BethAnnBitt

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About BethAnnBitt

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  • Birthday June 04

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  • Location Konstanz
  • Nationality American
  • Hometown New Orleans
  • Gender Female
  • Year of birth
  • Interests Walking, Hiking, Walking Dogs, Weight & Strength Training, Improving My German, Quilting, Knitting, Meeting New Dogs, Speech and Language Therapy, Travel, Meeting New People, Jazz, Economics and Politics, Interacting With and Learning From Elderly Folks, British, German, and Danish Krimis, Documentaries, Visiting Castles and Palaces, History of Ethnic Germans, Armenia, Switzerland, Germany, ...

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  1. I've just posted a silly photo

    Why is the man reading a newspaper turned upside down?
  2. Does deregistering burn my free to work visa?

    Sounds like "I know we are supposed to wear a mask under certain conditions, but are they really enforcing it?“  
  3. Does deregistering burn my free to work visa?

    Sorry, but no official link is necessary.  We all know the rule.  Because a few people may get away with violating the rule, which happens to be a reasonable one, does not mean you should encourage someone else to try and get away with violating the rule.  Stop encouraging people to put their visa status in jeopardy.   
  4. Coronachat - vents, whines, flummoxes & miscellaneous

    Good for you @robinson100 for telling the person!  I am appalled at how I can be waiting in the checkout line at times and someone just swaggers up right behind me, practically breathing down my neck, because they just have to get their wares on the conveyor belt right away and they think it's ok to disregard the tape markers for distancing.  🙄  I have begun to step back and indicate my displeasure.  I can only imagine what a nightmare this is for you and the other workers who deal with so many people in a day.  A woman in my DaF class works at DM here and has told us how stressful it is.  Thanks for all you do for us!
  5. Your income is taxed based on where you reside for tax purposes, Germany in your case, not where you perform it.  You could do that work while vacationing in Spain too.  It would seem to me that Germany will tax the income that you earned for remote work in the US when you file your German tax return, and when you file your US tax return you will get a refund of the taxes withheld by the US employer.  You can generally set things up so that little or nothing is withheld on the US side to avoid this problem.  I expect @Straightpoop and/or @PandaMunich to be along soon to give us their 2 cents, for which we are always grateful as it‘s always worth $100 or more. 😂   Disclaimer  I am a tax hobbyist, not an expert.  So rely on a tax expert such as the above folks. 
  6. House renting situation in Berlin

    Perhaps they ask because there is no cost to them to request the information, and then they have the freedom to decide whether or not to steer things in a direction that either helps or hinders the customer getting a loan.  At best it’s an innocent question, at worst it can be used to discriminate against certain groups of people, and in reality the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle.  Sometimes we need to read between the lines.
  7. House renting situation in Berlin

    Thanks for sharing.  As one ages must one buy outright, or can one put down 25-50% and finance the rest?  That’s a question for me as this probably operates quite differently than in the US where my mother bought her last house at age 70 with 10% down and financed the other 90%.  Her mortgage payment was cheaper than renting and she eventually sold the place and made money.  It was a win all the way around.  
  8. Heart attack at the age of 41

    I was referring to Americans as I am American, albeit of Scottish-Irish-British, French & Dutch ancestry!  😂  And we were not church goers.  But I knew many folks who were, and they would have Sunday Dinner at noontime after mass in the morning.  I grew up in a Catholic area in Southern Louisiana.  I agree that pubs are dangerous places to be right now. 
  9. Heart attack at the age of 41

    It's used often as in "Sunday Dinner", meaning the large meal of the day at noon or mid afternoon.  People used to have a family Sunday Dinner after church.
  10. Travel to the US and back.

    Same way it always has been, or not!  😱
  11. Black BAME and POC supporters of Trump

    It's pretty difficult to communicate with anyone about higher order topics without the person having at least some command of abstract vs. literal language.  Your constant arguing on the literal level either demonstrates that you can't keep your head above water or you simply want to argue for the sake of arguing. I suspect more of the latter than the former.  Everyone is tired of it. 🥱🥱🥱
  12. Guidance requested for investment in Germany

    While (g) may entitle the OP to US citizenship it doesn’t mean that he automatically has it.  It must be applied for, and until/unless it is applied for and approved one does not have it.  My grandchildren are in category (g).     In other words, the burden of proof to fulfill the complex requirements is on the applicant.  
  13. Travel to the US and back.

    Why not?  He's a German citizen, and she is a US citizen with a residency permit in Germany.  Both are allowed entry. https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/coronavirus https://www.germany.info/us-en/covid-19/2321562  
  14. Why are you happy today?

    We took a beautiful walk with another couple and our dogs yesterday at yet another picturesque location here on the Bodensee, Bermatingen.  Midway we stopped at a Bauernhof that had a lovely outdoor cafe set up next to the field with cows and offering bio food.  We saw vineyards, a few small scenic ponds, a tiny old church, and had a walk through the forest and a trip across a romantic wooden bridge.    On the way home we stopped at Basilika Birnau, the Barockkirche, and there was a scenic outlook on the lake.  Then we stopped at a fruit stand on the way home and bought fresh sweet cherries.  During this difficult time I feel especially grateful after such a nice day.        
  15. That‘s exactly what Warren Buffet and Peter Mallouk say.   https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/22/warren-buffett-most-people-shouldnt-pick-single-stocks.html