August 2020


Whatchamacallit 128: Vase

I bought this vase in, I believe, December 2018, at the Japanese Christmas Market.

The market was held at Malzfabrik, which is located “behind” (sort-of) the Schöneberg IKEA. I went to the market with my two Italian friends – where, generally speaking, we had fun.

There were two negative things about the market: first, […]

Whatchamacallit 127: Star Trek Figures from 2009 / Burger King

This small collection of Star Trek characters was acquired while I lived in Weimar.

These were the toys included with kid’s meals at Burger King – and I discovered that they existed too late to eat enough meals to get all the toys – so I have Scotty, Kirk, Old Spock, Sulu, and Young […]

Whatchamacallit 125: Brandenburg Tor as a sand castle model

This is Brandenburg Tor as a toy – one that you fill with sand, compact, moisten, then flip and, voila! Brandenburg Tor has come to the beach.

Ignore the fact that it has an incorrect number of pillars – it should be six.

I bought this in 2015 in preparation for my around the […]

Whatchamacallit 124: University of Wyoming Flag

I’ve owned this flag since, I believe, spring of 1998.

As I vaguely recall, I bought it shortly before graduating with my MA in Political Science (minor in Environment and Natural Resources) from the University of Wyoming.

I cannot say that I ever had a specific plan for the flag, other than to just […]

Whatchamacallit 123: Goldfish Colors (to be deaccessioned)

I bought this package of Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Colors awhile back: judging from its expiration date of March 8, 2015, I probably bought it in 2014.

Given the rainbow, I thought of it as Pride Goldfish – so after eating them, I save the box.

In the intervening years, the package has faded slightly […]

Whatchamacallit 122: Rainbow Man Bolo Tie

I bought this bolo tie on October 22, 2015, from Keshi, the Zuni connection shop in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

I paid US$450, plus sales tax, using a Visa card.

My receipt states:

Rainbow man Bolo tie By Fadrian Bowanne Zuni – (older piece) Sterlin silver, jet, turquoise, Coral + mother of […]

Whatchamacallit 120: A pillow, or something, from Shetland Island

I have no idea what this is, exactly.

It seems to be a small square pillow with a hanging hook. It might actually be a pin cushion.

The tag, which I have never bothered to remove, says:

Hand made from recycled knitwear By Robyn Robertson, Eshaness, Shetland

Felt: 100% Pure […]

Whatchamacallit 119: Maps, Maps, Maps (to be deaccessioned)

While most people cleaned their homes during the first few weeks of lockdown, I was slammed, workwise – so I maintained my new normal without much boredom:

0515 or 0530: Alarm, get dressed. Thereafter, a walk of at least 10,000 steps, taking at least 90 minutes. Shower Breakfast Work for six hours Nap Entertainment […]

Whatchamacallit 116: Canadian Cultural Centre Paris Bag

I acquired this cloth shopping bag in 2018 while visiting Paris.

I was in Paris for one night – with the only objective being to visit the Canadian Cultural Centre where I could see a Kent Monkman exhibition.

The shopping bag is what I carried the exhibition catalogue home in – part of the […]

Whatchamacallit 114: Wooden Tree

I acquired this wooden tree when I lived in Weimar.

Thinking back, I believe I bought it at a kids toy shop that featured only natural materials (e.g. no plastic). However, I am not 100% confident about this. My guess is that I bought it for a friend who was having a baby but […]