September 2008


Homewrecker Vanquished!

I don’t know what to say about that Susi Homemaker stuff, but rest assured That Queer Expatriate will not be focusing solely on his quilting project nor on mundane things like washing dishes, other than to make a brief endorsement:

That Queer Expatriate exclusively uses Fairy Dish Soap (UK) to wash his dishes, and he highly recommends you do as well.

Anyhow, while that prissy Suzi Homemaker was busy folding clothes, stacking old magazines, and washing dishes, I, That Queer Expatriate, was doing more exotic things, like mapping out travel plans for the fall.

After I join my fellow expatriates in Bremen at the Fourth Annual Whiney Expatriate Blogger Meet-up the last weekend of the month, I’ll be on the road quite a bit: The following weekend, I will be celebrating Reunification Day in style by meeting a friend and go to both Technical Museums.

The following weekend is a trip to the United Kingdom, where once work obligations are over, I will be going to a festival and hopefully out to a gay club that has a FAQ on its website:

Question: Is there a dress code?

Answer: No, but be do ask that all clothes and shoes worn must to be clean and presentable and that you do NOT wear any of the following:

  • Football / Rugby shirts
  • Baseball caps / hats
  • Tracksuits
  • Hoodies
  • Steel toe-cap boots
  • Trousers tucked into socks
  • Sovereigns

The “answer” raises more questions, at least for me:

  1. Isn’t that a dress code?
  2. Are baseball caps really that dangerous?
  3. Aren’t hoodies sometimes hot (and I mean that as in geil not heisse)?
  4. What the hell is a “Sovereign”?

In November I foresee two trips to the States: one work (details to be announced later), and the second is personal: I’m going to see my family for Thanksgiving. I finally made the decision over the weekend because as I was searching for tickets over Christmas, the prices went one direction: Up, and on some days, the transatlantic flights were already essentially sold out. Instead of forking over 8-900€ to see my family, I found a ticket for 548€ on my preferred airline alliance, including, improbably, a Sunday return flight to Europe.

Of course that leaves me home, alone, in Weimar for Christmas.

350€ richer.

5 comments to Homewrecker Vanquished!

  • P was asking me today if you were going to be around Thursday for Patriot Day.

    I told him that since you are not a Republican that you couldn’t possibly be a patriot… Nope, not a Republican, and as such you’re a Godless Unpatriotic Terrorist*.

    *According to the Republicans. We do welcome you to visit later in the year and spend your Euros though.

  • J

    The Technical Museums are fantastic if you’re as interested in that type of thing as I am. I spent a day at each of them and highly recommend that you do the same. It’s impossible to see both of them in the same day and enjoy them to their fullest.

    Apparently they have a space shuttle now.

  • Oh My!
    The Technical Museum in Speyer is fabulous! You are going to love your visit! If for no other reason than to stand on the wing of a 747 which is perched above the surrounding area! I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Bittner, plan at least one day for each.

  • disenchanted

    I was talking to R. and he was having the same problem with tix at Xmas time — and all he had to do was fly from CA to the Midwest. He said something about having to go home after the holiday.

    Dang. I suspect holiday travel is going to suck this year.

    I managed to escape this problem … I am going to DRIVE to New Orleans after the first of the year for a conference. (Conference = travel money from work) I’m saving my cash for Peru and Alaska.

  • tqe / Adam

    @cq: Patriot Day? I hope you are joking, but I suppose you are serious.

    @J & Snooker: We are planning on two days at the museums! I am really excited.

    @disenchanted: This year is going to be a doozy! So many flights have been cut that seat prices are really going upwards!