What a crazy weekend! Some parts fun, and some parts exhasperating, but all memorable (although I'd prefer to forget some parts.)
Our weekend of Swabian theater began on Saturday, a two man show, put on by Joern and his cousin. The back story is that two weekends ago, Joern spent quite a few hours cutting down the totally overgrown thorny bushes that lie between Joernn's parent's house and Joern's aunt's house. He did an amazing job, it looks like a new place, despite the bloody mess that came home to me that night.
During that following week, we got word that Joern's cousin (who lives on the top floor at aunt's house,)contacted Joern's dad saying that he wanted to talk to Joern. Since Joern and his cousin haven't spoken in two years, the whole thing seemed a bit fishy.
Back to last Saturday, Joern and I drove over to the building lot, to take a look at the new paving on the street, and to look at the water connection. While we were looking, Joern's cousin came over, and said to Joern that he needed to clean up some branches that fell into the yard while Joern was cleaning up. Joern asked his cousin to come with him, just so he could see that he indeed was cleaning up the bushes. As they walked over, Joern's cousin started in about how summer is coming up, and there can't be any branches with thorns in the yard, he doesn't want his kids walking barefoot out on thorns. As Joern started picking up the three sticks that were about 4 inches long, his cousin started yelling at him. Obviously, his only real desire was to start a fight. I headed back to the car, because I wasn't in the mood. A few minutes later, Joern headed towards the car, and all I heard was "luft, luft" (air, air.) Turns out, Joern fixed the problem by reminding his cousin that they are not talking to each other, and that they are air to each other. Oy!!
The much more enjoyable theater event was on Sunday night. We went to see an evening of Swabian commedy. The evening was split into two parts, first part being different comedian acts, and a strange band. The second part, and reason we were there, was Hannes und der Burgermeister (Hannes and the mayor,) a Swabian TV show that Joern adores. Dinner and drinks were served. Joern had a traditional roast braten with dumplings, and I had a yummy chicken salad. Two of the comedians were pretty funny. I especially liked the bit by the last comedian, who came out with a scarf from the Karhlsruhe soccer club, one of the deemed arch enemies of true Swabians. He got booed! Then asked why on earth people feel so strongly against this team, since there are no people from Karlsruhe on the team, likewise, no Swabians play on VfB Stuttgart (our pro. soccer team.) Pretty good point!
Hannes und der Burgermeister were really funny. They performed 3 skits. It was so enjoyable. The best part was that I understood at least 90% of everything! This is a huge accomplishment as Swabian is one of the most difficult to understand of all German dialects!