Slow And Steady Does Not Win The Internet Race

And the more I eat in Germany the slower and less-steady I become. I am not a real foodie, and the German cuisine thrills me.

I am in another situation where the Internet is spotty. I don’t consider myself to be Internet-addicted, however when activities such as weather checking, directions finding, and blog posting are concerned it is a must.

I Still Wish I Had Packed Much Less
Oh crap did I fuck up when I packed for this trip. I know, I said this before but it warrants repetition.

I am still trying to locate a post office from which I can send clothes home because I am literally tired of carrying all of this unnecessary stuff with me. I have been thus far unsuccessful to find a place that has the supplies necessary to ship my stuff after today.

This trip is a good training for RAGBRAI and Vermont.

One More Day Of Hashing
German Nash Hash 2016 is over.

As anticipated, I skipped the Red Dress Run on Friday night. I have still not run a Red Dress Run since the day before I was carjacked all those years ago.

Also as anticipated I had a good time, though I got much less out of the weekend because I am so terrible at meeting people. For the most part I was a loner. The three others who I knew were all involved in mis-management in some capacity.

And the final thing that I correctly anticipated not thoroughly enjoying was sharing a small hostel room with three other snoring men; a full night’s sleep, no that I get that at home either, was not guaranteed. It could have been worse however, I heard of more than one person who was rooming with a puker.

The good?

Saturday’s trail was a blast — some wetness, some minor shiggy, some beautiful countryside, and some beer drinking, all packed into less than the advertised 10k.

The dinner and party on Saturday night was also a good time. I was back in my room before midnight.

The beer I was consuming was less than 5% in alcohol content so I managed to drink plenty and not get drunk of have a hangover. Thankfully I saw no Evan Williams.

Yesterday’s “hangover” hash was a fun city run around Düsseldorf near the Rhine along which I got to see someone me very interesting architecture.

And finally my legs are still reminding me of muscle groups that I have not been using often enough. This is a good thing, right?

I guess that I need to keep trying to run…

Oh The Rain
Yesterday’s hangover hash was blessed with good weather, well at least as it wound down and circle took place.

I was further blessed with good weather as I had to walk to the U-Bahn, and then from my final train when I arrived in Cologne.

According to the weather forecast I see as I am writing this (at 23:00 German Time) things don’t look too great for tonight’s Full Moon hash. As of 08:30 there is near a 100% of rain starting at 17:00; the hash begins at 19:00.

I am trying to be optimistic, something you all know I am not that good at, but I am trying.

ITP Flickr Pic?
Not sure that this will work…

“Der Düsseldorf Rheinturm” (Düsseldorf, Germany)
Ein Turm

If not I will just have to keep trying…

My German Stinks!
But I keep trying…

The best way to describe my current German ability is to say that I know how to dig myself a hole out of which I cannot climb. In the rare instance that I can initiate a conversation with a native speaker it is more rare that I can follow up a returned question with a response. Dangen! I keep having to apologize for my inability to communicate.

But I’ll keep trying…

No Way, Facebook
I tried to (very temporarily) reactivate my Facebook account. The reason I considered doing this was twofold:

  1. Uploading photos (when I finally take some more)
  2. Contacting The Clits if my bike ride takes me near their town next week

I pressed the Reset Password button, entered the code Fecebook texted to me, but then balked when they required me to upload a photo of a government-issued ID in order to continue. For me that last demand was way too intrusive for a company I distrust as much as Facebook.

Current Facebook status: still deactivated

I guess I will have to exchange phone numbers with The Clits when I see them tonight.

As far as Facebook is concerned I am done trying…

Paulie [köln/dl]

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14 Responses to Slow And Steady Does Not Win The Internet Race

  1. steve says:

    No picture came through on the blog (at least not for me- YMMV). And it’s OK not to be on the FB- a photocopy of a gov’ment issued ID? Only with sensitive information blacked out. That’s a bit of a reach, but I understand.

    I tried finding a new Mexican place Friday night but with no joy. Bailed and went to the usual place. Saturday, had 2 parties to attend. The later one was on a lake on the southside of Peachtree City. This little gem was a fishing camp where the houses were built a hundred years ago!! Neither Debbie or I knew it existed and I’d say most of the residents of PTC would be surprised as well.

