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Sad truths

In sports, there are a few simple rules. With two equally skilled opponents, evenly matched in every other field, the big guy will always beat the littler guy.

Speed can only carry you so far- once you’re into a battle of reach, there’s just no chance you’re going to win because unlike speed reach doesn’t deteriorate as you tire.

A quick tall person will always beat a quick and nimble shorter person.

And these, ladies and gentlemen, are the reasons why I lost yet again in another tournament. I don’t feel like going on one of the extreme diets I was on as a teenage amateur athlete, though. I don’t have the time or the energy to keep up that extreme a regime. Doesn’t mean I’m any less frustrated.

Plus, the person I lost against today in the intramural was male- and took his time gloating. I keep wishing I could just grow six inches and be of equal height- let’s see who’ll win then!

Argh!

Not a sore loser- just hypercritical. Maybe if I’d conserved my strength a little better…?

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Sunday night recap

This week has been rather exhausting both bodily and mentally. I’ve had some new tough cases assigned (including one where I don’t even have an inkling about where to start researching- anybody know anything about getting to know stuff about Taiwanese air freight laws?), I was dragged to sporty activities I had no idea of what I was getting into, and I was dragged to watch sports I had no idea about.

Soccer. Oh, sorry, football. The King (capitals intended). Fussball. The one thing that makes everybody stop doing whatever they are doing here to celebrate the fact that the Bayern don’t necessarily stay in first place (whatever that means, I haven’t yet gathered enough interest to follow league standings in this sport). I have made no secret of the fact that I believe watching 22 people standing on a large green meadow (occasionally sprinting a few yards and falling over for fear of having seen a bug on a blade of grass) for 90 minutes is not the most rewarding activity on Planet Earth.

My friends here took it upon themselves to convince me otherwise. Continue reading

Quick meme

Things I liked as a kid that nobody else liked:

Brussel sprouts, broccoli, spicy food (like green Thai curry, the real stuff), really almost anything vegetable/fruit, all kinds of fish and seafood, tofu

Things I didn’t like as a kid that almost everybody else liked:

Pork (or most meat in general), raw tomatoes, soda (anything carbonated, really), burgers (still not that much of a fan), most strong-smelling/-tasting sweets (sweet tarts, tootsie rolls, anything with too much of a “chemical” smell)

Conclusion: I was a weird kid 😉

Really, really angry

Sooo… it’s not enough that I get to be needled about whether or not I’ve “gotten my vaccine yet?” at home, on the streets and even when visiting my doctor (who should know better!). Fu**ing hell, I explained my reasons a billion times. Go read some f**cking biology textbooks if you don’t believe me! This vaccine is UNTESTED. Meaning they treat humans as GUINEA PIGS. Yeah, that’s right. We’re in one huge cage being experimented on right now.

Being the pissed off woman I was, I went into retail therapy. Bought me a shiny new DVBT-USB antenna for my laptop, and some really nice, strong screws for anchoring bookcases to my crappy walls. Oh, and a couple books (Die Suche nach dem Ursprung der Atome, Conn Iggulden’s Emperor series, Xinran’s China Witness: Voices from a silent generation, a couple of manga I hadn’t read before). While happily perusing technical advancements I came across box sets of a series I really enjoyed as a teen: Queer as Folk. Seeing as I had money to spend, a weekend without the roomie to “look forward” to (I wish she were here, she’s remarkably good at getting me to calm down) and some cocoa to make hot chocolate with at home (with cinnamon, cardamom and a hint of ground chili- delish!) I bought the five seasons without further consideration.

My laptop refuses to play the DVDs due to region coding. WTF? Seriously, WTF? I BOUGHT those damn DVDs instead of pirating off the net. I wanted to go LEGAL and SUPPORT THE ARTISTS and what do I get? REGION CODING? Who the fu** is still hanging onto this dinosaur? I was this close to bringing the DVDs back, say “fu** you all!” and go download happily. Instead, I’m fuming over my keyboard here and trying to find legal arguments to support region coding. Still on the out, here.

And I was SO looking forward to a nice evening and relaxing weekend. Thank you, Warner Bros. for completely ruining DVDs for me. Maybe I just shouldn’t invest into them any more.

Btw, a question: Does the region coding crap also apply to blu-ray? ’cause even if they’re a throwback to the good old DVDs-are-forty-dollars times (with no visible difference in quality of sound or picture on a 60″ plasma full-HD home cinema system with Bose surround sound), I’d be willing to go for them if they’re region-free. I really hate on the DVD producers right now!

And yes, I know there’s an easy way around this software-wise. I mean to go legit, but seriously, this is sending people down the path towards piracy. I’m not stating or denying my continued inability to play these DVDs, just that I’m really not happy about the way studios treat their paying customers. Why buy when easy, no-holds-barred access is just a click away? And I’ve got DVDs from three different regions, by the way. What? I can only watch one third of my movies that I paid for with my hard-earned money since my DVD drive is stuck on that region now? Oops, sorry, that’s just the way it is? Convenience and customer service are definitely spelled differently!

No running tonight, there’s ice underneath the snow and no pathways  anywhere. Seeing as citizens in Germany are not allowed to harness snowploughs to their cars, anything that’s not a major road is buried under a couple inches of pure ice. Gonna play tennis and volleyball on Sunday. Have Tae Kwon Do training tomorrow. Might do a few forms right now to get the anger out.

<–deep breath.
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Listening to: 03 Ludwig Van Beethoven – Sonata 21
via FoxyTunes

Rank and File

I’m no stranger to hierarchies in my chosen field of work. They’re clear in job designation, they’re clear in what you get to do, and they’re clear in WHEN you get to do it. I’m still a little miffed at how a female JA is treated as nothing more than a glorified file clerk unless she vehemently protests. Like me.

… and then you get an e-mail asking you to prepare for Monday’s conference at 1:12 am on a Friday evening/Saturday morning. There’s a limit even for a confirmed workaholic like me!

On another note:  The roommate and I are getting a visitor from South Africa tomorrow. Actually, she’s visiting with the roommate and I get to sort of tag along. Hope there will be no problems with three women and just one bathroom.  Also hope I’ll get out of cooking this weekend 😛

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Listening to: X Japan – Unfinished
via FoxyTunes