Amped Up Abstract Colorful

I walked around Bangkok yesterday, after I had visited a photo expo documenting climate change at the BACC. And what did my inspired eyes see?

Patterns that are reminiscent of Lotus leaves or Japanese Rising Suns. But that was only part of it. Look at the colors – all amped up. Hies if screaming light blues, turquoises and green are drilling their way through your retina straight into your brain.

There you have it. Stay sharp gang and vigilant.

Cheers Markus \m/

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You Know…

…that you have absolutely fallen out of favor when…

..a 7-Eleven in Bangkok, Thailand is using your country’s World Cup Coke can to run a promotion to rid themselves of “apparently unsellable” stock. Fame is a fickle friend.

Stay sharp and show some loyalty, dammit, will ya’!

Cheers Markus \m/

Natural Law

I am an engineer with a passion. You see as an engineer you don’t deal with bendable and changeable, arbitrarily man-made laws. Nature is your master and that’s that. No discussion, no negotiation. You can complain all you want, but nature will not yield. That definite level of constancy gives me great pleasure and security, because the rules will not change in my lifetime and they have been the same for Euclid, Archimedes, Newton, Einstein, the Ferrari Brothers and the Porsche boys. And while we have made great strides in the last 5000 years in our understanding of nature and our ability to copy nature. Nature itself still is the kingpin. And to drive that point home – at least to me – nature woke me up with a breathtaking sunrise this morning. Nature apparently knows that I dabble in sketching and photography and so this is what I woke to.

I am not kidding.

Now stay sharp and have a good day.

Cheers Markus \m/

The Ol’ Oracle

My dad, the old football oracle was once again right (an believe you me, this admission is hard for a son). Two an a half weeks ago we were talking in the car about the prospects of Germany defending its World Cup title. Yours truly, Mr-Walking-On-The-Sunny-Side-Of-The-Street, Mr-The-Glass-Is-Half-Full (even though there is only condensation on the glass), well, me a person with a generally optimistic outlook on life, I said:”We will punish Mexico 4:0, we will send Sweden back to the lockers with a valuable 3:0 lesson…and South Korea…well South Korea, I don’t count practice games.” My dad, the ol’ football oracle chuckled and dryly replied, “They will not make it! They should be happy if they make it into the knockout round.” I laughed in the face of such dire pessimism. He expanded with just one sentence:”They are not hungry…..the gentlemen millionaires.”

If you have followed the World Cup, then you know, that I had to eat my words and that my dad, was succinctly to the point. I will not throw in my 10 Baht and explain what happened and why. Fact is that the German team from 3006, 2010 and 2014 would have schooled the 2018 team with double-digits to zero victories. In all three group stage games, it was as if they had forgotten the beautiful and entertaining “Hooray Football” that made them fan darlings in 2006, 2010 and ultimately won them the World Cup in 2014.

And so to finish the eating of words I say to my dad:”I bow my head in deep humility and with great admiration. May you be correct many more decades. But, I would like to express with the utmost confidence, that our hockey team, the Mannheim Adler (Olé, Olé, Olé, Olé, immer wieder MERC) will definitely grab the national championship in the 2018/19 season – NO DOUBT!! Mark my words.”

And that’s that. Onwards and upwards.

Stay sharp and remember Optimists have a lot more to lose, but they are also much better prepared for success !-)

Cheers Markus \m/

Invisible Air

Our transition continues. Specifically, right now my eyes and my lungs are going through the transition of not seeing the air I breathe. My ears are going through the transition of not hearing the hum of the A/C while I sleep. Instead they have to listen ti the chirping of birds starting at around 4:30 in the morning, just as the sun inches up on the horizon.

In short, it is an overall very soothing experience.

I should also point out, the milk from the cows that eat this green grass in the pasture, well that milk is divine and so are the cheeses. There I said it – I am smitten.

Stay sharp

Cheers Markus \m/

A Vertical Career

Whoohoo, it is Spring Cleaning in Bangkok. The tall buildings are being washed in the outside….by hand….by people….in climbing gear….suspended on loooooong ropes….from the roof way up above.

It is quite spectacular watching these guys gong about their work in lofty altitude. Part of me envies them. But cleaning the Sides that face between South and West in Bangkok has got to he a nightmare.

They are exposed most of the day to the sun and they get the light and heat reflected off the glass and aluminum facade. I imagine it to be incredibly hot.

I can imagine that this would likely a lot more fun in Frankfurt or Manhattan at this time of year.

Stay sharp and keep your eyes open for the extraordinary.

Cheers Markus \m/

I’m Walking….

…through the streets of Bangkok on a Tuesday afternoon. I feel my time is running out in Bangkok. And while I am happy about that, I am also looking at it with a small sad eye…..and yes, I hate to admit to that. But this was our home base for a long time and this time is running out. So, I am walking through Bangkok with this knowledge. I see the sometimes funny, sometimes dull, but always interesting graffitis.

And then I see one of the reasons, why I am happy to leave from here.

The insane traffic, that local take for granted, because don’t know any different. They don’t know that there are other big cities that have found ways to manage traffic much more efficiently; that traffic is indeed manageable. And, yet, Bangkok traffic is a nightmare. So, the traffic I will absolutely not miss. I will not miss the pollution. I will not miss the noise – the noise that never stops.

Having said that, I say:”Stay sharp”

Cheers Markus \m/