June 2024


… on all my credit cards

This past couple of weeks, I’ve been talking to my banks – on both sides of the Atlantic – in order to check up on some details of my life.

And it occurred to me that back in January, when I was in Bloomington, I’d visited my safe deposit box and found all my old […]

Decamped to Hillcrest, San Diego

It’s Harvey Milk Street!

I’m currently in San Diego – here to see some ex-expatriates who used to live in Berlin – but also to have me time.

Indiana is always a minefield for me – a good minefield, but a minefield nevertheless. Despite having moved away from Bloomington some 8 years ago, I […]

I forgot to tell Pret A Diner that I also blog.

Earlier this week I learned that Pret A Diner, a pop-up restaurant, would be opening at the end of the week. As a subscriber to a newsletter, I was invited to join opening night, or, using the same special email address, priority access to reservations over the rest of their six week run.

After agreeing […]

About Your Debt

I have an American credit card that I use for making large purchases as my US credit limit is far greater than my German credit limit.

Tonight I was looking at my current statement, the design of which has been altered, probably to comply with new US laws. At least I assume US law has […]

Black Friday

Greetings from the 'hood!

This morning my sister and I got up early and headed out to go shopping—it’s nicknamed “Black Friday” because it’s the day that merchants in America go from losing money to making money—at least that’s what the newspapers say.

I call it Black Friday because that describes the light when […]

Credit, Where Due

I have to give the VR Bank Weimar eG credit—they’ve got chutzpah.

Just over a week after I discovered that they had cut my credit limit to 500€ a month because their payment cycle happened too fast for one of my reimbursements and I, briefly, had a negative balance, they sent me a letter SHOUTING […]

Miserable Dienstleistung von VR Bank Weimar

Today I finally got my new Mastercard.

It only took four weeks after they promised me a new one in two weeks.

It’s good to be in the plastic again, and tomorrow I’m going to Leipzig to go dancing! It’s time to celebrate, even though in a week I’ll be in Berlin: dancing, partying, and […]

Queer Niche

Letters Home is currently one of the best German expat blogs out there; and he recently flattered me.

Ian in Hamburg said I was going for a niche, particularly the “gay expatriate” corner of the blogging world.

Strange because I’ve felt that my blog’s readership would be greater if I picked one thing to focus […]

Travel Plannin’

The Miserable Dienstleistung of my German Bank has forced my hand on a number of fronts—like curbing my wanderlust this weekend.

I now know that it takes only 3 weeks before my urge to go kicks in and I want to go, but thanks to the Miserable Dienstleistung, I’ve had to use my American card […]

The Replacement(s)

Here’s a place where American banking services are better: credit cards.

It was on 11 January that my bank, the VR Bank Weimar eG, sent me the letter informing me that my credit card details were stolen and that my card would be frozen, that I should destroy my old card, and that a new […]