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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

DFB Cards 2016 – Part 2

Bastian Schweinsteiger – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Bastian Schweinsteiger – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Sami Khedira – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Sami Khedira – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Ilkay Gündogan – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Ilkay Gündogan – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Christoph Kramer – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Christoph Kramer – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Thomas Müller– die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Thomas Müller– die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Mario Götze – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Mario Götze – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Toni Kroos – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Toni Kroos – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Mesut Özil – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Mesut Özil – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Lukas Podolski – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Lukas Podolski – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Marco Reus – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Marco Reus – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Karim Bellarabi – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Karim Bellarabi – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Leroy Sane – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Leroy Sane – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Andre Schürrle – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Andre Schürrle – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Julian Draxler – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Julian Draxler – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Max Kruse – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Max Kruse – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Kevin Volland – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Kevin Volland – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Mario Gomez – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Mario Gomez – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2

Advent Calendar Day 3/Reciprocity & Other Random Musings

Advent calendars first, musings after. Behind door number three of the Freiburg calendar was midfielder and free kick specialist Vincenzo Grifo. The DFB one served up Max Kruse’s card, and the Dortmund one a piece of chocolate wrapped in Gonzalo Castro. The last one is especially fitting seeing as last week he got his first goal in Dortmund colours.

Max Kruse - DFB card 2015-16 1 Max Kruse - DFB card 2015-16 2 Gonzalo Castro - Dortmund advent calendarAt the beginning of the year I wrote a list of things I wanted to work on this year, things I wanted to have a better of understanding of. One of those things being the concept of social reciprocity. I think I’ve failed on this count. Understanding something in theory does not mean you can put it into practice, that much is obvious. Though it’s not completely useless, it is useful from a writing perspective. But it’s made social situations no less frustrating. I don’t know what I’m doing. I don’t follow the rules and just do what I think is right and it’s wrong.  I try to follow their rules and it’s still wrong.

What’s the point in there being rules if people don’t stick to them? Why am I trying to learn them when other people just say to hell with them? I did what I was supposed to do, I sent my reply and then waited for theirs. None was forthcoming, no explanation either. Initially I reacted the way I always do, I got anxious and then angry. Angry at the situation but more than anything angry at myself for responding that way, for acting in such an illogical manner. After a while I let go of it, I told myself whatever happens happens. That you can’t change it and have to deal with whatever it is.

And then a while after I find that nothing is as I thought it was, a joker gets thrown into the mix. This is what I hate about other people, they never do what I expect them to. I hate that, the unpredictability.

Characters are so much easier to deal with, they only do and say what I need them to. And even if they do surprise me it’s ok because it’s in a controlled environment, I can deal with it. Not so much in real life. I don’t know what the solution is or if there is one. Maybe I just need to accept that there is always going to be some element of unpredictability. That they aren’t always going to be where you expect them to be.

I may not be able to make much sense of that situation but at least on a writing front things are going ok. I’ve gotten started on the first of my two Christmas stories, though annoyingly I seem to have started in the middle which has made things a little tricky but interesting. I love it when stories start that way, a random tangent which leads to more randomness and then you get the idea. I have no idea where it came from or why I was thinking about that particular topic but I suppose it doesn’t matter now. At any rate I’m glad to be writing something a little more lighthearted. Recently most of what I’ve been working on is a little depressing. I didn’t mean for it to be, it just ended up that way.

