I am
...getting rained on in Tokyo.
...old enough to drink alcohol but not old enough to know when to stop.
...blogging since 02/22/03.

Thursday, October 30, 2003

Back to the past
The ugly reminiscence of school trips with the awkward social interaction between students and teachers has barely faded from my mature university student's memory when it all comes back with a vengeance. From Thursday evening till Saturday afternoon I will be stuck in a youth hostel somewhere in South Germany where a mandatory seminar on international management takes place. It seems that this is part of the chair's idea of creating a stronger bond between the students of international management students and the academic staff. So far I feel no such thing, only a slight inclination to pour some rat poison into the food of those who stole my weekend.

posted by Bunny at 3:15 PM

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

I'd stick to steaks and hamburgers
One Texan prisoner listed "Justice, Equality, World Peace", another "Justice, Temperance, with Mercy" as his final meal request. Stupid idea. If Justice was edible it would probably taste like cod-liver oil.

posted by Bunny at 5:39 PM

Monday, October 27, 2003

Last resort
About four years ago a new building was built on campus. It has been financed by some sponsors so the university almost got it for free; but still, it is an architectural abomination. When they built it they forgot to include the planned elevator, it is huge but only five classrooms fit in it because they wasted a lot of space on some big hall which is rarely used for something else but examination. The worst thing is that the ventilation doesn't work properly in those classrooms with no windows.
Today I spent three hours in one of those hot and stuffy rooms. After a sleepless night caffeine and sugar weren't keeping me awake anymore so I thought pain would do the job and I started pricking my palm with a pen for a while. It didn't really work though because I couldn't apply enough pressure to make it hurt enough when I dozed off. There must be another solution to free myself from my narcoleptic-like state... Now, where do I get one of those oxygen tanks?

posted by Bunny at 6:41 PM

Friday, October 24, 2003

TS' tenosynovitis still hasn't gotten any better so that I hadn't been massaged for at least three months. When I complained to him about it and my sore back, he surprised me with an appointment with a professional masseuse. That was really sweet of him. I enjoyed it a lot except for the part during which I was supposed to "warm up" under a red heat lamp which made me feel like I was a roast chicken that was kept warm. Memo to my future married self: Nagging gets you what you want.

posted by Bunny at 6:47 PM

Sleeping is no good for my cognitive processes
I woke up while being under the impression that it's pouring outside before I remembered that my bedroom is next to the shower.

posted by Bunny at 10:38 AM

Thursday, October 23, 2003

Talking to myself
Whenever I walk a certain footpath on campus I automatically say "I hate this university". I must be responding unconsciously to a key stimulus that is placed there somewhere. It might be the fake castle ruin on campus or the decaying leaves on the ground. Or maybe it's a moment of clarity bestowed on me by a rush of fresh oxygen in-between the carbon dioxide filled classes.

posted by Bunny at 4:38 PM

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Recurring theme
Sleeping is supposed to be restful but for the last week I only managed to come up with incoherent dreams in which I have to complete random and unmanageable tasks, such as diversifying a securities portfolio or giving birth to a baby. This semester hasn't been good so far.

posted by Bunny at 6:12 PM

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Rethinking my options
Maybe my career aspirations are misled after all. I proofread a friend's paper and realized that I take immense pleasure in detecting other people's mistakes. Teacher should be an extremely satisfying job for me.

posted by Bunny at 3:46 PM

Sunday, October 19, 2003

The joys of sharing an apartment
I have the urge to get a hotel room so that I can steal a lot of "do not disturb"-signs. They might come in handy in our little apartment. Sometimes 100 m2 don't countervail against treading on someone's toes.

posted by Bunny at 8:11 PM

Thursday, October 16, 2003

That's why I don't like marketing
The powerpoint presentation of some VP from a major consultancy who held a lecture at the university yesterday was everything one expects from a consultant. It had lots of graphics in it with squares, pyramids, circles and arrows in it and the word strategy was randomly sprinkled on the slides. At the end, the current recruiting ad of the consultancy was projected onto the screen and stayed projected for the 30 min Q&A session during which I was bothered by the slogan of the ad. Roughly translated it said "To think is to act" which ranks among the top 10 of meaningless brain puke that was conceived by an adman whose imagination has been smothered by his coke-addiction.
Using the same schema this guy would consequently come up with more crap such as "Yellow is green" or "Beach is mountain". I hope his nose explodes before such monstrosities take shape.

posted by Bunny at 5:04 PM

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

And what does this teach me?
Isn't it sad that I have a lecture taught by a guy whose nickname is Gianni even though his real name starts with a C? He only got the nickname due to his preference for Versace clothing.

