odds and ends
My friend got married today *sniff*. Another man down. And I couldn't be there. While being oddly depressed at missing (yet another) wedding because I was out of the country, I can only send my best wishes; go forth and multiply and may both of you have a long, happy and prosperous life together... *vows to do a toast later on tonight to A. and C.*
And speaking of toasts, as reported earlier, the Oktoberfest kicked off today in Munich. Ah, the memories. Reuters is reporting that a new means of parting gullible tourists from their cash is the Bavarian Slang Aid. Surprisingly enough, Bavarian is (spoken, believe it or not, in Bavaria, the southern regions of Germany) is nothing like German. In fact, it's linguistic roots are closer to Turkish, apparently (or did I mean Finnish). Residents of Bavaria take a positively fiendish delight in speaking the dialect to confuse people.