Don’t show what you can’t do.
...which explains why I avoid dancing.
I have noticed one major difference between Germany and the United States.
Both are democracies, although the form varies. Both are capitalist market economies. But, a dichotomy exists in the way the government works.
In the United States, decreasing taxes have caused a reduction is government services (schools, police, fire, public works, etc.) All except military spending have be cut back or shifted to the private (profit-making) sector.
In Germany, something rather different occurs. Taxes increase, but services are cut back. Despite governmental bloating and waste, no one complains. School funding in reduced and maintenance neglected, but politicians increase their spending.
Voters in both countries remain docile despite being fleeced…
I wonder if the Daily Mail editor, who does the layout, noticed the appropriateness of placing the following two stories beside each other…
The first concerns an utterance by the Mayor of London.
“Boris Johnson was today accused of 'unpleasant, careless elitism'
after claiming some people were not bright enough to get on in the modern world.”
The second is about a US woman, who seems to prove his point.
“Mother, 27, who 'gave birth in bar bathroom and stuffed baby in the toilet
before watching pay-per-view wrestling with friends' faces death penalty.”
I don’t understand the term Black Friday. I know that it’s all about getting money out of people’s pockets, but why black?
The word most associated with slashed prices or bargains is red. Black is a word associated with positive financial balances or…death. People with positive balances usually get that way from saving and frugality, not shopping.
Perhaps, the name derives from the effect on retailer’s, brand owners’, and manufacturer’s balance sheets—in the black—and not the fact that consumers’ finances will resemble Santa Claus’s suit or Rudolf’s nose.
I doubt that I am the only one to have noticed the irony in Apple naming its customer service area “Genius Bar”. This is a place where confused, not-too-bright, untrained, helpless, etc. people gather to ask stupid questions about machines. Whenever in the vicinity, I marvel at the patience of those wearing colored tee shirts and their ability to keep a straight face.
If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you always got.
Winter arrived last night. Sorta.
The first glimpse out the window this morning revealed a winter wonderland in white. Less perceptive folks might have concluded that snow had fallen. This was a perfect example of freezing fog. Once everything was covered with moisture, the temperature dropped quickly and froze the lot.
Last night I had seen the beginnings of the freeze on the drive home. I had seen this phenomenon on two previous occasions: in Moscow one January night and in Lillehammer during in the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics. Both nights were cloudless. In Moscow, I had the good fortune of being in a car; in Norway, I huddled with others under blankets and layers of clothing to watch the show. (An indoor opening is out of the question.) The air was so cold that the little moisture in the air froze, forming tiny crystals that glistening in the lights. This was how I first glimpsed the Kremlin...
...which has nothing to do with the weather at home. I expect that this is a short guest appearance, because the next front from the west is certain to bring milder temperature. After all, a white Christmas is something unusual in these parts.
Canada is a country easily mocked by American comedians. No one has anything bad to say a-boot the country...except how cold the winters are. Americans ofter claim to be Canadian in foreign countries to avoid being harassed...for being American.
That is why I was surprised to discovered that two stories have been dominating the news in recent weeks. Each is combustive: Alberta’s oil and Toronto’s mayor.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.