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Rehearsing for the Real World

It’s the last days of February 2007.  I’m sitting at a table in Rochus, a semi-pretentious café next to Rochus Markt in Vienna’s third district. Outside the enormous windows the weather is acting in the slightly schizophrenic manner that has been the hallmark of this winter season. Short periods of sunshine interrupted by spurts of […]


The snow makes crunchy sounds when it breaks under my paws as I run into the Prater Wiese. I’m free!  Hey what’s that smell on that tree?  I’d better go over and check it out. Wow, Butcho has been here, not even ten minutes ago, and Fritzi stopped by about half an hour ago. If […]

… In the Land of the Lounge Lizards

… In the Land of  the Lounge Lizards

The Game: Lounge Crawl. The Objective:  To rate a host of lounges in the inner districts of Vienna. The Rules: One cocktail per contestant per lounge. No cocktail can be purchased twice by the same contestant, and copy-cat orders are discouraged.  Contestants must continue the crawl until the majority can no longer walk straight or […]

Teddy Bears’ Picnic

The walking corpse has snow white skin speckled with blood-red pimples, a chock of dreadlocks stick out of the back of a baseball cap pierced by sharp metal studs.  The hair visible beneath the cap has been shaved, ears and mouth bejeweled by more sharp metal objects.  Baggy fatigues and black shapeless sneakers cover the […]

A Farewell to Arms – For Now

Sept. 8, 2006 saw the official end of the most recent chapter in the ongoing conflict between Israel and the rest of the Middle East. The latest spat in Gaza in June, had by early July seamlessly, though absurdly, segued over into all out war in Lebanon and northern Israel. It is the longest Israeli-Arab […]

Natascha In Wonderland

A surreal event shook up this city on Aug. 23 when a young woman knocked on a neighbor’s window in the Viennese suburb of Strasshof and was vaulted on to the international stage. She identified herself as Natascha Kampusch, kidnapped eight years ago at the age of ten, now resurfacing disoriented, but alive, and remarkably […]

Turning Play Time Into Sales Time

Advertisers have over the last couple of years been collectively scratching their well-groomed heads.  Their ability to reach certain demographics have been shrinking as the information age has progressed and the young have turned away from traditional media outlets to populate the virtual world of digitized domains.  How do you reach a person who spends […]

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