March 2020


Whatchamacallit 6: nackte männer

nackte männer

This is the first “annoyed” whatchamacallit – the poster of nackte männer that I look at each evening lying in bed. It’s at the foot of my bed, directly opposite my head.

Why am I annoyed?

Simple: because today, Friday, after work, my plans are to go to the airport, hop on Austrian (OS) 232 at 16:55, be in Vienna at 18:15, and at dinner with two friends at 20:00. In theory we’re meeting at loca.

Except, of course, we’re not.

Austrian Airlines isn’t even operating anymore and loca is closed for the duration.

Thus, I am annoyed – Vienna is an outstanding city to spend 48 hours wandering (well, 46.5 hours, as originally booked) – with specific plans to visit the reportedly impressive Imperial Furniture Museum. Other plans included authentic Wiener schnitzel, walks along the Danube, and whatever other idle trouble one can get into while in Vienna.

At the foot of my bed, the poster reminds me of a genuinely cold weekend spent in Vienna – in December 2012, I went there specifically to look at the “Naked Men” art show at the Leopold Museum – a museum I go back to virtually every single time I visit Vienna.

One particularly vivid memory of this trip was that I was so cold that I stumbled upon a Christmas market and bought a wool hat to cover my ears – that was probably the first time I’d purchased a non-food object from a Christmas market in several years. The hat stayed with me for years, before it started developing large holes. I bought a hat that specifically replaced it in January 2019.

Thus, this poster is an easily accessible, daily, reminder of a particularly wonderful vacation.

During the Covid-19 crisis, I am going to try and make a point of writing a blog post about an object in my home.

We’ll see how long this lasts.

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