Ankunft der Mannschaft in Barsinghausen – 16/11/2015

Joachim Low - Ankunft der Mannschaft in Barsinghausen 1 Joachim Low - Ankunft der Mannschaft in Barsinghausen 2 Joachim Low - Ankunft der Mannschaft in Barsinghausen 3 Max Kruse - Ankunft der Mannschaft in Barsinghausen 1 Max Kruse - Ankunft der Mannschaft in Barsinghausen 2Matthias Ginter - Ankunft der Mannschaft in Barsinghausen 1Matthias Ginter - Ankunft der Mannschaft in Barsinghausen 2

Tag zwei in München

Shkodran Mustafi & Matthias Ginter – Tag Zwei in München 1 Shkodran Mustafi & Matthias Ginter – Tag Zwei in München 2 Joachim Löw – Tag Zwei in München 1 Joachim Löw – Tag Zwei in München 2 Ron-Robert Zieler & Max Kruse – Tag Zwei in München Sami Khedira – Tag Zwei in München Joachim Löw & Lukas Podolski – Tag Zwei in München Manuel Neuer – Tag Zwei in München 1 Sebastian Rudy & Kevin Volland – Tag Zwei in München Shkodran Mustafi & Matthias Ginter – Tag Zwei in München Manuel Neuer – Tag Zwei in München 2 Joachim Löw – Tag Zwei in München 3 Joachim Löw – Tag Zwei in München 4

Pressekonferenz nach dem Spiel gegen Georgien – Joachim Löw, Max Kruse & Toni Kroos

Joachim Löw – post-match press conference 1Joachim Löw – post-match press conference 2Joachim Löw – post-match press conference 3Joachim Löw – post-match press conference 4 Joachim Löw – post-match press conference 5 Joachim Löw – post-match press conference 6 Joachim Löw – post-match press conference 7 Joachim Löw – post-match press conference 8 Max Kruse – post-match press conference 1 Max Kruse – post-match press conference 2 Toni Kroos - post-match press conference 1 Toni Kroos - post-match press conference 2

Germany v Georgia – Post-match show – The Löw Highlights

Jogi’s post match interview:

Back up link: Part 1 & Part 2

Joachim Löw – Germany v Georgia post-match show 1 Joachim Löw – Germany v Georgia post-match show 2 Joachim Löw – Germany v Georgia post-match show 3 Joachim Löw – Germany v Georgia post-match show 4 Joachim Löw – Germany v Georgia post-match show 5 Joachim Löw – Germany v Georgia post-match show 6 Joachim Löw – Germany v Georgia post-match show 7 Joachim Löw – Germany v Georgia post-match show 8 Joachim Löw – Germany v Georgia post-match show 9 Joachim Löw – Germany v Georgia post-match show 10 Joachim Löw – Germany v Georgia post-match show 11 Joachim Löw – Germany v Georgia post-match show 12 Joachim Löw – Germany v Georgia post-match show 13 Joachim Löw – Germany v Georgia post-match show 14 Joachim Löw – Germany v Georgia post-match show 15 Joachim Löw – Germany v Georgia post-match show 16 Joachim Löw – Germany v Georgia post-match show 17 Joachim Löw – Germany v Georgia post-match show 18 Joachim Löw – Germany v Georgia post-match show 19 Joachim Löw – Germany v Georgia post-match show 20 Joachim Löw – Germany v Georgia post-match show 21 Joachim Löw – Germany v Georgia post-match show 22 Joachim Löw – Germany v Georgia post-match show 23 Joachim Löw – Germany v Georgia post-match show 24 Joachim Löw – Germany v Georgia post-match show 25Joachim Löw – Germany v Georgia post-match show 26Joachim Löw – Germany v Georgia post-match show 27Joachim Löw – Germany v Georgia post-match show 28Joachim Löw – Germany v Georgia post-match show 29 Joachim Löw – Germany v Georgia post-match show 30 Joachim Löw – Germany v Georgia post-match show 31 Joachim Löw – Germany v Georgia post-match show 32 Joachim Löw – Germany v Georgia post-match show 33 Joachim Löw – Germany v Georgia post-match show 34 Joachim Löw – Germany v Georgia post-match show 35 Joachim Löw – Germany v Georgia post-match show 36 Joachim Löw – Germany v Georgia post-match show 37 Joachim Löw – Germany v Georgia post-match show 38 Joachim Löw – Germany v Georgia post-match show 39