Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Bergman Loses Chess Match With Death

People here are very sad. It's hard to summarize what Ingmar Bergman means to this nation of 9 million. He is the only man who could wrestle Abba and Bjorn Borg for world's most famous Swede award. And now he is now deader than a proverbial meatball.

I actually quite liked the films I saw of his as well. The Seventh Seal was amazing. He always had good looking girls in there too. He was no Tarantino, but he was not some uber-intellectual bore either as he was made out to be. His films are quite watchable even for a modern audience used to Hollywood flicks.

Now comes the sad hard realization that he will always be dead and even sadder realization that his movies will shown on TV for the next few months when I am trying to catch South Park. Lovely Linda will watch them and it will drive me to drink. Young people will see him and emulate him... and most likely fail to capture any of his brilliance while at the same time boring a new generation of Swedish alcoholics.

Bye-bye Bergman. Although we never sat down and had fika, or got drunk on snaps and gorged ourselves on pickled herring and potatoes, and although you would probably think me an insignificant and petty American capitalist whore, I did know your neighbor on the tiny island of Fårö, and he heavily insinuated you were a bit of a reclusive megalomaniacal pain in the ass. But most geniuses are I guess.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Freezing in Norway in July

Just spent two weeks camping in Norway with lovely Linda.

We drove our Audi A3 Turbo from Stockholm to Bergen and back again.

There are some differences between Swedes and Norwegians that I hadn't realized before.

Mainly, Norwegians are blonder, charge even more for stuff, and talk even funnier than Swedes.

I have pictures but no time to post them because I am busy at work and off to Greece next week for a week-long trip to the island of Ikaria.

So there will be much to do when I get back.

Love ya,

Swedish Sloth

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Back to the USA for Some June 07 Fun

This Sloth loves traveling!

I've said before I won't have kids until I've seen the whole world... the problem is I keep going back to the same places most of the time. Luckily I don't really want kids.

I am trying my best to take the Summer off this year and so to celebrate I just repeated a trip from last November and spent 2 weeks in the USA...

First, I hooked up with old Pax Acidus mate McCutcheon in New York. We spent the mornings playing tennis and the afternoons and evenings drinking around the beaches and outdoor bars.

Then it was off to Miami to visit the bro in Boca Raton. There it was a rock n' roll diet of boat drinks, etc for 6 days in Boca and Key West. Wow it feels great to be able to do all this at 36 and have so much fun.

Thanks to all the guys (and girls) in Lefty Lucie for providing the tunes. I hope I can still do this at 66.

The best reason to go to Florida is still to see my beautiful and crazy nieces!