Reid/Male/21-25. Lives in Germany/Saxony/Dresden/Altstadt, speaks English and  . Spends 80% of daytime online. Uses a Faster (1M+) connection. And likes Rock Climbing/Politics.
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Germany, Saxony, Dresden, Altstadt, English, , Reid, Male, 21-25, Rock Climbing, Politics.

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Old.Reid.pre.2001
 


11.09.2002 :: Moved

Hi. GreyMatter has provided me with a pretty good means of expressing my thoughts, ideas, and wanderings for the better part of the year, but I think I have outgrown it. I now wish to connect my blog to the great Blog Network, and GreyMatter simply didn't allow me to do that. So I spent the better part of today installing and adjusting MovableType. It looks good, despite a few little bugs that I've already found. It'll probably take me a few more days until I figure out how to get it configured just so.., but I have moved all my existing entries to my New Home. Hope to see you there.


11.09.2002 :: Moved

Hi. GreyMatter has provided me with a pretty good means of expressing my thoughts, ideas, and wanderings for the better part of the year, but I think I have outgrown it. I now wish to connect my blog to the great Blog Network, and GreyMatter simply didn't allow me to do that. So I spent the better part of today installing and adjusting MovableType. It looks good, despite a few little bugs that I've already found. It'll probably take me a few more days until I figure out how to get it configured just so.., but I have moved all my existing entries to my New Home. Hope to see you there.


11.09.2002 :: Moved

Hi. GreyMatter has provided me with a pretty good means of expressing my thoughts, ideas, and wanderings for the better part of the year, but I think I have outgrown it. I now wish to connect my blog to the great Blog Network, and GreyMatter simply didn't allow me to do that. So I spent the better part of today installing and adjusting MovableType. It looks good, despite a few little bugs that I've already found. It'll probably take me a few more days until I figure out how to get it configured just so.., but I have moved all my existing entries to my New Home. Hope to see you there.


11.09.2002 :: Moved

Hi. GreyMatter has provided me with a pretty good means of expressing my thoughts, ideas, and wanderings for the better part of the year, but I think I have outgrown it. I now wish to connect my blog to the great Blog Network, and GreyMatter simply didn't allow me to do that. So I spent the better part of today installing and adjusting MovableType. It looks good, despite a few little bugs that I've already found. It'll probably take me a few more days until I figure out how to get it configured just so.., but I have moved all my existing entries to my New Home. Hope to see you there.


11.09.2002 :: Moved

Hi. GreyMatter has provided me with a pretty good means of expressing my thoughts, ideas, and wanderings for the better part of the year, but I think I have outgrown it. I now wish to connect my blog to the great Blog Network, and GreyMatter simply didn't allow me to do that. So I spent the better part of today installing and adjusting MovableType. It looks good, despite a few little bugs that I've already found. It'll probably take me a few more days until I figure out how to get it configured just so.., but I have moved all my existing entries to my New Home. Hope to see you there.


11.07.2002 :: Losing the way?

The strangest thing about being in a foreign country has to be language. You start off trying to speak the foreign language, failing miserably, then settling in with people that speak your own (well, if you're unambitious like me, anyway).

But it's strange, because your language deterioriates as though you have to pigeon through it. It de-evolves into some primordial goo, losing its beauty and being completely utilitarian in purpose. You stop talking all the time just because you can. Communication becomes a tool, useful only for saying things like, "I'm bleeding," or, "Nice shoes." Every extra sentence just means having to explain it to your listener, and provides more opportunity for cultural misunderstanding.

Then one day you wake up and start talking normally again. People get a little confused, you're difficult for them to follow, but it feels better.

Two days ago I woke up. It feels good. People are having some difficulty understanding me, but I don't mind anymore. I run circles around people in logic class. "It's not the case that not P doesn't have the negation of all the formulas of P," or, "It's not the case that if Not P is necessarily false on A, then it's necessary that the possibility of Not P exists at B. [Referring to System K]."

Tuesday was the usual student club, with my laptop. It's impossible to sit in a corner and just write notes if you have a laptop...too many eyes staring at you. I'll be sure not to make that mistake again next week. Anyway I met up with the usual crowd there, Andreas, Nick (American), Toby (German). Toby turns 23 on Thursday and is throwing a huge party on Saturday.

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Toby...

The big cans on his left are 5.0 Liters of beer each. The cases on his right are full of 0.5L cans. Quick math says he has over 150L of alchohol for Saturday. I think things are going to be a little bit crazy....

I can't drink too much Saturday, though. I went to meet a couple on Monday, to learn a little more about Soka Gakkai. I am going back to their house on Sunday morning for a Dresden-area SGI chant. Who knows if that's the right way? I guess we'll see.


11.03.2002 :: All Hallow's Eve

I spent much of the day Thursday and Friday lying around in bed, naked, famished. The doorbell wrang on Thrursday afternoon, so I put on shorts and a shirt and went out to answer it.

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Aww

This little girl was at my door with a few older siblings, asking for halloween candy (I guess). I didn't have much food in the house what with my illness, but I managed to dig in the cabinets and give her two candy bars that I'd been saving. Darn, was planning to eat those later that day, too...

With that excitingness done, I walked to the grocery store and bought some more bread, and ventured to eat a PB&J sandwhich. I was full after about a half of a sandwhich and few glasses of coke. My stomach must have shrank. I fell asleep at about 5pm Thursday night, planning to go rock climbing on Friday.

Friday morning I thought better of it, and slept in until 10am. Then I went to the mall and had a huge ice cream sundae. Thought it would make me feel better for some reason. My stomach felt a little uneasy but I kept it down...Also went to the bank to drop off the $1500 cash that I've been carrying around for two weeks. I felt exhausted, so I took a nap.

Friday night the party happened at Maja's apartment. I didn't have a costume, so they helped me out.

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Are you ready?

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Maybe not? :)

The woman applying make-up to me didn't speak English. Obviously I had an idea what was going on though. Whee. The party was fun, talking to the Ruskies from my class, Micha and Kathe (and Idelyn, I think). And to a woman from Sudan, and a few Germans. All pretty interesting people. All really smart. I've found the right group of people.

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A German, pumping out the tunes on the living room dance floor

There were a ton of people at the party, including a lot more Russians than I mention (some of these young'ing didn't seem to be too old/too smrt).

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A particularly stoned-looking Ruskie, I don't remember her name

Still they could dance, which was amusing...and not just Kristin Jann dance either.

Today has been another day of rest, and cleaning. I managed to wipe down the whole kitchen with some vaguely bleach-like substance, re-wash all the dishes (note to roommate: When there is green stuff growing in the bottom of the bowl, you haven't washed it too well :)), trying to prevent future food poisoning. Today was Samhain, the real day, for those that care to watch astral alignments 15 degrees scorpio, though I didn't take my telescope out to verify that :)). It was also, I was told by my Indian comrades, a big Indian celebration of one of their godesses defeating a demon in battle. Probably also astronomical in nature. And me without meeting my SGI people yet.


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