May 2024


Whatchamacallit 118: Merman (to be deaccessioned)

This Merman Christmas ornament like thing has hung on a nail in my hallway for years. As I recall the details, I bought it at the same shop where I bought my tacky inflatable Christmas tree.

The shop was called “Dom” – I believe – located in a shopping mall near my office. It […]

Whatchamacallit 41: Friedrichstraße as art

This cute piece of art, featuring the dramatic glass dome over the Friedrichstraße S-Bahn station and a tram.

The fox is not normally seen in this environment, but I suppose that it might be seen there today. I wouldn’t know since I haven’t been near there in a long time.

I bought this last […]

Frohe Weihnachten!

Another Christmas has rolled around – so to those of you of that particular faith tradition, Merry Christmas!

In the run up to this year’s celebration, I decided not to inflate my Christmas tree, instead opting to have a Spartan display consisting of a Christmas Tea Towel.

But at the same time friends sent me […]

My best seasonally appropriate greetings to you…

Today is the second of five days off – Berlin, Germany, and the “Christian” world are celebrating the birth of their savior.

And I get time off.

So… what have I been doing with this time off?

Wednesday I sped-listened to five podcasts, read two magazines, read a graphic novel, read part of a […]

Frohe Weihnachten! / Happy Christmas!

Christmas Cheer!

Wow. My blog has been quiet this month – but before I get into what’s been going on, let me be the first to wish you a Merry Christmas.

Although, all things considered, I’m probably not the first person to do this – so just take my seasonal greetings in the manner […]

I know that I can be too cynical – Visiting the Rixdorf Weihnachtsmarkt.

Last Year’s Glühwein was at Potsdamer Platz. Yuck.

One of the big traditions in Germany this time of year is the obligatory cup of glühwein at a Christmas market – having been wiped out the last week due to illness, I ventured to my first Christmas market today – the Rixdorf Weihnachtsmarkt, which is […]

Adam – allein zu Haus, part Wednesday

I’m happy to report that I’ve survived Christmas, at home, alone.

Since Friday evening, I’ve watched a lot of Breaking Bad, read books, went to the gym, and took a lot of naps.

I actually never left the house Saturday – temperatures in Berlin dropped below freezing and I decided that I’d rather be warm […]

Things I do not want to do in the next week, in Germany: Shop.

This year is an “Adam—allein zu Haus” kind of Christmas.

Translated in to English, that’s “Adam, alone at home”, a variation on the “Kevin—allein zu Haus” them that Americans know as “Home Alone”.

My plan is to avoid shopping after Saturday until after the Christmas holidays. If I could actually swing it, I would avoid […]

The week that was.


I really meant to blog sometime this week, but it escaped me – but now that it’s Saturday night, I have time.

Some how I managed to have something important (mostly fun) to do every single day of the week, after 4 o’clock. The icing on the cake was the fact that my […]

Reviewing the weekend and hitting the reset button

I’m happy to report that I had a most excellent weekend – for those of you who are counting, it was Christmas weekend, but I’m an atheist and, as such, observed more the passing of the winter solstice.

Two of my friends are in town having joined me for “Christmas in Berlin”, as it were, […]