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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Transatlanticatastrophe: The Players and the Game

Hello, monsters! Kittensmash here! I am only an occasional VG commenter and chatter at the moment. Regardless, I am a champion lurker, and we are all BFFs in my head. Change in my life looms large like a mushroom cloud of glitter. I thought it might be fun to explore the sparkly fallout here.


Current location: Bible Belt, USA (a.k.a. the dirty south)
Future location: A small city in Germany (approximately the size of Asheville, NC for USian reference).


Name: kittensmash
Taxonomy: Homo sapiens (XX)
Age: 33
Occupation: Scientist
Travel experience: Visited two other continents in the past 20 years, but travel has taken a sideline in lieu of WORK for the past decade.

Name: mistersmash*
Taxonomy: Homo sapiens (XY)
Age: 32
Occupation: Tattoo artist & painter
Travel experience: Has never traveled north of the Mason Dixon Line or west of the Mississippi River. Passport? What’s that?

Name: neuroticat
Taxonomy: Felis catus (XY)
Age: 7 yrs
Occupation: Baller
Travel experience: Why would I ever want to leave the house?!

Name: egotisticat
Taxonomy: Felis catus (XY)
Age: 10 yrs
Occupation: Shot caller
Travel experience: Why can’t I leave the house without a leash?!

In summary, the four of us will be moving to Germany in about six months. None of us speak German. We have all lived in the south (primarily Georgia) for most of our lives. This move is exciting and overwhelming. I will have a series of posts on the trials and tribulations of moving abroad. This will include a broad range of things including, but not limited to:
  • Using Rosetta Stone to learn German
  • Figuring out how to move my cats without neuroticat going permanently insane
  • Deciding what household items to bring, store, or sell
  • Getting a work visa for an artist (mistersmash and I are not actually married)
  • Trying not to end up in a mental facility due to overwhelming anxiety
  • Figuring out how I will be able to watch all my TV shows

Mistersmash and I were invited over to explore the region while I interviewed for the job. My next post will discuss our first impressions of Germany since neither of us had been there before, nor had we even traveled much together beforehand. Pictures will be included!

*For monster reference, mistersmash does not read VG regularly despite my encouragement (nor has he ever commented), but he understands my manic page refreshing when I do post comments.


  1. Knoxville, TN probably by way of Atlanta, GA since I want to try to make sure the cats only have one plane ride and I have family and friends in ATL that I am always happy to visit.

  2. Well, come say "hello" to me on your way.

  3. I don't know about "hello", but I'd be happy to say "hey" to ya. :)

    I didn't know you were in the area too! I'd already been hoping to meet up with Baby Friday and Teacherman on one of my trips back to ATL. I'm so excited to meet other monsters one of these days!