posted by Bunny at 10:15 AM

Monday, October 13, 2003

Geez, that's good to know...
I've already told you about TJ's, TS' and my little measurement frenzy. The latest findings show that I can put my whole fist into my mouth. Not until my wrist but the knuckles are no problem.

posted by Bunny at 10:38 PM

Okay guys, who of you listed me on BlogShares? I want names!

posted by Bunny at 10:22 PM

Sunday, October 12, 2003

Laziness is what I am
As this is the last year of my studies, I thought I should profit from the free coaching program that our university offers. I sort of imagined my coach to be some elderly businessman who hands out his pearls of wisdom to whoever is willing to listen while walking through a very inspirational landscape. Instead I got to sit with some hot guy in his 30s in a very uninspiring office at university. Unfortunately his hotness didn't prevent me from losing what little dignity I had so that I spent the coaching session happily abusing him as my shrink. In the end, he gave me a "to do"-list for me to complete until our next session in November. It's seems to be a lot of work to get one's life straightened out. Maybe I should just stay the dysfunctional, confused, and disoriented person that I am.

posted by Bunny at 7:37 PM

Saturday, October 11, 2003

Uhm...thank you so much...I...uh..you're so...really great...
After the state of emergency of the last few days (deadline for the another paper from hell), I can finally sleep, take a shower, shave, and eat real food again.
There's a post office in Berlin that's open until midnight and therefore it was my last resort for meeting the deadline (you can send your paper by mail as long as the envelope has a stamp with today's date on it). The problem was that I'm more than 500 km away from Berlin. That's when I started to appreciate the power of the brotherhood of procrastinators. A friend who lives in Berlin skipped a party for me so that he could print out the final version of my paper I sent him via email, put it into an envelope and go to the post office. Procrastinators stick together. I was overflowing with gratitude so I would have started a diffuse "thank you"-speech if I hadn't been unable to form a complete sentence due to sleep deprivation.

posted by Bunny at 12:54 AM

Wednesday, October 08, 2003

Fun with tape measure
In order to procrastinate some super important stuff, TJ, TS and I took random body measurements (no, not that body parts... for guys, ignorance can be real bliss). TS has a slightly larger chest that TJ but in all other body measurements (arm length, index finger, etc.) TJ was the winner. However, I had a wider mouth than TS and TJ (6 cm). Please don't start speculating on the implications this has...

posted by Bunny at 6:25 PM

Tuesday, October 07, 2003

Today's lessons
#1: It's a definite turn-off when I squint while kissing.
#2: Books on sociology are filled with phrases like "How can I know what I think before I see what I say?".

posted by Bunny at 11:56 PM

Monday, October 06, 2003

Metrosexuals at play
TJ and TS started an argument about whose shower gel was better and ended up standing in the bathroom demonstrating the foam properties of each shower gel for the girls to judge.

posted by Bunny at 10:06 PM

Sunday, October 05, 2003

Random whining
Whenever I openly regret my decision to study at this slave driver of a business school, my dear friends try to console me and tell me that at least I'm not stuck with an immensely boring mediocre job. What they do not bear in mind is that the most probable job options after graduation include either working with excel or powerpoint on a 16h/day basis for the rest of my life (assuming, of course, that there's a company mad enough to hire me...otherwise I'll just be a jobless person with burnout syndrom). Fun galore!

posted by Bunny at 11:30 PM

Saturday, October 04, 2003

Jealousy about food
At breakfast.
Me: I don't want my roll.
TJ: Then I'll take it! [takes it]
Me: I changed my mind. I want my roll!
TJ: No, you can't have it back, it's mine.
[He licks one side of the roll and hands it back to me]
Me: Ha! If you think that this will entitle you to the roll, then...
[I lick another part of the roll]
TJ: Eww, how gross is that?... Nevermind, I'll eat it anyway.
[TJ puts it on his plate, I cough onto the roll]
TJ: You're sick!
Me: Serves you right!
TS: Hey guys, if you aren't eating it, give it to me...

posted by Bunny at 5:23 PM

Friday, October 03, 2003

It'll never be the same
In the middle of a medium depression I recreated the maternal womb with a large blanket under which I wanted to spend the rest of the day striking a fetal pose. However TS ruined it for me by poking his head in to say 'Hi'.

posted by Bunny at 7:32 PM

Wednesday, October 01, 2003

Job fair
It's really painful to lead a conversation with HR people that stand around their colorful yet professional booths. You want to have a conversation long enough to entitle you to take their giveaways (which range from the standard plastic pen with company logo to bags full of cosmetics samples) but this requires you to make them keep talking by asking them numerous questions. All these little packages of candy and peppermints they hand out.... it's like carnival.

posted by Bunny at 5:37 PM

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