Monthly Archive for May, 2013

Summer on a hiatus…

Well, here I was thinking Summer would slowly make itself known, but the more I look around, all I see confirmation of is Winter – or Autumn at best. What have I got to look forward to this weekend then, other than the Champions League Grand Final? A high of 12 degrees celsius and a lot of rain – strangely reminiscent of Autumn – but we are already heading towards the end of May and Summer should officially be starting on the 21st of June…..oh well. Talk about an anti-climax!!

But what has been Home Sweet Homehappening? Well, Ina and I have decided to move back in with each other again. I guess we’ve been living apart for what’s coming up to two years now… time flies huh!? So first we were looking around at rental apartments but the market here has gone absolutely crazy. Rent is so expensive that it truly is ridiculous when you compare what the average income in Berlin is. So then we thought we’d take a look at buying a place, but again are in a tight spot – there really isn’t much available.

PIA – yes, a true pain in the ass. I mean, it’s not to say I’m not living in a great pad at the moment, because I certainly am. And I have great flatmates who I would also consider as friends, but it would still be nice to live with Ina again nevertheless. So who knows what we’ll do, buy a place, rent a place, not get a place at all????? God only knows…..

In preparation for the move though, I realized I had to get rid of quite a few things….not to mention my HUGE Carrera Bahn collection, quite a lot of which was lying around unused in the cellar. So that’s what I did, I put ads up in eBay and got rid of all the stuff. Now, I must mention, ever since moving to this country I have minimized my experience with eBay. It just seems to be more trouble than it’s worth most of the time. Germans are still somewhat of an anomaly to me, quite a lot of them take everything so seriously and are so unrelaxed and passive aggressive that it really forces me to take a look back in history. When I do, I have a much better understanding of why some of the atrocities that have occurred to this country in the past did, and why the majority were most likely justified (Ok, that’s harsh, but it’s my blog and I can say that if I want to!). It probably also accounts for the fact that Germany has one of the lower life expectancies of the EU at 77 years of age. Being so up tight, aggressive and unrelaxed is not a good thing for one’s health.

An example: I sent a person 6 corner pieces of Carrera track only for them to leave a negative comment under my username. Keep in mind, I have been an eBay member since 2004 and have NEVER received a negative comment. This person has been a member since the end of last year (2012) and has purchased from a total of 3 sellers. So instead of following the rules, after the negative comment they left me as a seller, this user has now written me an e-mail and is essentially holding me ransom to a resolution to their purchase. Their purchase, that was obviously damaged by the post and also repackaged by the post of which I had insurance on. Their condition, to refund otherwise the negative comment will remain. Well, news for all those who don’t know, friendliness goes a long way when attempting to reconcile a situation. I don’t take lightly to threats, and if this person dealt with the issue in a professional, polite, adult manner, I would have been more than happy to offer some type of resolution, but acting in this way does not help them. By leaving a negative comment they have closed the sale. On principle alone I have a hard time reacting at all.

Don’t get me wrong, this type of person is not the norm in Germany, but the frequency of this type of person is higher here than anywhere I know of. There is a lot of passive aggression going on, a lot. And if you would like to see examples of active aggression, you just have to jump in a car, on a motorbike or even a bicycle for that matter. I can guarantee that within 30 mins you will experience some type of aggressive behavior.

So to sum up, this type of crap as well as the crap weather makes one occasionally feel like crap……just like I do now. Anyway, not all is bad and I try not to let these type of people get me down. Kneeling Chair

Another thing that is trying to rob my soul of its inner good vibes is my damn right elbow. I guess I’m starting to get quite a bad case of tennis elbow. So now that my back is feeling pretty damn good I run straight into this new problem… WTF!? What have I done to deserve this? I mean, it could be related to my back because I changed my office chair to one of those kneeling chair things which obviously changed the posture I have whilst at my desk. And I guess since I work so much I am at my desk quite a lot. I don’t know……what I do know is that it really hurts.

And that’s the rant for now anyway, I mean, I have a plentiful supply, but too much negativity makes one feel negative, so I’m giving up and letting go. Have a great weekend everyone!!