June 2024


Los Tres Gringos Gays get Culture

Despite the extremely long discussion of gay life in Guadalajara, Jay, Murph, and I did do more than look at all the hot men, drink beer, and dance all night.

We wandered around the city looking at what was within easy walking distance of the hotel, which consisted of a large number of public plazas […]

Hipster Hip

This isn’t my first visit to Portland, but it’s the first time I’ve been here and been in the right part of town.

As you may (or may not) recall, I’m staying at the Ace Hotel in Portland, which, in addition to having “European Style” rooms, is exactly one block south of the world famous […]

Hustlaball Berlin

Warning: This entry is about the Hustlaball, a gay dance night in Berlin. There are no pictures in this entry, but the text could be a bit too explicit for some.

Please click through to read.


Understanding Others

As I’ve slowly grown up, I’ve come to realize that one of the most difficult skills for people to acquire is empathy across differences and the ability to understand the lives of others.

I don’t necessarily mean empathy in Bill Clinton’s “I feel your pain” sense, but in the sense that most people never understand […]

Diner Dining

One of the best things about the States are the local restaurants where the waitresses call you “honey” or “sugar” and know what you want to eat before you even open your mouth—plus, if you’re a coffee drinker, keep your cup filled up to the brim (no such thing as a free refill in Europe) […]

The Bloomington Office

The Weimar Office, as I’ve told my barista friend, Chicago Anki, is the world’s second best coffee shop (and not in the Dutch meaning).

The best coffee shop in the world is in Bloomington, Indiana. It’s name is “soma,” and it is at the corner of Kirkwood and Grant, just downstairs from the Laughing Planet.



Today was an exhausting day—and the weather could not have been better!

I have not regretted leaving my heavy winter coat back in Deutschland.

Anyhow, I got up early this morning—5:30 early, the second day in a row that I’ve woken up at that time. It’s actually progress because the previous two days, I woke […]

Cabin Fever, Happy Holidays

Sorry about the long absence: Dial-up is too slow to upload pictures and the weather discouraged me from walking over to Perk Hill—Christmas Eve morning a storm blew in, rattling the trees and making it uncomfortable to walk. Later in the day, just before the house descended into chaos, it snowed again.

Today I made […]


There’s so much I could be talking about, but I figure that the political junkies have more legitimate sources for their fix. Instead I am going to talk about littering.

It came up after I saw an article on USAToday (via Obscure Store) talking about litter. It seems that concern about litter in the states […]

The Parade

It’s an interesting question to ask: What can you say about a country after watching it celebrate its Independence Day ?

My comparison is not perfect for I can only compare the Independence Day parade of Bloomington, Indiana, USA to the one I watched in Yerevan today. Germany lacks an Independence Day that it celebrates […]