March 2023


Happy VD

So today is VD—a day that I can reduce to either “Singles Awareness Day” or to VD—both of which are just simply sad.

Since I am perpetually single, I never had any plans for today, and, unless somebody suddenly sweeps me off my feet (I’m at home) and drags me off to something sweet, I’ll […]

Peer Pressure

One of those things I remember from my (successful) anti-drug education in elementary, middle, and high school was the constant warning of the dangers of peer pressure. The infamous DARE education has worked, at least for me; just not for society in total.

According to my teachers, the most dangerous person who would be likely […]

The Bird

Zwiebelmarkt Excitement!

This upcoming weekend is the 353rd Annual Zwiebelmarkt here in Weimar.

Yes, the annual event where an insane number of people pour into an area that is quite small. I do not have official figures, but I would guess that over the course of the weekend, 30-40,000 people are all downtown drinking beer, eating Onion […]

Late Mornings

It seems like it was only a month or two ago and the sun was coming up at 4am—now the sun is coming up sometime after my alarm time of 6:25, and I’m having a hard time dealing with it.

Such is life at the northern latitudes.

I’ve been on a bread-baking kick of late, […]

Independence Day!

Today is Independence Day in Armenia!

I’m going off to the parade, which is at 10 in Republic Square. It should be massive fun. After that I am not sure what my plans are, probably to visit museums in the city center.

Yesterday I mailed 30 postcards (9,000 dram) to points in Europe and North […]

Armenia Planning Update

Sunday night I started panicking about my September trip to Armenia. Hotels in Yerevan, the capital city, are more expensive than I expected, although I suspect there is a significant price premium for booking hotels that can be found on the Internet—this is a country where few places have a web presence.

I finally drew […]



Originally uploaded by elmada.

So, since leaving Kyiv, I’ve not really given an overall impression of the city, nor have I completely thanked Katya’s family for hosting me.

Without further ado, I will address the second point:

Dear Katya’s Family:

Thank you ever so much for hosting me over New Year’s Eve. […]

I love Lisbon!

Merry Christmas!! Originally uploaded by elmada.

I’m in Lisbon.

Considering that when I arrived in Lisbon that I knew absolutely nothing about this city—other than the fact that it is the capital of Portugal, it’s remarkable how fast my love affair has grown.

I have absolutely no idea why I was so ignorant about […]

DIY: Masturbation Month

Yes, it’s Masturbation Month again!

I’ll be jerkin it for a good cause– your pledges will help. If you pledge $5 a minute, I promise you it won’t cost you more than $2.50.


Cleaning the keyboard.

That will be 50 cents, please!