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First of all, big, big thanks to all of you on my FList who sent me good thoughts and comments for our day in court.

Unfortunately, unlike the first instance, *this* court decided that Walter is also to be held responsible for his accident - at least in part. Their reasoning is that if he'd stuck to driving on the right side with his bike, the accident *probably* wouldn't have happened. They more or less ignored the fact that the car was going *much* too fast, for Walter to have a chance to react.


Well, we will be told the verdict - or rather "decision", as they called it - on August 5th. If they decide to divide it up into 70-30 (that means that 70 % of the guilt goes to the driver, 30 % to Walter) then we'll probably go into revision - all the way up to Supreme Court... >.< More delay.

I've read through all your suggestions and ideas on my "what shall I do with my life" post. Thank you! I still haven't managed to distill it down to something useful - but I'm working on it. I'll keep you posted. :)

Can you imagine? I actually dusted off my *bike* this week? O.o And for the first time in *five* years I actually *used* it? >.> I figured that, as long as the weather is so nice, I might as well get used to it again. While I was still living in Munich, I used to do a *lot* of bike riding - much easier to get through the city, and you're flexible, where time and space is concerned. No waiting on buses or trams, and no looking for a parking space. But when I moved to the country, I stopped. Having to go *uphill* for hours, just to get from the grocery store to our home, wasn't my idea of fun. So for the last... let me think about that one... 21 years (oh Gods!) I haven't used a bike - except for that one single ride five years ago. >.>

So why now? Well, it saves gas, for one. I *used* to like doing it. It's good for my health and weight. And the roads here abouts are mostly nice and flat, with good bike riding paths. And it only takes me an hour to get to the post office and back - I hope to shorten that time as I get better at it.

It still feels strange - I've lost a lot of my bike-savvy... used to be really good and coordinated, now I feel like a fumbling idiot on the bike. But that's getting better with every trip that I take. So watch for me in the next Tour de France... *GGG*

The rest? As usual. Writing. Working. Working. Writing.

Trying to keep up my daughter's good spirits. She's terribly worried that she won't be able to handle the language, and the school, and everything being new. But I think once she's settled in, she'll find that it's easier than she thinks. And from what I'm gathering of her posts on Facebook, the family is helping her a lot. They seem to be quite nice and considerate. So once Cilli manages to lose the feeling that she won't be able to meet expectations (which no one has - except for her), she'll settle right in. At least I know she's already seen her first kangaroos. *gg*

Anything else? *ponders*

Oskar has managed to kill the toaster again. So I'm going to have to buy a new one. *headdesk* This time I *really* have to keep putting it away, or we'll end up buying toasters every few months or so... That cat has got to be the *wierdest* cat that I have ever had!

Weather is great! Hot! Sunny! Humid today. Perfect Raven weather! ^____^ I'd really rather sit outside to work, but Cilli has my laptop with her in Australia, and I'm not about to schlep my tower out into the sun... So I have to settle for just eating my lunch out on the bench on my patio. :)

*waves to FList*

Hope your day is as good as mine! *HUGS*


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Jul. 13th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
Aw, sorry things didn't go better in court. Want me to hex someone?

Oh, bikes! They always looked like such fun...unfortunately, I didn't learn to ride one till I was about 10, and have never been able to keep one going without crashing. :)

Oh, so Cilli's not fluent in English? Tell her not to worry, native speakers aren't either, it's just that confusing. But she'll be a pro at it in no time, since she's so immersed in it now. And a kangaroo already? That sounds like a good omen. :)

Your...cat...keeps killing toasters? Wow. Here we have Genesis for that, but a cat? That's way more impressive.

BAH, humidity. We've got rain at the moment, which is not colling things off at all. I'm off to steal your lovely cool Alps while your back is turned!

Jul. 13th, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
Sure. I'm all for hexes, if I'm in the right. :)

I learned when I was around... five? I think. Thereabouts. And except for lapses - like when I was in New York (10 years) and when I moved out into the country (21 years) I've always loved riding them. If it hadn't been so damn *hilly* where we lived last, I would have used it a lot more often. :)

No. She's always resisted speaking English with me - she felt that she wasn't good enough, so she didn't want to embarrass herself - even in front of her mother. But I think she'll pick it up much quicker than she's worried about. Yupp, kangaroos. I wonder what else she'll see while she's down south... :)

