let the FESTivities begin

Jahninselfest Alert readers will remember previous descriptions of the various reasons to walk around outside with thousands of other people — and during the summer, it’s at the drop of a hat around here. Not that I’m complaining. We did our first fest of Summer 2007 today, kind of by accident.

We strolled around a bit after dinner at Exil, trying to justify the dessert we’d planned on getting. And that’s when we stumbled upon the *Jahninselnfest* — a two-day just-for-fun festival of food, drink, and music taking place on one of the islands in the Danube. After a little people-watching, Sarah and returned to the task at hand…getting dessert. We decided on Diba, which we consider the best ice cream in Regensburg. It’s one of the reasons we’re always trying to get people to come visit us Dibaover the summer (up til now, only Sarah’s cousins have made that work; everyone else who’s visited has come in the Fall, Winter or Spring). They offer very interesting flavors like Cinnamon-Coriander and Chocolate-Ginger and the like. We strolled over to their store near Haidplatz, and while inside selecting our flavors, a little “Dibamobile” rolled up. I wonder if they can do deliveries in that thing…

smooth transition from home to work and back?

gutenbergplatz_cafes The other day I came home from work just a little earlier than normal (don’t worry, I still put in a couple extra hours of work from home — no slacking here). I noticed a Segway at an outdoor cafe on the Platz nearest us; snappily-dressed people appeared to be having a meeting and one of them apparently arrived on it.

That got me thinking: could I use one of those to get to work and back?

I don’t want to give up the exercise levels I get from my self-powered daily commute, despite the disadvantages that come with precipitation and, well, my pores (suffice it to say that I still smell better than many at work and I keep an emergency stick of Old Spice® at my desk which I do not lend out, although sadly, no one has asked, either).

But the concept was tantalizing because Segways still seem so darn cool to me.  We’ve been meaning to try them out for a couple years now while on vacation in Mexico, ever since we heard about my dad and sister having such a good time on them. Wikipedia reports that they have questionable status here in Germany, though the dealer page sounds pretty confident:

The Segway HT is designed to operate in any place that you can safely walk. It will transport you over any surface where the wheels can gain traction, such as roads, sidewalks, grass, and dirt. In many cities you’ll be able to take the Segway HT any place that you are allowed to walk. Please talk with your Segway dealer to find out if any national or local restrictions apply for your place.

With a range up to 38km, I could certainly get by on two charges per week. But the initial investment is pretty steep, and I really like my bike ride to work and back. Besides, where would I park it? I wouldn’t want to haul 105 pounds of Segway up to and down from our apartment every morning and evening, but I could see myself via the elevator directly into my office via the elevator and parking at my desk.