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Funeral in Kansas City

His five children, four of his 7 grandchildren, his stepchildren and friends and family all came to Ted's funeral. We drove there from Fort Wayne, an 11 hour trip. It was the first time for me to participate in an open casket ceremony. That is definitely not the way I want to be burried, when my time comes. I can't think of anything more horrifying than having to sit there, facing the dead body of a person you loved, and listening to a preacher's speach. medium_funeral.jpg


Ted died

When I came home from work today, I knew something was terribly wrong. *Bad news* was written all across Tom's face. Then he told me that his father had died somewhere around 4 p.m. It wasn't a big surprise, after watching him deteriorate over the past year in this nursing home in Kansas City.

We had been trying hard to pursuade him to move in with us, and lately it seemed like Ted would finally do it. Tom was preparing to drive out there and pick him up. Now we'll all drive there for the funeral on Thursday. My father-in-law was the only person in this part of my family who honestly accepted me, while everybody else showed something between indifference and hostility.


US tax returns 2006

We still had time, until April 15th, to do our first tax return in the USA. medium_tax2006.jpgBut with the extra complication of international income, big moving expenses involved, and Tom being self-employed, we figured it'd be better to have some extra time and do it early.

We got professional help from a very nice lady at H&R Block. Our paperwork fills 17 pages now, and - like we expected - we still have to come up with a lot of money for Tom's federal tax. For 2007 he'll have to pay estimated tax every three months, for being self-employed.

Taxes in the USA are definitely more complicated than in Germany, but you end up paying less, even with federal and state and county taxes added up.


my blog will be available as a book

I realized that I have put a lot of time into this blog by now. And you never know, if this service will continue to be provided *forever*. What if blogspirit decided to close shop?

medium_blogspirit.JPGSo, to make it more permanent, I decided to put the contents of my blog into a book. I'll add some documentation about my history before the blogging and publish it.

 You'll be able to purchase a printed version, or a downloadable one, at a moderate price.

I don't know yet, how long it will take me, and how much I will charge for it. Watch this space for more information.


call it home?


The first question people ask, after they find out where I moved from, is *don't you miss your hometown a lot?*. And then I start thinking, comparing, wondering.

You can't compare Munich to Fort Wayne. But I can compare my life in Munich to my life in Fort Wayne. Doing that, the answer is a very easy one: there are a few things I miss doing, and a few people I miss seing - but looking at the big picture, my life in Fort Wayne is way better than my life in Munich.

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