grades 5 to 10
school hours 8:00 am - 1:15 pm
I couldn't pass up the opportunity... Armin offered to take me for a drive on the Autobahn.
It was crazy; it was thrilling...
I'm so glad I did it.
(He drives a BMW 135i coupe that he modified.)
After watching a few YouTube videos of Sammy's idol, Marc Fitt, I decided that he seemed like a decent guy. So on a whim, I tweeted him a link to Sammy's interview. Marc replied immediately and started following Sammy on Twitter. I'm not sure who was more excited Sammy or me!
But it gets even better. He then asked permission to post Sammy's video on his fitness blog! Within a couple hours he had written a blog entry and posted the vid. Sammy is beyond happy and I feel wonderful for helping make that happen!
"Today wasn’t the best day of my life. I don’t know why, but sometimes you wake up and can feel just fine, and sometimes, well, not so much — today was that kind of day. But, after seeing this video, I recovered my attitude and felt so privileged to be the idol of Sammy Baker and many others."
from Marc Fitt's blog post about Sammy
This one was more serious...I forgot to smile. It's the chicken and the egg conundrum.
I had been watching his lecture and enjoyed his obvious passion and enthusiasm for science. I thought he'd be an interesting person to meet...and he was. We spent quite a while chatting and, once again, this interview idea gave me an opportunity to meet someone I never would have otherwise.
Manfred mentions his YouTube channel. You should check it out: manf1234
Had my first bout with loneliness yesterday. Was overly tired and overly hungry, neither of which are a good match for me. So I get off the metro feeling glum and my phone pings. It's a text from Geri Anne, a friend from Holy Cross school. She's looking for help with some iPad questions. I'm pretty sure she had absolutely no idea I'm away and the normalcy of the conversation was exactly what I needed. And it also got me thinking about the power of technology and connectedness. That occupied my brain long enough to get to a restaurant where I was able to use the only two Viennese words that really matter: schnitzel and sacher torte! Mmmmmmm! And they're alliterative...mmmmhmmmm! Equilibrium restored...but I still haven't had a beer Michelle!
The Third Man
This is an iconic 1949 film classic directed by Carol Reed and starring Orson Welles; it's an important part of Viennese history. I watched it before I left and enjoyed it immensely. So yesterday I spent some time checking out the places where some of my favourite scenes were shot. A shout out here to Matthew for giving me the idea to look for the movie on iTunes when I was struggling to find a legal way to watch it. You rock, Matthew...teaching your teacher, yet again!
*SPOILER ALERT* This means you Patrick. I only took a few pictures but for those of you who haven't seen it and plan to, then you shouldn't click the link. Third Man pictures.