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Share Your World – 2015# Week 32

Link to questions.

Are you a collector of anything? 

I’m a collector of collections, I’m  always collecting something. DVDs, football stickers, football tickets and  random items related to whoever my current favourite person is. I currently have around 900 DVDs and 200 blu-rays. That’s just counting films, not football matches. Though I’m trying to slim down that particular collection at the moment. One of my favourite collection items ever is a ticket for the match in which Hansi Flick scored his first ever Bundesliga goal for Bayern in 1986 against VfB Stuttgart. Also important is the ticket I have for Union Solingen v SC Freiburg – 1983/84 because Jogi Löw played in that match, it’s the only one I have from a match he actually played in. And not forgetting the ticket and program for Germany v Ireland in 2006, which is the first match that Hansi took his place by Jogi’s side.

What is your biggest fear or phobia? (no photos please)

Small spaces, or being in a small or confined space with other people.

Do you prefer reading coffee table books (picture), biographies, fiction, non-fiction, educational?

I prefer non-fiction, usually history books. I don’t read a lot of fiction, at least not any that isn’t connected to a special interest of mine.

Complete this sentence:  If I Must Be Reincarnated, In the Next Life I Want to Be…

A descendant of Manuel Neuer. I don’t have a serious answer, I do believe in the concept of reincarnation, very much so,  I just don’t know what I’d want to be. The Neuer answer aside, I think it would be fun to be something other than a human, if that’s what I currently am, to be an alien of some sort, literally this time.

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

I don’t really remember much of last week, too little sleep will do that. The only thing I remember is the excitement of the first round of the DFB Pokal. Freiburg are through to the second round with an easy 5-0 victory against HSV Barmbek-Uhlenhorst. And I got three of my Pokal predictions right, which is really cool, correctly predicting that Hoffenheim, HSV and Karlsruher SC would get knocked out. I wish I could say that I was grateful for seeing Freiburg’s match but that didn’t happen, I had to settle for watching the Konferenz instead. But they won and Nils Petersen scored four goals, that’s the main thing.

I should be looking forward to the Bundesliga starting tonight and at Freiburg being back in action on Saturday. I should be, but I’m having a little trouble mustering up any real enthusiasm just this moment. The return of the summer curse. Sleepless nights and a slightly unreal feel to everything, and worst of all the feeling that everything is pointless. But I know despite how I feel the best thing to do is to keep at it. It won’t last forever, this is the kind of thing to keep in mind:

itshardIf I could be happy about something right now it would be the fact that I reached 100,000 views on my YouTube channel. I can’t take all the credit, a lot of it goes to fifth tier Baden side SSV Reutlingen who knocked out KSC of the DFB Pokal. It was the video of the highlights of that match which took me to the 100,000 mark. It didn’t just nudge me over the line, with just over 33,000 views, it was more like a Johannes Geis free-kick, a real rocket.

Before the summer curse returned, I was happy and very grateful for discovering the phrase “Flick it like Hansi.” I have 11 Freunde to thank for that, and for the following photo, Hansi a gamer, who would have thought:

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Share Your World – 2015 Week #28

Questions.

What is your favorite comfort snack food?

Chocolate chip cookies, not so much because they are my favourite but because they are pretty much the only thing I like to snack on.

If you had to spend one weekend alone in a single store but could remove nothing, which store would you pick? (except food or beverage)

The place I have in mind isn’t open anymore, but it would still be my choice anyway. It was a giant sport store that had everything you could imagine, a football goal, basketball net, a small golfing drive, bikes and trampolines. And lots and lots of football stuff. So many different kinds of goalkeeper gloves and boots to try out. And all those kits. That would be fun. But then a book store or a video game store would be equally fun. I guess a toy store would be the obvious choice, train sets, race car tracks and Nerf guns. But then I’m not sure how much fun that would be alone so I’ll stick with the sports store as my main choice.

What was the largest city you have been to?  What is the one thing you remember most?

London is the largest city I’ve been to. The one thing I remember most is how great it is hearing so many different languages in a short space of time and trying to work out what language it is, and of course keeping a ear out for anyone speaking German or Danish. The other thing I remember most is thinking how much I would most definitely would not want to live there, the films I always want to see may always be showing in London and not here but I would really not like to live there. I don’t know yet if it’s a dislike of this particular city or of cities in general.

Finish this sentence:  It has recently come to my attention that ….

