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Squib From Berlin: I Always Will Have A Passion For Berlin, Despite My Now Being Officially Affiliated With The EU And Being Tracked By An APP Called Luca Because Of My Presence In The Great City

Mr. Krikorian, an award winning journalist and author of two books, earned multiple awards in his 22 years of writing for the Long Beach Press-Telegram and 22 years for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. He is happily retired.



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Ed note: Doug Krikorian is in Europe and sends this squib (short piece)

(Berlin, Germany -- Nov. 25, 2021) -- I love Berlin, always have, always will, ever since the first time I arrived here on Friday, November 10, 1989, one day after the green-glad East German soldiers guarding the infamous Berlin Wall were ordered by the then Russian leader Michael Gorbachev not to shoot those seeking to trespass the vile 13-foot structure that split this city in half for 28 years.

It was a weekend of gladness and cheerfulness that I never will forget as more than one million East Germans walked across the border or rode across in their much-ridiculed two-stroke, 26-horsepower, plainly uncomfortable car known as the Trabant that took 21 seconds to reach its top speed of 60 mph.

What a time I had shaking hands with East German guards, pounding pieces of the wall with a hammer I purchased -- all of which Iíve given away across the years -- and uttering a lot of toasts to peace and tranquillity and consuming way too much alcohol with a lot of deliriously happy, celebrating and weeping Germans who found the sudden event wildly surreal.

Ever since then, Iíve made it an annual pilgrimage to spend a few days here during my European visits, and I still have a deep fondness for a city that was totally rebuilt after being destroyed during World War II.

I always stay at the Hilton Hotel in the Gendarmenmarkt district thatís near what is known as Museum Island, and across from the Hilton always has been my favorite Christmas Market known as Weihnachts Zauber.


Doug Krikorian (right) and his pal/bodyguard Thirsty Tom Kelley, in front of Weihnachtst Zauber in Berlin

And, blessedly, itís actually open, although if the outgoing Chancellor, Angela Merkle, had her way, she says she would have shut it down like the Christmas Markets are in the Bavarian city of Munich because of the rise in Covid-19 cases in recent weeks throughout Germany.

Actually, Ms. Merkle has said she would have shut down the entire country, but her successor, a gentleman named Olaf Schulz, hasnít yet followed that radical course.

Still, The Pandemic certainly has had an effect on me here, as Iím now the proud possessor after much investigation and maneuvering of an EU Digital Covid Certificate, which can be scanned for entrance to any restaurant in Europe to show proof that Iíve had three vaccinations and that, I guess, Iím sound of mind, body and soul.

And if that wasnít enough -- I never dreamed Iíd ever hold an app that connects me to the far left-leaning European Union -- but I also have something called a Luca app in my Apple 12, which when scanned is a way for authorities to know where I have been hanging out.

And here I thought spying in these parts once perpetrated by the dreaded Stasi of East Berlin notoriety went out with the fall of the Wall.

Of course, Iím only kidding.

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But I must admit that now being officially affiliated with the EU, and having my daily whereabouts monitored by something called Luca is a new and not so thrilling experience in my harrowing life.

But my passion for Berlin hasnít subsided -- its myriad historic sites, its many extraordinary museums, its poignant Jewish Memorials, its storied department store on the KurfŁrstendamm, KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens), its historic Adlon Hotel where I always have an afternoon dirty vodka martini in its elegant lobby and where Michael Jackson once held his nine-month-old son Prince Michael II outside an upper floor window with one arm as he blew kisses to adoring fans below near the Brandenburg Gate.


The lobby of the famed Adlon Hotel in Berlin

I savor taking lengthy walks around an uplifting city where once there was so much dread and now there still is so much liveliness despite Covid.


