and welcome to SpaceBass's Happy Fun Travelogue and
House of Spleens (please excuse the mess while we remodel).
I'm sure you'll find everything you
need if you just poke around a bit.
My friend Roger and
I had the chance to head back to Europe for a reunion
tour of our trip four years ago. That's right, we travel
to Europe every U.S. presidential election year, a tradition dating
back to, um, four years ago. Imagine, if you will, our
excitement at the prospect of living for two weeks immersed
in the diverse cultures of millions of people living
in multiple countries in several geographic locations
spanning an entire continent, most of which said people
currently despise us, we being americans.
Needless to say,
we were STOKED!
We gathered at my
apartment on the morning of May 15, 2004, to set off
on our epic journey across time and space! Except our
plane didn't leave until 4:30 p.m., so we had a bit
of time to kill.
first order of business was to document what we
looked like before we left, in anticipation of
all the huge changes we were about to endure.
Actually, the first order of business was to crack
open a couple of beers, down them quickly, and
start in on a couple more. Thus, sufficiently
lubed, we began our quest to take the perfect "before"
photos. It was a long, hard quest...a bit of a
slog actually...a long, hard questing slog in which
we took and discarded many pictures and, naturally, failed miserably,
giving up in favor of our favorite iterations, which we
affectionately referred to as "Fuck it, use
the last ones." Ét Voilà!
there's a photo of Roger too! Please take note
that this is about as happy as Roger will ever
look, and generally it will have to do with whether
or not there is a beer in his hand. This was handy,
for we planned to drink our respective ways across
the European continent. And what better place
to begin such lofty foreign relations than at
home, I ask you?