Thursday, March 19, 2009
We haven't had Tidbits in a while!
So here are some.
* Normally there would soon be narcissus blooming all over the north bank of the Neckar across from the Altstadt. But, this year that area is all torn up while they put in some new bench-like things on the slope between the road and the water. Previously it was just a grassy (and sometimes flowery) slope, with the path at the waterside and some normal benches places sporadically along the path. These new ones look very corporate-plaza-in-downtown-Anylifelesscity-USA to me. I'm not sure why they chose this style as it's not in line with its surroundings. It would fit in near Neuenheimer Feld, where things are more modern, but they clash with the Old Bridge and the Altstadt.
* The 21st (this Saturday) is the Lange Nacht der Museen (long night of the museums) here in Heidelberg, Mannheim, and Ludwigshafen. You can buy tickets at participating museums (basically, any museum in these towns). We're going to miss it this year because of a conflicting party, but it's fun so you should try it if you haven't before!
* Last week I met up with Mom in High Heels for lunch! She is really awesome and full of goood stories about her son, her various stints here in Germany, and life here from the military perspective, which until recently I haven't known very much about. We are the only two Americans in Germany that I know of who think corn on pizza and corn on salad are great ideas. Also, she was so sweet and brought us goodies from the commissary, including Oreos and brownie mix!! That stuff is sold there at American prices, if you can believe it. (I don't know how, since it does have to be imported.)
* Tonight we prepared the marinade for AmiExpat's Sauerbraten challenge for next Monday. People, it's RANK in here.
* I've recently become aware that there are some fellow bird nerds in the readership. :) Did you know the government needs some help putting bird migration data into a database? You can volunteer to do it yourself at home, much like all the people running SETI searches from their computers at home. The possibility for data entry errors with all those volunteers makes my data geek head spin, but it's certainly better than the data never getting into a database at all.
* New Dan Deacon is coming out on March 24! Come on, I know someone out there cares. The first song's been floating around out there, here you can hear it on YouTube: