How I Ignored the Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall

Lest I forget, Monday marked the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Two decades ago, I was a little girl in elementary school — and I can’t seem to recall hearing the news back then. I wonder what it was like to be a first or second grade teacher in 1989, unable to discuss this pivotal world event with your students. I can imagine the complications… for instance, in describing to young kiddos what was unfolding, these potential minefields could also surface:

A gigantic wall.
The Iron Curtain.
The Marshall Plan.
World War II.

I think my teacher might have given up trying.

Two years after the collapse of the wall, I learned of the dissolution of the U.S.S.R. My father walked into my bedroom and informed me that the National Geographic map hanging on my wall was now incorrect. Unfortunately, he also continued allowing me to borrow books from the library with titles such as WEST GERMANY — which, without my previous knowledge of the fall of the Berlin Wall (see above) and without inclusion of an addendum clarifying current events, led elementary school me to continue in blissful ignorance of November 9, 1989 for a good number of years to come.

Restaurant secrets

Chinatown Dumplings

As a self-proclaimed semi-foodie, I love eating out. But after reading Smart Money’s 10 Things Restaurants Won’t Tell You‘, I might think twice about what I’m ordering next time I go out. For instance, should I be ordering the special of the day?

…Countless variables can leave surplus ingredients at the end of the day—which often become tomorrow’s special. “It could be the chef legitimately wants to try out something new,” says Stephen Zagor, founder of consulting firm Hospitality & Culinary Resources. “But it could also be something nearing the end of its shelf life that needs to get out of the kitchen.”

Ew. Ew. Ew.

Meals for a Wedding Photographer

Wedding meals

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a wedding photographer eat during a wedding. And if they do, I always imagined them trolling the reception hall for leftover bits of food during non-essential (and perhaps darkened) times — for instance, while the slideshow is playing. Now there’s a blog by an anonymous wedding photographer showcasing the meals that he (she?) gets fed while on the job. It’s probably the same meal eaten by the guests at the wedding; there’s no indication, however, that much of it is ever consumed.