196 Photos - Apr 10, 2009
Photo: My new Android phone. Photo: Photo: Photo: DC bikes get their revenge on carsPhoto: The OEOB in DC from Road in Rain #bikedcPhoto: It took me 1.75 hours to arrive late!Photo: Taking Notes at German A1.2 at GoethePhoto: 660 Pennsylvania Ave, SE, Washington, DCPhoto: I really dig 'The Everything Learning German Book' outside of my course booksPhoto: I installed the White Industries freewheel but I am going to turn it into mu mule: remove decals, add 32c Marathon Plus tires, full fenders, bell, front and rear LEDs and a plain black leather Brooks B-17 saddle. more to follow!Video: I installed the White Industries freewheel but I am going to turn it into mu mule: remove decals, add 32c Marathon Plus tires, full fenders, bell, front and rear LEDs and a plain black leather Brooks B-17 saddle. more to follow!Photo: It wasn't until the end when the copy of this editorial advertisement turned hyperbolic that I realised that this WIRED magazine review was acctually an advertisement. Shame on me (and shame on WIRED?)Photo: This muled-out Surly Steamroller single-speed makes me happy!Photo: I am so blissed to meet Shel Israel and get a signed copy of TwittervillePhoto: in the foreground the kids from FleishmanPhoto: Trying to sort out when to use wen.Photo: Photo: Kimberly-Clark InteguSealPhoto: I have Berlin stations on my preset on this awesome new Internet radioPhoto: Photo: "Why your vision, brand, and leadership need a bigger story"Photo: "English Grammar for Students of German"Photo: From "English Grammar for Students of German" by Zorach, Melin, KautzPhoto: Christopher J. Abraham, 32Photo: I really love Annapolis MarylandPhoto: Beautiful View from Annapolis Yacht ClubVideo: Walking Down 7th Street to Peregrine EspressoPhoto: Taking a NYC Taxi DowntownPhoto: New York CityPhoto: Grand Central StationPhoto: The Roger Smith Hotel is my New York City home-away-from-home -- at least until I get that pied-à-terre.Photo: At Lily's Bar at the Roger Smith HotelPhoto: Tucking Into a Chicken Pot Pie at Lily's BarPhoto: Late Stew Lunch at Lily's at the Roger Smith HotelPhoto: Late Stew Lunch at Lily's at the Roger Smith HotelPhoto: Drinks and Dinner at the Fresh Air Fund Fall BenefitPhoto: I used to be a Dungeon Master when I was in Intermediate and High School in Hawaii. Good to see there are still loads of D&D stuff to play with.Photo: Four German mini-books for my travels to Berlin during the month of December.Photo: Seeing if Pixelpipe works and where it puts all of the text.Photo: Too Delicious to Shoot BeforePhoto: Oh those naughty and Klassy Berlin German band names: Swollen Members!Photo: U-Bahn U2Photo: Pamela in the Berlin SnowfallPhoto: All the Berlin "Kids" in der SchneePhoto: The tour bus tours ended at 5 so we jumped a city bus and Lasse is giving us a tour of the buildings, politics, and history of the East and West of BerlinPhoto: Pamela and her inappropriate footwearPhoto: A white eggshell of crusty, crumbly, frosty ice is covering morning Berlin Mitte.Photo: Another View of the Frost Coating in front of Berlin-HauptbahnhofPhoto: Wouldn't it be grand is the brand Starbucks were to recognize my international support and the global social media acumen of my dearly-beloved Abraham Harrison and were to contact me to engage and retain my agency? Oh blissful,wishful thinking!Photo: The Famous Goethe-Institut Berlin KaffepausePhoto: Commuting Home After School on the Berlin S-BahnPhoto: Real Coffee For RealPhoto: Happy Gray Morning Commute from HbfPhoto: Hier kommt der ZugPhoto: We're having an Italian lunch together because we have one Italian student who hungers for Italienisch food.Photo: You've Got Some Folding to do, AbrahamPhoto: Berlin Hauptbahnhof at NightPhoto: