Get Rid Of That Nasty Habit

I have a habit of always chewing my tongue. I’m doing it right now as I type this blog for you.

I heard about a new gadget that can help us kick our habits. The Pavlok bracelet, at $200 on Amazon, delivers a zap that reminds you to stop practices that you want to get rid of.

The engineers at Behavioral Technology in Salt Lake City, Utah, believe a little zap will help you suppress nasty habits in three to five days.

That would be wonderful. My tongue will thank you forever.

The Pavlok creators say their product trains your “reptile brain” into associating the unpleasant sensation with your preferred vice.

The company’s website says, “Aversion therapy is Pavlovian Conditioning — associate the habit you want to stop, with a negative stimulus (like Pavlok’s shock) for a period of time, for a few days in a row. Rapidly, the brain learns to associate the two stimuli together, and stops liking the habit.”

The shock tingles. It doesn’t hurt. There is enough of a sensation to help you reprogram your brain.

I’m hoping I will be habit free.

Germany Today

Gay Pride is front and center in Germany. The majority of Gays no longer hide their identity. The parade we witnessed brought tears to our eyes. It’s wonderful to see that people are free here to express themselves.

After interviewing a number of people, I learned that most of the folks who live in the cities of Germany are pretty liberal. When you start to go out to the suburbs, or rural areas, folks get more traditional. It’s the same in the United States. The young adults and children here are trying to understand what happened during the Hitler days and how it occurred. They ask their parents how much guilt they should be responsible for? Most of the replies I heard were “it’s more important that you understand what took place during the Nazi era so it never happens again.”

The Germans are very concerned about Trump. They are stumped by his caustic style and his ability to deny climate changes. They see trouble for the world if he stays in office.

We travel outside of the States more frequently than others. It used to be wonderful that we lived in a country that most others respected and admired. Today, it’s a very different story.

Restaurants In Germany Charge Your Smartphone

This is so clever. Restaurants in Germany offer to charge your cell phone while you are dining in their establishments. Your cell phones are placed in little lockers with built-in charging stations. Every guest has his, or her, own locker and key. Not only do you get to charge your phone, but you and your companions are cell free during your meal. No interruptions. Just face -to – face conversations.

Doors In Germany

Pocket Talk

Can you imagine traveling to any country of your choice, and being able to converse in the native language? Now you can with Pocket Talk.

Traveling with Innovation Insider, Steve Greenberg, has its advantages. He brings his gadgets to test on his trips. When I saw Pocket Talk at breakfast this morning, I knew I wanted to share it with you. Watch the videos.

Bamberg, Germany

We visited the town of Bamberg today and had some fun with their public sculptures.

Called “The Sculpture Meeting,” by Chinese artist Wang Shugang, this art piece depicts eight lifesize squatting men, positioned in a circle on Schönleinsplatz Square, near a busy crossroads in the middle of the old town of Bamberg. The work of art is made of bronze, varnished in red. and goes back to an exhibition in the year 2013, “CIRCLES,” when it was first shown in Bamberg. Thanks to private donations and private funding, The sculpture has grown into a very popular subject for photos as the artwork is open to walk through and sit besides the eight men, thus becoming part of the artists creation.

When I tried to copy the position of the red men, I fell right on my tush. After I got up, I did my comedy routine, but no one laughed.

You Don’t Have To Be Big To Be Important

We spent the day in the charming, medieval town of Rothenberg. The architecture was gothic and renaissance. I don’t think you will find an area of the world with all of its original buildings dating back from the Middle Ages. The entire area is charming with the beautiful old houses, storehouses, secluded squares and towers, taverns and town gates. The food and flowers were not second rate either. Everything was picture perfect.

The Flowers

The Treats

Climbing The Glass Tower

I almost chickened out, but I made it all the way up and down the dome and roof terrace of the Reichstag Building. We had spectacular views of the parliamentary and government district as well as all of the major Berlin sights.  

The dome was designed by architect Norman Foster in 2004 and built to symbolize the reunification of Germany. Foster also updated the Hearst building in NYC in 2006.