Posts tagged: auto


B29 Bundesstrasse. Took the picture from one of the overpasses during one of my bike trips, probably freaking out the drivers who saw me in the process.

Crazy drivers

The roads are full of people who should be banned from getting closer than 50m from a car, let alone drive it. And while it’s true that the amount of idiots driving around is far smaller here than on the romanian roads, we have our fair share of them. Unfortunately.

I was driving on this 2-lane national road, a “Bundesstraße” how they call them. I was on the speed lane and I was driving at some distance behind a Smart 4Four, everything was fine. Ahead of both of us, there was a slow driving truck on the right lane and behind it, a Mercedes A-Klasse. The speed limit on this road as 120km/h, them two were driving at most 100km/h, if not slower.

As the guy in front of me approaches them, the A-Klasse suddenly pulls out, cuts the guy off and starts to overpass the truck.  I personally didn’t see any signaling. The 4Four had to break rather hard in order not to smash into the A-Klasse. I was some way back so I didn’t have to break that hard.

The guy in the 4Four got very pissed, and with good reason. He honked the idiot in the A-Klasse, flashed him too I think. After the A-Klasse finally passed the truck, with less than 120km/h, the 4Four pulled next to him and the driver started to wave his hands at the idiot, his screams being probably less than kind.  I guess he could not let it go ’cause he went on the right lane in front of the A-Klasse and hit his breaks. By now I  was also next to the A-Klasse and I looked inside. There I could see one of those old retards who should’ve been banned from driving like 15 years ago. He was just showing the finger to the guy in the 4Four .

I do not really condone what the 4Four’s driver did, getting in front of the other guy and breaking, but I can certainly understand him. I would’ve been probably just as pissed. I imaging this is how most accidents happen, not so much because of high-speed driving but because some people are just idiots and endanger everyone else. I really think that after a certain age, people should be called and re-tested, to see if then can continue to drive or if they should be put into an asylum and fed intravenously.

I have to say though that this is the first time I saw such violent behavior since I am in Germany. As opposed to Romania, where my blood pressure starts rising already 30km after passing the border.

Moon and Venus

The night sky showing the Moon and Venus, as seen in a break during my night drive to my lovely workplace. It’s true, it kinda sucks to leave at 4:00am in order to be at work at 7:00 am and then spend 10 hours there.

But what can you do, you gotta take joy in the little things you find. At least you have empty autobahns and you can zip along with no worries for radars. And every now and then you can see some pretty sights like the one above.

Another week

Another week is almost over. A very hot and humid week at that, even though yesterday we had a really violent storm in München. I was still at the office and the storm was right on top of us, lightning and thunder were almost instant. I am surprised none of the windows broke from all the thundering.  One of the lightning bolts landed on one of the tall buildings across the campus (where some GSM antennas are) and managed to cut off my phone conversation. Fun.

Also had one of those events organized by Cisco at the Brickhouse Club (rented for the occasion), with a project update session and news in the first part and food/drinks in the second part. Food was good as always and at least you have a chance to meet other people who work in the same project with us. (Note to self: do not wear a thick black t-shirt on a hot and humid day)

Oh, we started to watch “True Blood“, almost through the first season. Really good series I would say, I like it. Vampires, blood, sex, drugs, violence, gore, lots of southern accents, more blood. How can you go wrong with that ? ;-)

And last but not least, last week I had the pleasure of getting stuck in a 10km traffic jam on the autobahn because of this:

Not very amusing.