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Previously by Mr. Krikorian:

Doug Krikorian Squib from Copenhagen: The Danes Have Tossed The Masks In The Baltic Sea


Doug Krikorian Squib From Europe: Long Beach Health Department Bigwigs Kelly Colopy & Dr. Anissa Davis Would Be Horrified By Maskless Krakow!
Reflections & Revelations
Krikorian Notes: From The Tireless Todd Allen Bringing A Long Vacated Naples Building Back To Life To The Tireless LB City Employees Getting A ''Holiday'' Day Off Footed By The LB Taxpayers To Everyone Rooting For Dusty Baker And Against His Astros To One Of Long Beach Good Guys Ronald Eomurian To The $190,000 Windfall Of Phil Trani's Charity Golf Event To The Raucous Insanity Of SoFi Stadium To My Long Delayed Trip Across The Pond
The Irrepressible Don Rodriguez Is Walking 50 miles This Weekend In Still Another Fund-Raising Coup In A Ceaseless 18-Year Stream---More Than $50 Million!--For His Long Beach Boys & Girls Clubs That Are Thriving And That Soon Even Will Have A Phil Trani Gym On One Of Its Properties In Honor Of One Of Its Many Benefactors
Krikorian Notes: From Draconian Covid-19 Vaccination Mandates Violating Constitutional Freedoms Of Those Deciding Not To Take It To The Passing Of The Patriarch Of The Celebrated DiMarzo Clan Don DiMarzo To Big Mike O'Toole's Historic 24-Hour Saloon Trifecta To The Passing Of The Pine Ave. Shoe Shine Fixture James Brown To The Dodgers Destined To Ruin My Beloved Giants' Fairytale Season To Jim Michaelian And The Long Beach Health Department Doing Stellar Work At The Acura Grand Prix Of LB
A Tranquil Early Morning Walk Reminds Me Once Again What An Extraordinary City Long Beach Is Despite The Bureaucratic Ignoramuses Governing It
From Acura Grand Prix Of Long Beach's Jim Michaelian Oozing Optimism For His Upcoming Event To Mayor Robert Garcia Hoping President Biden Saves Him From That Embarrassing Harry S. Truman Post To Ousted USC Football Coach Clay Helton Proving Nice Guys Don't Finish Last For A Job Poorly Done In Financial Buyouts ($10 Million!) To LB's Connoisseur Of Lost Causes Ben Goldberg Turning To Triples To Survive Larry Elder's Beatdown
Ben Goldberg: Connoisseur Of Lost Causes With The Latest Being Campaigning For Larry Elder To Replace Gavin Newsom As The New California Governor
What A Life For Angelo Marciuliano Of Angelo's Italian Deli Fame: From Growing Up Humbly In The Southern Italy Region of Basilicata To Serving Anthony Quinn As A Waiter At The Legendary Savoy Hotel In London To Being A Private Chef For Generals And Other Military Brass When He Was In The Italian Army To Creating The Famous Italian Torpedo Sandwhich
Yes, Honestly, There Are Actually A Couple Of Positives To Emerge From The Covid-19 Pandemic In Long Beach---An Outdoors, Champs-Elysee-Like Dining Experience Throughout The City For Restaurant Patrons Because Of The Popular Parklets And An Upscale Covid-19 Belmont Shore Testing Place Called SAMEDAYHEALTH That Is A Thriving Operation In The Midst Of Second Street's Spate Of Business Exoduses

