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Advent Calendar Day 1: King Jogi

Things haven’t exactly been good on the writing front (or any other for that matter) so taking on the challenge of posting every day may not be the best thing to do right now. Not least because the challenge is incomplete anyway because for reasons I don’t understand it proved impossible to get a Freiburg calendar. At first that gave me the perfect excuse not to even bother trying doing this, though I didn’t really need an excuse. The same excuse I use for everything else these days probably would have sufficed, that is the excuse of “I can’t be bothered.”

But seeing the contents of the DFB advent calendar I decided I had to at least give it a shot, even more so when behind door number one I got Jogi’s sticker and Manuel Neuer’s card. In place of the Freiburg calendar I had to get something and seeing as how the Bayern one was too expensive and there’s no reason to get a Dortmund one anymore I took the only logical option, I went with Matze and got a Borussia Mönchengladbach one. Though on that count I was to be disappointed because the Gladbach one is not like the Freiburg one at all, there are no cute little faces behind the doors, just wrapped pieces of chocolate. As for Freiburg whilst I may not have them in chocolate form this year I won’t be abandoning them, even though it looks like they are destined to spend Christmas in the relegation places again and relegation itself is looking more and more definite with every passing weekend. It’s not a lot of fun watching them at the moment but I’m not going to abandon them just because of that. I could never envision following another team anyway, so no matter what I wanted I’m with them.

Ever since I got back from London I’ve been saying I’d write a post about the trip and the game, and post pictures of the autographs I was lucky enough to get. Not to forget the pictures I got of Jogi which are even more precious. But like so many other things I just let it slide. It’s not just that I don’t care about anything, it’s that I can’t even pretend I care. So since I got back I’ve pretty much done nothing. Unless you count of course writing extremely depressing stories late at night when I should be asleep, that I have no problem doing. The helpful insight I got from someone on that count was “maybe you’re writing depressing stuff because that’s how you feel.” No really, because I hadn’t worked that out. Just how stupid do people think I am? Anyway that sounds suspiciously like the beginnings of a rant so I’ll stop that there. Point is I haven’t done a whole lot, I’ve kept up with my Jogi videos but it doesn’t feel the same anymore. It feels like I’m just doing it because I don’t know what else to do. Which is pretty much how everything else feels too.

I’ve tried to resist the temptation of simply sleeping all day but it’s not easy, especially when I can’t get a decent amount of sleep at night. So that I don’t get stuck thinking obsessive thoughts I’ve been spending a lot of time reading, that’s probably the only good thing to come out of all this. The fact I’ve started reading like I used to again. I can’t even remember the last time I got through ten books in a month. That was my target for November, to read ten books. Just so I didn’t feel like a complete failure and that I could at least do that.

Though even that has slowed down over the past few days. All of a sudden out of nowhere everything just came to a shuddering halt, reality once more making it’s presence felt and reminding me that life sucks and this is the way things are. Almost like the universe is putting me back in my place, reminding me not to be too happy after all the excitement of the London trip. It doesn’t seem like it at all right now but I had been trying hard not to feel sorry for myself. But the truth is things have been slipping and I can’t ignore it anymore. Stuff is piling up everywhere, both in a physical and a virtual sense. I dare not even look at my main e-mail inbox anymore because from the few times I have been brave enough to take a peek I’ve seen the ever growing piles of increasingly irate messages.  I should have known something was really wrong when I stopped opening, sorting and otherwise dealing with my sticker collection. When I don’t care about or have energy for simple repetitive tasks like that then I know I’m really in trouble. But still I keep collecting things because what else would I do? I don’t know how to do anything else. It’s not like I’m going to go outside and make friends or something, there is no real life to be had. It’s the collectibles and the stories or nothing. Maybe if I wait this out they’ll make me feel happy again, like they used to do.

Thinking too Much

I haven’t written anything for the past few days, I’ve had ideas but every time I actually sit down to get started nothing happens. I decided to write something today because I’m worried I might get out of the habit. Taking a break from something is not necessarily a bad thing but with the way I feel it wouldn’t be a good idea. At the moment if I stop doing something then it’s very difficult to get back to it. I take any excuse to get out of something and then can’t get used to it again. Other than writing top of the list is being around other people. I can’t say I’m lonely because I have no idea how I feel or what I want. None of it makes any sense to me but then when do feelings ever make sense. I’m sure I’m putting too much thought into the matter. It’s a bad habit of mine. Self reflection can be a good thing but like everything else I take it to the extreme. Surely there’s a balance to be found between my obsessive over analysing and not thinking about or dealing with reality at all. If there is I haven’t found that equilibrium yet.

