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Mother's Dreams

May 10, 2018  •  7 Comments

This house concert featured Sabir Khan on sarangi accompanied by my brother Peter Altenberg on tabla. The performance was on April 17, 2018, in Inverness, California. I thought this excerpt from the concert was a fitting way to celebrate our mothers. My mother passed away on March 18 this year. She would have been 86 today, May 11, 2018. Sabir-ji’s mother passed away just over a year ago, on March 17, 2017. And Mother’s Day is in a couple of days, so we have another reason to celebrate our mothers. Dream BIG.

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Zak at 24

July 01, 2015  •  1 Comment

Zak turned 24 today and got a new hat.

Lucky Hall

June 25, 2015  •  2 Comments

Here's how local craftsman Lucky Hall creates fabric-formed concrete works. Lucky is CurDogDesign.

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Bremer Stadtmusikanten

December 16, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

We pay a visit to the famous Town Musicians of Bremen.

Hanging out with b.

December 15, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

While Peter recovers, we hang out with various friends and family from around the world. Here we have a visit from the almost famous musician b. mossman, who joins us almost daily from Denmark while Kalyan computes in the background.

Peter's PT

December 14, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Daily visits to the physical therapist is pretty lightweight compared to the usual routine for recovery from surgery in Germany, going to reha, for a full-time, 3 week stay at a rehab facility that includes exercise, meals and lots of relaxation. Sounds more like a resort. 

Peter's PT includes a daily visit to Coffee Corner, where Kalyan shows us the latest iPhone features.


Peter's Hip Doctor

December 13, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

We visit the hip surgeon today, who did the hip joint replacement on Peter about 10 days ago. Dr. Rasmussen loves to explain everything about artificial hip joints (especially in English) and he likes how everything is healing up. Peter is just happy that the surgery part is over. Next we visit the physical therapist. More photos at

Santa Pope

December 11, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
Got to Frankfurt about a half hour late, but I wasn’t too worried with 90 minutes left to catch my connecting flight to Bremen, where my brother just got home after a week in the hospital following a hip joint replacement, which is what set this whole trip in motion in the first place. But the timing all changed with the realization that I had to make another trip through security for some annoying reason and security at Frankfurt Airport is an incredibly slow motion and methodic German process. There’s one guy who helps to neatly arrange all of your carry-on crap in the plastic bins, politely but firmly pausing between each passenger, and another guy rotates the bins 90 degrees and pushes them through the machine. People are visibly aging in line. They topped that off with a special ‘random’ extra security swabbing of my camera bag, probably because there are too many gadgets and wires inside, which looks a little terrifying on the multicolored X-ray. This side trip required a short hike in the wrong direction to another security station. I was assured that my gate was right around the corner. 
10 minutes before take off I got going towards the gate and experienced the utter vastness of Frankfurt airport first hand. 2km later, including running down 5 long moving walk ways and at least 8 flights of stairs to avoid the overloaded elevators. I arrived at the gate in a full sweat, huffing and puffing only to find that my plane had departed without me. Next flight in 5 hours. The smiling but terse woman at the desk directed to go back 2km - do not to pass Go, do not collect $200 - and find the Lufthansa Services office. There I waited patiently in line for 20 minutes only to find out that I had to go to the Lufthansa check-in, outside security and another 1km or so away. Another hike, then another terse explanation-demanding gate keeper, then another 15 minute wait in line and another 15 minutes with an agent who couldn’t get the computer to cooperate, finally resulted in a new boarding pass on the next flight. Then it was back through the maze including another trip through the slo-mo security machinery. I get the special random manual double check again, with full swabbing of my scary camera bag and contents. My shoes look suspicious too, so they get a special solo trip through the X-ray machine. My flight is hours away at this point and I really don’t care. I stroll 2km back to the gate and enjoy the sights. Along the way I meet the pope... or is it Santa Clause? Maybe it’s St. Niklaus. Whatever… it was worth stopping for a selfie. Apple Health app report: 3.44 miles, 7482 steps and 11 floors of climbing for the afternoon. Not a bad workout for a rainy day. 

No Escaping the Rain

December 10, 2014  •  1 Comment
Got out of San Francisco on Wednesday December 10, just in time to miss the huge storm that was moving in, only to find cold rainy weather on the other side of the planet, in Deutschland. What did I expect? My flight to Frankfurt was kinda bumpy, especially for the ginormous Airbus 380, which is a lot of plane to thrash around in the sky, but sitting near the front of the plane was nice and quiet for a change. Not much sleep, but the food was actually decent - a nice filet of salmon on rice for dinner and an omelette and fresh fruit for breakfast. Plus wine and beer are always included. Too civilized. My neighbors promptly donned headphones and said barely a word for the entire flight, so I did the same. Kinda boring, but maybe better than getting one of those talk-the-entire-flight kind of people for 10 hours. 

Electric City Book Trailers

October 31, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Just finished these two book trailers for the new novel Electric City by Elizabeth Rosner...

Electric City: an excerpt from the novel.


Behind the scenes with novelist Elizabeth Rosner.

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