Monday, September 6, 2010

Out and About in Medieval Germany

Whenever we can dump whatever we’re doing and go to a fest, we go to a fest. This is Germany. If you don’t go to a fest, there’s something wrong with you.

These photos are from the mittelalter (Middle Ages) fest at Hirsau Abbey, near Calw.

Don't talk to me about the Renaissance Festival in your home town. These are photos from a real fair, held on the grounds of an old abbey that dates back to the 9th Century.

I especially like how they left barrels sitting around for authenticity. Really, it was a great time. I think we spent somewhere around three hundred euro, and only some of it was for the meat on a skewer stick.

The beer? My God, man. The beer was wonderful. The food was wonderful. The atmosphere was terrific. People take their dogs everywhere, of course, and the place was jam-packed. The skills of the artisans were evident. The music was interesting and the crowd was fantastic. The weather was to die for.

Here, a man operates a saw. This is how they used to make things. With saws. Oh, never mind.

You may have done the Renaissance Festival back in the states, but to attend one in Germany is completely and utterly badass, since everyone carries working weapons around.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Another Cad Breaks the Heart of America's Loneliest Girl

What a douchebag:

Saturday Night Live's Jason Sudeikis is finally ready to open up about why he broke Jennifer Aniston's heart -- sort of.
In the October issue of Vanity Fair, the comedian -- who first costarred with Aniston in The Bounty Hunter earlier this year -- reveals why things didn't click romantically with the 41-year-old actress.
"I don't know, I don't know. Bad manners maybe?" Sudeikis, 34, muses. "You know the worst part? Even joking about it gets taken out of context. It's such a weird thing to even speak about. I make what I think is clearly a joke and then some people...I don't know, it's hard. I guess it just proves that not everybody has the same sense of humor as I do. I try not to be too worried about it."
The actor then jokes about the nature of his relationship with Aniston -- and current squeeze January Jones -- by telling the mag that "I completely pay attention when I'm sleeping with someone. It's one of the things I'm known for. I'm always super focused on it -- knowing their name, knowing if something's working. You will never hear otherwise."

I hate to break it to you, but when a man uses Jennifer Aniston, it isn't because he wants to have a better career in show business; it's because he knows he can "trade up" and get a January Jones instead of someone far less spectacularly attractive than January Jones (and I'm a gentleman; I refuse to pick on someone).

Jennifer Aniston has somehow become the lonely girl of Hollywood--the girl who goes home alone (or with a wanna-be star of stage and screen)--and she is either resigned to this or encouraging it. I don't know. One thing is certain--whenever someone hooks up with her, they end up dumping her in favor of someone a little younger and little more attractive. How sad is that?