Tuesday, 12 January 2010


I was at the mall yesterday. It's an interesting place to just stand there and watch people.

The curious thing...is that I see more women in burkas in one day....than I'd see in an entire year in Germany.

We aren't just talking about the hair-covering type. I saw three gal's dress with the hide-your-face burka in the middle of the mall....and just stood there in a moment of shock. This is Arlington, and I'm guessing I'll have to get used to this.

It's the none-black & non-white thing that's going to take some getting used to. In my neighborhood....I'd guess that twenty percent of the population is El Salvadoran. Around town, I've probably bumped into three hundred Pakistani or Saudi folks. And I've come to bump up with some Sri Lankan folks.

I seem to remember a bunch of German idiots always saying that Americans simply aren't international in nature. Well....I'd say the international thing....has come to America and we have more or less accepted this as the "norm" now.

Dennys & IHOP

I stopped and had breakfast at Denny's on Sunday. I had big expectations....it was my first visit to a Dennys in ten years.

Well....it was a breakfast that I could actually rate worse than the Golf Course at Ramstein. The ham was as thick as four sheets of toilet paper....the toast was from bread four weeks old....and the coffee tasted like freeze-dried from a pouch.

Yes, it was one of the worst meals of my life.

And the hash browns? Burnt....as much as you could possibly burn them....and they were fairly crunchy.

For a guy who had been outside of the US for fifteen years....it was a fair let down.

So yesterday.....I stopped at IHOP....and had one of the best breakfast meals of my life. Yes, I did have to pay $17....but frankly.....it was what I was expecting at Dennys.

Maybe it's a good thing that I'm car-less in five days for a year. I'd end up at IHOP every other day otherwise.