I was just watching You’ve Got Mail, starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, from back in the 90′s and a couple things really struck me. Dial up – remember that? Okay, according to my web stats, a few of my readers use dial up, and when I lived in Rostock and Potsdam, that too was my only option, but AOL on dial up really brings back the memories. I’m trying to remember if we had dial up already before I left home for college. I know at least the first half of high school my online activities were all bbs-based, but we did get AOL at some time. I remember the sound of dialing, the modem connecting, and then those words, “You’ve got mail.”
Major chain bookstores also get dissed in the movie for having employees who’ve “never read a book,” which I’ve found to be quite untrue. I’ve always found the employees at the major bookstores to be book lovers themselves and have been turned onto some really interesting books when I’ve asked for suggestions. Independent booksellers, on the other hand, when I have wandered into their shops, seem a little full of themselves. They’re very friendly to their regulars, I noticed, but you know what, I’m not going to become a regular if you’re going to give me attitude.
Health-wise, I’m only doing slightly better, but there is an end to the misery in sight. I had a little scare where I thought I might have mono, but it ends up I only have bacterial tonsillitis and the flu. It still sucks, but it’s better than what could have been.
I made a wonderful discover through my illness yesterday. A friend brought groceries over, walked Charlie and made lunch for Oliver and I, and one of the items she brought was 100% not-from-concentrate Paradiis cranberry-raspberry juice that she bought at her local Edeka. It’s not carried at mine, but that’s not particularly surprising, mine doesn’t even have not-from-concentrate orange juice. I’m going to have to scope out the other stores in the area to see how widespread this juice is. It’s also not CranRaspberry like I’d expect in the US, it’s thicker, more in the direction of a smoothy, but I figure that means there’s more fiber and other good stuff in there. So, cranberry juice loving expats, keep an eye out for this juice in the refrigerator section of your local supermarket.