2008 Blog Year in review

Happy New Year!  A look back at the high- and lowlights of 2008 as seen on this space.



Germans launch New Year’s Eve assault, clean up operations reveal death and destruction.

All in one day: Hamster dies, wife faints, we find a €50 bill, and we call the cops after a crazy neighbour goes completely off the rails. She’s since moved out. Good fucking riddance.


A long weekend in London. We still laugh about the night we took that photo.



I go on a forum to check on what’s happening and I see and ad from a TV producer down in Munich. She’s looking for an American to bake an American-style pizza.

If I had to fake being an American to get on the show, I guess it’s only fair if they fake the results.

In which my brother Gordon visits from Canada. Weird language ensues.

A week in Paris. Just the two of us. Museums, exhibitions, two movies, restaurants, cafés, visits with friends.

After blogging about a vicious smear campaign against Barack Obama, the very same post gets lifted, stolen, re-named and re-posted word-for-word on freerepublic dot com, hangout of even sicker creatures than the one  posted about in the first place.  They all have a good laugh ripping it apart.  Jeepers, Freepers, I didn’t know ya cared. 🙂

And nothing but the finest from Bild Zeitung:
Europe’s largest-circulation daily runs photo of naked 13-year-old.


canada-dayTen facts and opinions about Canada. For Canada Day.


Talking about dead sheep with an 11-year-old.

Summer, 2008 in the south of Germany.

Little red-haired girl’s new bike gets ripped off.

Bloggers’ meet-up in Bremen

Cheap joke. But if you can’t get a cheap laugh on the internet, you might as well give up.

How to make a new bike look too crappy to steal. So far, it’s working. Touch wood.


Playing chess with Hitler.



A 10-part travel series on our trip to Istanbul and Cappadocia, Turkey.

The long and cumbersome process of paying a traffic ticket in Germany.

Riding in her first tournament.

14 Responses to “2008 Blog Year in review”

  1. December 31, 2008 at 12:32 am

    Not a bad year, you old coot. And good to meet you in Bremen.

    Now, 2009 is the year that both of us get published thanks to our heroic blogging efforts. What’s our plan?

  2. December 31, 2008 at 1:14 am

    Man, I remember that pizza story – it was hilarious!

  3. December 31, 2008 at 4:31 am

    Thank you for taking us along on the ride!

  4. December 31, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    All the memories… you’ve pulled it together with so much pizazz. I hope 2009 is just as interesting, but without loud music late at night.

  5. 5 writechicpress
    December 31, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Yeah, weighing from the low brow neck of the woods, I’m still partial to colossal phallic forest.

    It’s my happy place.

  6. 6 writechicpress
    December 31, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    “weighing IN”

    Guess I was writing all a twitter from my happy place.

  7. January 1, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Makes the past year seem so short, zipping through it like this.

  8. January 1, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Wow, has it been a whole year since that teddy-bear incident?
    March: ah, yes, the pizza saga. You are a NORTH American, after all, arncha? Just not a U.S. of…if others make assumptions, Oh, well! We all loved the pizza!
    The November Turkey trip was a splendid read! The photo you posted of those large…objects…is and was astounding.
    Happy New Year to you and yours, Ian!!!

  9. January 1, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    @headbang8 – when I trade in my mountain bike, skates, and skis for a walker, you can start calling me an old coot! What’s the view like from the far side of 50, btw? 🙂

    @Coyote – It would be fun to have a rematch…

    @Scott, Adam, writechic, az and muse: thank you! Wishing you the very best for 2009. 🙂

  10. January 2, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Eventful year! I always wonder about putting some kind of copyright notice on my sites (re your June experience).

    All the best for 2009 from the UK.

  11. January 2, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Happy New Year!

    And, hey, they showed the pizza story again tonight on Galileo so we all finally got to watch it to the end (the tivo ate some of it last time)!

    • January 2, 2009 at 11:44 pm

      You’re kidding! No WAY! I never realised it might actually be repeated. Damn… should ask for another hundred bucks. 🙂

      @Russell – I don’t think the Freepers at Free Republic care that much about copyright. Best to let them have their little fun and ignore them, because any contact with crazies like that is bound to rub off.

      All the best to you, too!

  12. January 5, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    that was quite some year Ian 🙂

  13. January 5, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    As someone who just started roaming around here a few months ago, I’m loving the retrospectives. It’s a nice way to get a sense of folks, not to mention having a really good laugh or two. The best to you in 2009. I’ll see if I can’t keep up with things from this point!

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