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Share Your World – 2015 Week #23 And a Poll

Something a little different this week once more.

For your blog do you basically use Mac or Windows applications.  What type of device laptop, desktop,tablet, phone or pad?

I use my laptop which runs Windows 8. I have two laptops but never use the other one anymore. I also have a PC and a tablet but I don’t seem to use my PC all that much anymore despite having invested in a 21 inch widescreen monitor especially for editing videos. I never use my tablet for blog related stuff, I would never type anything up on a tablet, attempting to do so would drive any reasonable person to mass murder I’m sure. I like my tablet very much, it’s great for videos and surfing the net but I hate using it to even correct mistakes on my blog.

If you were to treat yourself to the “finer things” what would you treat yourself to?

I’m not sure there’s anything I want that would come under that description. More external hard-drives is what I need and want right now. I’ve had my current laptop for about four months now and I’m already out of space. Same thing goes for latest external hard-drive. I suppose the satellite I’ve been dreaming after (it’s not only out of my budget but beyond my limited technical skills) would be the closest thing I want that comes under that description, if not just because of the price tag.

Can you change a car tire?

No, but then I can’t drive either so that’s no loss.

The 4th question this week is answer this poll about “how you would like to see the question formats for Share Your World”.  Feel free to answer the questions in your post too.

I liked the new additions, it’s good to try something new once in a while. Trying new things is not something I do often, not unless there are external forces persuading me to do so. I get very fixated on certain topics and am not the most flexible of people in my thinking, so anything that gets me thinking about things differently is a good thing in my book. The lists was fun, I love to make lists. Completing the sentences was a little more difficult but still fun, if that type of question were to crop up again in the future, I hope I’d be able to be a little more imaginative. To use them as a springboard for a short story, or even just to write about a topic that’s not currently a special interest of mine.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful for the Hansi Flick related collectible that I got. Also for the Champions League final being the feast of football it promised to be, not only that but getting the pre-match interview of Jogi Löw. And getting the very pleasant surprise of seeing Daniel Brühl on the pre-match show. I’m also happy that I finally got around to the task I’ve been putting off since the beginning of the year, I finally got around to sorting out the ever growing pile of papers on my bedroom floor that was starting to take on a life of it’s own. Now they’re gone, it’s all cleaned up, I can see the floor once more and I can get up from my desk without knocking something over each time I do so.

IMG_20150605_210000This week I’m looking forward to Germany playing the USA. Jogi vs. Klinsi which is on Wednesday. At this point they have one victory apiece with the USA winning their first encounter, a friendly back in 2013 and Germany winning the all important World Cup group match in 2014. Two international games to look forward too, plenty of videos and pictures. And to make things even more perfect with this week’s events I can finish off my match-day 34 story. Plus I have an idea for a new project, one that surprisingly has nothing to do with football, in fact it’s not even German related.

Share Your World – 2015 Week #22

Last week was making lists, this week is completing sentences. No less fun but a lot more difficult, I’m glad I stuck with it though, turned out to be fun in the end.

Complete this sentence:  Never In My Life Have I…. been able to say no to Hansi Flick. Or any other handsome German for that matter.

Complete this sentence:  My neighbour wants me to help her…..  build a nuclear fallout shelter in preparation for the impending global conflict. That’s probably a strange answer, I’d like to provide three facts in defense in case anyone thinks it a strange or morbid answer. I was going to go the dead body route but that’s already been done so I had to come up with something else. Also I’ve been playing a lot of Fallout 3 recently and I’m working on a story in which a nuclear holocaust takes place, so it’s not like I was randomly thinking of the subject.

Complete this sentence:  When I was little I wanted… to have a super villain lair under the sea, not unlike Karl Stromberg’s in The Spy Who Loved Me.

Complete this sentence:  Will you come here to… finish this sentence with me. I thought of a few other ways to end this one but I had a feeling they would be funny only to me. Plus I didn’t want more than one special interest related answer.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful that my first ever weekend home alone didn’t go too badly. True I ate too much junk food and stayed up way too late but the house is still standing and I’m in one piece. I also drank my first ever beer, which unfortunately was Polish and not German. The Pokal final was as much fun as it promised to be and I got not one new Jogi video but three. I’m also grateful for being able to see all but one of the previous finals on TV, for getting Jogi videos from all but one of them and for being able to see the Stuttgart/Freiburg semi final from 2013.

This week I’m looking forward to the Champions League final which is on Saturday and to counting down the days till Germany’s next game, just eight days to go now. And only 51 days to go till the 2. Bundesliga resumes.

