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Kevin Höpfner
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There's nothing that's more interesting than people meeting people.

(You might want to enable subtitles, but it's totally worth it.)

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What's worse than going to work on Monday?

Going to work on Monday after having a week of vacation. I know exactly that I'll have roughly two nano-seconds to catch up with what's new, uncounted e-mails I'll have literally no time to catch up with. And someone will have touched (ie rearranged) the stuff on my desk, messed with my desk chair.... Almost makes you wish you've left for good.


Yeah, I know: #firstworldproblems

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24.04.14
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I had an aweful coffee-rush, today. The world is totally weird ...



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Breakfast of the Champions.

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*The Small Difference*
German journalist Harald Martenstein’s observation on the mysteries of German and American ways of life.

„I was in America, more specifically in the city of Key West. [...] The first thing that strikes you as a German is how polite people are. The second is the friendliness. The this is the apparent absence of aggression of any kind.
On the street, every second person smiles at you as if they want to marry you on the spot. Strangers crossing your path give you a friendly nod. In Germany, people who don’t know you usually act as if you don’t exist and look straight through you. Once back in Germany, I also smiled and nodded at everyone for the first few days. People must have thought I was mentally ill.
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The thing I find odd is: The Germans have an almost fail-safe welfare state, the oerwhelmingly reject military operations of any kind, drill countless water wells in Africa, are greener than almost any other nation, wouldn’t give students anything less than a B- even if they spit on their teachers, and treat criminals like children who accidentally knocked over a glass of soda. In all public or offical matters, Germany is estremely warm, peaceful, and understanding. All its aggressiveness is reserved for personal interactions.
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In the US, the situation is reversed. Americans wage war after war. Any lunatic can easily buy a gun. Military and intelligence agencies are as hard as steel. Judges pass death sentences at the drop of a hat. And border controls are as tough as nails. Personally, I don’t like any of that. But everyday life? Easy like Sunday morning.“

More articles by Mr. Martenstein and his colleagues can be found in „Zeitmagazin – The Berlin State of Mind“ (260 pages, roughly 9 € or $; don’t ask me what that makes in real money) available next week.

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[enable hillybilly-mode]”Ma pa got ‘is birthda, 'sterday. Got ‘im one o’ those cee-dee things wit’ that tune on. ‘ope he enjoys.”[disable hillybilly-mode]
Happy birthday, old man!
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