Author Archive for Petra Feld

14
Aug
07

Sleepless in Germany

I can not sleep. I am bloody awake at four thirty in the morning. I wish I was so awake during the day. It is such a waste of time because I can not do serious work at this time of the night. So I am hanging around in front of the TV – lousy program at this time of the night – and on the web.

I came back from central US time ten days ago, and should really have gotten over jetlag by now. But I haven’t, my body seems to be unwilling to readjust to German time. Melatonin has suddenly lost it’s magic, the only thing that makes me sleep eventually is my iPod, with the audiobooks on it. It is a bit like my mother reading stories to me when I was a child, very soothing. But still, I hate to be up so late because I know that tomorrow will not start before 11a.m. and  I will be a tired and grouchy human being. I hate myself in that mood.

 Oh well… I better go now and listen to my electronic nanny…

 Good night everyone!

Sedha.

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07
Aug
07

audiobooks

I have recently discovered the joy of listening to audiobooks. It is really nice to have people read stories to you! My favorite book so far is Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential. What is yours?

07
Aug
07

apple – what will be new?

What do you think are the new products that Apple will introduce? New IMacs?

Read the latest here:

http://scobleizer.com/2007/08/06/apple-press-conference/

05
Aug
07

You know its going to be a bad couple of days when

This is a post by SAER: 

 1) Less than a half hour into work you cut your finger.  Bad enough to go to the doctors/emergency room.  On a friday afternoon, after every office is closed. (I´m a chef, ouch, sharp knives). Leave the emergency room over an hour and a half later, with big white bandage and a doctors note for the weekend off.

2) Salary is not in the account.  Direct Deposit never shows up on the weekend.  BLECH.  Monday before one is financially solvent. Growl….  pain in the ass…..

3) Weekend. Usually incredibly enjoyable is interrupted by the fact that you have an abcess come up in your gum. Tear producing pain. Emergency trip to the dentist.  Emergency dentist as normal dentists are closed on the weekends.  Have to go back a second time and am on antibiotics for the infection. (Dental phobic here…. But pain much worse than the fear.)

What gets me through this…. My partner… Priceless…..

29
Jul
07

Ed and Elaine Brown

These are the people who refuse to pay income tax because they say there is no law in New Hampshire that requires them to do so. They also regard paying taxes as an infringement of freedom. They have been convicted of tax evasion I think it is called, and are now holed up in their home, refusing to do their time or pay their sentence. They are surrounded by the FBI who is waiting for them to give up after they have cut off all electricity and supplies. Supporters from all over the country flock to the house, bringing supplies and batteries and stuff. HELLO? What’s wrong with these people? I suppose they like their roads paved, and their schools furnished and adminstrations working? How in the high heavens do they get the idea that you don’t have to contribute to that? A state needs money to function. That to me is just logical. But hey, I am a German, and I guess we just have a different perspective on things. Everyone grumbles and groans about taxes, of course. But things like the solidarity tax for rebuilding Eastern Germany after the reunification and similar things have gone largely undisputed in my country. We are brought up on the notion of solidarity and sharing wealth with those who have less, and state support for those who need it. This is only possible because we pay a fairly high amount of taxes. But to me, in the end everyone benefits from the social security network that we have, which is a good thing. Nobody needs to fear to starve or to have no roof over his head, literally.

If the standoff in New Hampshire ends in bloodshed, it will be because of the overblown egotistism of two nutcases. Totally unnecessary.

26
Jul
07

Coffee, anyone?

I just experience the joys of a good espresso machine.  I mean one of these big, fancy machines from Saeco, Jura and the like. Those machines who cost you half your monthly salary, but look cool and make great coffee.  The best is the freshly ground beans! I used to drink coffee with lots of milk to cover the taste, but now I am drinking it black and loving it!

I want one of those!

26
Jul
07

when your decisions come back to bite you in the butt

Did you ever feel like you made an irrevocable decision you are no longer sure about? Well, I did today…  I worked in the university system for about eight years, but two years ago I decided to leave the university because my career did not go anywhere, and I did not see a chance that it ever would. I became a school teacher, and I have been quite happy with the new life and never regretted the change.  Until recently, actually. I am currently visiting a friend who is a professor at a prestigious American university, so I have been talking to a lot of scholars and researchers. And suddenly, I am questioning my decision to leave again. Although I know that it was the right decision if I ever want to have a stable job and make money above the poverty line, which I do.  But I feel that I nearly envy my friend her lifestyle, her opportunities that being a university professor presents, and the intellectual stimulation that she gets. My life in contrast seems pretty dull.  And I am wondering if it was really the right decision that I made back then, two years ago.

 Did any of you ever experience something similar? How did you get over it? Did you get over it?