May 2024


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 […]

Vegetable Lasagna – Men’s Fitness Style

On my way out of the United States, I picked up the April 2012 issue of Men’s Fitness.

Normally this is the kind of thing that I’d let sit and age, remembering in June that I have it and want to read it. However, my trip to the doctor’s office needed reading material, and Men’s […]

That Unfortunate Irony, Enlarged

I haven’t heard any additional reports about the car accident outside my window—although it blocked the intersection and slowed traffic for about an hour, it didn’t make the one newspaper that was checked.

At the end of my accident report I made reference to an unfortunate irony in the background of the picture. I would […]

Ready to go… and a T-Com Story

I didn’t have as perfect a weekend as I had planned—waylaid Saturday afternoon, I didn’t actually start stuffing my suitcase until Sunday.

Suffice it to say, I’ve outdone myself: 28 bars of Ritter Sport, 12 bars of specialty German soap for a sibling, 1 fragile gift for a friend, one pair of shoes, shirts, undies, […]


Living in Thüringen, one is not exposed to either Lederhosen or Dirndl, the image of clothing that the world has of Germany.


It’s hard to tell from afar, but there are distinct cultural differences within Germany. Thüringen is famous for its bratwurst and potato dumplings; Bavaria is home to Oktoberfest and fancy dress […]


As seen on the HBO Bill Maher Website (I added the bold):

Now you can listen to Bill and his roundtable guests whenever and wherever you want — with exclusive audio podcasts of Real Time with Bill Maher, available through iTunes®.

We are very sorry. At this time full episodes are only available for podcasts […]

Homewrecker Vanquished!

I don’t know what to say about that Susi Homemaker stuff, but rest assured That Queer Expatriate will not be focusing solely on his quilting project nor on mundane things like washing dishes, other than to make a brief endorsement:

That Queer Expatriate exclusively uses Fairy Dish Soap (UK) to wash his dishes, and he […]

Teachable Moment

In my educational career I’ve taken several seminar and classes on how to teach.

Personally I never had any doubt about my abilities to teach, but I can remember in many of these seminars that graduate students, both new and old, would ask questions that indicated that the thing they feared most was the prospect […]


Last night I was somewhat restless, and when I woke at 3:30, I had a sore throat.

It was still with me at 6:30 when my alarm went off, so I opted to spend the day at home, sleeping, reading, and eating chicken soup. I dozed for a bit and when I woke at noon, […]

Ain’t Germany

I was just looking at the Indy Indians team website–and the promotions for the Friday, June 8th home game at Victory Field:

Boy Scouts across Indiana participate in a post-game sleepover on the field. Sponsored by Coors Light & U.S. Army

Coors Light?

Now while this doesn’t personally offend me, one has to wonder what […]