branch out

Captain 2016

March 20 2016

It’s been almost a year since you heard form yours truly. I guess I was just too ashamed because my life plodded along with nothing really new to tell, but since a few weeks a couple of crows is building their nest right outside my kitchen window and it’s just too fascinating how they go on about it, seeing that they have no hands and the crow’s beak is not as versatile as, say, a platypus’ beak. Nevertheless, the nest looks pretty damn perfect to me I have to say. And all build without a mortgage or welfare money and what not. The crows don’t notice me here behind the kitchen window but I have grown quite attached to them, being worried every time they fly away on another errand that they might not come back save and sound as the G├Ârlitzer Park is a pretty dangerous place. I hope they gonna have some healthy chicks that I can report on soon.

it might as well be spring

Captain April 2

April 9 2015
But it is already spring. Almost mid of April. The people are outside, basking in the sun, waiting for the trees to blossom. Me, I just like the sight of the passing overhead train on Skalitzer Strasse and come May the leaves of the big lime tree are going to obscure the view well into October I guess. On the other hand, now it’s warm enough to keep the windows open. Noise from the outside world drifts into the flat. Traffic on Skalitzer and Wiener, kid practising skateboard tricks on Spreewaldplatz, people arguing in an exotic language. However, since the new ‘no tolerance policy’ came into effect on the first of April, dealing and fighting has considerably simmered down at this end of the park. Ok, now I can sleep at night, but I feel some of the excitement has gone.

run, sit, lie down

Captain Feb 2

February 7 2015
I don’t know, it’s poetry for me. It’s life in a nutshell, it’s suppose to have a deeper meaning and above all, it’s so damn mysterious. Like, how can it be, that a chair that from this distance seems to be fully functional, is resting there in the middle of the sidewalk for everyone to see and no one has claimed it so far. Are there no Landlords about that early that need another seat for their flea market living room bar? The other mystery of course being: How did the chair got there in the first place? Come to think of it, it was kinda noisy last night, but still, no matter how hard I try, I can’t really think of a scenario that results in an old chair being abandoned here on Spreewaldplatz. Can you?

light the fuse

captain 2014January 1 2015

Ok, they look pretty flimsy in the pictures, the fireworks. They weren’t that impressive to start with but it went on for ages. It’s traditional.
When I was younger and less experienced than today I had this idea that all the money they spend on rockets and firecrackers should go to some professional Pyrotechnician so that he could do something really spectacular that would leave everyone awestruck. I didn’t realize that I was missing the point completely. It’s all about lighting the fuse. People just love that. That’s why all the new year rockets you can buy are so crappy. It doesn’t matter if they result in one pathetic purple glow as long as you can light the fuse.

Allianz Tower, Fog

Captain Dez 31

December 31 2014

The Allianz Tower is to me what the Rouen Cathedral was to Monet. That is if I could paint, which I can’t. After all, I’m a platypus. There are limits, you know.
Last day of the year. Pretty good year in many respects. But so was 2013 and 2014. !995 was a bit of a downer if memory serves or was that 96. I guess it doesn’t matter now.
In 2014 I moved into our new flat after living 9 years in Neuk├Âlln. Pretty big change for a platypus my age. But seeing that I spend most of my time sitting at the window watching the world below I dare say it was a huge improvement cause there is so much more to see from up here. Like the Allianz Tower. Surely, it vanishing into the clouds is supposed to be an allegory of something or another, but I can’t think of anything appropriate so I guess for today it’s nothing more than buildings and a winter depression. And birds.

Baby it’s cold outside

Captain Dez 2

December 30 2014

See what I mean about the sludge? Even so, it’s definitely an improvement to how it looked before. Which reminds me, yesterday, early morning, still dark, a loud and persistent scraping sound prematurely terminated my dream of eucalyptus forests and lukewarm lakes. As I was lying there half asleep, half awake, figuring out that someone must be shoveling snow from the pavement, so that the postman doesn’t slip when he gets here to deliver my belated Christmas presents. Only, it wouldn’t stop, it went on for ages and I was lying there getting pretty irritated, thinking, how long can it take to clear a strip of sidewalk for the postman. But then I felt guilty, cause the shoveling guy was doing a service for the community, he had to get up really early, while I was still in bed, starting the day with a power snooze. Then I felt happy cause it wasn’t me who had to get up early, and then irritated again cause the scraping just wouldn’t stop. Oh, it was a turmoil of emotions.

Es schneit, es schneit, tralalalala

Captain Dez

December 29 2014

Finally I found words again. Tonight it snowed profusely. It looked so beautiful this morning and everyone seemed to have so much fun. I love the snow. Probably because it is such a rare commodity in my home country. Long ago, the first time I experienced snow, I remember it so vividly. Like today it had snowed overnight and I woke up in the morning and something was off. The room looked different. It was from the light that reflected from the ground outside. And it was so quiet cause the snow muffled all the sounds. And it looked so beautiful, so clean, so pure, so completely different from the day before. Downside being, it never lasts that long. Especially in the city. Come evening it’s just a carpet of filthy sludge. Better enjoy it now.

down for you is up

Captain 29

September 6 2014
So I was wrong again. The Allianz Tower actually blocks out the morning sun during a short period in the year. In the summer it went well over it and in the Winter it rises to the right of it. But in the Spring and in the Fall it disappears behind it for a few minutes. But come to think of it, that makes it even more attractive. The tower that is. How the sun breaks through the glass. Makes you wanna be there in the morning. Or maybe not. If you were up there you might feel lonely and wish to be down here with all the other folks. I mused on this before.

what a little smog can do

Captain 30

October 5 2014

But that’s not all. Of course I know, that as the winter draws near and the days are getting shorter, the sun comes up a little more to the right every day and yet I was surprised that it came up at a completely different spot than yesterday. Those are the perks of having insomnia. You learn so much about the universe, birds and yourself I guess. Or maybe it’s my natural diurnal rhythm catching up with me, cause the east coast of Australia, which is my traditional habitat is 9 hours ahead of Berlin. The sun came up at 20 minutes past 7 this morning and it coincides with the more quiet time of the day. All the more since it is sunday. The punters have gone home, the drunks have passed out, the early birds are not up yet. Except for the real birds, who are up all the time it seems.

awesome, right?

Captain 28

October 4 2014

It’s been a week. What have I been doing? Days seem to drift by. Just like that. Not even bad days, or days of boredom. Nothing of that sort. I might say as far as autumns go, this one is pretty decent.
Last night I just couldn’t sleep, so I stayed by the window watching the sun rise. It was awesome; as in really awesome, cause nowadays everything is supposed to be awesome, awesome this, awesome that. Can you make it by nine? Awesome! What’s awesome about someone being able to make it by nine. That is not even extraordinary, let alone awesome. But if there is anything really awesome I guess it has to be the sun. Never stops to amaze me. It’s virtually the definition of awesomeness. What a game changer.