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Whatchamacallit 111: Union Handroasted Coffee (to be deaccessioned)

Back when I was a coffee snob, I thought that it would be cool to have this, an empty, used, sack of coffee on my kitchen wall as decoration.

Its time is up – and I have decided to remove it from my walls and, uh, donate it to…. Uh… I guess bio-trash? Or […]

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 94: Whisky with a View

This painting, Whisky with a View, currently hangs above my whisk(e)y collection.

I bought it directly from Julie Galante, the artist, for £100 plus £12 shipping and handling in August 2016.

There are quite a few things that this painting reminds me: the obvious whisk(e)y connection, sitting above my whisk(e)y collection, the glimpse of […]

Whatchamacallit 71: I will not act indigenous in class.

I bought the above painting while visiting Santa Fe, New Mexico.

According to my receipt, I paid $70 for it on October 22, 2015, at Keshi, the Zuni Connection – an absolutely amazing jewelry boutique located near the city center. I’ve actually returned and purchased additional goods there on subsequent trips.

The painting is […]

Whatchamacallit 44: Me in 1982

I am the baby of the family – clearly an accident.

Growing up, my Mother had silhouettes of my siblings (as kids) hanging on the wall by her desk – and she wanted one of me as well.

The above was procured at a renaissance faire/festival – at least as I recall it. I […]

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 […]

The Importance of Walking Out

Every once in awhile I have an experience that reminds me the importance of walking out of a business – or a taxi.

Back in 2007, I took a taxi from Brussels Airport to a hotel – and when the taxi driver had trouble with his meter, I ordered him to stop the taxi at […]

Boston Logan 9/11 Memorial

While in Boston, I made a point of visiting the 9/11 Memorial located at Boston Logan Airport.

It is a very nicely done, small, memorial located near Terminal A and the Hilton Hotel.

According to Massport,

Remember this day. This memorial is a place of contemplation, reflection and remembrance for a world impacted by […]

My 2017 Western America Tour: Cheerful Colorado History (Not)

When initially planning my trip, I had envisioned going from the Great Sand Dunes to Laramie, Wyoming, taking the mountain route: The Rockies are a dramatic backdrop and there are lots of trails to hike and things to do.

The problem was, I couldn’t identify anything specific that I wanted to do – and instead […]

Picking A Username… or not.

Back in 1992 when I arrived at the University of Wyoming, one of the first things we had to do was register for a computer account

Sitting down at the terminal, we were to type newuser for the username and newuser for the password—we would then be instantly launched into a series of steps which […]