Greetings from Berlin

When you are depressed, what is the cure? Road Trip! Currently in Berlin, seeing the sights and admiring the construction on going in the “East”. This is a city undergoing loads of change. Since it was off limits to me back in the Cold War era-its nice to see it now. And there is a […]

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More than little familiar………

Scott Adams has to be spending his days at our office: There is a serious point here. Travel always is the first thing that gets cut-even when it’s not the root cause of the financial problem. Our new, erstwhile,  masters don’t see that problem as well as they should even while they spend travel money for the […]

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Dresden ( and a bit of Poland).

A couple of weekends ago we went to Dresden. I found the trip remarkable for a couple of reasons. 1) I never imagined in my youth, that I would ever be in what was once “East” Germany, and 2) I was surprised at how charming and well developed the city was. They put a lot […]

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Traveling again

On the road again-had a challenging journey yesterday to the other side of the Atlantic. To start with my ICE train to the Frankfurt Airport was going to be delayed by 90 minutes. That was a non starter as it was going to make me late for check in-and my requisite need to “pre-charge” in […]

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Two gentlemen from Verona

We got back in the middle of last week, but it’s been a busy week at work and other items. Preparing to crank up my 2014 travel program next week with a trip back to the land of my birth. So posting has been abysmal and for that, my apologies. After our two rain-soaked days […]

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Super soaker……..

Yesterday we drove down through Austria into Italy and into Vicenza. We are staying here while we visit Venice for a couple of days. There is just one problem ( well two actually). Today it rained all damn day. Not just a sprinkle, but the kind of steady, get on your nerves rain that just […]

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And we're back.

Ireland was really great. I really enjoyed it and have made up my mind that I need to go back. With the exception of the fact that the Union Jack was not in its rightful place flying over the buildings of Dublin-its a great place to visit.  As an aside-I have never understood the whole […]

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Road trip

"Skippy, Paul Ryan has us on double secret sequester probation,  whatever that is." " I know that". " And you are already taking a 20 % pay cut-that you didn't deserve and can't afford." "I know that too". " And furthermore-you've got a stack of credit card bills that would choke a horse. American Express […]

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More Madrid

The S.O. dragged me 447km round trip yesterday to buy a cast iron dutch oven.  Don't even ask how much it cost. On the plus side she seems to have re-learned the idea of gratitude sex-for now. We will see how long it lasts. In the mean time here are some more Spain pictures. Click […]

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Viva Madrid

I kind of think I now understand why Hemingway liked Spain. It is France without the stuck up attitudes of the French. Regardless-I really enjoyed my trip to Madrid. Surprisingly, the city was very clean, the subways worked much better than those here in Stuttgart, and the wine and food were simply marvelous. The downside […]

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Taking matters into my own hands

Those frequent flier miles are not going to earn themselves you know. And since my erstwhile employer is not cooperating by providing me with the kind of travel I both need and should have as a job perk-I guess I will have to do it myself. So its on a plane today to the heart […]

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Return trip

The S.O. and I had to take separate flights home. She was on Lufthansa and I was on United.   I figured the S.O. would have had the better deal on Lufthansa-but as is typical for her, she found a way to fuck it up. She came into Frankfurt complaining about everything. The flight, the […]

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