Peter gent’s Blog

Bank holiday blues

Posted in blog by petegent on October 3, 2008

Huzzah it’s a bank holiday! you might think…

Actually bank holidays in Germany are well… shite. Even less stuff is going on (or seems to be) than

on Sundays, which is the other form of punitive existence in Germany. At least in England I can go to a fricking Tesco 24/7 and get milk, doughnuts and other critical munchies at 2:03 in the morning.

 

I guess in that respect Germany is actually very backward and very much like what England was around 10 to 15 years ago before a new dawning age in shopping and
 lifestyle appeared.

On the other hand perhaps people here in Germany are just not as big suckers for buying things to make ourselves feel better a bout our stupidly pointless ant lives.

It’s certainly true to say that I think they have a much more liberal society than England does. You can pretty much do anything here as long as you’ve a got a grip on the language, which I guess is the crux of the problem for me.

They also don’t have the omni-present surveillance society that’s slowly being setup in England. More cameras than anywhere else in the world, Eco town gulags, the Mi5 reading through every email or word you put on the Internet. Even ISP’s are now being forced into sending file sharers intimidating letters .

On a completely different note from governmental overwatch I’ve started jogging at lunchtimes now and doing pressups + situps daily to improve my strength and stamina. I’ve been following the excellent hundredpressups.com program but I’ve really gotten stuck around week 4. It just seems like whatever I do I just can’t quite do 20 pressups and perhaps it’s time I invest in some weights etc to work out my upper body strength a bit more. I’ve already got my eye on getting a gripmaster to strengthen my forearms for kung fu and guitar, which is probably gonna be the subject of a whole different blog post ☺.

I’m also looking for some tips on how to find a good running shoe or a shop to fit proper running shoes to my feet.  These days it seems like every shop these days is flooded with crappy Adidas or other flimsy running shoes made for self proclaimed sported people than actual runners.

Anyway I’m just short of starving to death now so I’m gonna go out to get some grub.

– Pete

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