As I write this, we are leaving September, the silly season, when the cats, birds, and football fans, having partaken of a bit too much of the sweet new wine, or gigantic pretzels and huge rings of baloney, or the locals, seasick from too many “for your birthday, here is … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: October: When The Silly Season Meets The “Oh I Forgot.”
Dear whoever made the mistake of thinking spring starts on the twenty-first, or twenty-second of April, or somewhere near June in the Gregorian calendar, or whatever… because… today is the first day of spring. How do I know? Well…. This is the day that: Puxtahawny Phil and his crowd wash … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: The Real First Day Of Spring
A couple of days ago, I had a discussion with a colleague, and we decided we would have to meet to discuss a plan of action. It is technical, (having to do with teaching,) so I won’t bore you. The interesting part though, was the fact that he, a German, … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: So How Do You Write A Blog Without Beans?
It’s cold here in Gutenberg Land. So cold that it’s almost disgusting that the sunshine is at the thousand-Watt, sunburn through the frost level, and most people aren’t out in it. Most people meaning: the beautiful Rhine pathway is freezing- we were smart enough to take double strong peppermint tea … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: 1000-Watt Sunshine, And Fish By The Net-full
Yesterday we went downtown early. Make that VERY early. Because: Here you have to be crafty, and wily, and go down so early the rest of the more cars than members of the populace are still having breakfast, or are at work waking others members of the populace at seven … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Of Mardi Gras, Flying Donuts, And All Things Gutenberg
I just finished reading a wonderful blog, called Irish Christmas traditions at Wandering Gaels and it started me thinking about my own wandering Gael family, and our more than California-ized Christmas traditions. I would like to share a few of them with you. Picture if you will: Christmas eve morning. … Continue Reading And A Maine Coon Cat Lived Here: Wondering Gaels.
I don’t know what it is about Fridays- Maybe it’s just the fact that since everyone else is on the road that day, in up to two-hour traffic jams, or has picked up their kids from school at one pm and are at McD’s, before trying to shove the tykes … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Just Call Me Friday
When Gutenberger go to the town of Freiburg, it is usually for only one reason: fall hiking in the gorgeous Black Forest. And, of course, being Gutenberger, there had better be good food and drink somewhere along the line. Not that the Gutenberger aren’t educated, and cultivated, and open to … Continue Reading And Erasmus Lived Here: On Ghostbusting, And “Best Local Food? At The Top Of The Funicular.”
So…Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys, Girls… (and sheep-and-grouse-herding border collies,) when we last left our intrepid travellers, Rhineland Gutenberger bred and born- well, at least they moved there some time ago, they were: struggling with boots and southwester far too large, but at least sturdy, braving a hurricane-force wind, (the locals … Continue Reading And Sir Walter Scott Lived Here: We Beard The Mechanical Chicken In Its Lair.
Our third day in Pitlochry, land of the Grampians, the Tummel river, the Jacobite recreators, who reenacted the day the troops of the Jacobite rebellion climbed the mountain, and rode down from Blair castle, to jump out of nowhere onto the British royalists, kilts and pipes skirling as they went, … Continue Reading And Sir Walter Scott Lived Here: And Now For The Mechanical Chicken.
Did you ever just have one of those days… Like this morning, where, at five a.m. I was wandering purposefully, if groggily, around our apartment, frozen turkey under my arm, looking for a pair af glasses, so I could read the expiration date, so I could decide whether to pitch … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: The Day Of The Coffee Machine- Day One
Last night we went to one of those ancient historical culture phenomena, no, not Bavarian dancing in dirndl dresses and short leather pants and hat with goat’s beard, like you always see on the news, or on shows like NCIS, whose local production staff took them all the way to … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Of Quaint Ancient Local Customs, And Not So Ancient Greek Restaurants.
And Gutenberg Lived Here: The Sociological Importance Of The Introduction Of Parsnip Fries On The German Culture
Today was one of those days. Long ride downtown, then the usual parking problems, appointments everywhere, and… suddenly… the glorious thrill of pure magical sunshine on the Rhine, the chance to watch kids play on the grass between the main government buildings, dogs frolicking, a group of Swiss tourists who … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: The Sociological Importance Of The Introduction Of Parsnip Fries On The German Culture
And Gutenberg Lived Here: Of Happy Engineers Named Herman, “Hermann Ze German,” And Global Warming Through Earl Grey.
A couple of days ago, I got a neat little icon picture thingy, a “W” in a laurel wreath, with a silver loving cup and the inscription “Happy Anniversary.” It was signed by Herman, my personal happy engineer. Thank you, Herman. I didn’t even know we were going together. Are … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Of Happy Engineers Named Herman, “Hermann Ze German,” And Global Warming Through Earl Grey.
Last night my husband and I watched a science fiction show- what else do you watch when you studied literature, and he is a scientist? And suddenly, while thinking that what I really needed, in this retro-scientific noir atmosphere- that was bigger on the inside than the outside- and that … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: The Night Of The Great Cosmic Vampire Squid
A couple of days ago, while making toast, our electric dutch oven blew a gasket. As in- sparking, then no light, then no motor on. Then all was darkness. In the whole house. No big deal, think I, from a long line of descendents who landed at Plymouth, and wandered … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: The Satisfaction Of Killing An Ear Of Corn.