Share Your World – 2015 Week #21

This week the format is a little different, instead of answering questions it’s list making. Which is cool, it combines two of my favourite things, making lists and what was until Saturday my favourite number, four. I have to say, writing this has helped take my mind off the events of the weekend a little, at least whilst making the lists I hadn’t thought about it at all.

Stuff that makes you laugh:

1. Minions from Despicable Me. I love those guys, I can’t explain why exactly, they are just super cute. I don’t even like the films that much, I just watch them for the minions. So I was glad to find out that they have their own film coming out this summer.

2.  This scene from Inglourious Basterds, gets me every time, it’s one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen:

3. Gifs like these:

Roman - Mainz goal

Freiburg_celebrations_24. And these:

Jogi sings – Deutschland - Ein SommermärchenAngry_Jogi_4_Serbia_gameJogi - goal celebration - Germany v Turkey 2008Jogi und Hansi 2Jogi und Hansi - goal celebration - Poland 2008Angry_Jogi_Hansi_Klose_miss_Germany_v_ArgentinaFavorite actors/actresses:

1. Daniel Brühl.

2. Stellan Skarsgård

3. Michael Shannon

4. Karl Markovics

Fun things for a rainy day:

1.Watching films back to back whilst wrapped in a blanket and eating the sweetest snacks you can find.

2. Same as the above but with reading instead of watching films.

3. Doing nothing in particular, just lying around talking about random things, like film trivia or whatever comes into your head.

4. Building  a blanket fort or cushion wars. Not now, I mean I haven’t done either of those things as a grown up but if the brilliant blanket fort episode of Community is anything to go by, I bet it would still be a lot of fun now:

Movies to cheer you up:

1. The Guard

2. Toy Story

3. Iron Sky

4. Inglourious Basterds

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Be grateful for something, be happy, look forward to something, those things seem impossible right now. What should I be grateful for, that Freiburg finished 17th and not 18th in the table? That they at least had a shot at survival going into the final weekend of the season?

In another post I said I never wanted the season to end, now I really mean that. If the season never ends, Freiburg won’t get relegated and find themselves once more in the 2. Bundesliga. It feels like the end of the world right now. It’s felt that way since around 17:15 on Saturday. It took just five minutes for H96 to score, five minutes to score the goal that would threaten Freiburg’s safety.Seventy five minutes later their relegation was all but confirmed when in the 80th minute a certain Czech defender bundled the ball past his own keeper. Not just relegated, but relegated in a sense at your own hand, or rather foot in this case. There was a false ray of hope just ten minutes later when in the 90th minute Nils Petersen pulled one back. His 90th minute goal against Bayern meant the world last week. Here it wasn’t even a  consolation goal, just a painful reminder of what could have been. How things can change in the space of a week, to go from beating the German champions to losing to a team that won just two games in the second half of the season.

16th May 2015 – Freiburg make a little bit of history and beat Bayern, to make it even sweeter the player who scored the winning goal is a former Bayern player who actually scored his first Bundesliga goal for Bayern against Freiburg. After that most people think they will beat the drop, and I am as happy as can be.

23rd May 2015 – A week after beating the German champions, Freiburg lose to H96 and with that sacrifice their status as a Bundesliga team. The home of the mastermind of Germany’s world cup victory last summer no longer has a team in the top flight.

As for looking forward to anything, if the weekend had gone differently I would be very excited for the DFB Pokal final this weekend. Not just for the game itself, but because in the days leading up to it there are five previous Pokal finals on TV to watch. To make things even more special, I will have the place to myself for the entire weekend. It will be a very Germanic weekend, six games all in German and none of the English only speaking people will be here. How wonderful it would have been, to not hear a word of English all weekend. I am still a little bit happy about that last part, though it seems wrong to feel happy about anything right now.

Share Your World – 2015 Week #20

Questions.

What is the most important thing that you ever learned? (I bet it’s not something you learned in school)

People don’t always mean what they say. Also not to judge a situation or a person based on appearance alone, not to make assumptions about things because they aren’t always what they seem.

What feeds your enthusiasm for life? 

I’m not really sure how to answer that. I think maybe my unquenchable thirst for knowledge and knowing that there’s so much more to learn about, that no matter how quickly I get bored with any of my obsessions there will always be something new to learn about.

What’s your most memorable (good or bad) airplane commercial or private flight?

In real life or in a dream? Because in real life I’ve never flown, not yet. The idea of flying freaks me out. I did however in a dream be in a plane that crashed in a snowy landscape in the middle of nowhere and end up being hunted down by Nazis. Dream or not I think that would top any list of most memorable flights.

