October 2010


New Stolpersteine in the Neighborhood

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I will wait to open the first door!

I judge people based on their wallets.

It was just the other day when I was standing in a queue, I was behind some woman who pulled out a really skanky baggie with coins and I thought to myself, “can’t she afford a new coin purse?”

And then I realized that my wallet was positively ancient.


A long time ago I […]

Customer Service Woes resolved with Twitter. Part 1: T-Mobile, Germany

I have to say that I am a bit disappointed in customer service, on both sides of the Atlantic. Although I’m not sure I can call the North American issue, “customer service”—but more on that in a day or two.

Meanwhile I have happy news to report: my iPhone 3G is, finally, unlocked.

Unfortunately it […]

It’s taken me two and a half months to…

The happiest day, so far, in Berlin was the day that I moved into my apartment.

Since then I’ve made a lot of progress: the bedroom was the first to be finished, then there was a long gap: the handyman came and got a lot of stuff done, but he had to come back to […]

It’s the 2010 Berlin Hustlaball Weekend!

And I’m not going.

Too poor this month.

Hustlaball (NSFW)

I know it’s bad form but I could lose 7 days!

I’ve always thought it was a bit inappropriate to take vacation during the first six months of employment.

On the other hand, I just found out that we are only allowed to carry over 8 vacation days into the next calendar year.

So now I have a conundrum: I will have a total of 15 […]

The Batshit-Crazy Home State Politician Contest!

A few weeks ago there was an accidental contest on Twitter in which various American expats living in Germany were trying to outdo each other in what could only be describe as a contest one doesn’t actually want to win:

The Batshit-Crazy Home State Politician Contest.

I thought, at the time, that I […]

My thoughts on car-sharing: it’s not for me.

It seems really foreign to not own a car—especially as an American. In America it’s as if the second you turn 16, you must get your driver’s license and a car.

Of course it didn’t work that way for me: I’ve always been, for the most part, a public transit kind of guy. I actually […]

Gotta Adjust Myself

I have to admit that fall has really snuck up on me – not temperature wise, but light wise.

The temperatures really dropped in August and I’ll readily admit to having worn sweaters and long-sleeved shirts in August and September in order to keep warm. I managed to hold off turning on the heat until […]