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Old 17.06.2011, 13:02
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Today at the mensa we've got a choice of main dishes: Snarlchicken or Virgin Sugar Ham.

mmm... decisions, decisions....


edit: looked it up, "snarlchicken" = gurnard = a type of fish, apparently (never heard of it.) I prefer "snarlchicken" though.
I had to look up mensa... I know you're smart, but I figured you're smarter than that . Do the folks at Mensa know what their organization means in German?

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Old 17.06.2011, 14:17
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I had to look up mensa... I know you're smart, but I figured you're smarter than that . Do the folks at Mensa know what their organization means in German?

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OK then, smartypants: the caffa-ta-REEE-a, as they call it in Swinglisch.

Better?

It's actually not coincidental - "mensa" is Latin for "table". Way I heard it, the founders of Mensa wanted to call it the Latin word for "mind" - but oddly enough Mens was already taken - so they settled on a "table" where minds could meet...
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Re: Small things that make your day

It's just been tipping it down in Lausanne.
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Re: Small things that make your day

I see that Chiari awareness is spreading, even on this forum
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It's raining cats and dogs in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
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Re: Small things that make your day

Being able to rent a zurich city bike for free.
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Re: Small things that make your day

ok.... my Gf moved from Hamburg to Zurich to finally live with me in our new apartment. she still had some goods in her old flat in Germany and we organized the move for a saturday, renting a van n all that, did all the paperwork...and then i was realizing that you cant go over the border control/custom on saturday past 12 pm.

so i phoned all border control posts of SO and TG and asked them if we could come around 10-11pm... 4 calls, 3 no. Kreuzlingen said we can come 10-11pm. yay!

after 10 hours of driving finally we hit Singen and i asked my GF if she has her permit with her...and that wasnt the case. i knew we wont make it as the time was an exception and with no complete papers we wont make it and would have been stuck until monday morning, 5am.

last summer, 1.8., i have been to Stein am Rhein for fireworks etc and i passed a small post on some lonely field close to Schaffhausen...a simple busshelter and nobody there... so it was as i drove there and all went smooth as we passed (please dont do this at home. i speak german, ok? i can talk myself out of stress and maybe you dont... ). i did not want to take main roads as i suspected the border police to do checkpoints at times on the mainroads around the boarder and checked the small path that should have lead me to the next vilage, but it was closed. as i took the last bend before Schaffhausen....there was a checkpoint.

copper came, checked the papers, saw my van, asked if it was loaded and what i have with me...explained the situation... gave him the papers with the list of goods and all that what we prepared for the legal crossing in Kreuzlingen, was very cooperative etc...they saw that we actually did not want to smuggle something, were not very suspicious ftw. but he got a bit mad at my excuse that my iphone gps lead me coincidentially the shortest path to my friend in Tayngen and that i crossed the border there....just not on purpose... he went to the police car and checked my data etc. i sat there and was nearly shitting myelf as i suspected them to charge a tremendous amount for the 500 euro worth goods plus a fine for illegal boarder violation or something....but what happened was: dont do this again, no fine, all good. get the freg lost.

phew! wow! amazing! that in switzerland? wow!

that made my month! and more!
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Old 21.03.2012, 17:55
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Re: Small things that make your day

I went skiing today (my only day off this week) and i officially graduated from greens! I was up and down blues all morning and fell over only once (and once on the lift)

Ok the slopes were a lot flatter than normal (no idea why/how) but its irrelevant!!
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Re: Small things that make your day

ok,im going to a bday in munich this WE and the host likes zurich very much. so i thought ill try n find a zurich stadtlicht



went to "teddy´s souvenirshop" by fraumünster, they didnt have it. the lady from the staff was so friendly and took her time looking for it and then directed me to another shop "sieber" and there they had it. i was so happy as she was so friendly that i went back to show it to her and maybe suggesting that theyll take it to have in on their display. she liked it so much that she asked if i wanted a coffee and we had a small chat.

made my day.
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Re: Small things that make your day

So i tried to catch the last bus home yesterday,the bus was waiting at the Bus-Stop and simultaneously at a traffic light(little road maintenance ongoing) so i ran..the driver shut the doors and then i went upfront and i was pleading with him to open the doors, other commuters on the bus were asking him to also,well sadly the bus driver did not open the doors,he waited 3 mins at the stop because of the traffic lights and just didn't open the door.
So i shrugged and prepared for the 1hr walk home.

Apparently,there was a car behind the bus the whole time a lady with her about 6 year old son,as i walked a away she waved and asked me over,well she asked me (in thick Swiss German) where i was headed and if it was ok to give me a ride,and she cannot understand why the bus driver did not just open the doors

Anyway,i hopped in,and she drove me all the way home,i believe this was off her route,we were in LU but her car had a ZH number,l am immensely grateful,still bubbly that some kindness still exists out there(besides the meaningful lesson she taught her son).i was grateful and the thought just keeps making me happy!

Might seem small,but it is totally a big deal for me..
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Re: Small things that make your day

This last story reminded me of another that happened to me a couple of months ago. I missed my exit in the city highway in Zurich and ran out of fuel with my scooter in the middle of a tunnel near Kloten with my scooter.

I thought about:

1) Calling my scooter insurance (no idea if they would charge me, plus a long wait there in a tunnel at 11:30 pm, not nice)

2) Use the tunnel telephones to speed up the crane. Again I was fearing about paying big money

3) Walk out of the tunnel, go to a petrol station, pick up some fuel and get back to my scooter (maybe around 1 or 1.5 hours in total I was expecting)

In all the options I was also risking a fine, as I feared that running out of fuel could be punished in Switzerland with a big fine, specially if my scooter remained in the hard shoulder of the tunnel for quite some time.

At the end I decided for option 3, but started to jog instead of walking to try to make it quicker (and avoid the police arriving to my scooter earlier than me with the petrol).

Just as I was exiting the tunnel a car stopped 20 meters in front of me and a guy asked me what happened and after a quick explanation he offered me to drive me to a petrol station. His girlfriend was at the wheel and I was chatting with them all the way to the station, but not only that, they insisted on driving me back to the tunnel even if I told them that it was already more than fine their help and that I would walk back.

So they dropped me off next to my scooter in the tunnel with a 0.5 cocacola bottle filled with the magic liquid that would allow me to solve my terrible night (again probably illegal for not using a legal container it seems). Nice couple and amazed at what they did (I don't think I would stop my car at midnight and picked up a stranger!)
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Re: Small things that make your day

Seeing a deer cross the path I'm on in the forest... it stops, looks at me for a few seconds (I'm standing very still) and casually continues through a field of high grass before it disappears into the bushes. Magical.
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