Sweet ass, eh?


This is Saint Winthir, but I’ve got no idea what he’s known for. The fact that he’s riding a donkey is why he’s got my attention.

Sweet ass, eh?

Have a huge backlog of photos I’ve taken that I’ve never bothered putting anywhere. I suppose that while I’m occupied with other things, this blog can be a place I at least leave a few curious shots I’ve not found any other use for.

Saying goodbye to Neuhausen

If you follow the link in the tweet reprinted above, you’ll find a view from the hotel room we’ve been in since the beginning of January, and I can’t stop chuckling at the powdered snow doughnut.

This is my goodbye to the district on the western side of Munich called Neuhausen-Nymphenburg. It’s been my home the entire time I’ve been in Germany, and it’s a bit of a melancholy goodbye.

I’ve waxed lyrical about this particularly beautiful part of a particularly beautiful city. It’s as a good a time as any to move on, but it’s not easy.

Bogenhausen is no slouch when it comes to neighbourhoods in Munich. Many notable Münchner (residents of München) lived in Bogenhausen, and although there’s not quite the selection of restaurants and businesses as I’m accustomed to, I’m sure the ones there are will include a few gems. Can’t wait to talk about some of those here on the old Dachshund Blog.

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And now for a link to the photo of the massive powdered snow doughnut, which incidentally has absolutely no calories, or negligible ones anyway. Not many things you can say that about, are there?



Shadows and light revisited

Poppet’s shadow and mine alongside hers…

I wrote a blogpost with this title back in early summer, but didn’t even mention the Joni Mitchell song I was referencing. That was an unfortunate omission, because it’s a song worth knowing. Here are the lyrics:

‘Every picture has its shadows
And it has some source of light
Blindness, blindness and sight
The perils of benefactors
The blessings of parasites
Blindness, blindness and sight
Threatened by all things
Devil of cruelty
Drawn to all things
Devil of delight
Mythical devil of the ever-present laws
Governing blindness, blindness and sight

Suntans in reservation dining rooms
Pale miners in their lantern rays
Night, night and day
Hostage smile on presidents
Freedom scribbled in the subway
It’s like night, night and day
Threatened by all things
God of cruelty
Drawn to all things
God of delight
Mythical god of the everlasting laws
Governing day, day and night

Critics of all expression
Judges in black and white
Saying it’s wrong, saying it’s right
Compelled by prescribed standards
Or some ideals we fight
For wrong, wrong and right
Threatened by all things
Man of cruelty-mark of Cain
Drawn to all things
Man of delight-born again, born again
Man of the laws, the ever-broken laws
Governing wrong, wrong and right
Governing wrong, wrong and right
Wrong and right’

Isn’t that nice? Please go to your local record store, order the album ‘Shadows and Light‘ and listen to the title track. It’s really worth it for the harmonies alone.

I’d like to be able to give more here on the ol’ Dachshund Blog, but the last few weeks have been hairy and it doesn’t look as if the stress will be letting up anytime soon. Although I don’t share many private things here on my blog, I will say that the next few months might be a time of rather massive change in my life.

For one thing, I’m moving out of the neighbourhood I’ve lived in the entire time I’ve been in Germany. Munich-Neuhausen has been so very good to me. It really is my favourite Stadtteil (district), and there are plenty of shops and people I’m going to miss.

However, I’m trying to remind myself that nothing lasts forever. Maybe sometime in the future I’ll move back to Neuhausen. Am trying to tell myself such things to make the parting less painful.

If you’d like to know more about it, and can read a bit of German, here’s what muenchen.de has to say about my old ‘hood:

Stadtteilbild: Neuhausen

Dig a Pony, eh?

Will keep you informed of where I land. It’ll certainly be an adventure. It always is with the likes of me.

One street in Neuhausen covered in snow…