Krikorian Notes: From The Long Beach Health Department And Its Braintrust, Kelly Colopy And Dr. Anissa Davis, Going A Step Further Than Their LA County Shot Callers To The Notorious Ballot Harvesting Gimmick Certain To Rescue Gavin Newsom To The Memorable Alamitos Bay Weekend Water Polo Festivities To The Naples Wedding Party Bash For Ravishing Rick Paap And Deena Deardurff-Schmidt
Krikorian Notes: From Suzie Price Snubbing Many Of Her Third District Constituents To Vote Against Throwing Gavin Newsom Out Of Office To The LBUSD Depriving Kids This Summer From Using Its Schools Vacant Playgrounds To Guinness Book Of World Records Candidate Tommy O'Toole Attending San Diego State To Dodger Zealot Big Ben Goldberg Coming Clean About His Team's Tainted 2020 World Championship (60 Regular Season Games!) To Mystery Mayoral Candidate Greg Magnuson (Who In Tarnation Is He?)
Did Long Beach City Manager Tom Modica Make The Right Call In Shutting Down the Long Beach Sprint Nationals After A Tragic Boating Accident?
Long Beach Leaders Robert Garcia, Tom Modica, Mary Zendejas, Cindy Allen, Suzie Price, Daryl Supernaw, Stacy Mungo, Suely Saro, Al Austin, Rex Richardson And Roberto Uranga: These People Have No Shame Or Guilt For The Role They've Collectively Played In Daily Shootings And Soaring Crime Rates
Of Course, That Darling Lady Out Of Smith College & Duke University, Long Beach Health Czar Kelly Colopy, Goes Right Along With The Idiotic L.A. County Indoor Mask-Wearing Edict Even Though She Could Have Spared LB Such Anguish
Krikorian Notes: From Ol' Blood And Guts Robert Garcia To Give Give `Em Hell Harry Truman To The Daily One Mile Alamitos Bay Swim Of Dr. Mark Hoffer, 86, To The Daily 15-Mile, Five-Hour Walk Of Earth Man Jeff Yount To Connor McGregor's Latest Con Job To Former Long Beach State and NFL player Russ Bollinger Relating Hilarious Bill Belichick Tale To The Belmont Shore Bridge Eyesore
A Thrilling Evening In Long Beach When The Skies Above Alamitos Bay Became A Dazzling Palette Of Exploding Rockets In Front Of 30,000 Witnesses Who Savored What Will Become Part Of The Cityís Sacred Lore
From Ann Cantrell Voicing Disapproval Of Long Beach's Most Popular Summer Event---The Big Bang On The Bay---To John Morris Taking Strong Exception To Ms. Cantrell's Stance To Bad Stu Ledsam's TWO Life-Saving Rescues To Bill (Bozo) Caplan's Zany Antics To The Phoenix Suns' Blessed Fortune To LB's Scary Rising Crime Rate To Those Two Laughable City Hall Figures Tom Modica And Robert Garcia
The Many Memorable Characters I've Befriended Across The Decades, Including The Appropriately Named Preposterous One In Long Beach Known Far And Wide As Bad Stu Ledsam
Krikorian Notes: From No-Bail Insanity To Government Handout Insanity To City Auditor Laura Doud's Exhaustive Investigation Of The Latest Queen Mary Bankruptcy Suitor Urban Commons To K-5 Kids Still Having To Wear Masks And Having Their Temperatures Taken To Novak DJokovic Being The GOAT Of Tennis
Krikorian Notes: From Long Beach East Division Commander Chad Ellis And Naples Crime Buster Katie Rowe Teaming Up At Colonnade Park Gathering To Discuss Canal Congestion And Patio Thievery To My Earning a Five-Cent Film Residual To Earth Man Walking 14,650 Miles To The Belmont Shore Bridge Still Not Fixed To The Yokel LB Politicians Still Drooling Over The Queen Mary To Former LBSU Pitching Star Kevin Lamp Praising The Late John Gonsalves
With Encouragement From Long Beach's Very Own Universal Man, Rick Bryson, Wilson High-LB State Grad Torey Edwards Is On The Threshold Of Qualifying For The U.S. Open, Not Impossible For The Only Amateur Golfer In History To Shoot Two Rounds Of 58