Off to School with my Schoolbag Over My ShoulderPhoto: Guten Morgen Berlin!Photo: Never Really a Morning Rush Hour in BerlinPhoto: Hackescher Markt EmptyPhoto: Was ist das in Berlin?Photo: Quick Coffee Before ClassPhoto: Fabulous Famous Goethe-Institut Berlin KaffepausePhoto: Schmoozing at Kaffepause in Berlin Goethe-InstitutPhoto: I can't ever help myself with these. Indulge me, bitte.Photo: Got my eyes tested. Right one (left to you) is perfect but the other one is +0,25, whatever that means. What do you think of my glasses. Do they suit or should I return them? Too small? Too narrow? Too German?Photo: Interesting.Photo: I spoke to my mum on the phone and she reported that Washington was unseasonably wonderful, blue, and warm on St. Patrick's day. Well, today is a lovely warm day in Berlin as well. Face!  Even birds are chirping and my coat is too heavy.Photo: Meine Wohnung ist da!Photo: Hauptbahnhof Architectural DetailsPhoto: Mein Zug ist hier!Photo: Die Hackeschen HöfePhoto: Nominativ und AkkusativePhoto: The one on the bottom. Do you need it written?Photo: Berlin hat einen blauen Himmel!Photo: Alexanderplatz heißt AlexPhoto: Today is really one of the first days I feel like I can negotiate pretty well, at least when it comes to knowing my way around and communicating auf Deutsch, at least in the present tense, conversing on the every day.Photo: Worshiping the Sun (and Beer) on AlexPhoto: Das ist mein NachmittagskaffeePhoto: I have hungered to buy a Honda Africa Twin 750 dual purpose motorcycle for 20 years in some for or another.Photo: When my beautiful hand-tooled and custom and expensive SOMA Delancey single speed got nicked I brought over a cheap-but-nice Specialized Langster Gangster to Berlin to replace it. At $600 out-the-door, I would prefer to stick with awesome-but-cheap bikes like the Bianchi Pista, the Specialized Langsters, the Surly Steamroller full bike, and maybe something else. Anyway, Craig Childers asked so I thought he -- and you -- deserved an answer.Photo: Guten Morgen BerlinPhoto: Here is an article I stumbled upon in an English-language article here in a Berlin Mitte coffee cafe by my friend and upstairs neighbor the exceedingly lovely Miss Giulia Pines!Photo: Artikel von Giulia PinesPhoto: "Dem Deutshen Volke"Photo: Poor Johnny Wolfskin probably doesn't know what's happening to their sales because TNF is mopping up in Berlin, Germany, especially with their new store in Alexanderplatz.Photo: Outside of airports and train stations, it is illegal for stores to open on Sunday. Very illegal. It is sort of a national controversy. That's why the seasonal Sunday opening for Easter shopping is sort of a big deal and why they have dead sexy ads such as this one celebrating the "21. März, 13-18 Uhr" event.Photo: Im Alten Europa in Berlin-Mitte, EuropaPhoto: En route to Brunch on S-BahnPhoto: Simon-Dach-Straße, Friedrichshain, Berlin, DEPhoto: Weinladen means Wine ShopPhoto: Papierhandtuch mit Werbung im Café Vianova in BerlinPhoto: In der S7 bis OlympiastadionPhoto: Guten Morgen Berlin!Photo: My Goethe-Institut Berlin ClassroomPhoto: Hackescher Markt mit Fernsehturm  Photo: "I am a foreigner and I don't speak German well."Photo: Hackescher Markt S-Bahn in BerlinPhoto: The Spree, the Bahnhof, and the ICE TrainPhoto: Hauptbahnhof with Bicycle TouristsPhoto: Die Hauptbahnhof und die Brücke in BerlinPhoto: Berlin-Mitte mit die SpreePhoto: Thanks to Chris Abraham for being the mule who smuggled in the awesome rockstar beamer!Photo: This Filson small tin cloth duffel it my overnight bag and it has even a Barbour coat, a bottle of Scotch (as gift) etcPhoto: Arlanda-ExpressPhoto: Sweden Living Up to Positive StereotypingPhoto: Walking Around Stockholm!Photo: Jag är I Stockholm!Photo: