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  1. Why are you happy today?

    Giving a young co-worker a ride to the train station after work so she didn't have to stress out and run to catch her train home. 
  2. Coronavirus

    McD's coupon-a-day thing is still bringing in droves. Now they place orders 'to go' but so many come in that the kitchen can't produce the food fast enough so the droves all crowd at the front of the store waiting to collect their bag and run back to their car. Waiting times up to 15 minutes (or more). Sundays are still full house and no seating to spare. Doesn't anyone read/watch/listen to the news? How is this avoiding crowds? 
  3. A lesser known film 'Duet for One' starred Max von Sydow along with Alan Bates, a young Liam Neeson, and Julie Andrews. Max plays Julie's therapist and friend. It's a story about a violinist with MS whose career, as well as her marriage to Bates, is coming to an end. Thank goodness Max, one of her fans, is there for her.  And don't forget Max in funky 'Flash Gordon.' 
  4. Coronavirus

    Maybe they can stagger the lunch times to reduce the herd. 
  5. Coronavirus

    Take care French bean! I think of the multiple Pfelegpersonnel going in and out of my in-laws' home in a week. All these people go in many homes in/out a single day to try and help the helpless. They are not only potential bringers of corona but themselves potential victims. Bless them for staying on the job as long as they can. I wonder if they are tested each day before setting out on their round of visits or not. 
  6. Coronavirus

      Yeeees. Working at a cash register where I can even TASTE the awful smoke from some customers who are smokers (of course I don't smoke) there is certainly not enough distance there to prevent spreading any kind of yuck, corona or not. Distance between the register and the customer less than 1 metre.   
  7. What are you listening to right now?

    The village near us is hosting an 80s and 90s party at the village hall. I thought we should go, for once, as we never go but then came the coronavirus and we had an excuse not to go (again). Today I got in our clothes cupboard and put together an 80s outfit for me and one for my man. We dressed up and played DJ for each other. Sat on the sofa and played songs back and forth. We got up and danced a bit too. It was a fun way to hear what his music taste was in days I never knew he existed. My favorite song, full of memories from the 80s Genesis 'Follow You Follow Me'    
  8. I'll be 55 next year. An official senior and finally allowed to call my attention issues a 'senior moment' instead. Looking forward to it. Being unemployable is the stuff of my nightmares too, that's why, when someone snarky on the other side of my sevice counter says, 'STILL here?!' when I serve 'em the coffee, I reply 'yes, and I don't plan to be leaving any time soon.' 
  9. Coronavirus

    WHO has a publication to help those who may have a family member at home with coronavirus to care for :
  10. Coronavirus

    Am I the only person who found it ironic that the news about coronavirus going epidemic in Germany co-incided with the news that assisted death would be legalized in Germany?   It's like: if a natural form of populaton reduction in the face of the climate crisis isn't working there's now a Plan B?  
  11. Coronavirus

    What's with the panic? Some of it's due to false info and rumors. Example: My boss ran away from our workplace having blurted that a case of corona had caused a town near our store to be cordoned off. There was no such thing. There was only a suspected case and nothing was closed down/cordoned off, but being on the job, the rest of us were left clueless and only with his panic look to guide us. So we stayed and worked, happy we had fewer customers actually. Next day I served a lady at my cash register who looked all worried and said her husband and kid were at home with fever and she was sick too. I asked myself, 'why are you here instead of at home too?' but someone needs to gather the McFood, right? So I just took up saying 'Gesundheit' to customers as well as the usual, whether they sneezed or not. 
  12. Coronavirus

    Five cases in all of Germany versus seven in one Oregon county where my father lives. That said, I'm driving to work now. No more bus/train for me. With the saved Job Ticket money I can just put out another 30 Euros a month and lease an E-car anyway. 
  13. What are you listening to right now?

    This reminds me of Karneval. It's my 'throw open the windows and let the music flow out to the garden' song: Camera Obscura The Sweetest Thing. If only it was actually warm enough to leave the window open during the whole song. 
  14. What are you listening to right now?