On the matter of thinking too much I wasn’t quite sure what pensive meant so I looked it up in the dictionary, only I didn’t find the definition there helpful so I googled it instead. I shouldn’t have done that because doing so created another thing for me to overthink. There’s so many different definitions and so many of them say different things. So how do I know which one of them is right? It made me think, how many other words are there that you use but don’t really know what they mean? Sometimes the entire English language feels that way, as if I don’t know what I’m saying, just that it’s the right thing to say. All this because I wasn’t sure what a word meant. At least it’s not as bad as yesterday. I went to see a film called Our Kind of Traitor and I really wish I hadn’t bothered. I didn’t enjoy the film and I now hate the sight of Ewan McGregor, plus it made me dislike Stellan Skarsgard which is not a good thing at all. What bothered me the most is the fact halfway through the film I started thinking about what the point of being there was. What was the point of seeing a film which just reminded me of several other films. Why bother watching films at all. Such thoughts of course led to me thinking why bother doing anything. I wasn’t in such a bad mood when I went out so I don’t know exactly where all those thoughts came from. At least if you cry at the cinema no-one bothers you and it was a film which had some sad moments too so I had a good excuse.

I can’t solve that mystery right now but at least I’ve written something today anyway, so the day’s not a total write off. Though even if I hadn’t done it wouldn’t have been anyway. No matter what else happened today could not have been a bad day, not when I got the all so special addition to my collection. Is it crazy? Beyond any doubt. Could the money have been better spent? Absolutely. But no amount of logic was going to stop me from getting this collectible. Getting it doesn’t fix everything, the happiness it provides will be short-lived, I know that. But I don’t want to think too deeply about it, that always leads to trouble. Right now I just want to enjoy how happy I am at getting this wonderfully awesome addition to my collection and to look forward to the DFB Pokal final which is on Saturday night. I would say I’ve crossed a line by buying a shirt actually worn by Jogi Löw but then I did that a long time ago. About eleven months ago to be exact. Back then I obtained a training shirt which once belonged to Hansi Flick. So in the words of Joey from Friends “Over the line, you’re so far over the line you can’t even see the line. The line is a dot to you.” I said a while ago when I bought my first white shirt that I wasn’t that kind of obsessive, making it clear that it was a shirt like Jogi’s, not actually his. This time however it really is his. So I guess I was wrong about that. I suppose there’s little difference between this and buying a Ginter match-worn football shirt. I mean it’s not like I’d ever get such a thing of Jogi’s so I guess this is the next best thing. Or maybe that’s just my attempt at rationalizing what is obviously a crazy addition, even for me. Either way, who cares. There’s not a lot which makes me happy in life, even if it’s only temporary I’ll take it. I think actually this is all there may be, this is what life is. Real life makes me unhappy or something goes wrong, then I get a new collectible or see a great match and then forget all about reality for a while.

20160519_17493120160519_175054It’s not the only collectible I’ve gotten recently, the other one is a great deal smaller but no less important. No matter how bad I felt yesterday I could not fail to be cheered up by this. Finally I got my very own Lego Man Jogi. I still can’t stop thinking how they missed an opportunity, Lego Man Hansi would have been brilliant. Him and Jogi standing side by side, just like it should always be, even in Lego form. As things stand there is of course no Lego figure of Hansi but then there’s not one of Schneider either which I’m naturally grateful for. Instead Jogi is standing next to Manuel Neuer. It bugs me that they’re all the same height, Manuel Neuer is way taller than everyone else but not in Lego form. I’m overthinking this I know but then what else is new.

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Die Nationalmannschaft 2010 & 2012 sticker albums

With the domestic season drawing to a close it seems like a good time to finally get around to opening the two Germany albums I got last year. especially seeing as how I don’t have my hardback copy of the Euro 2016 album yet. The main selling points of these two is that there’s Jogi stickers and a few Hansi ones. Though annoyingly Hansi doesn’t get a page to himself, in the 2010 album he shares a page with Andreas and Oliver. In the 2012 edition they dispensed with this completely, there’s just one page for Jogi, though Hansi is in some of the stickers. One other thing which displeased me was the fact I got both of Hansi’s stickers before I even started, they were inside the album. I would have liked to find them in the packets myself. I know it’s not the first time I’ve seen the stickers, I have a copy already which is signed by Hansi but it still would have been nice.

