Friday, February 29, 2008


Isn't she so adorable? I especially love her black nose and I actually used to be afraid of her, seriously.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Say it ain't so

Well it is so, Nader that nut job is seeking attention again.

Saturday, February 23, 2008


The Nuremberg Zoo in Germany has a polar bear baby named Flocke and everyone is smitten by that cutiepie. Did I hear anyone say "Knut who?"

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Working out

It has been almost 2 weeks since I last worked out and I feel very lazy. But hopefully I feel healthy again soon and ready to run like a gazelle. :-)

Friday, February 15, 2008

Recycling is fun

Today I had to go to the Orange Grove recycling center at Warner Park because our garage was bursting with glass of various colors, aluminum cans, steel cans, cardboard and paper. But when I say "I had to go" I don't really mean that I dislike going. I actually really enjoy going to the recycling center and it makes me feel very good to drop in each item in the corresponding container. Ah, the simple pleasures in life.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

My new toy

Yesterday I got a new toy that I hopefully will be able to build up by the weekend. It is a Jamis T1 triathlon frame and this is what it looks like so far with the Xentis Mark1 TT wheels on it. :-)

Monday, February 11, 2008

Why Obama versus Clinton

Check out this video by Lawrence Lessig on why he supports Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton. According to Lessig, Obama conducts himself with more character and integrity than Clinton. It is very interesting to listen to and words such as "Rovean Democrats" hit home hard.

Thank you John Jones

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Go Barack go

It looks like the momentum is finally going the right way. As a resident alien I actually can't vote, but I want to give my support to Barack Obama as I believe he is the man who can take this country to a new level.

As I said, I can't make my vote count, but you can. Do your duty and vote.

Friday, February 08, 2008

The costumes of the Rottweiler Fasnet

There are several different characters among the roughly 6,500 total costumes.

The Narrenengel leads the parade and there is only one

The Biss is a male figure and the counterpart to the Gschell (worn mostly by males as it is very heavy)

The Gschell is considered a female figure (worn by females and males)

Two Federhannes in action (worn by males and females, but mostly by males)

Schantle with child Schantle

The Schantle figure is usually a costume for an older person and comes in all kinds of colors and fabrics (worn by males and females)

There is only one Schiermeiers Guller

Fransenkleidle with child Fransenkleidle (A female costume typically worn by females)

One of eight Benner Roessle (Two herders with wips try to control an out of control horse)

Plus here you can see some of the costumes of the Rottweiler Narrensprung in action

And I am actually "featured" in this clip from the 2008 Tuesday afternoon parade

Monday, February 04, 2008

Rottweiler Fasnet

Before my dad died he was very excited that I would wear his Rottweiler Fasnet costume (Rottweil Carnival costume) and he told my mom about all the things I would need on those 2 days. In his honor I decided that I would take part despite his recent death, because I knew in my heart that is what he would have wanted. So here are a few impressions of the first day.

I am arriving there at 7:30 to get my Rottweiler Fasnet 2008 card stamped for insurance reasons

As far as the eye can see there are "Narros" getting ready for this parade

It is now almost 9:30am and there are still lots folks who are waiting to go

Ok, we are almost through the "Black Door" and from then on it is mask down

This is how the spectators see the parade and the various costumes when they come by

Finally, here I am a few hours later at the end of the parade with the mask still on my face

Sunday, February 03, 2008


Recently I had a chance to spend time with my Opa (grandad) in Germany who is an incredible 94 years old. He is fit and very spunky and only his eyesight is slowing him down a bit. Tomorrow I'll be seeing him and several other relatives again in his hometown of Rottweil.

Friday, February 01, 2008

The witches have been liberated

In Southern Germany the crazy Fasnet time has started and in my hometown in Ostrach they liberated the witches on Wednesday evening. The witches showed that they are ready for multiple days of partying by dancing around and jumping through a big fire.

Here they are indeed jumping through the fire

They also picked up one of their own on their brooms and dropped that witch into the fire