Yes, I am shocked and appaled by this entirely unwarranted move! We are forcefully relegated to the fringes of civilized society. Yet, let us not despair and resign to the seemingly inevitable fate in the face of oblivion!
And allow me to commend you on your uncanny ability of premonition. Quite remarkable!
Talk about heavy-handed strong arm behaviour from these so called law makers and proponents of justice! They have pushed us to this outward fringe, to be seized on by anarchists, by those with political and social agendas, and worst of all, by those who would want nothing more than to destroy my book, from whose astounding sales you too will make a staggering fortune. Ah, but there is yet hope. For those who take the sword shall perish with the sword.
Prepare ye for battle, and defend the land with courage, my brothers!
I am afraid, I am unable to procure any potato crisps as of now, but I will add an extra bag of chips to my shopping list. Do you have any special favorites?
Being the health conscious person that I am, I try not to make potato chips a part of my diet. A special treat every now and then is fine. Whenever I do decide to kill off whatever good bacteria I have in my system, I buy Original
or Lightly Salted
. Having confessed to my plane Jane status, I will now tip the scale on my conservatism--just a little--and ask for a Turmeric, Cinnamon and Cumin
flavoured chips. None has thus far crossed my path. I was hoping you, dear sir, with your many connections, would be able to source such fine a delicacy for my good self. I expect you to travel the world over. No journey less will be sufficient.
May I suggest using a bike for (parts of) your current, or future commute? In my case, I am fortunate enough that the bike route leads through not one but two parks! Although fresh air is hard to find around here, Los Angeles sees to that.
I will consider your suggestion. It would help if I did own a bike. Alas, it is not to be. Where I live and work, the parks are quite mundane and usually only good for the occasional walk, jog or kick of the round football. The better parks are usually found closer to the city centre and alongside the main river which divides the metropolitan city in two. I am in the midst of a significant career and life change, and things are a little uncertain right now. But I hope that over the course of time, my situation will improve.
Ah, so you do hesitate also! How delightful, we are thinking alike! And please, let me offer my condolences for the loss of life your country has to deal with.
The common citizen is subsidising and paying the costs for successive governments and energy providers' mishandling of resources. Add to that the costs associated with "moving towards a greener future" will be passed onto consumers. There is nothing we can do about it, except to cut back on usage and use more efficient devices. Ah, but unless. I have a plan.
We can escape the money-hungry governors and slavetraders of the West, and go live on a mountain somewhere far away, or travel to a distant galaxy, or journey to a parallel universe; so far away from their evil clutches and billing statements that we can sit back, relax and enjoy the intergalactic (or interuniversal) sunshine. Methinks this plan is worthy of consideration.
Leaving my plans to escape to a parallel universe aside for a moment, I would like to take a serious pause and express:
My condolences also to those who lose their life in such unnecessary a way (heat exhaustion), and thank you for yours.
"The cost of doing business is elementary, my dear colleague. Elementary is the cost of doing business."
But think of the [strike]children[/strike] the taxes, and transfer fees on all those zeroes! Horrendous! Maybe you can find a trusty hawaladar living under the new ...enrichments.. to your neighbourhood? Once I am back to Germany, I will contact one of my own, and we can set up someting.
Did not a famous man once say those famous words? Is he not speaking with you now?
You stumbled me with the term hawaladar
. I had to look it up. You did that on purpose, didn't you? To waste precious time, to run down the clock, to spare me no seconds of sympathy? Oh, what grief I must bear for the sake of helping humanity!
Yet I fear, my fellow citizens of Europe will drown once I call them to my side - there is an ocean between us right now.
An ocean is no distance too far when victory so elusive must be celebrated. However, if you do insist that the voyage is perilous, let you
be the one welcomed instead. When to Germany you return, you shall be greeted as a national hero. A man to be remembered. One who stood when others did fall. May the whole of Europe welcome you when you return to your homeland. "Wave thus your handkerchiefs, O people!"
And I presume you would never feel an urge to get back on you benevolent english overlords, would you?
Our family are ourselves immigrants to Australia from a strange and distant land. So, on the surface of things, we would be an "underclass" of an "underclass". (No disrespect to any persons concerned.) But in the grand scheme, I do not look at things that way; however, I am conscious of the fact. A person must be judged by their character and the life that is expressed from within, rather than by the superficiality of race, colour, ethnicity, language, class or financial status.
Well, your surroundings do not sound much different from those I grew up in.
I am glad you can relate to my situation. I do not know that much about contemporary Germany. I tune in sometimes to programs from Deutsche Welle, albeit the ones broadcasted in English. The language interests me because some of my favourite musical compositions are written in German by German composers.
I have also never heard of someone stealing roller shutters back home. That would be akin to dismounting the letterbox, or stealing the balcony railing!
Perhaps there has been a misunderstanding somewhere. I do not believe I was suggesting that the fixed, bolted down
roller shutters would be stolen. That would be quite an effort on the part of the villain(s) in question. It was the reflective shades or curtains on my windows, or other items of worth (like a rake or shovel) I might leave outside my house that may be pilfered by passersby.
It may be, though, that those are just cultural differences driven by certain... historical, forced migration patterns to Australia...
You touch on an interesting topic that would make for an also interesting study. Not being a sociologist, I cannot say whether these cultural behaviours are unique to Australia. But as an observant person who has lived here for many years, I do have the opinion that there is within the inherent fabric of the country a sense of unruliness and uncultivated behaviour that manifests itself in some quite disturbing and shall we say, ugly ways at times. In this, Australia is not alone; yet some behaviours tolerated in this country would not be tolerated so lightly in other places in the world.
Yet, the ability to sleep during the day and to keep one's bedroom comparatively cool, is worth a couple of hours of work and a - in my not quite humble opinion - low risk to loose $150-200. Or not?
The roller shutter
solution looks to be a good one. However, I do have some reservations. In the case of a fire or emergency, it make delay escape. I am sure there are workarounds though, and any household needs to devise a sensible evacuation plan and procedure. If I do own a house in the future, I will consider roller shutters on my windows as part of my cooling solutions. Oh, and I will add the learned advice to my soon to be all time classic book, which need I remind you, will be read and remembered by all generations and for all time. I will even credit the one and only K.Murx as "The man of roller shutting renown from the proud land of Germany, who will not give up on suggesting roller shutters to every person in the world, whether they can afford them or not, whether they need them or not, and whether they like it or not."
It looks like I may have to give up my search for the Ultimate Potato Chips
in exchange for a roller shutter. "Oh, but victory, sweet victory, comes at such a high cost."
Did not a famous man once say those famous words also?
Mr K.Murx, I have thoroughly enjoyed our discussions thus far. Should the powers that devise to obliviate me from this sphere hinder my further expressions, may I take this grand opportunity in the presence of such a distinguished person as myself to wish you a safe and prosperous return to Germany, to your kin, to your friends, to your country and to the continent of which it is part.
If I could (pretend to) speak German, I would say something very shallow, stereotypical and possibly patronising right now in that language, but since I am a more insightful and intuitive person than those who would take the liberty to do so, I will refrain with a dignity of the highest order. Thus in a language with which I am more familiar, I will say,
Have yourself a good day! (in lieu of the above)