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Eunoia, who is a grumpy, overeducated, facetious, multilingual ex-pat Scot, blatantly opinionated, old (1944-vintage), amateur cryptologist, computer consultant, atheist, flying instructor, bulldog-lover, Beetle-driver, textbook-writer, long-distance biker, geocacher and blogger living in the foothills south of the northern German plains. Not too shy to reveal his true name or even whereabouts, he blogs his opinions, and humour and rants irregularly. Stubbornly he clings to his beliefs, e.g. that Faith does not give answers, it only prevents you doing any goddamn questioning. You are as atheist as he is. When you understand why you don't believe in all the other gods, you will know why he does not believe in yours :-) Oh, and he also has a neat English Bulldog bitch 'Frieda'.

And her big son 'Kosmo'.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A short visit to Venice

L ast tuesday morning at Lake Garda, we realised we were barely 200kms (120 miles) from Venice. So it was but a 2 hour ride to get there. But then! SIXTEEN goddamn Euros just to park your motorcycle for a ½ day, cars cost even more! Everything in Venice is expensive; fleecing the tourists :-(

The Cathedral in Venice

St.Mark's square and a surfing gondolier.

The Rialto bridge, the oldest bridge across the Canal Grande

Detail of the carving above the Doge palace balcony.

The hike around to see the famous landmarks etc is almost 5 kms (3 miles), tiring in the hot sun! Then the ride back to Rovereto; a very full day :-)

Last time I was in Venice was in 1989, to hear the Pink Floyd concert, overwater from St.Marks square, a really great trip back then ;-)

Comments (2)
Pergelator wrote " My wife and I stopped in downtown Portland for lunch a few days ago. There was a parking lot at the corner with open spaces. W e're here to enjoy ourselves, not to fight over parking, so I pulled in and paid. $10 for three hours. The parking situation is so bad it makes me think they are trying to keep people out of downtown." You too, huh?
Hattie (Hawaii) wrote " Stu: I'm enjoying your travels, especially since I am forced to stay at home for the time being. I like your photos a lot. Q: Was that bear just wandering around, or was it in captivity? Re: Venice: The last time we were there was on a couple of visits in the late 70s. We saw it once in summer and once in fall (or autumn. as you would say). I would like to go back sometime. It's culturally so important. I think we'd have to plan things out carefully to have a good experience." The bears are wild; there are warning notices along trails etc up in the mountains.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Lake Garda Mountain Ride

Last week a couple of friends and I took our motorcycles south to the alps for a bit of mountain riding :-) Turned out to be raining in Hofgastein (Austria), so we continued SW to Lake Garda in northern Italy. There are neat mountain roads to the north, east and south of Rovereto (which is just east of Lake Garda), so we based there, the lakeside itself being overcrowded with tourists.

The weather was mostly sunny, noon heat reaching 34°C, as you can see in the photo above taken from a wide valley road.

We loved riding the narrow mountain roads, often single track, which connect the tiny mountain villages via multiple hairpin bends. It was cooler up in the mountains, where we were above 2 or 3 layers of cloud. Mebbe 3000+ feet down to the lake?

Riding through the national park, you might see some bears, so keep well clear and keep your engine running. If on foot, back away slowly.

Back down on the wider valley roads, you can get a breathtaking view of the mountainous National Park you've just ridden through.

Next day we rode through the mountains NE of the lake and were rewarded with an occasional glimpse of the lake. Hazy though, due to high humidity :-(

Over a pass again, looking south, gives a great view of the mountain range on the italian side of the Alps. We were well above the clouds again :-)

Finally, just east of Rovereto, there is an active church carved into the face of a cliff. We couldn't see how worshippers nor priest got there; it must be a difficult hike!

Sunday's trip home was a nerve-racking fifteen hours instead of the expected nine. The Jenner pass was closed due to the police having to defuse a bomb there. Everyone scrambled to ask their satnavs for alternate routes. Dense traffic led to the Grossglockner which was jammed. So we decided to go the long way around (300 kms extra) via Lienz and Salzburg. Took us 15 hours to get home with various minor traffic jams along the way. Just as well we'd brought some typical Italian fare for our wives ;-)

Monday, July 17, 2017

Jack-off-all-trades ;-)

Suitably named tradesman's van, as seen in Austria last week ;-)

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Gender-irrelevant marriage

The German parliament voted last week to make marriage a gender-irrelevant issue. This after pressure from the LGBT community etc.

