Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Happy O-Day, world. Barack Obama has just been sworn in as the 44th president of the United States of America.
All the best to him, his family and his team. He'll need all the luck and good fortune in the years ahead.
While I'm typing this I can hear people in the background already mocking him and making cynical comments. What bitter people they are. They won't even try to give Obama a chance to proof himself. It amazes me how many people are still very ignorant and one-sided.
This country still has a lot of obstacles to overcome. I hope for the best. Not only for America but for the whole world. Americans may not realize this, but they've not only voted for the President of the United States, but also for the most powerful leader in the world.
Let's celebrate today and let's be hopeful.
Tomorrow...let's go to work and finally make this a better America, a better world.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Jim Day - Las Vegas Review-Journal, January 19th, 2009
This is still too much of an accolade and honor for someone whom clearly doesn't deserve any. One more day...and this Dubya nightmare is finally over.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
But I do like what he had to say about the Proposition 8 debacle. The text and photo was taken from today’s entry on Towleroad. Of course, don’t expect to hear something like this in the mainstream media.
Al Sharpton Condemns Churches That Supported Proposition 8
The Rev. Al Sharpton spoke at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Atlanta on Sunday and spoke out against the Mormon Church and evangelicals who fought to pass Proposition 8: “It amazes me when I looked at California and saw churches that had nothing to say about police brutality, nothing to say when a young black boy was shot while he was wearing police handcuffs, nothing to say when the they overturned affirmative action, nothing to say when people were being delegated into poverty, yet they were organizing and mobilizing to stop consenting adults from choosing their life partners. There is something immoral and sick about using all of that power to not end brutality and poverty, but to break into people’s bedrooms and claim that God sent you.”
According to the Southern Voice, “Sharpton came to Atlanta to celebrate the launch of the Alliance of Affirming Faith-Based Organizations.”
He added: “I am tired of seeing ministers who will preach homophobia by day, and then after they’re preaching, when the lights are off they go cruising for trade…We know you’re not preaching the Bible, because if you were preaching the Bible we would have heard from you. We would have heard from you when people were starving in California, when they deregulated the economy and crashed Wall Street you had nothing to say. When [alleged Ponzi schemer Bernie] Madoff made off with the money, you had nothing to say. When Bush took us to war chasing weapons of mass destruction that weren’t there you had nothing to say. … But all of a sudden when Proposition 8 came out you had so much to say, but since you stepped in the rain, we gonna step in the rain with you.”
Monday, January 12, 2009
So, if you happen to be visiting Las Vegas on Sunday, April 19th, why not helping out people who work for a good cause to be the big winners for a change. Besides, you’ll meet new people and get some exercise out in the fresh air. Doesn’t that sound like more fun than sitting in front of a dumb lifeless slot machine inside a smoke-filled casino?
I was playing around a bit with our camera over the weekend. My good friend Sabine sent us a nice set of three glass tealight holders for Christmas. I took some detail shots of the colored glass holders, trying to have some fun with lighting and reflections. The last photo is a close-up of water droplets on our newly installed kitchen faucet. I just love stuff like that.
It doesn’t matter how often we try to clean and wipe down the faucet to keep it all neat and dry, there will always be tons of water spots all over that darn thing.
Friday, January 9, 2009
This is a behind-the-scenes video of the making of Jason Mraz' "Make it Mine" music video. I posted this not so much for the song but rather because it was filmed in Munich, Germany. And most of it in my old neighborhood, the old part of the city where I grew up.
The sequences which shows Jason Mraz surfing was filmed at the Eisbach in the Englischer Garten, Munich's largest and oldest park. I've basically spent every single day, whether it was summer or winter, in that park when I was still living nearby. One of the few things I truly miss about Munich.
The actual music video can be viewed here.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Is the human race ever going to learn?
Apparently not. So let’s move on to more subtle intricacies of life’s pleasures before the human race completely blows this planet to smithereens.
Little pleasures such as vacation breaks over the holidays. We sure hope everyone out there enjoyed their holidays. Whether it was Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the winter solstice, another limited release of a Disney flick on Blu-ray, the celebration of little green men from Mars or simply nothing at all.
George and I decided to stay home and enjoy the peace and quiet. In between we fixed the leaky kitchen faucet; installed two new beautiful ceiling lambs; trimmed, pruned, weeded and cleaned our front and back yard; and made a new friend.
George enjoying the first morning of the new year.
Additionally, we also cooked and baked tons of food like there was no tomorrow. And may I say that our food can easily hold up against any of those so-called fancy-schmanzy top restaurants on the Las Vegas “Strip.” We made exquisite meat dishes, scrumptious casseroles, hearty soups and a delectable cake. There are so many leftovers in the freezer that will last us for months to come. Our holiday feast continues well into the new year.
Marmorkuchen - German-style marble cake.
Not bad. At least we won’t starve during this recession.
Well, depending how long this economic downturn will last of course.
But we don’t care about that right now. This is about happy thoughts. Maybe some of you had a few days or even two weeks off like we did. Hopefully you were able to just enjoy the simple things in life, the companionship of a loved one and reflect on what’s really important. Like we did.
And you know what? Despite all the crap that’s happening in this country and around the world, we are doing pretty darn good. George and I may not be wealthy and own a bunch of useless things, but we still got it made. We have a comfy home, we both got jobs, we can put food on the table and we have each other. What more could one ask for?
I can’t help it. I’m ever the optimist.
So, this new year 2009 will be a good one. There, I said it! Damn the news and their gloom and doom reports. Even if everything around us does indeed fall apart and the human race is on a suicidal mission. I will always be there for George. We will still do our part to help the environment and reduce global warming. We will keep up our efforts to help achieve equal rights for everyone. We will be citizens of the world.
But we actually believe that we all still can do good things for each other. Besides, negativity alone sure as heck is not going to accomplish anything. There’s already more than enough of that around the way it is.