Why a shotgun would be helpful

April 26, 2006

I am beside myself. I was told this morning that my work permission in germany will not be extended as of now and that I need to retain a lawyer. That lawyer will cost at first 50euro and then 477euro for him to help me and that is without a guarantee that I will win the case. The problems are as follows:

1)I’m not allowed to be self-employed…
2)If I married my German girlfriend…
3)I can have ONE job and no others…

If I married Assiyeah, which I would like to do someday, none of this would be a problem. I would even be eligible for unemployment money if need be. This is crazy. I have to prove that I have a right to work here. I have had to cancel more than 200euro worth of work to deal with this problem and it will only continue to get worse.

I have until June 14th to resolve this problem or else, well, I just don’t know. It’s ironic that the 469euro I received as a tax return is almost the same exact number that I may have to pay a lawyer to allow me to keep working here.

Oy vey…

Now I have three classes to teach and I guess I’ll be talking about this a little bit…

I’ll keep you updated. If I had a shotgun, I could have probably solved this problem by now!


April 14th

April 14, 2006

I turned 7 years old today. Well, actually I’ll be 32 in normal years next month but April 14, 1999 was the definitive moment of my life, besides meeting Assiyeah of course!

That was the day I learned for the first time that this was the only life I would ever get. My soul or my body would never coexist ever again. And what was I going to do about that? My answer: I’m going to live my life as fully as possible. Since then?

summer 1999 – worked a second job bussing tables in Santa Monica in order to
fall 1999 – went on a 10-week trip around America and Canada by myself, my first real trip

summer 2000 – drove to Toronto, stayed there off and on for a few months while driving around the furthest edges of Canada and then drove back to LA
fall 2000 – wrote my second novel, “Using Toonies” in 100 days

summer 2001 – went to Europe for the first time, a mere 17 days but one that made me even thirstier for travel. This year also had me travelling to Seattle, Atlanta and San Diego in order to see my favorite band, the Black Crowes

winter 2001/2 – moved to Pennsylvania, hated it but did finish my third book, called “Postponing the Myth”

spring 2002 – Went to Greece for a month. Met the woman of my dreams there, went back to PA and then drove back to LA
fall 2002 – worked my ass off in a restaurant before…

winter 2003 – moved to Germany in January, was teaching English by April.

2004 – wrote my fourth book, “Schwarzfahren”, travelled extensively

2005 – had more than 125 days of vacation, my first photo exhibition

2006 – will have more than 100 days of vacation, including a 2-month trip to South America with Assiyeah, our first time to another continent besides Europe and North America.

There is, of course, much more to say but of course, as I said, I am too busy living of course. Of course, indeed.

cheers!


55 bucks baby!

April 2, 2006

first off, the last few books have been:

The Decline and Fall of the Ottoman Empire

The Measure of All Things (about the 7-year scientific venture of finding the exact length of the meter in the French Revolution)

The Great Bridge (about the Brooklyn Bridge)

and being delivered in a few days to California, I’ll pick them up when I go home for Easter, 55bucks for these 10 books:

The Fire of His Genius: Robert Fulton and the American Dream

The Harem: Inside the Grand Seraglio of the Turkish Sultans

Love for Sale: A World History of Prostitution

Telegram!: Modern History as Told Through More Than 400 Witty, Poignant, and Revealing Telegrams

Rosetta Stone

The Power of Gold: The History of an Obsession

New World Coming: The 1920s and the Making of Modern America

Sea of Glory: America’s Voyage of Discovery, the U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842

The Bureau and the Mole: The Unmasking of Robert Philip Hanssen, the Most Dangerous Double Agent in FBI History

Jefferson’s Demons: Portrait of a Restless Mind

I’ve been so into nonfiction the past couple of years, I could probably never find these books in germany or they’re unbelievably expensive and I got all 10 of those for 55bucks. Thanks barnes and noble. I love consuming.What about you guys? Latest book purchase or the last few books you’ve read, what’s the most books you’ve bought at one time, and so forth…?