New house, new infestation

We spent all weekend moving into the new house. And we figured as long as we had a new house and everything, we should get a new pet. So we got this kitty, who sits on the couch, quietly regarding the rat taxidermy, which I haven’t found a spot for yet. We named him Rocky.

Kitty

Except it’s not a cat at all. APRIL FOOL!
Raccoon

Hahahahaha, that’s so silly- why would we ever want a cat?

Giles is taking the move well. We told him that we don’t love him anymore and that he’ll have to stay behind and live at the old house, because he’s a Horrible Dog.

Giles

He seems happy enough, even though there’s nothing left in there for him to destroy.

Wir sind die Roboter

I loved Berlin! They have an interesting way of trying to come to terms with aspects of their past that are…well, you know. One of my favorite forms of this is how the few ruins of the Berlin Wall that remain have been painted all over with kitschy art. I can’t think of a better way to use them.
Dog Wall

Robot Wall

They also have a Checkpoint Charlie Museum where you can pose with US soldiers, named Dieter and Florian:

Checkpoint Charlie

I think we didn’t get our pictures taken there because we were too cheap to pay for it. Instead we paid three euros apiece in order to get our passports stamped at the border crossing point at Potsdamer Platz. The soldiers took a look at our passports and stamped us with all sorts of crazy places.
Passport

Hooray, we got clearance and some extra stamps in our passports! I wondered if it was a problem to have your real-life passport all stamped like that, but it was too late to change it, and what a damn cool way to spend three euros. Better than that silly Checkpoint Charlie photo-op.

After our history sightseeing, we decided to visit a more modern aspect of Berlin-in this case, a small art museum/one individual artist’s collection. It’s called Panoptikum. We were the only ones there when we entered, and there was a man sitting behind….an antique gurney? An antique surgery table? Something like that. The man behind the counter looked like this guy:

Panoptikum

Actually, it *was* that guy. Cool. I asked for two tickets, please, and he printed them out on an antique ticket-spooler. Then he got up from behind the gurney/counter, turned on a bunch of lights in his WunderKabinet, and turned on some theremin-heavy music for us. He didn’t give us a guided tour, but instead let us walk around on our own, while occasionally offering us some suggestions. For example, he offered to take our picture lying in his metal bathtub:
Bathtub

He also said (in a German accent, which makes it funny) “I have some funny hats you can wear…”
Funny Hat 2

Jon’s hat wasn’t all that funny to me because I’d worn those at work before. I called them monkey-helmets because you had to put them on in order to work with the monkeys. Here I am at my old job wearing my monkey-suit, complete with helmet:
monkey helmet

So that day at Panoptikum, I opted for a different funny hat.
Funny Hat 1

There was also this picture, which I hope someday Jon will opt to use as profile picture:
Instruments

Mostly, it was like either being in a Kraftwerk video, or maybe the video for “Rock It” by Herbie Hancock. But what’s not to love about modern Berlin if some parts of it look like Kraftwerk-world?
Jiggler

Panoptikum2

The King is Dead

Another snake so soon. There was no question what happened here. He was hit by a car. This time it was an eastern kingsnake, which is really sad because I love kingsnakes. They’re not as cool as California kingsnakes, which look like Tim Burton designed them, but they’ll do. They’re very docile and don’t bite or spray musk all over you when you pick them up. This isn’t the dead snake I found the other day, but an example of a live kingsnake I found last year.

Kingsnake

That one above was lying in the middle of the road when we found him, so I’m hoping that we saved him a similar fate as this smaller snake I found. Once again I had a skinned snake all stretched out on my porch and I’m starting to feel like a hillbilly.

Kingsnake Skin

The flattened one was much smaller than the live one we found- only a baby. You know what’s funny? Had he lived to adulthood, he would have been eating copperheads.