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Friday, November 25, 2005

Der Fünfundzwanzigste November

Today, November 25, is my favorite day of the year, since it’s my birthday. Thank you, Kayla, for remembering me and posting that little note on your blog. We don’t celebrate birthdays in my German class at UND, so it seems like ages since I last heard zum Geburtstag viel Glück.

As for my thanksgiving and birthday, everything went just perfectly. I slept most of today and yesterday away, but, even so, it’s nice to be able to take a nice, long sleep in my own bed in my own house. I wish Brainerd would have gotten the snow that the Twin Cities got today, since it really looks dreary around here. Plus, a good couple of inches of snow would have made for a nice birthday gift; it seems like it’s been quite a few years since the last time any significant amount of snow was on the ground during my birthday. Oh well, maybe there will be some snow on the ground in Grand Forks when I head back there on Sunday. There’s going to be some sort of annual ceremony to light up the trees on campus and in the community on Monday, and I’m sure some snow falling from the sky would make for a very Christmas-like appearance.

Turning to something different, while I was at the library Tuesday evening, I took some pictures of interesting magazine covers. As Tuesday the 22nd was the 42nd anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, I took pictures of and looked through all of the current affairs magazines from 1963 that the library has in its massive collection.

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Life magazine from December 6, 1963

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The Saturday Evening Post from December 14, 1963

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Der Spiegel from November 27, 1963

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Der Spiegel from December 4, 1963

Another interesting magazine cover I found belongs to a Der Spiegel magazine from a few weeks ago. If only this magazine article had been published last year and Herr P were a subscriber to Der Spiegel rather than Focus, I think we could have had a lot of fun in last year’s AP German class.

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Anonymous katja said...

Yeah, that would've been great, and a great change from the normal smut that we talked about. LOL.

Take care.

Sun Nov 27, 02:28:00 PM CST  
Blogger P "N" K said...

Happy Birthday Mitch!

Incidentally, my mother's birthday is the same day as your's. 25th birthday's are fun :)

(mine's 4/25)

Sun Nov 27, 09:57:00 PM CST  
Anonymous katja said...

sorry for being repetative

Mon Nov 28, 09:04:00 AM CST  
Blogger Mitch said...

And the 25th of December is also a good day, too. Happy birthday to your mom!

By the way, Kayla, in German, smut=Schmutz.

Tue Nov 29, 04:15:00 PM CST  
Blogger Tom said...

my mom's birthday is on November 22nd. she just turned 45. she tells me that her earliest memory is from her third birthday...

Tue Nov 29, 09:11:00 PM CST  
Anonymous katja said...

ahh wakha(ok).... I'll remeber that.... In latin I ended up talking to my teacher about the similarities between certin languages, such as the connections between German, English,and the scandinavian languages; the connections between the romance languages and latin; the connection between the slovic languages and greek, etc. Most of it I already knew, but it was still rather interesting... Especially when we were talking about spanish and how it's taken words from Latin, Italian, Arabic, Greek, English, and French(there might be more, but I don't remeber).... It's so interesting to think about how languages change over time. For instance, quite a few of the Arabic words here are borrowed from Spainish, whereas in the southern part of Morocco they're borrowed from French and in countires like Egypt and Saudia Arabia, they borrow from English.

Wed Nov 30, 05:21:00 AM CST  
Blogger Manda said...

Oofta, sorry I missed your birthday...So, Happy belated birthday, Mitch!!

Mon Dec 05, 11:32:00 AM CST  

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