Cheers, Dublin!

Well, first of all, ashes on my head for not posting much lately – my camera is still broken, and so is my free time on account of exam hell and other such things. Anyway, you might have noticed that the Metblogs network has been constantly growing, but as of today we have another member in the Metblogs Europe posse – cheers to Dublin and their fine team :)

Together with Berlin, Istanbul, Paris and London, this now makes 6 European cities in the network – and we’re not even nearly done yet. And as soon as I have my camera back, I’ll post some more interesting stuff. Talking about that, as an addition to Scotts nostalgia story, let me share something I witnessed a few days ago:

I was sleeping over at a friends place at Valentines day, and at around 11:00, the doorbell rang. A fragile, elderly lady was standing there, offering my friend some cookies – that was the nice part. Then she started rambling for half an hour about how there’s way too much noise coming from my friends’ flat, and how horrible it is that he always moves furniture and showers at 2 a.m. (which he doesn’t) and that she will have to call the police if this goes on.

My friend told me afterwards that this happens about once per week – either it’s the old woman rambling for half an eternity, or it’s her senile husband, bringing the same story, but shouting rather than whining. He also constantly tries to get into the flat. So, while I can’t say that insane oldsfolk are a Viennese speciality, I can confirm that they are quite widespread here. Did I ever tell you about the old witch who accused another friend of mine of running a brothel because she had the light on at night and owned bookcases? Funny times.

14 Comments so far

  1. scott partee (unregistered) on February 16th, 2006 @ 6:23 am

    It’s interesting to me just how “off” the elderly can be here. I don’t know if it’s a cultural thing or just the fact that Vienna’s demographic is scewed slightly toward the older so that one simply interacts with the elderly more often or what.

    Having gone to a school where the majority of the students rented rooms in the private flats of old Viennese women, I’ve heard some amazing stories. Such as:

    *The lady who wouldn’t rent to black people because she didn’t have a washing machine of her own and thought that the laundry service would get angry because of all of the “black stuff” that would rub off of a black person and onto the sheets.

    *The lady who would not let the student renting in her apartment close the door to her room at any time — even while she was sleeping

    * There was, of course, my land lady. I have millions of stories about her.

    It goes on an don…


  2. melancolia (unregistered) on February 16th, 2006 @ 9:41 am

    oh, i have qualms concerning older people. and no, this doesn’t mean only the viennese. some of them can be so grumpy, they often misunderstood you. others when you offer your help think that you are about to molest them and or take advantage of them. it is perhaps the age and the way they think.
    but that, scott, is well, tops. your landlady has to to be educated.
    but like they say. you can’t teach old dogs new tricks.


  3. daniela (unregistered) on February 16th, 2006 @ 10:34 am

    Dublin rocks. coolest city ever!

    The old ladies accusing women of having a brothel is common. my old christian lady still thinks i have one. must be the huge amount of men walking in and out of my appartment. for sure. i actually bought red lightbulbs. cant wait to hear what she is going to tell the neighbourhood about me.
    stupid old bitch. she is just jealous that I make money with funny stuff, and she isnt. HA.


  4. nex (unregistered) on February 16th, 2006 @ 11:18 am

    for those of the reality-based community that don’t partake in the more idiotic escapades of comsumerism: where phil said ‘valentines day’, he meant last tuesday.

    i don’t think i’ll ever check out one of vienna’s brothels, but the fact that they apparently have lots of books and funny stuff made me reconsider for a moment.

    i’m not sure if there’s anything bad you can accuse old people in general of. if you don’t like cranky people, write a pamphlet against cranky people — or just get out of their way. but nasty attributes that are truly unique to old people are exclusively health problems (e.g. senility), and it’s not nice to make fun of those. senile folks usually are damn funny, though. i’ve got so many stories … i don’t even know where to start.


  5. nex (unregistered) on February 16th, 2006 @ 11:24 am

    oh, and the dublin metblog, alright. either they don’t know how to pace stories and will burn through all their good stuff in no time, or this is going to be one damn fine blog. i’m definitely reading that.


  6. daniela (unregistered) on February 16th, 2006 @ 12:29 pm

    Mister Nex: you already know a brothel. MINE! ha.


  7. Philipp (unregistered) on February 16th, 2006 @ 1:17 pm

    Geez, nex, get a life. Consumerism is teh win!


  8. nex (unregistered) on February 16th, 2006 @ 2:15 pm

    Phil, nowhere did I say that there’s anything wrong with consumerism in general. I was talking about idiotic escapaded. Idiocy is teh suck; when it’s about traditions it’s even worse, and when it’s about fake, fabricated traditions, it’s even worse still.

    You, however, consumerumerise in style and do indeed have a life, no complaints there. If you have any advice about that, I’d be glad to hear from you.


  9. Philipp (unregistered) on February 16th, 2006 @ 6:22 pm

    The trick is to enjoy it. And to keep breathing. Which reminds me, anyone up for a round of Mario Kart DS?


  10. nex (unregistered) on February 16th, 2006 @ 11:27 pm

    Phil, so now you have a DS *and* a PSP? *envy* I’m not up for Mario Kart, since I don’t have the hardware (and if I had it I’d rather play Animal Crossing and demand that you also get it so we can exchange funny fruits), but today I bought We {heart} Karamari. But I didn’t mention it because you told me to get a life and I don’t think that virtual stuff really counts ;-) It also has a 2-Player-Mode though. Maybe someone will show up to enjoy it with me. And keep breathing.


  11. Philipp (unregistered) on February 19th, 2006 @ 7:21 pm

    Believe me, as soon as Animal Crossing DS is released in Europe (late February/Early March), I am SO getting it. Till then.. vroom vroooom!


  12. nex (unregistered) on February 20th, 2006 @ 3:02 pm

    Good boy! I wasn’t aware of the domestic release date. Those can be really weird … Shadow of the Colossus is coming out *before* Ico, and the store where at least I found the Katamari game had neither. What’s a good place to buy games in Vienna?


  13. nex (unregistered) on February 20th, 2006 @ 3:05 pm

    Whoops, Ico is a re-release. So apparently 4 years ago some odd store in Vienna carried one or two copies.


  14. Philipp (unregistered) on February 21st, 2006 @ 1:11 am

    Well, call me a sellout, but I mostly buy my videogames at larger stores like Saturn or Media Markt – just because I don’t know any small, independent VG stores in Vienna… are there any? I really miss them – there were a few in Malmö, and I almost lived there.



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