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  1. vinyl -> Cafe I was born in Wetzlar and my brother still lives in my mother's house there. We often meet at the Cafe Vinyl. Nice pub with racks full of LP's covering the walls. Every two weeks there are small life concerts. It is located at the Schillerplatz with the Jerusalemhaus. A suicide happening there made Goethe who lived in Wetzlar at this time to write The_Sorrows_of_Young_Werther. Grewing up surrounded by wooden patchwork probably made me buy one and living in it. But it is grandpa's from father side one, a lonely 300 year old former forest ranger house mid in a forest clearing. The Jerusalemhaus is the red double house in the mid. It is place of a Goethe Museum now.
  2. I am with you, one catfish is more than enough for a year Catfish -> records I think it is close to three metres now. Luckily the only catfish around me is 'Däumelinchen=Thumbelina'. A small catfish which cleans the glas from our aquarium from the inside. Our aquarium is with local flora and fauna.
  3. Whomping Willow -> catkin We call the flowers of willows 'Weidenkätzchen' which translates as willow kittens. Tyoically decorated around eastern with eastereggs.
  4. protection -> fluttering elm We have some of these along (sometimes at heavy rain in) our waste water cleaning ponds. They should be more robust than the other elm variants. Grandgrandpa did them more than 70 years ago, even befor the elm dying disease. Somehow he hoped that one of his grand...grandchilds would be a carpenter too. I like the trees, they hide the cleaning ponds and are home of many butterfly caterpillars, mainly the white-letter hairstreak, named after the white 'W' on the back of its wings.
  5. elms -> injection DutchTrig is injected into elms to make them resistant to the elm disease. Daughter has a master in tree healing, arboristic. I used to interrogate before tests.
  6. ginormous -> Ulm Minster Tallest church in the world, 5th tallest building before 20th century.
  7. beast -> Brutus This car is named Brutus because it always tries to kill the person commanding it, like Brutus did with Caesar. Another nickname is Das Biest/ the beast.
  8. powerful -> creativity My dad used to say: The most powerful tool is your creativity...
  9. Axel F theme -> Harold Faltermeyer He is from Munich. One of his studios is named 'Sweet Home Bavaria'. He did also the opening of Top Gun.
  10. synthesizer -> Karlheinz Stockhausen I have some non musical interest in him. His mother was murdered same day by the Nazi's as the sister of my grandgrandma.. My relative suffered from a brain damage at birth, not enough oxygen. Stockhausen's ma had a heavy depression. Nazi's were murdering people in mental hospital at Hadamar as useless eaters... He is considered as one of the best composers in 20th century. Think most know Zappa, The Who, Pink Floyd, Jefferson Airplane, Gratefuk Dead, Kraftwerk,... All were influenced or learned from Stockhausen. Can is probably not so known, but were actually quite modern, giving the song is fron 1971.
  11. pills -> grapefruit There is some food which can negate or multiply the effect of pills. For example grapefruits negate some of the hormone based antibaby pills.
  12. App Store -> John's Phone No Apps, not smart, ... Oldest has one and she says she saves hours a day. Time she could use for her kids.
  13. Work-hands... Germany has still some apprentices in carpentry who do journeyman years. We call it being auf der Walz. I don't know if Americans know where Australia is. It is the very small stripe which marks the border between Austria and Italia The australian song 'Waltzing Matilda' is related to Walz, traveling workers who move from town to town in hope for work or to learn. The historical person the song is based on has roots in Germany. I think the song is more liked than the national anthem. Watching the video and everyone sings it... We normally have 2-5 traveling workers dressed as in old times in a year for some weeks - learning how wooden patchwork was done in our region and which tools were used. The tree is old tradition when the wooden parts of the roof are done. We call it Richtfest (topping out) Maskerade as one of them and you are welcome As a student and university cafeteria closed at weekends we did it the quick way at our student home which had one kitchen for 8 people on a floor: Bag of instant base bolognese, adding the roasted meat, heating some spaghetti... Some weeks later we agreed to fresh extra tomato Some weeks more: putting Grünkorn in the sauce for more fibres and minerals (fear sharing a floor with a student in Ecotrophology) Final step was to only use fresh stuff, even the full grain(!) noodles were hand made - the student in ecotrophology was real hot and the boys on the floor couldn't say no. Working hand in hand with 8 people from 4 countries , was quick with a lot of joking and exchanging recipes from different places. After 4 years everyone of us would have been able to earn his/her money with cooking. Well the ecotrophology-ess actually actually works in a laboratory, testing food from restaurants for bacteria and such. No longer these bags...