If you were a great explorer, what would you explore?

The jungles of south America or something like that. Treasure hunting or looking for lost cities, like Drake in the game Uncharted. To think even bigger and to go over to the realms of science fiction, when I was a kid I wanted to be part of the Star Trek crew (I wanted to be a Vulcan naturally), to explore other planets and meet other species. That would be awesome.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’ll let my screenshots do the talking here, at least for the first question because it really cannot be put into words just how grateful I am for the result of Saturday’s game. It’s the first result that’s the all so important one:

2015_5_19_6_39_26Freiburg - second goal against FCB 4Bundesliga table - 16th MayAs for what I’m looking forward to, it’s the final week of the season, four more days and the torment will be over. Freiburg visit Hannover for the final match in their fight to stay in the Bundesliga. Football aside I’m also very much looking forward to catching up on the latest Danish offering on TV, the drama 1864 which is about the war between Denmark and Prussia. It’s funny, my current special obsession combined with my previous one. With that in mind I decided that my next abandoned book to read will be “The Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia.” It’s a busy but fun filled week, two DFB Pokal finals to watch, a nice new heavy history book to get stuck into and a new Scandinavian show to watch. I just wish it was the third series of The Bridge that was on now, winter is so far away.

Share Your World – 2015 Week #19

The questions.

Would you prefer a one floor house or multiple levels?

A one floor house, even better an open plan type design. That way I would never have to be separated from any of my favourite things and I wouldn’t have to choose between any of my posters and pictures.

If you have a TV, would you prefer the TV in the living room or another room?

I like it better in my bedroom, I would hate watching TV in the living room, people coming back and forth all the time.

When you leave a room, do you turn the lights off behind you or keep the lights on throughout your house most of the time? Explain your answer.

I keep the lights on most of the time, much to everyone else’s annoyance. You know where I’ve been just by following the trail of lights. It’s not because I’m forgetful (well not entirely), it just makes me feel safer, like you know no-one is lurking in the shadows.

What’s your favorite room in your home?

My bedroom. Not because it’s where I spend most of the time or because it’s the quietest place in the house but because it’s where all my books are.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful that Freiburg managed to get at least a point against HSV which means they still have a shot at survival. I’m also grateful that I got to see the film I wanted with my friend and that we both got to enjoy the delights of Mathias Schonearts in said film. Plus I remembered to ask them how their holiday went, thus earning my Hansi star as I originally envisioned it.

This week I’m looking forward to the semi finals of the champions league, in fact Bayern’s game is tonight and there’s only just over an hour till it kicks off. I’m also looking forward to the torment being over, that there’s only two weeks of the league left. Just two more match days and we finally get to find out who survives and who goes down.

One final thing I wanted to share that I’m happy about. I won an auction for something at the weekend, something very special, something that means my mascot will be as well dressed as I am on international match days. Goleo now has his very own four star goalkeeper jersey complete with Neuer on the back:

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Share Your World – 2015 Week #18

This week’s questions.

What type of pets do you have or want?  Or do you not want pets?

I don’t currently have any pets. In the past I’ve had a cat, fish and a few hamsters. If I were to get any new pets I would want something different, something exotic, like an iguana or something.

What was or is your favorite cartoon?

I think Recess would have previously been my favourite cartoon. I don’t watch any shows like that right now, not that I ever did watch a lot of them.

When you’re alone at home, do you wear shoes, socks, slippers, or go barefoot?

Always wear socks, boring but sensible, keeping warm enough is of the utmost importance. Not wearing them is a sure fire of getting sick and I don’t need any help in that department.

Are you a traveler or a homebody? 

Despite the fact that I never really go anywhere, I’d say kind of both because even though I don’t do any actual traveling I do a lot of it in the sense that I like reading books about other countries and love watching foreign films and TV. So I’m always at home but at the same time am always somewhere else.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Not such a good week last week, not very much to be happy about. It started out ok, the DFB Pokal providing plenty of excitement with Dortmund knocking out Bayern and Germany’s games from the 2010 World Cup providing plenty of fun and some great new pictures for my collection. The week did not end well however, the weekend was terrible from the start and just to make things worse, Freiburg lost to fellow relegation rivals Paderborn and then just to add to the misery, Hamburg were able to beat Mainz on Sunday.

