I, too, grew up in Germany in the 1980s

April 9th, 2018

Catapult: Children of ‘The Cloud’ and Major Tom: Growing Up in the ’80s Under the German Sky. “In the sky you could watch history happen as though on the world’s most massive TV, and history’s wreckage could rain down on you at the park with your friends.”

Even though I’m about five years older than the author, many of his descriptions reminded me of my childhood experiences.

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This morning

April 6th, 2018

A halo and sundogs, and you can sort of see the upper tangent arc.

Taken today at 7:45am from our balcony. Hope you have a sunny day!

Ganz viele schwarze Löcher

April 4th, 2018

Die Zeit: Tausende Schwarze Löcher in unserer Galaxie entdeckt. “Sie sind die Überreste alter Sterne: Tausende kleine Schwarze Löcher in der Milchstraße, der Galaxie, in der wir wohnen. Was Astronomen lange ahnten, wurde nun belegt.” Von Rainer Kayser.

“Few people know more about the change of pace in travel than Bette”

April 3rd, 2018

The Washington Post: Meet the woman who’s spent 60 years making the skies a little friendlier. (Nov 25, 2017)

“It’s early on a Thursday morning and flight attendant Bette Nash has just strolled up to Gate 19 at Reagan National Airport, where American Airlines Flight 2160 bound for Boston is parked and preparing for boarding.

As she pauses at the counter to adjust her scarf, a 20-something guy looks up. He lets out a gasp.

“Oh, my God,” he says excitedly. “Are you Bette Nash? Can I have your picture?”

This is what life is like when you are Nash, 81, who has been flying since Dwight D. Eisenhower was in the White House and a ticket for a flight cost $12.”

Southern Living: Virginia Woman Celebrates 60 Years of Service in the Skies—World’s Most Senior Flight Attendant. (Nov 10, 2017)

“For years now – decades, really- Nash has been a staple on the shuttle that zips back and forth between Washington, D.C. and Boston. […]
She flies the route several times a day and then drives home at the end of her shift. While the route doesn’t have the glamour of, say, a trip to Paris or London, the regular hours were important for Nash, because it meant that she could be home for her son. Nash a single mother and her child has special needs. “I have my handicap son. I wanted to be home every night. It wasn’t a choice for me,” she told ABC.

Now, at 82 years of age, Nash may be the most senior flight attendant in the world. That hasn’t slowed her down much, though. She can still be seen working on the shuttle as it flies between Boston and D.C. She’s been on the route so long that she knows many of the passengers.”

CNN Business Traveler: Lessons from 60 years as a flight attendant. (YouTube, 4min, published on Dec 2, 2016)

Corresponding article: Meet Bette Nash: She might just be the world’s oldest serving flight attendant.

April Fools Comedy Concert

April 1st, 2018

Rainer Hersch: Choir Sings Pachelbel Canon Medley (YouTube, 6:31min)