A doctor's appointment and the army made me think of public service

Published on Thu 18 of May, 2006

I just returned from the doctor. I have been coughing badly since LinuxTag2006. According to the doctor it must have been the dry air, too little drinking, too much smoking and so on. She then asked me, if I need a sickness certificate and I jokingly answered: "Only if you can make this a chronic sickness and that gets me around military service!"

But on the way from the doctor I really started thinking...
Why the heck am I supposed to do that? For serving the public? In germany there is the alternative of doing civilian service instead of military service.

Why doesn't my work in the Open Source community count? Because it is not nationally limited? Because I do good for everybody on the world and not only nationally? ;)

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Born, went to school, started hacking on free software, did some major high availability sysadmin work in between, now back to my original passion: managing knowledge. :) -- Long CV

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