Karneval!!

The Karneval der Kulturen is ramping up in the city. 1.4 million people are expected to come out and enjoy one of the many festivities surrounding the event.

Check out a few pictures of my experience so far:







My much-loved Dresdner Brot.

That is Funky Chicken with an African drink, Dju Dju – Mango Beer.

Mimi (blue) found some friends while in my absence. Can’t take that girl anywhere, as soon as I turn my back she’s winkin’ and flirtin’ with the boys.
Just get out there and experience it for yourself!
Sunday is the parade, and as far as I’m concerned, the best part of the whole thing!

Post from Karneval der Kulturen 2008

May I say that working on Sweet No’s computer… um… not exactly easy or necessarily nice. The post looks like crap simply because I don’t have the right tools.

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Ahh… we meet again

I am in the last few hours of a visit to the U.S. (Phoenix specifically). In the last week I’ve run into so many little things which are sorely missed as I live out my daily life in Berlin. Being a fat kid… yup, it’s just the way it is… a good percentage of those things which are sorely missed just happen to be food.

Yes, that is Taco Bell. If you were able to actually read the “hot sauce” package you would see, “Ahh, we meet again”. How true is that? Love it!
After I make a “Run for the Border” and come back to the States, it isn’t long before I’m downing a Burrito Supreme. Add to that crab legs and tonight’s prime rib… and a person could get the idea that I just come back to the States for the food.

Oh well, soon I’ll be back in my beloved Berlin meeting up with my good friend, Fresh-Baked Pumpkinseed Roll!

So what is it? What would you have trouble living without if you left your home?

It has sprung…

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted.
Sure, as I run across things which I think would be interesting, I think to myself… “I should blog this”, but I never seem to find the time/energy/motivation/desire.

Thus this poor blog has been sitting out here all alone with only the comment spammers for friends. (Let me tell you, they are cunning little bastards, those spammers)

It’s the wind up and a pitch… Swing! and away she goes….

SPRING IS HERE!! The official first day of spring was a let down, but the day directly afterward was fantastic, too bad that beautiful day was a Monday after a crappy weather weekend.

Spring always makes me think of new beginnings. For most people New Years Day is the traditional new beginnings day, but I’m just different that way.

And thus the list of differences between myself and the “normal” human gets another addition.

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” ~Anne Bradstreet

?How about you? When is the time for your “New Beginning”?
What time of year seems to be reasonable for having a second look at the direction you are taking?

I will leave you today with a must-see video.
It is a time-lapse of Vancouver. Normally time-lapse doesn’t work so well for me, they don’t seem correctly composed or something. Also it straddles a thin line between photograph and video which makes it seem like some kind of strange step-sister of this part of the visual arts.
But this one works on all fronts. The music captures the mood of the images perfectly, the camera moves and pans through the scenery with such flow and grace. LOVE IT!

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Just drummin’ along

The evidence is in… It has been too long since I’ve written an entry when readers like Goofball start using the comments section to ask my cat what the deal is and where his mommy is hiding.

There is no real reason for me to be so quiet. It isn’t as though there is a lack of something to say. Often I find myself thinking, “I should blog this”, yet never seem to find the time to do it.

If I didn’t know better, I would say it is the Winter Blahs, but alas not. We’ve been traveling and enjoying ourselves quite a bit, surely it isn’t the season.

At the base of it is that maybe I just don’t FEEL like very creative in general, let alone writing. In the last months my picture taking frequency has gone down. There is even a great idea floating around my head about how to take some wonderful lightscape shots of the guitars… but it remains undone. Maybe it is just a lull in the creative juice flow.“Waiting” It’s a hand held shot at Potsdamer Platz right after seeing the world’s worst movie, “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus“. (My apologies to other fans of Heath Ledger. But this was certainly NOT his best work. Too bad that it was his last)

The one thing in my recent life which was incredibly creative was masterminded by Sweet No. We happen to share a birthday, and were goofy enough to get married on that same day. So in the tradition of the Germans, we celebrate our special day by buying everyone else dinner and drinks and finding some way to entertain the entire group.

A few months ago Sweet No came up with the idea to have a party with a Jamaican theme. It seems reasonable, as we will someday soon pop over to see what is going on in the land of the Rastafarian. We thought it would also help to break up the monotonous Berlin gray winter weather if we had people wear festive Caribbean-style clothing and come ready for a tropical party.

In the end we had 24 people in a room with 30 conga drums and a harried, but quite professional drum teacher. In an hour we were making some nice rhythms; in one and a half it was starting to sound good.

The smiles and giggles from folks gave us an indication that our gamble was successful, people seemed to be having a good time. (It could of course have been the bubbly wine… who knows!!) Then off to dinner and more drinks, which while it was certainly more quiet, was fun in its own way. All in all it was a delightful afternoon/evening. Let’s hope the guests think so too!

Been reading:

how we learned to stop worrying and love the trash – ClickClack Gorilla strikes again! I love this woman. Not only is she a perfectly lovely writer, but her message is one which resonates with me. Our society is WAY TOO centered on buying the “next big thing”, and I don’t think that it will lead anywhere we really want to be going.

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