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We've had our five-year-old granddaughter here for the week, while mommy and daddy are at the hospital. Thankfully, she's gone to preschool all week, too, LOL.
I let her play around with the Audiokit Synth One app on my iPad this morning, and she really got the hang of it, on a five-year-old level, of course. It was pretty fun watching her noodle around on a synth, learning the controls, how to bend waveforms, etc.
My wife and I spent the day hiking in a park we hadn’t visited in 40 years. It was wonderful, if a bit wistful.
Back then, it was a private thing, and you paid the land owner (at a real “pay here” booth and everything) to traipse around his land. Which happened to be the location of a very singular geological feature called Hamilton Pool.
It’s now a Travis County Park, which it has been since 1990. This is important because the county has the resources to preserve the fragile ecosystem around the pool, and the creek that feeds it and flows out of it.
This hike was, for us, a “major pleasure.” But the “minor pleasure” part was that in spite of issues I’ve had since August with my replaced hip, I was able to do a fairly stout (if not super long) hike without ANY problem at all. It’s at the top end of the “minor pleasure” scale for me, but every little bit helps.
Germans have a LOT more formal driving training than ‘Mericans. And there’s this cultural thing about Germans…ya know, “rules.” They sort of follow them.
And IIRC, it costs a large number of marks to take the driving training and/or formal test, so if one has put the time, effort and money into getting that license, one might drive in a way so as not to lose said license, or get fined, or etc.
Here in Texas, driver training isn’t taught in schools. Not at all, since driving isn’t on the standardized tests. I’m NOT making this up. And mom and dad can “homeschool” driver training. Really. So it looks like the idea is to reinforce all of the parents’ bad habits, and produce even crappier drivers.
We looked at that for our son, and enrolled him in a formal driving school. He’s a pretty darn good driver - and not just because the bar separating “super crappy” and “not technically a road hazard” is awfully low.
Getting a license here costs in excess of 2000€, currently.
Originally Posted by subego
I love the idea, but nobody has ever obliged in daytime, and think it’s a dick move at night.
My guess is people in Germany are much better at not sitting in the fast lane than in America.
Above 80 km/h, you are legally required to use the rightmost available lane.
Yes, that’s an actual thing here.
Endangering others by failing to do so is an 80€ fine and one point in the registry (8 points is loss of license).
Not only do most drivers (around here) have little knowledge or respect for physics, they lack anything like common courtesy. (By my observations) they leave the house late, expect everybody to get out of their way, weave in and out of traffic, then take their exit (if they notice) only to queue up to get into the parking lot they “need to be in.” Using what they clearly think is “the only way into the lot.”
It makes a person wonder who velcros their shoes for them…or monitors their meds.
Was feeling charitable and gave them a day, but my patience has worn out and I sicced the pigs on the car half-blocking my driveway. It’s just been ticketed, and now the owner gets to race a tow truck.