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Happy birthday, Jen!

I think that pretty much says it all...

communication breakdown

I followed up on a notification from LJ about Corva's new picture (nice!) and found a wealth of messages and such which I hadn't realized I had received - going back 5 years! I don't do LJ much (spend *way* too much time on Facebook), and had missed a whole slew of stuff. My apologies for this.

I don't use LJ, by and large. Not sure why, but Facebook has become more of my go-to social media. If you're getting this and want to stay in touch, my email is argyle.wolfknapp@gmail.com and I'm on Facebook most days as well. Phone is 504-899-1429 for the land line; 504-892-8319 for my cell.

We're doing OK for now. I'm at Commander's Palace (just over 6 years now) and Sondra is starting her first professional baking job (full-time) in a couple of days. She's still writing, and I am as well: I'm putting the first comprehensive history of the brewing industry in New Orleans together. With any luck I'll have it print-ready by the end of the year.

We've still got a guest room and y'all have an open invitation to visit the city that care forgot...

Writer's Block: Speak and spell

If you could cast one type of magic spell, which would you choose, and why?

flying, of course.

Writer's Block: Le Quatorze Juillet

Happy Bastille Day! Today the French celebrate the event that sparked the French revolution. In honor of our Francophone friends, what is your favorite French thing? Bonus points for answers en français.
Le vin! (au viandes de canards e foies, avec certainment).  A plus LE VIN! LE VIN! LE VIN!


Happy birthday!

I think that says it all. Best wishes.

Europe trip 2009 – a belated accounting

This will be in a few parts, depending on how much typing I'm up for. The overview is that it's Sondra & my 25th anniversary, and we decided that since she would be in Europe teaching at UNO's International Summer School in Innsbruck, perhaps we should go early and do the tourist thing. So, I set up the trip, or at least the first half – figuring that we'd make it up as we went. This is what we did:

On June 13, Sondra left for Hong Kong, as she had a paper to present at a conference there. Outside of some adventures leaving Hong Kong, it went pretty well. She went from there to Moscow to visit with some folks there whom she had stayed with when doing her doctoral research, and went on to Munich on the 26th. In the meantime, I left NOLA on the 23rd of June, arriving in Munich a bit after noon on the 24th. I had arranged for a room in Erding (one of Munich's suburbs) on the grounds that it was the closest thing to the airport under 100 euros a night. I took the bus to Erding, picked up a couple of baked goodies from the local bakery and then took a cab out to the gasthouse (not cheap). The instructions for checking in said to get the key from the key safe, and warned that it might be a bit sticky. This was an understatement, but it worked eventually. I then checked in and promptly crashed until about 7:30. Then I got up and walked into Erding, a fairly rural brewing town with a thermal spring/spa. I wandered about a bit taking pictures, but was still pretty jet-lagged so I passed on getting a *real* dinner. So I went back (about 45 minute walk each way – which felt GREAT after being on a plane for 9 or so hours!) to the boarding house (picking up a couple of beers en route, and turned in for the night.


In the morning (the 25th – Sondra being due in at 5:50 at the airport), I walked back into town past the barley fields and the Knights of Malta chapterhouse (!), and picked up a pastry. I then took the S-bahn (surban rail) into Munich. I wandered around Marionplatz for a bit just gawking, then went over to the Hofbrau house for a light lunch. I saw quite a few Morris dancers in representation!

With my wurst-und-dunkleweissbier tucked in , I then took the S-bahn out to the town of Freising, to visit the Weihenstephaner brewery. They've been brewing under license since 1040, making them the oldest continuous brewery on the planet. They also make my favorite beer in the world, bar none.

The restaurant there also had one of the best soups I've ever had, a hot, creamy-foamy concoction with radishes which was perfect for the day. Their motto is Alteste brauerei der welt “Oldest brewery in the world”. True dat.


I wound up shopping a bit (duh) but didn't buy any beer as a) I was on foot, and b) we would be getting plenty to drink on this trip. Besides, I knew that the biergarten in Innsbruck serves Weihenstephaner, so it would be there for me in another week.


Interestingly enough, the University of Freising was the educational stomping ground of the current Pope. The University sits above the town proper, as does the Weihenstephan brewery – formerly monastery.



Lunch and shopping being over, I took the S-bahn to the airport to meet Sondra, via the Hauptbanhof in Munich by accident (because I can't read all the much German, and the first train was an express – which I did not twig on). I met her at customs, and we went and picked up the car. I had ararnged for a Volkswagon Golf, but they gave us an upgrade: a black Mercedes Benz A160 (one of their 8000-series). So we drove to Erding in style! We walked into thown (that walking after a long flight really is a wonderful thing!) and had a perfectly lovely dinner at the Erdinger Weissbierhof, and then walked back to the gasthouse, past the lindens and fields. And so to bed.

summer plans

Europe this year - I leave in 7 days & haven't even *begun* to pack. With any luck the panic frenzy will hold off through the weekend...

Word up!

6 words for those of you in NOLA:

Prytania Theatre
Thursday midnight


phone stuff


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CREDO's a pretty great company - they give 1% of their revenues away to amazing non-profits like Doctors Without Borders, and they've given away over $60 million over the last twenty years. They also do progressive activism on issues like protecting the environment and working to end the war in Iraq.

I'm a CREDO customer myself, and I can tell you that not only do I agree with their values - I also love their service.

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Thanks for reading, and I'll talk to you soon!

A Wolf-Knapp