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12/19/2017

Keep it simple - a brief Guide to Skin Care

My general approach to life is to not overthink it. I’m keeping it simple, easy, practical, just letting nature run its course, and going with the flow. I realize that this may not be the best way to handle all aspects of everybody’s life on a global level, but I believe it works very well for most of the situations I have encountered in my little niche of the Universe.

Usually I let everybody come to their own conclusions about how to handle things, I don’t give advice unasked for – but when somebody asks for it, I’ll freely share my opinion – keep it simple, don’t overthink it, doing less is often more.
So, when somebody asks me “What do you do to your skin that it looks so good?”, I will thank them for this lovely compliment – and then tell them: “not much.”

Actually, I do almost nothing to my face: I wash it twice a day with lukewarm water (absolutely no soap, or any other additives), and then I apply Nivea Creme lightly to the drier areas (on the cheeks, and around the eyes) without rubbing too much. When I spend a lot of time outside in the sun, I might apply sunscreen on top of that, or try to stay in the shade. I never use any kind of make-up, except during Carnival or Halloween to go with my costume.

NiveaCreme.jpgIf you want to try it for yourself, make sure you get the original Nivea Creme, made in Germany. I import my supply for a year when I travel to Germany for vacation, but you can also order it on Amazon: original German Nivea Creme

Just make sure you are getting the genuine German product, really made in Germany – not Mexico, Thailand, or wherever else.

03/14/2017

Rider Genes?

My daughter posted a picture on Instagram today, about her first motorcycle lesson. All geared up and excited. As I clicked on “like”, smiling, I was reminded of my own excitement when I had finally saved up enough money to buy my first motorcycle, 36 years ago.

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My mother didn’t like the idea of me riding, but she still gave me her father’s old motorcycle gloves, for good luck. I had never met my grandfather; he died long before I was born, but I remember photos of him on his beautiful Indian.

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I knew I wanted to ride, in the front seat of course, when one of my classmates in highschool took me for a spin on his new HONDA in 1974. But, since my parents didn’t support the idea, I had to wait and save money to be able to pay for the license, and for the bike, and I had to be independent.

I got my motorcycle license in 1980, and in March 1981 I laid down 9,100.00 Deutsche Mark in cash at a BMW motorcycle dealership for this blue BMW R65 with white hardcases.

09/10/2016

Expat.com published an Interview with me

A few weeks ago I was contacted by EXPAT.com - a website that I signed up for in 2009, and hadn't done anything worth mentioning on - asking if I would be willing to answer a few questions about "life in the colonies".  Nice.

So I answered some questions, which were sent via email, and I attached photos to illustrate the article. Today the journalist let me know that my interview had been published here:

German expatriate in the United States

I like the fact that they didn't shorten, alter, or correct anything I wrote. If you are interested in reading more stories like mine, or maybe even tell your own, you may want to sign up.

06/09/2016

Blogspirit "eating" your HTML Code?

Because it was rather frustrating for me, and my search on the web only turned up other people’s frustration, I dedicated a few hours of my time to play around with it. It is actually ridiculously easy to make Blogspirit accept code just like you enter it – without making any changes to it.

Here’s how this works:

After you log in, click on the “Publications” tab, then select “All Posts”

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There is a link right there, "to change the default post settings, click here".

Go ahead and click that.

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For “Editor” select “Text only”. That will pop open the Text formatting option. Select “none” for that. Don’t forget to click “Update Information” to save the settings.

You can always go back to the WYSIWYG editor later, after you’re done with that one post in pure html.

05/26/2016

Google's Ways are wondrous

HeiratenLV.JPGToday I wanted to put a link to my Etsy shop on the main page of my little old website, built with a text-editor in 2001, left untouched since 2006. While I was already logged in to my cPanel on the hosting page, I checked my website statistics and found the most visited page.

I have an average of about 20 visitors a day, every day, who came to this one page after searching on Google for "heiraten in Las Vegas". Google takes them to this location, buried deep in my slightly unstructured website, where I simply describe, in minimally formatted text, how ridiculously easy it was to get married in Las Vegas in 2004. This one page is the only one on my website that I wrote in German, everything else is in English.

For some reason Google considers this piece of plain text, mostly outdated, information highly relevant to the subject - and I didn't even know about SEO back then, nor did I care how many visitors I have on my page.

Go figure!?

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