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Waiting

Friday, November 27th, 2009

I’m aware about I haven’t posted here for a while …. feeling guilty of course. But it was mainly caused by preparing for a longer trip and a few weeks being away. Now this trip has already taken place and I’m right on my way back, sitting at Changi Airport, Singapore actually.

At the end that is why I call todays posting "waiting"! Waiting, is plainly what I do actually.

But friendly people over here at Singapore have turned nearly all the town and the Airport in some huge Wifi – Zone where you have internet access nearly everywhere (ok, it needs a carrier contract though).

But back to the trip. It was for sure a fabulous trip to do and I very much enjoyed my time off. Most of the time I had company by oversea friends travelling with us. And to be honest that was what I’ve enjoyed most.

It is a great thing to do such a long and exciting trip. Seeing things other people might never get to see in their life. But the companie of friends and sharing this experience with them is some real priceless experience for sure.

It is really not like I could see or speak them all day long. Virtual perhaps, but personally nearly never. Now seeing, touching and interacting with them day by day was like a dream for me. Sadly even the most beautiful time in life is meant to end some day.

Nontheless, thanks to all my friends making it possible to travel with me. You taking time was a priceless pleasure and gift of life for me.

Thank you!

Michael 🙂

Ending Season

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

Today we had a gorgeous autumn day with an all over sunny day. Quickly commited yesterday wit a friend, I headed out of the house early and drove to his house and together we headed off to the perhaps last longer push bike trip together this year.

Although sun is still strong and warming, authumn wind does already feel cold and I was quit happy about I had thought to put on my wind breaker. The landscape scenery actually is most beautiful and colored, while the color green is already on it’s way back. Now making room for yellow, red and brown.

Along the countryside roads nearly every farm and shop does offer fruits, new wine and home made onion pies to buy. And seeing all cars and folks on the road it nearly looks like everyone is keep to get his or her piece of it.

In some way it was a little bit surprising seeing so much people out on the road, as for it was election weekend here in Germany and I really doubt all others had already voted like me. Not I personally would be a very political person at all. But I see it as an "obligation" to vote for every responsible adult. But enough of this!

… as more interesting I think is, that on one of the perhaps last really friendly "summer" days this year I decided against the motorbike prefering the pushbike about. And even now feeling a bit tired about I still think about it as the right decision.

Next few weekends will now be filled with work around the house on on the property getting everything in shape for the winter season and especially ready before we will head off into our vacation. This time I feel about it as very much over due and I’m really looking forward to this time off. The and hopefully having a short and sweet 2nd summer this year.

 

The Roo

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

This morning all the radio news were full of a roo (Kangaroo) seen independently by several different persons here during the last few weeks. Obviously it must have recently escaped out of some animal park or similar.

Now yesterday evening a lady driving a car must have been scared by it sitting on a bridge across the Autobahn watching interested the traffic below. For sure seeing incoming traffic on the "wrong" lane and curious German traffic signs must have appeared strange to the poor little roo …. But was this really enough reason for her calling police though?

Anyway! The lady obviously feeling irritated by the foreign stranger did call police and in the follow several police men did try to hunt down the fugitive. Thanks god … I say … the little fellow was clever enough to escape and thinking about how much fun it is seeing them hipping around … I’m now nearly tempted to ……………………

Now wondering about how many of them it would need to get something ready like a survivable population here in Germany?!

Luck!

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

Yesterday on a hot and lovely summer day I was "flying" low and fast with Suzi. After a small repair and a general maintenance she was running fine and smooth again and driving her was fun pure.

Since a while I was anyway looking for some nice spot to stop for a break and cool drink, but unfortunaltely after 2 hours out in the heat I must have been more exhausted and tired than assumed and therefore distacted, recognising the read lights on the car in front of me was done late … too late.

And seeing the car slowing done was quit giving me the sureness I am too close, but thanks god seeing something and reacting for me is one thing and therefore I had closed down breakes fully and immediately already. None the less there was the fact about I was already too close …. 

As ususally in such situations the rear tire of Suzi did block and start to slide … she is old and never has heard about things like ABS … and therefore I  had to open breakes again. But this tiny bit of sliding had given me a little spin to the left which I now increase as much as possible, but finally I had to upright her taking care about the incoming traffic on the left lane already close. And from then on there was nothing more than slowing down Suzi as much as possible.

The move to the left, happily had prevented a total impact, but not finnally touching the car in front with my mirror and stuff. :-/

Luckily I ended up staying on both feet holding Suzi with both hands leaning to the right, just  a few cm about ground. It must be the lost weight of Kerstin … at some stage poor her had decided to jump off the bike (with harming  herself) … the panic and therefore the adrenaline which gave me the power to upright Suzi again. Not really an easy thing to do with her round about 240kg though.

At the end sitting again on upright Suzi  I really needed a few seconds until I recognised and saw a guy (the other driver) speaking quickly and hecktically to me. Thanks god there was really nothing than a brocken backlight and a scratch … Suzi had nothing – at least nothing you would mind to see on a 17 years old motorbike … and we even got invited to a cool drink while exchanging driver details by the other party. And later on we even were able to continue and finish our trip until late and while driving I had a short (one sided) and sweet chat with my guardian angel saying thanks for a well done and great job.

Silence

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Lately I’ve recognised that I haven’t posted here for over an month. Now you could call that silence … Wikipedia is defining it as: "Silence is the relative or total lack of audible sound" … but I think this wouldn’t be fair.

And honestly, I wasn’t just in the mood to say (better write) much here. To be confessed, for quit a few days I felt grumpy with myself and the rest of to world (no one in particular), but this passed quick and the other time I was just busy with stuff and didn’t even recognise another day had passed without blog post.

For example I found it fancy and fun to update my private network at home and people knowing me might get or assume that this is more about than just an afternoon reconfiguring a router or so. But speaking about routers I might use the chance here point out that I’ve decided to use get some Apple Airport Extreme routers as the backbone equipment of my home lan, now having Gigabit Ethernet and a 802.11n WDS Wifi network, interacting with my older Linksys WRT54G routers, and feeling very happy with all.

A few others things came along as well for sure, like there were a short and sweet business trip to Copenhagen, which ended with me very pleased and feeling happy about the positive feedback I got later on about. Another highlight this month was a weeding, I was invited to join as a guest. And finally and more unpleasant, my dad in laws was brought into hospital with and unknown but serious indication.

Thanks god he got better soon and the treatment there did help him very much!

So as you can see …. I indeed was quiet lately …. I might be again, as I simply actually do not have much to say. Just this does not really mean my life is quiet though. At least you know now I’m fine. And perhaps … tomorrow, or the day after there will be something else worth to write about though.