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YOU KNOW YOU'VE BEEN IN GERMANY TOO LONG WHEN....

You REALLY think AFN is quality entertainment.
Iceberg lettuce looks like a giant Brussels sprout.
You realize that Ausfahrt isn't the biggest city in Germany.
You don't remember that windows are supposed to have screens.
Your dinner menu changes six times before you leave the commissary.
You reach for the Jaegermeister instead of Pepto-Bismol.
A Sunday morning isn't complete without a 10-kilometerwalk in the woods.
You get used to looking before you flush.
You always keep an egg timer by the phone.
You can walk through the O'Club bazaar and only buy an ice cream cone.
You forgot how to use round doorknobs.
You buy a new wool sweater for the 4th of July picnic.
100 MPH seems like you're really driving slow.
People on Volksmarches look familiar.
You remember when the D-Mark was 4 to 1, 3 to 1, 2 to 1.
American beer tastes like mineral water.
You only know how to pay for gas with coupons.
Even at home you don't put ice in your drinks.
You never go shopping on the economy without a calculator.
You NEVER shop on payday. When you do shop you buy at least a dozen of everything that you MIGHT need.
You've memorized your passport number, date, and place of issue.
Every few weeks you empty your wallet of coins from other countries.
Fresh cut flowers are a staple in your house.
You lounge around your house fully clothed at all times.
You know three remedies for removing mold from walls.
You never leave home without your keys, ID card, license, checkbook, and passport.
You don't know anyone who doesn't own a VCR and belong to a tape club.
You think that a line at the bank with only 20 people is great.
You think ANY line with only 20 people is great.
You have forgotten what prime rib and shrimp cocktails taste like.
You think it is natural to pass tanks on the highway.
You need a power drill and sledgehammer to hang a picture on the wall.
Sunshine actually becomes a topic of conversation.
You rig your lawnmower and vacuum cleaner to give you an electrical shock if you try to operate them on Sundays.
You play "guess what town" the driver in front of you is from (HD, MA, FT, PS) based on their license plate.
You forgot how to eat French fries without a fork and knife.
You no longer even WANT ketchup for your French Fries.
And finally....
You stop looking for appliances with dual voltage because you have all of them already.
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YOU KNOW YOU'VE BEEN IN GERMANY TOO LONG WHEN....

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Wow! Does this list ever bring back memories!!

Yoda
*K-Town 83-86, 88-92*
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*K-Town 83-86, 88-92*


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I always thought it funnny that even the Germans called it K-town.

sgtbill
Bad Kreuznach 78-82
Giebelstadat 85-88
Heidelberg 93-97
Wuerzburg 99-01
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Oh my gosh! That was a giggle.

My hubbie and I still have a running joke about "The Whiners" on an old AFN "commercial" .... "But they don't have any macaroni and cheese...waaa!"

Always ;-)
Hunzi
whose hubbie was posted at a tiny hilltop near Neu Ulm Kassern 84-85

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sgtbill
Bad Kreuznach 78-82
Giebelstadat 85-88
Heidelberg 93-97
Wuerzburg 99-01

And I thought I'd been in Germany a long time.

Veloci

Bitburg 85-87
Wuerzberg 89-92
Dexheim 95-01 (but 22 months of that was in the Balkans)
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Hamburg '46 - '60

Oh wait, that doesn't count - I was a kid, then.

Grumpy
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Some of these old habits are still with me......

I still stock up on shampoo and soap, since they may never order the same brand again
I still don't use ice, and prefer my coke with lemon, thank you very much
And I STILL can't drive the speed limit. I just got pulled over in Amarillo TX during a road trip and he let me off with a warning, since I explaned I am used to the Autobahn. He was former army, stationed at some kasern.
I am stationed in Arizona now, and clouds and rain are the main topics of conversation..

Hippo
Ramstein 99-2001
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I lived in Germany with my family when I was a girl (8yo-14yo). Great experience, and your post was funny and true. :-)

-Molly
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