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This concluded the program, and participants departed over the course of Sunday morning. It was fun as always, but more stressful due to the long drives and related delays. And someone else can organize future events, because I absolutely, positively won't another time!

 

Axel, in case you are tired, burned out, or dissapointed with your perceived performance, it should be said that you, and you alone, pulled off the Diehl and the Speilmann-Schindler visits. That's a very, very big plus.

 

Was there a little logistical mistake? Yes, but you and Dave have organized enough activities, and in a quite flawless way, that some mistakes were almost due. No big deal.

 

I do think the general balance of your organizing is very positive - if you decide to stop doing that, I think it would be a pity, but it's your decision, and nobody has a right to complain about that, especiall after all the effort you have expended on this.

 

And, of course, the pictorial report of this I&I is quite good, as ever.

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Nah, I'm not dissatisfied with performance. It's just that I've been doing this to variable extent for four years in a row, largely based upon previous experience; and this time it was particularly hard because both organizational changes and current crises have led to an increased workload on the job, leaving less time for private stuff, let alone putting together this sort of program. I'd like to explore destinations outside my immediate horizon again the next couple times, and as a passenger rather than an organizer.

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Nice places you visited there guys. I think I should sing up for the next Yurropean I&I, it looks like you may be a bunch of old farts, but you definitely drink beer and can talk about them tanks, there's a potential of understanding.

 

Two months ago I was in Berlin for the weekend and thought of some way to contact Banshee, but unfortunately my mobile internet didn't work (forgot to activate roaming).

 

PS. Banshee, don't you work close to Stauffenbergstrasse? Because after leaving the hotel I saw a sizeable complex of buildings with a giant Bundeswehr poster (something along the lines of 'Uncle Sam needs you!').

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On Stauffenbergstraße is the Bendlerblock of 20 July 1944 fame, now Berlin seat of the Ministry of Defense. I work in parliament, next to the Reichstag. It's not really far apart, though not necessarily walking distance.

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On Stauffenbergstraße is the Bendlerblock of 20 July 1944 fame, now Berlin seat of the Ministry of Defense. I work in parliament, next to the Reichstag. It's not really far apart, though not necessarily walking distance.

 

I walked. Not because I wanted to, but because I got lost in that fucking maze of Tiergarten (right next to the hotel). I don't know how I did it, but suddenly I saw the Reichstag, then I accompanied two lovely Japanese ladies who also got lost (we couldn't cross one of the streets because of some marathon or sth.)

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Nah, I'm not dissatisfied with performance. It's just that I've been doing this to variable extent for four years in a row, largely based upon previous experience; and this time it was particularly hard because both organizational changes and current crises have led to an increased workload on the job, leaving less time for private stuff, let alone putting together this sort of program. I'd like to explore destinations outside my immediate horizon again the next couple times, and as a passenger rather than an organizer.

Nice to know. :)

 

Between Leo suggestion and now this, the pressure for having a Spanish I&I is rising... :unsure:

 

RETAC, halp!!

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Nice to know. :)

 

Between Leo suggestion and now this, the pressure for having a Spanish I&I is rising... :unsure:

 

RETAC, halp!!

 

Spain sounds nice, I visited twice already, I hope you don't have as scary places as Tiergarten is.

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Nice to know. :)

 

Between Leo suggestion and now this, the pressure for having a Spanish I&I is rising... :unsure:

 

RETAC, halp!!

 

Spain sounds nice, I visited twice already, I hope you don't have as scary places as Tiergarten is.

 

 

Well, if you will not re-enact this battle, there should be no problem :D

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Nice to know. :)

 

Between Leo suggestion and now this, the pressure for having a Spanish I&I is rising... :unsure:

 

RETAC, halp!!

 

Spain sounds nice, I visited twice already, I hope you don't have as scary places as Tiergarten is.

 

 

Well, if you will not re-enact this battle, there should be no problem :D

 

I think it was clear that I was talking about places scary for the Poles, not Spaniards. ^_^

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Nice to know. :)

 

Between Leo suggestion and now this, the pressure for having a Spanish I&I is rising... :unsure:

 

RETAC, halp!!

 

Spain sounds nice, I visited twice already, I hope you don't have as scary places as Tiergarten is.

 

 

Well, if you will not re-enact this battle, there should be no problem :D

 

I think it was clear that I was talking about places scary for the Poles, not Spaniards. ^_^

 

 

Well the Poles were more scared than the Spaniards. And because they overcame that fear, they behaved heroically.

