Monday, December 24, 2012

Band Aid

It has been almost 30 years since the Do They Know It's Christmas video was made, and I still like that song today. Below is the "making of" the Band Aid video. Very cool

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas card outtake

The Christmas cards are all out of the house now, so we can finally reveal some of the outtakes. It was very hard to get both boys to look into the camera, and stay seated. :-)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


In Europe quite a few folks like mopeds or scooters for transportation because they have great fuel economy, plus it is much easier to park them. In the USA though it seems that most folks who ride them do so because they either can't get a license or have lost it. Be careful out there.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Running through the masses

We did the mistletoe run in Winston-Salem, NC last Saturday with the boys in the Chariot stroller and it was a bit like running a slalom course. We started at the end of the almost 2,000 starter field for this popular 5k and passed many folks. So here is the video at 4x the speed.

Friday, November 30, 2012

A gas mileage experiment

This 23.1 mpg in the Ford Flex Limited with the Ecoboost was on a drive from Black Mountain, NC all the way to our house in Winston-Salem and we even had to stop for gas and to feed the boys along the way. But it was mostly highway. We usually drive this one downtown with the boys and then just under 16 is more the norm.

This was a mellow drive in the MINI Cooper S from our house in Winston-Salem to the Apple store in Greensboro. Over 33 mpg is certainly very nice for a fast car with a Borla race exhaust, but more typical is a 25 mpg average.

Thursday, November 29, 2012


I am not from Berlin and only have been to that amazing city for a few days, but one thing is for sure, I could and would enjoy a nice Berliner right now.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Late fall in NC

Fall is almost over but it is still decently warm here. And we are not complaining.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Wenn alles richtig mitspielt (vor allem das Wetter) werden wir wohl mit den Buben das Eichbuehlfest in Ostrach besuchen. Es ist schon ewig her dass ich mal da war.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


We all hate having no milk for the morning coffee or cereal, because either the milk has gone bad or we just have simply run out.  Well, thanks to smart technology and the Quirky Milkmaid that could become a thing of the past.

Saturday, June 09, 2012


Yesterday I saw a similar Lotus Exige cruising down the street and I could not help to smile at this sight. Beautiful and so impractical.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Edward Sharpe last night

Amy organized tickets to the Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros performance at The Fillmore in Charlotte, NC last night and we both had a great time.  Here is a little clip I shot with my iPhone towards the end of the show when they performed Home. 

Friday, April 27, 2012


If you ever wanted to know what the words Spitzbube and Spitzbuben mean, just look below.



Wednesday, April 18, 2012


After a terrible pothole incident the Cooper S needed new wheels and Motegi it is. Sweet.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Edward Sharpe soon

Rumor has it that Amy and I are going to Charlotte on May 16th to see Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros live in concert. Thrilled to go there and see them for sure. Below you can see them performing on Late Night with David Lettermann.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Oh my

An almost 2 month run without a single post here. Wow, that is scary. But this blog will not be abandoned, and remember, it is safer to assume that I may know karate.

Sunday, January 29, 2012


My mom was very kind and sent us some Settele Schupfnudeln from Germany. This is one of the few bought dishes my mom actually approves of, and boy they are very delicious.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Flip flop

I am not talking about political banter here, but very unique casual footwear from Kusa. I think there will be quite a few envious looks in Abu Dhabi when I show up with these very cool flip flops.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Fighting words

Don't bring a knife to a gun fight or at least don't call out a competitor in an ad without considering the possible response.

Thursday, January 12, 2012


It is a very silly and simple milestone, but a milestone nonetheless.