Today religious mania has infected the political bloodstream and America has become corrosively isolationist, he says. “Ask an American what they know about Sweden and they’d say ‘They live well but they’re all alcoholics’. In fact a Scandinavian system could have benefited us many times over.” Instead, America has “no intellectual class” and is “rotting away at a funereal pace. We’ll have a military dictatorship fairly soon, on the basis that nobody else can hold everything together. Obama would have been better off focusing on educating the American people. His problem is being over-educated. He doesn’t realise how dim-witted and ignorant his audience is. Benjamin Franklin said that the system would fail because of the corruption of the people and that happened under Bush.”
Taken from the London Times, September 29, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
But how’s this for campy? On Saturday we saw Britney Spears at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Yes...that Britney Spears. Never in a million years would I have even considered seeing her. Then one day George suggested we should go because they had reasonable tickets. And we should see her one last time before she ends up as some burned-out has-been on one of those crappy reality shows. So, why the heck not?
Her “The Circus” tour made a two night stop in Las Vegas and I have to admit that we both liked it. It was quite the spectacle. Clever in fact. The show, the acrobats and dancers, the costumes were really something to behold.
So did the Mistress of Ceremony, Ms. Spears herself, dare to actually sing live? What do you think?
No, of course not. Not one bit. Every song was lip synced and every one of her moves was robotically choreographed. She even had a double performing her part for the last bits of the “concert.” Not that it mattered anyway, because we expected as much and everyone around us was completely oblivious to that fact and really couldn’t care less. We didn’t regret going however. Despite some flaws we truly enjoyed this whole “circus” act.
Yesterday morning we decided to treat ourselves with a Shakshouka-style breakfast. Lots of fresh tomatoes, spicy herbs and eggs, nicely broiled and served over sourdough bread. Yum, yum and yum!
Otherwise we just messed about the house, the backyard, chatted with friends on web sites and on the phone and caught up on some television shows that we’ve taped over the last few days. We also worked out and did our usual walks and jogs through Pueblo Park. Most of the photos below are from our walk in the park yesterday early afternoon and what we usually see along the way.
All in all, another great weekend.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Afterwards we just wandered up and down parts of the famed “Strip.” Most locals hate this part of town and will only come to the “Strip” if absolutely necessary. Like when family or friends are visiting town and want to see what all the fuss is about. George and I like coming to the “Strip” and check out what’s going on in all the casinos. Even though we rarely gamble it’s fun to stroll through the casinos and watch people. Or visit one of the countless restaurants to enjoy a great meal. If shopping is your thing there are plenty of malls on this stretch of road alone. Don’t forget all the concerts, shows, clubs, dancing...the list is endless. Why shouldn’t locals join in on the fun as well?
Incidentally, we saw a bunch of German tourists all over the place. I suppose it helps to become attuned to our upcoming trip to Germany in December. Of course, I couldn’t help myself to make fun of them. But just a wee bit. It’s not like I’m that evil. Außerdem kann ich mir das auch erlauben.
The weather was perfect too. The evenings are finally starting to cool off enough to enjoy the outdoors again. During the heat of summer it just stays hot 24/7. It’s not uncommon for temperatures to still linger below the 100º F mark at 2 o’clock in the morning.
And speaking of gambling, we tried our luck on one of the Wheel of Fortune slot machines. At one point we got our money back and more but eventually lost everything again. As if we didn’t know any better. The house always wins. Always!
Here are some impressions from yesterday evening.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Interestingly enough, I always loved to fly. Flying used to be very special to me back in those days. That was when airline passengers weren’t treated like cattle. When there was still something called customer service and a certain pride to keep passengers happy. When people were still pampered by the airlines and were served complimentary meals and drinks on long-haul flights. Heck, even on shorter routes airlines would at least serve sandwiches. And remember pillows and blankets? Well, not anymore. Not only are passenger being treated like cattle, the airline industry discovered that passengers are cash cows. Now airlines charge for everything. There’s a fee to implement a fee. I wait for the day when they start charging for the usage of lavatories.
Anyway, that part is done and we’re just concentrating on having a grand time in the Bavarian capital. Not only have I not been back in over eight years, it’ll be my first winter in almost 20 years.
It’s funny how we ended up going to Germany. First we thought of visiting Bangkok and Hong Kong, maybe Japan. It ended up costing more than we anticipated, despite the really good offers we had found at first. Then we thought about spending a few days in London (my other stomping grounds) or Amsterdam.
So, my fellow bloggers, look forward to more riveting entries and prepare yourselves for breathtaking photography in the coming year. However, fantastic tales of drunken gamblers and sleazy girls must suffice for now. Not that you would ever find us in that kind of milieu. But who knows?
This is Sin City after all.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
The law goes in effect in Nevada on October 1st, 2009.
Click here and here for links to Las Vegas’ two main newspaper sites and their articles and photos about yesterday’s forum.
Yup, we’re famous. Below is a screen shot taken from the Las Vegas Sun article, showing George and me watching our registration form being notarized. Of course, in the other photo I have my eyes closed and am hidden behind another person.
So much for my 15 minutes of fame.
Who cares. More importantly, we’re about to enter our Domestic Partnership and a new exciting chapter in our life. We know it’s not the same as marriage but it’s still quite a milestone. Especially for the Sate of Nevada, a bastion of Republicans and conservatives. This new law was vetoed by our vile governor Jim Gibbons, stating that he simply doesn’t believe in it. Luckily, there were enough votes in the Assembly and the Senate to override his veto.
Not all is bad in America. Eventually, true equality for all will come. Also on a federal level. But like I said before, in this country it takes small baby steps to achieve progress.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
One of my favorite bands, Depeche Mode, and our currently favorite series, "True Blood," together. Eric, have mercy! I think I'm going to faint. And it's not caused by blood loss.
I know the final episode of the second season is upon us but check out the second season trailer for HBO's "True Blood." Bloody yummy.
Zwischendurch pfuschten wir im Haus und im Garten herum, machten Sportübungen und sind viel im unserem Park gelaufen, haben unsere Wocheneinkäufe erledigt und haben viele leckere Gerichte gekocht.
Trotz aller sportlichen Tätigkeiten haben wir es geschafft ein oder zwei zusätzliche Pfunde auf die Waage zu legen. Es scheint als ob man für diese Feiertage, so selten sie auch vorkommen mögen, immer ein Preis zu zahlen ist. Aber mit diesen Preis können wir ohne weiteres leben.
Nun hat uns allerdings der Alltag wieder zurück. Immerhin wird es eine kurze Arbeitswoche werden. Und das ist schließlich auch etwas wert. Aber das nächste Wochenende kann nicht schnell genug kommen.
Einige Dinge, so scheint es, werden sich wohl niemals ändern. Egal, in welchen Land man lebt.
Anbei sind ein paar Bilder die wir in den letzten Tagen gemacht haben. Under anderem sieht man einige der Geburtstagskarten die ich bekommen habe. Könnt Ihr Eure Karte erkennen, die Ihr mir geschickt habt? Nochmals nachträglich viele herzlichen Dank.
Geburtstagskarten...welche kam von Dir?
Eine Karte enthielt sogar Glitzerdinger
Entspannen am Feiertag
Der neue Westgate Hotelturm des Planet Hollywood Resorts am Strip
Mich fasziniert einfach jegliche Art von Lichtreflektionen oder Schattenspiele