The highlight of the week was a nice gift I got in the form of a model of the SC Freiburg bus:

SC Freiburg BusThis week I’m looking forward to seeing Mathias Schoneart’s new film Far From the Madding crowd at the cinema, I’m excited to see the film and also because I get to see it with someone who I know will appreciate it at as much as I will. I’m also somewhat nervously looking forward to Freiburg’s game on Friday, nervous because there are only three games left and they play Hamburg but happy because they are playing on Friday which means the game will be on TV here. Plus it means I can watch Frankfurt’s game live on Saturday which I really want to see because they play host to Hoffenheim.

Share Your World – 2015 Week #17

This week’s questions.

What is your most favorite smell/scent?

I think my favourite would be the smell of a new book, there’s not much in the world that comes close to that.

Do you prefer long hair or short hair for yourself? 

I prefer long hair. Though that’s mostly because I hate having my hair cut and will do anything to avoid having to do so.

Do you plan out things usually or do you do them more spontaneous (for example if you are visiting a big city you don’t know?)

I always have everything planned out, I’m really not a spontaneous kind of person. I’m more of a planning with military precision kind of person, no matter what the event, I’ll have a schedule worked out.

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

Technically I should say playing football but I don’t actually get to play that much outside, so I guess walking would be my favourite outdoor activity.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful that the Baden-Würrtemberg derby was as every bit as entertaining as it promised to be. And that it did not end so badly for Freiburg this time round with them managing to draw 2-2 with their local rivals, instead of them getting hammered 4-1 as they did last time out. I’m also very happy that I got this picture from the match:

Joachim Löw at VfB Stuttgart v SC Freiburg - 25-04-15I’m also happy that I got to see the new Avengers film on the day that it came out and that it wasn’t a disappointment like the first one was.

I’m looking forward to round four of der Klassiker tonight. Less than five hours to go now. It’s the semi finals of the DFB Pokal and the final time that Dortmund will face Bayern with Jürgen Klopp at the helm. And to the other semi final tomorrow night. With the first I have no idea who I want to win, I really can’t choose. But I know who I’m rooting for in the second, same as everyone else (bar Wolfsburg and Bayern fans who might want to face Wolfsburg in the final to get revenge for the defeat in January) I’m rooting for the underdogs Arminia Bielefeld. Of course I have an extra reason for rooting for Wolfsburg’s opponents because they knocked out Freiburg in the quarter finals. From a neutral perspective, it would be brilliant, to see a third division side reaching the final.

I’m also looking forward to continuing my abandoned books project. An idea that was borne partly out of boredom and partly out of guilt (at having bought so many books and then forgotten about them) it involves picking out one of these books each week and actually reading them.

Versatile Blogger Award

I’ve been putting off writing this, simply because I was obsessing over the best way to thank the person who nominated me, which was threehandsoneheart.

I had an outline for the rest of the post, but I couldn’t stop fixating on that one troublesome little point. As usual I was over thinking it, sometimes the simplest way really is the best way to do something. So I’m simply going to say, thank you for nominating me. I’m happy that you did so and that you found my writings here worthy of such a thing. I enjoy reading your blog and have learnt many interesting things from it. I know that there is something of a divide between autistic adults and parents of children with autism but I can honestly say that I’ve learnt a lot from reading your perspective on such topics.

As per the rules, I’ve acknowledged the person who nominated me, now I have to share seven facts about myself. Before that I have to say that I like that it’s seven facts you have to share, seven being a favourite number of mine. I wasn’t sure what to put here exactly, the rules don’t specify what you should share so here are seven random facts:

1. I’m crazy about German football, in particular SC Freiburg. Wherever they find themselves they are my team, from now until the end of time. Whether they by flying high in the Bundesliga and coming close to qualifying for the Champions League, fighting a relegation battle (as they currently are) or fighting once more to regain promotion to the top flight, they are my one and only.

2. After watching football, my absolute favourite thing to do in the world is making videos of Jogi Löw and Hansi Flick.

3. Some of my not so secret ambitions in life are: to work for the German post office (or something of a similar nature), to be an SC Freiburg season ticket holder, to have a pair of androids and to own a pair of Jogi Löw’s boots.

4. I love to collect things and own an insane amount of collectibles including the following: two pairs of Hansi Flick’s boots, a goalkeeper glove signed by Manuel Neuer, way too many German stamps, a gigantic display banner of Colonel Hans Landa from Inglourious Basterds, an action figure of the same character, and one of Dr King Schultz from Django Unchained, an authentic border guard uniform from the former DDR and two signed footballs, one signed by Jogi Löw and former Germany keeper Jens Lehmann and one signed by Hansi Flick. And far too many German football shirts and t-shirts.

