Monday, December 04, 2006

I'm curious ...

About a month ago I installed a counter on this blog and it tells me that between 40 and 60 folks stop by for a moment or longer each day.

So, here’s a request: You know a good bit about me – but I know nothing about you.

Please leave a comment – if only with your country or city or a brief thought about why you dropped in …

I’m curious!

Thanks …


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I probably run up your post count! I check everyone's blog twice a day... one of the "hazards" of minimal working and a lot of free time on my hands.

I'm origionally from Minnesota. I moved to Oklahoma to go to school, where I met my husband. We travel around the world while he works (you can read all about that on our blog-- Country Hopping), and we're expecting our first child any day now. Oh yeah-- our current "home" is Frankfurt, and supposedly it will be for another year and a half or so.

10:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Er-- post count, visit counter-- same difference. LOL!

10:44 PM  
Anonymous reslifedan said...

I am a college administrator living in Atlanta, GA. I have been here 10 years, and lived in Washington, DC 10 years before this. I have a fantasy of living abroad one day and read several "ex-pat" blogs to get a sense of how some fellow Americans have setteld in, overcome challenges, made adjustments, etc. I have read many such blogs, but now only follow a few (rue rude, displaced kiwi, american in london, eyeprefer paris, at home in rome, expat traveler). I keep up with these, and especially yours, because they are well-written, insightful, and often funny!

11:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a German who likes to read how you deal with the mentality of the folks here;). Please keep up looking at the positive sides! I hope that you keep finding the strength to learn our complex language and that you don't yearn to often for New York... there was probably more than one good reason why you had to have a change of scene. F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote that there are no second acts in American lives,- I hope that you will prove him wrong. You have a sensitve mind and a refined understanding that enriches everyone who reads your blog.

12:19 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Chances are, they are passing through, clicking the "next blog" button at the top of the screen. I used to randomly do this as well; and for most sites, I kept on moving past, but would have registered as a visitor from Canada. But having said that; look at the new people commenting! I find it a bit freaky to think about the people who all read and don't comment, actually.

1:50 AM  
Blogger Rositta said...

I am a German who has spent most of her life in Canada, married to a Greek. I enjoy reading how non Germans cope. I love visiting there but couldn't live in that country any more. The system would make me crazy. I also like the photos that you take. I also find it weird that people read my blog but I have no clue who they are, oh well.

4:41 AM  
Anonymous lillian said...

I've said hi before.. I regular reader. Love your writing style... and always leave with a smile on my face when I 'leave' your blog :-)

4:57 AM  
Blogger christina said...

Well, you know me already. :-)

If you click on the "referrals" part of your site meter you can usually see where people are coming in from.

I have lots of people who check into my blog every single day but have never, ever commented.

7:30 AM  
Blogger swissmiss said...

You know me...but I actually read most of my blogs on a feed reader, meaning I'm reading you but don't show up on your stat counter. I'd only show up as I visiter on days like today when I pop in to comment.

9:07 AM  
Blogger Berlinbound said...

Ok ... thanks to everyone who has taken a moment to write - I appreciate it!

Maria ... Thanks for stopping by and spending some of that fee time with me!

resifedan ... thank you for the kind words and the time. I'm happy you visit here.

Anon German ... I hope you are right and FSF is wrong. There may be no second acts - but how about a string on one-act sensations? Thanks for your kind thoughts.

Cathy ... I count on you - funny that I do - but your comments are always appreciated.

Ros ... The Germans are growing on me - it's a slow process but it's beginning to pay off. Greetings to Canada! and thanks for the visit.

Lillian ... Thank you - I'm happy you enjoy it and I appreciate your visits.

Christina ... Thanks for the comment. You were the first person I made contact with here in Germany - and you've been a great help!

swissmiss ... well stop by and comment more often - I like knowing you're out there! hope all is well in your world.

2:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I usually come around here to check if there are any new pictures of hot chicks. You haven't done much in that respect lately I must say...

Love to you and yours


2:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Na, not sure what's up with this comment box. Do I have to sign up for something here? I'll just say a quick hello...the site looks interesting, I'm looking forward to reading your diaries. I'm a PhD student from florida on exchange in Heidelberg until next July (or longer if I can swing it). I was actually googling something very unrelated to anything here and happened upon your I said, looks promising and satisfying. Internet literature...rock on.

3:09 PM  
Blogger Berlinbound said...

Anon Grad Student ...

Thanks for the visit - I hope you have a great time here in Germany. Stop back any time.

Ivan ... You are a dog - but you know that! Peace my brother.

3:17 PM  
Anonymous Heidelberg (Penna.) said...

