Jan 262014
Karlesruhe Sojourn, a Perfekt Futur

For a work project, David has been making a trek up to the next big German city- Karlesruhe.  Each time he comes back and says “dang, I should have brought the camera”.  So, this time, he took the camera.  And here is what he saw: [Show as slideshow]

Jan 262014
Martin and David S. Got Older!

So, we had a nice little sushi party at the same Yam-yam restaurant that we had been to a couple months back.  LOTS of food, and a good time was had by all!  Thanks guys!!! [Show as slideshow] 12►

Aug 182013
Party Week- Emily and Niko Poland Bound

Sadly, two of my favorite Offenburg denizens are making a Big Move.  In the US, when someone takes a distant job it is likely to be in another state.  Here, with country-sizes shrunk a bit, a distant job is likely to take you to a different country.  Our friend Niko has taken a job in Warsaw! My Great-Grampa Englebert Kwasigroch (pronounced just like its spelled, quazi-grow, of course!) would surely approve.  And, yes, Warsaw is […]

Aug 032013
Auenheim BBQ

Ever since summer started, our friend Emily has been trying to get the group together for a big BBQ.  But, somehow there was always something in the way.  It was too hot.  It was too rainy.  Everyone was broke.  People were out of town.  But, since Emily and her hubby Niko will be moving to Poland very soon, it was time to put the excuses aside.  Today it was hot AND rainy, but we had […]

Jun 202013

Tonight the BFG (Black Forest Games) crew had a BBQ to celebrate the Playstation launch of Giana. (YAY!)  Several backers were invited and we all hung out on the rooftop eating BBQ and chitting and chatting.  I decided to gussy up and wear the blue hair- why not?  How often does one have a genuine Blue Hair occasion handed to them?  I mean, I can make any day a blue hair day, but this seemed […]

Apr 062013
Emily's Birthday 2013

Sunday is officially Emily’s birthday, so, as far as the BFG crew were concerned, this was an occasion for: STEAK!  Also, tentacles.  And bread.  And meats of all kinds (though David eventually decided against the bunny rabbit).  There was also Big Money being flashed, and one of the least inviting toilet seats in my travels. The fan favorite restaurant for such events is Ranchito in the next town over- it, like most steak houses in […]

Feb 052013
Bakery Badass

It was snowing heavily as David left BFG on his daily lunch forage.  Earlier rain had ensured that the massive cotton-candy flakes would not stick as they touched the puddled sidewalks.  But, the chill in the air was enough to guarantee David’s outing would be a quick one- just to the train station bakery and back.  The small bakery sits outside the main station and serves as a bastion of German efficiency, two women manage […]

Jan 012013
New Years Eve, German Paris Style

New Years Eve in Germany seems to be about three things: Shopping, Drinking and Fireworks.  “OK,” I can hear you thinking, “I get the Shopping– but Drinking and Fireworks?”  …Nah, its the other way around, yes?  What is the deal with the shopping?  Well, for that you have to understand the proclivity of Europe, especially Small Town Europe, to close down at the drop of a hat.  People don’t generally work in shifts, so every […]

Dec 242012
Very Appropriate For The Season

When David arrived at work one day this month, he was greeted by a knot of employees huddled around some sort of food.  Knowing that people sometimes bring in goodies to share, he went over to investigate. They were standing around two plates of sliced, white bread. David watched them for a while.  Finally, he asked, “um, isn’t that just .. normal white bread?” “Oh, no no,” came the reply, ” its good bread.  Very […]

Dec 132012
Black Forest Happenings: Holiday Party

It was that time of year again: Company Holiday Party Time!  Company parties have the potential to be wonderful or ghastly events depending on the circumstances.  As it happened, this one was very low key and pleasant.  After the roller-coaster year Black Forest (neé Spellbound) had had, no one was in the mood for ostentatious shows of prosperity.  But, this is a tight-knit group of gloriously geeky-bright folks who have been through a lot together. […]