Pictures of both albums and my favourite stickers so far, the stickers are in the order I found them, they aren’t ordered by who I like the most:

20160514_164320 20160514_164345 20160514_164404 20160514_164443 20160514_164458 20160514_164518 20160514_164530 20160514_164543Joachim Löw & Hansi Flick – die Nationalmannschaft 2012 sticker Lukas Podolski – die Nationalmannschaft 2012 sticker Mesut Özil – die Nationalmannschaft 2012 sticker Thomas Müller – die Nationalmannschaft 2012 sticker Toni Kroos – die Nationalmannschaft 2012 sticker Joachim Löw – die Nationalmannschaft 2012 sticker20160514_164702 20160514_164738 20160514_164803 20160514_211954Manuel Neuer - Deutsche Nationalmannschaft 2010 stickerLukas Podolski - Deutsche Nationalmannschaft 2010 stickerManuel Neuer 2 - Deutsche Nationalmannschaft 2010 stickerJoachim Löw – Deutsche Nationalmannschaft 2010 stickerLukas Podolski - Deutsche Nationalmannschaft 2010 sticker 2Miroslav Klose - Deutsche Nationalmannschaft 2010 sticker

DFB Sammelalbum 2016

Out of all the collections I’ve started this year the DFB album has to be my favourite and not just because with only 36 cards it’s going to be easy to complete. It’s mainly because I get to start the collection from scratch and not long after it’s released rather than after the fact like the 2014 collection. Plus all my favourites are there, not only Manuel but Matze and Jonas too. Though I don’t have Jonas’ card yet. With only 36 cards it’ll be none too difficult to complete but if you’re collecting glitter cards then it’s double the amount. I have three of them so far, Thomas Müller, Mesut Özil and Emre Can. I have three of Jogi but no glitter version yet. Better luck next time I guess, I bought 50 packs the first time round. I’ll have to think about buying 100 next time. I know you can buy the glitter cards on eBay but I thought it would be cool to find one myself. As for the regular versions I’ve got 25 out of the 36 so far, when I’ve got the remaining eleven I’ll upload them all in a separate post. For now just three of my favourites so far and pictures of the album:

Joachim Löw – DFB card 2016Matthias Ginter – DFB card 2016Manuel Neuer – DFB card 201620160504_202219 20160504_201823 20160504_201839 20160504_201922

Hope

The main thing I was hoping that would happen this week is now an impossibility because Bayern were knocked out on Tuesday night and Man City lost to Real Madrid earlier tonight. It would have been all so perfect and not just because it would have seen Pep Guardiola going up against his new club. I was thinking of a it a little differently, what I found so amusing about the prospect of Bayern reaching the final is related to where it’s being held. This year’s final is being held in Italy so it would have been perfect for a German team to be there. A few months ago Germany beat Italy for the first time in 21 years and it happens to be the year the Champions League final is being held in Italy. Not to mention the fact that last year the final was in Berlin and Juventus an Italian team were the runners-up. Now it’s an all Spanish affair, whichever way it goes the trophy will be going to Madrid. There is at least a German still in the competition in the form of Toni Kroos for Real Madrid.

Despite the disappointment the week and indeed the night is not a total loss, not least because I got not one but two Jogi interviews. But the reason the week is not lost is an even better reason. Today I got the new DFB album and 50 packs of cards. So far I’ve got three of Jogi, two of Matze and Manuel. And I hate to say it, two of Schneider as well.

