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Santa Missing after Accident

Due to the graphic nature of the following story and photos, it is recommended that children under the age of 12 are shielded from this information.

Reports indicate that Santa fell out of his sleigh during a Nov. 24th practice run for Christmas 2011. Recent photos taken from a passing 747 confirm this tragedy:

Santa in freefall

These are the last known images of Santa.
Last known images of Santa

Note that Santa’s beard appears to be a freefall hazard:
Santa's beard a freefall hazard

A final image (where Santa’s hat appears to be coming off) reveals that old Saint Nick may actually be bald.
News flash: Santa appears to be bald

At this time it is unknown if Santa was equipped with any emergency safety equipment, such as a jet pack or parachute. However, based on a prior skydiving trip in 2010 (file photo below), there is still hope that Santa will be found alive.

Santa in undated skydiving photo

Our thoughts go out to Mrs. Claus. At her request, donations to the Elves’ Fund can be made through Traveldave.com.

Photographs by Eric Babcock.

Posted 9 years, 3 months ago at 12:25 am.


Shocker at the Oktoberfest

This one is for my Skydive Orange peeps. Some of whom will be here starting tomorrow, for Oktoberfest 2010 (200th anniversary)! This shadowy shocker is compliments of the Nikon 35mm f/2.


A tasty beer at Hacker-Pschorr near the Theresienwiese.


I love this picture of my buddy eating a Steaksemmel. Blurry-background-girl must have been wondering, “Why is that guy aiming such a huge camera at someone eating a sandwich?”


I’ve posted a few other pics from this day on the Guided Munich Blog.

Can’t wait to see Scott, Amy, and Eric here for Oktoberfest – it’s gonna be a blast!

Posted 10 years, 5 months ago at 1:00 pm.


Kreativ Blogger Award

I was recently honored that fellow writer and blogger Wendy Morrell chose me in her “top 7” for the Kreativ Blogger Award. Thanks, Wendy — I’d put your blog on my list too, if you hadn’t already won! So, here I am to pass on the honor to seven blogs I often read. But first, the RULES for those winners who choose to pass on the award:

1. Copy and paste the picture to your own blog.
2. Thank the person who gave you the award and post a link to their blog.
3. Write 7 things about yourself we do not know.
4. Choose 7 other bloggers to award.
5. Link to those 7 other bloggers.
6. Notify your 7 bloggers.

As this is a travel & photo blog, I’ll show seven things about myself pictorially…

I skydive, though it’s been a while since my last jump. This balloon jump at the World Freefall Convention was a memorable one.

Balloon Jump at WFFC

Snowboarding is high in my winter priorities. Soelden, Austria rocks.

Snowboarding at Soelden, Austria

I’ve eaten ants in Suzhou, China. Yes, on purpose. In fact it was my suggestion…

Dave eating ants in Suzhou, China

I have a brother. Here we are in Joshua Tree, CA.

Brothers in Joshua Tree, California

Sometimes I play bass guitar, and I’ve been known to sing. Skydive Orange, VA. Dedicated to my late friend Chris Santiago, the guitar player with the ‘fro on the right.

Electric Bacon at Skydive Orange

Once I was confused for Jose Cuervo, on Oct. 31st in Richmond, VA.

Jose Cuervo

Weilheim, a town in Bavaria, hosts my favorite disc golf course in the world.

Disc Golf at Weilheim, Bayern

Now, for my recommendations, in roughly alphabetical order.  Just a short sentence about each:

  • Christina at An American Expat in Deutschland has great photos and weekly German recipes… mmm!
  • The infamous Headbang8 at Deutschland Über Elvis makes me laugh with every post, though there is a strict no-meme policy, as I recently read…
  • Ian and Wendy are globe-trotters whose travels I one day hope to equal
  • Jul at This non-American Life peppers in a lot of variety and humor into her expat blog
  • Melissa’s Bookshelf hosts a variety of great book reviews and giveaways, and gives equal treatment to Print-On-Demand authors (which I really appreciate!)
  • Only The Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy is an excellent book review blog that’s rife with German sayings as of late
  • Regensblog with Cliff and Sarah has excellent travel articles, links to cheap travel deals, and tasty recipes

Posted 11 years, 3 months ago at 2:03 pm.


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