This and That

I awoke to a fog this morning that is probably worthy of London. Looking out of the window into the big white emptiness reminded me of the movie “Neverending Story”. It looked as though the
“Nothing” had come by in the night and devoured everything.

I got a break from work yesterday afternoon, brought on by the small harvest of grapes from the garden. I made grape jelly out of them, which is always delicious. Oddly enough, while here in Germany you can buy all sorts of marmalades and jams, grape jelly has never gotten a stronghold, and most people have never heard of it.

I discovered a really cool thing on Saturday morning, its (not just) an iPad app called Duolingo which is totally free of charge and lets you learn a foreign language. Yes, for free. The folks at Duolingo have made it their goal to provide free, high-quality education to anyone with access to an internet connection. Nice.

The chimney sweep dropped by in the afternoon for the twice-annual sweeping. They come automatically, you never have to ask them. It’s the law to have the chimneys swept regularly. He was all black and sooty, but I shook his hand when I said hello, as this brings luck, according to german folklore. We’ll see.

Things You Learn

…when you read the paper.

There is a museum exhibition in Landsberg (our county seat, so to speak) about Johnny Cash. I never knew that he was stationed at the nearby airbase Penzing from 1951-1954, and that he started a band called the “Landsberg Barbarians”.

Apparently, he was a radio operator in Penzing and worked on surveillance of radio signals, transcoding the morse code he was hearing into normal alphabet at lightning speeds.

According to the very detailed newspaper article (which I couldn’t find online), he also sailed on the Ammersee, skied in Garmisch and visited Neuschwanstein.

The link above goes to the museum’s description of the exhibition, for anyone who doesn’t understand german, google translate usually does a passable job.

1/2 of a Duck

Is what I ate yesterday, in fact, we all did. Yesterday was “Kirchweih” (a sort of church consecration day) and traditionally, roast duck and goose are served.

As it was also my stepmom’s birthday, we headed to our favorite local Gasthaus and yes, I did eat an entire half of a duck. Gosh, it was good. I should have photographed it but it looked so good and my mouth was watering so I just dug in.

I also saw this on the underside of my coaster, and it reminded me of Maribeth:

Translation: I have the best beer that can be found, far and wide. But I can’t take a drink because my dog Buzi isn’t here to drink with me.

And I saw a chimney-sweep friendly chimney that is properly labeled to make the sweep’s job easier, in case he is confused or has lost his bearings in terms of up and down:

"Oben" means "up" in german. I find the arrow a nice touch.
“Oben” means “up” in german. I find the arrow a nice touch.

The Laptop

…stayed closed yesterday, in a move that is completely unprecedented but absolutely necessary,  considering that my house was in dire need of straightening up and cleaning and my overstrained eyes needed a rest.

I found a dead spider in the basement and took it upstairs with me because I was so impressed with its size (about the circumference of a half dollar) and I wanted to try and get a good photo of it:


Here’s a closeup of all of those spider eyes:


Ain’t that cool?

Be Warned

there is nudity. If you aren’t bothered by that, you’ll really enjoy this video.

(Someone let me know if its playable, it’s geoblocked here due to music copyrights – how thick is that)

The magician’s name is Ursula Martinez and I think she is not only very talented, but also incredibly gutsy.

A Blonde Joke

A blonde, a redhead, and a brunette were all lost in the desert. They found a lamp and rubbed it. A genie popped out and granted them each one wish. The redhead wished to be back home. Poof! She was back home. The brunette wished to be at home with her family. Poof! She was back home with her family.

The blonde said, “Awwww, I wish my friends were here.”