As I readjust to life here, some things are going very easily and some are taking a little bit more time. Today’s post will be short and a little random.
I’ve been slowly working my way through a list of restaurants that I wanted to visit again after my return. I spent an entire week during my last month in Germany dreaming and drooling about a hot corned beef sandwich on seedless rye bread from Toojays Deli, and I still haven’t made it there. I did find that the gyros at Gyroville are not that dissimilar from Döner in Germany.
I said in my Last Looks post that I was looking forward to video without geo-blocking. This goes double for audio. It’s fantastic to be able to stream Pandora to my phone again!
While it’s nice to have that, I’m finding myself falling further and further behind in the new fall television shows. I watch a lot of shows, and it was easy to stay up to date on them when I was in Germany, because I had no life. Now that I’m back in Florida, I’m easily 20-25 hours behind on my television watching because I’m simply too busy to watch most of it.This isn’t a bad thing, because being busy can be wonderful. Outside of travel, I really didn’t have that much going on for the last few years, aside from going out to eat with friends on weekends.
For the last three years, I spent the majority of my time alone. Since I got back to Florida, I’ve been the exact opposite of that. The only time I’m usually alone now is when I’m sleeping. I’m staying at my brother’s house for a while – I need a car before I can get an apartment. One thing at a time.
Dinner most evenings is a group event, with my brother and his boyfriend. On the weekends, and at least once or twice during each work-week, I spend oodles of time with my girlfriend, Amelie.
I used to write my blog posts with a nice cup of mint tea while sitting at the San Francisco Coffee Company in Regensburg. Mint tea and bloggery go together, in my brain. It’s really nice to add Amelie to the mix, though. Even now, I’m writing this post on Starbucks Wi-Fi with a cup of mint tea while she’s sitting across from me, reading a Queen & Country trade paperback. (I totally won the girlfriend lottery- she’s smart, sexy, funny, and she reads comics. And for some reason, she’s really into me. Score!)
I’m still not in anything like a regular routine. I get to work a half hour early most days because I still haven’t gotten the hang of I-95 traffic levels all this time. Even when I think I’ve got it, any traffic issues or small rainstorms change the transit times immensely. There was one day last week where part of I-95 was closed because of both an accident AND a brush fire- the resulting traffic snarls affected the entire city and much of the surrounding area, so it took me an hour and twenty minutes to travel what would normally only take twenty or twenty-five minutes. Oh South Florida, I didn’t miss this part of you.
I need to redo the catch-phrase for this blog. “Doin’ Time on the Donau” is no longer relevant, because I’m not there any more. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to come up with anything catchier than “Farting Around in Florida,” and that’s just… no.
I’ve been looking at new cars, because after three years without owning a car, I’m back in a place where cars are a requirement to an uncomplicated life. My dad loaned me his car for a little while, so I haven’t had to rush into getting a car. It’s not an open-ended loan, though, so I do need to buy a car in the next month or so.
I’ve spent hours looking at details about different cars that are available here- that was necessary, because after three years in Germany, I didn’t actually know what they sell here. I liked some of the Opel and Seat cars in Germany, but neither of those is available here, at least not under those names.I’ve test driven a number of vehicles already. I wanted to love the Toyota Prius C, but it’s really not a good fit- literally. I couldn’t roll the seat back and I just barely fit. Speaking of fit, the Honda Fit (called the Honda Jazz in Germany) was actually quite nice, but I like my cars with a little bit more zip.
After all of that, I’ve whittled my decision down to two cars: The Mazda 3 hatchback and the Honda Civic sedan. Now I need to decide whether I want manual or automatic transmission…
Which do you prefer, stick or automatic?