Saturday, March 25, 2006

Franklin 1 - Marcela 0

Marcela has been here for about a week now, and while we both feel she's made great inroads in her relationship with Franklin, after watching this short video clip, you'll probably agree there's still a fair way to go.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Don't Even Think About Pinching Me

Thursday, March 16, 2006

George Lucas - Eat Your Heart Out

This is sadly better than just about anything in the last three Star Wars movies.

Click here if the video above doesn't play.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Beware The Ides Of March

Sure everyone knows Julius Caesar was perforated on this date back in 44 B.C., but do you know what the "ides" are? Like most things in life, the answer can easily be found online. You can thank me later.

As sad as that date is, even sadder is the fact that I missed out on celebrating World Pi Day yesterday. Then again I have a hard time knowing when St Patrick's Day is, much less a holiday celebrating "the mathematical constant that has beguiled and bewildered successive generations of numerate scholars since the days of ancient Babylon. "

On that note: am I supposed to wear green tomorrow? When is St. Patrick's Day? How does that work?

Monday, March 13, 2006

I'll Have The Usual

May I take your order? - Hilarious Chinese restaurant menu where you can order one of my personal favorites: Ginger Bumping Milk.

Yep, nothing tops off a day like a nice hot cup of Ginger Bumping Milk.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Frosty Fairy Tale Land

The "fairy tale" castle Neuschwanstein in a snow covered landscape in Schwangau, Bavaria last week.

Related link:

Upcoming Office

Microsoft is coming out with a new version of their Office suite. In a Word, it looks like Microsoft has a new Outlook on life. While it might not meet everyone's expectations, I'm sure it'll Excel in the marketplace, offering the user much more flexibility and Power, pointing the way to the future of desktop office productivity.

You can find out more here.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Not All In Common Sense

Some people seem to be coming to their senses.

Others maybe not.

But for god's sake, don't blame the children.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Chip In

Ever wonder what you could do to make the world a better place? Ever want to help, but not sure where or how?

Ever ask yourself, "So what can I do?"

Ask no longer.

Monday, March 06, 2006

One Of These Days...

I'm gonna have me one of these.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

The Beckhams Meet Ali G

Paris At Night

A 360 degrees around version.

Friday, March 03, 2006

As I Was Saying

So yesterday I wrote about how we had the two-hour delay that got turned into a school cancelation. Today was more interesting.

We had no delay this morning, although the roads around here were treacherous. The bases in this area all closed their schools for the day, but not Baumholder. Nope, the roads up there (thirty minutes north of where I live) were in much better condition early in the morning, and so the go-ahead was given to have school start on time.

Big mistake.

It took me an hour or so to get to school in the morning, mainly because I was crawling along on the backroads from here and the autobahn. Everything was caked in ice, though sure enough, once I got closer to Baumholder, the road conditions improved substantially. So fine. I made it in one piece.

But then the snow came. And came. And came some more. A couple of hours or so into the school day and it was obvious that not only shouldn't school have opened today, but we'd best high tail it out of their quick. Since I'd parked my car a few hours earlier, at least four inches had fallen and it wasn't letting up. The students were sent home at lunch time with the teachers following shortly thereafter.

What followed was an hour and forty-five minute drive home through snow, ice, and cars that weren't going to make it to their houses tonight. I've never been so tense for so long in all my life. I practically had to pry my fingers off the steering wheel when I finally pulled into my driveway and made it home.

Miesau also had quite a bit of snow while I was at work. I took a ruler out in the backyard and discovered almost eight inches had fallen since yesterday. I soon got to work shoveling those eight inches away from my driveway and sidewalk figuring it would be easier to deal with eight inches out in the street today than a foot tomorrow if it keeps snowing.

Now being the guy I am, I couldn't keep all this fun to myself. So I grabbed the camera, picked up Franklin, and took him out into those eight inches of snow in the backyard.

He was not amused.

(But I was.)

Related link:
  • Maybe my first post about snow in Germany (and Franklin's experiences with it) from two years ago

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Back In White

So I got a phone call at about 5:20 a.m. this morning. Normally that's a bad sign in a good way. What I mean is that almost surely indicates that it has snowed overnight and that there's a two-hour delay to the start of school.

Well, it got even better. Got a call a bit later saying school had been canceled for the whole day. Yippie, right? Well, no. Teachers are still expected to show up to work so we can earn our pay minus the students. Basically you are expected to risk life and limb to sit in an empty classroom, though you can wait as long as you need to before heading out if you think it's unsafe. Technically I suppose you could show up at 2:45 p.m., touch base, and then head back home.

So I was going to wait my fair share this morning because, frankly, I enjoy driving on snow about as much as Bush enjoys press conferences. But then I got another call saying that our principal has let it be known that you really don't have to come in today because it is just that bad up around the school. Here in Miesau there's about two inches or so of snow out there (here's my street this morning and the backyard), but it is still snowing. Baumholder apparently has six or more inches and it's still snowing.

Bottom line: I'll be awfully disappointed in myself if my car moves even one foot today.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Under House Arrest

Well, I wasn't letting my cat, Franklin, out of the house much anyway.

That said, makes me wonder if I'm in one of the "bird flu-affected zones." My German isn't much past counting to ten, much less reading a warning notice stuck in my mailbox.

And for those who know Franklin, doesn't that picture at the top of that bird flu article look just a little like him? Just needs a little more white in the forehead.

Related link: Here Kitty, Kitty - an old post about Franklin

Sounds Familiar