NB. You can keep your comments to yourself. I realize that marguerites are not all that colorful. But, they are more colorful than the previous post! And, I've gotta do something with all the photos I've taken...
A vacation is like love - anticipated with pleasure, experienced with discomfort,
and remembered with nostalgia.
NB. We'll see! The upcoming few weeks will not be a vacation for me--I'm constantly on vacation--but rather a journey with experiences.
The poor Germans, still suffering from starting and losing a war...
Italy and, to a lesser degree, spain were liabilities for Hitler. Now, a worthless army of yesteryear has been replaced by a failing economy in each country. Germans are being forced to pay high taxes and work for more years (than folks in those countries, to name just two)...which might be considered continued war reparations.
The recent bailout of bungled economies and banks in Europe is a fine example of the saying “it’s easier to get forgiveness than permission”. Many lived a nice life on borrowed money...and now get more...from folks that have been industrious and thrifty...and stupid.
This is summed up in one Daily Mail Headline:
“Italy claims second victory over Germany in 24 hours
after Euro leaders hammer out bail-out deal against Merkel's wishes’”
The most clever folks in England are the royal family. They might be dim, but they are not stupid.mThey have been taking tax payers to the cleaners for centuries. They make bundles from plundered lands in the form of rent and EU subsidies, as well as interest on plunder from the colonies, but also cash in each year from the government to support their lavish lifestyle. What a great deal, as proven by a headline in the Guardian:
“Cost of Prince Charles rises to £2.2m
Extra 11% on Prince of Wales' funding from taxpayer attributed to
longer flights and last year's royal wedding”
Boy, am I happy not to be English. My sympathies would be easy to guess.
At the moment, I am practicing for vacation. I am sitting on the terrance with a glass of wine and staring at the view. The only difference is in the quality of the view. I can stare at my trees, but miss the vista of Lago di Como and the Alps. The wine will be as good (this one is merely a euro 2.50 Pinot Grigio) and the chair will be comparable or not. The main benefits will be the view, being surrounded by good (hopefully) Italian restaurants, and being in a completely different. I do not expect perfection, but am looking forward to bit of Italian savior vivre (I know, that’s French, but I do not know many Italian words, which do not appear on menus).
I expect to have to console my wife each day, after the “bloody Italians” unceremoniously evicted the Germans from Euro 2012. Unfortunately, on the night, the Italians played better than expected, while the German team played worse than expected. The key to the game is to score goals--which Italy did--and to play good defense--which Germany did not. The game is rather simple, but many make it more difficult than it should be and neglect the basics. Both teams surprised me...
What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.
Only a glance at a calendar reveals that winter is sneaking up on us. For over a week, days (the light part to be exact) have been becoming gradually shorter. One does not notice the difference, but I know that sneaky little bastard, Nature, is doing a job on us humans. Of course, that also means that our time on this planet is also becoming shorter.
Therefore, I try to enjoy each day, regardless of lousy German summer weather.
Watching Germans form a line (that’s queue in British English) can be entertaining, if one is not involve...or aggravating, if one is. A nation of disciplined people displays its true character, when the need to wait patiently for one’s rightful turn is involved. Compared to the English, who politely wait, Germans by-pass, push to the front, ignore others, are rude, and try to be sneaky--as if no one notices. Watching individual reactions to being caught at abusing one’s rightful place can also be entertaining and revealing.
I have a new favorite television program: Revenge. Since IMDB revealed that 22 episodes have been filmed, I guess that this is old news for US viewers.
I look forward each week to the next twist in an interesting plot, great writing, perfect casting, and excellent production values. What more can one ask from television?
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.