Friday, October 30, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Erik used to think she was a little crazy, but about halfway through the Vatican Museum he found himself saying "Scusi! No flash!" and wagging his finger at a scared tourist. I'm not kidding, he seriously wagged his finger.
Karen was never more proud to be his wife.
Honestly, it's a beautiful place that too many people miss on their trips to Rome. But the cats jumping out from behind headstones and bushes was a bit unsettling.
Cats prowl the cemetery letting visitors know they are unwelcome. Lots of cats. (See next photo).
You laugh, suppress that gag reflex, and buy something...oh god, anything...else.
While taking a long walk one day, we stopped and looked over the wall down into the Piazza del Popolo. For a minute, as a siren blared in the distance we were reminded of those fond times in Mesa, only for a minute.
Unfortunately, this was taken in Rome. There's a contemporary sculpture exhibit all over the Roman Forum and Colosseum and it's totally killing the view.
To add insult to injury, this thing is titled Canto a la Vida. Yeah, that's not helping one bit.
(For the record, I would be 100% fine with these sculptures in a more appropriate setting. Erik would not.)
In Santa Monica, if you filled up a glass from your tap it looked like a snowglobe.* This seems like a problem.
* We used a Brita filter pitcher.
(It's not just us, it's a pretty unpopular sight to Romans.)
That's right, all over the city someone wrote "Burgi" on the walls. We decided to consider it an affectionate greeting just for us.
It was my birthday present, and worth every minute of begging. Thanks again Erik!
*Note: it was my camera, but it's still a step in the right direction.
An aside: On Sunday, Karen and Erik, on their return from Rome, stood on line for a taxi in 50 degrees and drizzle.
In Erik's defense, they all have guns. So if they did want to steal our camera, we'd kind of be screwed.
Atmosphere? Pretty fabulous.
Karen is taking this as further evidence for a need for her to start a travel magazine/book series/blog. You'd read that, right?
I bet you're a little jealous. Don't worry, we have many photos to share.
Monday, October 5, 2009
This is great news. Erik is for anything that keeps Mr. Martin from being in front of cameras as he now only appears in horrendous remakes (and sequels to said remakes) and makes smug cameos in TV shows. Erik wouldn't care but he remembers when the man was actually funny....his stand-up, "The Jerk," "The Man with Two Brains," "The Lonely Guy," "King Tut." Hilarious.
Fifteen years and untold spins in the grave by Peter Sellers later, he's making "The Pink Panther 2." So keep up the music career and...wait, nevermind...a quick check of the IMDB reveals that a remake of "Topper" will be slated for 2010. Mr. Martin will be playing the Cary Grant role. Well played, Mr. Martin. Well played.