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Old Crank

Old Crank's Journal
Old Crank's Journal
March 15, 2022

Long time lurker

Short time poster.

I was advised that I might like this group after I posted to the DU Lounge about liking to cook.
I will look around to see what is up.
Have done a fair amount of cooking in my life. Including working with a couple of commercial chefs
for weddings. Not my idea of a relaxing job.
Been asked if I ever would open a restaurant. No. I don't want to WORK for a living.
I enjoy cooking for family, friends, and guests.
Currently in Germany. Learning how to work under different circumstances. A great adventure.

March 15, 2022

I like to cook

I do the lion's share of cooking at my house. So it is nice to find some simple
quick recipes. Lately I have been watching and learning from some videos by Jaques
Pepin on Youtube. Creamed mushrooms. Easy and his delivery is mater of fact.
Watched a couple of his crepe videos. Easy as pie, and better than the recipe that
I had been using, quicker also.

Here is something that I came up with. Takes as long to cook as boiling rice.
Bag of frozen asian style veggies into a hot pan with a little oil. When they are cooked
add the chopped up meat from half a rotisserie chicken, add a cup of sweat spicy
Thai sauce. Heat through. If too dry add more sauce or a bit of water.
I put rice in a shallow bowl and invert that onto a wide soup bowl and surround the rice with
the chicken veggie mix.

March 14, 2022

Got a notice from my insurance company

I live in Germany for almost 7 years now. While here I was refered to get a
cochlear implant because I am effectively deaf in my right ear. That was done about
4 year ago. Surgery, 4 nights in the hosipital cost E 40. Early this year my processor
and batteries were giving me troubles. I ended up getting 3 replacement batteries.
Then the processor unit failed. That was replaced 2 days after I reported it.
The message from my insurance company showed me what I owed.
The batteries billed out to $800ish.
The processor unit billed at $1400.
I get billed for Nothing.
I'm not sure I can move back to the US and afford the replacement parts
when needed for the electronic ear.

March 14, 2022

Daily Distraction 14/03/22

Now on the road to Bern, Switzerland.
Arrived in the early spring after visiting some friends in Zurich.
I got grey overcast for my photographic pleasure.

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2n8DpuX][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2n8DpuX]DSC_0271[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/195073733@N05/]Ralph Durham[/url], on Flickr

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2n8DpjS][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2n8DpjS]DSC_0276[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/195073733@N05/]Ralph Durham[/url], on Flickr

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2n8DpeX][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2n8DpeX]DSC_0277[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/195073733@N05/]Ralph Durham[/url], on Flickr

Es gibt Bär, veleicht nicht Pü der Bär.

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2n8CaGC][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2n8CaGC]DSC_0283[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/195073733@N05/]Ralph Durham[/url], on Flickr

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2n8CaDw][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2n8CaDw]DSC_0286[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/195073733@N05/]Ralph Durham[/url], on Flickr

March 13, 2022

Daily Distraction 13/03/22

There is an art alley in Berling, at least one.
We start with a more classical statue then the graffitti style works and a
coin operated machine.

Not a woman to piss off.

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7SvFr][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7SvFr]DSC_0206[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/195073733@N05/]Ralph Durham[/url], on Flickr

This is a mechanical sculpture that is coin operated The head moves and the wings flap.

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7MtFa][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7MtFa]DSC_0192[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/195073733@N05/]Ralph Durham[/url], on Flickr

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7VFdf][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7VFdf]DSC_0189[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/195073733@N05/]Ralph Durham[/url], on Flickr

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7VwFR][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7VwFR]DSC_0180[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/195073733@N05/]Ralph Durham[/url], on Flickr

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7MtKi][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7MtKi]DSC_0190[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/195073733@N05/]Ralph Durham[/url], on Flickr

March 12, 2022

Daily Distraction 12/03/22

This is a monument to the Jews murdered or shipped out to be murdered in other places

Very sobering.

The US still has a long way to go to come to grips with its own history of brutality against Native Americans, Blacks and actions in other far flung countries.

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7VGNQ][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7VGNQ]DSC_0214[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/195073733@N05/]Ralph Durham[/url], on Flickr

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7UdzM][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7UdzM]DSC_0218[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/195073733@N05/]Ralph Durham[/url], on Flickr

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7MuMU][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7MuMU]DSC_0217[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/195073733@N05/]Ralph Durham[/url], on Flickr

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7MuFr][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7MuFr]DSC_0220[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/195073733@N05/]Ralph Durham[/url], on Flickr

March 11, 2022

Daily Distraction 11/3/22

Some more of Berlin from 2019.
A mishmash of subjects from GDR art on buildings to architecture.

Old idea modern take

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7U1wP][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7U1wP]DSC_0113[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/195073733@N05/]Ralph Durham[/url], on Flickr

GDR, German Democratic Republic art. east German.

