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  1. I guess it depends on building construction, I tend to have problems with low RH from November to March but I live in a drafty attic, so to speak. Aside from growing an entire garden of plants in the living room I'm not really sure of the best way to alleviate the problem. Most advice I see in Germany is about managing/mitigating high humidity.

    Suppose it's better than having mold, but still uncomfortable.



    Under no other circumstances should you dry clothes in the apartment, regardless of what the contract says.


    Why not? In the winter I let them air dry in the apartment specifically with the futile intention of trying to raise the relative humidity above 11% for a bit.



    I play softball, I play racquetball, I play Ultimate Frisbee, I play tennis, I play golf, I play basketball... I've never heard anyone say, "Hmmm... I think I'll go play running today."


    To be fair, with the exception of perhaps golf those are all team sports. For a person who doesn't particularly enjoy that aspect, it wouldn't be "playing" either. :D


    I run because I enjoy this little escape from dealing with others. I find it meditative, calming (in a mental sense), and free in a sense that all I need are some decent clothes, shoes, and a direction to run in. No renting of facilities, no ridiculously expensive equipment, no arrangements or planning to be made with people, etc.


  4. So, basically: if you enjoy a certain film which is not particularly of merit, then your taste is bad and you should feel bad. ;)


    But seriously, this may be a good thing because George Lucas will not be at the helm. The man may have vision and a good handle on the technical aspect but his skills in writing and directing are rather cut-and-dry.


  5. Small things to consider regarding the Studienkolleg (anyone correct me if I'm wrong):


    Competition to get in. I tried twice, passing both times, but was not accepted due to luck; that is, out of the 400 people taking the qualification exam, only about 70 spots were foreseen to be taken.


    Even after finishing the Studienkolleg you are not necessarily guaranteed a spot in your actual program of study.


    It's a two year program regardless of what you are missing (for example: if your parents were German and you speak the language fluently, but your foreign transcript is missing, say, 10 credits in mathematics - you still have to do the entire two year program).


    During this time you are not considered a student in a bureaucratic sense. You have the same Aufenthaltserlaubnis as Sprachstudenten. That means, heavy restrictions on work (I believe it was only on weekends for a maximum of 20 hours or even none at all, depending), and of course you must prove you have enough money in your bank account to make up for the fact that you won't be earning any here. Any other benefits a student may enjoy (for example, discounts for public transport, ability to get into student housing, etc.) you will not get. Basically, the program assumes you either have a ton in savings or loaded parents.




    why ask why at the Y?

    but if i had to rationalize it with a gun to my head, i'd say...


    nobody like lines. but sheople feel compelled for some reason.

    i'd never go to Disneyland on a high-traffic day! but that doesn't mean i have to miss out. i'd try to go on a Tuesday during the school season.


    but I've seen people wait more than an hour to get their kids' faces painted or so their kids could play fish at a carnival thingy. and try to cram into the ubahn when another one is coming in just two minutes. same kinda sheople.




  7. That's because the secondary/tertiary education system works differently than in the states, love it or hate it.


    The high school diploma in many cases alone is still only considered a Realschulabschluss, with which it isn't possible (without first going to the FOS, Abendgymnasium, or specifically for foreign students: Studienkolleg) to attend university. Also, as others have said, even if your high school years were ages ago, the people in charge still want to take them into account when you apply for anything, unfortunately.


    I'm not sure how it works with a GED, but generally if you were to complete an AA or (better) AST in the States, it would also bump you up to Abitur level and therefore make you eligible to attend university.


    You could always consider an apprenticeship/vocational school here. That's what I ended up doing, it's great.



    Although try putting ten of them in line at the only open cash register in a half empty store with a semi comatose cashier fumble fingering items over the scanner, people would voice their discontent quickly.

    Not at one another but the incompetence of management having created the situation.


    Wait. I will tell you why they seem semi comatose: 10+ hour shifts of repetitive soulless work with a very irregular 30 minute break somewhere in between, dealing with customers who do indeed voice their discontent at the lack of tills open - only they take their aggression out on you, an employee who can do fuckall about managements' money saving, personnel cutting schemes. You try telling the manager? You get a condolence rebate or somesuch and he smiles, thinking about the thousands he is raking in that day while only paying 2 employees' wages.


    Relax. Your time is not so all important as you may think it is. Likewise, everybody is only the more important person in their own mind.


  9. I know that feel warrenk. I was recently at a H&M where 2 adjacent tills were open. Logically, the fellow in front of me and myself formed a single queue in between them (same principle as in banks or the post office, I guess). Some old lady who was waiting behind me didn't understand this and went to fill in the "empty" space in front of cashier 2 and was promptly served after the other customer left. Passive useless me could only utter scathing remarks under my breath.


    I've noticed this, that many people here don't know how to deal with such "single" queues. Even though they are technically more efficient.


  10. While I never used them in school, I've always found fountain pens to be pretty cool. Even bought one a few years ago, all excited to get my classiness on when I slowly realized that as a dirty lefty I was never taught the "correct" way to hold a pen and couldn't get it right even after experimenting with different techniques. Well, I did have success writing in mirror image, but that's pretty useless. It's been collecting dust ever since.


  11. The only time I have both earphones in is while riding the bus. Any other time and I just have the one in my bad ear, set at a reasonable volume, and don't bike like a maniac. Running, biking, and walking around, I can hear my surroundings quite adequately. Besides, there are plenty of cyclists, drivers, and pedestrians alike who seem oblivious to their surroundings while having nothing in their ears at all.


  12. If you're sly about it, you can blag quite a few free miniSD cards and memory sticks from them by buying the Callmobile sim cards + freebie off eBay, cancelling in due time after going through the credit, and later buying another one. Only drawback is explaining to your friends why your mobile number changes every few months. This is probably easier if you can read German.



    A lot of these secondary allergies are from a primary grain allergy causing problems with the rest of the body.

    There is really no such thing as a primary sun allergy; sun produces vitamin D, a necessary hormone for feeling good and functioning well.

    Grains, as they are improperly prepared today (breads, pastas, etc), drain minerals from the body, creating a deficiency. Adding supplemental calcium to the diet may be alleviating some of the deficiency.

    Further evidence doctors don't know squat and can only adulterate ('doctoring').





    I think you are right, robinson. I wasted my 20s because I wasn't sure of what I wanted and I don't want to do the same in my 30s. Of course, I worked in various areas in my 20s but that experience is worth nothing here. In Germany, it is all about having a diploma or degree.


    You're definitely right about Germany being all about what papers you have collected in your life. But as others have said, don't rush into it if you have a choice. I am 25 and have been here for 4 years now (working in kitchens and taking German courses alongside), but will start an Ausbildung as a radiology tech this fall. I guess what I am trying to say is don't feel you have wasted years because you didn't do the conventional secondary school -> tertiary education -> career route. Either way, it's probably not best to settle for something you aren't really interested in, regardless of age.


  15. Here's something I've always wondered: if bicycles are considered "verkehrsteilnehmer" and should obey the rules of the car, fair enough; but why are the bicycle traffic lights tied with the pedestrian one (in that there is no yellow light phase)? It always seemed strange to me that if a moving car is given some buffer seconds to safely prepare to stop or coast the rest of the way through - why not a moving bicycle?


    Or am I wrong in assuming the cyclist may not use the normal traffic light and must adhere to the pedestrian/bike light?


  16. I've known about this for ages and as a result I always take a few with me when I visit home, hoping to hell that some airport security square will pull me aside for daring to carry such horrible contraband. Nothing ever happens and it's a huge disappointment, I tell you.


    At least my nephews get some cool Überraschungseier in the end.