I am way too tired right now and having so many late nights in such a short space of time was most definitely not a good idea, and getting up to watch Freiburg play St. Pauli in a friendly on Tuesday after only four hours of sleep was an even worse one. I’m certainly paying the price for it right now. Being so reckless with getting a good night’s sleep may have not been a bad thing in terms of getting things done, both video and writing wise, but it’s not at all good when it catches up with you as it is now.

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 World Cup celebration plans all worked out, that I was able to do everything I wanted. And that I got the all important video done in time.

I’m also grateful for the unexpected bonus of not only being able to see the 1990 final again but getting to record it, meaning I now have a copy that is far better quality than the one I already had on DVD, and even better it too has the original German commentary.

This week I’m looking forward to the fact that tomorrow is my final Bundesliga free Friday, it’s not a football free Friday since Dortmund play Bochum tomorrow evening in a friendly which I will be watching in the hope that Roman Bürki will be in the starting eleven. Or that if not, at least he’ll get to play the second half as has been the case in some of the other friendlies so far.

Share Your World – 2015 Week #27

Questions.

What is your favorite month of the year?

Definitely one of the winter months, I don’t really have a favourite, whichever has the longest and darkest nights, that would be my favourite. I would say January because it offers that and it’s when the Bundesliga returns after the winter break, but I can’t say that, not this season anyhow since it’s not the important date. The 2. Bundesliga returns not in January but on the 6th February. There is still one reason to like January though, and that is the Christmas sales. What fun that is, a tower of packages in the post and knowing that you didn’t spend an absurd amount of money.

Do you drink coffee at all?

Not at all, tasted once and hated it. Which is probably a good thing given that even without drinking it I’m quite the caffeine fiend anyway. Jogi Löw is very fond of his Espresso, now the scarves I can live with, the Strenesse shirts and polo-shirts I can definitely get on board with and liking Hansi Flick, I obviously have no objections to that. But coffee is where I draw the line.

What was one of your first moneymaking jobs (other than babysitting or newspaper delivery)?

I haven’t had a moneymaking job yet. The question says other than babysitting, but I couldn’t have listed that anyway since I never got paid for it. One of the downsides of being the oldest child and of having too many siblings.

List:  If you play video/computer games list 5 games you like? 

In no particular order:

1. Mass Effect

2. Pharoah

3. FIFA – no particular number, just the series in general

4. Dragon Age Origins

5. Pokemon – not the whole series, I’ve not played the newer ones for the DS. I’m not sure I could pick a favourite out of the others, either Red or Silver maybe.

Almost made the list but not quite, the first Assassin’s Creed, Bully, The Sims, Fallout 3 and Dead Island. I would have thought Football Manager or Championship Manager would have made the list but there turned out to be no room for them, plus I couldn’t decided which I liked more. I’ve played several installments of both of them but couldn’t pick a favourite. Though in terms of time spent playing them I would have to say the 2001/02 version of Championship Manager. I spent an entire summer playing that. Tying this question in the with the job one, it’s a shame you can’t get paid for playing video games and for managing virtual football teams. Because if you could I would have had a very successful summer and would have made enough money to have actually gone to the World Cup in 2006. It’s not every day a team from the Conference gets to the quarter finals of the Cup, gets drawn with Arsenal, manages to draw and get a replay. Of course we lost the replay 5-1, but still incredible. I liked that version so much that I kept playing it even after the one for the new season was released.

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 bookstore I went to was everything I hoped it would be, and that I managed to find the place by myself. Also that the day in general went better than I thought it would and that I got the new Minions sticker album. I’m also very amused by the fact that Google directed someone to my blog because they searched “Jogi Löw als Minion.” I can’t stop thinking about that now, and from thinking of him and Hansi as Minions led to thinking of the whole team as Minions. Which of course led to thinking about a Minion football match, about getting a bunch of little Minions, a small football and recreating the world cup with Minions.

Top of the list of things to look forward to is ordering my new Freiburg home shirt on Thursday. This is what it looks like:

SC Freiburg - Heim Trikot - 2015-16I’m also looking forward to maybe seeing some pre-season friendlies. And to taking advantage of the super fast internet speeds courtesy of my new router and the upgrades installed yesterday. I know it’s nerdy and I’m probably one of the few if not the only person in the world who would both find this fun and look forward to it, but I can’t wait to get started on backing up my video files online.

Share Your World – 2015 Week #26

The questions.

In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger?

