Paul Harvey is famous in American radio for sharing a tidbit of news and then giving the listener “the rest of the story” or the background information that helps a person better understand what’s really going on and take some of the “spin” away that popular media give a story.
This piece of literature came from a source I do not recommend and so won’t mention the author but I will say that sometimes a cow lays a patti over a diamond. (That’s an original quote of mine, just now, by the way. ) And so, I found this diamond in a cow patti,: so to speak, during English literature class:
“I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn’t make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.”
The Paul Harvey in the story is that this exerpt had an affect on me that was not the intent of the author, if you were to read the whole book I found it in. However, this portion challenged me to not be indecisive. More closely, it challenged me to be courageous.
German fast facts for the week:
1. Germans are much more quiet, still, and disciplined, as a whole, than Americans. For example, you can be riding on a train full of Germans and hear a pin drop. They don’t feel the need to constantly fidget, sprawl out in their seats, talk really loud, or blast thier music in their ear phones. There are rare exceptions.
2. Germans do not say anything when you sneeze. I sometimes say “God bless you” out loud but nothing happens, at least from them. I may sometimes say “Gott segnet Sie” (all nouns are always capitalized, BTW) which means the same thing. However, I do not think they have this custom of saying “God bless you,” when someone sneezes. Must have come from elsewhere in the World.
3. Driving and talking on the cell phone is illegal everywhere. I see many Germans doing it anyway, overall.
4. Drinking alcohol in public is NOT illegal. You will see folks drinking a beer outside together, at the bus station, walking along and drinking, on the train drinking or celebrating and singing out loud in the train station and drinking if they won a soccer game, called “football” here. The trick is that it is not taboo to drink. Persons are generally much more responsible with it here also. Like cell phone use while driving, however, drinking and driving IS illegal and I do NOT see any Germans doing that.
-James D of Germany