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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lederhosen Pug—Nutcrcacker

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One year ago on Round and Square (24 May 2012)—Primary Sources: Education and Acculturation (d)
Two years ago on Round and Square (24 May 2011)—Remonstrance: East Asian Definitions

[a] Lederpug RF
                         What is the use of running when you are on the wrong road?
                                                                             —Bavarian Proverb

No worries, though—my name is Lederhosen Pug, and I know the way (知道).
And the way to Bavarian understanding today requires the nutcracker.

Yes, after yesterday's post, this may seem to be a bit crass, but I speak of a distinctive German decorative tradition, not the functional kind that uses a lever of sorts to crack open, um, nuts. Use a bottle opener for the Bocksbeutel, for pug's sake.

Although not exclusive to Bavaria (our friends up in Thuringia make pretty darned splendid nutcrackers) we are very proud of our traditions down here. My pug village is home to a very special collection of Altbayern Pug nutcrackers, and Grandma Pug used to take me there when I was just a pug-pup. 
[c] Under cover RF

My goal someday is to take Grandma Pug to the most elaborate nutcracker museum of all, in the self-styled "Bavarian village" of Leavenworth, Washington.

No, not the one in Kansas. That's a different kind of village.

In any case, Bavarian nutcrackers are elaborate, with detailed handiwork that takes generations of hands and paws to master. I never tire of looking at Grandma pug's collection. When she's not looking, I sometimes crack open a nut with one. Boy, would I get a pug-scolding if she caught me. They're expensive, but the best of 'em actually work.

Functional-decorative Pug.
[d] Crackin' RF
[Originally posted on July 24, 2014]

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