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20 Year High School Reunion

Two weeks ago my friend Mario and I visited Lippstadt, the town of our school days. The occassion was the 20 year high school reunion of the Ostendorf Gymnasium.

I felt a mixture of anticipation and apprehension when we arrived at the Goldener Hahn. But after sighting the first familiar faces I began to relax. The first pleasant realisation was that I’m not the only who got older. I actually still have more hair and less grey hair than some of my former schoolmates. And while a lot of them have gained weight I lost one or two kilos in the last 20 years. 🙂

Mario and I spent the rest of the evening talking to as many schoolmates as we could. Unfortunately not all the people I would have liked to meet attended the party. But most of the people I didn’t really need to see again weren’t there either. The hardest part was to remember everybody’s name.

During the evening I realized that I knew next to nothing about the girls on my high school. Well, considering that I was a fairly overweight geek with a lot of spots back then I shouldn’t have been surprised.

Alltogether it was a really nice event. I hope there will be another reunion in a few years.

A Rude Awakening

Last night I woke up at around 4:00 am. After a few moments of disorientation I noticed that my pillow was wet. I soon realized that the sheet, the blanket and my pyjamas were wet, too. I stood up, had a look at the bed and figured out what had happened: a corner weld on my side of our water bed had developed a leak. Just the thing you need in the middle of the night. 🙁

My wife had woken up in the meantime. She helped me to hang up the wet laundry and patched the leak. As the water bed itself still needed to dry we spent the rest of the night in the guest room. It took us both a while to go to sleep again. Unsurprisingly we were both dead tired when the alarm went off in the morning.