Germany (4)

We left the Astro Bar. Emily told me about a place that she and her friends always saw, but that they never went to called "Paul's Metal Eck" (ecke means "corner," so this is probably just a variation on that). Obviously I wanted to check this place out. Though Emily had had an interest in... Continue Reading →

When They Reign It Pours

There's a quote about Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi with a reference to his reign. For some reason, the use of this word (reign) seems appropriate only in certain contexts. One couldn't really say that an American leader had a reign, the period of time during which they were in charge is just too brief and the amount... Continue Reading →

Germany (3)

After checking into the Sunflower Hostel (Friedrichshain), we hung out in the room for an hour or two. I think I took a nap after reading for a bit. Eventually, we decided to go out and get some food. Before we left for Germany, I talked to a friend of mine from St. Paul, who'd lived in Köln... Continue Reading →

Germany (2)

When we arrived in Dublin at about 5a on 14 March, we headed toward our connecting flight. As soon as the gate attendant scanned my ticket, I could tell from the beep the machine made that something wasn't right. Turns out, there were strikes at Tegel that day over working conditions and our flight had been... Continue Reading →

Solipsism, or When Beth Met William

William A. Blank was a peculiar man. He entered the room, and nobody noticed him. With his black, white and grey argyle sweater and pleated black trousers, he looked simultaneously intriguing and nondescript. Casually taking his seat at an open table near the entrance, he began chatting with the girl across from him. As he and the... Continue Reading →

Germany (1)

A few years ago, my girlfriend offered to teach me how to speak German. I took her up on this, and we began around May 2014. The language became the thing I was most interested in for a solid two years. Almost weekly we'd go to Stammtisch meetings, which are basically just where people who speak German... Continue Reading →

Things I Wish Customers Didn’t Say

Having worked almost exclusively in the retail industry since high school, I've worked in a lot of different stores all over at least 3 different metropolitan areas and feel comfortable saying that the annoying tendencies of certain customers knows no geographic bounds. The following is a list of things that customers say that range from... Continue Reading →

Amazing Artists, Irrelevant Debuts

I've been thinking about this for a while, a couple years even. I'd suggested it to other people, but no one's taken me up on it, so far as I know. Side note, I am aware of Rolling Stone Magazine's list, but I have to question what they mean by great artists when they include the artists... Continue Reading →

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