April 2021


Kaopectate Memories…

A couple weeks ago my PseduoWife was trying to explain to somebody here in Germany what Pepto-Bismol is—and she turned to me for an assist.

Unfortunately I was not the right person to ask because as a child my Mother was serving up Kaopectate whenever I was in a position to need it—and, as a […]

Entering the Danger Zone

Really, there are times it’s great to be an American and times it is a royal pain-in-the-ass.

Right now it’s one of the later.

It’s so bad that I have gone on the offensive, and when I’m in a group where I am the resident American, I’ve taken to asking the question first: What do […]

Poor Amusing Idiots

I have to confess that I’m kind of a harsh guy when it comes to other people’s stupidity.

I’m not really sympathetic.

Like the guys who own gigantic SUVs in America who are just now discovering that not only are the vehicles expensive to purchase, they’re expensive to keep running. With fuel just now approaching […]

Weak Dollar

I’m not an expert when it comes to the currency swings. My friend Jerry has his explanation for the weak US dollar, based in part in technical jargon related to the current subprime housing loan crisis, the ever increasing national debt and the like.

I cannot deny that these are legitimate direct casual links; however […]

He Doth Protest Too Much

I have to say, not since Terri Schiavo have I had to explain Americans so much as I have had to since it was revealed that Larry Craig likes sex in toilets, specifically the one at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport.

Oddly though, for the most part, it’s a HeteroAmerican who has been asking me […]


Truth is a funny thing.

What is truth shifts from person to person based on experience. It shifts based on the mores of society.

I’ve been thinking about this of late in part due to my upcoming trip to Armenia, one of the places that was not just locked behind the Iron Curtain, but also […]

Who am I

American Cities That Best Fit You: 75% Boston 75% Washington, DC 70% New York City 65% Chicago 60% Philadelphia Which American Cities Best Fit You? Your Linguistic Profile: 55% General American English 10% Dixie 10% Midwestern 10% Upper Midwestern 10% Yankee What Kind of American English Do You Speak? You Are 27% American America: […]

Self Censorship

So I’m in Evansville, Indiana, having stopped in Odon to eat at the Odon Essen Haus-excellent Amish lunch buffet for $5.50, drink included.

My friend’s new house is fantastic, although clearly it is still a work in progress-walls need painting, floors need redoing, and stuff needs to be moved. They have made fantastic progress though, […]

Terri Schiavo

Now that their daughter has died, I hope that Terri Schiavo’s parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, get the psychological help they so desperately and obviously need. The inability to tell that one’s daughter is in a persistently vegetative state and thinking that her responses to one’s voice are anything but reflexive responses shows that you […]

Explaing Schiavo

Every once in awhile, something happens in the States that I end up having to explain.

Sometimes I can, some times I cannot, and usually have to resort to explaining that I don’t understand the wackiness of Americans.

Today is one of those days. The Terri Schiavo law has befuddled people, and being the resident […]