April 18th 1916 (Tuesday)
Leave for Pretoria 8-05 am & report at Defence Headquarters, fill in all necessary papers & then proceed to Roberts Heights and arrange an allotment of 15/- per day to be paid to my wife to keep hearth & home going during my absence. Draw 30 UK Pounds (less certain deductions for equipment) as clothing and equipment allowance. The price of Sam Browne belt, revolver holster & lanyard was deducted, but not clothing. I draw 1 pair breeches, 1 British Warm, 1 shirt, & 1 Mackintosh from clothing stores on repayment. Engage native KLEINBOOI as my groom & take him back with me to Johannesburg. Maj Greenwood lunches with me at the Royal Hotel and I catch 6-30 pm train back to J'burg.
Every year, a local artist would put on a crazy party called “Bimbotown” in one of the warehouses in the Spinnereistrasse neighborhood of Leipzig. The party was crawling with machines that this artist made — giant metallic worms slithering across the ceiling, bar stools that would eject their occupants at the push of a button from across the warehouse, couches that caved in and dumped you into a secret room, beds that could be driven around the party and through the walls. It was an incredible event that would have never been allowed to happen in the US because of all the safety violations — someone could hit their head, fall off a bed, get whacked in the eye. And it was one of the best parties I’ve ever been to.