September 2003 Archives

Not very thrilled to be

Not very thrilled to be heading to work on Monday. Nonetheless, I do so begrudgingly. I am sure that I will be jetlagged until at least Thursday.

I purchased a new toy, specifically for my trip to Europe. Unfortunately, I could not use it overseas. However, it works great stateside. I'm sitting @ LGA, surfing the internet and checking email with Snapdial. TechTV did a review of this product. To be fair, fellow LUG member Dave, demonstrated this cool feature of the CDMA equipped phone early last year. I may do a short demo for my NSBE-DAE tech tidbit.

Didn't make it to Graz

Didn't make it to Graz, Austria, but I did make contact with someone who would be happy to play hostess upon my return.. Actually, I also met someone who referred to me as 'Gangsta, Gangsta'.. Apparently, she watches too much MTV and thinks that all NY hip-hop gunplay is cool. She even thought the word 'niggas' was cool to say, while in the company of two brothas on the train @ 2am. Definitely, the most interesting part of my trip.. She wanted my digits and figured she could connect with me. Young females. Dunno.. Might be interesting..

Anyway, we forged onward to Munich. Took more photos and I promise, I'll post them as soon as I can organize them in some logic fashion.

Munich had a great deal of fine architecture and it also had a beautiful palace with a wonderful garden. In fact, I understand that King Ludwig has an astounding castle nearby the hotel where I stayed. Hopefully, I can get there someday.

Well.. I'm back in the states again. I thoroghly enjoyed my European Vacation. The last day in Europe resembled a Chevy Chase adventure.

We picked up a Volvo A4 sedan, so that we could travel to the palace and get back to Munich to see the night life. Unfortunately, we didn't know how to get back to the hotel, nor the car rental.. In fact, we spent 3.5 hrs looking for both venues. Talk about frustrating. More later..

Gosh two posts in one

Gosh two posts in one day.. Vienna is fabulous.. I have taken more pics here than any other place we have visited thus far. There is much history here, and I am sure there are many more landmarks that I have not discovered.

Our next stop will be Munich or Graz, Austria. I have compiled a list of 'lessons learned' from this trip.. Some of you have already provided me with some valuable input. Keep em coming.

Thai Massage in Milan

Before departing Milan, I experienced my first Thai massage. For 45 Euro, I thought I got a great deal. Although the masseuse was quite petite, she was quite an expert practitioner. All the aches and pains that I acquired on the train ride from Germany are a distant memory now. Thx Nisa..

We arrived in Zurich later yesterday afternoon.. Switzerland is a very beautiful country. I was particular taken by the wonderful view of the Swiss Alps and its snow capped mountains in the distance. Spent most of the time walking through the merchant district before settling down for a great dinner. I had something called Monk fish. Great taste, despite the name.

Today, we're in Vienna, Austria. The 7.5 hr train ride wasn't that bad. We had much better accomodations. More later..

Arrived in Milan

Arrived in Milan, Italy this morning. It was a 7hr train ride from Stuttgart, GmBh. Apparently, I'm not getting any younger. My body feels as though it went through a meat grinder. I ache everywhere imaginable. Milan is a stark contrast to both German cities (Frankfurt and Stuttgart), in that it is not as clean and its citizens tend to be more like NYers.

For instance, Germans don't jaywalk, however, it appears that jaywalking is fine in Milan.
Actually, in Milan, it seems that pedestrians walk at their own peril. Not so in Germany.

There could be no cars coming in either direction, but nobody will walk across the street because the walk signal is red. I do not believe, we will spend much time in Milan, as it does not appear very inviting. In fact, this might be the last Italian city that we visit. Rome stop is probably cancelled.

Next stop - Zurich, Switzerland..

Last night, I had dinner

Last night, I had dinner at a great Lebanese restaurant in Wiesbaden (pronounced ' vees-bod-en ' ). Food was great and we ate in the open air cafe. One interesting point to note - the ubiquitous glass of water that comes with your meal is not free in Europe. Talk about culture shock.

While eating, Reg and I wondered if Mercedes Benz vehicles were sold at rock bottom prices, as it appears as though every German drives them. Judging from what drove by the cafe, there probably wasn't a vehicle less than 30k US. I plan to stop at one of the local Benz dealerships and ask to about the test driving policy.

Oh yeah, the Autobahn is very impressive. We clocked about 120km/h on the drive to Wiesbaden.

We are driving a French sedan, the name escapes me.. I have taken a few shots of it. I will make a point to post them later.
Speaking of cars, I also spent a few hours at the IAA autoshow in Frankfurt au Main. Many very cool vehicles. I was very impressed with the Peugot's offering. In the US, Peugots died a terrrible death long ago. Their vehicles had a very poor quality record. Yes, I took several photos and do plan to share them with you.

