Archive for September, 2012


(U-bahn in Munich, Germany)

This is the first of a series of posts on German advertising and the joy it brings to my day. I’ve decided to post these as I find them. So here we go…billboard #1. This is an ad for a company that sells tanning beds. The loose translation is: This is only tasty tanned (browned, literally). Oh come on! Surely you think this is as funny as I do. If I was better with photo shop, I’d place someone I know and love, or maybe just someone I know’s head on the chicken. But it would have to be someone very pale. This narrows down the list.

I’m sorry. I just stood and starred when I saw this ad at first. Using a raw chicken to advertise a tanning bed. Genius! Then, the longer I looked, all I saw was a naked newborn pic. (Minus the head, not trying to be morbid here.) You know the one I’m talking about. They’re just lying there asleep and naked, arms and legs all waded up underneath them. I should probably stop before I scare someone. Too late you say?

Then there’s the whole use of the word tasty. I see a poem forming or perhaps lyrics to a new song. Tasty/Pasty, you see where I’m going with this. These are the thoughts that go through my mind while innocently traveling the underground in Munich. Taking a picture of this with my iPhone drew a bit of unwanted attention to myself, but hopefully it caused people to pause and look at the advertisement and make a call to Sunpoint. After all, who doesn’t want to cover themselves with a bit of oil, sit under the broiler, and brown that pasty white skin until you’re golden brown. (BONUS: I hear the more fat, the better the taste. This is just what I’ve heard.)


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(Schloss Fürstenried, Munich, Germany)

We’re training at this beautiful former palace all week. It’s been a great time with an amazing group of young staff. They’re from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, and Colorado. We’ll meet five more times over the next two  years. I love my job!

I realize it’s been a long time since my last post. You see…I’ve been…waiting. And waiting, for closure. Thought you might like to know the results. Actually, it’s been so long you might need to look back at the last post just to see what the heck I’m talking about. So here it is. My husband and the belongings we shipped from Germany made it safely to Texas! Yay! My lab results in August were unchanged from May, in my case, good news. As for my novel, it did not place first in the contest, but will forever remain a finalist. This will look good on a query letter, etc. So not too bad after all. The agent said no. My first rejection, but certainly not my last. I will spend part of October sending out more letters, and I will not lose hope! Last, but not least, my Land Cruiser remains in the shop. However, since I am not there to drive it I can think of no better place for Dr. Livingstone to remain than with Stuart.

Whew, there you have it. Done and done.

We’ll be heading to Prague on Monday and train across the Czech Republic. I love my job! Did I say that already? I’ll post a picture or two from that beautiful country. Maybe one from the train. I promise not to wait so long for the next post. Really, I do. We’ll talk again soon.

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