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7SK1E][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7SK1E]DSC_0111[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/195073733@N05/]Ralph Durham[/url], on Flickr

Another piece of GDR work.

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7MjXi][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7MjXi]DSC_0125[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/195073733@N05/]Ralph Durham[/url], on Flickr

A brutalist concept.

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7VwZG][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7VwZG]DSC_0140[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/195073733@N05/]Ralph Durham[/url], on Flickr

Old in new

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7U3X5][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7U3X5]DSC_0146[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/195073733@N05/]Ralph Durham[/url], on Flickr

It's good to be Neptune.

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7U3Kb][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7U3Kb]DSC_0167[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/195073733@N05/]Ralph Durham[/url], on Flickr

March 10, 2022

Daily Distraction 10/3/22

A few days for Berlin.
Glad that I'm shooting digital, film costs would break the bank.
Mixed bag of stuff today.

The car of your dreams. The Trabant. You can rent one.

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7U1XZ][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7U1XZ]DSC_0056[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/195073733@N05/]Ralph Durham[/url], on Flickr

Brandenburg gate

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7MhNU][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7MhNU]DSC_0079[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/195073733@N05/]Ralph Durham[/url], on Flickr

Chocolate Brandenburg gate.

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7U1U2][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7U1U2]DSC_0082[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/195073733@N05/]Ralph Durham[/url], on Flickr

Chocolate Reichstag.

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7SKea][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7SKea]DSC_0083[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/195073733@N05/]Ralph Durham[/url], on Flickr

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7SKan][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7SKan]DSC_0094[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/195073733@N05/]Ralph Durham[/url], on Flickr

Romeo, Romeo..

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7SKan][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7SKan]DSC_0094[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/195073733@N05/]Ralph Durham[/url], on Flickr

March 9, 2022

Daily Distraction 9/3/22

More from Berlin. This is a serious set remembering the dark past.
Germany has done as well as any country in living with the past atrocities
which were committed in its name.
One picture shows the Topography of Terror, site that had the SS headquarters and jail.
A part of the Berlin wall forms one boundary.
It is a hard place to visit.
Around Berlin and other cities are Stoppelstein. these brass memorials note where
Jews had lived before either having been forced out of Germany or shipped to camps.

I will have pretty pictures tomorrow.

Bricks mark the former Berlin wall location

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7HUYj][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7HUYj]DSC_0053[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/195073733@N05/]Ralph Durham[/url], on Flickr

Paintings done on the west side of the wall before it was torn down.

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7HV3h][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7HV3h]DSC_0051[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/195073733@N05/]Ralph Durham[/url], on Flickr

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7HV6P][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7HV6P]DSC_0050[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/195073733@N05/]Ralph Durham[/url], on Flickr

Stoppelstein, toe stubbers. Ermordert is murdered. The location is listed, Riga, Lodz and Auschwitz.

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7BaJU][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7BaJU]DSC_0183[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/195073733@N05/]Ralph Durham[/url], on Flickr

Topography of Terror

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7KpCs][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7KpCs]DSC_0058[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/195073733@N05/]Ralph Durham[/url], on Flickr

Guard tower and approach.

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7GaJ7][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7GaJ7]DSC_0181[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/195073733@N05/]Ralph Durham[/url], on Flickr

March 8, 2022

Daily Distraction 8/3/22

A quick hit in Berlin. Running late today.
These are from the Sony Center. A group of high-rise's placed together
around a central court with a fun roof. Lighted at night.

Details of the roof system can be found at this link. It is a very impressive structure.

During the day

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7CNEo][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7CNEo]DSC_0067[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/195073733@N05/]Ralph Durham[/url], on Flickr

Night colors change by the minute.

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7CNmC][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7CNmC]DSC_0074[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/195073733@N05/]Ralph Durham[/url], on Flickr

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7Bhfb][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7Bhfb]DSC_0069[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/195073733@N05/]Ralph Durham[/url], on Flickr

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7CNsu][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7CNsu]DSC_0071[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/195073733@N05/]Ralph Durham[/url], on Flickr

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7CNsu][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2n7CNsu]DSC_0071[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/195073733@N05/]Ralph Durham[/url], on Flickr

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Name: Ralph
Gender: Male
Current location: München, DE
Member since: Tue Nov 14, 2017, 06:17 AM
Number of posts: 2,791

About Old Crank

Currently living in Germany, enjoying the culture, enjoying the food, enjoying the travel. Not enjoying the winters, or the Deutsches lernen... Born in Canada. Parents moved to Arizona in 1965. Spent 5 years in the USAF and 2 of those on Crete. Lived in Fresno, Las vegas, Sunnyvale, CA.

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