Switzerland und Austria Fahrtings

Switzerland, which accidentally and temporarily invaded Leichtenstein last week when 170 soldiers got lost in the dark (Switzerland can be hard to find at night, commented someone in the WSJ), will be hosting E@L for a few days - with wi-fi in the room he won't even have to venture out in search of those ubiqitous Zurich Internet cafes in order to offend and entertain.


Unfortunately, I received an upgrade this morning coming back from Jakarta so my name has no doubt been moved to the bottom of the upgrade list, and it is unlikely I'll be turning left as I enter the plane tomorrow morning at 1am. Doncha hate getting upgraded on short haul flights? I'd much rather save my luck for the big ones... like the 13hr torture session I'm in line for in seat 42D tomorrow, even if it is the New Economy Class...

I'd much rather be "one of the priveleged few" to enjoy the New First Class, Mr Person-In-Charge-of-Upgrades! OK I'll settle for the New Business Class should push come to plead.


Then it's a week in somewhere called Mittersill, south of Kitzbuhel. The tourist brochures unremittingly show photos of child skiers, which helps to allay some of my "return to skiing after a long lay-off anxiety". Hopefully I won't do the shoulder damage I did three years ago - documented but lost in the old URL. The knee will be braced. I have not done enough exercises, I know.

It's going to be three turns - rest - three turns - rest - three turns - restaurant...

I doubt that I'll have Internet access there, so blogging might be quiet next week.

At the moment there's a major packing crisis (again) as I've been asked to bring only a small suitcase. There are three of us - and baby makes four - in a middle-size car driving from Zurich to Mittersill, and then back. How am I going to get my party gear AND my bulky ski gear into the one suitcase?

Why can't life be easier?


Funny reading - Sav and I were having a laugh about the Get Smart send up of The Maltese Falcon the other day. They called the bird statuette the Tequila Mockingbird. Ha ha. The blog of the same name is also very funny.



Posted by: expat@large on Mar 14, 07 | 6:10 pm | Profile


the ski trip AND an upgradedamn your hide

checked out the site...damn good stuff, but has she stopped blogging? most current is 11/20/06

Posted by: savannah on Mar 14, 07 | 10:51 pm

you know I'm not so attenttive to dates... just thought it was a funny coincidence and all... and the zoo post was hilarious.

I'm off to the airport in a few minutes, fingers and everything else crossed for the second upgrades in 24hrs, but I severely doubt it - I've only had six in the three years flying regularly with SingAir.

Posted by: expat@large on Mar 14, 07 | 11:32 pm

safe trip and first class, too!

Posted by: savannah on Mar 14, 07 | 11:45 pm

Tequila Mockingbird is also the name of a drink, a band, a music venue in Austin, and several restaurants across the country.

Posted by: Samantha on Mar 15, 07 | 12:22 am

Sav: thanks - damn no upgrade! 13 hrs of hell, guy beside was my size, fighting for elbow room the whole way...

Sam: maybe, but it all started with that 1968? episode of Get Smart... That's where as far as I know the pun was first popularised. I cracked up as an 11 year old...


Ooh, quick get him a glass of Google!

But a glass of Google it wouldn't help!

It wouldn't hoyt...

Here's the details from WouldYouBelieve.com

Tequila Mockingbird
Airdate: Saturday, January 18, 1969, 8:00 PM
Writers: Chris Hayward and Arne Sultan
Director: Don Adams
Carl's Rating: **

CONTROL Agent Esperanza manages to get The Tequilla Mockingbird away from KAOS, but she's killed before she can reveal its location. Max and 99 are sent to Mira Loma, Mexico to find it and keep it out of KAOS' clutches. Max poses as a bad doctor and 99 as a dancer and singer to infiltrate the town. They run into KAOS Agents Valdez and Dietrich, who are looking for the mockingbird as well.

This is a mild spoof of The Maltese Falcon, with Dietrich playing Sidney Greenstreet's character.

The showdown at the end is a spoof of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, one of Clint Eastwood's biggest movies.

The title also refers to the classic movie To Kill A Mockingbird. [not to mention the book]

Posted by: expat@large on Mar 15, 07 | 5:50 pm

btw, did you check gmail?

Posted by: savannah on Mar 15, 07 | 7:21 pm

The Holiday Inns are quite good in Austria I understand.

Posted by: Dick on Mar 16, 07 | 12:32 am

OK got the reference finally -

The Shark-Fin soup is good I am told as well.

He said, apropros of nothing much at all.

Posted by: expat@large on Mar 16, 07 | 2:50 am


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