23 April 2005

What a Day!

What a horrible day.

After taking care of the mundane things like laundry, cleaning, lunch, half-marathon training and checking up on a insubordinate mail server, it was now "Allan time". And it is more "Allan" than usual, since on a normal Saturday afternoon I have the pleasure of spending it with my wonderful wife Jeannette, but this Saturday she happens to be in California hanging out with an old friend after a week-long business trip. Normally I am all up for exploring the world, but for some reason I had the urge to just stay at home, kick back & relax. Probably thanks to the training and getting over a rather tenacious cold.

So, after evaluating the weather (absolutely gorgeous), taking an inventory and making minor preparations, I am spending the afternoon on my balcony, sipping wine (ok, technically Weinschorle) from Landkreis Heilbronn (gotta love that rapper pose in the official Landratsamt Heilbronn logo), listening to some of my favorite music and reading American Gods, by Neil Gaiman, which was a belated birthday gift from my brother Brian. The wine is excellent, the music great, and the book is good. I must admit that progress on the book is slow, since I am making frequent breaks to watch the people, swans, bikers, joggers, dogs, ducks, insects, kids, boats etc. going by outside on the river and hike/bike path, and naturally, my pint glass needs the occasional refill of approximately 65% Heilbronner Staufenberg Reisling and 35% sprudel. The book, after about 174 pages, is quite good.

So, please excuse my spelling and grammar mistakes, and enjoy this beautiful day. I would love to hear how you are spending it. Zum Wohl!

And, in closing, just in case you couldn't figure it out, that first line is a joke.

3 Comments:

At Sunday, 24 April, 2005 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We spent the day enjoying the sunshine from inside the house since it was COLD and very windy...soaked in the hot tub, had some wine, tried a new beef/wine/noodle recipe which turned out great, had some wine, and watched "When Harry Met Sally" which your father says is a really dumb movie BUT we did enjoy. Your Steply Ugh Mother, Jan

 
At Tuesday, 10 May, 2005 , Anonymous Carrie said...

It's a couple of weeks on since this post, so I can't remember what I was doing then... But I wanted to ask what you thought of "American Gods". I read it a while ago and enjoyed it tremendously. Very cool book. While it's not a direct comparison, I couldn't help thinking about "American Gods" when I was reading Greg's "Godwalker", which I also really enjoyed.

 
At Thursday, 26 May, 2005 , Blogger Allan said...

Hi Carrie,
I did like "American Gods" quite a bit!. And as I was reading it, I couldn't help but feel some sense of familiarity, but I couldn't put my finger on it. Then you mentioned Greg's "Godwalker", and it all fell into place. Thanks!

 

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