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Bullet Sunday 15

Posted on Monday, January 29th, 2007

Dave!Due to yesterday's breaking news from the floor of ISM, Bullet Point Sunday is on Monday today...

• Access... The internet is a wonderful thing because it lets you keep up with your life no matter where you go. The internet is also a terrible thing because it lets you keep up with your life no matter where you go. Just as I get done with stuff here, I then have to deal with stuff back home all night. It's as if the work-day never ends! This makes it very difficult to keep up with email (32 unanswered), blogs (343 entries unread), and news (108 stories to read). Remember the good old days when you could leave the country and forget about everything else? Hopefully tonight I will have a bit of time to get caught up.

• Fahrt... Two new photos for my fahrt collection!

Fahrt!
It sounds funny because it's like "fart" with an "h"!

• Ambassador... The United States Ambassador to Germany was visiting companies in the USA Pavilion at ISM yesterday. Given all the things he must have on his plate, it was a very generous use of his time. In addition to saying hello, he was also accepting boxes of candies and other goodies to give to injured soldiers at Landstuhl Hospital here in Germany (it's the largest American hospital outside of the US, and many wounded end up there). While the Ambassador was talking with people far more important than me, I had the opportunity to speak with a woman from his office. She tells me that most injured soldiers are flown out of the war-zone with only the clothes on their backs, and arrive at the hospital with nothing. I got an address of the Chaplain's office where stuff can be sent...

Landstuhl Regional Medical Center
ATTN: MCEUL-CH/Chaplains Office
CMR 402 - APO AE 09180

They can only accept NEW items, and are in need of sweat-suits (all sizes), gym bags, and international calling cards. Of course, letters and get-well cards are always welcome. Looks like I have something new to do when I get back home.

• Clockless... Why is it that most of the hotels I visit in Europe don't have alarm clocks? I find myself freaking out each morning because I don't know what time it is.

• for Jenny... Jenny had asked if Peeps were at ISM, so I went to get some Peeps scoop. Turns out that the big news out of Peep-land is that Peeps are now available in GREEN! The new green is replacing white Peeps, which have been discontinued. I remarked that this was probably a good idea because green Peeps are more fun that boring-ass white Peeps, but was told that the white ones will probably still be missed because they are popular at weddings...

Green Peeps!
We be ready for St. Patrick's Day, bitches!

• Panties... My hotel room here in Cologne doesn't have the best of views. I'm not overlooking the cathedral or having a view of the Rhine River or anything. What I DO overlook is an apartment building. An apartment building that has a woman who very much likes walking around her home wearing nothing but a bra and a pair of panties. Ordinarily, this could be a good thing, but I think she must be like 90 years old or something, so it's actually kind of freaky.

• Screamer... Why is it that when English-speaking persons are talking to somebody whose English skills are not that great, THEY FEEL THAT YELLING AND TALKING LOUDLY MAKES THEM MORE EASILY UNDERSTOOD?!? It drives me nuts, and I don't understand the logic... yet I see it everywhere.

• Scary... As beautiful as K├Âlner Dom is, I can't help but note that it is positively terrifying at night. Kind of like a scary haunted castle or something...

Scary Cathedral
Welcome to Count Dracula's Summer Home.

• Redux... Last night I was going to have dinner at a little pizza restaurant I like, but they had the doors locked for some reason (even though there were people inside). I was kind of craving some Twisted Mac & Cheese from the Hard Rock, so I decided to give them a second chance. Service was much better this time around. 4 minutes to get my Pepsi. 17 minutes to get my Mac & Cheese. 7 minutes to get my Pepsi refill. 5 minutes to get my bill settled. In other words, it was a typical Hard Rock experience for me with the good service and good food I've come to expect. I have no idea why it would be otherwise for my other visits, but am glad to know it does work from time to time.

• Sexy... Today I found out that Cologne is the only city in Germany that actively taxes prostitutes. No... no... no... no... i did NOT learn this from personal experience... I overheard it in the hotel lobby. Interestingly enough, Wikipedia has an entire page devoted to Prostitution in Germany, where I was able to verify this.

And now that I've spent my 15-minute lunch-break blogging, I guess it's time to get back to work.


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Comments

  1. nancycle says:

    Thank you for clarifying (No… no… no… no…) lol

    Kudos on the addition to the Farht collection and that castle is serious.

    Glad you a taking a moment to blog. Thanks.

  2. jenny says:

    YEAH! Green Peeps rock! Thanks so much for going Peep-hunting for me. :)

    But… I sure hope they still make the white ghosts and white snowmen for the holidays!

  3. adena says:

    Methinks he doth protest too much….:)

    Did you have to fill out the German Equivalent of an I-9 for her, or something?:D

    I love the picture of the gothicness at night!

    And I’ve never been a fan of Peeps. I like sugar and all, but I may as well just eat a spoonfull straight as to eat a peep. The green is cute, tho’.

  4. sandra says:

    I’m happy to know that the Peeps peeps (my god I’m funny!) aren’t racist. At least against leprechaun-colored things.

  5. RW says:

    And Cologne has one of the largest brothels in the Europe as well.

    I hear.

  6. amanda says:

    Omigod I love Peeps with an obsession that borders on slightly inappropriate. The white ones were my favorite! Oh well, maybe I’ll be able to order them through the Peep Fan Club (yes, it does exist, and I am a card-carrying member).

    The green ones are cool though. What a trip!

  7. diane says:

    Psssst…if you happen to catch a great and/or funky bathroom in your travels, drop me the photo… :)

  8. karla says:

    Dude…

    If you collect fahrts, then you have to come to Norway.

    They leave the “h” out here, so we got lots of fart signs…my favorite being “fartdemper” meaning, speed bump.

    And then there is the term “full fart”…teehee!!!!

    Norwegian makes me giggle…..

  9. is it just me or does that first peep look like it has Down Syndrome? ;)

  10. It’s funny how you don’t notice things when they seem normal to you… I grew up speaking German and never made the fahrt connection. God, I must have been a boring eight-year old!

    Keep looking. You should be able to find a sign that says AUSFAHRT which, translated literally, means outfart.

  11. Mocha says:

    Brothels and Peeps? It’s like Disneyland for grownups there! I’m jealous.

    Excellent picture of the scary-building-which-I-cannot-spell-at-this-time-without-scrolling-up.

  12. ms. sizzle says:

    why do people yell when they are speaking to someone who doesn’t speak english? annoying!

  13. Laurence says:

    Scary but so beautiful !!! :-) I love this photo !

  14. Mooselet says:

    Peeps at weddings? Really?

    Sorry, but I can’t handle the sugar coated sugar that is Peeps. Diabetes here I come.

  15. Panties, screamers, and sexiness, oh my! Your Germany sounds very interesting.

    I love that photo!

  16. Tal says:

    I’ve always wanted to try Peeps, but they scare me. I heard that they don’t have a “Best Before” date, because there is so much preservatives they pretty much have an infinte shelf life. It gives me nightmares about nuclear disaster aftermath, the only things left are cockroaches. Feasting on Peeps.

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