Oktoberfest Guide

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Munich in autumn isn’t all beer, pretzels and short dirndl dresses – in order for you to enjoy your time outside of beer tents as well, you can now download the tripwolf Munich guide for free until the end of the Oktoberfest! Have fun!

On September 20th, the (in-)famous Oktoberfest festivities begin in Munich – new Mayor Dieter Reiter will give the beer tap a mighty blow at noon precisely and announce, “It’s tapped!” for the 181st annual celebration. Together with the guys behind the MyWiesn Secrets app in Munich, we have once more created the most up-to-date Oktoberfest Survival Guide 2014 so you can enjoy the Oktoberfest adventure to the fullest.

Each year, 6 million people come from all over the world and guzzle millions of pints of beer and over 500,000 roast chickens. Any “Zuagroaste” (as residents of Munich lovingly call newcomers) standing at the gate of the Theresienwiese for the first time might be forgiven for asking: “How the hell do I find my way through this sea of intoxicated people, tents, beer gardens and sausage stands?”


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Answer: The tripwolf Oktoberfest 2014 Survival Guide


What to wear? The right outfit

The gentleman slips into his Kracherte (leather pants) and Haferlschuhe (Bavarian rugged shoes), while the lady opts for a dirndl – ranging from the traditional long cotton dirndl to sexy couture.


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Traditionally long, or perkily short? Photo: flickr, shlomp


When to go? Find the right time

You should know that, on average, there are only enough seats in the tents for one out of every four visitors to the “Wiesn,” and it’s even more crowded on the weekends. Another important thing to note is that the second weekend is known as the “Italian weekend,” when some 100,000 of Germany’s southern friends invade the Oktoberfest festivities, on the prowl for Weißbier and Weißwurst. So if you want to get in, the earlier the better!


Where? So hard to decide

Which tent should I choose, anyway? There is a wide range of tents to choose from; this year there are 14 large tents and 21 medium/small tents, each with its own unique character. The classics are:

- The Schottenhammel: a must on the day of the opening tap, but please note that people start to fill up the tent as early as 9 o’clock in the morning. During the weeks that follow, traditional fraternities and Munich’s youth come and go in a continuous stream.
- The Marstall: This year, the famous Hippodrom has to give way to the Marstall, which thankfully took its place at the entrance to the festival grounds. Up to 4200 guests in and outside the tent can enjoy the excentric interior in colors like orange, green and pink and myriads of horse ornaments, referring to the Marstall’s origins in the venerable Munich horse riding school. In the evenings, long-established Munich bands like „Münchner Zwietracht“ and „Die Oberbayern“ play here to keep the Schunkel activities rolling.
- The Hacker Festival Tent: Heaven in Bavaria: a lively atmosphere with a mixed crowd beneath the unique ceiling painting, over 13,000 square feet.
- The Hofbräu Festival Tent: Especially popular among international guests. Your chance to make friends with people from all over the world!
- The Löwenbräu: Generally hosts an older and more sedate crowd, but it is certainly one of the classics.
- The “Oide Wiesn”: After the “Oide Wiesn” was reinstated last year, this year it will take its visitors on another trip down memory lane. You will find the marquee “Tradition” and the Museum Tent, plenty of attractions, booths, and historic carnival rides from the 1920s. And this year, for the second time, re-entry to the Oide Wiesn will be possible thanks to wrist bands.
- The beer price: As sure as eggs is eggs, the beer price at the Oktoberfest is subtly raised every year. This year it will range from 9.70 € to 10.10 € (e.g. in the Löwenbräu and Schottenhammel) per Maß (Mass). Still, this probably won’t reduce the consumption of beer.


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If you make it into the Hacker Festival Tent, you’ll find yourself in heaven! Photo: flickr, sillysocks


How? Getting into your tent of choice

How do I get into the tent? This problem is an annual challenge even for Munich natives. There are several possibilities here:

- Reserve or get to know someone who has reserved (since the reservations are distributed about a year in advance, this plan will unfortunately not work for most visitors).
- As already mentioned, arrive early! On weekends, there are crowds lining up at the foot of the Bavaria statue as early as 8 a.m. looking to grab a seat.
- Become the doorman’s best friend, just like in any other line! (Show a little something something, ladies.)
- Get to know the waiters at the beer garden right in front of the tent, perhaps one of them can get you in.
- Tip your servers well.
- Other than that, we’ve heard wild stories of bribes of up to 100 € and getting smuggled in inside a service cart… You have some cool stories yourself? Then we recommend the myWiesn Secrets app that lets you share your funny or interesting stories and facts with other Wiesn visitors – anonymously, of course!


