Sunday, March 27, 2011
"Your not fucking Asian!" I think were my first words to him, As I handed him a cold Becks beer and Welcomed him to Frankfurt. I had at that time in my life only chatted online with close friends and a few strangers I met while commenting on their blogs. This was to be my first real life encounter with a bloggie. It was severel months before this day that "J" had written in his blog that he was going to Frankfurt to see a soccer match between Frankfurt and my favorite team Werder Bremen. I commented that I too would like to go to this game with him. I don't know what I was thinking at the time. I am a pretty private person. I am not really outgiong and the thought of meeting new people always scares me a bit. I said I would go but honestly I don't think i ever intended to go. As the day of the big game got closer and closer I still did not think that I would go. Even my wife looked at me quite funny when I told her I was going to meet a person I met online. As I sat there in the train station I was still asking mysely why I was there. I couldn't answer that question, but I waited anyhow. Then he showed up! Holy crap! I looked at him once, twice and then a third time and still couldn't believe he was not Asian. I have no idea why I was so certain he was Asian. It was funny. I had him all figured out just by reading his blog and I was 100% wrong about everything, but it did not matter in the least. That opening line was a good starting point for our conversation. It only took a few minutes before I realized that he was going to be a really good friend. We got along just great from the moment we met. That never happens to me! I can always find something to make myself not like a person. "J" was a pleasure to get to know and to this day I still consider him a great friend. We only see each other once a year or so, but every time we meet I am always thankfull that he is my friend. a PROST to you my non-asian friend. You are a class act! Because of this friendship with "J" I have also met some other fantastic people. Jen, Christina, Sparky, Valian, Carol are folks I have met in person and there is so many sooo many more I have had the chance to meet online. You are all great people. I am looking forward to meeting so many more friends at the WEBMU 2011 Meetup in Köln later this year. I know we will have a great time. See you there!
Saturday, October 02, 2010
Hello bloggers! It has been a long time. I first started to write my blog shortly after my arrival in Germany. That was five years ago this month. I wrote a stupid blog for almost 18 months. My only reason for doing so was to keep my family and friends back home in California updated on my new life here. I blogged a little, and then a little more, and then, after realizing that I really had nothing to offer the outside world in terms of entertainment, I quit blogging without any reason or explanation. I FUCKING HATE blogging! FUCK YOU BLOG! I guess that is a valid reason, huh? I read a lot of blogs every day from other expats here in Deutschland and find ALL of them very interesting. I can not possibly hope to entertain an audiance like some of my fellow expat bloggers. I guess that could be the reason why I quit blogging in the first place. I really don't know what to say on my blog and feel crappy when I write crap about crap. CRAP! I am not a writer and have no writing skills. My life here is such a great adventure every single day and I wish that I had the skills to write something entertaining about my adventures, but I do not. Sorry world. I am an American. Born in California and I moved here to Germany 5 years ago. Life has never been better for me and I have never been happier than I am now. I wish that I had never left Germany after the time I was a soldier here in Hanau. I have a wonderful family now and do lots of things of interest. My problem is that I cannot write anything of interest for the outside world. Honestly..... without writing skills even the most interesting things become mush in a blog. BOOOORING! I do not want to bore you. I am sure that if you are here reading this boring stream of letters, you must have come here to be entertained or enlightened or informed. I cannot provide you with anything more than a boring stream of words pressed together in a small space called "My blog" While I do want to keep the readers of my blog entertained, I feel that I can not do so , and I will not even try to keep up with the other bloggers here in Germany. Honestly I have nothing to offer. Please do not come back to this blog if you are looking for some sort of entertainment. There is no entertainment here. This blog will be just the facts and nothing but the facts. I hope that just the facts will be enough to win me a spot at the next expat meet up. The reason I am again at this keyboard is because there is a group of people called the Whiney Expat Bloggers and I want to join this group. I have already met some of the members and I think they are a cool bunch. I want to join this group because they just had a meet-up in Hamburg. Damn!! I love Hamburg! After the wonderfull city of Bremen this is my favorite place in Germany so far. So that is it! Enough said for my first BLOG post. Hello world and Hello Bloggers! WassssssUp?