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This was Shannachies idea... [Sep. 18th, 2008|01:45 pm]
[Current Mood |creative]

Tried a simple "sunny side up" with one of the Dragon eggs. Smells a bit of sulphur, stays quite  squishy in the pan (I think you need more heat to cook it well, than a normal kitchen oven can provide). Tastes rather metallic and bitter. Not my piece of cake! Cake - lets try that next!
And looks like this:

Note: If you gind the eggshells, add a bit of sodium and a drop of hydrogen peroxide and the shells produce a lot of green smoke, leaving a powderi ash, that shines golden. Very nice!

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Dragon eggs [Sep. 15th, 2008|09:17 am]
[Current Location |at work]
[Current Mood |amusedamused]
[Current Music |Genesis]

Something must have been wrong with my dragon egg. Any idea, what might have happened?

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My once-a-year-post [Jul. 14th, 2008|01:12 pm]
This is too strange, not to post it.
First of all: I settled in my new job in Augsburg very well. Interesting work and even some fun. Weekend relationship with my family works out fine so far. Life was quite ok the first 6 month of the year.
Now to the strange part: I commute by train each weekend, meeting quite interesting people. Top three so far - a UN courier, a nobel prize winner (Hartmuth Michel, nobel prize for chemistry in 1988) and a "real" witch (hey, she said it is her profession!).
This morning I traveled with a couple from Sanderson, Texas (age 52 and 55). They told me, that they did win this trip to Europe in a lottery. Free flight, hotel vouchers and traintickets for two weeks travelling through Europe. They told me, they learned so much about the "old world":
- that Paris is not the capital of Europe but France
- that the Tower of London is NOT the leaning tower
- that Waterloo Station is not located in Belgium
- that Germany is a democracy, not a kingdom
- that the Vatican is actually a part of Rome, not a state in the Alps (that's Switzerland, as they found out!)
- that Pizza is not an american invention, but originated in Italy
- that English was spoken in England first, long before it was the official language of the US
- that Russia and China are not neighbor states of Germany
- that the Great Wall still stands and is located in China, not in Berlin!!!
As they asked me, why nobody in Germany seems to wear "Lederhosen" I looked very closely in the compartement for a hidden camera. Did they work for a TV-show? Nope - no camera, this two americans seemed genuine!
As they told me of their travel plans for their last three days, I had to tell them, that the "King Ludwig Castle" is not even close to Lake Constance and never "held his rockbound watch at the shores of the lake" - and the lake is not near Munich, but at least 140 miles away. That the Oktoberfest starts late September and is nothing more but a big carnival held once a year for 3 weeks (not 365 days)! They were also dissapointed, that Vienna is not a suburb of Munich and they have to go to Austria to visit it. (No, that is NOT the country where the Kangoroos live!) They were glad to hear that the "Hofbräuhaus" is actually in Munich - but not run by monks, who brew the beer.
I had to get off in Augsburg, to go to work - just before I started to get a bit cynical. I just hope, the couple tells about all they have learned about Europe. Maybe others in deep down Texas will find it interesting enough to look some things up in the internet, or even pay us a visit over here...
As for me: next time I'm in Hamburg, I will look for the place, where the "Hamburger" was invented - just in case...
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I believe in Santa... [Dec. 21st, 2007|08:22 am]
[Current Location |home]
[Current Mood |excitedexcited]
[Current Music |Top of the world, The Carpenters]

Some of you know, that I did quit my job just bevore this years FilkCONtinental. There was tention and lots of unbearable stress for at least 18 month up to that point. As my §$%&*'+ boss tried to cancel my leave for the con just the day before I planned to go - I just quit the damn job!
I planned to go slow with finding a new job and was open to all interesting offers that came my way.
Just over one week ago I was contacted by one of my suppliers I use to work with for many years now and he informed me about a international desktop publishing company that is desperately looking for a branch manager for some time now and could not find a quallified person suitable for the job.
I did sent in my application and CV and got a call right away. 
Would it be possible for me to come to an interview before christmas to Augsburg? 
Yes, of course!
So I went there Wednesday, had an interview with the head of department and two of the owners, both from the branch office in Verona, Italy. That interview went awesome well.
Would it be possible to fly to Hamburg to meet the thirt owner (who holds the majority of the company) on Thursday?
Yes, of course!
They organized a flight for me an I went to a second interview to Hamburg yesterday.
I liked the guy right away and it seemed mutual. Talked for about one hour. He gave me a picture of the situation in Augsburg and what he expects of me to do there. Short chat about payment and benefits.
We sealed the engagement with a handshake, the papers were allmost ready. Just to fill in some details and they will be send to me in the next couple of days.
So I got a new, most interesting job and I'm just as happy a anyone can be around christmas.
The company has offices in Hamburg, Berlin, Augsburg in Germany, Verona - Italy,  Lille - France, London, Moscow and Puket in India. And Augsburg will be all mine (har,har,har). I will report directly to the owner in Hamburg and will be most independent in my work.
It all sounds very promising and I look foreward to a complete new chapter in my life.