Krikorian Notes Which Long Beach Tourist Attraction, The Queen Mary Or The Aquarium Of The Pacific, Loses The Most Money Annually To Jim Michaelian Excitedly Waxing Poetic About The Return Of The Acura Grand Prix To LB On Sept 24-26 To The Torn Fence Not Being Repaired On The Belmont Shore Bridge To Jim McCormack Going On A 14-Day Golfing Marathon In Oregon With Grandson Garrett To Dede Rossi Attending Seth Greenberg's Daughter Paige's Wedding At the Famous Greenbriar That Cost Ol' Seth $300,000
From Expecting To Spend His Life Working In A Chemical Plant In England, The Boathouse's John Morris Has Come A Long Way From Peddling Women Dresses And Delivering Newspapers, As The Founder Of Legends And The Pioneer Of Pine Ave. Can't Wait For The July 3rd Resumption Of His Big Bang On The Bay Fireworks Show
Sign Of The Times: To Donning A Mask At A Near Empty Blair Field To Keep A High School Baseball Game From Being Halted To The Zany LBUSD Superintendent Jill Baker Still Keeping Elementary Students From Engaging In Playground Activity
The Beloved Sandra Headley, AKA Coachie, Climaxes Her Memorable 39-Year Tenure At Naples Elementary School With A Most Unusual Task
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia Takes A Victory Lap For His City Hosting The Undocumented Migrants, But The Estimated $35 Million Cost To Taxpayers Has His Critics In An Uproar, Including One, The Famed Bodyguard Mike (The Hammer) DiMarzo, Who Calls Mr. Garcia The Teflon Don Of LB
Tommy O'Toole's Magical 12-Hour Day That Might Well Land Him In The Guinness Book Of World Records And, Who Knows, The Zany LBUSD Superintendent Jill Baker Might Be Destined To Wind Up In It, Too
Why Don't Mayor Robert Garcia And His Marionette, City Manager Tom Modica, Come Out And Tell The Truth About How Long Beach Became A Lodging Sanctuary For More Than 1,000 Undocumented Kids?
Why Have ALL The Long Beach Leaders Been So Silent On The Feds Placing A Contingent Of Undocumented Kids In Downtown LB?
A Talk With Jerry West And An Emotional Remembrance For Me Of Still Another Friend, Elgin Baylor, Who Is Gone
Frankly, I'm Surprised Long Beach Chief Of Police Robert Luna Didn't Think A Contingent Of Extraterrestrials From Another Galaxy Was Responsible For The LB Crime Wave
The Creator Of Two Iconic Long Beach Dining Establishments, Schooner Or Later and Tantalum, LB Bachelor Denny Lund Also Has Been A Creator Of Glad Times
Krikorian Notes: From Cal Gov Gavin Newsom Keeping Long Beach Restaurant Diners Outdoors For No Plausible Reason To His Equally Despised Michigan Counterpart, Gretchen Whitmer, Actually Allowing Indoor Dining In Her State To Cock Of The Walk John Morris Speechless (!) To Dickie (Too Fast, Too Furious) Babian Turning Crow's Over To His Son To My New 7-1, 354 Bodyguard Aaron Gray Taking Over From The Undersized 6-0, 225 Mike (The Hammer) DiMarzo
Krikorian Notes: From Gavin Newsom Praising Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia As Though He's Destined For Mt. Rushmore To Newsom Hoping The Rest Of California Follows The Jill Baker LBUSD Path (???) To The Tiger Woods Car Accident To Bad Stu Ledsam's Son Kyle's Big Award To Vons Pavilion GM Steve Carr Performing Cashiering Duty To My Watching the Amazing Emerzian Twins Next Week In Michigan
Krikorian Notes: From A Most Surreal Development That Has Me In A State Of Giddiness---Our Beloved Long Beach Actually Now Serious About Building A New Swimming Pool After Coastal Commission Approval And Strong Endorsements From Such Local Leaders As Mayor Robert Garcia and City Manager Tom Modica and Their Political Accomplices To Mike O'Toole Doing a Solo, He-Man Rowing Act On A 32-Foot Gondola Carolina Filled With 14 People Around Naples Canals To Jill Bakerís Typical Back-to-School Delaying Tactics To My Receiving My Periodic SAG-AFTRA Residuals From My Once Flourishing Acting Career That, Sadly, Went The Way Of My Once Flourishing Radio Career
