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 Finals, Quarterfinals, and TV Series 

Submitted by Björn Deh on Wed, 03/09/2011 - 21:11

Right now has to be the busiest time of the year here in Athens, OH. The finals are coming up next week, and suddenly everybody realizes that there is more to learn than time is left to actually do it. The library is now occupied like houses in Berlin Kreuzberg in the early 80s, with students pulling all-nighters living off caffeine and books. Richard and I were lucky enough to already have one of our finals in form of a presentation. Our GLC project came to an end (a very successful end that is) last Wednesday when we had our final presentations at DHI headquarter in front of the CEO, the marketing division, product managers, scientists, and the legal department. Everybody in our class did a great job, and I want to thank my group members for all the help and support during this project. Since I already finished one third of my finals I had some free time on my hand and used the good weather for a little bike tour along the 20 mile long bike path.

The bike path is beautiful, and it goes through woods and fields, along small towns, and you can really enjoy the scenery if you go at a reasonable speed. (not my strength)

However, be advised that you also see the things that Richard mentioned in his blog just a few weeks ago: poverty in particular. Trailer parks that look like they were part of Eminem’s 8 Mile, houses that look unoccupied until you see little kids with torn up clothing playing in the front yard. It's the complete opposite of Athens where it's not unusual to see rich (mostly Asian) students driving around in $150.000 Aston Martin, Nissan Skylines, and Mercedes AMG. It made me realize that Athens really is that rich enclave in one of the poorest parts of the entire USA.

Speaking of the poor America: I just started to watch The Wire, a TV series which critics would praise as one of the best ever made. Hardly known in Germany, this ‘homage’ to the city of Baltimore is depicting the process of police work and criminal activity and how both often go hand in hand. If you want to see a realistic portrayal of what is known as 'working class America' and its sociopolitical struggles, The Wire is the series to watch.

This is all for today, because it's now time for the Championsleague Quarterfinals. At least these are finals I don't have to study for…

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