Where I was when: Basel Fasnacht, 1983

In some ways, the experience of moving in August 2006 was akin to a very high tide that came in, cast up some detritus on the shore, and then retreated. I'm still uncovering things that I hadn't seen in long time, like this pewter pin which is kind of like a very nice upscale First Night button.

1983 was the second time that I went to the Basel carneval, the first time was in 1980, I had only been in Europe a couple of months, and it was still something very new and strange. I also think in 1980 it was the night of the miracle on ice hockey game (1980 Winter Olympics) because I think I remember watching some of the game on German television before leaving.

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