"You sweep?" I asked. "Jes, you sweep zee trash the people are throwing at jou."
The record inside my head screeched.
"Huh. I guess I'm glad I'm not celebrating in Germany."
On Monday a coworker celebrated his 30th birthday. Because he is still unmarried he had to sweep at the Marktplatz. It works like this. Any man who is still unmarried by his 30th birthday has to go to the Rathouse in his hometown and sweep a huge pile of dirt/sawdust up. He is usually slightly drunk to begin with and dressed in some ridiculous outfit. He has to sweep until all the sawdust is all swept up or until he gets a kiss from a virgin. If he gets a kiss, the person who turns 30 next has to finish the job
I'm thinking about setting up a "Single's 30th Bday Registry" so I can tell my loved ones what kind of trash I want thrown at me.