My Winter Wonderland

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Hello all!

Well, Garmisch is starting to receive snow and the town is getting ready for the ski season!  Today, I thought that I would ride around the city and take some pictures for ya.  I hope you enjoy!

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My favorite intersection in GAP.  You never seem to mind sitting at this red light

041Our river: the Loisach

056That’s my sweet bike in the background (yea…I almost died riding my whip in the schnee)

0621Paradise…0401From here you can see the slopes

I love this weather!  I think it has to do with the fact that I have grown up with the desert all this time and the snow is so foreign to us SoCali’s.

Hey guys, check back next week for a absolutely awesome post…guaranteed!

CMMC

Published in: on November 24, 2008 at 3:25 am  Comments (8)  
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The ‘Force’ is with Me

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Hello everyone and welcome back!  Today, I am writing from an Internet cafe next to our local bakery.  I felt a sudden rush of inspiration to kick the blog back on and therefore decided not not waste another minute.  Enjoy!

Something I have been thinking about lately;  Books: how we choose them and how they sometimes seem to choose us.  The best books I’ve read I did not pick out myself.  Actually, I have a really hard time deciding on books.  Although I like to read, I think the complication is that I have yet to develop a favorite author, genre, or font size.  So, I guess you could say that I heavily rely on the books ability to choose me…  Recently this has happened and it is good.

Our security office at the hotel has a special gravitational force the seems to attract the crap of many people lives.  This ‘force’ seems to be most powerful in the bottom drawer of the work desk.  This is the drawer that is twice as large as all the rest and is usually reserved for file storage.  But not here.  Allow me to attempt to document its contents:  2 fleece gloves (both lefts); 1 roll of toilet paper; 1 cloth sack of unknown keys (approx. 1 million in sack); 3 pairs of sunglasses; 1 desk clock that prefers the local time of Malaysia (I just might send it there); 1 bottle of organic body lotion; 1 dysfunctional family of bradburysquirrels; and 1 copy of Ray Bradbury’s Twice 22. Now, while there are more objects to this drawer, they seem have been in there so long that they have lost their identities and are no longer recognizable in this dimension.  But the key object, for this post anyway (next week: The Squirrels Escape!), is the copy of Twice 22. Most know Ray Bradbury as the author of the extremely popular Sci-Fi novel Fahrenheit 451, but he is also a very accomplished short story author. Twice 22 is a collection of 44 Bradbury short stories.  Each story is no longer than 20 pages and subjects of such range from sea monsters to women flying to Mars; from witches to the destruction of wrist watches; from murders to falling in love with fairies.  I’m telling you, its like your favorite bed time stories all over again!  Twice was perhaps seconds away from transforming itself like the other unknown masses at the bottom of the ‘force drawer’ when I saved it.  I thought I’d do the right thing and return it to the library thinking I could get something out if it.  What?  I have no idea.  It’s a library.  You can’t talk there.  It’s been about two weeks since I opened Twice 22 and discovered it’s world of sea monsters destroying wrist watches, but I have read like eight short stories now and, well…I guess what I’m saying is, I really like this book and I’m thinking of stealing it from the Army.

Take that!

Published in: on November 10, 2008 at 10:32 am  Comments (2)  
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Someth’n Stupid That I Found Hillarious at 3am

Jim Carrey as Fire Marshall Bill

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An Abrams Easter

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Did everyone have a good time on Easter this year? I have to say, this year I sure did miss hunting Easter eggs all by myself at Grandma’s while everyone looked on and laughed… and of course who could forget the Annual Easter Quiz Game in which we all could experience famous family quotes such as: “SHE WINS EEEVERYTHINGG!” Anyone remember who said that one??

Luckily, I had to night off on Sunday and I was able to join my new family for a extravagant Easter diner; I even helped cook! Granted, it was no diner like Grandma’s, but hey; if God gives you Lemons, make juice and shut up and eat your beans*.

I met up with our chief of the evening, Misty, at 5:30p to go over the diner game plan. Luck for us, Misty is a graduate of the Portland Oregon Culinary Arts School, so I felt we were in good hands. I had just woken up from a grave’s night rest, but was look’n good in my blue button up and jeans. Chief Misty had purchased two whole chickens and a variety of fresh veggies for us from local market the day before. Our chickens still had to thaw out a bit, so diner was still a couple hours away. We loaded all our ingredients up into this wooden crate I scored from the hallway a while back and headed to the small, cold kitchen that was to be the setting for our first German Easter.

Chief Misty was the boss of the evening, and so after a few instructions on knife wielding, I was off chopp’n potatoes, eggplant, onions, and carrots like a pro. Once the chicken had finished thawing I had to rub it with sea salt and pepper, which I wasn’t to thrilled about that. The feel of a raw cold chicken is just, uhhg. We placed our chickens over the bed of assorted veggies and our potatoes in the ovens just as our guests arrived. We even whipped up a quick cheese and cracker plate for them all to enjoy with their wine. I’m tell’n you, we spared no expense! While our birds were in the oven, Misty and I shared a bottle of Pinot from Cali., ate some cheese and mingled with our company. We were cooking diner for about 7 people last night and I have to say, we did a damn good job! I was in charge of the potatoes and man, did I master that! After the potatoes were done we threw in a quick batch of croissants. And not soon after that, the birds were ready! Plates were set and people dug in. Like I said, it was no Easter like at home, but I think that you all would have been proud. We even argued! Ah, true family.

