This past weekend Ivy and I had a great time visiting my parents up near Sacramento. It was filled up with ping-pong in the afternoon (my dad is an amazing player and great athlete and he kept crushing my brother Matthew and me), poker in the evening and then we watched a few episodes of 24. (Ivy and I have become addicted to it--we just started the first season with Netflix and will find a way to continue it for sure when in Hungary).
Matthew burnt me a c.d. of a band he likes a lot and I've become a big fan myself of several of their songs: the German group Rammstein. Our German-flavored drive home back to the bay area will forever be ingrained in my head--it was very memorable: cruising along in our German Audi A4 (I love this car; we bought a used '98 version a year ago in place of our Honda accord and it will hard to go back to anything else; the quattro all-wheel drive is fantastic, the stereo is superb and the handling is amazing). So in addition to cruising in our German car we rocked out to Du Hast and other songs by Rammstein. It was exhilarating. As happens with most songs, I'll get tired of their stuff if I overdo it--but this song really pumps me up. http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?playlistId=59698809&s=143441&i=59698811