    I may be repeating myself here but I never heard a band quite like this til I accidentally flipped the tv channel to Jools Holland many years ago. The video for the song is quite interesting too. Reapeat or not: Everything Everything MY KZ, UR BF 
  15. Coronavirus

    Cornona virus. It was smack on the front page of the newspaper at work today with the latest news about corona virus in Italy. Cordoning off areas reminded me of Albert Camus' novel The Plague. The novel is set in 1940s Algeria. Another epidemic realted short story (1918-19 flu) which is wonderfully strange in its stream of consciousness style is Katherine Anne 'Porter's Pale Hose, Pale Rider.' Just in case you are looking for a literary 'escape.' 
  16. Modafinil w/o prescription?

    Go to DM! Not a baldrian fan, I bought some melatonin spray at DM to help me get to sleep and quickly. Only needed to use it twice so far but it worked for me.
  17. The Vent - No Chat!

    Just when your longed for relief came in the form of a competent Pflegeguy who took good care of your man in the wee hours, you staged another personal health crisis and had to call the ambulance to get escorted away from the remaining four days of having no Pflegeguy around. 10 days later and a cauterized hemmeroid behind you, you come home within 12 hours of your renter, in excruciating chest pain, scuttling off in an ambulance to avoid having to encounter you. You feel better now you blasted your son, who cared for your husband every day you were gone, even on the days Pflegeguy came by? Ever wondered why nobody but the shifty little cleaning lady likes you? 
  18. Microwave potato chips

    I baked French fries last night (just from a bag of them found in the frozen food section, sunflower oil already on them) in the oven with some salt sprinkled on top of them. Opening the satay peanut sauce jar from last week's indulgence, I saw fuzzy white mold so went for the curry ketchup instead. Chopped some thin sliced red onions, put them in a small bowl, poured curry ketschup over them and stirred. Just ate the French fries by dipping them in that suace. Delicious! 
  19. What are you listening to right now?

    Manic Street Preachers: 'Motorcycle Loneliness' Somehow I missed this song in the 1990s. Oh well, just about 30 years later, sounds fresh to me.  Pushing replay now:
  20. Good luck! It's wonderful that you are already moving on and in the B2 course, keep going! 
  21. Coronavirus

    @snowingagainYou are right, I read it incorrectly! Embarassing but, sigh, corrected. 
  22. Coronavirus

    Though I have always wondered what happens when digging a new underground tunnel leads to opening up an old plauge pit, a few years back there was a report from BBC about the bacteria and viruses that are in the melting permafrost or simply underground but blasted or dug up in our modern times. What is scary is that at least in this article, these bacteria are antibiotic resistant: So the more ice that melts, the more of this bacteria come out!    I am wondering if there was a warming trend back during the days of the Black Death. Anyone know?    As for corona virus, I like to look from time to time at the weekly infections in NRW report (must be one for other parts of the country as well. A few weeks back tuburculosis was the most common thing around but this week 'Keutchhusten' is running a close second:  
  23. Kirk Douglas in 'Lust for Life'! Seeing the film inspired me to read Irving Stone's wonderful book, which I recommend, by the same name. Daily Motion has the film online for free (in 40 minute parts) here:  I thought the Queen Mum was amazing living to 101 and here Kirk beat her by two years.   
  24. Why are you happy today?

    Happy today that, despite a not so good night's sleep, I made it on time to the Einbürgerung and found myself seated next to an Englishman who also now has a dual citizenship.    Came home and found the Christmas box from my parents in America, mailed on December 18, had finally arrived. Inside, among other things, the Constant Comment tea like my grandma used to serve when we visited her home so long ago. Had a cup, savoring the scent of oranges and spice, then had a cry of relief. All those hoops to be jumped and in some cases re-jumped are over!  Am I now an American-German or should that be German-American? I don't really know what to say.
  25. What's got you flummoxed today?

    My father wrote an email this week mentioning he'd taken some prescription drug that led him to a whole array of hallucinations. He didn't say why he'd been prescribed the stuff but was, like your mom, aware enough that what he was seeing wasn't real. He found it entertaining. I wondered why he'd ingested it. Hope he tells his dr. what happened.