October 18, 2008
Autumn in the Black Forest

Autumn in the Black Forest

Today could have been so much less than it turned out to be.  Coulda been more too, but that’s not exactly how I think and operate.  I woke up at 9:15am after 6 uneasy hours of sleep after an evening of pseudo-French disco-pop music and an hour with franziska’s roommate and my buddy who just happen to be a couple (anyone want a horsey ride?), I left with girl still half asleep in bed.  It was 10:40am and I had plans to maybe do something.

At first it had been Eguisheim, the mythical village across the Rhein River, but the connections without a car were crap and so we thought about Kaiserstuhl but no one but dr. d wanted to go.  She then suggested walking to Seepark but it didn’t work out like that.  First, we looked at my best-of photos for Central America and she helped me whittle them down to about 17 photos from 50.  Then we met another friend and the 3 of us went to the Muenster Markt where I got a sausage and they got Knoepfle.  Don’t ask.

We then had a fresh squeeze juice somewhere else and then walked up onto the big hill at the edge of the old town. we explored for about 2 hours, mostly leafy-footpaths and cool shade and warming sun, taking lots of pictures of burnt-colored leaves against a dark, moist ground.  It was a nice time with funny conversation (mostly me making an ass of myself) and then a piece of cake and Neuersuesser, aka new sweet wine, less alcoholic and sweeter but still really nice for a glass.

Now I’m in the hammock, listening to a Ryan Adams show from Thursday night in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, pretty amazing stuff.  I’m planning on making dinner with Franziska tonight.

And now this:


A Republican congresswoman from Minnesota, Michelle Bachmann, thinks that Obama and other members of the “left” should be investigated for being anti-American.  Oy vey…



October 11, 2008

The name of Ryan Adams’ band’s new album is Cardinology. I’ve heard about 8 of the 11 songs so far and am really excited about it. In fact, I’ve just pre-ordered a copy of it from Amazon, along wth a biography of the company Blackwater and a book by Naomi Klein called “The End of America”. It should be interesting.

I’m bummed that Ryan isn’t coming to the Continent for this tour, only the UK in November. Maybe in the new year, but I’ll tell you, the show of his I saw in November last year in London was superb. I would definitely travel to see him play provided it worked out. But in November my parents are visiting and we’re going to Barcelona together and so that is out.

He’s playing in LA 8 days before I arrive in December. This happens often with my travels, but it’s okay. Those are the breaks of being a jet-setter. No, I’ve never ridden in a jet (that I know of) and I’m no much of a setter but I am living that life, albeit in miniscule imitation. I have flown more than 20 times this year, for the 3rd or 4th year in a row. Only once was in business classs and that was a random upgrade. I will have visited 13 countries on different continents. My 4th year in a row with more than 100 days of vacation.

Granted, I’ve slept in some pretty awful hotels (Panajachel, Santa Rosa de Copan, Leon, Antigua, etc)and had some strange sleepng arrangements (Amsterdam, Brasov). I’ve eaten a lot of crappy food, and I don’t just mean fast food and oreos. I’m talking about food of unknown provenance and cleanliness, nearly unbearable bathroom facilities and blah blah blah. That must all be taken into account. It’s true, I “jet-setted” into somewhat undesirable areas but hey man, you don’t always know where you’re landing, right?

The internet tubes

October 8, 2008

I’m sure I don’t use the internet to the fullest extent possible. I’m not even sure that I would want to but there are some things that make it the best thing in the world. I’m referring to getting music from the Internet and getting it into your computer or even just headphones with very little effort and just some time.

Right now I’m listening to a My Morning Jacket show from Chicago 2005 that sounds pristine. I used to have to send blank tapes to people and wait a couple of weeks to get some new live music or I’d make a copy onto tape of some live show I had. The shit was time-consuming but there was a slightly human aspect to it. Now it’s just attaching to a newly formed nipple of information and suck at will.

I have been going gaga over some new Ryan Adams stuff (found on archive.org) from just in the past week. You can’t imagine how close you feel to the whole world when you download a concert that had just ended 36 hours ago on the other side of the world and it is there for your perusal and or just file it away with other live shows until it’s time to listen to some new ones. It could be overkill but it’s like a huge sugar vein and it’s not that easy to stop.

A disclaimer: I am only referring to downloading live music for my own use, not studio-released material. Nor am I selling anything. It stays on my computer.

Sorry for that disclaimer. I know I’m not that interesting but with the way information is sucked on, not being interesting can still be enough to start a new FBI “assessment” of me. I know it sounds like I’m exagerrating but this


is a problem. I can’t believe I’ve “become” such a far left person, just because I care about the Constitution and rule of law.

Anyway, more good stuff about the internet there. I can have more access to information and so my curiosity and thirst levels and nearly always satified by the internet. Don’t get me wrong, I like reading and doing other stuff too, but I like feeling connected to the rest of the world, even if in brief moments.

So, now that the weekend is here 🙂 what is on tap for the rest of the day?

*I’m going to work on the 3rd installment of the new novel I’m working on, “The Newropean” or the “The Neuropean”.

*I’ve got to start on the Central America digi photo album. It’s time consuming and only later rewarding in those moments when you get someone who will look at photos for 20 minutes.

By the way, I’ve added some new links to the right, places where I get a lot of my news. Some of you might wanna check it out.