Monday, August 28, 2006

See New blog

This is my last post in American in Duesseldorf....please see
http://jamesonthecanal.blogspot.com for the latest in my life.
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Sunday, August 20, 2006

Madonna Tonight!

Madonna is playing in Duesseldorf this evening and we will be there early. The opening act is Paul Okenfold!

Here concert is causing controversy for her "disco cross." Here is an excerpt from Deutsche Welle:

That's what prosecutors in Germany are intending to find out when Madonna comes to town to play Düsseldorf on Sunday. Controversy over a mock crucifixion during the concert has dogged the tour so far, and the German regulators will be watching in an attempt to determine whether the scene could be construed as insulting religious beliefs.

Nailed on a "disco cross"


During the offensive section, Madonna is hoisted onto what can be loosely termed a "disco cross" while wearing a crown of thorns. The mock crucifixion has caused outrage in many of the countries in which the singer has performed during the tour to date.

The Vatican is especially upset. Cardinal Ersilio Tonino, speaking with the approval of the pope, recently called the concert "a blasphemous challenge to the faith" and a "profanation of the cross" after Madonna had played Rome. He also called for Madonna, who was raised as a Catholic, to be excommunicated.

Madonna in blasphemy row -- again

"It is disrespectful, in bad taste and provocative," added Father Manfredo Leone from Rome's Santa Maria Liberatrice church. "Being raised on a cross with a crown of thorns like a modern Christ is absurd. Doing it in the cradle of Christianity comes close to blasphemy."


I think if she wants to do such a thing in her act that is her perogative.
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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

This Blog Will End Soon

FYI: This blog will be ending soon so please update your blogrolls, feeds, links, etc to reflect my new blog that celebrates Amsterdam---my new home as of next weekend. The only left to due in Duesseldorf is to see the Madonna concert this Sunday at the LTU Arena.

The web address is http://jamesonthecanal.blogspot.com

Once you visit my new blog, you will see the look and feel will be similar to this old blog, 'American In Dusseldorf,' however the content will be different--naturally it will contain info on the wonderful, liberal city of Amsterdam.

Additionally, I have decided to rant and rave about the current political climate, both the US and the world as a whole. I have this passion for politics because I believe we should all become involved so as to hopefully create a better world for us all and not leave it up to the corrupt scum that currently dominates the world political stage---especially in the US!
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Lufthansa Service Sucks!


Well, today is day 6 of Matt's checked luggage still missing. Lufthansa has been unresponsive, uncaring and unprofessional during the whole ordeal. Additionally, if you call Lufthansa's lost luggage customer service department it costs you, the consumer with the lost bag based on their negligence, 12 cents per minute!!! Can you believe that?

Then we did some more research online and found out that the airline is only liable for 1,200 Euros per passenger per trip!?! Thanks to this wonderful Montreal Convention which the EU ratified in 2004 and was enforceable effective June 28, 2004.

Let's just hope they magically find Matt's bag because the cost of the bag and its contents exceed 1,200 Euros....

Monday, August 14, 2006

Dreary Weather

Today it is chilly and rainy here in Duesseldorf. It is 13 degrees C or 56 degrees F. This cooler weather is a welcome relief from what we experienced back in the US. We were strolling around New York City at 103 degrees F!! This is perfect movie weather and tomorrow is "Kino Day" at our local movie theatre...What is playing here in Duesseldorf? Superman Returns--not interested. Over the Hedge--seen it three times on our recent flights. Pirates of the Caribbean 2--not interested. The Da Vinci Code--seen it. The Break Up with Jennifer Anniston--she gets on my nerves....Maybe no movie tomorrow???

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Lufthansa service sucks!

Well, the saga continues. I received my suitcase late yesterday evening, however, Matt´s bag is still missing. Today he will be filing a claim in order to be reimbursed for his missing clothes. Lufthansa admitted that my bag was flown to New York City and was re-routed back to Duesseldorf. How could my bag be sent to the US after heightened security alerts due to a "foiled terrorist plot" involving luggage on flights to the US? Amazing! It is not that we are mad that a bag is now lost, but the way it was handled. Never have they aplogized nor have they handled it professionally...I guess you can not expect professional service these days....

We do have phone service again, but Deutsche Telecom advised our DSL will not be on until Monday. I am relieved that it will happen so soon. I did not expect it to be on before we move to Amsterdam at the end of this month. Time will tell if it indeed is on or not Monday.