Sverige är Jätte Fint!Photo: Stockholm Sverige!Photo: Stockholm Slowly DefrostsPhoto: My Pretty Little Villa Källhagen RoomPhoto: The Swedish Vasa BoatPhoto: Carlsberg. Skol!Photo: The History of Swedish AutomobilesPhoto: Badass Proto Fixie by Nordstjernan 1893-1894Photo: Thanks to David Gelles @dgelles for indirectly turning me on to trying one out. I know David's mental over this series of crime books.Photo: Herring Better than IKEAPhoto: Is "Menzies" Still Shorthand for Menstruation?Photo: The taxis is faster and more convenient but there's nothing wrong with the TXL bus to Alexanderplatz via my stop, Berlin-Hauptbahnhof.Photo: Let me know what you think?  I quite love the color and the removal of the "&" and the boldness and the power and the asymmetrical nature of its tilt. Let me know what you think?  What is your impression?Photo: The weather is magnificent but I really don't want it to get too warm as I prefer the coolness of Spring and Autumn.Photo: Rosenthalerstr, Torstr, BrunnenstrPhoto: Traveling with My Bike in BerlinPhoto: Dinner and a Movie with Lovely SarahPhoto: Can I Have a Farrari 599 for Easter?Photo: Hurrah for the Shameless German Commercialism of Easter!Photo: Jörg Wichmann is the businessman behind the Berlinomat here at Berlin-Hauptbahnhof and I troubled him to come to the train station on a Sunday because I thought I ordered something that was not delivered. If I knew more German I would have realized that the machine told me the order did not go through and that I did not incur a charge. Well, anyway, I want to do a story on him, hopefully for AdAge Global Ideas, if they'll have me.Photo: Jörg Wichmann is the businessman behind the Berlinomat here at Berlin-Hauptbahnhof and I troubled him to come to the train station on a Sunday because I thought I ordered something that was not delivered. If I knew more German I would have realized that the machine told me the order did not go through and that I did not incur a charge. Well, anyway, I want to do a story on him, hopefully for AdAge Global Ideas, if they'll have me.Photo: Jörg Wichmann is the businessman behind the Berlinomat here at Berlin-Hauptbahnhof and I troubled him to come to the train station on a Sunday because I thought I ordered something that was not delivered. If I knew more German I would have realized that the machine told me the order did not go through and that I did not incur a charge. Well, anyway, I want to do a story on him, hopefully for AdAge Global Ideas, if they'll have me.Photo: Jörg Wichmann is the businessman behind the Berlinomat here at Berlin-Hauptbahnhof and I troubled him to come to the train station on a Sunday because I thought I ordered something that was not delivered. If I knew more German I would have realized that the machine told me the order did not go through and that I did not incur a charge. Well, anyway, I want to do a story on him, hopefully for AdAge Global Ideas, if they'll have me.Photo: Yes, Mom, I'm Studying and Doing My German HomeworkPhoto: die MöbelPhoto: Virtually nobody arrives to German class at the Goethe-Institut Berlin even a moment before it starts at 8.30, Monday-Friday. This is where the Magic happens: room 102, Neue Schönhauser Str 20, 10178 Berlin, Germany.Photo: Finishing Lunch with My Goethe-Institut Berlin German ClassPhoto: Grizzly in BerlinPhoto: der OsterhasePhoto: A Civilized Lunch with Goethe-Institut Berlin ClassmatesPhoto: Warum ist in Berlin ein Kamel? Warum nicht? Weil es Erster Aprilscherz ist!Photo: This is a very surreal day in Berlin with models and camels.Photo: der Fernsehturm und der Himmel in Berlin-AlexanderplatzPhoto: Smells too much like ho-bag and all sorts of other infantile, purile, but real negative English-speaking insults!

