Monthly Archive for May, 2014

Moving postponed among other news….

Yes, we came to the realization last night that there is no way in hell Ina and I will be able to move into our new apartment by the 1st July. It is a little disappointing, but I would prefer disappointment over chaos. Essentially there are a few basic things that MUST be done before being able to move ahead and make the move.

  • Firstly, the kitchen needs to be finished.
  • Secondly, a new parkett floor needs to be layed in the living room.
  • Thirdly, the lower bathroom needs the shower ripped out and a washing machine put in its place.

Now you’d think three items wouldn’t be enough to slow down the move by a month, but unfortunately yes, yes it is. It actually makes me sick to even walk into these home improvement type shops in Berlin. You get the typical flipping German attitude.

Firstly, overthinking things that do not need to be considered, making things more difficult than they need to be. For example, when talking to a guy about parkett, what does he care about the staircase – that is not his concern, so I don’t want my time wasted by having him go on about it for half an hour. Yes there are stairs, yes they will be temporarily removed – end of story – shut the F@#$ up about it.

Secondly the general practice of negativity. No, that can’t be done. No, that won’t work. No, that wouldn’t be the right thing to use. No, I don’t like that type of product and wouldn’t recommend it. I mean, I can only stomach so much negativity in one sitting, not sure about anyone else.

And finally the general poor service that goes along with the stimmulatingly negative conversation. I mean, I am coming to you for advice on the particular area in which you should be an expert. If you cannot offer me any better suggestions than what I have already though about, and your general aura is unfriendly, why the hell would I bother buying anything from you?? I wonder if these people have ever wondered how to increase their business?

So you know what it means? Whereas Germans hunt around for the best bargain of a particular product, I hunt around for a company I can actually stomach to purchase the product from. Definitely NOT an enjoyable experience.

Anyway, here is another person I am pretty much unable to stomach. I mean, how many freaking times does the Prime Minister of my country have to be the rest of the worlds butt end of a joke? Knock yourself out: