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Thanksgiving at Per’s Wine Cellar

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Thanksgiving came early to Sweden, and a dozen of us celebrated at Per’s wine cellar (that’s Per with the cast on, which he had to get after our pool and game night a few weeks back.  Per’s parents belong to a club and they let us use it Saturday night – thank you!  The dinner party lasted from 7:00 Saturday night until 2:00 Sunday morning.  Good times!

Unrelated trivia: Bill Gates was the best man earlier the same day at a wedding in the church you see, which is basically across the street from our wine cellar.  Also attending the wedding, I hear, was Elton John, Ulf Ekberg (Ace of Base), and the Prince of Monaco.  Mick Jagger was a no show.  The reception was a few blocks away.  Article here.

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Photo Dump: Pool Night, Dalsland, Stockholm, Kiel

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Everything is posted in chronological order:

  • Berlin and Web 2.0 Expo: See pics here: business and personal.
  • Pool Night: Boys night out, organized by Magnus. I came in second place in the pool tournament. After that was dinner, then video and sport games competition. Good times, but three of of us injured our hands during “how hard can you punch” game. Par punched so hard he fractured a bone.
  • Dalsland: Susanne, Birgitta, Roy and I to visit family (Arvid and Agnes). We love visiting them, even if the whole “moose” thing is a big scam here in Sweden (just kidding).  The group pic you see if at their guest cabin.  Arvid and Agnes came to “our place” for dinner Saturday night and we had lunch at their home on the farm Sunday.
  • Stockholm: BuzzPal business.  Susanne came to keep me company and meet our friend Anne. They went to a Lebanese restaurant Saturday night and I was at the Thai place you see pictured (good food, good meeting).  Sunday was breakfast with Anne, then drive back to Gothenburg.
  • Kiel (Germany): Susanne, Ulrika, Johan, and I.  You leave on the boat in the evening and arrive in the morning. Dinner and party in between. When in Kiel, if you’re coming from Sweden, you stock up on alcohol because it is MUCH cheaper in Germany than in Sweden.  We bought a LOT (see pic).  After dropping off the alcohol on the boat, we went strolling around town, stopping here and there to eat, drink (coffee), and shop (the girls, anyway).  Then back to the boat for the overnight trip home.  Good times.  And, if you buy enough booze, you almost make money on the trip.  We didn’t buy THAT much, but I did turn 50 SEK into 300 SEK at the roulette wheel (in two minutes). In the morning, we saw some seals as the boat docked in Gothenburg.
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Berlin and Web 2.0 Expo

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These are our “personal” Berlin pics. The “business” pics are here: Web 2.0 Expo Berlin Photo Story.

The upscale restaurant you see is the Aigner, which is on the ground floor of the Sofitel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt, one of Berlin’s most modern hotels (we didn’t stay there, we stayed here). Here’s Frommer’s Aigner Restaurant review.

Susanne and I liked the place so much we went there twice, and that’s after getting recommendations and checking out at least a dozen other restaurants. Super nice people, amazing service, and fantastic food.  Aigner gets our top rating, especially considering the price, which was quite reasonable.  See their website for more info and some of their recipes.

We had the liver dumpling soup and the creamy parsley-root soup to start, then split a Weiner Schnitzel for the main course (so we could save room for a chocolate soufflé desert). Everything was incredible. Our second visit we had the Tafelspitz and the veal dumplings. Both also incredible.

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Barack Obama Wins, We Win! Acceptance Speech Video and Transcript


(Note: the screenshot above is from this morning. Since then, the Obama margin has increased. See The New York Times interactive election map and Big Board for the latest. You can toggle the map to any of the past four presidential elections. There are also links to speeches, polls, and more.)

My hope in USA is restored; we are not scared anymore. Fear, bullying and “me, me, me” loses. Courage, cooperation, and “we, we, we” wins. Thank you is all I can say. Thank you, Barack Obama. Thank you, world! Be the change!

Video of Obama’s acceptance speech:

Did it bring tears to your eyes the way it did mine?
Yes, we can! That message is global; it’s for all of us.

Here is my uncut reaction video and below is the transcript of Obama’s speech. Here is how Washington DC votedUpdate: Fast forward to my January 2009 blog post: Gearing up for Obama-Rama-Palooza in DC.

Update: See the comments at the bottom of this post.  So far…

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Second (and last) Batch of Gotland Pics

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That art is kinda creepy, huh?  All “Silence of the Lambs.”

You know, they do have a lot of lambs on Gotland.  And those lambs are pretty jumpy.  You’ll see what I mean in a minute when you get to my “field full of black sheep” pic and see how they’re looking at me.  Of course, that could have something to do with the fact that I basically threw down a hockey stop when I saw them and pulled off the road to take their picture (hey, I love black sheep, and this was the best field of them I saw the whole time).  They jumped to attention from lying down and saluted.  I don’t think they blinked until we were well out of sight.  Maybe they were wondering if I worked with their “giver of life and taker of life”, their god, the farmer, who will be coming for some of them soon. “It puts the lotion in the basket.” I know that quote applies to a different time and place in the movie, but we can mash things up like that here. Cheers!

PS: Speaking of lamb, that’s what you see us grilling (actually it was mutton).

UPDATE: Here is the first batch of Gotland pics.  Below are the rest of the ones from this batch.

YouTube Clip: Clarice/Lambs.

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First Batch of Gotland Pics

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Susanne, Birgitta, Roy, and I had a great week on the Swedish island of Gotland.  We were based in the medieval city of Visby, staying in an apartment owned by Roy’s cousin and his wonderful family.  From Visby, we traveled all around the island, including to the tiny island of Fårö, which is where Ingmar Bergman made a home until his death last year.  By coincidene, our visit overlapped with Gotland’s annual Medieval Week fastival, which was really neat.  Now on to the pics.  Note: All of these were taken with Susanne’s Canon Ixus.  I’ll post the pics from our Canon Xti (400D) soon.

UPDATE: Here is the second batch of Gotland pics. Below are the rest of the ones from this batch.

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Some Great Sunsets From Our Window the Past Few Nights — Thank You

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I know, who wants to see another sunset pic. But beautiful sunsets are one of life’s most simple and free pleasures. They provide a connection with nature, peace, and beauty. They help us remember how lucky we are to be here, and to say “thank you,” which is one of the most positive and uplifting phrases I know. It’s so simple, yet means so much. It doesn’t cost a penny. Being thankful and saying “thank you” can change your world. Thank you.

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July 17 to August 1 Pics: Sailing, Sus B-Day, Concert, Many Beaches

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Had to combine all these into one post b/c I’m super busy right now. Hopefully some good BuzzPal news to share next week.

Pics:

  1. July 19-20: Varberg: Susanne’s birthday weekend and sailing.
  2. July 26: Gothenburg: Disk golf (no pics), BBQ, and Iron Maiden concert (my YouTube compilation).
  3. July 27: NAME-OF-ISLAND-COMING-SOON: Beach day with Susanne, Birgitta, Roy, Emily, Felicia, Philip, and Caterina.
  4. July 28: Fiskeback and Liseberg: Beach day and free concert featuring Ola Svensson, a 2005 Swedish Idol winner (and still a teen idol), singing his hit song Natalie (song on YouTube).
  5. July 31: Lilleby Beach and Kungsbacka: Beach day. then dockside BBQ.
  6. July 1: Asa Beach: Beach day.

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Varberg and Ride on Johan’s Restored Wooden Boat

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Johan has been bought this boat last summer and has been restoring it all winter. It is sweet! A classic. The other old wooden boat you see is a friend of Johan’s boat. It’s almost 100 years old and is completely restored. I think he just put it up for sale (I think around $100,000). And before you ask about the dog, Otto, no we didn’t slip him a space cake, he’s just happy.

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Red, White, and Bruce

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These first three pics and this concert video (“Radio Nowhere”) are from the Gothenburg Post, which gave the show a perfect 5-lighthouse rating. I do too, but I was scared for a few minutes when they opened up with “Born in the USA” and the sound quality was horrible. But they tuned it up fast and it was loud, crisp, and clean for the rest of the 3-hour concert (9:00 to midnight).

Below are pics from our pre-party BBQ at Martin and Anna’s place and then my concert photos, some of them blurry and probably should not have been posted, but screw it, here they are!

Happy FOJ everyone! I might update this post later with an original (but low quality) video clip or two. Cheers.

PS: Here’s a link to yesterday’s post and pics about how we got our Bruce tickets (camped out in December).

UPDATE #1: NEW VIDEO CLIP: Here’s one of the video clips I shot (will post more later if any good). Depending on how sentimental [or empathetic] you are, this one might tug your heart strings, the way it did mine.

UPDATE #2: NEW VIDEO CLIPS: 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy).

UPDATE #3: NEW VIDEO CLIPS: Out in the Street.

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Pictures: Copenhagen, Reboot 10 & Flash Party

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This is my complete set of photos (I posted a subset and of the pictures and pretty much all of my comments here (on The BuzzPal Blog). Video clip of the Flash Party is here.

The guys you see at the bottom of this blog (because the pics are in chronological order) are two cool Norwegian brothers we met at the bus back to Sweden for us and Norway for them. They were coming back from a 3-week trip in Italy, Greece, and Hungry. They turned us on to the biggest blues festival in Europe, which is in August in the town where they live. Susanne and I hope to go, but need to make sure the timing doesn’t conflict with our trip to Gotland, which starts August 9th.

PS: I put larger sizes of a couple of the black-and-whites plus a few of the other cool pics (if you liked the abstract effects) up at buzzpal.com/reboot10.

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