Joachim Löw – DFB card 2016Matthias Ginter – DFB card 2016 Manuel Neuer – DFB card 2016Football aside my biggest hope for this week is avoiding doing anything else particularly stupid between now and the end of the week. I already have all my stupid planned for the rest of the week, one more insane obsession related decision which I’ve committed to. It’s absurd enough to fill my stupid quotient for the week, enough for the month really but I can’t say no, not to the possibility of such a unique addition to my collection. Speaking of collections there’s one other thing I’m hoping for, the safe arrival of my Jogi advertising board. I keep obsessively checking the tracking status of it. I don’t know why because it hasn’t changed in the last 24 hours. But it’s freaking me out, the updates are not helpful at all. It went from telling me it’s on it’s way to saying “it hasn’t arrived yet.” It’s really freaking me out because both updates show the same location, how can it be on it’s way and then not have arrived. I can’t bear to think they may have lost it, surely it has to be a glitch of some kind. And it has to be the one courier company that is renowned for not being able to speak to an actual human being. Last time I dealt with them it was a shipment of German food they failed to deliver, it did eventually show up but had it not done I could have gotten over that. This on the other hand is a one of a kind collectible, not the kind of thing you get over. I know I shouldn’t be thinking so negatively but that is easier said than done.

Euro 2016 Schoolshop Album

I haven’t completed the qualifications album yet but I’m not wasting any time in getting started on the album for the tournament itself. Not the Panini one, I don’t have that just yet. This one is another Serbian one which thankfully has a lot less stickers than the previous installment. It has it’s good points and bad points, the main good point being the fact it has a sticker of Joachim Löw. The bad point is the baffling decision to include Kevin Volland instead of Max Kruse, also there’s no sticker for Matthias Ginter. Hopefully there’s one of him in the Panini album, I could find out now but I’d rather wait until I actually get it. Matze not being in there doesn’t detract too much from my favourite thing about it though, the fact Manuel Neuer is not only on the front cover but is on the front of one of the sticker packets too:

IMG_20160316_173228IMG_20160316_174734Manuel Neuer - Euro 2016 Schoolshop sticker packetI’ve only opened the ten packets which came with the album so far and in there were two Germans, Mats Hummels and Thomas Müller. I suppose it would have been too much to hope for Jogi or Manuel in the first lot of packets:

Mats Hummels - Germany - Euro 2016 Schoolshop sticker Thomas Müller - Germany - Euro 2016 Schoolshop stickerOn the subject of the qualifiers album whilst I haven’t completed it I have at least managed to get all the Germany stickers:

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Out of Order/A Petersen Dream

One of the reasons I kept putting off catching up with the Bundesliga posts is the thought of doing something out of order bothered me. It’s only when I realised that both options bother me and I’m the only one it bothers anyway did I realise it didn’t matter. Giving it some more thought I realised there’s another reason it’s not so important, I write fiction out of order so why not other stuff too? If I can live with writing stories out of order then I can live with this too. Besides everything else right now is all wrong anyway so it doesn’t really matter. It’s just one more thing to feel uncomfortable about. But I’m not stressing out about it or anything right now which is a nice feeling. The only bothersome thought on my mind is one which should be there, Freiburg’s game tonight with league leaders RB Leipzig.

The weekend has been a good one and pleasantly a very quiet one because the house has been a teenager free zone all weekend. I’ve always worried I would find living by myself too quiet, that the silence would get to me. Now I’m starting to feel a little differently about it. It was kind of nice. Besides having plenty of quiet time for reading there was also the fun of der Klassiker and the excitement of getting a new Jogi interview. With that and all the stickers I got at the weekend I can’t have any complaints really. My sleeping patterns are still far from perfect but there’s always going to be something that’s not quite right.

I did however get some sleep last night, too much in fact. But I’m not complaining because of the dream I had. I’m not sure if I’ve ever had  a dream with Nils Petersen in before. Not just him but also Karim Guede, Andre Schürrle and Julian Draxler. The scenario was a very strange one and had it not been for their presence it would have been a nightmare, dreams which are school based usually are. But not this time. The main event of note was some unknown person pointing out that Petersen was wearing a Freiburg shirt, which he was. Weirdly it was inside out. The person said they could tell because they could see the eagle. This makes no sense because it’s a griffin Freiburg have on their shirts, not an eagle which is what Eintracht Frankfurt have on theirs. At that point Petersen who was sitting across from me leaned over and offered his hand for a high five, saying that we were “t-shirt buddies” because I was wearing the same Freiburg shirt as him, the home red and black one.

