Monthly Archive: September 2009

Sep 30 2009

Two Big O’s invade Denmark

Michelle Obama arrived in Denmark today to help sell Chicago to the International Olympic Committee as the site of the 2016 Games. And while "official" Copenhagen is delighted to be hosting the First Lady, along with Oprah Winfrey and eventually the President himself on Friday, Jens Q. Publik is not as enthusiastic. Not surprisingly, the …

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Sep 27 2009

Behold the power of the tweet


When it comes to Twitter, I find that people tend to fall into two camps: those who “get it” and those who don’t. And the folks who “get it” are often torn as to how hard we should try to convince the “don’ts” of what they’re missing. The service is kind of challenging to explain …

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Sep 23 2009

Kallbadhus conflict…

Last Saturday morning was sunshiney and warm, just begging for us to get outside and enjoy it before the Swedish autumn sets in. To my surprise and delight, Dr. Darling, suggested we go to the kallbadhus (literally translated: cold bathhouse) for a sauna and a dip into the Öresund, followed by a leisurely lie-around in …

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Sep 20 2009

So how did you celebrate “Talk Like a Pirate Day”?

As a new iPhone owner…I really had no choice.

Sep 18 2009

Swedish anatomy

One of the many charms of being part of a bi-national couple is the often comical way each mangles the other’s native language. It’s truly a never-ending source of entertainment. These days, I tend to be the primary offender, but back in the first few years of our relationship when I spoke little to ZERO …

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Sep 15 2009

Godparent gig is exhausting for exhibitionists

Dr. Darling and I had the honor and privilege to become Godparents last Saturday afternoon, but our “official” responsibilities actually kicked in a bit earlier than that. My first assignment came mid-week when new Dad (AKA my favorite Alpha G33K) asked me to make ice for the “welcome drink.” All formal and semi-formal Swedish parties …

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Sep 13 2009

Lofoten Island Tour: Souvenirs and Scary Hotels

When we last left our idiot intrepid cycle tourers Shazzer and Dr. Darling, they had just spent two days staying out of the rain in a cozy sea cabin in the Lofoten Islands in northern Norway.  Had they known what they were in for the next night, they probably would have stayed put! It was …

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