seriously... The best there is to wrap it in aluminum foil with lemons and dill, then grill. That is unless you happen to have a smoker and a few hours. I make smoked trout once or twice a year. Brilliant.


    You can also skin a salmon filet, though, cut in slices about an Inch thick and brush with a honey-mustard mixture and bbq it directly on the grill.


  20. Just now, SmurfLee said:

    I might will have some meat on this particular occasion. I am no longer mostly vegetarian any more. My fam. doc. recommended to eat meat or fish once a week.


    then add "Minuten Steaks", cut about the same size as the veggies, to the kabobs.