March 2023


Carry irony in your pocket: the Karl Marx MasterCard

When I moved to the big city, I decided it was time to dump small regional banks and go with a large, substantial, international player – and I’ve been completely happy with that jump, until now.

It’s all because my bank does not offer me the Karl Marx MasterCard, unlike Sparkasse Chemnitz.

It’s almost enough […]

Last Saturday: Peenemünde Historical and Technical Information Center

The infamous V2

So while the only honest word that could describe this Saturday is “lazy”, last Saturday I was busy visiting the Peenemünde Historical and Technical Information Center.

It was actually the core reason that I wanted to visit Usedom—one of my colleagues had mentioned that the museum is about the development of […]

This Love-Hate Relationship with Germany: A Tour de Misery

While Koko was visiting, I took a couple days off of work to join her in visiting Berlin tourist sites and was quickly reminded of how Germany is the perfect place to live if you love to hate where you are, and at the same time love to love where you are.

It’s rather simple, […]

10 months onward, I’m still flummoxed by the door to my gym.

More than half the time, I try to pull open the door to the gym and it doesn’t work.

This is because it opens inward and despite having lived in Germany for over seven years and going to this gym for 10 months, I still struggle when I find doors to public facilities that open […]

Thursday Evening… United Buddy Bears

Some jerk got in front of the camera. Sorry.


Is the Republican Party in the US ever right about anything?

For about as long as I can remember, going back to Ronald Reagan in the early 1980s, the Republican Party in the United States has tended to espouse three core beliefs:

First, the United States has high taxes and these high taxes hurt the economy because they discourage rich people from investing in […]

What Unites…

I want to thank everybody who commented and provided suggestions as to what to talk about during my Living in Germany as an American talk.

Amongst the others, I want to thank 50% of My DNA (I stole one of your photos, but I credited you), and PapaScott (I quoted one of his 2009 blog […]

Mothers and Mobility

This past weekend was shockingly lazy: apparently I had a sleep deficit and I made up for it with a vengeance. Other than reading and taking four long naps, I did two significant things: I went to a park (where I read Straight Man, a delightful book), and I went to the gym.

It was […]

She’s got Nyquil in her eye?!

Can anybody tell me what the first line of Germany’s Eurovision 2011 entry is? It’s sung by Lena, a performer with a rather unusual English accent, and I cannot decide what the line is, even after listening to it more times that I care to admit.

When I listen to it, […]

Silvester in Deutschland: Krieg-zone.

das Original

Den einzigen Tag in die ganzen Jahr wann die Deutschen Leute kann Feuerwerk nutzen ist Silvester.

Silvester ist den 31. Dezember, und, auf Englisch, ist „New Year’s Eve“.

Über die Woche zwischen Weihnacht und das Neujahr in vielen Laden kann man Feuerwerk kaufen. Von den klein Laden […]