Sunday, March 2, 2014

Sucking the Jelly Out of the Berliner

A provocative title indeed, one which suggests either:

A)  I've been too busy to post because I have embarked on a lucrative career in the Poor But Sexy city of Berlin, one which precludes any rants on counter culture and/or general annoyances on the lack of proper salsa for my boo ree toes.

B)  I've finally given up my creative dream and have begun a career of sucking.  Something or someone.

To answer those 23 of you who have followed my scratchings thusfar:


Still here, still doing The Thang, but less of it.  I did in fact suck down drei pfannkuchen mit kirsch last week; it was the first time in months.  Apparently I'm too fat.  My wife keeps telling me that.

Oh yeah!  I also got married on Thanksgiving Thursday, November 28, 2013 in Gibraltar.  I didn't pick that date.  They did.  We took it.  We're thankful.

Coming to the end of another apartment lease, I have to wonder:

A)  Has our time come?  Have the hipsters and yuppies/yummies finally got a stranglehold on all the available rentals left in Berlin?

B)  When you ask for a reason why you can't renew your lease, your landlord replies "It is a free market.  We can rent to whoever we choose," do you think there's some sort of underground conspiracy going on?

C)  Should I get medieval on some asses?

D)  Where's the next city/country/haven?

I don't care that they blame the hipsters and creatives for ruining Berlin.  Hell, I do the same damn thing on every other blog post.  I do a sticky-sweet donut post, then I do a sour, bitter rant to balance it out.  Maybe that too is a conspiracy; one which plans to lead my very few readers on a bittersweet up and down rollercoaster ride which ends in them clicking on the bipolar pill advert on the right.

Oh yeah, they kicked me off the ad program for foul language.  Well, at least I kept my fucking dignity.

I can't say much more except to say that someone has said it all before--and better--than my humble self.

One such example of How Things Got Fucked in Berlin:

Read it and weep.  Or come here and buy a fucking condo.  Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn.



  1. We're moving to Germany in July and tossing up between Leipzig and Stuttgart. Have you had much experience with either? We decided to eschew Berlin as it seems every hipster from Melbourne has moved there

  2. Thanks for the comment and sorry for the bad news about Berlin. It is STILL such a lively town with a feeling that anything can happen. Unfortunately for those of us who try to live low key and NOT buy into the overinflated property scams, it feels like The End (hence my rant). I'd recommend a visit to Berlin to catch the last rays of hope before it all gets sold to the highest bidder. To answer your Q: I haven't been to Stuttgart, but there should be some vacancies there. A few of my Berliner friends tell me that lots of Swabians (Stuttgarters, et al) are buying up the juiciest real estate in East Berlin. So there must at least be jobs and money left in the Black Forest. As for Leipzig, I did a photo job there and spent the day. It's a quiet, quaint little town, not much going for it except that it's only an hour from Berlin. Best of luck to you in your decision. It's hard for me to point you in any one direction because that depends entirely on what you do for a living. If it's in IT, then I suppose you can choose to live anywhere. ;)


  3. The Blogger people are so sanctimonious...language, you say? Perhaps you should consider a different blog platform...Word Press, for example.

    I have two remaining Blogger sites, but I'm always frustrated by how they change things with no warning...and how things that once worked no longer do.

    Good luck deciding on a place to stay!

  4. I'm so glad you're back, I love your blog so much it hurts.

    Greetings from Frankfurt.