A truly sad sight:
A truly sad sight: “Closed due to overfilling”. Photo: flickr, kudo88


What else is there to do? Action away from the beer

In addition to the beer tents, the Oktoberfest also offers countless rides and carnival attractions, including some real rarities, such as:

- The Vogelpfeifer: The smallest stand at the Oktoberfest should be easy to find, because you can hear the songs of the birds from almost anywhere. There you can show off your bird imitation skillz.
- The Flohzirkus: Since 1948, the Oktoberfest has had a real flea circus with a real flea dressage! In 2005 the owners ran out of fleas shortly before the start of the Oktoberfest, but helpful dog owners were able to rescue the circus just in time. Interesting and unique…for sure.
- The Toboggan: A huge tower slide and one of the oldest rides at the Oktoberfest; the ascent is especially adventurous. The passenger jumps onto a treadmill moving at high speed to get to the the top of the 100-foot-high tower. It looks so easy when the staff does it, but it takes some practice and is quite amusing for spectators watching people try their best after one or two Mass too many.
- Feldl’s Devil Wheel: A real classic. While you sit with a few other volunteers on a giant rotating disk, the staff makes every effort to get you to fall off. Staying there with a rising blood alcohol content level is a true challenge — and real fun for spectators and participants alike.
- Pitt’s Original Todeswand (Wall of Death) has been showing the art of motordrome for 70 years now. Bold men and women present their daredevil motorcycle riding skills in a wooden cylinder 8 meters in height and 12 in circumference.
- The Olympia Looping: A roller coaster with five loops, inspired by the symbol of the Olympics. For anyone that found Feldl’s Devil Wheel too lame, the “five-loop” is just the thing.
- In this year’s new attraction, Encounter, visitors can let themselves be flabbergasted as a virtual professor shows off his most exciting scientific experiments.
- Another newbie of this year, the Big Bamboo attracts vacation-hungry guests with exotic rhythms and the entrancing atmosphere of a South Sea island.
- The Sky Fall and the Power Tower: At 70m the highest Freefall Towers in the world and thus for the brave at heart only.
- Don’t forget the “Riesenrad.” Perfect for taking in the evening view with your sweetheart.
- One should not forget to buy a gingerbread heart (“a heart for Herzl”) at the Wiesn; your friends will thank you!


Obvious, where the Olympia Looping got its name from. Photo
Prize question: where did the Olympia Looping get its name from? Photo: flickr, Oliver Mallich


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Mmmhhh, gingerbread makes every heart melt. Photo: flickr, digital cat


Where to go – after 10 p.m.?

Hastily order your last Mass (liter of beer) and check out the remaining singles (assuming you are looking for an “Oktoberfest Gspusi,” or amorous adventure). At 11:30 p.m. most of the tents have closed for the night. But anyone who still has the energy can continue partying in two tents (Käfer’s Wiesn Schänke and Weinzelt) until 1:00 a.m. It’s probably a good idea to think ahead — get there before 10:30 when everyone else will want to get in, get into a friendly conversation at the security entrance at the back of the tent.


Wiesn after hours?

Anyone who still wants to continue partying can find one of the numerous Oktoberfest after-parties. If you don’t want to take a taxi or the subway, there are plenty of clubs near the Oktoberfest grounds. Otherwise, all the trendy clubs in Munich have special “after-Wiesn” parties.

But expect lines and entrance fees — better check the MyWiesn Secrets App beforehand! In different categories Wiesn visitors can post their secret tips, tell stories about celebrities they have spotted schunkel-ing somewhere, let others in on their after-party ideas (word has it there’ll even be some guest list code words) or share their funny/embarrassing Wiesn anecdotes. All anonymously – it’s the Oktoberfest, so there’s no need to be shy!

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Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
Every sentence must do one of two things-reveal character or advance the action.
Start as close to the end as possible.
Be a Sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them-in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To hell with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

    dorkstrangerfilmschool:

    1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
    2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
    3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
    4. Every sentence must do one of two things-reveal character or advance the action.
    5. Start as close to the end as possible.
    6. Be a Sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them-in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
    7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
    8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To hell with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.
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Storytelling comes naturally to humans, but since we live in an unnatural world, we sometimes need a little help doing what we’d naturally do.
Draw a circle and divide it in half vertically.
Divide the circle again horizontally.
Starting from the 12 o clock position and going clockwise, number the 4 points where the lines cross the circle: 1, 3, 5 and 7.
Number the quarter-sections themselves 2, 4, 6 and 8.
Here we go, down and dirty:
A character is in a zone of comfort,
But they want something.
They enter an unfamiliar situation,
Adapt to it,
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Then return to their familiar situation,
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I will talk in greater detail about this pattern in subsequent tutorials.

