Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Elusive Schoggi-Bretzel

They usually only have one. And it sells out in 5 minutes.

But that day.... that lone schoggi-bretzel came home with me.


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Not Designed to Flatter a Pet-Owner's Pride

If I had a cat... would I buy this product?

Oh Italy, You're So... Italian


1) By all means, NEVER use a turn signal. This is a sure display of weakness.

2) Do not expect a median strip on a major highway. A white line down the middle? Strictly for sissies.

3) In traffic, people will drive up on the shoulder....
passing you & 10 other cars, then cut back in. You shake your fist (but wonder if maybe you should try the same...)

4) If in a hurry, you will inevitably be stuck behind a truck, usually driven with no particular sense of urgency by an octogenarian.

5) If you fly into Naples & rent a car - GET A CAR WITH GPS.

Happy Driving!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I usually like U.S. television

I feel like it's time for American T.V.

The Today Show is online.

Featured on today's program are The Muppets and John Stamos.

Is there some correlation between a bad economy and ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE programing?

Just curious.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Sexy Olympians!

A fellow expat today told me
the Best Looking Women's Olympic Team is...
the U.S. Women's Curling Team.
Google produces some evidence - They are pretty cute actually.

Only in Switzerland is 10% Considered a Discount Worth Advertising

In times of economic hardship... it's interesting to see what goes on sale.

Is this the morning-after pill, birth control pills -- or just something to make babies stay away?

Friday, August 8, 2008


Some random expat observations, in no categorized order...

Mustaches. One generally assumes the popularity of mustaches faded after the cancellation of Magnum P.I. But in Spain, the mustache is still going strong. Take a ride on Iberia Air sometime. You can bet your bottoming American dollar you will be surrounded by them. Men with The Spanish Mustache.

Non-Utilizable Table Napkins. Again, Spain. Napkins. Grab a "napkin" from one of the dispensers at a cafe.... and you will be dissappointed. They are like two pieces of wax paper stuck together over a piece of white paper. It makes for an unpleasant non-absorbent effect. Achtung! Do not try to blow your nose. What is the purpose of these?

Living in a Bubble. Today someone mentioned in an email - "Hey, it's Opening Day!" I thought she was talking about Street Parade*-- an event occuring this weekend in Zurich. She was referring to Opening Day of the Olympics. Duh.


Thursday, April 10, 2008


And, by the way....

What's with those eyebrows (& that lip gloss)?

Journalism, Swiss-style

Reading the Heute yesterday... only to have my near perfect world shaken.

This hard-hitting news source has broken some important news. Front page stuff.

The new Mister Schweiz has, it seems, had dental work.

Before & after photos took up most of the cover.

Do people go to journalism school here for this profession?

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Monday, February 18, 2008

Do you know what... vans(?) your kids are watching?

Question of the Day: Is it copacetic to have a large decal with the URL for a porn website featured on an automobile?

This van was parked by a popular ski lift.

I think I favor the signage on this van (see left).

Its pride may be comically outdated. But at least it's retained its innocence.