of food. and humans.

The phenomenon of a TOPFIVE

In food, people, sharlene on June 16, 2010 at 4:17 pm

As I now live across an ocean, and we have the childhood history of never been separated — although our parents were– my sister, O., attempted at one point to revamp the way we communicated. Fully detailed emails of daily occurrences were too trying, and only waiting for the big news to come resulted in months of empty space and a continual feeling of disconnectedness. What then to respond about when the news came, and being who we are, we asked, “is no news, good news” really? really? She presented me with her idea of the TOPFIVE, e.g. the topic: her life. The contents: a quintet of events that affected, excited, frustrated, or beguiled her during a time spectrum of her choice. It could be within that particular day, week, or since whenever we had last touched base. I personally loved this method for the following reasons: I like lists, and rankings. Considering a number of events lower than the value of six is considerably less intimidating to write about, and there in quite efficient. This medium forces me to view my life with analyst’s glasses, not just simply reporting dry facts (cups of coffee: 2, piles of crap on the street stepped on: 0!). I then ask myself, where does finding organic hempseed in a grocery store on Bischofsweg rank in comparison to talking with a girlfriend about how I think babies are silly and how her German boyfriend very much wants one? Is this ranking objective, or completely subjective? Beats me. Ultimately, I enjoy me a good TOPFIVE and want to use this here to give a rundown about what I think of certain people and things.

First. (surprise. EGOIST!) Me. And things I like. Right now.

5. I cut my own hair for the first time on Monday. Friend N. loaned me some shears as thinking of an electric razor give me a funny taste in my mouth. A taste of rednecks, shorn sheep, and girls with one side short one side long hair that are just too hip for me. There are two spots on the back that, if I point them out, you can see what I obviously didn’t see while cutting. Doing this was special for me as it required a certain “I just don’t give a fuck” which usually is absent from my personality.

4. The street where I live: being in the middle of the Neustadt, I basically have it all. Highest bar-count next only to the red-light of Hamburg, farmer’s market close enough to throw a stone at (if C. is the one throwing, I have negative skills), lovely boutiques with handmade plastic tabacco holders and individualized linocut stamps, and graffiti — enough maybe to make Banksy proud. Also on my street is one of the two cafes that serve soyicecream and soy Lattes. And a punk/oy subculture store. And an independent movie theater. And someone was stabbed here, well, that’s not a reason to like it. oops.

3. The following blogs have enriched my recipe collection in such a rewarding way. Solid recipes, beautiful pictures, and true sensibility in the matters of cruelty free cuisine: Vegan Dad, Seitan is my motor, Bittersweet, Chow Vegan, the Gluttonous Vegan. There are so many more, but these are my tried and faithful (hahaha not true! zing.) favorites.

2.This setup is not complete but something I have been dreaming about for the last year and a half. Macbook pro, Axiom 49, Audio interface (half of it belongs to D.) Over the last 5 years my creative muscle has been atrophying and I finally have tools with which to rejuvenate that.  Believe, as soon as I’m fully prepared to expose my vulnerable musician’s underbelly to criticism, you’ll hear from me. Right now things are mostly synth heavy, distorted electric organ, driving bass focused melodies. Mal sehen was daraus wird.

1. What currently moves me above all: although life, and living in Germany has not become easier over the last three years, I find myself learning to accept the challenges and defeats as they come. To welcome each moment as equal and necessary is something I strive for — a thing that might give me the satisfaction I’ve been straining after during this first chunk of adulthood. To be truthful, my current task of facing intensive therapy for help on changing a depressive cycle, a presence which has strongly effected said adulthood chunk, seems to be leading to that acceptance. Or at least offering a support which will allow me to let go, and look for it.



p.s. more TOPFIVES about people soon.

p.p.s. this should not be compared to David Letterman’s top ten.

  1. 1. Love it 2. “said chunk of adult life” perfectly describes 21-25. 3. Good length 4. Hair cute! 5. Check out Zoe Boekbinder “Inexorable” on iTunes

  2. Hi Sharlene… I really love this so far, and the pictures of your food looks really good, to me.. anyway. Is Sharlene for the blog or are you going by Sharlene everywhere now?
    I like the line that “life is as silly here as it was there.” But still, I wish you were here being silly .. :o)

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