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Don't the Sun Look Good Going Down Over The Sea?


November 27, 2016

Hannover, Germany

I traveled to Hannover to see a friend from grad school and to have ex-pat Thanksgiving, which was great. Turkey, cranberry sauce, delicious veggies, and only a small amount of beets.

I stayed with a friend of a friend who showed me around Hannover on Sunday before my train back to Köln. We walked by a very sharpSeriously, it is awesome looking natural gas processing plant, over a bridge with terrifying aquatic animals and inviting mermaids, saw the Nanas, the Opera House, and the Rathaus.

The Rathaus is open to the public and the main, vaulted room houses models of Hannover at different eras—1639, 1939, immediately post-war, and today. It sits a short walk from the end of the Maschsee, a huge artificial lake built as a public works project during the Nazi era.

Hannover’s Weihnachtsmarkt is different from the others I have seen—there is a part that is more Renaissance Fair than others: a temporary forest of evergreens, rope-making demonstrations, axe throwing. I shot crossbow bolts for a few Euro with decent accuracy—only to notice that there were fletched bolts available.

The Weihnachtsmarkt is very close to the Hannover HauptbahnhofCentral Station, abbreviated Hbf , a bustling station with many open-on-Sunday shops and quick bites to eat. The train back to Köln was very crowded—I stood for an hour of the three-hour journey. But the ride was relatively smooth and I listened to Heavyweight.

Back in Köln, I walked from the Hbf, which is right at the cathedral, through the Christmas markets at the cathedral, in Neumarkt, and Rudolfplatz.

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Heavy Horses, Move the Land Under Me


November 19, 2016

Stetternich, Germany

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Somebody Holds the Key


November 18, 2016

After Tuesday’s predicament things started happening fast.

Wednesday afternoon I met with the International Employees Officer again. This time she was extremely warm. She basically said there was no hope to expedite anything, and the only route to starting my contract at FZJ was to accept the offer on the beet farm. She walked me through the health insurance application.

I sent my future landlady an email during that meeting.

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Stuff that's scuzzy


November 16, 2016

Well. I had a bit of a day on Tuesday. When I was hired I was told “You’re American? Just come on a tourist visa and we’ll convert you to a work visa when you arrive.” OK, seems easy enough. I went to the ForschungszentrumResearch Center last week to sign the contract, and I scheduled a meeting with the International Employees Office (which is just 1 person) for the first day (Monday). Nobody said “Do you have a work permit? Where are you registered?”

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Thinkin' and drinkin' are all I have today


November 9, 2016

I believe in reason.
I believe in facts.
I believe in a shared, underlying reality.
I believe in the Enlightenment.
I believe women are as smart as men.
I believe in listening.
I believe that my experience is not the only valid one.
I believe in trying to understand another point of view.
I believe in changing my mind.
I believe it is valuable to admit ignorance.

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August 3, 2016

Where Your Gentle Wing Rests


May 28, 2016

A Golden Winged Ship Is Passing My Way


December 27, 2015

Steal Your Face Right Off Your Head


December 27, 2015

Things That Didn't Suck 2015


October 17, 2015

This World Was Made For All Men


October 16, 2015

Show the Bastards Up With Our Divine Light


October 4, 2015

Dungeons Deep and Caverns Old


October 3, 2015

Tore Me All to Pieces, Nothing Else Remains


October 3, 2015

See the Colors Floating in the Sky


October 2, 2015

The Deep Forbidden Lake


October 2, 2015

Wild Mountain Honey


October 1, 2015

Flame From Your Stage Has Now Spread to the Floor


September 30, 2015

Take a Whole Pail of Water Just to Cool Him Down


August 7, 2015

Eat them up, yum!


July 25, 2015

Oh, Mountain of Our Eyes, What Do You See?


