Dienstag, 29. August 2006

What’s in a name?

Here’s something that might be interesting for you English-speaking guys out there. Some film stars have names that sound very strange to German ears, or in other words: their names are normal German words.

Example 1: Kiefer Sutherland. Kiefer is the German word for jaw.

Example 2: Johnny Depp. Depp is used in Southern Germany (and Austria, probably) for an idiot, fool, dork or something along those lines.

Example 3: Halle Berry. I guess you could translate Halle as hall, but it doesn’t mean hall as in a hall in a dorm where you have rooms on either sides or something. It’s more like a venue, a location for sports events or concerts. Many places have a Stadthalle, for instance, which translates as town hall, but isn’t where the mayor’s office is, but, as I said, a place for concerts etc.

I’m sure there are more examples, but these are the only ones I can think of now.

Montag, 28. August 2006

If you watch ER...

... and have a sense of humour, you should check out Cranky Recaps. I stumbled upon this blog recently and found the Emergency Room recaps quite funny. Oh, and I ship Ray/Neela now. Not because of this blog, though, just because they were cute as roomies. If you don't know what a shipper is, I might explain some other time. (Am at work right now, busy busy)

Samstag, 19. August 2006

Weird day

On Thursday night the service team aka the back office team aka the assistants went out for dinner to an Italian restaurant. We had a good time and the food tasted good. I was home at about 11.30. But on Friday morning, I felt awful. Stomach ache. I first thought I couldn’t go to work at all, but it got a little better so I went. But the cramps started again so after about 2 hours, I asked my colleagues if it was okay if I went home. There was nothing urgent to be done that day and they saw that I looked even paler than usual, so I could go. At home, I felt a little better, of course, but still very tired and hungry.

But I was well enough to go the soccer match I had tickets for. There was me and my sister and my dad, and my sister’s best friend and her boyfriend joined us later, i.e. they got to the stadium by motorbike while we went by public transport. It was the 2nd match of the season, and the 1st home match. We, i.e. the team (1. FCN, see www.fcn.de) had won the match the week before 3-0 so we were at the top of the table – a very unusual thing for this club. The atmosphere in the stadium was very good. FCN has the best fans in Germany anyway (that’s what they say, at least, hehe). And we got free flags before the match, sponsored by the team’s beer supplier. Yay. We scored after 5 minutes. More yay. Unfortunately, one of the best players was injured after 20 minutes and after that, the team kind of lost its orientation. They managed to keep the 1-0, though. Even more yay. As we had to catch the train back home, we couldn’t stay in the stadium for long after the end of the match. We were almost squeezed to death on the train back to the central station, but we caught our connection train and didn’t have to wait an hour until midnight for the next one. So that was Friday night.

Nothing major planned for the weekend. I’ll watch Veronica Mars and The O.C. this afternoon and listen to the Robbie Williams concert from Vienna (see other post below) on the radio tonight. Tomorrow I’ll make pizza with my sister for lunch. I hope my stomach’s gonna agree with that.

Sonntag, 13. August 2006

Random stuff

Yesterday: was in town again (as every Saturday, it seems) to get my eyes tested for my new glasses. Had to wait 45 minutes for the test and was quite angry because of that. Of course, I didn’t say anything, I just grumbled internally or whatever you want to call that. I kept looking at my watch because my parking time was running out and there were 2 other errands I had to run. I didn’t get a parking ticket, but I was sweaty and exhausted when I got back to my car. And in a bad mood, also because I was hungry. My mood got better in the afternoon, when there was that Juanes concert I love so much on TV. Could watch it in a neverending loop. So good. When it was over, I watched the parts of another concert that I had taped recently. There it’s just him and his guitar player with acoustic guitars. Wonderful. Gotta copy it to audio tape so I can listen to it in my car.

What else: watched Donnie Darko last night. Very strange film. Must look the symbolism up on the internet. I’m sure there’s a lot of info around somewhere.

Robbie Williams’ new song Rudebox completely sucks. He never should have split from his songwriter Guy Chambers. His most recent album ... (see, I can't even remember the title) wasn't as good as the ones before, and the next seems to be worse, judging from this first single. The German concerts of his European tour are over now. From what I’ve heard, he’s still a good entertainer, but his voice wasn’t the best and he couldn’t remember the lyrics sometimes. And he seems to be on drugs again. Well, who knows. I’ll still listen to his concert from Vienna. That will be broadcast by several radio stations the coming Saturday from 9 p.m. CET, for example by www.bayern3.de or www.radio24.ch if anyone wants to listen in.

Montag, 7. August 2006

Just to post something at all ...

Your Inner Pop Princess Is Kelly Clarkson

"Grew up in a small town
And when the rain would fall down
I'd just stare out my window
Dreaming of what could be"

No doubt about it, you have star quality. Might just take a while to get there.

Ha, I like the result! I was afraid I'd turn out to be Britney!
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