Wed, 01 Oct 2008
I'm well aware of the irony of becoming a bachelor after getting married.
Tue, 23 Sep 2008
You know, that you did the right thing, when you leave the company
building on your last working day, and the first thing comming to your mind
Thu, 09 Aug 2007
Today is the 9th of August and we've been at a restaurant (well... a self service cafeteria). Nothing fancy so far about it, but it was the first time this month, which makes it kind of special: On the first a new law come into effect in Lower Saxony (and some other parts of Germany) prohibiting smoking in public restaurants (save in closed, separate rooms).
Being a non-smoker it was a nice experience to see how the former smoking area had vanished from the restaurant. Especially, since in that special case you couldn't avoid the smoking zone: To get to the toilette you needed to go through the smoking zone. And where do you bring your tablet back? Right, in the smoking zone.
Tue, 29 May 2007
Mueller wrote a nice blog about how important it is to donate blood. To
Please donate blood if you can. If you are uncomfortable with the
choice you made on your first donation, check out other options for
I agree wholeheartedly! I heard from a Lady, who can't donate blood
herself, since she doesn't feel comfortable with it -- I can understand it, I
hate needles and don't like to see my own blood neither. But she wants to help
nonetheless, so she volunteered to help during
blood drives: She sits by
the people donating blood, talks to them, helps them walk around when they
still feel dizzy, give out food and drinks, etc.
Sat, 26 May 2007
Yesterday I did something, I should have done a long time ago. I donated
blood. I donated blood several times already, especially when I was in army
service and a nearby University hospital called for help, when they where
running low. I must confess it wasn't only the
feel good factor that
motivated me back then; you could donate blood during your duty hours, got some
money, something to eat a way better than the normal food we got and
additionally you where freed from heavy duty for two days. Even after I got
out of military service, I went a couple of times to donate blood.
But for some reason -- I don't know why -- I stopped for a couple of years.
Well; the funny thing is, that the German red Cross has often these
blood sessions in a nearby school, which is on my way back to university,
but even that didn't worked. I always had something else in mind or planed for
However, the other day we found a flier of one of those
sessions yesterday evening. And so we went there... and where surprised how
many people wanted to donate blood! I can't remember that I ever had to wait
to donate blood, but this time they said they had many first time donors,
which need special care.
Rest of the story is easy: After some interesting conversation (
how that works? --
Yes, I look away, and you do the rest and tell me
nothing!), Meike and myself had half a liter less, and enjoyed a very nice
As I already said: I don't understand, why I didn't did it for such a long time; nice atmosphere, nice things to eat, nice people taking care of you... I'm going to donate more often. Perhaps you want to try it, too?