So I'm thinking about all the adventures Sasha and I have been on over the past 3 years (almost) here in Europe, and I am realizing how much we haven't told you about. That's fine; we wouldn't want to make you too jealous, and it's more fun to have adventures than to write about them. But I decided it would be fun to make a short post with snippets from various trips that share a common theme. Failure.
The first one is a monument close to our house. It is a memorial to a guy who accidentally was killed while hunting because he mis-loaded his gun. I know, it's pretty tragic, actually. It just strikes me as a bit funny, though, that all the other big stone memorials and such around here are to saints or famous dudes who were local rulers (or their wives) or Nobel prize winners, etc., and as far as I can tell, the only claim to fame of this guy was his unfortunate demise. I'm sorry for ya, Konrad, really I am.
|"Here Konrad Diffmar from Wehrda died suddenly from his own misloading of a hunting rifle on the 3rd of January, 1979."|
|The Vasa; ancient boat, modern rigging|
|Intricate carvings on the ill-fated cannon ports|
|Boat-building failure, conservation success, and pretty darn cool as a thing to visit|
|Why not invest a lot of infrastructure, manpower and resources defending a long, flat, easily circumvented border? Casemate turned museum.|
|But let me be honest, war is a stupid waste of resources and lives; as far as I'm concerned, all wars can go on the list of failures...because even if one side enters for "just" reasons, wouldn't it be better if they hadn't have to?|
But, I'm not sure what we should take from these things. Maybe that while we all strive to succeed, if you fail spectacularly enough, you can still be remembered for it?