Monday, September 27, 2010

The Wall

Yes, I've hit it in the past week, big-time, but to keep things in perspective, here's something I saw on our school field trip to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati:

 Above: Berlin Wall, West German side.
Below: Berlin Wall, East German side.

The East Germans kept their side stark white, all the better to see and shoot you by.

Here's to keeping things in perspective.

Above: The Berlin Wall (Wikipedia)
For more on the shooting of people trying to cross the wall, including a tribute to the last man to be shot and killed, see:,1518,605967,00.html


Jayne said...

It all seems so archaic now doesn't it? A wall to keep people separated and apart. Almost childish really. One of our MD's went to Germany recently and brought me back a "piece of the wall" that they now sell ensconced in a key chain with a certificate of authenticity. Marketers will always find a way... Hope you have a better week ahead.

altar ego said...

I'm pass on reading about shootings, but I'll comment on that last picture. It's an amazing visual image of what life and death look like. Sort of reminds of the difference between our political parties, too, now that I think about it!

I hope you pop back to life without too much trouble after hitting the wall. I expect to be doing that this week myself!

Gerry Snape said...

I was with a group of berlin teenagers the day the wall went up. many of them never saw their relatives again at least for 30 years. they had to make decisions that day.crazy thing was we were in N ireland laughing and joking as teenagers do.

The Bug said...

It WAS a crazy week, wasn't it? Hopefully this next one will be a little more sane, but I'm thinking that perhaps it won't. Let's just make it to Christmas, hmmm?

KimQuiltz said...

Ugh. Damned Wall. Mine is more of a Block than a Wall, and at least with a block there is the option of stepping over and going on to the next project in line. With a wall, hmmm, that's a tough one...but with your background in history, surely you can come up with a strategy -- until then, you have your pretty aide-de-camp to sit with you until you can marshal up a plan, Dr. Gen. M.

Carolina Linthead said...

LOL, Kim! Yes, I have a plan. Yes, it involves a trebuchet :-D And as aide-de-camps go, I am the luckiest general in the world.