Also, I know I said that I would try and keep this more updated with Micro Thoughts, but you must remember that I also (English meaning) said that I probably would fall behind on updates.
That said, I’ve been super busy. I’m currently working my way through several readings, including Arthur Schnitzler’s Liebelei, literary theories about dramatic texts (Das Drama), and histories of Die Wiener Moderne, and universities during the 14th Century. So give me a break.
Today’s Thought: I love how bike-friendly Europe is – or at least Germany and the Netherlands. Back home it’s so nerve racking riding my bike on any road except around campus. If you want to go anywhere, you’re stuck “fending off a bunch of entitled WASPs“1 (or probably more often than not, the children of said WASPs2) and in constant danger of getting run off the road. It’s freaking scary. Here there are special lanes everywhere specifically for bikes, and why the hell not? They’re often denoted by red stone paths on sidewalks or on the side of the road itself. I’m praying that since they’re doing so much construction to Main Street in Blacksburg that they’ll have the foresight to add bike lanes (considering 3/4 of the town owns a bike). It’s probably only a pipe dream, but one can hope.
[Picture coming soon with red-bike-lane example!][Update: The picture’s here!]
(That’s the best translation I can think of – it’s used a lot to show you understand something. Note: You must use enough of the German pflem-in-the-back-of-the-throat-sound but so much that you sound like you’re hacking up a lung.
Pipe Dreams3: Whhaaaa?? Only one more month?; Weird German Mannerisms; Weird American Mannerism; Top 10 List About Germany; My Adventures into the Blogosphere (I can’t believe I just used that word…).
Well that’s it volks.
1. Awesome photography blog I found today. The guy’s from Charlottesville. Check it out if you like pictures of stuff.
2. The author is aware that he also the child of WASP parents. Not hating on WASPs, but it’s just true of the demographics of Blacksburg/Harrisonburg. And it’s a sweet acronym.
3. I have decided to change “What’s in the Pipeline” to “Pipe Dreams” because that’s really what my future blog plans usually end up being…