In case you were wondering, this is the medicine I’m taking today. Mucosolvan Retard.
Today marks the 13th anniversary of my arrival in the Czech Republic, on a one-way ticket with $100 in my pocket. The reasons for going somewhere are never the same as the reasons for staying, and I’m just fortunate to have found lots of good reasons for staying. I’ve always said I’d stay as longContinue reading “13 years”
Laurie Anderson had a wonderful line in ‘United States’: “Well, he couldn’t decide what to do with his life, so he decided to watch the government and scale that down to size.” I wonder what that would mean if we decided to watch the Czech government these days, especially the way the Stanislav Gross storyContinue reading “The Prime Minister’s Uncle Franta, the plastic bag, and Rostislav Rod”
Late in 2003, you’ll recall that my car was broken into. The thieves took my factory Å koda radio, and a bunch of stuff out of the glove box (including a lot of hard-to-get CDs). About a month ago, I got a registered letter saying that the police had caught a suspect, and that I wouldContinue reading “My day in court”
There’s an excellent Czech phrase that sums up my Christmas shopping: “Co nenÃ v hlavÄ›, je v nohou.” (If it’s not in your head, it’s in your feet.) That phrase will come in handy the next time you realize you don’t have enough mineral water or booze or butter – or Christmas lights, as wasContinue reading “Christmas in the Hypermarket”
I couldn’t resist including this one as well. Excellent text: “Some colors, some styles. Simulater a true style.” The red picture in the upper right is marked “Installation Manual.” Excellent stuff.
In keeping with the theme of really bad toys for Christmas, this is a toy that was just so astoundingly awful it still gives me goosebumps. Who in their right mind would want to play and re-enact the tragedy of the Kursk? This one was so bad that I had to buy one and sendContinue reading “Kursk Submarine Toy”
Maybe this toy isn’t such a good idea for the Tulip toy drive, but I do love English as a 4th language toys.
With the holidays upon us with full force, I’d like to direct your full attention to the Tulip Cafe’s toy drive/party this Friday night. Scott MacMillan has the details.
I paid my respects last night at the November 17 monument on NÃ¡rodnÃ třida. It was crowded and solemn, almost like a funeral, despite the loud music coming from the concert set up on the corner of NÃ¡rodnÃ and SpÃ¡lena. I wasn’t here during the Velvet Revolution, and have on many occasions wished I was.Continue reading “November 17”