Many parents thrive in giving the kids a dream world at Christmas. Inplanting the thought of Santa Claus being a real person, alive and thriving. The American style is that the kid can give their wish at a shopping mall whilst sitting in Santa’s Lap. This tradition seems to have reached Sweden to. Some shopping malls actually offer Santa Claus. Some even offer photographing for free, a free paper photo to take home. I actually think giving away things for free is nice. Even poor kids can meet Santa and get a great memory that way.
I washed my car today. I notices a stone had hit the car underneath the grill, pretty common problem in Sweden. We have winter and the roads have stones to keep the ice from being a problem for the traffic. However it means the cars get stone hits every winter. My car had a scratch from a stone hit most likely. I was cleaning the car. I noticed the scratch and looked at it. I was thinking of putting some paint on it. However I then continued washing… and the “#¤%&/ color peeled off, so instead of just a scratch the grill is now missing paint about 10x7cm. Haha. I have done this before. However that was almost ten years ago… well. It is a grill and since the car is going to be repainted from the gas theft incident I will ask them to repaint the grill to. It probably doesn’t cost that much. Afterall, it is just money going into the drain…
Well. I ordered myself a awesome gift today. I will get it next week. Enjoying. I wanted it as a Christmas present, but my spouse said no way. I said, well, you will pay for it anyway… hahaaha. I will buy it for me then. So I ordered it. Just like that. I really liked it and since it was on offer I am going to buy it. Just like that.
I am a “stock” owner. I used to work for a company before and they gave “stock” options to the staff. They have gone up in value now. I am thinking of selling them. I am not so into being a “stock” owner. It is a foundation with the value of the company’s stock, it ain’t stock, but it follows the stock market for the product. I do not know how that works… but it has the same value as the stock. Also the company really goes against some of my values as well, so I shouldn’t be investor in that. Just saying.
Well. I haven’t bought all the gifts yet. I do not even know if I will get a full salary at Christmas. The boss has said I will, but my colleague warned me that his money took a while before it was working and he was paying the right taxes and salary and so on… hmmmmmm….. he is in fact saying that the boss is a little bit… “last minute”-man. Someone that delays things. I hope not, I need the salary, I ain’t getting any a-kassa… afterall, I have been working more than full time.
I know I will get one salary, from my one day job, however, that ain’t much compared to working 35hours per week. I just need it. The savings account has decreased so much during this year. It is almost terrible to think about it. It has gotten so low, just because I have fixed the house and such, even though being unemployed. The a-kassa ain’t enough if you want to fix things. So then you have to use your savings in order to be able to do stuff. When I am working I might save up the money, but then I do not have any time to fix things. When I am unemployed the money ain’t enough to use the time smart. It is actually perfect to fix the living quarters when you are unemployed… however it costs money and that is something you ain’t got enough of.
Well. The snow has fallen yesterday and this morning it was all white outdoors. I am glad both cars have winter tires. However I have so called “dubb”-free tires and that ain’t fun when it is cold and icy. They are worse on ice. The car wanted to spin off the road a couple of times. The car that has “dubb” (google translate says it is studded tires in English) is better at winter. I know that the state wants us to use tires without studs. I think the questions is complex. In order for me not to die in traffic I want studded tires. Going to the North of Sweden would have been a big mistakes without studded tires. I think studded tires save lives, even though taking lifes in the inner city due to having more particles in the air. I am confused. One tires kills more in traffic and is better for city folks. The other tires saves life, both human and animal in traffic, but makes the air worse for some city folks, so they get sicknesses. Which is better? I have one car with and one without. Trying to please both. Talk about balance. When going to icy roads I take the studded car tires. When going to the inner city I take the non studded tires. Balancing, trying to please.
Well. Tomorrow I will use the day for the home exam. I am not up to it. Not right now. However the clock is a lot and I am of course tired. I am just so glad I have done all my exams and I do not have to redo any!!! Everything so far is graded and I have passed all classes. I didn’t like the lecturer at the last course before this one. I wrote a strictly academic paper, just because I knew I had to. The person actually praised me. I didn’t think she would. She also gave me a C. A C in Sweden is a B in the US, just saying you shouldn’t compare grades with the letters you have. If I would have had a B or A here in Sweden, B is A- in Sweden and A is A. C is B. E is similar to passed, almost like a D. D is like C. F is failed in both our system and the US. However the scores on each exam ain’t counted in grades, but points, so I have really just gotten points on my exam. On all parts of one course we get points on each exam. They are added into a pot with a maximum amount of points. If the sum is higher than a certain number you get that grade that number gives. So really you could fail on one exam if you write some top and average exams. So I thought I would fail… but I didn’t, I had a enough scores to get a passed score. Thanks for that.
Well. I think I am going to relax now. Tomorrow will be a day of studying. I also have to read a complicated article in English, with a lot of complicated words… which I probably do not know the meaning of. Hoping I understand the overall meaning of the article. I hope I find the answers and write a good exam. If I pass this one I only have one left for this term.
In Stockholm City I see beggars in the midst of all Christmas shopping. Beggars from other European countries. The subway also has warnings for pocket thieves. I think this is so complicated. I have have seen beggars in Kista also. However I haven’t seen beggars in some parts of the city. Not even one. Those neighbourhoods are considered perhaps a little bit better. However some are not… but still no beggars. So what neighbourhoods are interesting for the beggars? Places with a lot of people? I am hoping they have a warm place to be. However I do not like them coming here for begging. It worries me. In Sweden the residents do not have to live on the street. They can be homeless, but will most likely have possibility to a warm bed indoors. However I think the help for the foreigners is less. I do not think there are as many beds for them. Still they come here to beg. So sit out in the cold. I do not like having to pass them. I cannot give to everyone. I already give to charities. I cannot be everyone’s charity giver. Yes. I think it is a problem having to see beggars. They shouldn’t even exist, not them as a people, begging shouldn’t exist. No one should have to starve or be cold at night. I am however not rich and cannot help everyone. I am already helping people and animals in need. I do my part, hoping others do theirs. If everyone does a small part… the world might have fewer beggars on the streets… I think it is so sad. Why do some have more than enough, whilst the beggar just wants to have a decent life with food and roof. I think the state should try to get the beggars off the streets. Perhaps help them to get food and a warm place to sleep and then forbid begging… I do not know. I just know I do not want to have beggars. Nobody should have to beg. Problematic issue. Complicated question. How do we get the beggars of the streets? Without their lives getting worse that is…