In another century, our family lived in Munich, Germany. One day, while I was riding the strassenbahn downtown, my mind wandered and this story presented itself. That’s the nice thing about riding the strassenbahn, you don’t have to pay attention to the driving. I don’t come up with as many stories now that I have to drive myself everywhere.

Just as a note, any whiff of contemporary politics is coincidental. I wrote this in Munich and we left there in 1992. I can’t remember what was going on in the German political scene at the time.

 

Karlheinz has suffered a series of unfortunate events in his life. He wants to recover, if only to exact revenge, and concocts a unique business plan. Will he succeed in reinventing himself as a successful entrepreneur? Or will the headlines get him again?

 

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Thus far, here on the edge of the American prairie, winter has been so wintery. Our snows began in November and this weekend, they continue.

This winter is reminding me of past winters although it has yet to reach the quality and quantity of the winter snows of 1980 in Munich, Germany. That year, the snow accumulated for months and it wasn’t until April that the main sidewalk through the Perlacher Forst housing area reappeared. The regular work of snowplows had created streetside mini-Alps mimicking the mountains in the distance. Children walked to school in the street because they were rarely equipped with crampons, ropes, and carabiners.

In this age of warmer winters, though, this winter feels old-fashioned. On the edge of the prairie where the latitude ‘enjoys’ the hot/cold changes along the boundary between Arctic chill from the north and puffs of steam from the Gulf of Mexico, this sustained cold is testing our resilience. We’re almost out of bread and milk at the store. [wink]

Luckily, for us photographers, the weather is picturesque. For that, I am grateful.

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Streetlight on a foggy winter night.