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Saturday, December 29th, 2012

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I still haven’t decided yet whether some young people are plain scary or merely funny.

Today, I had to stop at a red light. A common occurrence.

The oncoming traffic of course had to stop as well. Still very common.

Suddenly the doors of the second car burst open, about four young people rushed out, ran up to the car in front of them and started shaking it.
Then they rushed back to their car and got in again.

In response to this assault move the first car then shifted into reverse and shot backwards at the second car…. thankfully only in a mock gesture and stopping in time.

What is this village coming to?

*shakes greying head*

Sometimes, life is stranger than fiction

Monday, November 28th, 2011

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My dear audience. I know I have neglected you.
But this will make up for it.

I have just returned from a shopping trip to the nearest place you can call a city without blushing too much.

About halfway between there and here I passed a car accident.
One car was standing in the middle of the road, facing me, with a severely mutilated left front. Small bits and pieces of the car seemed to be littering my lane. But that I only saw after I had already passed the car.
On the other side of the road two cars were parked on the shoulder of the road. I couldn’t see if they had any damages as well.
One person was standing on the passenger side of the car in the road, presumably talking to its passengers. I couldn’t see all of the passengers, but I did see the driver when passing the car.

By now you must be wondering why I am telling you this.

Well….

…. that’s why:

The driver was wearing the Scream mask. You know, the horror movie?

:rolleyes:

:-??

Yeah.

Update (11/29):

I told my colleagues about the accident.
And our youngest told me that she and her sister had been driving the same route about two weeks ago…. when she glimpsed into the mirror on the passenger side and saw a giant bunny sitting in the car behind them. She told her sister to check the mirror, and the sister got quite a shock: the bunny was sitting beside…. guess who.
Yeah, someone with the mask from “Scream” on.

Seems like driving along that road in masks was a little hobby of them….

Important announcement

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

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As it seems, I have been mistaken all those years about my political orientation.
Now that I have been informed of this error in (self) judgement, I am afraid I will have to stop talking to all of my Iraqi friends.

Sorry, guys, was a nice time with you.

Oh, in case you’re wondering what this is all about

Oh, and you Dutchies can piss off too.

And the Turks.

And that Libyan dude.

And…

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edit:

P.S.: Actually I have to thank Joan from Glastonbury for her quick temper.

I was wondering how she had come to my blog and checked the referrals on Site Meter. Apparently she had been googling for “hijab”, come across my crossed-out hijab pic from that ear pain post, seen the post title “Of Turks, Arabs, Muslims and ham” and decided to grace me with her opinion without reading another word.

So far, so insulting.

But.

For some reason that also made me google “hijab”.
And my pic didn’t only come up for my blog but also for another one.
Now, that one is full of anti-Obama stuff (including new “proof” for something being wrong with “the first Muslim US president”’s birth certificate after all) and anti-Muslim filth.

Well, at least the author knows copyright laws (if not much else), apologized and immediately removed the photo after receiving my email.

I can’t flag him cos Google in its wisdom only allows members to do that, but after reading what they’d do if they decided the flag was deserved, it doesn’t really matter either way.
They’d merely “unlist” him, and maybe include a warning message for people accessing the blog, but that’d be that.

Pf.

And a final disgusted “Yikes!!” at having seen my own self staring at me from a racist page.

Of Turks, Arabs, Muslims and ham

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

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Don’t you all think it has been too long since the last anecdote from work? Yeah, me too.

Have two.

Last week this tall Syrian dude came into the store with a young man I didn’t know.
M. and my Turkish colleague A. were working in the isle right behind the entrance.
Shortly after the two men had entered I heard M. exclaim that Egypt was a place she definitely had to go to on holiday one day. Later questions posed to A. confirmed my assumption that this was due to the men mentioning that the new dude was from Egypt.

A while later M. came over and informed me that there were two “fellow-countrymen” of A.’s in the store, and that one was having two vouchers from the social welfare office, and asked me technical questions about how I was going to ring that up.
She also told me that the new dude spoke hardly any German at all and that he sure was glad for A. being there and merrily chatting to him and the other dude.

“Urrrr, M., are you sure the two guys aren’t talking Arabic amongst themselves?”
“Well, how would I know the difference?!”

Well… How shall I put it…? Logical thinking?

For one thing, our colleague is Turkish. That the one regular customer is Syrian is not common knowledge, granted, but the new guy did say he was from Egypt.
Which language do the people speak there….? :think:
Furthermore, the later questioning of A. revealed that apart from an “As-salaam alaykum” / “Alaykum salaam” (or - I suspect - “As-salaam alaykum” (Arabic) / “Alayküm salaam” (Turkified pronunciation)) at the beginning the rest of the merry chat was conducted in German (between A. and the Syrian guy) and a bit of Arabic (between the Syrian and the Egyptian guy) of course.

Still, I can’t help but imagine them babbling incomprehensible stuff in Arabic and Turkish respectively at each other… :rofl:

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Yesterday we could give away ham that was a good week past its sell-by date. :sick:

Anyway, as I was about to throw the “for free due to sell by date” sign into the box and place it in front of the noses of our customers, M. exclaimed:
“Wait! A. and me want some too!”
“A. does not want any ham.”
“Of course he’ll want some”
*picks up ham*
“Ingredients: pork….”
*confused look*
“Well, A. does eat pork.”

