Tuesday Tidbits

Already my work week is almost done. Time flies. I had my second Corona vaccination today, the BionTech one. As with the first one, I got it at my company, so I commuted in the morning and returned home in the early afternoon. There wasn’t much traffic, but I can still do without the commute. The office was still pretty empty, as it is vacation time coupled with the fact that most people are still doing home office. I brought my tea and lunch sandwiches from home and didn’t see anybody, except for some unknown colleagues when I was getting my vaccination (which was very fast and very well organized, like last time).


As I was driving to work, I heard on the radio that there had been a tragic accident on one of the motorways involving a driver who had, presumably by mistake, entered the motorway in the wrong direction. On Sunday, on our trip back from Bavaria, we had to pass a large and confusing construction area at an Autobahn junction. I’m used to it, because I’ve driven through that construction site a few times already, but the signposts are not very clear and a couple of times I thought that I missed an exit or took a wrong one by mistake. It wasn’t actually the case, it always worked out fine, but it’s definitively confusing. Well, on Sunday, I saw a car standing at a closed exit facing the wrong way and looking as if they were going to drive onto the motorway on the wrong lane, in the wrong direction. There was a lot of traffic and I could hardly believe that someone would do it. I considered calling the police, but there wasn’t anywhere to stop, and Mum can’t deal with smartphones, so I left it for someone else to call. A few minutes later, I actually heard a warning message on the radio about a driver on the wrong lane at just that junction. Must have been that same person. Fortunately, in that case no accident happened. In German, these drivers are colloquially called Geisterfahrer, that is “ghost drivers” – meaning that these people are basically courting death, their own and others, because obviously it is extremely dangerous to drive onto the motorway in the wrong direction. I’ve never seen it before, and I can’t understand how anyone can do that in the case we had on Sunday. If hundreds of cars are coming head-on at you in the lanes you are trying to enter, doesn’t that indicate that you should turn around or at least stop? That something must be wrong? Or is it such a stressful situation that your brain just shuts down? Very strange. Although, as I said, partly it must have happened because the construction signage and everything else at that junction is currently so confusing.

We returned late on Sunday instead of early as usual because I was trying to avoid a lot of traffic jams. Some of the northern German states had the last day of their summer school holidays and lots of vacationers were on the way back traveling in the same direction as we did. My tactic paid off – there was a lot of traffic but only a couple of short traffic jams.

The weekend in Bavaria was rather nice. The weather was changeable, but I managed to mow the lawn and get rid of the gardening rubbish at the collection point. I did the usual amount of grocery shopping and cleaning (that is, not very much). Walks with Curious Dog were also, as always, on the agenda. The rest of the weekend was spent reading – inspired by Naemi of A Book Owl’s Corner, I looked up Andy Weir’s Project Hail Mary on Amazon and was hooked. I downloaded it on Friday afternoon (even though I had meant to finish my unread books bought this year before getting more new ones) and finished reading it late that night (stayed up very late). It really drew me in. I’ll write a more detailed review soon (it was very engrossing, but in places it did require a lot of suspension of disbelief). On Saturday, I got back on track with my reading, with A Ring of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell, which I had downloaded in March. It’s about Maxwell’s life with otters, very interesting – I have mixed thoughts about the book, which I will also devote a separate post to (keeping wild animals as pets, generally not a good idea). When I finished that one, I started a biography on Maxwell (which I’d also got in March, because Maxwell was such fascinating person). I’ve just started it. I didn’t get any further with Aristotle’s Metaphysics as I wanted something lighter to read on the weekend. I’ll get back to it.

Along with everybody else, I found out last week that Amazon Prime’s series about the Second Age of Middle-Earth is planned to start next year on September 2. I am so looking forward to it!! I love The Silmarillion. It’s still ages till the series’ start, more than a year – I’m definitively planning to reread The Silmarillion beforehand, so that I will be up to speed on the background. So much fun to be looking forward to another filmed version of Tolkien’s world. Reminiscent of waiting for the three installments of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

Keep safe, world.