It’s really random but then so is everything else, including the presence of Draxler and Schürrle. Had it been their fellow Wolfsburg players Max Kruse and Daniel Caliguri it would have made sense, since both of them have played for Freiburg. But I can’t work out why they would be there or what it could mean. I wonder if the money aspect has anything to do with it. Because obviously money would have been one of the chief motivators for both of them in moving to Wolfsburg. Or is it a message about being careful with your expectations of something. Because last season Wolfsburg had a great season, finishing second in the league, qualifying directly for the Champions League and winning the DFB Pokal. And they started off this season by beating Bayern in the Supercup final. So far that’s been their only major success, along with getting through to the knockout stages of the Champions League and the winter signing of Julian Draxler. The league form however has been terrible and nowhere near as good as last year. Maybe that’s the message, one good year doesn’t necessarily mean another one is going to follow.

Whatever it means and however tonight’s game goes I already have my consolation prize. Two new Jogi related clippings and some new Bundesliga stickers including the Heidenheim kits (important because of Niederlechner), Max Kruse and best of all Manuel Neuer. Just to round things off I secured a deal which will see me get Niederlechner’s Heidenheim card. I hope that’s a good omen for tonight.

Joachim Löw – Hugo Boss ad Joachim Löw – Bitburger ad 1.FC Heidenheim - Badge - Bundesliga 2015-16 sticker Max Kruse - VfL Wolfsburg - Bundesliga 2015-16 sticker Manuel Neuer - Bayern München - Bundesliga 2015-16 sticker

The Day of Stickers & the Missing Jogi Sticker

Seeing as how I’ve not been able to properly get started on my winter soldier story I thought I’d have a sticker day instead. I finally got round to sorting out my stack of Champions League stickers in which Manuel Neuer was lurking and to open some World Cup 2010 ones. But the best of the lot came in the last of the Deutschland sammelt Deutschland packets. I finally have number 200, Joachim Löw’s sticker. I was worried I’d never get it, down to the last sixteen packets and he was in the ninth of the ten I opened:

Joachim Löw – Deutschland sammelt Deutschland stickerManuel Neuer – FC Bayern München – CL 2013-14 sticker Philipp Lahm - Deutschland - WM 2010 sticker Per Mertesacker - Deutschland - WM 2010 sticker Lukas Podolski - Deutschland - WM 2010 sticker Jabulani match-ball - WM 2010 stickerOpening and sorting those stickers is only one of two constructive things I’ve done today. As well as this I wrote three new Matze pages, it’s proving to be slow going. As it turns out fictional three year olds are almost as much work as real ones. Of course it would have been difficult to get anything else done seeing as I’ve only just gotten up. But I’m not despairing over that, today and tomorrow aren’t so important. Thursday is the big day this week when Dortmund play Porto in the Europa League, the first knockout stage. I love the symmetry of sorts there. Dortmund are playing Porto who got knocked out by Bayern in last season’s Champions League and Bayern are playing Juventus who knocked out Dortmund last season. Even when Bayern and Dortmund aren’t in the same competition they’re connected somehow. I was disappointed when I realised Bayern weren’t playing this week but now I’m not. Because they’re playing next week, on the 23rd which is perfect because it’s the day before Hansi’s birthday. Who knows I might get a story out of it.  As for getting good night’s sleep this is just a glitch, I’m not reverting back to a vampire schedule. I want to but I’m not going to let that happen. Nor am I obsessing over the meaning of it all. Instead I’m focused on something quite different, a figurine I came across of Bucky. I badly want it but I don’t know if I should allow myself to spend so much money on something which I won’t actually get any use out of. Making my decision all the harder is the fact I have another figurine made by the same company of Hans Landa, and it is awesome. So I know it would be worth the money in terms of how great it will look. I’ll probably end up getting it if I can get the money together in time. I couldn’t resist the Landa one after all.

Advent Calendar Day 22: Weihnachtsgruß von Joachim Löw/King Neuer

Behind door number 22 in the Freiburg advent calendar was Spanish defender Marc Torejon. As the title suggests I finally have Manuel Neuer’s DFB card and he was well worth the wait. And joining them from the Dortmund calendar is Henrikh Mhkitaryan:

Manuel Neuer - DFB 2015-16 card 1 Manuel Neuer - DFB 2015-16 card 2 Henrikh Mhkitaryan - Dortmund advent calendarAs well as these I also have Christmas greetings from Jogi Löw, from a short but sweet little video from the DFB site:

Weihnachtsgruß von Joachim Löw 1 Weihnachtsgruß von Joachim Löw 2Yesterday I was angry, today I’m just confused. I can make no more sense of why I was angry today than I could yesterday. At least I’m in a slightly better mood, the weather has something to do with that. It’s been raining all day long. I didn’t wake up angry at least which is a good thing. Though I didn’t manage to get to sleep by a decent hour, in bed but not asleep. That’s not so good but I don’t have any real complaints about that because of how the time was spent. I couldn’t get to sleep so easily so I turned to a tried and trusted method. I wrote a Matze adventure, at best it would help me to figure out why I was angry, at worst it would at least give me something to do with said anger. It didn’t help me work out why but it must have helped on some level because I did fall asleep eventually. It is a shame however that I spent the whole day asleep, had I not done do I would have had the place to myself all day.