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Nice to know. :)

 

Between Leo suggestion and now this, the pressure for having a Spanish I&I is rising... :unsure:

 

RETAC, halp!!

 

Spain sounds nice, I visited twice already, I hope you don't have as scary places as Tiergarten is.

 

 

Well, if you will not re-enact this battle, there should be no problem :D

 

I think it was clear that I was talking about places scary for the Poles, not Spaniards. ^_^

 

 

Well the Poles were more scared than the Spaniards. And because they overcame that fear, they behaved heroically.

 

Don't fool yourself, it was just a hangover. ^_^

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And here's the famous Zahlmeister-sheet: According to this table we spend 1166.29 € for cars, fuel & parking.

 

If I am not mistaken Dave is not to pay anything because he brought his car along; Marek was only there for half the total time, so I presume it is fair for him to only pay half a normal share.

 

That leaves the aforementioned total amount to be divided by 7.5 persons, which in turn results in a share of 155.51 € per person.

 

If no one objects to my calculations (or did not find another bill he forgot about), I start redistributing the money. :)

 

Payments made by a group member on behalf of the group gets subtracted from their share of 155.51 € (or in Marek's case half this amount), the rest will be paid to the Zahlmeister (that's me ;) ) - or will be paid out by the Zahlmeister (that's me as well ;) ) if the the group member paid more than their share.

 

Phew, a lawyer should have done this… ;)

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Actually I think what I paid for fuel of Dave's car on the way to Frankfurt shouldn't be considered, as it doesn't concern the group activities. So that's 45 Euros less for the total cost; I'm removing them from my column. Don't know if Dave's fuel cost include the way to and from the I&I, but he certainly doesn't get to pay for the rental car. OTOH, we now have pooled fuel cost for both cars, which would include his share for his own ... uh, is this complicated?

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Let me know how you decide regarding BansheeOne's input. I will transfer the final amount via bank transfer. Need your IBAN.

 

Leo

Me too. IBAN could be sent via forum PM or by e-mail.

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Okay, attempt at clearer phrasing of my thoughts:

 

- The rental is paid by everybody but Dave, since he brought his own car; i. e. 340.65 : 7.5 = 45.42.

 

- Fuel and parking for both cars is paid by everybody; i. e. (268.01 + 378.63 + 75.00 + 59.00) : 8.5 = 91.84.

 

Means, Marek takes 68.63, Dave 91.84, and everybody else 137.26 for the total of 1,121.29.

 

Any logical mistakes?

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Okay, I understand Axel's plan, so I changed the Zahlmeister sheet accordingly. So here is the list:

 

Persons who get money back from the Zahlmeister (and the amount):


Frank: -219,39 €

Axel: -16,74 €

Dave: -243,43 €

People who have to pay to the Zahlmeister (and the amount):

 

Sunday: 39,25 €

Allan: 73,03 €

Harold: 67,26 €

Markus: 62,26 €

Marek: 68,63 €

Leo: 59,13 €

 

I will contact everybody who has to pay to the Zahlmeister for my IBAN - Axel & Dave, please send my your account address for transfering the money to you.

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Good thing we dodged this grenade.

 

Bomb shuts down A3 motorway

 

Published: 20 Aug 2014 08:54 GMT+02:00
Updated: 20 Aug 2014 08:54 GMT+02:00


A controlled detonation of a 500-kg bomb from the Second World War has left a 20-metre-wide crater in the middle of one of Germany's busiest traffic corridors on Tuesday night.

Traffic was jammed up as deep as 20 kilometres on the Autobahn 3 around Offenbach, a suburb of Frankfurt, on Wednesday morning, according to the Rheinisches Post.

 

Police are encouraging commuters to take the train.

 

It is unclear when the road will be open again, though the motorway is open in the direction to Frankfurt.

 

Detonation crews had originally tried to chemically defuse the bomb. When that didn't work, they had to do the controlled detonation, leaving a two- to three-metre-deep hole in the road.

 

The unexploded British bomb was found under the flight path to Frankfurt Airport, necessitating the closure of the southern runway as well. Flights were delayed until the blast had been triggered.

 

As a result, 22 planes were allowed to take off after the 11:00 pm night-flight ban on Tuesday night.

 

The bomb, which had a 300-metre blast radius, was discovered by a construction crew working on the Frankfurt Airport.

 

Officials closed down a 1,000-metre radius area around the site, evacuating around 160 people from their homes in the southern end of Offenbach and closing the motorway in both directions.

 

http://www.thelocal.de/20140820/bomb-shuts-down-a3-motorway

 

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