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SHARKHUNTERS International
2017 "Southern Patrol"

On the trail of 3rd Reich World War Two History
Before we continue trailing this history, we pause for the day at Oktoberfest.  This began as a wedding feast when (then) Prince Ludwig was going to marry a European princess.  When it began, it was in October but the changing weather necessitated a change in schedule and so now, the two-week-long Oktoberfest ends the first week-end of October.

 

Sadly, due to the threat from the bottom-feeding scum who like to blow themselves up, security is ever tightening here as so many other places around the world.  Any bags, purses, backpacks etc. larger than a small size simply were not allowed in the event - period!  All those many yellow vested security personnel were augmented by untold numbers of plain clothes police throughout the event.

Thanks to VIKTOR HIRSCHMANN, Member #6773-LIFE for suggesting that we park on the tour bus parking lot.  Even if it cost more money, it saved us looking for a place in a jammed up city, so we did.  Bad news - tour busses were not allowed there this year.  Good news - it was now for handicapped and the press; and it was FREE!  So I whipped out my PRESS credentials and we were parked right at the event!

     
 
     

From here down we will merely post photos of Oktoberfest and the people having a great time here.  YOU should have been here with us at Oktoberfest as well as the hidden places we found and others we visited.

Look closely at the photos of the beautiful young girls in traditional dress and pay particular attention to the bow they wear on their waist.  We have now been given "the code" for these bows.  If the bow is on the right side, it means that she is taken.  If the bow is on the left side, it means that she is available and if the bow is in the middle it means that she is a virgin.  Don't remember seeing any in the middle.....

 
     
 
     
 
     
 

These magnificent horses are worth a ton of money and each is wearing thousands of dollars worth of tack.

     
 
     

Above left - this building specializes in broasted chicken and all the while, the two cooks are turning the chicken on the spit.

Above right - about every five minutes, this gigantic lion roars out the name of his beer as he moves his stein to his mouth for a drink.

Right - no, these are not caricatures of politicians, theirs or ours although at first glance, that is what it might appear.

 
     
 
     
 
     
 

I overheard these two couples speaking Russian, so I called over YEVGENIY and Georgi to have a quick chat with them.

     

Okay, cut me a little slack here.  I write an OpEd column for a local conservative newspaper here in central Florida and this is a puff photo to show that this newspaper can be found anywhere in the world.

Okay, it is time for beer and food.

 


We go into one of the huge tents where the music is rocking and the beer is flowing.

 

This sign at the entrance says:
             
"Don't act like an ape!!"

Seeing this ape dancing on the table immediately brought back memories of our own "John the Barbarian" who did exactly that during a Sharkhunters Patrol some ten years ago.  He was Member #3684 but we keep his name secret so we do not embarrass him but he sure was fun.

     
 

Getting ready for our meal.  Mine is the cola to the left.
This is "Afri-Kola" and their emblem is a palm tree that
looks a lot like the palm tree emblem of the Afrika Korps.

It is good, but at Oktoberfest - it is TWELVE BUCKS
(10.2 Euros) for this one cola!

 

YEVGENIY KUZNETSOV, Member #8158 and his father Georgi are enjoying their beer.  In 30 years of Sharkhunters
Patrols, these are the very first Russians to join us.  They
were great guys and we were happy to have them along.

     

Right - my favorite; Schweinebratten!  Sliced pork marinated in herbs and spices, served with a potato dumpling and a lot of sauce.  I am ready to head back.  Join us in 2018 and taste this great meal.

 


Rest up because tomorrow we head deep into southern Austria.

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