Cat got used to bad Weather

Dear dr. R,

Thank you for being so helpfull and kind!
I am used to this weather so its no problem for me:) Its just that I did not have any labwork to do today just reading so I thought I concentrate better at home on the reading. I have read some of your articles. Hope it is okay that I stayed home.

I think you forgot to give me the form that I have to sign? So I sign it and bring it on monday and give it to prof. a? I do not have a printer here, can I print it on monday in helmholtz and sign it then?
Do I have to open a bankaccount? To open a bank account I need proof that I am doing a project here in germany at least 6 months. Thank you for all the help and for organize everything for me.

best regards
Ghazal F

Under a Grey Sky

Dear Ghazal,
I hope you are doing fine. I guess the rainy weather discouraged you from coming today. There were only very few people around here anyway. The canteen was also closed, but we called for some pizza.
I prepared everything for your contract today (not the guest-contract, but one as a student technician, so you will have a salary). The documents for this have to be given to the Helmholtz-Administration on Monday, otherwise we lose another two weeks. So please sign the form on the page that I have marked, and then ask the secretary or Prof. A. to bring it over to the personal department.

I hope you”ll have a nice weekend and that you don”t got depressed by the grey sky (I promise it will get better soon).
see you on Thuesday.

greetings Michael

Über den Gletscher

Mit tastenden Schritten gleitest Du über den Gletscher
Wie eine verirrte Perserkatze,
Umfangen vom Kristall der Stratosphere
Schimmert der Eishauch eines erstarrten Mondes
Durch Deine dunklen Locken.
Ein übermütiger Gott gab Dir azurblaue Augen,
So als wollte er hier seine neuen Schöpfung vorstellen
und mit deren überirrdischer Magie unsere Wissenschaft beschämen,
unseren diletantische Versuche, die Welt mit genetischen Mitteln zu verschönern.
Ghazal, Du treibst mir die Glut hinter die Stirn
Und lässt den Boden unter meinen Füssen gefährlich schwanken,
Wenn ich daran denke, dass Du gerade erst Deine Augen aufschlugst,
Deine ersten Schritte durchs Leben machtest, als ich im zweiten Jahr Physik studierte und zum ersten mal im Leben die Erschütterungen einer jungen Liebe erfuhr.

Wie Bahnen verstreuter Himmelskörper, die sich nie hätten begegnen sollen,
Wenn Cauchy und Sofie Kowalewskaja recht gehabt hätten mit ihrer bedingten Wahrscheinlichkeit, so sind wir uns begegnet im Zufallsraum,
wie zwei menschliche Lichtstrahlen, die 24 Jahre durchs All irrten auf der Suche nach dem Anderen.
(Zugspitze 24-03-2010)

Oscar Wilde says …


I knew that I had come face to face
with some one whose mere personality was so fascinating
that, if I allowed it to do so,
it would absorb my whole nature
my whole soul
my very art itself.

Prequel

Today it is 1967, May 19th, and its my 6th birthday. I still go to kindergarden, but in 4 month time I will enter school. Thats nice, because than in the 6th course I will learn – among other things – English. But I will also learn maths and literature, and science. In 8 years from now, I will change school and enter Highschool. For another 4 years there I also have to attend lessons such as history and politics, which will be a pemanent fight with the teachers. They will always try to brainwash us and infiltrate communist ideology. The only two subjects I really surrender are sports and Russian language. This is funny, since 40 years later, i.e. sometimes in the new century, I will be the only one of all my former class-mates who is physically still very much in shape (can wear the same sized jeans as when I was 20) and the only one who decently speaks Russian.

But before this, in 1979 or 12 years onward from now, the army will call my duty and I will serve there for 3 horific years. At least I had plenty of free time there to read and to learn guitar playing. In  1983, 16 years from today on, I will be a proud freshman student of physics at Leipzig Karl-Marx-University (hip, hip, hooray). I will absorb everything about natural science, but still not enough to stop me from later on (in 1988) to add a biophysics and later a molecular genetics career. But first, between 1983 and 1988 I am a decently committed student, except that political activities almost caused my dismission from the Uni.

After graduating as a PhD in biophysics, my hobby activities as a political street fighter are somehow rewarded and the Berlin Wall comes down and exposes us to the free world with all its unknown wilderness. In 1992 I first go as a PostDoc to Groningen in the Netherlands. This is still a sort of intermediate state to allow a smooth transition from a social wellfare state to the free capitalism, which I experience the following three wundeful years in London.

Oh, I almost forgot, that in 1990 I will marry a young girl from Russia, and a year later I impress my young wife the most when I smuggel her in the car-boot through the German-Dutch border (In this years, the European borders are still existing, and they would not let Marina to come to me to Groningen without a month-long application procedure). So I solve the problem my way, as I use to do throughout life whenever I face some stupid obstacles.

I think in 1991 in Groningen it is also the first time that we see the Internet working, firstly to simply exchange e-mails with my parents-in-law in Russia.

In 2010, which I can’t believe is still 43 years from today on, I will start writing a Blog. Today, in 1967, nobody has ever heard about social media or blogs or Twitter. All these inventions will come down to us in the new century, and I am already keen to see what one can do with them. But today, I still have to be patient. I have just discovered that the steel tracks of my electric train give a funny prickling sensation if I lick them with my tongue. So many secretes are waiting to be discovered.