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Gun Control is good…or bad. Maybe.

February 1st, 2013 · 80 Comments

I’m kind of on the fence on this one. On one hand, I hate seeing all of these shootings taking place, especially considering the troubling fact that they are on the rise, a steep rise. This is all not to mention the horrible tragedy of having all of those small children killed a month back [...]

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Danish Food(?)

July 19th, 2011 · 43 Comments

Danish food has been the butt of many jokes and there is little wonder as to why. Bland, peculiar, unhealthy and unimaginative are all words that come to mind. When you look at the descriptions below, you can summarize them as: chocolate cream puff, fish on buttered bread, brownies, hot dogs, fried pork. That’s it. [...]

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Our Doctor is a Quack

June 8th, 2011 · 22 Comments

My wife went to the doctor the other day as she was told during a check-up that her blood pressure was too high. Our esteemed doctor took her pressure 3 times and averaged it out to around 140/95, which is a little high. I mean, just about EVERYONE knows that that IS high, right? Well, [...]

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An Agonizing Crawl into Spring

April 16th, 2011 · 78 Comments

Imagine, if you will, rainy, cold days and nights accentuated by flurries of snow and sleet, a bitter wind cutting through to the bone. Then imagine that you wake up the next day to bright sunshine pouring through your window, birds singing outside in trees with tender green leaves, overlooking the first flowers peaking through [...]

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Secure my goods… and sanity, please.

April 17th, 2010 · 328 Comments

My son and I went into a CD store today (do they call these places “CD stores” anymore?) and he picked out a couple of games for his birthday, which is tomorrow. We go to the shelves of games and brought a couple to the counter to pay. The cashier takes my money and proceeds [...]

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What is wrong with this picture?

March 6th, 2010 · 103 Comments

At first glance, this photograph appears to be no more than a bunch of people lined up in front of a shop in downtown Copenhagen. Which is what it is. However, the fact that this is an ice cream shop and the weather outside is around -4C (26F) mades one wonder just what would motivate [...]

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Are You Really Here?

November 1st, 2009 · 128 Comments

This is the question that I wanted to ask my colleague, Vinh,  here. You see, probably around 55 minutes of every hour, he is on the cell phone. He is almost always on the cell phone! Since all of the calls are in Vietnamese, I can’t understand what is being said, but I suppose that [...]

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Does It Have to beThat Miserable?

October 31st, 2009 · 75 Comments

Our company has a travel policy that just doesn’t make much sense.Well, actually, it’s intended purpose does make sense, saving money, but its shortsightedness makes me miserable. Our previous travel policy stated that if you travel internationally for more than 5 hours, you can travel business class. The underlying premise makes a lot of sense [...]

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I’m Gonna Shoot this iPhone, Seriously!

October 4th, 2009 · 81 Comments

At least that was the sentiment of a man in Ohio this week. http://www.afterdawn.com/news/archive/19735.cfm Mr. Goodrich walked into an Apple store and threatened to shoot his iPhone if someone couldn’t make it work right. Never mind that the most probably cause of his grief was the common FUE syndrome (Fatal User Error) he had just [...]

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This is getting Ridiculous!

July 8th, 2009 · 110 Comments

A few years ago, when cell phones became the ubiquitous item of the 21st century that everyone had to have, using a cell phone while driving became the public’s favorite pet-peeve of the 21st century at the same time. Someone being seen attempting to drive with a cell phone cradled between shoulder and ear was, [...]

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A Danish DMV

December 19th, 2008 · 28 Comments

You know the scene. If you’ve been into any DMV in the last several years, you know that lines are long with people who speak little-to-no English, customer service is standoff-ish at best and that you have to show your ID, prove your citizenship and fill out a million forms before you can accomplish even [...]

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Christmas Lunches

December 9th, 2008 · 41 Comments

Note to self: Don’t drink beer and have a heavy lunch. It just doesn’t work well in the afternoon. This is the Danish Christmas lunch. I am almost counting down the days to when they will be no more until next year. The food and everything is quite nice. The coziness that comes from stepping [...]

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Speed-walking – Danish national sport

November 26th, 2008 · 65 Comments

When I first returned to the U.S. from Japan about 20 years ago, someone commented that my walking pace was incredibly fast. It seemed that just living in a big city is enough to increase your pace in fear that you are going to get run over by everyone else who is walking faster than you. [...]

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Fish, fish, fish

November 5th, 2008 · 116 Comments

Big fish, small fish, black fish, white fish. All fish. Fish, fish, fish. I’m sick of fish. Do you know how many types of fish are out there? Billions. Gazillions. Tons of all sorts of fish. Brown fish, fish that swim up, fish that swim down.  Why are there so many types of fish? Some [...]

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Nomads in Copenhagen

September 15th, 2008 · 115 Comments

The moving agency swore that it would be Sept. 15th. I didn’t bother checking up on the container full our goods myself as I just trusted them to do their jobs.  Yeah, right. Sept. 13th comes along and I ask where our container is. After a few panicky moments, the moving agency realizes that the damn [...]

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London is a dark place…no, really, it is

September 9th, 2008 · 30 Comments

Everyone says that London is a dark, brooding place. Most of them are right. Some people say that London can be bright, cheerful and quite pleasant, but there are places in the darkest corners of the globe which can also have a few days like that in the year.No, London is just as you’ve heard [...]

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Aluminum Shakers – A Rant

August 31st, 2008 · 60 Comments

Yesterday, we went to this what-we-thought-was small Vietnamese restaurant near our hotel.  You know the type – on the corner with its one door facing the corner and “Take-out” in large letters above. So, that’s what we went there to do, order some take-out Vietnamese food and eat back at the hotel. Well, when we [...]

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Elevator Etiquette

July 31st, 2008 · 91 Comments

You have to appreciate the Japanese sense of manners and politeness. They are known as some of the most respectful and polite people the world over. But not many realize just how overboard that politeness goes to point of incredulity. A case in point. Elevators. You know how it works…you let the people exiting out [...]

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iTunes needs to do a REALITY CHECK

June 18th, 2008 · 49 Comments

Come’on iTunes…! Give me a friggin’ break already…! 128kbps tracks??? Who in hell wants this crap anymore! There were two albums that came out this week that I had anticipated and was looking forward to purchasing (Coldplay and Alanis Morissette). We’ve usually purchased off of iTunes in the past as it is the easiest at [...]

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It Doesn’t Get Much Longer

June 8th, 2008 · 88 Comments

24 hours in a plane sucks. A lot. What’s even worse than that is having to do it in Economy Class. With a wonderful nod of the head to our new company travel policy, travelling must be done in Economy Class, to save money of course. But 24 hours of it? I mean, not a [...]

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