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    dorkstrangerfilmschool:

    Storytelling comes naturally to humans, but since we live in an unnatural world, we sometimes need a little help doing what we’d naturally do.

    Draw a circle and divide it in half vertically.

    Divide the circle again horizontally.

    Starting from the 12 o clock position and going clockwise, number the 4 points where the lines cross the circle: 1, 3, 5 and 7.

    Number the quarter-sections themselves 2, 4, 6 and 8.

    Here we go, down and dirty:

    1. A character is in a zone of comfort,
    2. But they want something.
    3. They enter an unfamiliar situation,
    4. Adapt to it,
    5. Get what they wanted,
    6. Pay a heavy price for it,
    7. Then return to their familiar situation,
    8. Having changed.

    Start thinking of as many of your favorite movies as you can, and see if they apply to this pattern. Now think of your favorite party anecdotes, your most vivid dreams, fairy tales, and listen to a popular song (the music, not necessarily the lyrics). Get used to the idea that stories follow that pattern of descent and return, diving and emerging. Demystify it. See it everywhere. Realize that it’s hardwired into your nervous system, and trust that in a vacuum, raised by wolves, your stories would follow this pattern.

    I will talk in greater detail about this pattern in subsequent tutorials.

    Source

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Cubs vs Cardinals - Cards win 1-0 and Adam Wainwright is the first pitcher to 13 wins on the season.

    7/27/14 1st game at Wrigley Field
    Cubs vs Cardinals - Cards win 1-0 and Adam Wainwright is the first pitcher to 13 wins on the season.

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    Hah that 0-1 loss was truly a victory. Moving on to the next round.

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  • Congratulations to the Avs!

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U.S. PATENT OFFICE CANCELS REDSKINS TRADEMARK REGISTRATION
The U.S. Patent Office ruled Wednesday that the Washington Redskins nickname is “disparaging of Native Americans” and that the team’s federal trademarks for the name must be canceled.
The 2-1 ruling comes after a campaign to change the name gained momentum over the past year. The team doesn’t immediately lose trademark protection and is allowed to retain it during an appeal, which is likely.

Redskins owner Dan Snyder has refused to change the team’s name, citing tradition, but there has been growing pressure including statements in recent months from President Barack Obama, lawmakers of both parties and civil rights groups.
The decision means that the team can continue to use the Redskins name, but it would lose a significant portion of its ability to protect the financial interests connected to its use. If others printed the name on sweatshirts, apparel, or other team material, it becomes more difficult to go after groups who use it without permission.
The case involves six registered trademarks that involve the use of the word Redskins, but it does not apply to the team’s logo.
The decision by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board is similar to one it issued in 1999. That ruling was overturned in 2003 in large part on a technicality after the courts decided that the plaintiffs should have filed their complaint soon after the Redskins registered their nickname in 1967.
The new case was launched in 2006 by a younger group of Native Americans, and was heard by the board in March of last year.
The group argued that the Redskins should lose their federal trademark protection based on a law that prohibits registered names that are disparaging, scandalous, contemptuous or disreputable.
In Washington, lawmakers have pushed for a name change. In May, half of the Senate wrote letters to the NFL urging the team to change its name.
"Daniel Snyder may be the last person in the world to realize this, but it’s just a matter of time until he is forced to do the right thing and change the name," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who has said previously he will not attend home games until the team changes its name. (Photo: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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    U.S. PATENT OFFICE CANCELS REDSKINS TRADEMARK REGISTRATION

    The U.S. Patent Office ruled Wednesday that the Washington Redskins nickname is “disparaging of Native Americans” and that the team’s federal trademarks for the name must be canceled.

    The 2-1 ruling comes after a campaign to change the name gained momentum over the past year. The team doesn’t immediately lose trademark protection and is allowed to retain it during an appeal, which is likely.

    Redskins owner Dan Snyder has refused to change the team’s name, citing tradition, but there has been growing pressure including statements in recent months from President Barack Obama, lawmakers of both parties and civil rights groups.

    The decision means that the team can continue to use the Redskins name, but it would lose a significant portion of its ability to protect the financial interests connected to its use. If others printed the name on sweatshirts, apparel, or other team material, it becomes more difficult to go after groups who use it without permission.

    The case involves six registered trademarks that involve the use of the word Redskins, but it does not apply to the team’s logo.

    The decision by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board is similar to one it issued in 1999. That ruling was overturned in 2003 in large part on a technicality after the courts decided that the plaintiffs should have filed their complaint soon after the Redskins registered their nickname in 1967.

    The new case was launched in 2006 by a younger group of Native Americans, and was heard by the board in March of last year.

    The group argued that the Redskins should lose their federal trademark protection based on a law that prohibits registered names that are disparaging, scandalous, contemptuous or disreputable.

