Archive for October of 2006

October 31, 2006
Fighting My Inner Pig-Dog

Most Americans have heard the German expression Schweinehund as an all-purpose cuss word used by cliché Nazi characters in cheesy World War II movies. Ach Scheisse, Du Schweinehund, screeches the creepy-looking Nazi. Hitler ist eine Schweinhund, taunts the Anglo-Saxon hero, driving a platoon of creepy Nazis into an insane rage, provoking them to shoot around in a deranged frenzy, completely missing the hero, who then craftily stages his heroic escape.

Actually, I've only ever heard the word Schweinehund (which translates literally to Pig-Dog) in one specific phrase: den Schweinehund bekämpfen -- "fight against my Pig-Dog". You usually have to fight against your Schweinehund while playing a sport or working out, late in the game when you're nearly exhausted but still have to perform. Your inner Schweinehund is the part of you that wants to give up, quit, go home and let the other guy win. The inner Schweinehund can't take it any more, doesn't care about winning or losing, so if you don't want to be a quitter, you have to fight back and beat it.

Last week I had an encounter with my inner Pig-Dog, but it was a glorious occasion. Finally, after a five month break due to my knee injury, the doctors said I was good to go and I went back to my first full hour of training at the boxing school. And goddamn if it wasn't fucking geil to be back, just as intense and exhilarating as it ever was, the moment I've waiting for all this time.

And it also almost did me in. After I got injured, I tried to stay in shape, and did pretty well with that for a few months, but after a while I slacked off. I've also been trying to stop smoking, but it never quite goes away (I'll quit once and for all tomorrow, I swear). Near the end of the hour I was dizzy with exhaustion, panting like a dog, struggling against my Schweinehund, and I must admit that it got the better of me a few times. But I hung in there, kept hitting harder, and my partner was impressed that I was still in it as much as I was. I went again tonight and it's already getting better. I'm back, I'm ready to go, and I'm gonna beat the piss out of the Pig-Dog.

October 30, 2006
Love is a Race Car

This past weekend the kids and I attended the wedding ceremony of my two soul-plumbers, to use a German turn of phrase. Dieter and Anna are now a husband and wife soul-plumbing team.

Earlier this year they told us about some quotations from kids aged 4 to 8 to answer the question "What is Love?", little bits of insight and wisdom that only little kids could ever think of. So as an offering to the bride and bridegroom, I asked my kids to think of their own answers to that timeless question, which I took down on a card and gave to them at the wedding. Here's what they came up with.

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October 09, 2006
I went back to Ohio

Vacation, work, the kids and the various vicissitudes of everyday living have kept me away from the blog for a while, but here I am again. The blogging is likely to be fairly sparse for the next few weeks, since my long-running project in Hannover is going into the end spurt, due to be finished up (at long last) before the end of this year; but I do intend to keep it going, and won't be taking a nine-month break as I did once before.

For now, I have some new pictures of my trip to the US in August, and a few other new items, up on my family and friends site (password required, write me if you need one). It was whirlwind trip, first to New York City for four days, and then back home to Columbus, Ohio for about a week, and a good time was had by all.

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October 02, 2006
OH-15: Will Pryce fight for a FULL investigation?

(Crospposted at the Daily Kos.)

My Representative in the United States House Of, Deborah Pryce of Ohio's 15th district, who is being challenged this November by Mary Jo Kilroy, is the House Republican Conference Chairman and the 4th-ranking member of the House GOP leadership, after Hastert, Boehner and Blunt. The unfolding "boytoy" scandal about former Rep. Mark Foley has suggested that members of the House GOP leadership knew of Foley's conduct for a long time and covered it up; both Hastert and Boehner have been implicated, as well as a number of other Republican Congressmen. In an article in today's Columbus Dispatch (look way down at the bottom), Pryce spokesmen are cited as saying that she knew nothing about the Foley matter until last week.

Now House Speaker Dennis Hastert has called for a DOJ investigation that, as Glenn Greenwald points out, would avoid looking into any complicity or cover-up on the part of House Republican leadership.

Will Deborah Pryce use her authority as a GOP leader and her recently-discovered stance as an "independent" to demand full investigation of the entire scandal, including wrongdoing on the part of other Republicans? Will she get in Denny Hastert's face, if that's what it takes? As Pryce's constituent, I fully expect and demand nothing less.

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