A True Alternative Is Nigh

Yes these are trying times. There are news coming in from every corner of the  planet and most of them are bad, disconcerting news. And as of February of this year we are witnessing how the United States are slowly converted into what appears to be a monarchy…possibly oligarchy. But do not despair. A friend of mine sent me a few weeks a go a beacon of hope; A mantra to rally around; I don’t want to call it “a convenience-based Statue Of Liberty for the App-spoiled populous of the twnety-first century”, but it is close.

BEHOLD:


A man with a pair of testicles, who is prepared to do the right thing. That’s what makes a man, a man. Such a man is Jeff “the Dude / Duder / his Dudeness / El Duderino” Lebowski.

A man of his time, for this time. A man who recognizes travesty, even when the wind blows in his face, will bring change about to the travesty that has become our daily politics.
Cheers, stay sharp and don’t despair, for the dude abides.

Markus \m/

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Potpourri

Today, I do not have a single specific topic, but more of a mixed bag – a potpourri, if you will. I have had a lousy day and I wanted to get the stupid stuff off my mind, so I immersed myself in a few photos.

We start with Bangkok. The elevated pedestrian path hovering over the intersection near MBK, BACC and Siam Center was renovated recently. As part of the architecture they put up parasols, with paintings by local artists. This is one of these parasols – it allows the eyes to wander and explore.

While in Germany, we went for walks and enjoyed the fresh mountain air and the occasional whiffs of “dairy-air”.

I love this picture, because of the shy expression the calf gives me and the camera. On second thought – I must admit – I am thinking “Wiener Schnitzel”.

While in Füssen, we walked along the River Lech, when I saw this motive. I it beautifully confusing and requires the observer to immerse oneself into the image to see what’s what.

We also found a great Viennese Cafe. A Vienna woman and her husband ran the place. She was the real deal and so were their hot chocolates and cakes – Applestrudel and Marillenstrudel – “Good Times, I cherish these moments”.I will close with a little street-art, which we found underneath a bridge. I love the color contrast and the contrast in motive.

Alright, dear readership. Stay Sharp and don’t let the stupid stuff get to you….and yes, I know this can be a challenge at times.

Cheers Markus \m/

Bad Traffic

How bad is the traffic in Bangkok? Well, I have said this before and I think it every day: Lately it seems like it’s getting worse. But don’t take my word for it, I have photographic proof. The space between the houses – and that includes sidewalks and the streets surface and the gutters…really wanted to drive home all-inclusivity if the diffferent spacwa betwen the houses, you see? – has become so overcrowded that car dealerships started to plant their test-drive cars to the side of the buildings. Not that anybody would ever want or even could begin to fathom a test drive BECAUSE IT IS AT BEST A TEST STANDING IN A TRAFFIC JAM. The inly judgement you could pass after an hour in the car is, hiw good/bad the seats are, legroom, acoustics, isolation from the outside world with all its noises, smells and pollution.


So there you have it, that’s how bad traffic in Bkk is.

Cheers Markus \m/…..oh, yes and please stay sharp – it is more important than ever in this “unique” global political climate.

A Little More Nighlife

I was out Friday night, shooting. Then I wondered how can I add four more images i a way that it continues the. The Maxi version. See, in the 80s, everyone who hat a hit in the charts released a so-called maxi single – which was an extended version of the original hit. The undisputed kings of Maxi Single releases were Frankie Goes To Hollywood – heck they released a whole album with maxi versions of three songs and it is called “The Whole 12 Inches” – get it?…tongue in cheek. But this is Willie Nelson and the Night Life song. So, think of this as the Maxi Version of “Night Life”.

Two ladies carrying their goods for the “emergency sales” to the girls in Soi 26.

Street food vendor caught in the perpetual Sukhumvit traffic jam.

Vendor of the original “Luke Skywalker Lightsaber”, with the Obiwan Kenobi seal of approval, taking his supper break.

All the rest of the poor souls in their cars caught in Friday night traffic – this was at around 10:00pm. What a way to waste one’s time.

Stay sharp and use public transportation, bicycles, skateboards or go on foot, if you don’t want to waste your time in traffic.

Markus \m/

 

Relative, As In “Compared To”

For many people hell became reality on Friday, January 20th 2017. No, why do I say that? In the country, that loves to proclaim itself as the leader of the free world, a new president was sworn in. A gentleman, who loves to boast and brag, yet with a reportedly very thin skin and a reportedly unique understanding of reality. But that’s not the point and not focus of this entry. As much as it may pain many people, especially the citizens of the United States – particularly the majority of thenpopulation that voted for the questionable democratic alternative, life will go on. America will not decay into a banana republic. democratic principles may be shaken a bit, but they will not break. There a checks and balances and a still free press. And if especially the free press will start to spend money on “shoe leather” and do journalism and explain the news, then everyone will weather the storm. Besides, let’s give him the benefit of the doubt and judge him by what he does. He has the house majority, the senate majority, the presidency, the majority in more than half the states of the union, the govenorship in (I think) almost half of all states. You can’t have much more power – No More Excuses, for getting nothing done. I was just as shocken as all oth Trump opponents abut his inauguration speech – scarry, nightmarish stuff. I do wonder where he gets the ideas for these dystopian wasteland speeches. Yes, big cities have big bad soft underbellies, places whe you don’t necessarily go in alone, but they also have many, great  friendly neighborhoods, where people know each other and whe normal people live and the only Mad Max in the neighborhood is your neighbor’s Yorkshire Terrier. If you experiened life ina real banana republic, for example in any of the many central african dictatorships or Russia for that matter or China. Any form of dissent would get the dissenter repressed if not simply vanished. You have seen how the Trump supporters lifted theor supposed Champion to victory – identify your champion – make it known who you champion is and then lift her or him to victory at the next opportunity. Don’t lament, prepare instead.

I realized this yesterday, as we took a ride along the Golf and all,of a sudden we see this.


Yes it is kitsch as kitsch can, but it is also a beautiful picture of love, trust and care. And by extension gives me hope that this period of nationalism and narrow-mindedness shall pass, too.

Being a Global Nomand myself, I find it very sad, when people, judge others by their passport, language of color of their skin, because it eleominates the possibiliyu, that the other person may have something you might need, appreciate. even admire. I have spent tye first part of my working life in the hatd disk drive industry – most of you will not know what that is all about, as ling as the box inside your computer stores the birthday pictures from grandma’s 75th birthday bash. but this industry was and prpably still is hypercompetitive. so competitive, that it is an unwritten law that everyone abides by, that anybodymight just have THE IDEA that will give your company a huge competitive advantage. As a consequence,the HDD industry is very inclusive a as in German alongside, Czechs, Russian, Americans, Chinese, Nepalis, Indians, Indonesian, you name it we have it. That openness made for a beautiful environment. That does not mean, that there was no conflict and politics, but an ass was ass because he was an ass, not because of his heritage or the color of his skin.

Hm, just noticed I might have been rambling a bit. Yes the sky may be grey and ominous, but there will be sunshine, too and soon enough.


So keep,your chin up, do small good deeds to total stangers without conditions and tell them to stay sharp, too.

Cheers Markus \m/