September 2020


Whatchamacallit 173: XXX Pepper

A dear friend re-gifted me this XXX Pepper shaker as soon as the person who gave it to her left the house.

The friend’s friend cockily assumed that the friend wouldn’t mind a pepper shaker with, “Love From Amsterdam” written down the side of the shaft shaker (not visible in this photo).

What a […]

Whatchamacallit 172: Impolite, Arrogant Women Make History

Last year, Elizabeth Warren was one of the presidential candidates I supported early on. Clearly, I am somewhat disappointed that she did not do better in the primaries. However, I am going to vote for Joe Biden, enthusiastically.

Is he my dream candidate? No.

Do I agree with everything he says or does? No.


Whatchamacallit 171: Kings County Distillery: peated bourbon, bourbon whiskey

This is the other bottle of whisk(e)y that I bought while in New York City last Christmas (see: 97, Bull Head Bourbon).

Distilled in New York City – Brooklyn (King County) to be precise – Kings County Distillery is, apparently, the oldest (and largest) distillery open within the city limits: it was established in […]

Whatchamacallit 170: Quoridor

I saw this game for sale at the Winterfeldtmarkt – for several months – and I was intrigued.

So I bought it.

I do not know how much I paid, but I would imagine 20-30€; roughly what the game appears to sell for today on Amazon.

I will say, one of the things that […]

Whatchamacallit 169: Adam, 1978

A few weeks ago, I posted Adam, 1977, a magnificent piece of art that I cannot bring myself to throw away, even as I hide it in a drawer, unsure of what exactly I am supposed to do with it.

Here is the sequel.

The only comment my Mother made upon giving this to […]

Whatchamacallit 168: Charles Rennie Mackintosh Ring

I’ve previously noted that I am not really a jewelry person – and so here is the only ring that I own.

Although I rarely wear it, I love it: it is a Charles Rennie Mackintosh Ring by Shetland Jewellery. I bought it on June 1, 2013, paying £739.00. It had to be custom […]

Whatchamacallit 167: Lights for water

I popped onto Amazon recently searching for something, but thanks to an absent-minded linguistic mistake on my part, I ended up discovering that there is such a thing as submergible LED lights that come complete with a remote control so that you can switch between 12 colors, flashing, brightness and more.

That said, this […]

Whatchamacallit 166: Lactose Pills

As a member of the lactose intolerance community, the pills inside this bottle are critical for making my love of cheese possible.

Funny enough, I carry two kinds of lactose pills around: these, which I buy in Germany, are nice because it carries a large number of doses in a relatively small package. The […]

Whatchamacallit 165: £10 (reverse side)

This copy of the 2017 UK £10 note is on display because it features a quote from Jane Austin:

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!”

Although the line is spoken in great irony (and the Bank of England is mocked for choosing this line), out of context it is a […]

Whatchamacallit 164: Shetland Pony Postcard

I sent myself this postcard from Baltasound – writing it while at the Baltasound Hotel Restaurant on May 30, 2013.

This is the best smelling restaurant I’ve been in in years – O.M.G. The first day in the Shetland Islands – Unst – Many Shetland Ponies seen. Lots of sheep/lambs. Amazing scenery – plus […]