Thursday, December 13, 2007

Welcome Astrid!


A short message just before packing the car to leave to Horumersiel. In the evening starts a winter kayak trip with German friends. This time we miss the good company of Freya and her Feuerzangenbowle. Freya is paddling down under and enjoys the "Vorweihnachtszeit" in New-Zealand summer conditions. Read her blog about her New Zealand Circumnavigation. She is making great progress.
"Astrid" is the new and only female company this time. In Germany High Pressure zones are named since around 1950. In the beginning High Pressure Zones were female and Low Pressure Zones male. But in the last years the Germans decided to change this every year. Background is some kind of political correctness: no discrimination - in one year a man brings us good weather, in the other year a woman. I am happy with "Astrid", she came just in time - the last weeks weather was bad around here. We are covering some large distances the next few days, so calm weather is welcome.

4 comments:

Wenley said...

High pressure=Women.
It surely makes sense to me.

Anonymous said...

You know why all tornado's and hurricanes have women names?
When they visit you, they are wild and wet,
When they are gone, you lost everything.

Hans said...

Hi Wenley and anonymous: Astrid and Bernhilde were of the calm, cold and dry type. Not wet and wild ;-)

Anonymous said...

Yes, Hans there are exceptions....