“No, A. certainly does not eat pork.”
“What does he eat then?!”
“Beef, sheep, fowl…”
(*customer who wandered in on conversation quietly smirks*)

*wonders if M. will decline all food except salad at the next bbq A. throws for all colleagues*

Kasteel Doorwerth - pt. 2 - the moat and some oddities

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

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Like any good castle the Kasteel Doorwerth of course has a moat.

bridge
moat, bridge and castle

The most important picture I took, I think:

stick
stick beside the moat

through arch
moat, seen through an arch

water lilies
water lilies

ducks
ducks, in and out of focus

plants
some plants, as seen from a bridge

huh?
Anyone got any idea what those baskets are for?

determined plant
determined plant, clinging to the wall of the moat

ugh
Um, ugh, ok….

Push to call…. the Vikings?!?!? Um, better not….

strange device
strange device at one of the doors

garbage
could be so authentic… except for the plastic….

Melantrys’ Dictionary of Little Known Words

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

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to snarfle (verb)

Snarfling is like quaffing, only with solids instead of a liquid.

Example: “Will you look at that carpet!?! I really don’t get why people have to snarfle their popcorn right here in the foyer of the cinema.”

© 2009/07/11 the nasty kitten

The restless are going native

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

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So, is this writer’s block, or plain laziness?
I don’t know, but I’ll try to ramble in a vaguely interesting way for a while.

*sips some Grüne Witwe*

*draws a blank*

Maybe it really is writer’s block then.

Anyway.

My Lilium Erotica has survived the relatively tough winter and shily put forth its first flower today.
The Lilium Perversum looks like it might soon follow. Well, all I can hope for then is that the flowers will distract from the otherwise really sad look of the poor thing.

A good week ago, when I went to water the lilies I discovered that the leaves of the red one were thoroughly riddled with holes.
There were a lot of bright red bugs sitting close to the stem, and they were kind of looking guilty, so I picked them out of the lily, threw them onto a stone and stepped on them. *squish* The few eggs that I found I rubbed between my fingers. *mash* :shifty:
And before you call me evil, firstly, they were responsible for the bedraggled look of my lily, and secondly, despite their nice, friendly colour and all, those bugs gave me the creeps. I had to seriously force myself to reach out and grab each one of them. The German wiki has the best photo; the English one might be more comprehensible to most of you though. ;)

What else….?

Have been working at work, and here at home weeding, weeding, weeding…. Why do weeds grow so much better and faster than pretty, pretty flowers and veggies, eh?!

Got a variety of tomato plants inside the greenhouse and out, also peppers sweet and hot, chilis, eggplants, freaky decorative eggplants, courgettes in light green, yellow and “white” (Thank you “Uncle Bob” Bobby Seeds!), and round ones.

Furthermore we ordered some stuff from a mailorder gardening shop: thornless brambles, a blueberry shrub, figs, interesting strawberries, and an ‘erb with annoying habits.

When the plants arrived in early spring, I planted them all out into the garden. The spring starflower, which they are selling here as Andean garlic, was already merrily in bloom. As the flowers are edible too, they made for nice deco on the odd salad. :)
Then the first one seemed to dry off and die. Shortly afterwards, the second did the same. The third and last held on a little longer and appears to be lying in its death throes now.
But.
Little green shoots are suddenly growing out of two empty patches in my herb bed and out of the middle of the “dying” third plant.
From what I just read when I went picture-hunting, that’s absolutely normal behaviour for that plant…. ‘K.

And a last garden thing…
For my birthday I got a flowerpot from the neighbours. Guess it was on discount, as it looked rather Easterly, with a huge fake white egg and a bow made out of greenery stuck into the middle of it… :lol:
Anyway, the main inhabitant of the pot was a hydrangea with white flowers. A, not to put too fine a point on it, shrub. Growing rather nicely out of the 20 by 20cm pot it came in.
Once the weather was stable enough for me to dare allow it out into the wilderness, I got a surprise. Most of the room inside the pot was taken up by plastic foil. The actual inner pot size was about 8cm.
The kind of pot I put my veggie seedlings in.
So.
What kind of plant hating gardener puts a shrub into such a small pot?
I don’t have to mention that it contained more roots than soil, do I?

Oh my, now this is almost a pure garden post.
You poor readers. :P

Let me quickly add another topic:
Music.
These days I am listening to a lot of Malicorne, while occasionally cussing the fact that they don’t exist anymore.
If someone invents a time machine, please let me know, I’d really have liked to see those guys live.
*sighs*

Here’s some “videos”. Enjoy the songs (hopefully)!

A capella:
Le Prince d’Orange

Quand je menai mes chevaux boire

Branle/La Peronelle

La fiancée du timbalier

And for those with more than 10 minutes to spare:
La fille aux chansons (Marion s’y promène)

Now it’s almost 1am, I am feeling tired and headachy and almost sure that the title of this post is more amusing than the post itself. ;)

Good night, everyone!

