Monday, March 12, 2007

Swiss accidentally invade Liechtenstein

This is so funny...

Fri Mar 2, 5:32 PM ET

ZURICH, Switzerland - What began as a routine training exercise almost ended in an embarrassing diplomatic incident after a company of Swiss soldiers got lost at night and marched into neighboring Liechtenstein.

According to Swiss daily Blick, the 170 infantry soldiers wandered just over a mile across an unmarked border into the tiny principality early Thursday before realizing their mistake and turning back.

A spokesman for the Swiss army confirmed the story but said that there were unlikely to be any serious repercussions for the mistaken invasion.

"We've spoken to the authorities in Liechtenstein and it's not a problem," Daniel Reist told The Associated Press.

Officials in Liechtenstein also played down the incident.

Interior ministry spokesman Markus Amman said nobody in Liechtenstein had even noticed the soldiers, who were carrying assault rifles but no ammunition. "It's not like they stormed over here with attack helicopters or something," he said.

Liechtenstein, which has about 34,000 inhabitants and is slightly smaller than Washington DC, doesn't have an army.

Sunday, March 04, 2007


There are certain things I'm getting tired of. I'm tired of certain songs that I used to love, but after overuse, I'm sick of them. I'm tired of having a rutine. I need to get away. I can't right now. I want to get away and stay away. I'm starting to feel trapped. I'm tired of getting dissappointed, with things not turning out the way I thought they would, with people, with my own inability to do things. I'm tired of gravity. I want to fly.

Enough complaining. I do need to get away though. Here's where I am. I have been praying about this, honestly for years. I feel led to be a missionary in Europe, I've had that burden for a long time. Lately, I think God is calling me to either Austria (dominantly Catholic, very perfectionistic) or Switzerland. I don't feel as called to Switzerland as I do Austria, but that's where I am. I'm thinking about volunteering for a semester at Taurnhof just to get used to Austria, sharpen my German, and to test the waters to see if that is what God really wants me to do. There's still a lot God has to reveal about this, but I trust Him. I'm so scared that something is going to make me want to stay, either family or finances or doubts or fear, or just something getting in the way. Did you know that there is the same amount of Protestants in Austria as there are Muslims? I hope I can run into Sophie or Bettina so they can tell me if I'm crazy for wanting to go or not.

School is starting to drive me insane. I feel like I'm drowning with the pressure. It's really not that much, but I'm having a hard time. I have so many projects and papers this semester that are flying over my head like a swarm of angry bees, and if I try to swat them away, they'll only come back to sting me.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

William Butler Yeats

Thursday, December 21, 2006


We make ourselves a place apart
Behind light words that tease and flout,
But oh, the agitated heart
Till someone finds us really out.

'Tis pity if the case require
(Or so we say) that in the end
We speak the literal to inspire
The understanding of a friend.

But so with all, from babes that play
At hide-and-seek to God afar,
So all who hide too well away
Must speak and tell us where they are.

Robert Frost

Sunday, November 26, 2006

I always knew it...

You Belong in 1971

If you scored...

1950 - 1959: You're fun loving, romantic, and more than a little innocent. See you at the drive in!

1960 - 1969: You are a free spirit with a huge heart. Love, peace, and happiness rule - oh, and drugs too.

1970 - 1979: Bold and brash, you take life by the horns. Whether you're partying or protesting, you give it your all!

1980 - 1989: Wild, over the top, and just a little bit cheesy. You're colorful at night - and successful during the day.

1990 - 1999: With you anything goes! You're grunge one day, ghetto fabulous the next. It's all good!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006