Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Basel, , Switzerland
Again this is not intended as a rant, but I suppose you could call it one.
Went for a stroll over the Herbstmesse, loud noise and garish light funfair thingy in Basel yesterday, I am not too much into crowds and tend to back away from more than 10 people in a bunch, but I steeled myself and dove into the fray, about 15 minutes later my people tolerance fuses started to smolder and I went back to the bike. On the way I passed a stall selling Worschtle (sausages) and meat skewers and other edibles, I opted for a skewer , smallish as they were, scarcely the width of my hand and more like Döner- bits stuck on a stick, I gave the bloke 20 Chuff´s and to my dismay I got 10 Franks, 50 Rappen back.
That came to 4.50 Chuff´s a bite but you get to lick the stick for free.
By this time I really, really should know, anyway I felt again $witzerlanded and it set the tone when
this morning I went to the Strassenverkers-und Schiffartsamt to change my SG number plates to the BS ones, “BS” that stands for “Basel Stadt” and not what you are thinking.
I had prepared myself in advance as you do in these matters and felt confident that I could take on anything the Strassenverkehrsamt could dish out.
“Grüzi, my name is Slammer and I want to change my numberplates.”
“Grüzi Herr Slammer.”
“I need paper “X””
Slam! On the table.
“Now do you have document “Y”?
Slam! On the table
“You are well organized” for a foreigner, she just managed not to say.
Then she had me..
“Now go to the men´s room and wash these plates, I can´t send them back like this.”
I set Sarcasm to stun.
“You want them ironed too?”
“No! Just wash them.”
I should know by now not to waste perfectly good sarcasm on a Swiss person.
Then she tallied the bill:
Car: 277 Chuff´s
Bike: 109 Chuff´s
Boat trailer: 90 Chuff´s
Blue Area parking thingy: 60 Chuff´s, valid until end January 2012.
I walked out of the Amt with tears in my eyes and a 20° list to Starboard.
I also needed a new set of Plateholders as the old ones had disintegrated so I stopped at a Ford garage.
“Yes I can give you a set, that will be 20Chuff´s, he must have read my mind.
“You know that everything costs money in Switzerland.”
I let him have it full blast, with red ears he went and got the holders as I reloaded.
So that has been my day up to now and yours?