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4709; Two too low.

Sometimes it is in random moments that things said to you years ago make sense.

For example, I recall once listening to my paternal grandmother complain about the address of her apartment in New York City.

“I’m so disappointed in whomever picked the house number. Why 4709? It could have been named after a cologne!”

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Whatchamacallit 181: Native Timbers of New Zealand (Ruler!)

I’ve visited New Zealand twice. Once.

Both visits were part of my 2015 around the world adventure – before and after Samoa and American Samoa. It depends how you count “visit” – the first was 7 hours, the second was 25.5 hours. I could look it up, but I am too lazy to do […]

Whatchamacallit 176: Ghost in a Four Room Apartment

This book is not the first copy of this book that I’ve owned.

The first copy of this book I got in either kindergarten or first grade – I would guess kindergarten, but logically it feels more like first grade.

It was free, a gift from RIF – Reading Is Fundamental – a program […]

Whatchamacallit 175: Buffalo Wool Hat

I bought this hat from a shop in Laramie, Wyoming. I have no idea how long ago, how much, or which shop.

The shop did have a small selection of goods made from buffalo wool, including coasters, which I keep in my living room. The hat was also there. Given the difficulties of obtaining […]

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 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 […]

Whatchamacallit 136: Colorado Rockies Hat / Go Pokes

I acquired this hat on August 8, 2018, while attending University of Wyoming Night at the Colorado Rockies – hence it has Steamboat (the bucking horse) and his rider in Colorado Rockies colors and “Go Pokes” embroidered down the side. A tasteful CR logo adorns the back.

The game was against the Pittsburgh Pirates […]

Whatchamacallit 134: Adam, 1977

The artplate displayed – as it is both a magnificent piece of art and a plate one can dine off of – is drawn by one of the 20th century’s greatest unknown artists.

Me.

Apparently, it was a thing to give children markers and tell them to draw, turning the resulting thing into a […]

Whatchamacallit 104: tommy

I’m not really a cologne person – or as one of my friends calls perfumes and colognes, “smells.”

This bottle of tommy is one of three smells that I own – and I rarely wear it.

But when I smell it, it takes me back to the first time.

He wore it.

Consequently, for […]

Whatchamacallit 102: Armenian Alphabet Tapestry

My vacation to Armenia in 2006 was, for me, transformative in many ways.

It was not an easy vacation – I did not (and still do not) speak Armenian or Russian. I also could not read the signs – the Armenian alphabet is unique and hard to puzzle out.

While there, I picked up […]