Didn't see this one coming at all. Chizzy says to me the other day, "Thanksgiving is tomorrow." Normally an odd one to miss but it happen and I don't really know what it means. Even though she technically figured it out before I did, I think it came as a bit of shock to her as well. It did ignite a mini-mission though that required a bit of online recipe reading. Stuffing. Chizzy felt like whatever meal I came up with that day should definitely involve stuffing. Immediately, I mentally went down every aisle in my home away from home but stuffing mix just didn’t feel right. I just couldn’t picture where it could be on a shelf in the Coop on the corner. I’d have to cook it. (Just so I’m not misleading anybody, my culinary skills have only just recently got to the point where I can even debate whether things like Stove Top stuffing could classify as cooking.) The stuffing worked out great and it actually tasted and kind of looked like the stuff…ing. And I guess if people just called it “bread stir-fry” like it seems to be it would take away some of the tradition mystique. I’m not onboard with keeping it secret any longer.
Real potatoes were mashed but gravy was out. For that we ended up with a box of ‘gratin’ sauce if you can picture something like that. Turkey wasn’t there but we knew it was going to be a little chicken anyway.
We are sorry we weren’t able to spend it with anybody but the holiday was still able to do its job. We thought about all the things we are thankful for and there is a very good chance that if you are reading this you were a big part of those thoughts. We hope you all had a good one.
So, I guess it’s Christmas time then too? They get into the Christmas thing here pretty well so we’ll get sucked into the spirit. Although after convincing me a tree is the way to go, Chizzy surrendered unprovoked yesterday. Bold move. What’s behind it? Stay tuned in to find out…
Chris and Paty have moved out to Galway, Ireland for several months. Like me, Chris is also on the sugar-mama plan with Paty going to work each day as he finds new ways to kill time. During a moment of particular productiveness he hatched the idea to take a weekend trip up to Riga, Latvia and asked if we’d be interested in meeting up there. We’d never heard of Riga before but we had such a great time in Tallinn last year we figured another visit to a capitol city in the Baltic states in winter would be equally as fun. We were wrong. It was FUNNERIST.
Cast of characters.
Continue reading "Riga"...
Don’t be fooled by this empty street. There was a lot going on in Riga.
We’ve been keeping busy this fall season with visitors. J and CM rolled into town from Spain via the Virgin Islands a couple weeks ago and established Zurich as their home base for some more European travels. I presented them with the award for first repeat visitors at the airport. It was a bottle of Rivella. They are a month or so into their world tour which will eventually find them in Asia, Australia, and Hawaii. They were here for a couple weeks but broke it up with a long road trip through Germany and Italy and also flew to Vienna for a couple days. Keep up with them here.
But Chiz and I also managed to take advantage of their being here to eat yet more cheese and to see some sights in Switzerland. They actually know Switzerland better than we do because they like to talk to strangers and pet dogs. We hung around Zurich for a couple days and did the Reinfalls and Rapperswil things.
J participating in Rapperswil (a neighboring town to Zurich at the end of the lake).
J and CM participating at Reinfalls.
Chizzy faking participation on a boat?
That’s how you do it.
But the weekend into the Alps was the travel highlight.
And I don't mean George Michael from Arrested Development, although he's cool too and it's a pity there's not a 4th season.
On Thursday, October 26th we went back to our school days and witnessed a legend in action. There were naysayers who thought he would sing off key and that he had lost his magic, but I assure you he did not disappoint. George Michael took the stage at Hallendstadion with a bang. His stage was set up with three levels of his band on both sides of the stage. Once again these pictures are from my phone so I apologize for the poor quality, but you can kind of get an idea. The band is where the blue lights are shining.
It was quite a spectacle. We were dancing fools to old Wham hits like "Everything She Wants" and "I'm Your Man." We heard some lively songs including "Fast Love" as well as classics like "Father Figure," "Faith," and "Praying For Time."
We started on the left side of the crowd and after intermission moved a little closer and to the right. This is the best crowd we had seen so far at any concert in Zurich and it consisted mostly of people our age and older. You can't go wrong with these tunes. Everyone was out of their seats, singing & dancing. There was no banter from GM, he performed like a professional and sounded fantastic. After two encores he ended with "Freedom " but I could have stayed there all night listening to every song he's ever done. GM, I'm your fan and you did it right.