Last week I was confused as to what day it was because of my odd sleeping patterns and because of the DFB Pokal. Now I’m equally confused though I don’t have football to blame, at least not in quite the same way. One way it is to blame is that there’s no countdown to match-day, because there isn’t one. Not yet anyway, for the Bundesliga it’s at the end of January and the 2.B the beginning of February. Last night after I’d finished writing the post I was working on and decided that an early night was best all of a sudden I wanted to stay up all night and I had plenty of ideas I could have started working on. But I didn’t and I can’t help but wonder if staying up would have been a better option. Truth is it probably wouldn’t, it doesn’t really matter. Stay up and it would have felt wrong and I would have been annoyed with myself, spend the day in bed as I did and the same would still be true. Whatever I do these days it feels wrong.

In fact I’m not sure what I’m doing right now is right. Today or tomorrow depending on your perspective, to me it feels very much like tomorrow because of how late I got up, I’m going to see Star Wars and to finish off the last of my Christmas shopping. I have no idea where sleep fits into the equation, if at all. I don’t even know if I’m tired or not. I’m not really sure how I feel or what it means. My head feels strange but then it has done these past few weeks. All I can think is that I wish I could cancel, maybe still do the shopping part but not the cinema part. I’m not particularly enthused about being in the presence of another person nor having to focus on a film for 135mins. I wish I could stay at home and half watch several films whilst typing up more story notes. That’s what I plan to do when I finish this post. I have Big Hero 6 on right now, I still don’t like the film that much but Baymax is still awesome. The scene at the police station is comedic genius, the tape and then Baymax acting like he’s drunk because he needs charging, funny beyond words. And him sitting there holding the cat, “hairy baby.”Like I said too funny for words.

I may not know how I feel or if I’m doing the right thing right now, or what to do about the final sticker for my Road to Euro 2016 album but I do know one thing for sure. The Book Thief is definitely the book I’m going to read next. I can test my theory as to whether or not the plot point which bugs me does so enough to compromise my enjoyment of it. After how trying The Man from Berlin has been it’ll be a nice change of pace, reading something which is very familiar. Plus it has a very pleasing easily readable feel to it anyway which will help. I’m down to the last eighty pages of The Man from Berlin now, all the pieces are starting to come together. I know who the killers are and for one of them I know the reason why. But I still don’t feel like I know the main character any better or understand his motivations. It just all feels very generic and it doesn’t do it’s setting any justice. The Kite Runner for example got me interested in Afghanistan and created a genuine enthusiasm for the country and it’s history.  And whilst I didn’t like the main character at all I was at least invested in finding out what happened to him. Not so with Gregor Reinhardt, I really don’t care. The only thing driving me to finish the book is my need to complete everything. Maybe The Kite Runner should be next on my list after The Book Thief, I haven’t read it in a while. Over Christmas I usually have a video game marathon but I’m not very interested in gaming right now. I think a stack of books is the way to go. It’ll be the better option I think, reading doesn’t give my mind the opportunity to wander like gaming does. Plus it’ll be good to have some screen free time and to make some headway on my ever growing to read pile. I got an unexpected gift today in the form of some extra Christmas money. I could be responsible and put it in the bank or I could visit the second hand book-store and pick up a few random and interesting titles. Obviously it’s the latter I’ve decided upon, I can be responsible in January. Right now I want to buy some more books.

Late Night Wanderings

These past few days I’ve spent more time awake at night than in the day, an arrangement which seems to have suited me fine so far. It is however something which is in the process of being straightened out. Though I’m happy to say I don’t have to get up early on either Saturday or Sunday because thankfully Freiburg are playing this afternoon when they visit their neighbours 1.FC Heidenheim. It’s strange, because now I’m actually happy it’s Friday.