In real life I’d have to say a passenger, partly because I can’t drive and partly because I like to watch other people drive. In another world, a different reality, like in video games I love to drive. Especially in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, I love to drive around the countryside at night in a old junker of a car called a Clover (if I’m remembering correctly) listening to country and western music like I Love A Rainy Night and Crazy. Or in GTA 4, driving around the city at night listening to the radio station that plays Phillip Glass music.

If you were handed free opera tickets, would you go or sell them? Why?

If it were for an opera in Vienna I’d probably go, especially if they were for Wagner’s Ring. Otherwise I’d probably sell them, I have no real interest in opera or any wish to sit through such a thing.

Describe your own outlook on life in seven words or less. (NOTE:  does not necessarily have to be a sentence.)

There is almost always a silver lining.

Or alternatively: Books, football, Jogi, Hansi. All you need.

Which would you prefer:  a wild, turbulent life filled with joy, sorrow, passion, and adventure–intoxicating successes and stunning setbacks; or a contented bordering on happy, secure, predictable life surrounded by friends and family without such wide swings of fortune and mood?

I’d prefer the latter I think, well part of it anyway. I think I’ve had enough adventure and trouble for a lifetime. It would be nice to enjoy boring and predictable for a change, I’d welcome a little security right now. As for being surrounded by family and friends, not so much, they are part of the problem. The only excitement I want is football related, in regards to everything else a quiet and predictable life would suit me just fine. I want nothing more than to go to work in the week, to do what I have to do and be left alone. And at the weekend, books and football whether it be at the stadium for a home game or at home in front of the TV if it’s an away one. And stickers of course, there always has to be stickers.

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 I got plenty of reading done, and that I got lots of nice new pictures of Hansi. And that it wasn’t quite so unbearably warm all the time, at least in the night it was cool enough to get some writing done, I’m very happy with the ending for my DFB Pokal chapter.

I’m looking forward to seeing the Minions film today and the Niki Lauda documentary at the cinema. I’m also happy at the prospect of finally being able to buy some stickers, and maybe checking out a second hand bookstore I found online. I don’t have a great deal of money to spend on books right now, but I’ll be happy if I can just find the place to check it out and to look through the old books. Looking through shelves of old books is in a way better than new ones, there’s something more special about it.  I hope that I can find the place and that I like it. If so I plan on going back there once the summer’s over with my backpack and a wad of notes, imagine all that money to spend on books.

Share Your World – 2015 Week#25

The questions.

What did you or did not like about the first apartment you ever rented?

I’ve not rented an apartment yet, so I can’t answer that question.

What kind of art is your favorite? Why?

It’s hard to choose, it would either be film or writing, I suppose if I really had to choose I would pick writing, there’s something magical about the written word, maybe it’s the knowledge that I can create your own stories, imagine entire universes or maybe it’s that you have to do that. That when you read a book you have to visualize what you are reading and you can see it how you want to see it whereas with film that’s already done for you.

How many siblings do you have? What’s your birth order?

I have four siblings and I’m the oldest.

Complete this sentence:  I’m dreaming of a white …. (and no you can’t use Christmas as your answer)

of a crisp white shirt. I try not to give obsession related answers, but how could I not with that one, that’s like a perfect Jogi question. I can honestly say that came to mind even before Christmas, I guess I’m a special kind of obsessed now. To give a non-obsession related answer, a white blank piece of paper. Such a thing is exhilarating as it is terrifying, it contains virtually unlimited potential for whatever stories and adventures you can come up with but also it’s intimidating, the idea that you alone have to fill that page.

To give a slightly amusing answer, a white sheet since last night the first episode of series 2 of Sherlock was on. I didn’t watch all of it, just up until my favourite part where Sherlock gets summoned to the Queen’s Palace but refuses to get properly dressed for the occasion and ends up going wearing nothing but a white sheet. I’m not a big fan of the show or of the character really, but that moment was just genius.

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

I only just got around to finishing this, I meant to get to it earlier but things kept getting in the way so most of what I would have answered to the second question has already happened. There is still some fun to come though and things to look forward too, indeed one of them is in just a few hours, Germany play Portugal this afternoon in the semi final of the U21 European Championship.

I’m grateful that I got a stack of new books to read and that I’ve already read three of them, it’s been a while since I managed to get that much reading done in a week so I’m very happy about that. Plenty of reading and football, two new Hansi videos and lots of pictures, what’s not to be happy about.

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.