Post 456: a walk in the Pfaelzerwald, south of Kaiserslautern, 1971

I was in the US Army between 1969-1972, stationed in Kaiserslautern with the 69th Signal Company (Photo). I lived with a couple of my army buddies for a short time in an apartment on Beethovenstrasse, our way to relieve us of army routine and to immerse ourselves a bit in the local culture.

While in that Beethovenstrasse apartment, I had friends visit from Paris — Ralph and Deborah — who’d hosted one of my army buddies and me or just me different times at their home in Paris, then Strasbourg.

I suggested we take a walk in the lovely Pfaelzerwald, south of Kaiserslautern. It was during that walk Ralph discovered the possible home of German elves.

Ralph examines a mound in the Pfaelzerwald for evidence of little people habitation...!

Ralph examines a mound in the Pfaelzerwald for evidence of little people…!

In case a little person popped up, we surrounded our friend to defend him against abduction into the dark hole…

Scary! Has to be occupado!

Scary! Has to be occupado!

Fortunately, Ralph leaped back in time. Highlighted in the circle, pointed to with an arrow, is my proof of little people — elf! — habitation of this mound!

elf house up close elf highlighted

OMG! I see more and more faces in the mound and above it, not just the one I highlighted! Ralph was in great peril, much greater than we realized at the time!

Whew! I think the German government put a bounty on elves shortly after this photo was taken, and it now is safe to walk in the Pfaelzerwald.

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Post 455: Way to go!

I can’t think of a better way to show respect for our American veterans with PTSD than to celebrate the 4th of July for eight days from 9 AM till 10 PM, then July 3rd and 4th from 9 AM till midnight.

Must be great to have a ten-day-long reminder of the combat “fun” you had fighting in America’s wars. Thanks for your service.

Ten gruelling days: That’s how long my hometown allows fireworks to be shot off in celebration of the July 4th holiday.

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I’m so worn out from the blanking ten days of fireworks, especially the ones to midnight the past two nights, I’m having difficulties focusing at the moment. Here’s a couple kitty photos my Seattle sister took of my boys when she was here recently on a family visit:

Dougy in his favorite salmon-colored tub, and Andy on his favorite perch on the box fort.

Dougy in his favorite salmon-colored tub, and Andy on his favorite perch on the box fort.

Dougy the tub cat!

Dougy the tub cat!

Andy

Andy

The boys love their new toy!

The boys love their new toy!