July 19, 2015

A Tingling Recognition


July 16, 2015

The Ink Is Black, The Page Is White


July 5, 2015

They're A Band Beyond Description


January 31, 2015

Where Little Cable Cars Climb Halfway To The Stars


October 18, 2014

Rainbows End Down That Highway Where Ocean Breezes Blow


October 8, 2014

The Lunatic Is On The Grass


June 7, 2014

It's Stormin', Stormin' Rain


May 24, 2014

Listen to Those Rails A-Thrumming All Aboard


April 27, 2014

Another Brand New Day


April 26, 2014

A Cave Up In The Hills


April 6, 2014

Smiles Await You When You Rise


March 23, 2014

California, Preaching On The Burning Shore


March 22, 2014

Ain't Gonna Stop Until The 25th Hour


March 17, 2014

My Will Is Prophecy, My Own Mythology


March 16, 2014

Whispering Hallelujah Hatrack


March 15, 2014

They Carry News That Must Get Through


February 15, 2014

One heat up, and one cool down


February 2, 2014

What Shall We Say, Shall We Call It By A Name?


January 24, 2014

There May Be Many Others But They Haven't Been Discovered


January 18, 2014

Your Golden Sun Will Shine For Me


January 10, 2014

A Marvelous Night for a Moondance


January 8, 2014

STAR Struck


December 27, 2013

Things That Didn't Suck 2013


December 20, 2013

I'm As Free As A Bird Now


November 17, 2013

Is this place at your command?


November 16, 2013

It's Not Hard, Not Hard To Reach


November 16, 2013

This Dichromatic Vision


October 8, 2013

Lake Ogallala, We Hold You In Our Hearts


October 3, 2013

Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding!


September 14, 2013

It's A Light And Tumble Journey


June 12, 2013

I've Been Stretching My Mouth


May 24, 2013

Once In A While You Get Shown The Light In The Strangest Of Places If You Look At It Right


April 24, 2013

People Say We Monkey Around


April 20, 2013

People –– What Have You Done?


April 10, 2013

Send the Sunshine Down My Way Whenever You Call My Name


January 21, 2013

How Can the Wind With So Many Around Me?


January 12, 2013

Come On Children, Now Learn How To Run


January 11, 2013

Almost Aflame, Still You Don't Feel The Heat


January 11, 2013

Near The Village, The Peaceful Village


January 10, 2013

Walking Through Forests of Palm Tree Apartments


January 9, 2013

By The Ranks Or Single File Over Every Jungle Mile


January 8, 2013

If I Ever Get Out Of Here, I'm Going To Kathmandu!


January 7, 2013

I Can Tell My Sister By The Flowers In Her Eyes


January 4, 2013

You're Tired Of Yourself And All Of Your Creations


January 3, 2013

It Takes A Lot To Laugh


January 2, 2013

Tinsel Tigers


January 1, 2013

Played War Games In The Woods


December 31, 2012

Then A Silence That Chilled My Soul


December 21, 2012

Things That Didn't Suck 2012


December 8, 2012

I Sail Above Your Inlets and Interstates


July 5, 2012

Let It Blossom, Let It Flow


June 28, 2012

We Know We Can't Be Found


April 26, 2012

A Hiding Place Where No One Ever Goes


April 17, 2012

They Came In Peace For All Mankind


March 7, 2012

All the Wrong Fuses and Splices


December 22, 2011

Things That Didn't Suck 2011


December 4, 2011

Hey Now, All You Lovers


December 4, 2011

Twisting Burning, My Thoughts Turning


October 3, 2011

Tyger Tyger, burning bright


August 25, 2011

I got better!


August 8, 2011

No Straight Lines Make Up My Life


August 1, 2011

Spirals Round and Round


November 28, 2010

Don't Believe A Thing They Say


July 31, 2010

never trust a man with a typewriter between his lips


June 27, 2010

Carved Like a Dwarf Tree On A Mountain


January 12, 2009

It's Easy as 1-2-3


March 29, 2008

Laid Back In An Old Saloon, With A Peso In My Hand


February 24, 2008

Come On Ye Childhood Heroes!


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