vinnie...world traveler

Monday, May 01, 2006

Wow! I acctualy have people bugging me to post more. I thought you guys would have better things to do than read about my boring life locked in motel room.

OK... I realy haven't been locked up here. And the room is way better than the Microtel that we stayed in when we moved to Drum. The great thing is that post is really small so its easy to walk just about everywhere. Now, whether you want to carry groceries for 45 minutes is another story. There is a good shuttle bus but it has been reduced in stops this week because of the Volks Fest.

The big news these last couple days is that we picked up a car to drive into the ground.... I mean.... a cute little car that will save us money. It is called an Opel. (insert future pic here) Basicly a cheezy hatch back with teeny tiny tires. I've had spare tires bigger than these. But we got two sets, a summer set and a winter set. They just made it law that you have to have both kinds. The winters up here arn't as bad as Drum's but the roads are differant and require the specialness. The guy who owned the car before us had a bunch of things like hoses and belt replaced before he sold it so all we have to do is change the oil and the filter. The worst part is that it has a manual transmition. I've never driven one and Sushi hasn't scince he first learned to drive. Its quite a challenge. But I wanted to learn new things in Germany so I suppose it all works out.

TV here is weird! Scince we are on base right now we get a few channels of AFN (Armed Forces Network). Thats basically a bunch of American crap that they think everybody wants to see (like Survivor and Idol) all cramed into 6 channels. The strangest part of these channels is NO COMMERCIALS. There are breaks in the normal places in the show but no products are advertised. The DOD uses the break for propaganda and reminders of our patriotism. For example April was Sexual Assult Awareness Month. Every other clip was how not to get raped or how to report rape etc. We have also seen alot of OPSEC (operational security) spots on how to shut your mouth in public and how to not leave top secret documents on your desk. We also get a few BBC channels. I'm watching the Snooker finals right now, ping pong was on earlier. And of course we have the a few German channels. It makes me want to learn German just so I can watch them. The best shows are American shows in German. Aparently they have a thing for early 90s shows like Knight Rider. We've also seen an episode of South Park... Kyle's Mom Is A Big Fat Bitch in a forign language takes the cake.

Todays culture shock comes from the extensive train system here. The pic was taken in a train going from Regensburg to Parsburg. The sticker warns not to throw things from or stick your head out of the windows.... He did have a head.

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  • At 8:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thank you for the update! I'm really glad you have the humor & an adventurous spirit to enjoy it! My time in Europe are some of the best memories of my lifetime!
    Love ya both
    Toni

     
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