Today, I send this msg from yet another internet cafe in Stuttgart GmbH.. I had the pleasure of riding the highspeed ICE train. Departed Frankfurt this morning, very nice ride.. Unfortunately, I' ve not been able to use my laptop much as the both batteries are dead. The adapter I brought doesnt work. I hope to have this resolved soon. Gotta watch my DivX movies ...

Later this evening, we'll be heading to Milan, Italy.. Keep it locked.. One love..

Greetings from Frankfurt GmbH

Greetings from Frankfurt GmbH Internet cafe.. The flight on Singapore Airlines was a brisk 6hrs. Unfortunately, I could not find an exit row seat, so I sat in the standard legroom seat. I was forced to stretch my legs into the aisle. The major problem with this arrangement was that I was seated directly next to the attendants' station. So, on this international flight, you could probably imagine that these attendants were busy people. I could swear that their was more activity than a beehive. Each time one of the attendants brought food or beverage to a passenger, they nearly tripped over my feet. Obviously, I didn't get much sleep on the flight. The food was pretty good and they were not stingy with alcohol or snacks.

I watched parts of my X-Men Reunited and some of 'Jackie Chan's-Legend of Drunken Master'.

Well. Time is almost up.. More later..

Prelude to Excitement

It's been a long time but I haven't left you. I've just been very busy preparing for my trip to Europe. Tomorrow morning I'll be in Franfurt. Needless to say, I'm very amped. Coming home spending time with family and friends was great. I got a chance to do alot while on vacation.

Finally, broke down and purchased a digital camera. Got a Fuji Finepix A303 3.2mp camera.
I was able to play around with it while hanging out at home.

The weather has been great, in fact, I took the opportunity to walk across the B'klyn Bridge. For you history buffs, the bridge is one of the oldest surviving suspension bridges in the world. It was erected in 1889. It was a fairly clear day, so I figured I'd take a shot at a portion of the skyline .

Last Friday, I sailed aboard Queen of Hearts, and partied with the Port Authority Hispanic Society and The Network of Black Employees. Basically, we travelled around the Hudson River, ate good food, and danced until exhaustion. I had a great time. I plan to share more boatride pics as time permits.

Finally, I went to a free Cassandra Wilson concert in Battery Park. Hung out with a few friends. Gotta say, one of the best things about NYC are its great free concerts.

Well that 's all for now.

NSBE-XL

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Wednesday, I went to a NSBE - XL Alumni Extension chapter General Body mtg. The 'XL' stands for Extra Large. The New York AE chapter holds its mtgs at the Dean Witter 3rd FL cafeteria. Located @ 750 W. 50th St. My financial advisor, Cary Hall was giving a talk on Leadership Building. After the mtg, I met with some of the XL membership and e-board. I told people that I served as the TSIG chair for the NSBE-DAE. To my suprise, I discovered that the XL chapter does not have a TSIG. In fact, they've not had one in at least 3yrs. Chapter President-Emeritus, Nicole Brown, informed me that the NEB dropped TSIG from its structure. As such, many chapters do not fill that role. Imagine life without a TSIG chair... A sobering thought indeed..

Well, I suggested that XL and DAE have a virtual mtg via videoconference. She thought it would be a great idea. The Central NJ Alumni Extension chapter had expressed interest in doing something like that awhile ago, but it never occured. Perhaps I could try to make this happen before the end of the year.

It would be nice to link up some of my old Region 1 headz with my new Region IV peeps..

Labor Day Parade

Sorry people, the parade suffered the 2nd consecutive year of rain. It was a pretty miserable day. As such, I wasn't inspired to take any pics. Truth be told, I forgot to take my camera as I ran out of the house ;( Typically, we have approx. 3.5million parade goers, but this year, due to the weather, the total was substantially less. I believe it was roughly 1.5million. Oh well, perhaps we'll get better weather next year. Heck, the entire summer has been fairly mild.

Nonetheless, I did get to see the WLIB float complete with Wyclef Jean. I also saw 'old school' reggae artist Shaka Demus. Of course, there was alot of Calypso music, so the Trini crowd was pleased this year. In my mind, the Jamaican floats are usually better, as they have entertainers that have broader appeal. I'm sure that I'll take some heat for that statement.

Nine more days left until I depart for Europe.. The only item I need to purchase is a jacket, I had no idea that the weather was going to be so cool and damp. I'll need to cop one before I bounce outta here.

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