Sunday, February 28, 2010

Geaux Amy and Laura

Laura and Amy this morning at the start of the Rock N'Roll Mardi Gras Marathon in New Orleans, LA. Geaux Laura and Amy.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Ready for spring

We are all ready for the spring and despite the crappy day yesterday, all is shiny and new today. The MCoupe is a bit dirty from the rain yesterday, but it is all good. It'll get really dirty when driven. :-)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Finally back together

Amy and I have been apart for 2 weeks and it was great to finally see eachother again. Here she is sporting the new hat I brought her from Germany.

Sunday, February 21, 2010


I love bob sledding and Germany has historically done well in the sport. Today was no exception and Germany 1 and Germany 2 captured Gold and Silver. For Andre Lange, the pilot of Germany 1 this is already his 4th Olympic Gold medal.

Car wash

The weather was super nice today and I gave the car and the front yard some much needed water love. The car though also got a bit of soap and sponge action.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

More Schwaebische Fasnet

The days before Ash Wednesday are very crazy in this part of Germany and every town here has a unique set of costume groups who take part in parades that take place all over the Southwest of Germany. This is known as Schwaebische Allemannische Fasnet, and here a few images from one such parade in Bad Saulgau on Fat Tuesday morning.

And the parade is on

My friend Siggi noticed me during the parade

One thing is for sure,you don't want to end up on one of these witch wagons

The witches from Aulendorf have a very distinctive color scheme

Several folks were looking, posing for the cameras

The witches from Altshausen

Not all costumes have a mask

The witches from the town of Mengen

Birds strutting their stuff

The witches truly come in all shapes and colors and pretty much every town has a unique set

A traditional Fanfarenzug in action

I don't recall the name of this costume

Yes, bulls were part of this parade too

This band was awesome and they played a very fast and loud Country Roads as they came by

Passing out candy to the kids

There are indeed plenty of friendly costumes

The Blechrebellen made very good sound

In case you were wondering, the Blechrebellen were wearing Rockabilly hair "hats."

Stefan, Moritz and Siggi posed with their costumes at the end of the parade

Rottweiler Narrensprung

On Monday I took part in the very traditional and historic Rottweiler Narrensprung. It is truly an amazing experience and I would highly recommend for people to check it out one year. But beware, it might be very cold.

As far as the eye can see there are Narren waiting for the Narrensprung

At the end of the first segment of the Narrensprung near the Spital

A Federahannes in the thick of the action

A little bit of Vitamin C for this tiny Fransenkleid

From early childhood on, the Benner Roessle always fascinated me

The "Lange Mann" is at the front of the Narrensprung, ready to go uptown

So yes, Narren are hungry too

While waiting for the last segment of the Narrensprung to start, this Schantle "sagt auf" / "tells a story" to a group of interested Rottweiler Narren

This is the Biss Kleidle of my family that I get to wear every few years

Upclose and personal with me at the very end of the Narrensprung. We started at 8am and now it is almost 1pm.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Fun in the snow

Today I drove to Pfullingen to visit Matze and Jutta and their now 2 year old son Oscar. Matze and I met in Hawaii at a post race Ironman World Championships party almost 10 years ago and have been friends since.

The Hohenfels castle is on the way to Pfullingen and is quite an impressive place. It looks very cool with all the snow around it.

Oscar loves books and Jutta obliges

It is almost time for Oscar's nap time and for Matze and I to go on a run

One of us has a top 20 in Hawaii, and not in a dream as I.

We are on our way to up there

Up and up we go

The well deserved view from the top

Matze never looked like he was in trouble

Great run indeed, but we are not yet done

Mmmm, that lollipop after a nap is great

It is time to put the snow gear on

And we are ready for some snow action

Oscar riding down the hill

Since the camera man sat backwards on a sled earlier, Oscar wanted to experience the ride backwards too

A bit out of control with Dad

Hanging out in Ostrach

Here are a few pictures I took this morning. It is still cold and there is still plenty of snow.

It looks all very quaint with all the snow

The view from the creek "Ostrach" on our property. We used to have quite a large apple orchard in that yard. The garage is in the foreground, with the old barn next and the house behind it.

I usually visit the "Metzgerei Ermler" in Ostrach several times when I am at home

Sausages wherever you look

An interesting way to package beef broth

But this is what I came for, "Fleischkaese."

The warm "Fleischkaese Wecken" hits the spot on a cold day, or any day

Beer is relatively inexpensive in Germany and word has it that it actually tastes good too

There are lots of chocolate choices available

This is the driveway to our backyard