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Working in my Pajamas

18 Feb 2017 Karina S. Henkel

This is so awesome! We had a big snow storm here. This time it didn’t hit us on a weekend, but on a Monday. Yes, that always means a lot of snow blowing and shoveling (no matter which day of the week the snow storm comes) but that also means that companies sometimes allow their employees to stay home because driving in a snowstorm is considered dangerous. And it is dangerous, indeed! I’ve done it and can’t tell you how draining it is to cruise on slippery roads in constant fear that either my car or another car nearby is going to lose control. In addition to that is the lack of visibility and the water freezing on the windshield wipers, causing even more problems since they are not able to clean the windshield anymore.

snow storm
work

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The German Way to Comment on Games

12 Feb 2017 Karina S. Henkel

The German Way to Comment on Games I never noticed it until Andrew showed me a video on YouTube. He and all his friends thought it was hilarious, but I couldn’t see what was so funny about it until he explained it to me.

New England Patriots,Miami Dolphins,american football
sports

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Foreign Hobbies

10 Feb 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Foreign Hobbies Hunting as a hobby is one of these things that I don‘t understand. I understand that we have to kill animals because we have to eat protein, at least once in a while. Nowadays, people like me don’t have to kill in order to get their meat.

hobbies,ice fishing,hunting
sports

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Flying Ice on Highways

7 Feb 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Flying Ice on Highways In winter I become a raging fury when I see cars with ice and snow on their roofs. This is so dangerous and I just don’t understand why these people don’t take care of it. Well, it is partially understandable because it endangers only the cars behind them and not themselves.

car,snow,ICE

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Pussy-Hats and Porta-Potties

4 Feb 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Pussy-Hats and Porta-Potties I admit it, I admit it. I went to one of the women’s walks in January. 

pussy hats,demonstrations,women's walk
Politics

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The American Way to File a Complaint

30 Jan 2017 Karina S. Henkel

The American Way to File a Complaint Ok, this is probably not specifically American, but I want to write about it anyway. I have this very nice and lovely colleague, Jenny. She is in her sixties and the nicest person you could think of. She is a people pleaser.

kind,friendly

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Winter Times are Hard Times for Pedestrians

26 Jan 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Winter Times are Hard Times for Pedestrians Today I had to almost stop because a wheelchair was driving on the street. There was not enough room to pass it, therefore all cars had to adjust their speed to the wheelchair driver. That sucks, but how bad must that feel for the person in that chair.

winter,Maine,snow
American Way of Life

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My Car Makes Weird Noises

23 Jan 2017 Karina S. Henkel

My Car Makes Weird Noises I have heard that noise for quite a while. I tried to ignore it for at least two weeks, maybe even longer. Whenever I turned my car to the left, there was this noise in my front wheels. It was very low and easy to overhear when the music was on.

car,work,garage,repair
American Way of Life

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Local Politics

19 Jan 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Local Politics This is not a political blog, and maybe I should not talk about political stuff here, but politics shape our lives. When Donald Trump was elected as president of the United States I decided, after a day of panic, that I will just ignore this dude as long as he...

Trump
Politics

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My Friend and Her Marijuana Farm

16 Jan 2017 Karina S. Henkel

My Friend and Her Marijuana Farm My friend lives and works on her boyfriend’s Marijuana farm. I always thought that it was cool that I had a friend like her. There is nothing illegal about having a farm like that in Maine (otherwise I would not write about that here – or maybe I would –...

cannabis,marijuana
American Way of Life

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Automatic Garbage Disposal

13 Jan 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Automatic Garbage Disposal Either Americans are lazy or Germans are too German to live a really comfortable life. Just take a look at the cars. In Germany hardly anyone drives an automatic transmission car. We usually prefer cars with a manual shift. Not that I had a lot of choices there.

garbage
American Way of Life

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