Where I live, week 6 greets us with storms and heavy rainfall, cancelled carnival parades and the culmination of the carnival season. In the south-western part of Germany, witches and demons are predominant in the parades. The masks are handcrafted, the costumes hand-sewn. It’s an interesting and fun tradition.
In other parts of the country, costumes are less traditional; the parades contain large wagons that make fun of important political events of the past year, both, local and global politics being mocked irreverently.
But on Ash Wednesday it’s all over (except for the city of Basel where they have another event early in the morning.) In any case, this week always stands out and makes the drab late-winter days more colourful.
A colourful highlight every week in the blogosphere is Cee’s Share Your World challenge . How’s that for an introduction? Here we go:
- What is your favorite word?
Content-wise: solidarity; sound-wise: discombobulation
- What is your least favorite word?
“Lügenpresse“, a German word beloved and instrumentalized by the fascists, racists and demagogues who become far too popular at the moment. It translates as ‘lying press’, and is always used defamatory.
- What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Creatively: a random phrase, picture, scene that lets another idea pop up in my head, and then I go from there. I love that process. Emotionally: injustice really gets me going. Spiritually: Nature, the universe, the big mystery of it all.
- What turns you off?
- What is your favorite curse word?
In German: Mist! In English: Damn!
- What sound or noise do you love?
My cat purring. Waves lapping against the shore. Bird song.
- What sound or noise do you hate?
Crowds of fanatical people cheering their figurehead on. Fingernails scraping over a blackboard, a fork screeching on a dinner plate, everything too loud and too shrill.
- What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
I initially wanted to be a vet. If I had another fifty years of relative youth and reasonable health ahead of me, that’s what I’d do.
- What profession would you not like to do?
Anything to do with cleaning.
- If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
You will now get the answer to the Ultimate question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.
Thank you, Cee, for these interesting and fun questions.
Featured image: Masken der Rottweiler Fasnet 2007 von Guido Radig – Eigenes Werk, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22093977
42 image: By Originally uploaded by en:User:Martinultima – en:Image:Answer to Life.png, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=100406