Thanks. Though have you been to S.R. recently? Seen the giant concrete hand that now blights our downtown–as well as the recently-built 3D Charlie Brown statue (that theoretically honors Charles Schultz)-- creepy! Oh well maybe you can see the beauty that I miss…
Well, I can tell you a giant concrete hand does exactly fit in with the SR motif. But I do say a 3D statue of Charlie Brown sure is classy. I can still remember the good ‘ol days of comics – not the horribly spliced Sunday Comic strips we have today. There use to be a time where comics consisted of more than two strips – ahhh… those were the days. :roll:
Sonoma County does rule though…
I don’t know. I think your neck of the woods is better.
Also BTW–no more Deutschmarks–Euros!
Pleazzz… no real men use “Euros.” Next time I go to Europe, I’ll be sure to stock up on that nation’s currency, not some ugly looking Euros. It’s almost as worst as monopoly/Canadian money!
would be interesting to hear what kind of “hype” you are talking about…about germans ……
Sure, we can use a good story now and then. Anyways, I remember way back at the beginning-middle of the school year, we had recently received some Germans (foreign exchange students I reckon). I think it was five, nice looking people (two or so being of my grade level). Now typically, I naturally saw the German as a threat to the school balance of power. You hear all these fanciful stories on how the Germans are the best… oh about the best at EVERYTHING. What I expected was for the German to take over the school and just excel academically. After all – we were all a bunch of California educated students (yes, the worst in the world), and I expected them to just rape us on test and study habits. However, the strangest thing happened… These Germans weren’t that smart at all!
Well, let me rephrase that. The Germans were for all intensive purposes quite average. And what does being average in California mean compared to the rest of the world? Janitorial position, that’s what! Of course, I was willing to let a few things slide. They didn’t make any honor English courses, perfectly legit considering English wasn’t their primary language. But I will say their English was actually quite good. There was still a touch of German accent (depending on each student), but beyond that, spoken very well. However, the two subjects that I will NOT slide were math and science – something that Germans single handedly wrote the book on (with a few tips from the Canadians of course ). Now I consider myself to be an average student – nothing spectacular, just the simple old soldier I am. However, even then I saw myself besting the Germans on just about every test, quiz, and assignment we took. I was shocked! Here I thought the Germans were going to make me look bad, when in fact, it was the other way around!
Of course, that wasn’t the only thing. Now, figuring that US math and science might be different from German math and science, I supposed I could let that slide. However, then there’s these huge stories of “German efficiency,” “German discipline,” and stuff like that (of course, nothing beats Yankee Ingenuity 8)). Now naturally seeing how Mercedes is a Germany car company, I would agree with this. Once again, I was dead wrong! These Germans I knew were not machines, but for all intensive purposes, slackers. I didn’t know what their study habits were at home, but at school, it was like “why do it today, when I can put it off until tomorrow.” They had become, like me (well usually at school I preoccupied with other "things”). In fact our, math teacher (who I will refer to as Dr. No), yelled at them several times. I’m serious, Dr. No would be like, “Wake up and get with the program! Your parents didn’t send you here for daycare! Either shape, get out! Blahblahblahbalah…” In fact, one of the Germans (a guy) dropped out of Dr. No’s class eventually. What’s up with that?
As for German discipline, about last year, we had a German history teacher. Now normally I was expecting one of those mean, strict teachers, something along of the lines of Dr. No. Instead this teacher, was more concerned about drinking coffee and telling stories about “back in my day… blahblahblahblah…” The schedule in his class was a 15-minute lecture about history (which would usually turn into a 30-minute history of the antics in his life), go over the homework (surprisingly, very light), assign homework, and for the rest of the period – fun time (well except during fun time, he would talk about how Clinton was such a bad president and of his country, Germany. What’s up with this?
Anyways, moral of the story: even “good racism” (for lack of better word), can be bad.