I also changed my  e m a i l. The new one is           
r a t t e n s c h m i e d e   at    a o l    dot    c o m

Happy X-mas to all of you - I go and celebrate now with my family!
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Tagged... [Dec. 7th, 2007|07:42 am]
[Current Location |at work]
[Current Mood |awake]

Well, beeing tagged by sposter-> here ten weird things about me.
Rules of the game: Each player of this game starts off with 10 weird things/habits/little known facts about yourself. People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 10 weird habits/things/little known facts as well as state this rule clearly. At the end you need to choose 10 people to be tagged and list their names.

10. I hosted a mainconcert at FilkCONtinental a few years back in a Sailermoon costume.
9. My left leg is about 1 inch shorter than my right one.
8. I "suffer" from "respirativ-causale cardiogene arhythmie", means my heard beats faster when I brezze in, and slower when I breeze out. A thing normal for children, but normaly changes to a stady rhythm when you grow up. (But in no sense dangerous!) So I'm really young at heard!
7. The first color picture of me shows me age 2 beating a tindrum .
6. Technically I stole my wife Molly away from a friend.
5. I'm allergic to sweet pepper.
4. I can wiggle my ears.
3. The first horror movie I've ever watched was "The Monolith Monster" a b-movie from 1957. I couldnt sleep well for a week afraid of beeing petrified. - I was 5 years old back then.
2. I still own the kuddletoy I got for my 2nd birthday and had with me my whole childhood. It's a turtle named "Lumpi".
1. I cannot remove my weddingring from my finger anymore. Must have shrunk over the years....

Now let's spread this in germny. Folks, it's your turn: katyhh, kinder1of5, kitespirit, meritmaat, nelladarren, nemsi, salika, shannachie, tarkrai, vampirdaddy
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Who would have thought... [Apr. 27th, 2007|07:49 am]
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Almost there [Apr. 23rd, 2007|08:21 am]
[Current Mood |cheerfulcheerful]

Second recording weekend with Baer went just perfectly. I can not tell how much I appreciate, what Baer and Ju are doing for me! So I cooked a medieval style meal for us all and introduced Baer to some lokal brew from the area where I live and the "Blackadder raw cask" singlemalt.
Just one more song to record, some fine tuning and - tada!
As the Pointer Sisters once sang: " I'm so excited, and I just can't hide it...."
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(no subject) [Apr. 16th, 2007|08:30 am]
[Current Mood |bouncybouncy]

Back from Frankfurt and a working-visit to Ju and Bear.
Baer had offered to help me to get recordings done for my first filk CD.
(Well, as GOH at Harmuni I though it might be a good idea do do that).
It took almost a year from the first chat with Baer about the subjet and the initial start. So I had a great weekend recording songs for MY OWN CD!
I picked some songs I wrote, songs I co-wrote and songs of friends I really like to be on the silver disk. Thank you Bear for making this possible and thanks Ju for lending me your Bear. Thanks to all filkers who let me put their songs on my disk. More recordings next weekend - I really looking foreward to this.
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My year! [Mar. 9th, 2007|08:37 am]
[Current Location |at work]
[Current Mood |amusedamused]
[Current Music |whistle while you work (in my head)]

From this day I'll have all the answers I need for the next 365 days. The answer to the ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything!

I just turned 42!
What a comfort to know THIS answer!
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SNOW!!!! [Jan. 24th, 2007|02:09 pm]
[Current Location |at work]
[Current Mood |grumpygrumpy]
[Current Music |Into the west - Renee MacDonald!!!]

§%&$*'#+>°^ snow!! Normaly it takes me about one hour to get from my home village to Stuttgart where I work ('bout 72 km)
Today: snow chaos! Took me almost 5 hours!!! It did'nt stop snowing yet and I have to go back home tonight! §%&$*'#+>°^ snow!!
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