I spent last week in my mom’s hometown in The Middle Of Nowhere, Germany, for a cousin’s wedding—The Middle of Nowhere is officially called Affoldern, but only the ten farmers who live there know that. In between various wedding-related activities and obligations, we got the chance to take my two-year-old nephew to a nearby wildlife […]
Funny Sign Teaches Toilet Brush Use
I spent last week in my mother’s hometown, an area of Germany with more pigs than people, for a cousin’s wedding. I found this helpful sign teaching toilet brush use in the bathroom of our bed and breakfast. You might be able to guess this, but ‘falsch‘ means ‘incorrect’, ‘fast richtig‘ means ‘almost correct’ and […]
I Can’t Believe Some People Still Force Their Dogs to Walk
I saw a lot of dogs at a recent street festival in Berlin, but this was the only one with a caring owner. All the other dogs were forced to walk everywhere. And they didn’t even get to wear a necklace of plastic flowers…
Winter Photos of Berlin and the Hell I Endured to Get Them
I’m going to do something different this week and put up a post of photos. This is generally only done by good photographers, but I’m going to buck that trend. Besides, as the author of a post on how to take crappy pictures, I feel I should demonstrate just how qualified I am to be […]
Why Taking Your Child to a Beer Garden Is a Good Thing
Beer and liquor companies may not be allowed to advertise to children, but that doesn’t mean that children don’t drive sales. I wrote in a recent post that the main thing I learned from staying with my sister and her family is not to have kids. I also learned that, if I did have a […]
Hot Dog Man – The Stereotypical American
This mascot outside a fast food restaurant near the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin seems to show what the world really thinks of Americans. Except that he’s thin.
What a Crappy Children’s Book!
I’m staying with my sister in Berlin, Germany right now. She has a 14-month-old son and I’ve learned a lot from seeing my sister’s and her husband’s new lives. First and foremost: don’t have kids. Second, if you ignore my advice, crap will become a big part of your life. From changing diapers 38 times […]
First Hasselhoff, Now Money Boy: Thanks a Lot German Speakers
First they launched David Hasselhoff’s singing career, now German speakers have found another way to invite the world’s ridicule. Meet Money Boy, an Austrian (at least he’s not from Germany—you have no idea how happy that makes me) “rapper”. When I first saw this video, I thought (for obvious reasons) that he’s just some guy […]