Category: Dispatches

  • Jurassic Bark

    Every weekday at around 5:30 pm I shut down my computer, leave the office, and walk about 500 meters westwards along Mariahilferstraße from my office to the U-Bahn-Station Neubaugasse. This is usually an intense experience, since I have to push through a crowded street while being blinded by the evening sun, after having sat eight […]

  • Groundhog

    I wake up. I feed the cats. I have a coffee. I take a shower. I pack my stuff. I drive to the railway station. I’m in public transit for an hour and a half. I write code. I have a sandwich for lunch. I write code. I’m in public transit for an hour and […]

  • Off the line

    I’ve spent all day distracting myself by surfing the web instead of running unpleasant but important errands concering my mother’s recent and sudden death. Then, in a moment of clarity, I unplugged my modem. I am offline right now, and if I feel the urge to look something up on the web, I need to […]

  • Earthworm

    I got out of bed twenty minutes ago and found a battered earthworm under my living room table, probably left there by one of my cats. It’s hard for me to touch those things, so I picked it up with a teaspoon and hurled it outside. I hurled it at the wrong angle and too […]

  • Drifting contently

    Today I finally started dispatching job applications. It took me too long to get to that point, but I had been busy with thinking about myself. What does it all mean? I still have no idea, but I am in a much better place than I used to be a couple months ago. So I’ve […]

  • Leveling Up

    Before I went to visit my brother I was the heaviest smoker I had ever been. I smoked about half a pack of cigarettes when I was at home, and a pack or more when I was going out that day. And I went out a lot! At my brother’s I was surrounded by non-smokers. […]

  • Weight loss

    One of the things I like about visiting my brother and his family for Christmas is the chance to spend a few days in a domestic environment that’s in sterling condition. It’s interesting how the surroundings reflect on my own character. At home my mind is as scattered as the stuff that’s scattered all over […]

  • Relax!

    I’m at my brother’s. It is very quiet here. There’s not a lot to do here for me except watch my nieces play with each other and help my brother with some Christmas preparations. I’m more or less in a state of relaxed contemplation. It’s very erholsam. I read a lot while I was on […]

  • Rat Race

    I did a bunch of stuff today. Worked through a programming book. Gave my neighbor my underpants for washing because my washer is still broken. Strip searched the house and two cars for a bunch of documents till I found every single one of them and mailed them to social welfare to slow down my […]

  • Nutrients

    In the last few weeks I’ve been going out a lot. I pushed myself to approach as many women as possible, in order to lose my fear of it and to hone my flirting skills. I had a lot of fun and caused a lot of smiles and glimmering eyes. I feel stupid for not […]