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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Leaving tomorrow for Vienna and Salzburg

Well the packing is done and Patti is cleaning the house so it must be time to go!

Guys we will have our cell phones but not turned on for calls.  If you have an I Phone and we are connected to the local free Wi-Fi send us a text.

Henk my number is US 513.236.6246.  Patti US 937.271.0969  Try to text us and we will try to meet for a wine and beer Salzburg.  We are arriving Monday afternoon  from Vienna.

See you all Thursday we are getting into Munich on Thursday around 12:00  Dropping bags and heading to the market for lunch.


Something to strive for

Not sure I’ve tried  all these. Obviously more research is in order.

On my way pt 2

Augustiner Brau : “ein prosit from Leipzig”

O' Zapft is... Part II

The ceremony of tapping the first barrel of beer has become one of the most popular traditions at the Oktoberfest. It was founded by mayor Thomas Wimmer in 1950, making it almost as important for the reputation of a Munich mayor as getting elected in the first place, as people started counting the number of strikes needed to drive the spigot into the barrel with a wooden hammer. During his first Oktoberfest, former mayor Christian Ude kept bludgeoning the barrel with a seemingly endless 7 strikes. But Ude kept on trying and soon managed to tap the barrels with a stunning 2 strikes only. His successor Dieter Reiter needed 4 strokes on his first try.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

On our way!

Warm and sunny in Bremen. Tomorrow heading for Leipzig.

Extended Forecast

If you believe anything this far in advance, looks like arrival day is the only day that might be wet....

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Oktoberfest Security Force...

I just hope we run into this crew!

I'm Depressed

I hope the enthusiasm for this year's Oktoberfestians is higher than it appears. A simple metric of blog posts shows a laissez faire attitude. Only 10 posts (not including this one) for the month of September. What's up?

...Have we gone too often?

...Have we experienced everything to be experienced?

...Are we just too good at what we do?

...Do the Oktoberfestians just not care?

I don't expect many comments. The attitude seems prevalent.

Prost to those who look forward to this experience.

Monday, September 17, 2018

O' Zapft is .....

is less than 5 days away! Keep your eyes on the Schottenhamel Tent this coming Saturday at 12:00 Munich time. Not too long after that the YouTube video should start appearing.

Prost! and Bon Voyage to the Rangs who depart this Friday.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Getting the Band back together

Two Weeks we will be sipping the golden nectar..

Monday, September 10, 2018

Great Article and better Photo's

Personally, I like the fantasy land.  Something to look at while I am drinking my bier!

For my left leaning friends, this article is from Fox News, but not political.  Not that I care but just wanted to give a disclaimer!  John is trying to move me into the political correct world, but like the resistance I refuse to compromise!

PS the Photos look way better on my screen than my phone!  ha ha!

See you all in a couple of weeks.


Thursday, September 06, 2018

An oldie but certainly a goodie...

The world record for carrying beer...

Our New Slogan.....

This is actually the slogan of the Hacker-Festzelt where we have our tent reservations, and it is certainly something to note:
When surrounded by clouds and stars, with a cold Maß in hand, you will feel as though you are truly in a "Bavarian Heaven". 

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

The one and only schedule thread

There have been separate threads and now emails about activities and/or day trips. Let's try to keep everything here.

I will edit this original post as necessary based upon comments and agreements; ie. Jane's proposed tours. As usual, this is nothing more than suggestions (items in black). If we finalize something I will note it as appropriate. So remember, normal black items are proposals/thoughts, and blue items are set.

Thursday the 27th

  • Chugger and Designated Walker arrive 08:00
  • Barley Man and Paulaner Girl arrive 11:00
  • Einfahrt arrival 08:45
  • barbus and Schlumberger Lady arrive 14:00
  • Flying Dan and Patti arrive early afternoon 
  • Lunch at Augustiner Restaurant Grossgaststätte or a Tent
  • 15:30 Hofbrauhaus

Friday the 28th

  • Kloster Benediktbeuern / Kochel am See

Saturday the 29th

  • Viktualienmarkt in the morning
  • Hacker Tent 13:00 - 17:15
  • Continue party in the tent at night

Sunday the 30th

  • Kloster Andechs in the morning

Monday the 1st

  • Most Oktoberfestians depart

Monday, September 03, 2018

Arrival times in Munich?

Chugger and Designated Walker Munich arrival: 8am on Thursday
Barleyman and Paulaner Girl:  11:00am Thursday

When is everyone else getting in?

Some great insight

Saturday, September 01, 2018

This is rough duty. :-)

Trip planning session with spouse . Hazy Blond Ale..Thorn Brewery

Friday, August 31, 2018

Following up with Barley Man.  Hitting stride tonight.  Only one more Hofbrauhaus in America to hit and I have been to all of them!  Pittsburgh is in my sights to finish the mission.  In Saint Louis, Missouri and is this place gigantic!

In case you do not know this is my lovely youngest daughter debating weather she should drink my beer while I was not looking.  In addition, Patti added a video for your listening pleasure.  Not certain it will play so here goes!  PROST!

Practice makes perfect.  Starting to hit stride.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

An evening out recommendation.

Ok, I'll be the one to bring it up, and face the slings and arrows of outrageous misfortune.

During our Oktoberfest training session last Saturday, we discussed various options for the tent visits. Obviously we have our reservations on Saturday afternoon, but what about other visits? We talked about the need for an evening visit during the heightened fun and debauchery. Unfortunately, 10 people trying to get a table at night is problematic. How could we mitigate this problem? Well, we could just split into groups and go for it. Probably works, but how would we split?

One option discussed was to split into a tent and non-tent group. Some people think there are more important things than the tents at night, and that is fine. We could have a group that does the tents, and another group that goes for a nice dinner, explores other Munich venues, or maybe goes shopping. No judgement.

Comments? Thoughts? Who would like a tent night? Who would like something else? Which night would work best?