Yupp. Oskar *kills* toasters. He sticks his paws inside and grabs the thin little wire filaments on the sides - the ones that heat up and do the toasting - and pulls and pulls until they're totally out of alignment. The first time, he managed to shortcircuit the toaster - gracing us with a house-wide power outage. >.< This time, the toaster didn't even start working - and when I looked inside I saw that, yes, he'd done it *again*!!! Time for a new toaster. >.<

Humidity's good for me. Makes my skin all soft and young. Takes out the wrinkles. Makes body-lotions obsolete. *loves humidity* ^__^

Eh... you know... those Alps *might* just be a bit too *big* to steal... But you're always welcome to come and spend the summer here, 'summering' in my extra room. There's four cats, a well stocked fridge downstairs, an equally well stocked library and *tons* and *tons* of DVDs, along with a wide-screen TV...

All you need is a flight over... ^___^ And don't forget to pack the Choir. ;P

Oh... by the way... that little... idea... that the muse had? It's actually turning into a fic...

*ducks and hides*
Jul. 13th, 2010 06:50 pm (UTC)
Okay. I'll need the target's full name, and a bit of their hair would be great.

Immersion is the way to learn a language, they say. I'm sure she has no reason to feel embarrassed about her level of English anyway. And her German will be fascinating to the Aussies, maybe they'll end up teaching each other.

That is one odd cat. I'm surprised he hasn't been hurt doing that.

Ick, humidity. Might as well be submerged in warm water, and I don't like water. *is cat-like in this respect*

:) Perhaps one day, when I'm more social, I shall take you up on that, and terrify the locals with my squeeing over architecture and newb pronunication. If I could just make the Choir visible to them, though, they'd be as charmed by Cloud as we are. :)

Fic! Still morbidly curious, and anticipating. :)
Jul. 13th, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
The part with the hair might be a problem.

Indeed, immersion is the key. It's one of the reasons why the Rosetta Stone language programs are so successful. As far as I know, the host father knows some German and keeps trying to use it on her.

Oskar is the craziest, wierdest, most far-out cat that I have *ever* owned.

I love water. I love humidity. And I love heat - but not the sun. :)

Whenever that moment comes, you will be welcome here - along with the Choir. And yes, I can *sooo* see Cloud charm all the old ladies of the neighborhood.

Writing... writing... just keep the image of old Pres ShinRa in your mind... he's going to get his hands on Angeal here...

*keeps typing*
Jul. 14th, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
Hmm, yes, I thought it might be.

Poor Cilli, having to hear German in an Aussie accent, that must be scary.

Cloud: "Kitty!" *runs off to find*

Here, you can have our humidity. Ick, my town is right next to the ocean and I do not like water, nope.

Cloud may charm them, but Sephy might scare them. Unless they all fall in love with him. :)

Angeal: *twitch*

Jul. 14th, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
Insurance companies, on the whole, tend not to have hair... *gg*

She's more amused at their attempts than anything else. :) But very worried that she won't be able to handle the beginning of school. I keep calming her down. And I really think she'll do ok.


Oskar would *love* Cloud! Finally someone who would spend *hours* just kuddling and petting and loving... Evil owner (me) spends all of her time in the office, not loving Oskar... >.>

I'll take it! I'll take it! I'm already looking forward to spending a few weeks on the terrace right above the Mediterranean Sea... :)

Hm... if Sephy scares them, then there might be a lot of empty houses all around, suddenly... >.> Not sure whether that's a good idea...

Run Angeal! This one's going to break your brain!

*imitates mad scientist cackle*
Jul. 13th, 2010 08:04 pm (UTC)
That court case, what a headache. But here's to riding a bike being like riding a bike, you never really forget. :)

I have to wonder what the attraction of the toaster is for Oskar. That is a really odd hobby for a cat.
Jul. 13th, 2010 08:10 pm (UTC)
That court case has been giving me more grey hairs than anything else in my life. 7 years, and still no end in sight. >.<

Yes, riding a bike is really something you never forget. The only thing that I'm missing is the ease of coordination that I used to have. Now I have to *think* about things, when I'm riding along - switching gears, taking a curve, looking back and giving hand signals etc. But it will come back.

I have *no* idea. We're speculating that he thinks it's a new kind of mouse hole - deep and dark, you know. It's an *expensive* hobby! >.
Jul. 14th, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
Oskar... eats toasters? O_o
Jul. 14th, 2010 08:24 am (UTC)
Yes. I have a toaster-killing cat from Italy in my house... >.>
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