As per Attawie’s request…:

Monday, December 15th, 2008

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Mel MD
Mel MD

Of weekend emergency doctors, pharmacies and the usual crap at work

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

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As some of you may know, I’ve been suffering from an ear infection (with the added bonus of fluids behind the eardrum) since Friday evening.
As you may also know, the store I am working at turns into a fridge during winters (which may be how I got that ear infection in the first place).
Anyway, on Saturday stupid me dragged herself to work. Doctors were closed anyway. That invisible guy might as well stab his knife into my ear at work. Bad decision. Was a terrible day.

On Sunday I couldn’t stand the pain anymore and drove to the hospital. The resident weekend “family doctor” there was really good. Noted my cold, and didn’t only peer into both ears but also listened to my lungs, inspected my throat and took my temp (37.2°C, which he dubbed a “mildy elevated operating temperature”).
He prescribed ear drops with an antibiotic and ibuprofen (”Are you allergic to Ibuprofen?” First doc ever to ask me that…).

Then I drove to the weekend emergency pharmacy for the region, which was in the same city.
Patients had to stand outside in front of a flap and crouch down slightly to be able to see the young lady manning the pharmacy.
After I had handed her my prescription she was gone for quite a while. She returned and beamed at me.
“I am sorry but we don’t have your ear drops. We have similar ones but I’ll have to call the hospital and ask.”
Another long absence; another bright smile.
“Unfortunately I can’t reach anyone there. I could give you your painkillers and order the ear drops. You can come pick them up on Monday then.”
“I need those ear drops now; I am in pain. That’s why I went to the weekend emergency doc at the hospital.”
(You may or may not know that those kind of drops also have some effect on the pain. And of course they fight the infection - which is after all what causes the pain…)
*another bright smile*
“Well, we also have some over-the-counter-drops. I could give you those of course.”
“Look, I’ve already tried those at a weekend in the distant past. They do not work. At all.” (Which is no small wonder, as they don’t contain antibiotics…)
Then she went and looked up some hotline that has the numbers of weekend emergency pharmacies to phone the closest one and ask if I can get my drops there, which - you might have guessed it - took her a while. She returned with the phone pressed to her ear. Whoever was on the other end wasn’t really more helpful than her.
“Ah. No, that’s us; I meant other pharmacies that are open today. Uh-huh. (*beam*) Which city’s nearer for you, Faraway or Totallyfaraway?”
*speechless*
*blank stare*
*desperation*
“Look, I’m not gonna drive that far with that pain. Why don’t you just give me my prescription back and I’ll see if I can rouse our local pharmacist?”

*confused look*
All in all that exchange must have taken 20 minutes (out in the cold), and I had attracted a cue of two more patients, which I think is quite a lot for an emergency weekend service…

My local pharmacist was not on weekend service but answered my buzz at his door, let me into his warm pharmacy, assured me that was no problem at all, could give me all I needed and wished me a speedy recovery.

On Monday I first went to work, then soon to our new family doc. He said it didn’t look dramatic, but I should take more of the painkillers if the pain was so bad and offered to give me a sick note till Friday.
Stupid me thought of the special 20% off thing at the end of the week and said so. Doc suggested taking off till Wednesday then.

So today was my first day back at work. As I still need the odd pain killer I decided that the cold air is not good for my ear. Stuffing cotton inside or pulling thick woolly hats over my ears was no option as those kind of infections apparently get worse if you cut off the air.
I have a thin t-shirt cloth like keep-hair-out-of-face bandana thing that I tried out but it clawed at my ear rings, and kept slipping upwards and keeping my ear canal uncovered. So I went for a stylish thin yellow shawl.
That went well until our boss arrived.
He declared that outfit inacceptable.
“Can’t you find something else here in the store? Or at least tie it in a different way, I don’t know, Rambo-style?!”

A part of me must have known it, as I had the bandana with me, too. My ear rings went, that thing came on and I spent the day looking like a moron and constantly pulling down that ugly thing.

I really need a new job, I think…

no hijab
not allowed

The true meaning of spam

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

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This little treasure turned up way back on my “Happy Easter” post.
The domain name comes back as “Never Registered Before” on a database that claims to know all “current/deleted/expired” domains.

This is so…… pointless. Spam in its purest form… Enjoy.

tbrpcjkxl jxahvpq | gjtr@mail.com | cfjsvbpxm.qcukx.com | IP: 71.11.132.134

yqfut lugwskq quga sigozwcj jhgxtkez hbfmkqon fsgq

Not Spam — Dec 5, 2:10 PM — [ View Post ]

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And as an encore:

Free Download Of Spyware Removal Programer | info@removespywareandadware.com | removespywareandadware.com | IP: 72.3.240.20

Whatz up Guru, what made you want to write on Please, hold the line…? I was wondering, because I have been thinking about this since last Tuesday.

Not Spam — Dec 5, 12:47 AM — [ View Post ]

Excuse me, is there anyone with an IQ higher than that of a loaf of white bread who’d trust in finding some honest program for spyware removal under that address?????