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  1. 22 hours ago, emkay said:


    A few of our neighbours get their lawns completely replaced every 1-2 years! I’m glad though that many German councils have banned stone gardens. 


    I had heard that there were proposals to ban people paving their front or side garden to have extra parking spaces as this was increasing the risk of flooding. I'm surprised though that rockeries are being banned though, surely you still get the rainwater getting absorbed into the ground with this type of garden (or part of garden)? My parents had one and there were always really nice plants growing there.


  2. If your car had been damaged by the brush while the brush was operating normally ( and set up correctly), then I can see how the car wash's insurance company could reject your claim. However, obviously the car wash's brush was not operating normally because it had broken off! Really poor by your lawyer - they should be reported for incompetence.


  3. On 4/9/2022, 3:13:55, Acton said:

    Buses don't blink warning lights at bus stops.


    I saw one this morning and it did indeed switch on its warning lights when it stopped at a bus stop. It's a busy Hauptstrasse so maybe that explains it.


  4. 2 hours ago, klingklang77 said:


    2 hours ago, klingklang77 said:

    It really depends on the situation. On my small side streets, I just drive slowly and let them go and they usually thank me with a wave. This is usually 30 zones. I also let people cross after they get off a bus (I think that is a law?). 


    When the bus is stopped at a bus stop with its warning lights blinking, the law is you have to pass the bus at walking pace in both directions. There's no requirement to let passengers cross afaik.


  5. I don't see the difference between male on female violence (where everyone would quite rightly say get the hell out of this abusive relationship) and your situation, to be honest. It's a domestic situation that is a ticking time bomb. 

    All the best and look after yourself 👍


  6. I know it's easy to say it but I would move out asap if there has been physical violence. There is a time for standing your ground but you don't know your flatmate's psychological history. There was a tragic case in Ireland of a guy being murdered by his flatmate - I knew the victim from my university days and it was just a real shock to read the story a few years ago. 


  7. Apparently people are using cooking oil in diesel motors so this is also affecting availability. My local Netto has a one bottle per household sign - I assumed it was one bottle by oil type and took one olive and one cooking but the cashier told me to choose which one I wanted. I chose olive and the old guy behind me said 'I'll take the cooking oil so'.


  8. When we bought our house, a colleague of my wife's who worked in the local Bauamt had a look over the Reihenhaus. There was nothing that was really wrong, just superficial stuff. It also helped that we could look at the other 5 houses and just see if the owners had needed to replace roofs (no), wooden window frames (none at the time, one house in the last ten years), the state of the underside of their front balconies (these can be problematic - don't neglect tell-tale rust signs). The guy's personal opinion was that if the house was built late 70s to late 1980s, you will be very unlucky to have a major structural problem.


  9. 8 hours ago, BethAnnBitt said:

    Hence in conversation, at least in the US, one conveys this by making making faux quotation marks with the index & middle finger from each hand. 


    Yes, this caught on in Ireland and Britain too, it's a bit annoying.


    I wonder if the adoption of the action, where you can make facial expressions or change your tone of voice to show you are being ironic, has now influenced how people now see the written form? Maybe someone has written a thesis on it! :rolleyes:


  10. Interesting for me to read that now, using double quotes for a single word now can be taken as meaning the author doesn't agree with the quotation. Possibly Jeba was not aware of this, I know I didn't know this.

    (Can't seem to insert the link)




  11. On 22/03/2022, 10:25:58, MikeMelga said:

    My company informally mandates "du" for all. Even the cleaning lady calls the CEO by "du". Even in front of customers.

    It's a good thing in my opinion, especially compared with many Portuguese non-tech companies, where everyone demands to be called "Dr." despite having no PHD and in many cases, no higher education.

    I Loooooove going back there and when they demand to be called Dr, I pretend to be interested


    On 21/03/2022, 22:04:44, Chelski said:



    There used to be a Minister of Health in Ireland that used the title 'Dr.'. It turned out his doctorate was in Agricultural Science!



  12. 13 hours ago, Chelski said:

    Fortunately, I work in a Kita/Krippe so all the kids are at 'Du' level and all the staff are on first name terms with the kids and each other. Even the bosses.


    Wierdest thing I discovered recently, is that the teachers (including the bosses) 'Sie' the parents.


    Whereas I, have kids calling me 'John', and then their parents calling 'John' to which I respond to with "What's your name?" Which they tell me and we fist-bump.


    Which leads to some really confused identity convos with the teachers (I have no idea about parents' surnames), but I think the parents have got it spot on.


    Be nice to the man in the kitchen who's feeding your child all day.


    In the State Kita my children go / went to, it was always informal du / first names with everyone until around three years ago. Then it was requested (demanded) that parents stop using Erzieher/in first names and everything was formal Sie. 


  13. When I first moved here, I did the tyre changes in ATU out of habit - they were expensive. Got a tip of a small garage and it's a lot cheaper and quicker - 30minutes and think it was around 60€ last time for changing the wheels and storage. Also,  I actually like that a mechanic is checking them twice a year.


  14. Ask if the occupants in the flat above tried to fix a blocked shower. I tried to years ago to remove the drain cover from ours and all I succeeded in doing was loosening the seal. Subsequently, every time we had a shower, water leaked into the flat below. The Hausmeister said that this happens all the time. Luckily the insurance paid out. Lesson learned - call the Hausmeister if you're renting, don't attempt DIY.


  15. I think it's just more of a cultural thing here to put more emphasis on where you were born rather than were you were brought up. An example I came across - a former colleague of my wife had her two children in a hospital in Cologne even though she lives much closer to several good hospitals in our area over the city border. My wife asked about it and the colleague said she wanted that they could call themselves a Kölner(in). Oje!


  16. If you share an attic, you could partition your side off to stop wildlife getting in. This isn't going to stop the elements getting in though. I would first ask in the Bauamt what you need to do but I suspect you will have to go down the legal route. Apart from the house, the next most costly thing an average homeowner will need to pay for is a new roof. You don't want to have to get a new roof replaced 20 or 30 years before it needed to just because you didn't take action over your neighbour's / her family's inaction.


  17. 1 hour ago, Namu said:

    I agree with this. Low end jobs pay bad and you are expected to smile. Very tiring combination.


    I always disliked the expectation of Americans and British to be served well. In the US I worked as a receptionist in a hotel. Boy, Americans with money were the worst. Smiling, demanding, turning nasty if their needs were not met. No room for bad days for lowly maids and receptionists.

    2 hours ago, sumguy said:



    It's all down to expectations. Sorry to keep banging on about Corporations this morning but one thing you get with them is standardisation. If you are used to a certain level of customer service, the exception will be glaringly obvious. If it wasn't a corporate hotel, it still would have had been rated and again we are back to expectations.


  18. 2 hours ago, sumguy said:

    About ten years ago, a new Imbiß opened around the corner, in Berlin. 




    I understand what you're saying. They have their critics but in this case, he probably should have worked in a McDonalds - at least the corporate model (in theory) rewards drive and long hours. In his case, there was no upward path.