May 2024


Happy Thanksgiving

To all my American friends (both in America and elsewhere) as well as all my friends in America (American or whatever), I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.

I even wish my friends abroad, who are not American, but whom like turkey – a Happy Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is a time for reflection and I am loathe […]

Happy Thanksgiving. Or Not.

Ah… if I were stateside today, I would be eating turkey.

But I’m not. I’m in Berlin.

And I’m sick.

It actually makes me doubly happy that both of m tentative thanksgiving plans fell through since I would have had to cancel anyway.

Instead I’m spending my second day in a row at home, wondering […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

A few years ago in Denver.

My family's turkey, ready for eating (a few years ago).

This is not a picture of turkey, but it is a meal I ate in Turkey.


Happy Thanksgiving!

Seasons of…

This in America

means this in Germany

So to all the Americans: Happy Thanksgiving!

And to all the Germans: Drink lots of Glühwein!


Adios Denver

Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver

It’s been a great week in Denver.

Unfortunately in less than 24 hours I will be winging my way east toward Old Europe, leaving behind my family for the land of good bread.

Whilst in Denver, not only did I buy five pair of blue jeans, I also picked […]

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 […]

Thankful for Milk

Now Showing!

One thing I am especially thankful for this year is the fact that I was in the States on the opening day for Gus van Sant’s newest film, Milk. Seeing the film reminded me of the many thanks I owe my gay forbearers.

Yesterday I found myself outside the Mayan box-office window […]

Hard to believe…

It’s starting to sink in that tomorrow night I must pack my suitcase yet again.

This time it’s a holiday trip—off to see the folks for Thanksgiving. This will be my first Thanksgiving in America in a very, very long time. I can’t actually be sure when I was last in the States for Thanksgiving. […]

Boise’s Sleazy Scott Picken

I’m a big fan of This American Life.

As an expatriate it has helped me stay in touch with my American roots—often with uplifting and cheerful stories that get at the heart of American culture. I defy anybody who listens to Sarah Vowell’s discussion about Thanksgiving specials on television and not feel both enlightened and […]