April 2012


when I am running, the world also runs with me

Thursday was a fun day – meeting old friends in Leipzig (coffee during a forced one hour layover at the train station), Jena (old work colleagues: I still have a mailbox at the old office. No mail in it), and Weimar (lots of friends).

In the evening I found myself at the gallery opening for […]


Thursday I’m leaving for a weekend away – going to visit the old Thüringen home…

Expect notes from the road…

The Number 1 Event in Berlin this Year: WEBMU 2012!

This year is the 775th anniversary of Berlin, and, as in every year, there are a ton of events going on: Berlin Marathon, Christopher Street Days, the Entzaubert alternative DIY GLBT film festival, fireworks, and the Festival of Lights – to name a few.

But clearly, all of these events are competing to be the […]

Slowly touring Berlin: looking at the architecture of East and West

Today is slow travel day, or something like that, and to celebrate I took an architectural tour of Berlin, one that compared the architecture of East and West Berlin.

Before I go a bit further, slow travel is an echo of the slow food response to fast food – in that, “encourages people to resist […]

Inside on a sunny Saturday afternoon, watching Queer Chinese Films

This afternoon I could have been outside enjoying, what is turning out to be, a spectacular spring, but I didn’t.

Instead I was inside watching two queer, documentary, Chinese films, New Beijing New Marriage and Our Story – 10 years “guerrilla warfare” of the Beijing Queer Film Festival, plus a preview of Mama Rainbow. Joining […]

I voted for Jonathan George in Indiana’s 9th Congressional District Democratic Primary

So after a bunch of comments from Hoosiers a week or two ago, I finally made my decision and I sent off my absentee ballot.

Really, of course, there was no question (or choice) for US President or US Senator: Barack Obama and Joe Donnelly, respectively, got my primary votes.

However, for the 9th Congressional […]

I’m Thankfully Unburdened

The older I get, the more I realize that I have somehow, luckily, escaped having a huge albatross strung around my neck.

The albatross otherwise known as religion.

On some level, I’ve had a miniscule wish for it – I remember after reading the Little House in the Big Woods (and the rest of the […]

This is good Friday, timing wise.

Most of the time, I’m indifferent to religious holidays.

This time, the timing actually perfect: somebody charitably shared a cold with me and I need the time off to recover. The cold first made itself known to me late Monday night, walloped me Tuesday (enough that I stayed home and slept 90% of the day), […]

My Eurovision 2012 Favorites

In no particular order, I present my 10 favorite Eurovision songs. This list is notable for a number of reasons, including the fact that I really like the song for France – no clue what she’s singing about, but the video has lots of decent eye-candy.

Further, I apologize in advance because I’ve included […]

For the expatriates out there: Why have you, or haven’t you, bought your home?

I’ve been doing a bit of thinking about the expats that I know and whether or not they own their own home and – ignoring those that are married to locals – I can only think of one expat who owns their own home.

Naturally I can understand why many expats might not buy their […]