Sunday, October 16, 2011

I consider myself quite the auteur.

We took roughly a billion jillion pictures in Europe. That's too many for us to post and caption right now. If you come visit us, we'll show you some.

In the meantime, get a beer and some licorice, because I uploaded all of our videos!

These videos were all taken with my iPod Touch that Katie gave me as a wedding present.
They follow our adventures chronologically, staring in Paris and ending in London.

We visited the Eiffel Tower, which sparkled:

In Bruges we saw an organ grinder:

Drinking your beer is public is not a big deal in Germany:

Statues in Prague are fun:

We had strong beer, good food, and accordion at U Fleku:

A tiny taste of the German beerhall/beergarden culture:

The hills are alive with the sound of foreigners huffing and puffing on bikes:

The always-exciting Vienna U-Bahn:

A tour of the overnight train from Vienna to Venice:

We got to ride a gondola in Venice:

We also got to see James Taylor (from afar) in Venice:

We rented a car and took a day trip from Florence out to Pisa:

We threw Eurocents into the Trevi Fountain:

We had Guinness at the St. James's Gate Brewery. I fucking love Ireland:

Appearances to the contrary, it turns out I'm actually fundamentally incompetent when dealing with technology:

Caaaaaark. The pub:

We kissed the Blarney Stone. Katie is thrilled that she now has the Gift of the Gab:

So there's this dolphin that lives in the harbour. I didn't think it was going to be worth the cost of the boat tour, but it totally was:

Then we slept in Kinnitty Castle. Too much fun for words:

Then we came back to Dublin and someone (guess who) wanted to buy a tin whistle:

Our last night in Dublin, we headed to Temple Bar to see some step dancing:

A bit more step dancing. Not shown: when the guy's heel flew off his shoe and nailed some tourist in the chest. LOL:

Then we spent the last few days tooling around London. We rode a double-decker bus:

And that's what slightly less than one hour of our honeymoon was like. Rest assured the remainder was filled mostly with screaming arguments and vicious, subtle mind games.

Ireland was my favorite; Katie is hard-pressed to choose a favorite, but she maintains that Venice was exceptionally fun. Also, the train and the castle were highlights, as was visiting Stonehenge with Liesl. (Huge shout-out to Liesl and Julian for showing us around London.)

The heat seems to finally have abated here in New York, to the point where we were actually able to remove the air conditioner from our living room window. The highs, I say, are in the teens and low twenties, which is nice, if confusing for my mostly American co-workers. I am usually very open-minded and tolerant, but there are two issues upon which I will not budge: universal healthcare and the Metric system. Privatized healthcare and Fahrenheit can go fuck one another for all the good they do anyone.

Speaking of healthcare, now that I work at a school again, surrounded by these delightful little contagion vectors, it seems that I am to remain ill for the foreseeable future. This cough will not go away, but thankfully I am now insured, after a long period of uninsuredness (and, luckily, good health). I still have trouble getting my head around things like "co-pays."

We traveled to Pennsylvania last weekend to watch Katie's Iowa Hawkeyes get beaten about the head and shoulders by the Penn State Nittany Lions. American College Football is another oddity that I continue to parse, semi-successfully.

The end for now! I will rest, take my medicine, eat pizza. These things will make me stronger.

Now fuck off.

Love, Adam
Can they biiiite?

Sunday, October 02, 2011

WHAT? Where did the summer go?

Cripes! It's October! When did that happen?

So, the headlines are that we went on our honeymoon to Europe, and that I've successfully helped to open a school in New York City.

For the former, I will force you to wait, breath abated, a while longer. We took, literally, thousands of photos over the course of 40 days touring through France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Ireland, and England. We have them, we have looked at them, but it will be a herculean task to post and caption them all. So, likely what I will do is make a cute little blog post here about each, say, city we spent time in, with the best pictures. If you want to see all of them, you'll have to come visit us and sit in front of our computer for a few hours.

We also have videos! I'll be uploading them to youtube starting.... now. (Uploading videos to youtube is distressingly slow for some reason. I will let you know when they're done.)

For more immediate satisfaction, you can go check out my school's website, which has some pictures of our opening day. It's at Many of our students come from the Queensbridge and Ravenswood housing projects. The work is challenging, and it's very time-consuming, but it's a fantastic feeling to see these kids learning.

All's well in New York. Katie has started doing yoga, and she loves it. I have re-attached the World of Warcraft drip to my screaming, yearning, begging vein, but with significantly increased moderation this time around. The days are darker, the highs are lower. There's been a protest happening downtown for going on two weeks now, that the media is only now beginning to pay attention to.

I made Katie watch The Road and I Am Legend. I have to stop putting such strain on my marriage.

Have some fun links to give you, going back to May of this year. Ah, well.

I was wondering a while ago if dogs are really color-blind, or if it's one of those things that people just believe for no good reason. Answer: the second one. TL;DR*: Dogs can see colors, just fewer of them. If you want to be mean to your dog, throw a red ball on green grass. If you want to be nice, use a blue ball.

I like OK Go, so here's one of their videos.

I wish I was a person who had the amount of free time I had about a year and a half ago.
Wait, no I don't. The reason I had free time was because I was barely working. That sucked.
Anyway, if I could work _and_ have free time, I would spend lots and lots and lots of time on this website. And I would also waste buckets and buckets of paper.

Another, for all intents and purposes, infinite time-waster, is the World's Biggest Pac-Man. I understand that people are creating new boards faster than a person could possibly finish them. Which boggles the mind.

Here's a video of a little girl making a choice. A choice she is immediately told is wrong.

If that's the case, then I don't wanna be right.

And finally, a good investment of about an hour is to watch some very funny and dated news clips dedicated to technology. My favorite is watching Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric trying to figure out what an @-sign is.

I've also discovered Reddit, which is now my default go-to-when-I-have-30-spare-seconds website.
I used to go to Wikipedia during those decaseconds. Have I gotten dumber? Or smarter? Or.... something elser?

That is all for now, I'm going to spend some time uploading videos for you. More to follow.

Now fuck off.

Love, Adam
Like a boss.

*Too Long; Didn't Read