Even after all these years, I still...

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On 31.10.2019, 17:09:30, john g. said:

Even after all these years, I still can´t open a tin of Fray Bentos corned beef using that stupid key...

 

Even after all these years, I still can´t open any tin using the German-style ring-pull without the damned thing breaking off!

What wrong with a decent tin-opener?

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3 minutes ago, alderhill said:

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A week ago, I was on a busy, full train platform, changing trains to return home with my wife and our baby. I had large backpack on and my baby in my arms. Already closer to the platform that I wanted to be. As the train pulls in, some middle-aged guy shoves through from behind bumping me to the side. I gave him an annoyed WTF sort of hard stare

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I don't take the train often these days (not available where I live!) but I have often been annoyed that especially in Germany when you want to get off, it is busy, but (fit & healthy) people don't move out of the way, even when asked, or only move 5 cms!

When I have had luggage I have been known to use it to push my way out when they refuse to move.  

 

 

Earlier this year I was in a tourist spot in Germany with my family.  Some young woman pushed past my 4 year old daughter recklessly just so that she can get to the viewpoint 1.2 seconds quicker than us.  While on the viewpoint I "accidentally" swung myself around so that my bag which was full of heavy things smashed against her arm!

 

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11 minutes ago, alderhill said:

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 I lived in BS for 5+ years.

 

I often get the feeling that I am living continuously in BS!

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12 hours ago, lisa13 said:

I also get a bit nervous when a person walks up on a mostly empty subway platform and stands close enough to me that we could be mistaken for friends/acquaintances.  WHY do you need to do that?

IME they are usually wanking through their pocket. No, they are not jiggling their keys. Trust your instincts and move away.

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24 minutes ago, alderhill said:

He follows up with "ugh, don't make a fuss" in an annoyed voice, implying I am the one doing something wrong.

Blame the victim. Bastard.

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2 hours ago, Boggsdollocks said:

get a delicious juvenile chuckle when I remember coming across "Fückes Bäckerei" on my first day in Braunschweig. (Sadly, they've closed since then.)

 

 

I used to visit Braunschweig for work before moving here permanently and used to go out of my way to buy lunch there - one to chuckle like a small child at the name and secondly as the expenses claiming system at work required you to enter the vendors name.

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38 minutes ago, optimista said:

IME they are usually wanking through their pocket. No, they are not jiggling their keys. Trust your instincts and move away.

 

do you honestly think I would not realize that?

 

puhleeeez.  I cut my teeth on NYC subways.  I am very much able to discern when someone is being a creep as opposed to when they just have a different sense of personal space.

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One of my oldies with a zimmer frame has a habit of coming to chat after a lesson, and advancing too close. I back off, she moves forward - like a sort of dance except that behind me in the summer is a massive open window....

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I still can't get used to ... how musicians have to refer to bandmates in possessive.

 

"He is Dirk, my drummer, and Peter, my bassist and Juan, my guitarist".

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Even after 12 years in Germany, I will NEVER learn to properly gender nouns. Ever. I throw whatever random Die Der Das Dem Den  that I feel sounds nice. Same goes for the adjective stems. Tell the Germans to just deal with it.

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On 10/31/2019, 5:21:19, Tap said:

even after all these years...

 

...I still can't pronounce "Zwetschgenkuchen" properly, so I just call it "Pflaumenkuchen"

To be fair, can anyone in your neck of the woods pronounce "Zwetschgenkuchen" properly?

 

I imagine it would be very difficult with everyone around you saying "Zwetsch-guh-kuch-uh".

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8 minutes ago, El Jeffo said:

To be fair, can anyone in your neck of the woods pronounce "Zwetschgenkuchen" properly?

 

I imagine it would be very difficult with everyone around you saying "Zwetsch-guh-kuch-uh".

Who in their right minds says: "Zwetschgenkuchen?" when they mean "Zwetschgendatschi."

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It's literally been decades since I lived in the Ländle, so I'll bow to your expertise.

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2 minutes ago, LukeSkywalker said:

Even after all these years on TT, I am still flummoxed how easily threads get derailed.

 

Wrong thread, this goes in the Why I'm Flummoxed thread.

 

Stop derailing.

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5 hours ago, HEM said:

What wrong with a decent tin-opener?

Any reason you don't just start with a tin-opener? The ring-pull tins can still be opened the old way.

 

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2 hours ago, LukeSkywalker said:

Even after all these years on TT, I am still flummoxed how easily threads get derailed.

 

After all these years...

 

 

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27 minutes ago, pappnase said:

Any reason you don't just start with a tin-opener? The ring-pull tins can still be opened the old way.

 

Thats exactly what I do most of the time - the alternative is to call for the wife.

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39 minutes ago, HEM said:

the alternative is to call for the wife.

Isn't that the old way?

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