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October 18, 2012

Too big to fail? Not Citibank!

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Citibank got a huge bailout from the U.S. government because it was supposedly "too big to fail". But in my case Citibank has already failed – at basic math and English. (more…)

July 6, 2012

Some excitement on the road

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Today's trip home from a children's museum in Jackson, Mississippi was interrupted briefly by an accident on U.S. 49 just north of I-59 at Hattiesburg, Mississippi. (more…)

March 19, 2012

See ya later alligator!

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Or maybe not, since this one won’t be doing much anymore. :-) (more…)

March 4, 2012

Garden fare

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Monica is already harvesting produce from her raised bed garden. (more…)

March 1, 2012

Google thinks I died

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According to a Google alert I received this morning, I died 3 weeks ago in Colorado. :-) (more…)

February 23, 2012

We go "anti-septic"

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48 years after my father-in-law built his house in Mobile, Alabama, he got a hook-up to the Mobile city sewer system. (more…)

February 20, 2012

What’s your excuse?

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Having a little trouble getting motivated to change your life? Maybe this little fellow’s example will help get you going. (more…)

December 20, 2011

Home Repair, part 2

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Today we completed the home repair project for this trip to the USA. (more…)

December 14, 2011

Home Repair, part 1

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Today completes the first phase of my home repair project for this trip to the USA. (more…)

December 5, 2011

Too good to pass up?

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This week’s Walmart Acer Netbook offer might be too good to pass up. (more…)

November 24, 2011

"My foot just fell on him"

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Today’s American football game between the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers reminded me of my daughter Rachel 25 years ago. (more…)

September 7, 2011

Bavarians on the plane!

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Today’s Delta flight 14 from Atlanta to Frankfurt was a bit unusual. (more…)

September 4, 2011

A visit from Lee

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That is Lee as in sluggish Tropical Storm Lee, which is meandering across southern Louisiana near the coast this morning. (more…)

July 26, 2011

Ah, that was nice!

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On today’s flight from Frankfurt to Atlanta Delta upgraded me to business class. (more…)

May 16, 2011

Gender communication gap?

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Ever hear the opinion that women tend to talk more than men? (more…)

December 31, 2010

Mobile’s midnight Moonpie drop

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Thousands crowd New York’s Times Square to see the old year out and the new year in – according to man’s annual calendar. Mobile, Alabama competes with New York with its New Year’s moonpie drop! (more…)

December 14, 2010

A trip to the dentist

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Like most people, going to the dentist is not one of my favorite activities. Today was no exception! (more…)

May 27, 2010

An unusual tailwind

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Today’s flight from the Frankfurt to Atlanta was one hour and six minutes shorter than scheduled! (more…)

January 11, 2010

Turn on the heat!

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That might seem like a strange request coming from the Gulf Coast area of the United States, but not after the last two weeks. (more…)

January 8, 2010

Roll, Tide, roll

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As a frequent visitor to southern Alabama – and being a foreigner to this part of the country – I have learned that there are two things that the folks here take seriously: football and auto racing. (more…)

August 28, 2009

Pyromaniacs?

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With all the burning going on around here, you might wonder if we have a closet pyromaniac or two in the family. (more…)

August 23, 2009

"Take me out to the ballgame"

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Some free tickets provided me an opportunity to watch a minor league baseball game. (more…)

August 18, 2009

"See ya later alligator"

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Maybe "From a distance" might be a better song title for this post rather than 1956 hit by Bill Haley and his Comets. (more…)

May 3, 2009

Surprise party in Cincinnati

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I totally forgot my birthday today here in Cincinnati, but some friends did not. (more…)

May 1, 2009

International Meeting in Cincinnati

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The format for today’s international meeting was different than in previous years. (more…)

April 28, 2009

"Schwein gehabt?"

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I haven’t been able to keep up with my blog these last four weeks – too much traveling! (Including today) (more…)

March 28, 2009

High water in Mobile

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Last night we had a terrific rainstorm here in Mobile. (more…)

March 9, 2009

Back to "non-serious" publishing

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After a couple of days installing software, my new computer is up and running. It isn’t a Mac, though. (more…)

March 2, 2009

Off the air (for a while)

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Computers are great tools – when they work. (more…)

November 5, 2008

Immobile T-Mobile

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Somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic German efficiency got lost when German telecom provider T-Com (T-Mobile) expanded to the USA. (more…)

October 2, 2008

40 years ago today: Gibson strikes out 17

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40 years ago today in the first game of the 1968 World series, St. Louis Cardinal ace Bob Gibson set a World Series record. (more…)

June 26, 2008

Phantom Ranch to South Rim

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After our night’s rest at the Phantom Ranch, our agenda item today is the climb up to the South Rim. (more…)

June 25, 2008

North Rim to Phantom Ranch

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After waiting for over a year, the big day has arrived. We are hiking from the North Rim to Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. (more…)

June 24, 2008

Rest Day at North Rim

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Our trip coordinator Lisa Fenchel planned a rest day for the day after our arrival and before the first day of our two day hike. (more…)

June 23, 2008

Dallas to the North Rim

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After a year and a group that went from 14 people down to 8, the big day finally arrived – our trip to the Grand Canyon for a hike from the North Rim to the South Rim. (more…)

May 15, 2008

Don’t fence me in

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That may be what our dog Sue would like to sing after Monica put up a partial fence in the yard in Mobile. (more…)

March 25, 2008

A man of insufficient girth

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UCG elder Dick Thompson might have wondered if he could "fill the bill" as President. Not if he is comparing himself to President William Howard Taft. (more…)

March 22, 2008

Two guys from Missouri

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Today I met a fellow Missourian, my old friend Darris McNeely. At Darris’ invitation, I helped him present a "World News and Prophecy" seminar in Charlotte, North Carolina. (more…)