Well, again, I hope that everyone had a Hoppy Easter and I it is too bad that I was not able to be there to pull the chair from underneath Uncle Larry!

I love and miss you all!

Oh, since I missed this years Annual Easter Quiz Game, I have a Easter riddle of my own for you all to solve…enjoy and no cheating!

What was the Easter Bunny’s campaign slogan when he ran for President?

CHRIS

*Quotes provided by: Peter Lemonjello and Chuck Barry

Published in: on March 24, 2008 at 10:25 am  Comments (30)  
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Daily Life Update

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Hello all! I before I begin my story, I first want thank everyone who has been reading my bloggage and posting comments. I am so happy that you all enjoy the site and I will continue to do my best and give my fans the stories they wanna read. And to Ryan, since I know you will ask: Yes, I will send you an autographed picture.

Well, things here in Garmisch have been going really well since we last talked. Andrew and I are continuing our recycling venture with success and we daydream frequently over what to spend our riches on. I am currently on the hunt for a mountain bike since spring is right around the corner. There is this Cannondale F300 (over a $500 bike) parked out on the employee bike rack, unlocked, that never seems to move; I got my eye on’er. The other day, I moved it to another space across the rack just to see if the owner would lock it up. Nothing. So, today I put a note on the rear fender with my phone number letting him know that I am interested. Keep our fingers crossed.

I have also been quite busy planning a few trips as well. Andrew and I are working on tying up some loose ends with our trip to Normandy, France. We are looking to take off for Paris on June 21st. Bayeux, a city about 10km from the beaches, is a 2 hour train ride from Paris and it is where our hotel and tour H.Q. is located. Our trip is planned for 4 days giving us plenty of time for the American highlights and Band of Brothers tours, plus an extra day just to hang out in Bayeux. I am also working on taking a little break to Barcelona, Spain on April 14th for 3 days. A co-worker of mine was going with a friend who flaked after after she already purchased tickets and had the time off work. I already have those days off too…so why not?

Speaking of work, I will be pulling a schedule of nothing but graveyard shifts starting April 12th. The boss was looking for someone to give Charles, another security guard, a break from the graves and I volunteered. It puts me on the bosses good side and I get a set schedule. I start at 10:30pm and work till 7:00. After I get off, I eat breakfast and try to keep busy till about 2:00pm; then, I sleep. I actually prefer it to any of the other shifts, believe it or not. It is nice to get off at 7 and have the morning to do whatever. I am free to snowboard, bike; hike; hit up the grocery store; or just laze around. The best part was that I was offered 3 days off a week, of which were my choice (I chose Mon, Tues, and Wed), and I get a night and Sunday bonus. Not bad right?? We will see how I feel about this after a few months thou…

Well, that is the latest here in Germany! Stay tuned for Andrew and Chris Travel Thru Time German Style, and 10 Secrets for Getting Rid of that Nasty Rash for Good!

Auf weidersehen and guten tag!

😛

ChCk

Published in: on March 22, 2008 at 6:02 am  Comments (3)  
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The Recyclers: A Rags to Riches Story

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So, Andrew and I have this idea…Here at the hotel we are not exactly a lot of bones and as we have found out, one can spend quite a bit of money in Europe with the exchange rate and all. Another aspect of life here that we have noticed is that our fellow colleagues tend to drink their fair share of German beer. But, who can blame them? It is quite tasty! Now, while some connoisseurs do recycle their bottles, there is a small percentage here that don’t. Their bottles just get thrown in one of the numerous glass receptacles scattered around the dorms here. For the past few nights just before the kitchens close, Andrew and I scour the bins in search of loot. Some nights are better than others, but we still collect a substantial amount. I estimate we have anywhere around 40-60 bottles stashed in our room. Not bad for only a few raids. However, here is the kicker. The key our success, as it turns out, will be the euro to the U.S. dollar exchange rate. The local supermarket supplies a machine that collects glass and plastic where we can rid of our bottles and collect our euros. We save up our coin and wait for the day we can take it to the bank! With the money we save we can rent cars on base, shop for food, electronics, clothes and all kinds of stuff! This may not sound exciting to you, but when your make’n eight bucks an hour there ain’t nothing wrong with free money, however little it may be. Today was supposed to be the first day we collected on our investment.  I loaded my backpack and one trash bag full with bottles and took off to the local market that’s on my way to work.  Yup, they were closed.   I had to lug them 45min to work and I looked ridiculous (and like an alchy) doing it with a clanking trash bag and backpack crammed with bottles hanging off my back.  Lucky me I  get to look forward to that same walk home tonight…in the cold.  Oops.

CM out

Published in: on March 9, 2008 at 1:39 pm  Comments (3)  
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