Z is for Zillertal

Sexy CowFor the last 18 years, I’ve been hearing Germans talk about where they renew their mental strength, where they recharge their batteries. For lots of Europeans–not just Germans–the place to do this is on a beach; but for lots of others, this place is the mountains. You’re either one or the other, unless you’re […]

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Lessons From a Wise Sky. How to Behave Poorly on a Plane: a Primer

Anyone can behave considerately on a plane, but it takes real talent and a will of steel to make an ass of oneself in such a controled environment. If you follow these simple guidelines, however, you’ll have no problem–but you’ll certainly cause a few. 1. Piss-poor comportment on a plane begins even before the plane […]

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Worst Air Passengers of 2012

(Important! If the bottom of this post is cut off by the homepage pictures, try reloading the page. This usually helps.) Another installment of Lessons from a Wise Sky. Yes, I know we’re only done with half of 2012, but I’m feeling particularly surly after my trip to the US–surly in an adorable way of […]

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Three Squares a Day with Occasional Torture by Julie Innis, a book review by Christopher Allen

(Important! If the bottom of this post is cut off, try reloading the page. This usually works. This book review is at Metazen right now, so please go there now if you want to read it there. I’m posting it here as well for those of you who might not get over to Metazen, the […]

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You’ll Never Walk Alone — at the Vatican

They all just want out.(If this post is cut off at the bottom by photos, try reloading the page. This usually works.) I do not like crowds. When I’m in one, I can think of six thousand reasons why I don’t like them, and each one of those six thousand reasons has a mind of […]

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Call for Submissions — >Language >Place Blog Carnival

In January, I’ll be hosting Edition 13 of the >Language >Place Blog Carnival! The theme this time is Humor, and I’m looking forward to blog post submissions from lots of my hysterical friends (in the humorous sense of hysterical of course, but I’ll take submissions from my seriously wacked out friends as well). We all […]

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Top Ten Worst Air Passengers of 2010

Christmas in Singapore(Important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, reload the page. This usually solves the problem.) ______________________________ Another installment in the series Lessons from a Wise Sky. Merry Christmas, everyone! If you don’t celebrate Christmas, well Merry all-the-other-holidays too! I thought some of you might be taking to the skies this […]

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Ode to La Prairie

I like to stay young, so I listen to trendy music (at least trendy for a fourteen-year-old), get lots of rest (like a toddler), and moisturize as often as I can. Yes, I moisturize—and not just in any old tub-o-fat. I massage the old wrinkles with the La prairie collection of exorbitantly priced creams and […]

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Don’t Smell Me Wrong

Name two things that should never have contact with each other, besides Keanu Reeves and the screen. If you chose sweaty feet and carpet, you win today’s prize (to be announced). Join me on a journey down your olfactory passages. I’d like to take you to Istanbul, the home of great food, breath-taking scenery, wonderful […]

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Two Types of People in this World

A very Wise SkyAnother installment in the series Lessons from a Wise Sky. Yes, we’ve all heard it. There are two types of people in the world: those who believe there are two types of people in the world and those who don’t. It’s so true. But seriously, there are indeed two types of people […]

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