Monday, April 28, 2008

small anecdote

Michaela and I were biking yesterday, and I reminded her that everything is going to be closed in Germany on Thursday, because it's May 1, "Tag der Arbeit", the day of work.

Michaela's response: "If it's the day of work, shouldn't the people be at work instead of have the day off?"

Just then some guy we were biking past responded, "NOO!" in this flabbergasted tone. Ha, those Europeans...


  1. Shouldn't that be "anecdote"? Oh, ze shame, ja! ;)

    Now... considering that on this day you ought to celebrate all that hard work that germans do (/are supposed to do/...), isn't it obvious that you need a holiday to do it properly?

  2. Brings to mind another oxymoronically named holiday called Labor Day. ;)

  3. in the east, the day is called maennertag. i've heard dudes get drunken free reign of the town, and i've been advised by multiple female colleagues to STAY INSIDE. eeeek.

  4. Muhamad sitting on a trash bin in a refugee camp and spits on the ground through a hole in his teeth. Suddenly a fairy appears and says: “I'm Deutschland Socialist Social Liberal Fairy! I come to fulfill three wishes!” Mahomed scratched his head: “Look, Fairy! Me have hole in me mouth! Get me cured und all new teeth!" And as soon as Muhammed said these words Bundestag passed the Refugee Free Healthcare&Vision&Dental Treatment Law, and Muhammad mouth shined in snow-white Hollywood style smile. "O-o-o... Me missed so much me four wives und seventeen kids und me parents und brothers und sisters und cousins und they parents, brothers, sisters und cousins! Me wish all us lived in luxury villa, und have alot of money!" And even before Muhamad finished his words a beautiful villa appeared! On the table - the text of the Refugee Family Reunification Law and bank statements with information about all benefits received. The house is fully furnished, equipped with wi-fi and stuffed with all kind of appliances in accordance with the Refugee Assistance Law. Happy Magomed doesn’t know what else he should ask for, but one more wish left. And he said: "All korrekt! Me want be real German, not just ein citizen! Me want be ein tall, blue-eyed blonde, und my name be Fritz Schulz!" Before he could finish the sentence, everything disappeared, and he found himself once again sitting on the trash can and spitting on the ground through a hole in his teeth. "Was happened???!!!" - astonished, he asked the fairy. "Shame on you, Herr Schulz, to beg the government for assistance! You must take care of yourself! Go and look for a job!!!"