|(Pronounced: “Dee FLAY-der-mouse”)
Several people have approached me in person and via email to inquire about my new blog title. They've said, "Matt, I know that “die Fledermaus” is a well known opera by Johann Strauß, but, pray tell, why would you name your blog after it?"
Die Fledermaus is fun, lighthearted opera; its music is upbeat and melodic. The plot involves a lot of practical jokes, disguises, trickery, with a splash of alcohol. These are some fun elements that appear in my life, as well.
I wanted a name with an international flair to express my love for international things, especially of German/Austrian heritage and culture.
Fledermaus means "bat,' (or literally, flying mouse.) I used to collect mice as a kid. So cute and cuddly.
Bats are kind of misunderstood and have a bad reputation. They are actually very useful to farmers and serve their place in the animal world.
Bats "fly" (or soar through the air)—the concept of flying is motivational.
Chris has had such wonderful experiences with catching bats (Upcoming blog entry: “How to catch a Fledermaus.” Oh, yeah!)
Kevin tells me that the “Fledermaus” was a zany character on the popular show “the Tick”