It’s For My Own Good

The phrase related to by today’s title is rarely something you want to hear.

Waking Up Early
What a difference twenty minutes can make.

I have not been sleeping well, so it came as a bit of a surprise this morning when I was awakened by my alarm clock, which should come as no surprise is an ancient iPod Touch. While it felt good to sleep until 5:30am, I arose with the knowledge that every additional minute spent in bed could spell disaster to my morning commute. I left the house twenty minutes later than what has become normal and sure enough there were about 25% more cars on the road, and an accident that caused a slowdown of getting onto the Connector from I-20.

Fortunately it was smooth sailing, crowded smooth sailing, from there.

Physical Therapy
Tomorrow I will be seeing another physical therapist. While I am not looking forward to the pain and suffering that will inevitably occur, if this (and perhaps chiropracty/massage) can rid my body of the lingering damage I caused last month than it will be a good thing.

I am making some progress on my own too, yesterday I was able to hobble from”XYZ Corp”‘s office to Octane Coffee about two longs blocks away. This is the furthest I have walked since the fall.

Progress, Slow Progress

I am disappointed that Octane has recently sold out, but I wanted a cold beer before German class last night and didn’t want to pay the price that Tap charges.

I also need to start reintroducing exercise into my life because my pants are starting to get snug again. And I was doing so well before falling…

Another Year Of German?
The powers that be at Goethe are warning us that the leap from B1 to B2 is a giant one, and that perhaps we should take a “bridging” course instead of making a direct leap.

Let me give you a background on the system as advertised to me when I started:
There are three levels, think “grades” — A, B, and C
Within each level there are two sub-levels — 1, 2
Within each sub-level there are four quarters — 1, 2, 3, 4

Since starting my German education in September 2014 I have completed the following —
A1.1, A1.2, A1.3, A1.4, A2.1, A2.2, A2.3, A2.4, B1.1, B1.2, B1.3 — and am currently in B1.4

Prior to hearing of this bridging class, I expected to be starting B2 this summer and to have completed all of the courses offered by the end 2019. Now it’s looking like 2020?

Mind you, I have no “end game”, as I will most likely be too old to consider moving to Germany after completing my coursework, though technically I need only to pass the B-level certifications in order to do so.

Happy Hump day. Hopefully it will also be happy lawn mowing day for me.

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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9 Responses to It’s For My Own Good

  1. Stacy says:

    Octane sold out? What do you mean?

  2. Steve says:

    Good morning from Phoenix SkyHarbor! My flight yesterday was late from the start and took its sweet time even taking off. At one point early. In the flight, we even turned South for several minutes. It’s been a long time since I was a Boy Scout, but even I know Phoenix ain’t South. We finally arrived and my connection to Reno was long gone. The airline said the delay was weather, so they were off the hook. They suggested a nearby hotel, but that one and several others were full. I watched a bar near my gate close up and turn its lights off and wondered if they had any comfy chairs. No, but a nice soft bench made a decent bed for several hours, until the staff came in at 04:15! I quickly announced myself and they laughed and said it wasn’t the first time they had been bunk space. Still waiting a couple more hours on my flight, as AZ is 3 hours behind the East.

    Have a great day all.


  3. Steve says:

    Believe it or not, this was Southwest. Had they gotten away as the first delayed email said, I would have made it, as there was an hour in Phoenix. I think pushback was finally about 7:30 and wheels up about 8. I knew I was sunk, but had the foresight to take my bag with my normal stuff and check the moto gear. Just could have used the jacket.

    • Barb says:

      Should have called my sister!
      Bummer you got stuck over night.

      We are sitting at A32 awaiting our flight to Vegas. 1 night there, then a 2.5 hour drive to Zion. Can’t wait!

      Paulie, Black Sheep is Stinko De Mayo Sunday, should be a huge crowd due to the Sahara news. Hash family wants to be together.

      • Steve says:

        Damnit! I was racking my brain for somebody I knew in Phoenix! I didn’t have “that much” time so I just sucked it up. I called 4 different hotels and there were no rooms to be had.

        Have a great trip. One of the prettiest places I’ve ever been.

      • Sure it will be a large turnout. I won’t be back from Black Mountain in time to go, however.

        Unfortunately it also looks as if it’s going to be a shitty weather weekend in Black Mountain for being outside as well.

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