Speaking of Amsterdam, I am very excited about our move. I am thinking Amsterdam will be easier for me...We´ll see. Any suggestions on clubs, restaurants, museums or other "must-sees" please leave me a comment...

Friday, August 11, 2006

In Duesseldorf

We made it back to Duesseldorf Wednesday morning, but Lufthansa lost our checked luggage! It is day three without our luggage and Lufthansa still has no clue where it is except they say the last scan was in Munich.

Then we get back to our apartment and Deutsche Telecom has disconnected our phone and internet service. We call them on the phone and they acknowledge our request was for the end of August, but they disconnected service at the end of July!!!

Is everyone in this world stupid? It seems like everywhere you go or wherever you turn, no one is getting anything right. We cancelled our gym membership for the end of August and after going to the gym this morning they hand us a letter that acknowledges the cancellation for the end of September--we will be in Amsterdam in September!!!?!!! I seriously believe with the modern age and the internet, people are UNABLE to pay attention or focus long enough to get anything right!

Lastly, we turn on the TV the first time yesterday and see the US and the UK is up to the same old tricks. Scaring the populous with fake terror warnings. It is all a scam. Wake up people. We need to throw these fascists out on the street---Blair and Bush (and everyone in their governments!) I am losing faith in humanity and this crazy world.

So enough ranting and raving. Luckily, we are moving to Amsterdam soon....More postings if and when we can now that Deutsche Telecom is full of idiots like the rest of the world.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Posting from 40,000 feet

oe I am on a Lufthansa flight 425 from Boston to Munich right now. Lufthansa offers wireless internet onboard its trans-atlantic flights at a reasonable rate. It is great to be able to surf the internet on these long, boring flights. Now I am entertained at 40,000 feet!

The movie playing now is "Through the Hedge." I have seen that twice already onboard United Airlines from Boston-San Francisco-Boston. Good thing I have a good book and the internet.

I will be posting more about our up-coming move to Amsterdam soon....

PS. It is such GREAT news that Joe Lieberman is LOSING in Connecticut!!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Last Day in the USA

Today concludes our three week vacation here in America. We arrived at Boston's Logan Airport back on July 19th, Wednesday afternoon. We spent time in Durham, New Hampshire and the surrounding areas, including all the way up the Maine coast to Portland and out on the cape to Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Additionally, we took a road trip from NH through Vermont over to Niagara Falls, New York. Then we drove south through western NY and into Pennsylvania stopping in Lancaster, PA in Amish Country. How interesting to see a people that today still are riding in a horse and buggy as their main form of transportation. Then we continued our road trip east and north towards New York City where the highs were approaching 103 degrees F or 40 degrees C. Needless to say it was warm, muggy and smelly in NYC, but we visited with a dear friend I've known for many, many years. Finally, we included a side trip flying from Boston to San Francisco...

Now I am sitting in an airport hotel near Boston's Logan Airport waiting for my evening departure to Germany and contemplating our move from Duesseldorf to Amsterdam. I am looking forward to the change of scenery from Germany to Amsterdam. My two favorite cities in the world, thus far, are San Francisco--where I already lived for six years and Amsterdam. There are many reasons why I am looking forward to Amsterdam, but some of them being the government's liberal policies including being the first country in the world to legalize Gay Marriage. I feel the policies of the Dutch government and people are the most aligned with my beliefs.

I hope I end up liking Amsterdam and want to stay there indefinitely because right now I feel a little homeless. Not that we do not have a place to sleep and keep our personal belongings, but I just don't have a place I feel like is home. For example, I love San Francisco and lived there for the last six years (except the last eight months in Duesseldorf--however I was mostly traveling during that time). Also, my mother's side of the family lives in North Carolina and my father's side of the family lives in Florida. I would not like to call either of those places my home. I feel like a visitor when I'm in those locations. There's no sense of connection or grounding to those places, you know what I mean? I use to think San Francisco was my home, but I realize it is too expensive to live there. I want to settle down, buy a home and dig my roots into a location that feels like home. It is a strange feeling--not being connected to some place. So I am hoping Amsterdam becomes that type of place for me. Only time will tell.

My next post will be from Europe. I hope you're all enjoying your summer! Bis bald!

Friday, August 04, 2006

Back in San Francisco!


We made it to San Francisco. It is nice being back and seeing all of my friends again. The city is just like I remember it.

Last night we went to Happy Hour at Badlands and then for sushi around the corner. It was a great time and I am glad to be back.... More soon.