Blah. What am I going to do with this blog? Germany is boring.
The food is bland. The cities are well-run marvels. The weather is the weather. The politicians are colorless functionaries.
To quote Max Hastings, 'nothing ever happens in Germany.'
The press is even duller: a never-ending carousel of the same old '68 generation has-beens (Prantl! Knopp! Augstein! Niejahr! Pohl! Fleischhauer! Schleiermacher or Schnellschnorrer or whoever that guy from FAZ is! di Lorenzo channeling Schmidt!). The mainstream press circles around the same hobbyhorses like a donkey tied to a millstone: Eurocrisis. Energiewende. Rich-poor gap. Genetically modified whatever. Brussels. Europe. What will happen to [insert tiny, meaningless third party here]?!? End of print. Dangers of Facebook/Twitter/Google. Death penalty. Why we claim to hate ze sweatshops but love ze low prices. Stress/burnout. Eurocrisis. Energiewende... rinse and repeat, ad infinitum.
About 4 years, 3 months, and 15 days ago, I had an epiphany: If I began reading a German news article, especially an opinion piece, I could predict its slant after reading the first sentence, or sometimes just the headline. I would cover the rest of the article and mentally forecast what I would read. After my accuracy rose above about 80%, I finally gave up.
Mocking German smugness, complacency, self-satisfaction, and parochialism is fun at first but it's uncharitable and it gets old. Besides, as Tom Waits once said about writing political songs, it's about as effective as throwing peanuts at a gorilla.
Also, I have real work to do.
Yet I don't want to just let this blog die. That would be weak and cowardly.
So, I'm going to take it in a crazy new direction. Better yet, several crazy new directions at once! The only thing is, I haven't figured out what they are going to be yet. I think I'll just turn this blog into an unfiltered stream-of-consciousness experiment possessing no unifying theme. Or maybe it'll be opera DVD reviews. Pictures of spiders. Erotic ice-cube molds. Or all at the same time!
Suggestions are welcome in comments, yet most will be ignored.