Sunday, October 11, 2009


We spent 3 days in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. You didn't even know it was a Grand Duchy, did you? Well, you do now. There were castles, of course, and cool tunnels under Luxembourg City, but this post is about sin.

That's right. Sin. This is a picture of one of the vending machines in our hotel. See if you can spot the "interesting items" it offers. Oh, and in case you were worried about corrupting minors, there was a sign on the top that said you had to be 16 to purchase things other than the candy.

If you get all three bad items correctly, then you win a prize! Of course, the prize is the knowledge that you purposely seek out wickedness. Sinner.


Did you spot them? I'll help. We have, right next to the "kinder" treats (really), a dirty magazine, c0ndoms, and cigarettes! Awesome, and what a great cover story. "Honey, I meant to get the M&Ms, but I hit the wrong number and got these instead! No use wasting money. Lock the kids in the bathroom!" But, I digress.

So, what if one of these isn't the vice of your choice? (The M&Ms, I mean. Not everyone likes chocolate, but cigarettes--those meet everyone's desires.) Never fear, next to vending machine number 1 was the beer vending machine!


If you never have good luck with vending machines, you can still have convenient shopping. In Northern Luxembourg, we ran into a store that definitely would be helpful around Christmas time. It specialized in two types of products:


That's right! Alcohol and toys. Hard liquor and puzzles. It had three or four big window displays and everyone one of them showcased both children's items and alcohol. Some of the alcohol was in delightful animal shaped bottles, in case you were torn between indulging your alcoholism and buying your child a present. Go ahead and buy the scotch in the glass duck and then when you've finished, the duck can be a present for Junior.


  1. Why bother with going to the store when a vending machine can meet all your needs? Sweet! And love the liquor in cute animal bottles. Games are so much more fun while drunk!

  2. wait, you know i love you to death (this is patti), but alcohol and cigarettes are a sin? bad vices, yes, but how are they sinful in the eyes of God?

  3. I laughed so hard at this post!!!!

  4. wow, what a thoughtful place to live. reading materials, snacks, smokes, birth control all in one place. Add the alcohol a couple steps to either side and you have a .....well, you know.