June 2024


That 70s Show

I’ve now seen something in real life that I only associated with the 70s in America.

Fuel shortages.

Last Monday truck drivers in Spain decided to protest high fuel prices by going on strike. If it were America, they would have formed a picket line in front of a gas station and that would have […]

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 […]

Travel Advisory

I’ve decided it is time to give fair warning: If I’m booked on your flight, you should probably book away.

In the past year, I’ve had my unfair share of travel problems.

Last night my flight from Detroit to Frankfurt pushed back on time, rolled down the taxiway to the runway, turned onto the runway […]

My Queer Weekend

I left Weimar this weekend for a number of reasons—the specific ones are not especially important. As you might recall, my original plan was to go used underwear shopping in Berlin, but ended up going to Frankfurt, Trier, and (as I write this, enroute to) Antwerp.

Suffice it to say, Frankfurt continues to disappoint. I […]

Flip. Flop.

With fears mounting that high energy costs will crimp economic growth, President Bush called on Americans yesterday to conserve gasoline by driving less. He also issued a directive for all federal agencies to cut their own energy use and to encourage employees to use public transportation.

In 2001, Vice President Dick Cheney said, “Conservation […]

Smart Efficiency

Today we drove 200 kilometers and had to put 7.9 liters of diesel in the Smart Car. For Germans that works out to 3.95 liters per 100 kilometers. For Americans, that’s 25.3 kilometers to the liter. However, since that number is meaningless, we bought 2.08 gallons of diesel fuel after driving 125 miles or 59.62 […]