Long-Time Belmont Shore Resident Dorcas Baldwin, 85, Endures Frightening Experience Of Homeless Man Breaking Into Her Bay Shore Avenue Home And Taking A Shower Before Long Beach Cops Come To The Rescue
CIF Southern Section Commissioner Rob Wigod Hoping Gavin Newsom And His Health Department Toadies Come To Their Senses For Projected High School Sports Restart On March 19
Terry Antonelli Orchestrating Rise Of LíOpera After Its Tragic Fall In The Great Long Beach Memorial Day Pillage & Plunder Festival
Krikorian Notes: From Mayor Garcia's Spineless Speech To Jill Baker's Passing The Buck Alliance With Gavin Newsom To A Positive Long Beach Vaccination Experience To Welcoming New Neighbor George Gascon To Mike The Hammer Bludgeoning Me About Boxing To The Amazing Tom Brady
The Memorable Life Of Tommy Lasorda: From World Series Titles To Slim-Fast Diets To Obscenity-Laced Jim Healy Tapes To Pitching To Jack Clark To A Sacred Legacy Of Laughter And Success On The Ball Yards Of America
"A Lady Shrieking "Wear A Mask!" On Bay Shore Ave. Results In A Mask-Wearing Epiphany For Our Columnist
A Christmas Tale Of Reflections And Remembrances
A Christmas Tale Of Reflections And Remembrances" Krikorian Notes: From New LA County DA George Gascon Moving To Naples To LBUSD Superintendent Jill Baker Continuing To Stunt Growth Of 70,000 Students To Distress Of Locked Down LB Entrepreneurs Jeff Cozart, Mike Neufeld, John Sangmeister To LBís Very Own Kato Kaelin, Steve Folger, Squiring Kelly Clarkson In Nashville
Krikorian Notes: From Joe Jost Owner Ken Buck Sounding Off On The Lockdowns To Big Ben Goldberg's Boat Parade Party In Huntington Harbor To Bob Ludlam Departing LB For Prescott -- The Leisure World of Arizona -- To LB State President Jane Close Conoley Not Faintly Resembling Her Esteemed Predecessors To Mike (The Hammer) DiMarzo Invading Miami For Nightclub Frolic To LB State Women's Soccer Coach Mauricio Ingrassia Suddenly Looking Like A Matinee Idol
When Is LBUSD Superintendent Jill Baker Going To End Her Calamitous Lockdown That Has Caused So Much Chaos And Heartache And Disruption Among 70,000 Students?
Krikorian Notes: From Councilman Rex Richardson Displaying Courage To Show Up At A Long Beach Restaurant Association Meeting To The Countless Millions Lost On Unoccupied LB Buses To LB Health Czar Kelly Colopyís Latest Mean-Spirited Edict To the Irritating Silence Of LB City Manager Tom Modica To LB Mayor Robert Garcia Ignoring His Constituents For Political Reasons To Bob The Black Labrador Parading Down The Peninsula Boardwalk Holding A Large Palm Limb In His Mouth
How Many Long Beach Restaurants Will Be Forced to Close After Latest Lockdown Lunacy?
Where's Krikorian? Temporarily On "Injured Reserve List" Recovering From Shoulder Replacement Surgery
Krikorian Notes: From Nico's George Mlouk Praising LB Mayor Robert Garcia For Working To Help LB Restaurateurs To A Plea To LB Health Czar Kelly Colopy To Restrain Her Overzealous Sleuths To Lakers Deserving NBA Title To LeBron James Turning Anthony Davis Into Passionate Competitor To Vital Contributions Of Lakers Coach Frank Vogel And GM Rob Pelinka To Sadness Of Passing Of The Great Joe Morgan And Its Impact On Maury Wills' Hall Of Fame Chances
Famous Long Beach Restaurateur Phil Trani Days Of Joyful Memories And Pandemic Miseries
