January 31, 2010

Thanks to Howard Stern, I now know that the last pope, Jan Pawel II, used to flagellate himself with a whip or something, even when he was on vacation!  He slept on the floor.  That’s how he got closer to Christ.  I’m not ready to go that far.

A ex-pat friend shocked us on friday at the pub when he said he and his girlfriend were thinking of adopting a kid from Haiti.  Then this morning I saw in the news that a group of Americans were arrested with 33 Haitian children at the border with the Dominican Republic.  Just another reminder of what it’s like being an Expat.

So, what does my week look like? Well…

Monday: going to take my newest novel to the copy shop, then take two trains for about a half hour, getting picked up by a stranger and driven about 5 minutes to that company that makes the machines that metallize solar cells.  I’ll be there 3-5 hours and there sort of shadow a couple of people and see what they’re doing.  Then take a bus and train back to Freiburg, go to the gym, then have a couple of hours to kill before going to play some latin music with a 6-piece jazz band, my first band jam practice in 5 years.

Tuesday: working 8-1:30 at three different places all within 1 km of each other, all in the old town, then going home to take care of some business, read about cogeneration, then go to the gym around 4pm, then a private lesson until 8pm.

This all culminates in going to a play in Portuguese on Saturday night because some people from the wedding i went to last week are in the play.  They said German people go and there is an explanation of the play in German beforehand, I was like, well okay…


Second draft mofos!

January 15, 2010

I am happy to say that I just now finished the second draft of my newest novel, The Newropean!  It’s probably not quite ready to be sent to the printers were I get 20-30 copies printed up for friends and colleagues to give me some feedback.  I hope this summer to get perhaps 200 copies printed with an ISBN number even so I can sell them directly from my apartment.  Too bad I already have too many damn books in my apartment as it is.  But I’ll figure something out.

And part of the figuring something out has to do with reorganizing my room a bit.  I don’t know yet how it’s going to happen, it could just be minor changes but I already moved a small table under my desk in the corner to house my printer and I was able to put a small tapestry I like on it which also hides some of my photographs underneath, photos I hope to use in an exhibition in Romania in late March.

I’m going to see my friend’s band play tonight, not the greatest name in the world for a hard rock band, Bowel Function, but they’re all Germans so what can ya do?

I’m going to get ready now because I’m going to help a man wipe snow off of solar panels.  That’s how desperate I am to get my foot in the door of the Renewable Energy industry.  And then, instead of going to the gym, I’m goin to take a long, hard look at my room and figure out what to do.

I’ll keep ya updated!

It lasted almost two years

January 6, 2010

Franziska and I broke up last night.  Long story short, irreconcilable differences.  Maybe we got together too quickly after her last relationship, maybe in the end we were too different and we wanted different things.  She started feeling herself falling out of love or feeling less romantically attached to me a couple of months back and hoped that it would just get better but … it didn’t.

It’s tough because she had also become my best friend these last two years.  We’d seen so much of the world together but that wasn’t enough.

I’m not mad at her, I’m disappointed that she couldn’t come and discuss it with me before it was too late.  Will we still be able to be friends?  Yeah, probably, but it’s gonna take some time.  It certainly won’t be like it was but I still want to know how her life goes, it’ s just too bad that I won’t be a part of it.

What does this mean for me?  Well, it means a little soul-searching at a difficult time for me, at the last weeks of a semester, just before I begin an internship and a possible new career direction.  I’m in the middle of editing my novel and it seemed like everything in life was falling into place.  That’s usually when Life hits ya, ya know?

I had planned to spend the rest of my life with Franziska and I was happy about it.  I mean, our relationship was not perfect by any means but we certainly could have worked on the very things that led to our demise but it wasn’t meant to be.  I do wish her well, especially with her master’s thesis just starting and I hope everything goes well for her.

All right, well, thank GOD today is a state holiday today so I don’t have to work and have the day to sort of mope around my place, my organize some stuff and get ready to look/act like a normal person tomorrow, wish me luck.

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2010

Wow, what a night!  I was at a party until 4.15am, took a tram home and stopped off my local bar for one more, bought some strangers a round (4 people), bought another beer and took it home.  The full, open beer is on my desk now.  2010 has started with a bang!

My plan for the second day of the year:

*take down and change a lot of the photos in the apartment

*clean my room, general organizing


*Do some reading of renewable energy

*edit Newropean

Even if I spend a half hour doing each one tomorrow, that will be good.  And that’s what this year is about: Do a little bit of many things everyday so I can push kick many rocks down the road.  I got big plans this year, want to publish a new novel, want to go back to school, and in general clean and lean my life a bit, whether that means fewer possessionss or fewer pounds or both but my life here has become a bit bloated and I want to go back to my roots, go hiking more often, improve my German and become a better person. I’m not sur exactly how to go about that but I think with a little effort a path will be illuminated for me.