    Sunday was breakfast at HH and some lumberjacking while Debbie completed her packing and headed to the airport. Hopefully her lost phone will be found in the car when she gets back later today! She really didn’t need that additional stress.

    Hopefully you find some decent WiFi soon.


  2. Stacy says:

    No picture came through on the blog — but if you right click and choose the option to open in a new window, it does. So we can still see it. 🙂

    That “picture ID” doesn’t sound right for FB… so it’s good you stopped right there. I’ve looked into it and apparently it’s legit to unlock an existing account that was deleted/deactivated, but I definitely never would. I’d open a new account and start all over before doing that.

    Had some good brews this weekend: Wrecking Bar Pub had their 5th birthday so got to sample some barrel aged limited addition goodness with friends. Walked there from home to justify it: unfortunately, I’m getting way to adept at maneuvering around Atlanta by foot, as it only took us an hour to do it (on slow stroll to boot). Fortunately, Arcadia was open so a bloody mary was consumed there to start the day. Other than that, binged watched OITNB (season 4 is now toast) and pretty much did nothing else.

  3. Stacy, thanks for the FB photo. I tried responding via text, but I don’t think that it went through.

    Sorry that my photo upload didn’t work. I will try a new tact tomorrow.

    It’s about an hour away from when the rain should be 100% through at least 10pm (22:00). Wheeeeeee! Suddenly the rain coat and dry bag I brought with me look like quality packing foresight. Oh well, I will go and make the best of it.

    Have a great rest of your day friends!

  4. steve says:

    Yes, thanks Stacy for educating me as well. You’re doing well by foot- just wait till you get on a bike!!

  5. Stacy says:

    Nope, your text came through just fine! 🙂

  6. Barb says:

    my IE is too old (long story but its for a work program), and it won’t upen up in Chrome either – no picture for me!

    I’d start a whole new FB page.

    Camping was great this weekend – crazy 1 hour storm friday, but once that was over, the weather was pretty good, and not too hot, a very nice change. We did have a power outage, so no AC friday night (until power came bck on at 3:30am), but it cooled off & the windows were open & we slept just fine.
    It was fun hanging out with Jeff (Sauercrotch) and Dana (Purple something), they live in Columbia, so a great half way meet up place. We will definitely go camp there again. IT was great having a camp site right on the lake & a nice little trail to get to the water to float.

    Mtn biking at FATS was awesome, not too much climbing, really fun flowy trails. We can’t wait to go back. Donna (breaststroke) met us Saturday, on her way to her Dad’s.

  7. steve says:

    Barb, what was the campground?

  8. Barb says:

    Petersburg campground (its a corp of engineers campground). Its also right on the Bartram trail – which I guess is a popular running trail.

  9. bob says:

    Seems like you are having some fun over there, keep the updates coming.

    Barb, glad you liked that area. The camping and riding up there is so much fun. I need to schedule a trip up there again.

  10. Barb says:

    Bob – let us know – we are ready to go back.
    Also – how was camoing at Stone Mtn? we’ve never been to that campground.

  11. bob says:

    I’m trying to get a hooligan weekend together, will either be there or Twin Lakes. I’ll definitely keep you in the loop.

    Stone Mountain was fun, sites are a bit small though. The kids were running around and having a blast so I call that a success.

  12. Barb says:

    the site we had was HUGE, we could have easily put a tent on it as well as the camper.
    Hooligan weekend would be interesting.
    Trails were about a 15 minute drive from the campsite.

  13. Ronnie AKA Bill says:

    Glad your having a good time.
    For what it will cost to ship cloths back to Atlanta you can probably “donate” them to someone there and buy new when you get back home. Besides the cloths might not fit you when you return. I’m not saying too tight or too loose, that’s up to you.
    Carry on! Talk to you when you get back.

  14. I doubt anyone is reading at 6pm Eastern but I *just* got back from the Full Moon Hash, washed a shitload of dirt out of clothes that will never dry by tomorrow, and have showered. I am about to read for a little while before goi to sleep.

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