An hilarious discussion arose at the pub, suggesting that this was a re-issue of Jane Austen's 1813 novel, now called Gay Pride and extreme prejudice ;-)

One of the participants was the lady who distributes letters and parcels in the surrounding villages, using american terminology she's a mail-woman ;-).
After ribbing her, we chortled about how you would address letters to such newlyweds under this new law. Regular couples presumably get mail addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Norm Hetero; occasionally to Mrs and Mr D.Omina. It was suggested that the new letters might be addressed to Mrs. and Mrs. Strapon and/or Mr. and Mr. S.Odomy ;-)

The very conservative Aunty Vera used to address her letters to The Bates family until she discovered the young lad's dirty secret, whereupon her letters were addressed to Mr and Mrs Bates and their son Master Bates ;-)

The homosexual at the other end of the spectrum village used to get his sunglasses-catalog for homosexuals wrapped in a brown-paper parcel, presumably it was called 50 shades of gay ;-)

And what about the children being taught to play the violin in the church hall choir practice room? Their mail would surely be addressed to The kiddy fiddlers c/o the vicarage ;-)

The new law only allows for couples, no polygamy. The only way to have a threesome is if one of you is a hermaphrodite :-(

But enough of the innuendo, marriage also has political and economic issues.

No other country has more married-person privileges in tax and pension law than in Germany. Divorce often leads to the costs of single-mothers bringing up children being fobbed off onto society. Foreigners can gain a new nationality with the implied residence permits just by marriage, so there will more pseudo-marriages for this purpose. Adoption laws require marriage as a pre-condition. These political and economic issues haven't been thought through yet.

Conservatives are likely to challenge the new law as being unconstitutional via the supreme court, so we shall see what results. Don't hold your breath.

Comments (1)
Hattie (Hawaii) wrote " No one dares to joke about these matters in the U.S. I'm from San Francisco, which has always been gay-friendly, and I have never taken this issue very seriously, kind of like religion; as far as I'm concerned people are free to believe and do what they believe and do, and I'm free to ignore it all. Above all, I find the whole gay rights thing intensely boring. (like religion!) I'm curious, though, as to why you would conflate taxpayers supporting single moms with gay marriage rights. Would you have these children living in poverty, simply because their fathers couldn't be bothered to support them?" No, I think society should pursue the fathers rigourously forcing them to repay the support costs the state pays to the mother rather than just letting it slide.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Stagger McFly ;-)

There are new tourist attractions up in the Harz hills. Just downstream of the Bode river valley dam, there is now a pedestrian suspension bridge, the longest on the world (over 500 yards). So we coughed up the 6 Euro toll and walked out on it, as did many others. Not all broke step though, so with that and the wind it swings laterally about a meter. This had us staggering around, trying to find our sea legs. The photo below shows my good friend Manuala just behind me, both of us holding onto the railing ;-)

Next to the suspension bridge is a tower bearing a zipline over to the other side of the river. It is for those disappointed by the suspension bridge ;-) The photo below shows friend Hubert getting ready for his flight.

And here he is, on the zipline, just having launched himself into the void.

Here are the two valiant flyers half way across the river. The landing area is the yellowish field on the far river bank.

I chickened out here and let the younger ones do that "adventure" :-)
I can mock them on this - they are unable to influence their speed, direction or rate of descent - because I was flying hang-gliders already back in the mid-seventies, see faded old photo below.

Comments (2)
Hattie (Hawaii) wrote " You look hale and hearty! And the German countryside is its usual pretty self. I don't think I would risk zip lines and such, but it's fun to watch other people recreating themselves :-)" Our 5 zipliners reported that it was much less spectacular than as seen by spectators, and for the reason I gave above.
John (UK) asks "So when were you last exotically airborn?" In a gyrocopter in 2014 locally; under a paraglider in 2013 over the Black Forest.

Recent Writings
Visit to Venice
Lake Garda Mountains
LBGT marriages legal
Stagger McFly
Aircraft Museum
ecce libri : Hobbitus ille
The HP warehouse
Bode River scenery :-)
On turning 73
Time to die :-(
Learning to fly...
In Memoriam : Klacks
Pynchon turned 80
Oldtimer Meet in Boke
May Day ;-)
C W-M's Persistence
UN World Book Day
Rosy Posy
Elephant ears / Blinkers
Kosmo turns ten

Ain Bulldog Blog
Balloon Juice
Cop Car
Earth-Bound Misfit
Fail Blog
Finding life hard?
Hattie (Hawaii)
Mostly Cajun
Not Always Right
Observing Hermann
Rants from t'Rookery
Yellowdog Grannie

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