Random Thoughts En Route to Berlin

There's very little glamorous about business travel. Continental has managed to maintain a perfect batting average in the past three weeks: five out of five flights have been an hour or more late. I'm going to spend about 24 hours in Berlin, and while it's the second time I'm visiting the city on business, I've never seen the remnants of the Berlin wall, the Brandenberg gate, or bought a Steiff bear. Hoping to correct some of these cultural deficiencies on this trip, if there are a few spare hours between our last plenary and bulk food.

Music: "In the Cage", Genesis Live Over Europe; "Pass the Peas", Maceo Parker Roots & Grooves (the bass line and guitar solo in this version just kill); "Ozark", Pat Metheny Group As Falls Wichita; "Your Majesty Is Like A Creme Donut", Hatfield and the North, The Rotter's Club; "Lines on My Face", Peter Frampton, Frampton Comes Alive. There's probably some bizarre Cambridge (UK) connection between Genesis and Hatfield; I'm waiting for someone at our GSE meeting to fill me in (last year, someone handed me a sampler CD of Porcupine Tree and I was hooked).

Words: Finishing up Rush drummer Neal Peart's Ghost Rider, the travelogue of his 55,000 mile journey during which he attempted to re-assemble his life after the deaths of his wife and daughter. I read his Road Show: Landscape with Drums and adored the travel writing interspersed with behind the scenes concert vignettes so I went one level deeper into his work. Great backdrop for having seen Rush just a few weeks ago; the books provider greater appreciation of Peart's lyrics on the last two Rush releases.

Threads: I may be able to complete the hat trick of Diesel Sweeties venue-appropriate shirts: I'm currently sporting the metallic Clango shirt to arrive in Berlin, a tangential nod to Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk; on my way to Montreal on Friday I'll cross the border in my Canada 2.eh maple leaf shirt and then for California the week after, it's Electric Sheep and obscure Blade Runner references. The electric sheep shirt gets only slightly fewer stares than my xkcd sudo shirt, but that's part of un-glamour of business travel. I tend to travel comfortably unless I'm going directly from plane to meeting; if I have time to change I'm going to represent the Sun brand in my behavior (despite any number of delays, bad meals and weak coffee servings) but dress code reverts to my peculiar brand of culture.

Comments:

Nice - thanks for the pointer to Diesel Sweeties. Can I reciprocate with redmolotov.com? (I am not a stockholder...). Hope you manage to see more of Berlin this time.

The Wall has lost all its atmosphere... but you can still get a whiff of classic Cold War paranoia by heading East down the Unter den Linden and then turning left towards the US embassy. It has everything... spiked railings, blockhouses, traffic barriers, armed sentries. ;\^)

Posted by Robin Wilton on July 02, 2008 at 03:51 AM EDT #

Genesis and Pat Metheny Group !! ... wow!
I've been proud of "Genesis Geek" for 30 years. Of course, last year, I've "participated" in Genesis tour. More people should know not only their "great music", but also that "moving light(ing system)" was developed by a startup-company with Genesis -- it was Vari-lite. http://www.vari-lite.com/index.php?submenu=Company&src=gendocs&ref=About-Vari-Lite&category=Company
This was the typical use-case that technology changed the world. If Genesis had not supported the brand-new technology for lighting system, the world would have been 10+ years behind....

Posted by Takashi Shitamichi on July 02, 2008 at 05:35 AM EDT #

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