I might as well admit that it was your photograph along with a kind and thoughtful comment that you made on someone else’s blog that originally compelled me to read your blog. Those eyes, combined with a generous heart in a man so head-over-heels in love with his son are hard to resist. As much as I can understand your wanting to escape from the U.S., we are poorer for losing you and your sweet little family.

5:41 PM  
Anonymous Amy said...

New Orleans, La. USA

6:28 PM  
Anonymous Kaia said...

I can't remember how I stumbled upon your blog, but have enjoyed your posts about HH and your current life in Germany.

My husband is from Holland and I am from Hawaii; we reside in the Pacific Northwest--pretty much footloose and fancy free. Love to travel.

I neither post nor read comments on blogs I frequent, but have made an exception here mainly because ever since I started reading your blog, I've wondered why you seldom mention HH's mom. When you reveal so much about yourself, your home, your son, your travels etc, I'm a teeny bit curious about your significant other! My apologies for being presumptuous---

9:32 PM  
Blogger Berlinbound said...

Heidelberg ...I'm happy you decided to start reading the blog - for whatever reason - and even happier that you're still here ... Thanks for the kind words.

Amy ... Hello - One day I'm going to have to write about a trip I made to your city once - it changed my life.

Kaia ... I appreciate your making an exception here and I hope you have a chance to read the most recent post ... Thank you for taking time to write.

10:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I stumbled upon your blog a while back, I wasn't even aware what a blog was. I read through a couple of charming entries, kept your picture in mind and was stunned to bump into you and HH on the playground just a few days later. I'm not new to Germany but rather new to this city and enjoy reading your impressions of it along with your well-written accounts of the ups n downs involved in adjusting. I hope I'll bump into you again at some point and in the meantime, wish you and your family a wonderful Weihnachtszeit! J

9:48 AM  
Blogger Berlinbound said...

Hello J ... Yes, that was quite a shocker for me as well - but a nice one. Thanks for reading the blog and leaving a comment ... Feel free to drop me an email.

11:33 AM  
Blogger Buffy said...

I think I've splattered enough 'comment' on your site today...but I'll play too.

American. Born and raised in one of those knock about, use-to-be coal camp towns in Southern West Virginia. Deep Mountain. My father didn't have electricty until he was 11 - in 1968. That's how secluded it was. Jumped a plane to Europe and Gradschool in the late nineties. Never went home (except for visits). These days I live in England.

4:56 PM  
Blogger Chloe said...

you know lots about me too!
i love the way you write. i love the fact that there is feeling but there is also control, it is not overwhelming.

9:47 AM  
Anonymous Volker said...

I'm a GDR born and mostly West German raised (Wuppertal near your current home) guy, who lives in Hamburg since two years. I like your style of writing, your thoughts about your son and the recollection of your past life. You are a great guy and I hope you will be happy here in Germany.

11:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello! it's carolyn from connecticut (oh, how cheesy that sounds). anyway, you know me as the wanna be ex-pat who dreams of living in cologne and will be there in t-minus 16 days wide eyed and i'm hoping completely in love with the scenery and surrounding germans. i adore your positive aspect of what surrounds you and you give me hope that what is to come in my life will be just as grand. take care!

1:51 PM  
Blogger Berlinbound said...

Chloe ... Your comment means a lot - thanks for stopping in!

Volker ... I hope you come back - I really appreciate your comments and yes, I have a positive attitude about Germany - I hoe I can keep it.

Carolyn ... I'm glad you enjoy reading my blog - but I also hope you are coming to Cologne for other reasons - which I'm quite sure you are! I want to know how you find the city - so please stop in again.

7:12 PM  
Blogger Wenda said...

It is because you are so curious that I visit here. With curiousity comes exploration and discovery and I enjoy your insights. I don't suppose that would count so much to me, though, if you didn't have such a way with words and the courage to show your vulnerability. Thanks for asking.

10:40 AM  
Blogger Berlinbound said...

Wenda ... And thanks for showing up!

4:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm from a city you called once as being the most vibrant city in Germany (do you remember?)...

Anyway, as Christmas and the end of the year comes (unavoidably) closer, Merry Christmas to you, HH, and your family, as well as a Happy New Year...

1:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truth? I saw your pic with your comment on someone else's blog and thought, "Babe alert!" So, I checked out your blog. It didn't take long to discover that you had a wife and child, but by that time I was hooked on the writing.

5:24 AM  
Blogger Berlinbound said...

Anon ...

Very funny -

Thanks for the comment and for reading the blog and I hope you'll be a regular.

7:41 AM  

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