  14. muppets -> Moped Moped in german law meant that you should be able to drive it like a bicycle if the engine failed. Car license only when 18, so a Moped with 16 was the first thing for mobility for kids in countryside here. The low speed of 48km/h resulted in nearly everyone having one had it tuned. Mine was running 90+ and I never had a police control Sadly a cousin crashed with it when I was at army... But it looked like this: quite big tank to reach my then GF and a two seater of cause.
  15. Phil Collins -> Ron Bushy It is somehow strange: I know the most drummers from bands. But if someone would ask me what is the best drum solo - I had to look up the name of the drummer.
  16. Spaghetti Bolognese is a thing which can be easily done in large amounts in a field kitchen. We sometimes mix Grünkern into the sauce. So it is more sauce than tagliatelle noodles (we use them at family dinner, field kitchen it are the cheaper spaghetti) on the table. Grünkern can replace rice if having problems with sugar. German chefkoch.de has a lot of german recipes and pictures. I normally take the recipes just as an inspiration and use stuff we have in garden (bear garlic instead garlic for example) or can make ourself. See the 'corn' in the sauce? Grünkern is full of minerals and proteins and healthier than rice. This way the sauce satiates more and less noodles are needed to fight the hunger. We did 20 pounds of Grünkern last year. Using the remaining heat of the baking house for drying. The spelt was harvested the old way with sickles to show schoolclasses how it was done in earlier times. Old people had a lot of fun doing it so it was a win-win.
  17. We had massive wet snowfall snowfall. Was a chainsaw day for us firefighters to free the secondary roads from fallen trees.
  18. Star Trek elite force 2... BEST GAME EVER -> The Patrician Ascaron video game from 1992 Build ships, trade, fortify your hometown,... Forget all I said, I played a pirate and robbed all I needed
  19. treacle -> three-axle Rarely in towns, but heavy terrain countryside: three-axle Unimog's at firefighters.
  20. One of our hens got a broken leg. Slaughtered to end the pain and put it in the fridge last week. Today Pearl barley, near raw Sauerkraut, sour cream (Schmand), leek, carrots, onions, garlic, chicken stripes, cheese... all put into the field kitchen at firefighters and everyone from village came for his share ... Don't ask me what exactly I was mixing together, I added stuff till all tasted good and then 1st march 2023 nearly all covid restriction removed today (at least in our state) and time for a village party Was anounced as spaghetti bolognese party, but a hot 'chicken and barley soup' was way better at this cold.
  21. Star clear and therefor ice cold nights. And: polar lights. This is the advantage of living on a forest hill away from towns. No light polution as in towns. We were probably the most southern area in Germany with the luck to see the polar lights.
  22. You can learn from boars. They dig a potatoe field, but for worms not potatoes too close to the surface. New potatoe variants contain far less solanine than the ones from 50 years ago. In war time at a diet mainly from potatoe solanine poisoning was quite common, even if they were not green. We store our potatoes in a clay cellar 4 metres below surface at constant temperature at around 9C and no light. Even when older than a year: (in old times only at misharvests) the potatoe variants specially chosen for long time storage don't produce much extra solanine in storage. Fast growing variants which are harvested 3 times a year produce solanine even if not in the sun or damaged. We don't throw green potatoes away, we store them and use them as seed potato.
  23. Uriah Heep -> cover I like the gregorian chant version of the song. And it is even way better if you have the luck to listen to Gergorians live.
  24. You don't buy a house for yourself. We didn't buy one till our second was on her way. At our oldest we were still at university. You buy a house for the kids, a garden, nature and fresh air, dogs, ... Later -when the kids are out of house- it will be a place where all meet from time to time - hopefully. But with an own house on countryside you can do alot of jokes town life: small dogs and big rats hunting them, omg missed the bus and it will take 10 minutes till the next bus village life: big dogs and small cute rodents, you never miss a bus because you can hear the only bus from 3 villages away.
  25. An own house is actually a big real life project. If you think you did the most - laws will change and better isolation, more modern heating and whatever are demanded. And with an house under cultural heritage this will result in lots and lots of paperwork with different authorities. Germany is a third world country in this, they all rely on paper which has to be done by the owner instead going digital and exchange the data from authority to authority. No, they are old school and send a paper demand to the owner as it was done 250 years ago when our house got its nowadays shape. The CPM robot was more a whole family project, my own contribution was a single saturday morning at work for the cutting and adapting old stepping engines to a Raspberry Pi interface.The Raspberry was used in science classes at the schools of my kids. So our oldest and her husband did the user interface. The movement limits data was calculated by our second who is in orthopedics, my brother as an engineer did the savety certification, ... The project was cut in pieces and each piece done by another person.

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