Sunday, September 23, 2007

Funny stuff

Most people would find it a bit odd how my brother Manfred, his wife Bettina and daughter Sara Nina dress for a night out. But it would make a bit more sense if the fact is known that this pic was taken during carnival.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Ozapft is

"Ozapft is" is bavarian slang for "it is tapped" and this phrase is heard quite frequently during the Oktober Fest in Munich, Germany which started today. Yes I know, it is only September, but the October fest in Munich always starts in September.

Here are a few images of the 2007 Oktober Fest.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Interesting placement

I have seen interesting placement of ads next to certain news stories, but rarely such news stories next to each other. Thanks Emma.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Wine over water

Yesterday I went to the annual "Wine over Water" event in Chattanooga and the weather could not have been nicer. Although I don't drink, I enjoy going there every year as it is a very nice social event. It appeared to me that it is a better event since the ticket fees have gone up. More quality and less quantity. There was actually a very nice crowd there but it was not packed, nor did folks seem really wasted. Plus it seems that in previous years they ran out of wine by 6pm, and last night people were still sampling at 7:45pm when I left.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Treo 680 customer service nightmare

After barely a month with my Treo 680 and despite never having dropped it, I recently found 2 cracks in the top right corner of the "bezel" surrounding the touch screen. I talked to my provider AT&T about it and was told that hardware is not covered. They actually gave me a huge runaround about it and were not very helpful despite me pointing out that it is apparently not an isolated incident with the Treo 680.

I finally talked to the folks at Palm and was very disappointed by their response too. After explaining over and over again that I did not drop it and that it was not the actual screen that has cracked, they initially tried to send me back to AT&T. After endless back and forth of explaining that AT&T told me that they only handle software issues not hardware issues, I got put on hold forever while it was discussed with a supervisor. I was then told that I could send it in and they would fix it for a nominal fee of just under $200. I explained again that I did nothing wrong and that in my opinion they had sold me a faulty product, plus that I did not want the screen replaced, just the bezel. It was all the same to them and it made no difference what needed to be fixed and or who was at fault. I then tried in vain to get a supervisor/manager on the phone but I guess customer service is not in the vocabulary of Palm. Maybe they really have too much business and don't need repeat customers.

Monday, September 10, 2007

A conversation with my buddy Eric

Here is a little collage of images from my recent skype chat with my buddy Eric in Miami.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Frantic Frog Triathlon

Yesterday I raced the Frantic Frog Triathlon in Scottsboro, AL in and had a blast. The venue was quite nice and the organizers did a great job with the whole setup. Post race food included jambalaya and pizza.
I actually felt like crap on my bike just a few days earlier, but I felt well during the race and won my age group and was second master overall. :-)


Thursday, September 06, 2007

Stella Artois

I have been invited to check out the new Stella Artois cinematic website a few days before the official launch on September 18. I guess that means I have finally arrived in the blogosphere. :-)

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Oh no

I accidentally flew across the country with 5 nukes in my baggage. I completely forgot that I had them with me and that I am not really supposed to fly with them. :-)
Is that what the military is saying here?

Saturday, September 01, 2007