Saturday, June 03, 2006

Deutschland Ueber und Ueber

The dispatches from Germany continue:

After visiting with friends in Aachen, it was on to Giessen, the sight of many memories for Mr. Fishpatty. While there we were treated to avant garde local German theatre by Mr. Fishpatty's good friend, who is also the dean of the law school there: Herr Prof. Dr. Walter Gropp. Walter and his, Benedikt, will be living in Madison, WI for five months starting in August -- so, aside from the theater, the visit was in English. Mrs. Fishpatty was much relieved.

Walter also took us to the Gleiberg, a tower from the middle ages built by the local fief. As luck would have it, a local fraternity was celebrating its foundation day. (Fighting fraternities are big in Germany. There's sword play and fencing involved, and, while they are pretty disreputable, there a plenty of guys with scars on their faces to show their initiations.)

The spiral staircase was pretty treacherous. No lights. Shakey handrails. It was like an NYC subway.

The Scales of Justice

Apologies for the dearth of entries. And now, the deluge.

The Fishpatties went to Germany last month, land of clothes made for Mr. Fishpatty and shoes for the Mrs. We trained from Paris to Aachen (a.k.a. Aix-la-Chappelle), following the lead of Charlemagne, who moved the capital of the Holy Roman Empire from Paris to Aachen. "The Holy Roman Empire: Was it holy? Was it Roman? Was it an Empire? Discuss amongst yahselves."

Ah, teeter totters. For the child in everyone. Guess who ended up with the dirtiest butt because he's the heaviest. You guessed it: Mr. Assdirty.
Mrs. Fishpatty and Lady Airwolf also enjoyed the gravity and fulcrum machines in Germany. Good times were had by all.
Mr. Fishpatty with Herr Doktor Richter Jan Michael Vincent, LLM -- AKA "Airwolf." He's a killer on the guitar and the proud father of one Mr. Jonas, which is very close to Mr. Joshua. QUICK: NAME THAT MOVIE!