The day before yesterday the city of Freiburg held its New Year's reception at the Konzerthaus. Red Baron got an invitation and was one of 1300 guests.
When I arrived in time at 1800 hours all chairs for the elderly people were already occupied. So I placed myself with my back against a railing easing the weight on my aching legs.
|There were only a few chairs for elderly people and VIPs in the foyer of the Konzerthaus. |
Red Baron, white hair, blue jacket, is standing on the left with his back to the railing
|Same audience as seen by the speaker Mayor Dieter Salomon.|
Red Baron is the tall guy in the back clinging to the railing on the left (©Amtsblatt/A. J. Schmidt)
|Dr. Salomon's speech was translated into sign language|
Dr. Salomon also mentioned the events that moved Freiburgers in 2016: the murder of a young student, the renaming of streets, and the remains of the old synagogue. Red Baron reported. At the end of his relatively short speech Mayor Salomon announced what was already known: he will run in 2018 seeking a third eight year term as mayor.
|At the end of his speech the audience applauded|
but the mayor's glass was empty and he was eagerly looking for a water refill.
|What a relief!|
|Ich bin hindurch* (I am through with my speech)|
*Martin Luther ought have said following his hearings at the Worms diet in 1521.
|Even our Italian citizens like Freiburg's mayor:|
Diter Salomon ist meine Papa.
(Graffiti at the Martinstor)