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Sand a.M.

5 Stern Radwanderweg

We walked to Sand am Main yesterday and the day before, when the sun was shining and there were hints of spring in the air. It is a very relaxing seven kilometer round trip using the five-star bicycle route to stay off the main road, Entering Sand this way, you get a hint as to where the name came from. Besides the wine produced locally, a lot of sand is dredged up from the waters in Sand a. Main (Sand on the Main River).

This afternoon, ducks were having a lot of fun sprinting across the water. The drakes were showing off for the females lined up to watch.

Drakes showing off

J.C. and the Sunshine

There is a very nice looking Catholic church in the center of town with a statue of Jesus on the roof. Maybe some day I’ll be in Sand at the right time to get the sun shining through the halo. In the mean time, we’re looking forward to this summer when the Strausse or, in the local dialect, “heckenwirtshaften” (literally hedge  pubs) are open and serving local wine and simple food outdoors.

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No. 1443




No. 1443

Originally uploaded by kilgorebrian13

I will e-mail a picture of a Euro to the first person who correctly identifies what this is a picture of.

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No. 1338




No. 1338

Originally uploaded by kilgorebrian13

Carvings on Middle Ages house in Zeil. The faces were meant to frighten away evil spirits and are found all over town. Most of these houses have been restored. I will be coming back here often this spring and summer.

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No. #1239




No. #1239

Originally uploaded by kilgorebrian13

Left out this morning after breakfast and walked through what is called the “Dülbig.” This is farm land just outside of Knetzgau and is sometimes referred to as “Katzensagel.” I’m not sure of the meaning or origin of either names, but this might be an interesting project to research.

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No. #7100




No. #7100

Originally uploaded by kilgorebrian13

Snow continued to fall today as we walked out in the “Duelbig” between Knetzgau and Zell. A month ago, flowers were still found in blossom here.

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I though the $50 fee was a bit high until I received my new “operators” license in the mail yesterday. It was sent to me by the State of New Hampshire’s DEPARTMENT OF SAFETY’s DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLES. The letterhead was printed on heavy bond paper and listed John C. Barthelmes as the COMMISSIONER OF SAFETY and Virginia C. Beecher as DIRECTOR OF MOTOR VEHICLES (I can’t help but imagine Ms. Beecher on a pedestal with a wand in her hand, directing thousands of driver-less vehicles). With all these departments and bureaus, I can understand why a license costs so much.

However, I do wish the State of New Hampshire would spend some of the $50 license fee to hire someone to read over the letters they send out. It would be nice if these form letters made a little more sense. As an example (and before we even get to the body of the letter) they have my name and address correct, then use “Dear Citizen” as a salutation. Kind of impersonal, when these days even Publisher’s Clearinghouse can figure out how to pepper my name throughout a document to give it the “human touch.”

In the first paragraph, I’m told to ” . . . please find your permanent driver license, which is valid until the date of the expiration . . . ”

First off, there is no need to find anything. It’s a one page letter. The license is glued to the bottom of the page, it’s very shiny and has my picture on it, all of which makes it pretty hard to miss. And since when does anything “permanent” have an expiration date? Do we really need clarification on when the license is valid? I just assumed a licence is valid every day until it expired. Are there certain days when it’s not valid?

In the next paragraph I am asked to ” . . . verify that the information on your driver license is accurate.” I didn’t place any information on this license, I though I was paying the State of New Hampshire $50 to do that! I’m also advised a renewal notice will be sent automatically, prior to the expiration of my (permanent) license and if not, I should contact them. I’m half-tempted to write and tell them I haven’t received my renewal notice yet. It is, after all, prior to the expiration date.

Finally, if I have any questions or comments, I may” . . .  visit our website at www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/dmv. I did this but didn’t see any sections for questions or comments. Maybe I didn’t look hard enough. I did see a picture of Virginia C. Beecher, though. I’ll have to revise my image of her to include all those cars backing up quickly.

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Birches




Birches

Originally uploaded by kilgorebrian13

I will go back again to this spot, especially if it snows again soon. I have the picture in mind I want to make here, but lacked the ability to get it done. I can’t blame it all on the light (it was overcast) or the camera (a point and shoot). Wish me luck on my next try . . .

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