Motor Pool Oberursel and its Swimming Pool 1929 – 1969

I have permission to share the following photos of the very first swimming pool in Oberursel, which belonged to the Motor Pool.

1929: pool party or Sommerfest (summer fest)

Summer fest 1929

On 30 March 1945, U.S. troops occupied the town of Oberursel and the Motorenfabrik (Motor Pool). The Motor Pool remained in U.S. American hands until 1956/1957.

Change of hands: The Americans returned the Motor Pool back to the Germans in 1956/1957

The Motor Pool also had its own fire department. The next three photos show a fire drill held in 1969.

Photo source:  Geschichtskreis Motorenfabrik Oberursel

For more about the history of the Motor Pool, have a look at the book at 125 years of Motor Pool history , a post I had written about the author Helmut Hujer, and his work.

German Lesson: der Sauerampfer

Many years ago, my best Korean friend, Heajin, showed me all the edible greens around here in Oberursel. While taking walks, she pointed to this ‘weed’ and that ‘weed’ and how to prepare it, how expensive herbs like these are in Korea, and much more. Unfortunately, I did not take notes, and I had no camera of my own.

Back then, about 20 years ago, all that edible weed sounded almost too wild for me to give it a try. Here we are now – going back to nature, and away from processed foods.

The only weed I remember eating as a child is Sauerampfer (sorrel), which grows by the wayside in abundance. The young leaves taste the best.

Sauerampfer

Sauerampfer

I will give this plant another try by preparing it the Korean way (Korean pancake: pajeon 파전)

 

Enthusiasm and Grit

“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all, become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.”

– Roald Dahl

Canal Nantes-Brest in Josselin, France

Passion and perseverance will give you confidence and grit for long-term goals.

Definition of grit: courage and resolve; strength of character.

More about that by Angela Lee Duckworth in this TED Talk: Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

German Term for the Day: die Katzenwäsche

Cats regularly clean themselves throughout the day. Right now, we are in the middle of a drought (die Dürre), and need to preserve water. Hence, live more like a cat.

Katzenwäsche

Besides the daily shower, I had taken extra ones throughout the day, but the City of Oberursel sent out a notification to ask us to preserve water for the coming days/weeks.

This means, I still get to take my daily shower, but during the other times of the day, I have to contend with a Katzenwäsche.

Definition: kurzes, oberflächliches Waschen (a short and perfunctory washing of the body)

Beispiel: Ich bin spät dran für die Arbeit. Ich habe keine Zeit für eine Dusche. Ich mache eine schnelle Katzenwäsche.

Quote about Teaching

“As a kid, I wanted to be a superhero, lawyer, actor, philosopher, comedian, philanthropist, entertainer, judge, and doctor… So I became a teacher.”

– Nicholas Ferroni

Educator/Activist

Edelweiss

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