I'm again sitting in the computer lab at the BUW. I was trying to log into the blogspot to make this post, but in order to do that, I would of course have to enter my email address. Now, under normal circumstances, this would be a relatively easy task, right?
NOT IN GERMANY.
So I sat there, staring at the keyboard, looking like an idiot for a few minutes. I was looking for the @ key. It certainly wasn't in its patriotic American place, at the shift-2 position. Oh no. It wasn't even at the shift-anything position. I considered asking the person next to me, but at the risk of looking less computer-literate than a sleeping cat, I decided to stick it out.
So there I sat, probably drooling or something, looking for the @ key. It wasn't in any of the obvious locations, like around where the enter key is. It wasn't near the number pad or up on the top-left near the tab key or anything. I was about to give up when the familiar @ sign caught my eye- on the Q key.
Yes, there it was, on the bottom-right corner of the Q key, printed in slightly lighter ink. I was a little surprised to find it there, but even more surprised to try to figure out the meanings of the various function keys on the keyboard. Alt-Q didn't work, neither did Strg-Q. Or Einfg-Q, or Entf-Q, or Little Oblong Circle Thing-Q. But the last one, Alt Gr-Q, made the @ sign appear. Duh, I should have known to use the Alt Gr key. I guess I really am computer illiterate.
Here are some more entertaining and annoying facts about the German keyboard:
-quotations are made with shift-2
-the caps lock key has a down-arrow on it for some reason
-the Y and Z keys are switched (why?)
-it is more natural to type $ than € (Alt Gr must be used for the euro sign)
-the hyphen key is in the top-right, which makes it very annoying to make these bullet points
-ß, ? and \ are all on the same key, and are accessed through the Alt Gr and Shift keys
-ä, ö and ü are keys, which makes it much easier to do homework assignments, and my personal favorite,
-there exists a ^ key, but the ^ only shows up if you type two in a row, and even then, it shows up as ^^. I had to backspace one of them each time I typed it in the last sentence. This leads me to believe that the Germans have an unhealthy obsession with annoying Japanese emoticons. ^_^
I will now type using the same key locations I'm used to. The following is a story I made up on the spot:
Anna Amalia was a small child growing up in the town of Weimar, Germanz. At the age of 10, she became the queenäs aide, and at 14, a maidservant. But whz do I write about this_ Because of one thing that was said to meÖ ÄRob, I want zou to tell mz storz. ^_^ To all who read zour blog.Ä I made that promise to the maidservant =who at the time was 16?. I wonder if ömaidservantö should be tzped ömaidßservant.ö ^_^
All that typing about Anna Amalia reminds me that I have to be at the Anna Amalia Bibliothek at 3:45 this afternoon. Lemme find out where it is...
Okay, it's not too far from the house. Maybe a ten-minute walk.
Weird keyboards aside, the recent past has been going alright. A conversation with someone in a bar the other night inspired me to try my hand at cooking. So yesterday, I bought a bunch of dough, spinach and cheese along with pesto stuff. And over the next 45 minutes or so, I made tortellini. And it was really, really good. Perhaps I'll give this "cooking" thing a try. I have pictures of it, too! Unfortunately, I'm in the computer lab without my laptop, which has the card reader for my camera. So I'll post those as soon as I get back to the house.
I slept so much yesterday, but I was still tired this morning. Dr. Cothran noticed I looked pale in class today and said I had dark circles under my eyes. I think I always do. I don't feel sick or anything though. We'll see how this turns out.
Off to the house now to eat an orange! I have a bag full of 'em.
Also: I called somebody who asked me for directions 'broseph' today in a German accent without thinking about it. In honor of the Germans' obsession with anime-style emoticons, O_o.