Yeah. I worked today like every day except for the days I don’t. Tomorrow will be the two year anniversary of me coming to Germany. Hmmm. It has been an interesting trip so far. Tomorrow is also “Tanz in den Mai”. Basically an excuse to party because May 1st is a holiday in Germany (Tag der Arbeit, kind of like Labor Day, but in the spring) so they bring may in with drinking and debauchery. Well, mainly drinking. I will contribute my part to the celebration. May 1st also usually means there will be lots of riots and protests and shit going on in the bigger cities like Hamburg and Berlin. Due to the war in Iraq there is sure to be lots of angry pissed off people. Rightly so. Most of the violence that occurs will be caused by assholes just looking for trouble. We’ll see how that goes.
There was a Carnival nearby on the Sülzwiesen. German carnies (the travelling folk that work at carnivals) are not as scary as American carnies. I wonder why. Anyway they blasted off a bunch of fireworks. Cool.
Set up blog links on the front page. Will redo all links on all pages soon. Thinking about doing whole site bilingual. It would be cool but who cares? Had a gig last night with AMJ. It was all right. Lots of people. Seem to have some sort of inter-cultural miscommunication/spat with Marko going on. I’ll straighten that out though.
So I live here in Germany. I moved here on April 30, 2001. Years before that, during my travels so to speak, I met a girl. She was German. We saw each other off and on for a few years and kept in touch. In early 2001, the Internet/tech/streaming company/dotcom thingy I was working for (they couldn’t decide what kind of company they were either) started to implode. I got laid off a few months before the company went belly up and I split a few months later. I got to Germany, took intense German classes for 6 months (ugh!) and then found a job as webmaster for a small publishing firm near Hamburg. I’m lucky that it all worked out so well and I know it. It is usually much more difficult for foreigners in Germany to get set up and be self-sufficient. I owe a lot to my girlfriend. She helped me out tremendously in so many ways. German bureaucracy is the worst but she helped me wade through it and get to the light at the end of the tunnel. So that’s about it in a nutshell. More to come as I share my adventures.