this could be the saddest dusk i ever seen turn to a miracle, high alive my mind is racing, as it always will my hands tired, my heart aches i'm half a world away

Saturday, September 17, 2005

on panther pond

although i grew up in central Illinois, i spent the majority of my summers in my birth state of Maine on a pond named Panther.

a pond for the majority of vertical challenged midwesterners means that little bit of water that swells up in the cornfield when it rains too much. i am talking about a lake - and a big one at that. big enough to take us a good 20 minutes to cross in our state-of-the-art metal "boat" with a 15hp outboard engine.

for two months every year, my flatland existence turned into an adventure of woods, swimming, sea air and lobsters. For those of you who have been, you know. If you haven't visited Maine, you should put in on your "special things to accomplish before I'm worm food" list.

my feet are bare
used to the tiny stones
deep dark woods
bring kid fears

green and white
white and green

ein Mass bitte..

i just returned from a weeks vacation on a lake house in Barvaria, not far from Munich. It is a beautiful area down there.

Barvarians are very proud of their state. I get the feeling that they wouldn't be all that sad if they had their own little country (much like Texas).

Do you see people walking around in Lederhosen in downtown Munich? Well, yes, actually you do.

Beer is such a part of the culture. I mean really built into the culture. They have these huge beer halls from breweries such as Hofbrau, Paulaner and Loewenbrau.

You drink big beers.

You eat Weisswurst (white sausages) with saurkaut, mashed potatos and sweet mustard.

The common one liter beer is called a "Mass" (pronounced Maas) - what we as Americans think of as a "stein". Stein, incidently, has no meaning in German other than "stone". I assume we got that because the original Mass was most likely made of stone. They are now just big ass beer mugs made from glass.

After only one Mass, you smile a lot and sing.

Oktoberfest just started today. Little known fact - It accually mostly takes place in September. But Septemberfest just doesn't have the same ring now, does it.