February 26, 2008

Weather Radio Alarm Clock

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Here in Mobile we finally broke down and bought a weather alert radio. It woke us up this morning. (more…)

February 23, 2008

44 for Jerry and Mary Ann Aust

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Today we got to share Jerry and Mary Ann Aust’s 44th wedding anniversary after church services in Mobile, Alabama. (more…)

March 10, 2007

"Auf Wiedersehen" to Dan & Nancy Hall

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Today we drove over to Pensacola, Florida for church services with the Living Church of God. (more…)

February 22, 2007

WNP Seminar in Cincinnati

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Last weekend Monica and I traveled to Cincinnati for a "World News & Prophecy" seminar. (more…)

February 20, 2007

Mardi Gras madness in Mobile

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I used to think that Mardi Gras was a big deal in Germany. I still do. It just may be a bigger deal here on the Gulf Coast. (more…)

February 10, 2007

Don’t rat on me!

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Remember the expression "Keeping up with the Joneses"? What if you are a dog and your version of the "Joneses" are the three cats next door? (more…)

February 5, 2007

One dog night

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The name of a 1970s rock band came to mind during one of my first nights back in Mobile. But it was one dog, not three. (more…)

November 25, 2006

Thanksgiving all over again

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This year’s Thanksgiving visit to Dallas reminded me of former fellow St. Louis native Yogi Berra’s famous "Déjà vu" quote. (more…)

November 22, 2006

A day in Dallas 43 years later

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I didn’t even realize what day it was until the evening news today: November 22nd. A news report on a local news station reminded me of what happened here 43 years ago today. (more…)

November 17, 2006

"Boy, is she ugly!"

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A skinny dog showed up one day last summer in Mobile ("zugelaufen"). She looked quite thin with her ribs showing, and she hid under the car in the carport anytime anyone got near her. (more…)

July 20, 2006

Turtle Haven

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Mobile, Alabama usually vies with Seattle for the city in the continental USA with the most rainfall. If the dry conditions here continue, though, Mobile will get less than half its 80 inches or so of rain this year. Which makes for some interesting visitors in our yard. (more…)

June 18, 2006

WNP Seminar in Indianapolis

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On Friday Monica and I flew to Indianapolis, Indiana to participate in a "World News & Prophecy" seminar sponsored by the UCG-Indianapolis congregation on June 17, 2006. (more…)

March 23, 2006

The south rises again!

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Spring is a beautiful time of year in the deep South. (more…)

March 19, 2006

An uninvited pool guest

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Setting up a swimming pool in your back yard may mean having an occasional uninvited guest! (more…)

February 28, 2006

A Living living room group

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Hurricane Katrina not only destroyed homes, it also destroyed meeting halls and community buildings. That’s the reason we have regular visitors every Saturday. (more…)

February 20, 2006

Old friends across Mobile Bay

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Little could I have imagined that a fellow I once sat in speech class with at Ambassador College in Pasadena, California and I would wind up living 30 years later on opposite sides of Mobile Bay. (more…)

August 27, 2005

Hawaiian prom king

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Ever try to do something helpful and wonder if it really helped? I guess that is the way I felt 13 years ago in Manila when we were foster parents for a 3 year old Filipino boy named Timmy. (more…)

August 17, 2005

Chairman of the board

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It’s that time of year again. August in Dallas. Pretty hot. Time to help my son Ted with another house project. (more…)

July 26, 2005

Room at the inn

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"Remember to entertain strangers," writes the author of Hebrews. One of the great things about the greater church of God community is its hospitality. I experienced that first hand on a trip to Big Sandy this past weekend. (more…)

July 21, 2005

It’s a small world

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60 years after the end of World War II, a visitor from Germany tours "America’s battleship," as the U.S.S. Alabama is called on billboards in Mobile and along the highways leading to Mobile. (more…)

July 18, 2005

Long time no see

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How many young people have the opportunity to spend a summer in a foreign country on another continent? Having connections via family and friends helps. That was the case for Karlina Hoeh, daughter of Herman and Isabel Hoeh, who spent a summer in Germany in 1970. (more…)

July 14, 2005

Strange bedfellows

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"Make yourself feel at home" is what we tell our guests, and we hope they really do feel at home when they visit us in Mobile, Alabama. One of our current visitors did just that last night. (more…)

May 28, 2005

Among friends

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One reason why franchises do so well is that people get accustomed to a certain style, layout or taste – or a combination – and like going back to something familiar. That's the way it was when I attended church services today as a visitor in Dallas, Texas. (more…)

May 27, 2005

"I had 2 years of French"

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Actually, in my case it was 5 years of French. I was in an accelerated learning program in St. Louis, and we had foreign language instruction starting in the 5th grade. But after working with German for about 30 years, today my French would suffice to order a simple meal, and that is about it.

But did you ever ask someone whether he speaks a foreign language? The answer will differ, depending on whether you are talking to an American or a European. (more…)

May 19, 2005

Sweet Home Alabama

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Well, it isn’t exactly my home – I am originally from St. Louis, Missouri. But since my first visit to Mobile 29 years ago the place has kind of grown on me. (more…)

May 16, 2005

It’s gotta be steak!

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My fellow UCG-Germany elder Alfred Riehle knows a little bit about life in the United States. As a soldier in the German army, the Bundeswehr, he was once stationed at the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. (more…)

May 13, 2005

9/11: What a difference a day makes

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Yesterday I flew from Frankfurt to Cincinnati to attend the annual UCG conference. Fellow elder Alfred Riehle was on the same flight. Alfred is a German citizen, and I am American, so we went separate ways when we reached U.S. immigration at the Cincinnati airport. (more…)

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