Thanks to a vacation policy that I don’t quite understand, back at the end of September I was granted an extra day off this year, which I immediately applied toward taking today off.
As the election progressed, I came to realize that I would either be very happy or very depressed today, and in either [...]
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve had a lot more interactions with Americans than I normally do, and I was reminded of two things that I find annoying about the States.
First, the drinking age is 21. I cannot think of a single good logical reason for this to be so.
Second, health insurance [...]
I neither got around to reviewing the second Eurovision semi-finals, nor to discussing the Eurovision Finals – badAdam.
I have a good excuse: I was exhausted and any free time I had this weekend, I was asleep. Friday’s super early alarm (4:30, after 5 hours of sleep) in combination with a late evening (home past [...]
Despite my earlier ambivalence about voting in the 2012 elections, I am gung-ho and ready to participate in that thing which is American Democracy!
First up, of course, is the primary – and, this time around, there’s no question as to who will be the Democratic candidate for president. Consequently, I kind of set the [...]
Yesterday I admitted a bit of ambivalence when it comes to the subject of gays in the military, and it’s mainly driven by the fact that, in general, I’m ambivalent about the military.
Certainly I will admit that it plays an important role in protecting the United States, even as, at the same time, I [...]
Today, September 20th, is actually a pretty remarkable day for the United States: no longer do gay or lesbian soldiers need to hide in the closet.
Despite my personal ambivalence on the subject (I’m not really interested in being shot nor do I want other hunky gays shot), it does please me that people can [...]
Anybody living in or visiting Berlin right now would surely know that today Berlin is holding an election.
The campaign season seems horribly long, but, in truth, it’s confined to a relatively short span. I believe I remember the first campaign posters going up in late July or early August. In this sense, the German [...]
It’s been 10 years since the awful events of September 11th, 2001.
I’ve pondered the event quite a bit over the last week – the news is pushed on me by mass media – and I’ve come to the conclusion that 9/11 changed the United States and the world that I know in only stupid [...]
Although I’m an American, and although I actually pay taxes in the United States, I’ve tried to avoid immersing myself too far into the details of the current debacle in the United States.
Honestly, I’ve been focusing a lot of my non-work brain time on other issues so my exposure to the problem has been [...]