May 2008


Weimar’s Worst Taxi Driver

I’ve ridden in taxis in a lot of countries—and while I’ve been financially ripped off in Lisbon, I’ve never had a taxi driver who has nearly ended up in an accident.

It’s actually true for everywhere else I’ve ridden taxis: Germany, United States, London, Budapest, and beyond. Usually the most that happens to me is […]

Redundant Repetition

Not too long ago there was an airline in Portugal—it’s name was “TAP Air Portugal”—a name which begged the question, “what does TAP stand for?” Something like, as it turns out, Transportes Aéreos Portugueses – so TAP Air Portugal was really Transport Air Portugal Air Portugal. Now that it’s TAP Portugal, its less bad—just somebody […]

Unrelenting Sneezing!

It was just about a month ago that I got really sick. At the time I thought it was a cold, but others, quite rightly, pointed out to me that it was probably actually the flu.

Whenever I get that kind of sick, it usually takes me awhile to get over it. The last lingering […]

26 May 1958

Fifty years ago today my parents got married in New York City.

Just thought I’d share.

Eating in Weimar

Every time I walk through the center of Weimar I have the pleasure of watching tourists pose in front of the Goethe and Schiller statue. They pose, snap some pictures, and then move on to many of the other exciting treasures of my UNESCO World Heritage Home.

For those that stay through dinner, I’d like […]

‘08 Eurovision Favorites

So the morning of the first round of Eurovision semifinals, I had not listened to a single entry in this year’s contest.

I’ve made up for lost time in the last three days—my iPod has been plugged into my ears with the 43 tracks on constant rotation and I can now tell you which are […]

Dear Hillary,

Some text below may be slightly, errr… off color. If you are easily offended, come back tomorrow.

Dear Hillary,

Please quit whilst you are ahead.

I realize that I have been a long term supporter and that I think you would be a better president that Obama, but the fact of the matter is that […]

Nostalgia, in brief.

Posting the picture of myself when I had my “dragon” tooth has caused me to think a lot about my time growing up.

As sort of childhood nostalgia, if you will, even though my time at Park Hill Elementary School was pretty awful—save for my kindergarten, first, third, fifth, and sixth grade teachers. The other […]

Eurovision 2008

After last year’s Eurovision Debacle I lacked a great deal of enthusiasm for the 2008 edition.

Since the West won the Cold War, there’s been more and more eastern European nations participating in the song contest—small countries that vote for each other while performing songs that have strong traditional themes to the music.

Western European […]

What’s Wrong in ’79?

When I was a kid I had an unusual problem–you can see it in this photo!