5. My favourite German words are: Mannschaft, Spitzname, Spieler, Schiedsrichter, Torwart, zwanzig, elf, Stürmer, Verteidiger, Trikot, Hemd, Gelegenheit, Tor, konzentration, Kino, Vorbereitung, Sammelkarten and of course Bundestrainer. Before anyone states the obvious, yes almost all of those are football related, I guess it really shows that I learned a lot of my German from watching football.

6. My four favourite films ever are The Lives of Others, The Big Lebowksi, Inglourious Basterds and Rush.

7. My heroes are Saga Noren and The Dude (football heroes aside that is).

Here are the blogs I’ve nominated, I’m not going to give a reason why for each one, not because there isn’t one but because I’ve spent enough time obsessing over the rest of this, and I don’t want another thing to fixate on and use as an excuse not to get this finished. Rest assured I have of course picked blogs that I like or that I feel like I’ve learnt something valuable from:

Square Peg in A Round Hole

Neuro-Typical? No Way!

My Blue Aspie Island

No Talent for Certainty

Simple. I Just Do.

366 Days of Autism

 

Share Your World – 2015 Week #15

This week’s questions.

Regarding your fridge, is it organized or a mess inside?

My part of the fridge is organized, the rest of it not so much. You’re not allowed to mess with other people’s stuff, even when it’s to tidy it up. Drives me nuts but rules are rules.

Have you ever been a participant in a parade? What did you do?

No, never.

How do you stand out from the crowd?

I don’t, or at least I try not to.  Apparently my headphones can be somewhat attention attracting though, they are white and have the DFB logo on them. They once resulted in a conversation which I rather would have avoided. Sometimes my t-shirts can be eye-catching too, I have a lot of cool t-shirts, film, TV and football related.  I know it’s a bit contradictory, to wear such eye-catching t-shirts when I usually want to go unnoticed and be left alone but I like them.

This one is my current favourite:

Jogi t-shirt

How many bones, if any, have you broken?

Despite my many accidents, I’ve never had the misfortune of breaking a bone. Not that I know of anyway.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful that Freiburg didn’t lose against Schalke on Saturday and that Sunday provided two exceptionally exciting games to watch. I’m looking forward to a very quiet week because it’s the end of the Easter break which means I’ll finally get the place to myself for a decent amount of time.  Plus there’s Champions League action this week, Bayern visit Porto and Barcelona face PSG.

I’m also grateful that my stickers finally got here:

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And this is from this week, but I’m so happy about it that I want to put it here anyway, the boots I’ve been worrying about and pining over are finally here:

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Share Your World – 2015 Week #14

This week’s questions:

What type of music relaxes you the most or do you prefer silence?

Depends on what kind of mood I’m in, I find classical music can be very relaxing when I’m trying to get to sleep. And at other times country and western.

Show us a two of your favorites photographs?  Explain why they are your favorite.   If you are not a photographer, think of a two favorite scenes in your life and tell us about them.

Two favourite scenes, this is hard, to pick just two and to avoid the temptation of picking anything football related.  I don’t know if it’s a favourite but I can picture it so I’m going with it, as a kid on my bike, not going anywhere in particular, just spending the whole afternoon riding around. I like the thought of that aimless wandering, that feeling of not having to be anywhere, not having to be anything other than what you are. Being left alone, total freedom. It’s weird how when you’re a kid that feels like freedom to you, being able to go where you want on your bike, it’s strange how small your view of the world was back then.

The second scene I can picture are those wonderful Sunday afternoons I used to spend reading and writing. To think that I voluntarily spent a whole afternoon without a gadget of some kind and with no TV. How I miss that, when your travels were limited only by your imagination.

What is your favorite tradition? (family tradition, church tradition, whatever)

I have many traditions and rituals, I have a routine for practically everything I consider important.  But which is my favourite, well my favourite isn’t actually mine, it’s the traditions that are observed when an international football match takes place. I like the lining up of the teams and the singing of the anthems, that is the German anthem. Why do I like it so much? Well it combines two of my favourite things, lining things up and German. I’m also very fond of my own match-day routine.

If you could go back and talk to yourself at age 18 what advice would you give yourself?  Or if you are younger than 25 what words of wisdom would you like to tell yourself at age 50?

I don’t want to even think that far ahead, that freaks me out. I can’t answer that. My joke answer, I’m a time traveler and therefore don’t need to tell myself anything, I know everything already.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful that Freiburg beat Köln 1-0, that I got quite a bit done in terms of writing and that despite being tired, I’m happy in general and with how the week went. I’m looking forward to the impending delivery of my Serbian stickers from Italy and to this week being as good as the end of last week was. I’m also looking forward to seeing Daniel Brühl’s new film at the cinema on Friday.