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Tue
31
Aug '10

Welcome To Fall.

Cold And Rainy In Both Frankfurt AND Seattle.

Before I get around to today’s post, I stole this off the FaceBook comment of my friend Aster: Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car. Back in the swing of things – travelling west is sooooo much easier on my body. That and […]

Mon
30
Aug '10

Long Day In The Air.

Too Exhausted To Even Drink.

It’s nice when: You have a flight at 2:25pm You have someone to take you to the airport You can clear immigration in less than 5 minutes using the Trusted Traveler Program when the line looks to be about an hour deep It’s not so nice when: Your business class seat on a 9-hour flight […]

Sun
29
Aug '10

Lazy, Hazy Day Laying Around Frankfurt.

My host both had high-pressure jobs in Frankfurt’s banking and investment community. Sunday, for them, is a trip to the local bakery (one of the few things open on a Sunday, and then only until 11am) for some fresh breads and rolls followed by breakfast and chilling out in the apartment watching movies and working […]

Sat
28
Aug '10

Back To Civilization.

Or At Least To The Internet.

Today is a travel day… the S-Bahn back to the main Berlin Hbf, then south to Frankfurt. I was packed (badly) and out of the house at 9:30 or so… a walk through the forest to the station, a little wait for the train and back at the main station am I. Found the DB […]

Fri
27
Aug '10

Last Night At The Lake.

My how time flies when you are having fun. I guess my worries about lack of sleep or general grumpiness and fleeing the gathering as I did the last Eurofaerie gathering have not come to pass. After whiling away the day reading some John Grisham piece of trash and doing loads of dishes, at 4pm […]

Thu
26
Aug '10

Much Ado About Nothing.

Funny how the people you found annoying ten years ago – are still annoying ten years later. Time, apparently doesn’t heal all wounds – maybe time wounds all heals. Today’s activities have included a seitan making workshop – that’s a gluten-based meat substitute which is often used for things like mock duck. Next up was […]

Wed
25
Aug '10

Radical Faeries vs. EuroFaeries.

What’s The Difference.

Before this trip – there were several folks asking the difference between the Radical Faeries in the States, and the EuroFaeries – a brief history: in 1995 (I believe), Lekker Ding, know known as Habibi, who was based out of Amsterdam, found some like minded people to organize a faerie gathering on the island of […]

Tue
24
Aug '10

Must Be Having Fun…

Haven’t Succumb To Email.

Yet.

I must be having fun because I was up until 3am. Sure, the heart circle after dinner ran long… but not that long. Was up at 9am for breakfast, then back to bed until 3. Wow. I must be on holiday. Didn’t even get into the shower until almost 6pm. And after the excessive scotch […]

Mon
23
Aug '10

Not So Much Redemption – More Life My Faerie Mojo Has Returned.

Fairie Mojo – is there such a thing? And how would you describe it? A feeling of calmed centeredness. Is centeredness even a word? My life of the Dish Witch has absolved me of any feelings of guilt over not doing any kitchen prep work, cleaning the bathrooms, sweeping the never ending sand out of […]

Sun
22
Aug '10

Haus am Wannsee.

And The Redemption Of Uncle Markie.

Yesterday… Went to the DB (Duetshe Bahn – i.e. the train) Lounge a couple of hours before my train. Why hang out in a train station? Air-conditioning, free soda pop, wine and snacks… sounds like a good reason to me. Had a first class ticket in a “quiet” section of the car. Apparently that just […]

Sat
21
Aug '10

Frankfurt To Berlin

Today is a big travel day – the ICE (high-speed train) leaves at 12:13 for a 16:21 (that’s 4:21pm for those non-military types). Can someone explain this statue that is on the top of the train station? I understand, sort of, the Atlas one…. And in case you are wondering what an ICE (inter-city express) […]

Fri
20
Aug '10

Day Three Frankfurt.

I love this – in my anal-retentive travel book (see photo from a couple of weeks ago), I have 37 pages (plus and 11×17 fold out map of the S/U-Bahn) of stuff printed out on things to do in Frankfurt. What have I done so far… nothing that was on the list. I’ve just wondered […]

Thu
19
Aug '10

Frankfurters In Frankfurt.

Up around 8 for a breakfast – was feeling a little dizzy, maybe from the Ambian, though it was 8 hours after I took it to help reset my body clock to EuroTime. So cheese, some lunch meat, some juice, some coffee, a hard-boiled egg… ah, the German breakfast. After breakfast, oddly, went back to […]

Wed
18
Aug '10

Ich bin ein Frankfurter.

I Am A Hot Dog.

For the reference to that post title… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ich_bin_ein_Berliner The flight got in early – so I was on the curb a little after 7, and Ezra was already circling… the wrong terminal – apparently the Admiral’s Club is not the only AA thing screwed up. Website said Terminal One – the tiny one. Reality, Terminal […]

Tue
17
Aug '10

DFW To FRA.

That’s Dallas To Frankfurt In Airport Speak.

I’m thinking I like this hotel better – a full hot breakfast included with the price of a $50 room. And then it was back to bed for a little more sleep – seems I haven’t been getting the full eight for the last couple of nights. With the flight at 2:45pm (how civilized) I […]

Mon
16
Aug '10

Flights Good.

Lodging Not So Smooth.

Yikes, we were all out of the house at 6:30am… early for all of us, but I needed to catch my flight to LAX and then onto DFW, and the boys needed to get to Portland to go skinny dipping at Rooster Rock. Alaska to LAX with Board Room on both ends, American to DFW […]

Sun
15
Aug '10

Dinner Number Two With The Boys.

What a wonderful lazy Sunday… in the heat. It just means you don’t move too much, too fast. After a BamBam breakfast we did a little stroll around the neighborhood. With the bridge closed I’m trying (not too well at the moment) to shop and eat with the local places to help keep them in […]

Sat
14
Aug '10

Vancouver Dinner In Seattle.

Usual Guests, Different City.

I made breakfast for the boys (Johnny and Curt) of scrambled eggs, ham and bacon – with toast from the loaf of bread I baked last night. Yum. And reasonably healthy. Made a run to Safeway for coffee, gas, and yes, more meat for the freezer, but most importantly – for wine, since we pretty […]

Fri
13
Aug '10

The Dinner Party Shuffle.

Or Happy Friday The 13th.

Errands in the morning – like taking the car in for a bath, picking up shirts at the cleaners, vegetables for a couple of dinners. And, oh, the oddity of dinner parties. In the morning it was Johhny and I for dinner. Then in the afternoon Curt inquired if he could come. Then Ross called […]

Thu
12
Aug '10

Pendleton To Maryhill And Home.

With no blanket factory tour, we get to sleep in… a bit. We are out of town at 10am, and have toured ConcreteHenge by noon when it’s off to Sally’s Restaurant for more comfort food for Bliss – damn – he works out to get rid of this, not sure how I’m going to get […]