Let's take a ride on the wheel that is RTT. Random Tuesday gives me the option to simply babble in blog format whatever is on my mind.
Actually, what pops out of my brain is sometimes a little scary, even for me. But we'll try to keep it between the navigational beacons.
Bullets, because I can't focus people... simple as that.
* This morning I went to the American Consulate here in Berlin to get my expiring and quickly filling Passport renewed. Think airport security on a smaller scale. Oh, and you can't have any kind of electronic device on you. Don't even THINK about taking a phone inside.
* Attack life, it’s going to kill you anyway. ~ Steven Coallier
* Let me just say that after seeing the line of non-Americans waiting to get visas to visit America, I was REALLY happy to be holding that American Passport. I went directly in and did my business. When I came back out I could see the same guy was still standing in front of the same visa window. Ugh.
* I remember back to 2001 and my first visit to Berlin. For some reason I was expecting much more of a military feel to the city. The Wall was long gone, but I expected barriers or something. HA, all I had to do was approach the American Embassy (which has since moved)... Walls, barbed wire, armed guards. Yeah, this was what I had expected to see in Berlin... how proud I was to know that the only place I saw it was surrounding my country's embassy. (smell the sarcasm, people?)
* The American Consulate is in a residential area rather than the Embassy which is surrounded by business. But don't you think for one minute that it looks less secure. Yes ladies and gentlemen, the sidewalk a block away from the building is ALSO American Territory and is not available for scooter parking (yup, I found out the hard way). At least the Berliner PoPo (police officer in SnookerSpeak) lady was nice when she insisted that I move my vehicle.
* Does it still count as morning coffee if you drink it four hours after you get up?
* While I was walking on the non-American sidewalk where I was allowed to park my scooter, a colleague of mine stopped her car on the street and asked me if I wanted a ride. 3.5 million people in this city and she spots me. How sweet.. and strange all at the same time.
* Sweet No bought us tickets to the Köpenick Jazz In Town Festival to see the Australian "Guitar God" Tommy Emmanuel. He is magic, I must admit. And he knows his guitar! Want a sample? Check Tommy out on You Tube. Pick a song and just enjoy!
* The Berlin streets are full of people again. In late July / early August the residential part of the city is a ghost town. School is of course out and many folks are traveling of town on holiday. Driving on the city streets is a breeze, with hardly any traffic back ups. Only the tourist areas are crazy full. Unfortunately I noticed yesterday that the pileups are happening more frequently. Sometimes I even have to wait through TWO lights! Yeah, I know... silly to complain about waiting only two light cycles, but hey... it's what I've got.
* GAWD, what is all this ruckus about a Mosque near Ground Zero? Actually I can see both sides. But tend to come down on the side of "it is just real estate". (yes, I've stood and looked into the gaping hole that used to be the World Trade Centers... yes, I felt the nauseous feeling knowing that so many people died there... yes, I was just as freaked as most Americans... no I don't automatically hate all Muslims just like I don't hate all Catholics because some nuns beat me when I was a child and made me use my right hand instead of my left - oh, and there is that whole little boy loving priest thing... and the Ireland thing... ). Are the politicos REALLY having to search THAT hard to find a divisive topic to set themselves apart from the "other side"? To be fair... we "Coalition Partners" have been building Ground Zeros around Mosques since 2003.
|From our Paris trip last month|
* Because I was going to the Consulate and couldn't carry any electronics, I left my camera at home... all day I felt just a bit naked. (the phone sat in the scooter, but it was just easier without the BA Camera - big ass camera).
* This morning right after getting up I watched a picture CD of Snooker's life which my brother put together. Since it came out of my Mother's photo collection, many of the pics were of my childhood. It is really, really weird to watch yourself grow up. Looking back at those former "Snookers", I found myself reflecting on where my life has gone since the time that little toe-headed kid was playing in the autumn leaves with her new doggie. Here I am at the proverbial half-way point in my life. What will happen to all the future Snookers? Will I look back at pictures of me in my 40's and be proud?
* "I think positive emotion trumps negative emotion every time." - Cobb in the movie "Inception". Go see it. In the theatre, now... don't wait for DVD! Trust me. It is the next jump in movie making, much like "The Matrix".
* Whoa... I was just going looking for pictures for the blog and did a search for American Consulate Berlin and my image of the new Berlin Embassy from years ago is first in the rankings... (pause for contemplation) Consulate / Embassy... oh well. In fact the forth picture in the returns is actually the British Embassy in Berlin. Don't you just love the Internet?
OK, that's enough random for now. Back to your regularly scheduled programming.
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