Last week wasn’t entirely a disaster, I did get to see Jogi on TV on Thursday and more importantly Freiburg beat Paderborn 4-1 on Sunday. I would say it was an important game but then there are no unimportant games, not when the situation at the top of the table is so tight. Sunday’s game wasn’t just about taking all three points, keeping pace with RB Leipzig and regaining their place at the top of the table. Nor was it just about breaking their streak of three games without a win or about putting right the defensive issues they’ve been having lately. No this was about bragging rights. Because the last time Freiburg met Paderborn they were both in the Bundesliga. Paderborn won that encounter 2-1. Nils Petersen scored Freiburg’s goal, a fact I note with much happiness because he didn’t just score one goal this past Sunday, but three of them.

Freiburg have dealt with their relegation a lot better than Paderborn have. They like Paderborn lost quite a few players but unlike them they’ve rebuilt the team relatively quickly. But then that’s to be expected in a way because Freiburg have been in this situation before, they know the routine. It’s Christian Streich’s first time in this situation with the club, but the club itself has been here before. Whereas for Paderborn last season was their first ever foray into the Bundesliga. No-one would have expected them to be contenders for promotion straight back to the top flight but they shouldn’t be struggling as badly as they are. Punching above your weight is not always a good thing. As fun as the first half of their one and only season in the Bundesliga was (and it did have some highlights for them) it has to be said it was a disaster for them. At one point early in the season they got to briefly top the table but of course it was not to last. In the interests of fairness I have to point out that one major disadvantage for them is that they are now without the man who took them up in the first place with Breitenreiter at Schalke now whereas Freiburg still have Christian Streich at the helm. But still, part of it is their own fault, it’s understandable that they had to let some players go but they’ve done little to fill those gaps. Freiburg on the other hand have for the most part adequately addressed such issues.

I’m certain that had Freiburg not won I wouldn’t be quite so content with how the end of the week went, nor would I be so relaxed about everything else. That’s not an entirely good thing, being so unconcerned with everything. In some regards I need to pay a little more attention, for one thing I need to be more careful with how I spend my money. I’m not unhappy with my purchase, or with any of them in fact, one of them in particular I’m most pleased about. It also happens to be the one that’s the most troublesome, a match worn Freiburg shirt of one Matthias Ginter. I know it was stupid and very reckless buying it, but I just had to have it.

This week is the first full week after the international break. It all still feels very strange though in a different way to the weekend. Now it feels like the beginning of last week didn’t even happen, it’s just a blank. I remember Friday, though given how Dortmund played I really don’t want to. I remember the rest of the weekend too, but all that came before it is just gone. I don’t know if I did that, if I won’t allow myself to remember or if I really don’t, either way it’s just gone. It’s as if the week started with Friday.

I think my sleeping patterns have likely contributed to this fact, going to sleep and waking up in the same day can be confusing. Things are slowly but surely starting to come together, with each passing day it’s less of an issue. I just have to try and keep things straight, to not make the same mistake as last weekend. No more stupidity is required, though that’s easier said than done. Hopefully I used up all my stupid quota with the purchase of Ginter’s shirt and with my errors yesterday. I’m not sure quite what I was thinking there, volunteering to spend time with someone else in the middle of all this. Going out was a good thing, I needed to get outside even if the film was tedious. But then I had no expectations otherwise, I just wanted to see Sebastian Koch in something at the cinema. I have to admit though I did get a kick out of their strange decision not to subtitle the scenes in German. It was kind of nice, knowing what’s being said whilst the others don’t. For the simple reason it’s normally me who doesn’t know what’s going on in a situation or can’t follow a conversation. so it’s nice to be on the other side of it.

Seeing Sebastian at the cinema was great but it was not the highlight of my week. There are three other things that got there first. Getting Manuel Neuer’s sticker for the FIFA 365 album is first.

Manuel Neuer - FIFA 365 stickerSecond is the new signed Jogi picture I got:

Joachim Löw – VfB Stuttgart signed photoAnd third and lastly is Thomas Müller’s goal celebration from Bayern’s midweek Champions League game. Müller is quite the character and has provided many amusing goal celebrations and is a constant source of amusement but he still manages to surprise me. He chose to celebrate his goal this time with a very gentlemanly handshake with  Arjen Robben, I like his attention to detail, the fact he took off his glove first:

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