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About cybil

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  • Location NRW
  • Nationality American
  • Gender Female
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  • Interests Photography, historical fiction, creative writing, cats

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  1. What are you watching right now?

    Any Manchester City fans out there?  You may enjoy watching the film 'Trautmann' in the ARD Mediathek.  Based on the life of Bernd 'Bert' Trautmann Manchester City goal keeper's life:   There's also a short documentary about him in the Mediathek:  
  2. Coronavirus

    In NRW gastronomie workers can go without a mask while serving customers and working elbow to elbow IF the 7-day incidence is under 10 AND the gastro worker has done a self-test/gone to a test center before work that day and tested negative. Not all of us chose to drop the mask for that one week when we were below 10. Now the incidence is over 10 so it's back to masks 100% of the time while serving guests/working close to one another anyway. Some of our workers are fully immunized but seem to forget that we can still carry the virus to customers. I just always wear the mask. That way I only have to smile with my eyes. My mouth quit smiling months ago!
  3. What are you watching right now?

    'Requiem' from 2018 on the ARD Mediathek (offers the series in original English or German). What's going on in this creepy Welsh town?!   A kid goes missing years ago, the locals all seem to be living shady lives or witholding info about that incident decades later, devilish symbols abounding, seemingly vengeful spirits leaving burn marks on people who encounter them, a couple of suicides, identity issues, freaky soundtrack with erie babyish voice singing atonally, strange sort of devilish sounds eminating from the dense lush woods, a bagman, a violent husband, a mute old lady in a wheelchair with info to convey, flasbacks and forward and episodes of seeming amnesia. Is this a story of child abuse? Deamon worship? Who can anyone trust in this town? And that room with bricked up window atthe end of the hall and that wallpaper...yikes!    Six episodes total but only four streaming online so far:  
  4. Auntie Helen, you have my sympathy. I have a similar ass in my workplace. None of the co-workers like him. I think he's actually a bad worker himself. He's supposed to delegate, support, inform, train, and work alongside us in a congenial way but he seems frequently out of his depth and on a daily basis berates  or tries to belittle someone on the team like he has some harassment quota to fulfill. Talking to the boss about him hasn't led the boss to move him to another of our filale either. We are stuck with him until his x number of months with us are up. He's a young, ambitious refugee so I think the boss is trying to give him a good chance in Germany, which is noble and well meant, but comes at the expense of the rest of his workers. We have new hires so it's not some weird boss trying to get a middle man to mob out workers to try and save money in corona time either.   Morale in the place is like everyone is on gaurd when the guy shows up in case they find they are on his secret hit list that day. Who will get humilated, betrated, in front of customers/coworkers or hey, just alone one on one with Mr. Tantrum today? Does he have a spinning dart board in his home that has every worker's name on it? He throws a dart as the board spins before heading to work and hones in on that 'darted' person. Eine meanie minie mo! This guy needs to quit, not any of us. We are staying like a wall and he can't break us down! Don't let that ass in your workplace get you down either. 
  5. What are you watching right now?

    The black and white German sci-fi series 'Raumpatroullie Orion'   The plastic space helmets remind me of those Dickmann's chocolates you see at the grocery.     
  6. Coronavirus

    I came across a thoughtful article from the New York Times that contains various people's reflections upon their lives since the corona virus began: Emerging from the Coronavirus:   When will the holding pattern feeling end...will there ever be a going back to 'how it was' and what would we like the future to be like for each of us individually? What are our hopes, what can we do right now, where are we as humans in the whole lockdown (from light to emergency brake mode) world? 
  7. Coronavirus

    Scheduled for the COVID vaccination for next week. This would mean it took about a month to ge to the actual day of the vaccine. First week was a phone call from my Pflegegrad 5 FIL's house dr. asking if he and up to two family members wanted the vaccine. Yes, so my husband and I are going to get vaccinated. Second week some paperwork to pick up at the dr. office, fill out at home and return to dr. office via their mailbox. Third week FIL's house dr. called  in to say in the fourth week someone is coming to our home to vaccinate all three of us at a specified time.   The paperwork only mentioned BioNtec/Moderna and that there is a chance of getting a case of Bell's Palsy from the vaccine. Oh, that sounds awful to me actually. But better than thrombosis of the sinus (Johnson & Johnson of late) or the brain (Astra Zeneca) I hope none of us has any kind of ill side effects. In the  back of my mind this week I am very aware that things CAN go terribly wrong and each day up to 'vaccine day' feels like 'perhaps the last day I am able to blink with both eyelids' or 'perhaps the last day I have a symetrical facial expression' or 'the last day before a stroke ruins the rest of my life,' etc. Yes, I am worried.  
  8. Transnational family in a pandemic world :-(

    I haven't seen America since 2009. My whole family lives in America but each member in a different state.   Mom died there this January and Dad had no funeral, just took the urn of ashes home and showed it to us in Skype one day. By 'us' I mean the one sibling that still shows up in Skype or responds to emails/group emails.   The other sibling in America has fallen off the cyber map. As long distance calling is free within America, Dad tries to stay in touch with that one by phone of late but doesn't get any kind of conversation going. He took up calling that sib after Mom died as the absentee sibling was having mental health decline while Mom's own health was in decline/Mom suspected sib had signs of early dementia (mid-50s) but never got around to saying so to sib/sibling still in communication and I suspect spousal abuse due to a cryptic phone call mentioning hubby wanting to put her in a mental hospital. But no follow-up/way to get over there and see what's going on in person.    Another person left falling through the cracks while corona drags on.