"You dirty Crobag" is entirely conceivable as a deeply-insulting slurs, right?Photo: Since is it now Easter weekend on Thursday, it is effectively Friday night already here in Berlin, Germany.Photo: Hello Right Now from Leinestraße U-Bahn PlatformPhoto: Berlin Buddy BearsPhoto: I Did Get the Most Important Thing Done Today: Nespresso Pods from KaDeWePhoto: A Berlin specialty!Photo: Finished it. Loved it. Consumed it. Recommend it.Photo: I Really Love my Berlin BikePhoto: Back When Volvo was Synonymous with SexyPhoto: "Farben lernen mit Barbar" von Laurent de BrunhoffPhoto: A Night of Studying GermanPhoto: I have hated BMW's boot-heavy flagship super-sedan 7-series auto since all the Beemers got their "mean eyes" and, in addition, the 730-750 BMW also got too much junk in the trunk, giving the $120k car a bit of a bustle, looking sort of like a rumble seat. Now, finally, they sorted it all out and have delivered a gorgeous, slippery, and sporty auto. Bravo, Bavaria, bravo, BMW (I have myself a 2001 e39 530 BMW I love and adore).Photo: It writes like a dream: fine, gel, blue, smooth. Sweet!Photo: Off to London!Photo: I Get a Manual Diesel Vauxhall Rental Car!Photo: Essex Lane, Watford, Hunton Bridge, Kings Langley, Watford, WD4 8PN , United KingdomPhoto: At the Grove London's Country Estate Chandler's Cross Hertfordshire WD3 4TG  Telephone: +44 1923 807807Photo: Taking the Brands Party Bus to Dinner in LondonPhoto: 48 Greek Street, London, W1D 4EF http://www.whitestarline.org.ukPhoto: C'etait très bien!Photo: Our Canadian Overlords Mug For "Fotos"Photo: Someone told me that l'Escargot is in Soho, London. There are a metric bazillion people here but I am in this taxi home to The Grove. £60 for the 4 of us.Photo: Here I am leaning towards sleep at Hotel De Vere Venues Hunton Park
Address Essex Lane, Watford, Hunton Bridge, Kings Langley, Watford, WD4 8PN, United Kingdom, Phone+441923261511, Fax+442084841659
E-mail: hunreception@deverevenues.co.ukPhoto: Rather!Photo: M11Photo: Be jealous my American friends! ;)Photo: At the airport years early. All is well. Trying to fortify myself with coffee and calm myself with some Stieg Larsson (RIP) and maybe activate a UK SIM. Maybe not. Should have done that before coming. Oh well. All went well.Photo: I arrived super-early and paid £5 to get a priority pass from an air hostess sitting on a bench around the gates. Very odd but I scored an exit row and have plenty of space this time. I should have bought several. Oh well. I don't fancy RyanAir.com anyway.Photo: I like London; ich liebe BerlinPhoto: Taking the S-Bahn to and from Shönefeld is a pain in my bum so I am loaded on the local regional train to Berlin-Hauptbahnhof, my home station, with zero transfers -- so, hopefully is all work smoothly and swimmingly -- the train is already "zwanzig Minuten" late, which is terribly un-German. Looking forward to sleeping in my own bed, though my hotel was very nice. By the way, it costs the same fare to go from Flughaven Berlin-Shönefeld to Berlin-Hauptbahnhof via DB Regional with zero transfers as it does to take the S-Bahn to Ostkreutz and then transfer once to get to Hbf: €2.80: toll!Photo: Is that my soul? Is that a ghost? Am I possessed by Cnidariæ?Photo: Shall I do the Bahn or the Bike?Photo: Elisabeth King Jamming with OMP in BerlinPhoto: OMP - Orchestre Miniature in the Park - BerlinPhoto: Let me know if you approve of this and I will have it done.Photo: My Gorgeous New Letterpress Business CardsPhoto: It is pretty gorgeous and then shrings down to the size small enough to fit at the bottom of my jeans pocket.Photo: German Civics Lesson at Goethe-Institut BerlinPhoto: More German Civics Lesson from the Goethe-Institut BerlinPhoto: You like?Photo: Being Pre-Nostalgic About Goethe Berlin KaffeepausePhoto: Not Many Goethe Berlin Kaffeepausen LeftPhoto: I get this every day for €2,40, zum mitnehmen, that I don't need to order it any more. I guess I am a regular.Photo: My Favorite Barista / KellnerPhoto: The Best Seat in the House at KaffeemittePhoto: They have all of the newspapers, auf Deutsch, to read splayed out on the tables. When I finally learn to read German well I will read my morning news at Kaffeemitte.Photo: Kaffeemitte is a Favorite Place in BerlinPhoto: Berliner SchnauzePhoto: From this awesome store in Mitte, http://schoenhauser-design.de -- Neue Shönhauser Straße 18, 10178 BerlinPhoto: We're thinking of you, Esther Roman :)Photo: Maybe Chris in KoreanPhoto: Here's the lovely and charismatic Miss Zandria @followzan as she enjoys her first Radeberger Pils at Altes Europa in Mitte, Berlin.Photo: Here's the beer menu.Photo: Yet Another Photo of Zan Drinking a Pils in Berlin