Krikorian Notes: From The Irritating Silence Of The Long Beach Politicians In Not Supporting Their Citizens To The Whereabouts Of LB Mayor Robert Garcia To The Whistles Favoring The Lakers Against The Nuggets To The Greatness of Patrick Mahomes To The End Of A European Vacation Streak That Started In 1989
LBUSD Superintendent Jill Bakerís 70,000 Student Online Virtual Teaching Miscalculation A Disaster!
Krikorian Notes: From The 9 Unworthies Of The LB City Council To The LB Upstick In Shootings And Speeding To Restauranteur John Morris Horseback Riding On A Wyoming Mountaintop To The Walking Adventures Of Earth Man
Jeff Cozart's Time Of Torment: Will His Belmont Athletic Club Survive Gavin Newsomís Latest Lockdown?
Krikorian Notes: A Labor Day Elegy For Those In The Long Beach Business Community Who Were Violated In The Memorial Day Looting Frenzy To The Palm Tree Limbs Littering 2nd Street To The Scooters Littering The Belmont Shore Bridge To The Virtual On-Line Spectacle At Big Mike O'Toole's Household
Krikorian Notes: From Long Beach Mayor's Ascent To Dem Stardom Because Of Lockstep Embrace Of The Party's Policies To The Enchanting Parklet Dining On 2nd Street To Tearing Down The Hoops in Belmont Shore To Greg Silver's LB Departure To Huntington Beach To Bob Rice Protecting Me From Isiah Robertson
Don Kramer Was A Character Like No Other With His Zaniness, Goofiness, Joyfulness, Kindliness Who Left All Who Knew Him With Lasting Memories Of Slapstick Antics And Mirthful Anecdotes
Krikorian Notes: From Majority Of LB Teachers Skipping Classrooms For The Comforts Of Home To Dr. Jill Baker Becoming Another Maria Montessori To Terry Antonelli Discussing Resurrection of L'Opera To Mayor Robert Garcia Touted By MSNBC's Brian Williams As A Future U.S. Senator To Kershaw's Magical Transformation
Long Beach's Renaissance Man, Chuckie Miller, Reflects On His Entrepreneurial Life And On Racial Inequity
Krikorian Notes: From LB's Elected Leadership's Reimagining Delusions To the Gaslamp's Outdoor Wall Video Band Show To The Ghastly USC Coach, Clay Helton
FDR's Grandson, Delano Roosevelt, Talks Democratic Party, JetBlue, Long Beach And His Life
LBPD Chief Robert Luna: Stand Up For Your Fifty Ousted Cops!
What Next From Long Beach Health Boss Kelly Colopy, Hazmat Suits For Our Restaurant Servers?
Sadly, Our National Pastime No Longer A Pastime For Me
Parklets! Three Cheers For Long Beach Politicians!
Memo To LBUSD Sup Jill Baker: Return The Kids To the Classroom!
A 2 1/2-Hour Commute To Work A Joy To This 86-Year Old Gentleman
Long Beach Politicians Once Again Fail Long Beach
Is Long Beach Destined to Become the City That Never Sleeps?
I Never Thought I'd Live To See These...
Ben Goldberg Exits Long Beach, Now Nearby Refugee In OC
Long Time Long Beach Resident Dave Lopez Climaxes Storied 48-Year TV Career
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From Krikorian's Notebook: (1) LBUSD Mgm't Mulls Keeping K-5 Kids Indoors Without Normal Access To Playground, Cafeteria, Auditorium Activities; (2) And More...
Will LB's New School Sup't Allocate Untimely Pay Raise To Serve Students?
Awaiting Governor's Dictate To Decide Fate Of This Year's (July 3) "Big Bang On the Bay"
Mayor/Council Sounds Of Silence After LB Cops Let Some Pillage Our Village
Excuses By Long Beach Police & Politicians Dishearten Damaged LB Businesses
Hallelujah! LB Mayor Pleads For Sac'to Permission To Lift Closures That Needn't Have Occurred
Speak Up, Mr. Mayor, On Governor's Unwise Edicts. You Can Do That And You Should
My Beloved Long Beach: A Victim Of Irrational Government Overreach Beyond Reasoned Response To Virus
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