    In Washington, lawmakers have pushed for a name change. In May, half of the Senate wrote letters to the NFL urging the team to change its name.

    "Daniel Snyder may be the last person in the world to realize this, but it’s just a matter of time until he is forced to do the right thing and change the name," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who has said previously he will not attend home games until the team changes its name. (Photo: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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    CARDINALS 5 NATIONALS 2
    Matt Adams homers for 3rd straight day as Cardinals swat Nats
    Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS — Matt Adams might want to have his father’s visit last longer.

    Adams homered for the third straight game — all with his father in attendance — and Matt Holliday also went deep, helping the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-2 victory and series sweep Sunday over the Washington Nationals.

    Adams gave St. Louis a 2-0 lead in the second inning with a two-run shot on an 0-2 pitch, his sixth homer of the season. Adams’ father, Jamie, has been visiting from Pennsylvania on Father’s Day weekend.

    "Unfortunately, he’s going to go home," Adams said.

    There were going to meet before Adams’ father left for the airport.

    "He might give me a big hug and start crying," Adams said. "He’s an emotional guy."

    Adams has homered in all three games since coming off the disabled list with a torn calf muscle.

    Holliday put St. Louis up 3-0 in the third with his fifth home run.

    St. Louis manager Mike Matheny never doubted his sluggers would start to hit the long ball after a slow start. The Cardinals are last in the National League in homers.

    "We’ve been saying for months now these guys have done that," Matheny said. "It’s not a surprise. It’s not like these guys have never hit any home runs in their lives. I think that everybody just thought that we were either brainwashing them not to hit home runs or else they all lost it collectively and both of them are ridiculous."

    Last year, Adams had 17 homers in 108 games and Holliday had 22 in 141 games.

    "We knew that our power didn’t go anywhere," Adams said. "We knew the type of hitters we are. We go out there on daily basis and grind through our at-bats."

    Jaime Garcia (3-0) pitched seven innings, allowing five hits and a run for St. Louis. He struck out six and walked two. Trevor Rosenthal got the final out for his 20th save.

    Washington’s Doug Fister (5-2) had his five-start winning streak snapped. He pitched six innings, allowing seven hits and four runs.

    "The two home runs were the biggest things for me," Fister said. "I need to find a better effort."

    St. Louis has won 12 of the last 14 regular-season meetings with Washington. The Nationals are 2-18 in the newest version of Busch Stadium.

    "We have a bitter taste in our mouths going home," Nationals outfielder Scott Hairston said. "I think we definitely didn’t play up to our capabilities."

    The Nationals loaded the bases in three innings, stranded 10 runners and scored on two bases loaded walks.

    The timely hit didn’t come for Washington.

    "It’s the ebbs and flows of the game," Washington manager Matt Williams said. "It’s that time of the year where heavy legs start to set in a little bit."

    Garcia pitched out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the second. Third baseman Matt Carpenter caught Sandy Leon’s grounder on a short hop and threw out Hairston at home. Garcia then struck out Fister.

    Jayson Werth drew a bases loaded walk in the fifth to cut the lead to 3-1.

    "I didn’t have my best stuff today but at the same time you go out there and you compete," Garcia said. "You battle and you keep your team in the game."

    St. Louis got the run back in the fifth, when Kolten Wong snapped an 0-for-16 skid with a leadoff triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Holliday, who has 999 RBIs in his career.

    Craig doubled home Holliday in the seventh for a 5-1 lead.

    Rosenthal walked pinch-hitter Adam LaRoche in the ninth with the bases loaded to make it 5-2.

    Game notes

    Reliever Carlos Martinez will make his second career start Monday when the Cardinals host the New York Mets. Martinez is taking the start in place of Adam Wainwright (elbow). … Before Sunday’s game, the Cardinals purchased the contract of left-handed pitcher Nick Greenwood from Triple-A Memphis and optioned outfielder Randal Grichuk back to the affiliate. … After starting 1,114 MLB games at third base, and 12 in left field, Ryan Zimmerman started Sunday at first base for the Nationals. … Washington’s Danny Espinosa was hit by a pitch in the second inning, the eighth time this season. … Washington CF Denard Span was scratched from the lineup due to back stiffness and replaced by Nate McLouth. … St. Louis native boxer Devon Alexander threw out the first pitch. Alexander (25-2 with 14 knockouts) is a former WBC and IBF light welterweight champion and a former IBF welterweight champion. He has a welterweight fight against Robert Guerrero (31-2-1) on June 21. … Randy Choate’s one-pitch win in Saturday’s game made him the sixth pitcher in Cardinals history to throw one pitch and record a victory.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs 6.13.14

    Stanley Cup Playoffs 6.13.14