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Whatchamacallit 141: Albuquerque, New Mexico (2015)

In 2015, I visited Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the first time in years – although I have relatives living in the city and I love Santa Fe, I do not visit New Mexico nearly enough.

This poster was a present from my relatives – capturing Route 66 going down Central Avenue, hinting at the […]

Whatchamacallit 139: Anklet (Hawaiian)

I bought this anklet on October 24, 2015, at Holuaola Gallery, which is in Holuaola, Hawaii.

According to the receipt, I paid $22.50, taxes of $0.94, making for a grand total of $23.44. I used a Visa card.

This is the only anklet I own – I bought it without trying it on, then […]

Whatchamacallit 105: Paul Revere and the North Church

Last August I visited Boston where I walked the Freedom Trail.

While there’s a lot of good things to say about the Freedom Trail in theory (great idea!), practically speaking, it has many issues.

Certainly, I enjoyed many moments on the trail, including seeing this statue of Paul Revere with the famous North Church […]

Whatchamacallit 98: Shade

I miss when America was great.

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.

Whatchamacallit 96: 1963 Red Seal $2 Bill

Few people see or use US$2 bills on a regular basis – even rarer is the above 1963 Red Seal $2 Bill.

While the modern $2 bill has an image of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, this one features Monticello.

Given the condition of this note, while it is probably […]

Whatchamacallit 78: Sivaluaq’s Eagle Drum.

This is one of two paintings I have by Sivaluaq, both acquired during my trip to Alaska in January/February 2015.

I paid $69.95 (plus tax) for this one while waiting to board my United flight from Anchorage back to Denver, en route to Berlin. It is on caribou skin.

Sivaluaq, also known as Jerry […]

Whatchamacallit 43: Erzulie Freda Ritualized Vodou Doll

For those of you who have Zoomed / Google Hangouted / WebExed / GoToMeetinged with me, over my shoulder there has been Erzulie Freda, a vodou doll I bought in New Orleans.

It is today’s Whatchamacallit after a friend asked about it during cocktail hour earlier this week.

The bottom of the work is […]

Whatchamacallit 40: Siapo from (American) Samoa

The work above – siapo – comes from my visit to American Samoa (which I did while visiting Samoa) in April 2015, a stop on my eastward around the world vacation.

The paper is made of mulberry bark. I wish I could remember what it feels like because, in theory, this paper (in larger […]

Whatchamacallit 8: Longboard Beer

This is a six-pack carrier for Longboard Beer – which I drank when I visited Hawaii in 2014.

I’ve not really treated this with much respect: it sits on top of a bookcase in my living room collecting dust. But I look at it from across the room and it brings back memories of […]

父 or how I’ve twice led people to Google unexpected things.

One of my friends has started studying Japanese – and after the first lesson, she informed me that the Japanese word for “father” is Chichi.

Which led me to speculate, out loud, “I wonder where Chi Chi LaRue got his nickname.”

“Who is Chi Chi LaRue,” she asked.

“He was a famous golfer when I […]