Waiting for Godot

by Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue April. 06, 2019 665 views

This is a typical secondary school building in Vienna. It’s the BRG XVI (short name for 16th district's Bundesrealgymnasium). The school was erected around 1906, when Austria was still a monarchy and eight years before WWI break loose, which was caused by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria (heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne). Most school buildings of this period are very similar. Rooms with heigh ceilings and with windows on the left side, to enhance the light to the right hand of the pupils. - There was no way to stay a left handed person! Pupils were forced to use their right hand to write until the 1970s. - In the last two decades a lot of the old school buildings have been renovated. During the renovation the pupils had to drive to another, even larger building in the inner city. When I visited the huge replacement building for the first time, I said to Roland: "Every second pupil will wet its pants, because they won't find the toilets in time!" Sadly, I have forgotten to ask him if my prophecy became true during the two years in "exile". I think, the architects have done a good job in this building.

Roland is a teacher at BRG XVI. When our daughter was a little child, Victoria and I walked in the afternoon to the school to visit and pick up her Daddy. We stopped our visits, when Victoria was maybe four years old, because she started to visit the kindergarten. Now I'm doing it again. Since November Felix and I walk every Friday at noon to the school to pick up Roland. This new/old habit will come to an end in July, when Roland will retire.

Yesterday it was warm and sunny and Felix was sitting on his favorite spot to watch the entrance of the school. He is very watchful and it seems he wants to spot Roland even before he will open the door. I couldn't resist to take some pictures. Time is almost up and I never photographed the school before!

Btw. afterwards both of them have to wait for me in front of the super market until I have done the grocery shopping. I photographed them from inside of the shop, they didn't see me.

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Camellia 4 months, 1 week ago

It is a beautiful building. Your narratives always fun to read. The question everyone asks here when they hear someone is retiring is
" So what are you (Roland)  going to do with your time now that you are retiring?"

You need to be very very careful, I might find a way to come over there and steal Felix. Such a photogenic dog!😊

4 months, 1 week ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Camellia 4 months, 1 week ago

Roland didn't want a dog, I wanted one for years and years - and now not only I, but Roland fell very hard for this little dog. I think we will have a lot of long walkies ahead.  On the other hand visiting some places we never had time for would be nice. Of course, there will always be a "but": I have to take care of my almost helpess and ill parents. Sadly, most  of the time we will be stuck in Austria - so you have to came over and we will give you a sightseeing tour through the eastern part of Austria!
I'm sure, Felix wouldn't go with you, he is glued to my side. He doesn't want to loose his new found home. Btw. sometimes he is becoming really suspicious about strangers, but - very funny - he does know everybody in the family by name.

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Camellia Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 4 months, 1 week ago

Tremendously smart dog!

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Camellia 4 months, 1 week ago

Food addiction leads to motivation! wink

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Camellia Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 4 months, 1 week ago

😂😂

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Andi Saw 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Awww blue heart

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Andi Saw 4 months, 1 week ago

yessss

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Antonio Gil 4 months, 2 weeks ago

#1I like the perspective of this image with the bench in the foreground.And last one is very funny. Happy weekend my friend

4 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Antonio Gil 4 months, 1 week ago

you should have seen me, when I tried to get the bench in the right position without taking an axe or lifting it up ... wink

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Jay Boggess 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Such a sweet series of your daily rituals! Nice camera work and charming story...

4 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Jay Boggess 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks! blush Latley, I'm so busy, I have not time to photograph or doing nice things. I only write boring stuff like taxes ... Friday was such a exception. *SIGH*

4 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 4 months, 2 weeks ago

In order to truly relish the times of wonder, it seems we must trudge thru periods of mind-numbing chronic ennui, to appreciate the contrast.......no??? 
I try to nap thru those low energy periods, as much as possible.....
Luckily, I usually have a pretty interesting dream life, so it's not quite so depressing......
(((grin...........yawn......)))

4 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Bob Rosenberg 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I know that most folks like both color and B&W.  I'm in the minority - I just like the colored ones.  I'm glad you included those.  Lovely colors on that school.

4 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Bob Rosenberg 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks! blush 
Sometimes it's hard to decide which one is more interesting.
For example #2 wouldn't be special in B&W, because the colorful spots in red, pink and orange enhancing the otherwise boring picture. #4 - I think the colorful stripes are funny, because Felix' looks like he is sitting on a launching pad.
#3 - the heraldic details are only in B&W visible.

4 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Bob Rosenberg Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 4 months, 2 weeks ago

You made me look up "heraldic".  I now have a new word.  Not sure where I'll use it, but I've got it.  smile

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Bob Rosenberg 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Jeez, and now I looked it up too, because I wasn't sure, if I used the right word! Sometimes my English is ... let's call it "strange". joy
It's the Imperial coat of arms since 1804, when Franz II - he was the last Holy Roman Emporer - founded the Austrian Empire and became Franz I (II).

4 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Bob Rosenberg Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I assume from your comment that English is a 2nd language for you?  I absolutely envy anyone who can speak another language.  I tried to learn Spanish but came to realize that, for an adult, it seems mandatory that you immerse yourself in it - live among people who only speak it.  Obviously, I failed to learn it.  Sigh . . .

4 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Bob Rosenberg 4 months, 2 weeks ago

My second language at school was Latin, therefore English became a real desaster. Actually I would call all my "knowledge" self-taught by reading a lot of books and watching movies since Victoria started to learn English (she is brilliant!). Sigh, I should give Klingon a chance too ...😉

4 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Bob Rosenberg Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 4 months, 1 week ago

I actually wanted to be a lawyer when I was very young and did take Latin in school as well. But in those days, teaching a foreign language was what they assigned to teachers just before they retired - as a sort of "ease into not working anymore" routine. So, the instruction wasn't very good.  ;)

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Berckmans Peter 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Love#4, looks like Felix is waiting for someone

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Berckmans Peter 4 months, 2 weeks ago

yes he is! And if I'm not careful, he will escape from the leash and run faster as a rabbit to the door to welcome Roland as if hadn't seen him for weeks. He runs and jumps like a bouncy ball ...

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