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September 2, 2008

Politics & Veggies

Last week was all about politics - and a lesson for us about political campaigning in the US. The Democrats had their national convention, i.e. 4 days of speeches about themselves, essentially, which ended with a speech of Obama in a giant stadium:

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(taken from post-gazette.com)

Quite a change of scale, compared to the out-in-the-garden speeches of the Swiss politicians... Talking about garden: we are currently getting more food from our garden than we can eat, it's absolutely great. A typical day's yield would look something like this:

(OK, this was an exceptional day, but still... good old homegrown veggies keep us from eating greasy high fructose corn syrup industry products)

We've been hiking a lot lately, around the Santa Cruz Mountains and in Marin County just north of San Francisco. Although it's getting really dry (haven't seen rain for four months now), it's still spectacular, and we can't wait to see how it's gonna be in Spring when everything is lush and green and wet.

September 25, 2008

Interesting times

This is quite an interesting time to be in America right now. The financial markets are collapsing big time. Some people seem to think that this is a short-term thing, but I have my doubts. I would be surprised if things would be back to normal in less than 10 years.

On the other hand, America never ceases to surprise, in good ways and in bad ways. Who would have thought that after 8 years of George W. Bush, the people of America might elect someone like Barack Obama? And now it seems like this it what's going to happen.

Most would not be surprised to learn the George W. Bush has now officially the lowest approval rate of any American president since the introduction of presidential job approval ratings in the 1930ies - he's currently at 19%. Most, however, would be surprised to learn that the person with the highest approval rating of any American president since the introduction of presidential job approval ratings is - George W. Bush (at 92% right after 9/11). Consequently, the man also holds the record of the biggest approval rating difference during the president term in office - a whopping 73%. (This wiki article contains the links to the sources).

Either the man has changed dramatically, or the people (the ones who are voting) have changed dramatically. My bet is on the latter. If I'm right, then the 73% are a good indication of how much things have changed during the past 8 years. Given that George W. Bush was never elected with a large majority (if there was a majority at all), and given that anyone in this country thinks they're on the wrong track, it seems to me almost dead certain that Obama will be elected president in a few weeks. I would even bet on a double digit percentage difference. But then again, this country never ceases to surprise...

To us, neither of this will matter much, of course, as we continue to enjoy the excellent weather, the beautiful nature, our friends and neighbors, independent of who's going to try to clean up the mess in the next 4 years.

September 29, 2008

First things first

First tank explosion: While cleaning the tanks at work, one of them "exploded" - luckily, Rahel got away with a few cuts on her hands that will heal after a while. It's dangerous to be a marine biologist these days...

First iPhone: I couldn't hold myself back and bought an iPhone. It's not so much the price of the phone that held me back, but the two year AT & T contract that one needs to get the phone. This is an absolutely crazy little machine and will have quite an impact. I love it.

First pull over: This morning, as I was driving to work at 6:30 am (I have to mention this because I still can't believe that I became an early riser), the "check engine" light of my car came up and I had to bring the car over to the mechanic. They gave me a loaner car for the day, but that car's registration has expired, something I only noticed after I was pulled over by the Highway patrol (on the highway, with sirens and blinking flash lights and megaphone and the full show). I was surprised at how friendly and relaxed they were - probably because I'm Hollywood-brainwashed (expecting something like "KEEP YOUR HANDS ON THE M*****F***ING STEERING WHEEL!!!" at gunpoint).

First rain: not yet! But according to some weather forecasts, it could be raining on Saturday (if you trust a 6 day weather forecast). This would be the first rain since we move here 5 months ago. We never thought that rain could be something to blog about, but there you go.

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