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Whatchamacallit 68: My Japanese Sucker

Back in April 2015 I visited the Kanayama Shrine in Kawasaki, Japan. I was there, specifically, to visit the Festival of the Steel Phallus: かなまら祭り / Kanamara Matsuri.

I wrote about the Festival of the Steel Phallus and about the Kanayama Shrine in general.

This is one of a few objects that I brought […]

Whatchamacallit 65: Doosan Professional Baseball Club Towel

In early April 2014 I visited Seoul, a city that I can easily imagine living in. I’ve actually visited the city twice.

I’ve told any number of people that if you told me today that I would have to move to South Korea tomorrow that I would say, “Wow – that will be challenging […]

Whatchamacallit 64: Statue of Nessie

Back in 2013, after visiting the Shetland Islands, we headed to Inverness.

Our first stop, Loch Ness, to see the Loch Ness Monster. We ended up lunching at The Dores Inn before wandering around and visiting Steve Feltham, the Nessie Hunter.

Amazingly, I actually saw Nessie that day – through my camera. Unfortunately, I […]

Whatchamacallit 63: Bo Innovation Menu

Back in April 2014, while in Hong Kong, I went to my first Michelin three-star restaurant – Bo Innovation.

It was a treat – and the most expensive meal of my life up and to that point – for our travels.

Looking at the menu, which I had framed and is now on display in […]

Whatchamacallit 60: Wartburg etching.

I acquired this little etching (it is 10 x 10cm; 4×4 inches) shortly after moving to Germany in 2004. Oddly, I did not blog about my trip to the Wartburg.

This was acquired after I realized that I wanted to buy pictures representing the places that I was visiting but before I realized that […]

Whatchamacallit 55: My Panama Feather

I know that I’ve already written about my Panama Hat – today I write about my Panama Feather.

The feather is specific to the Panama Canal – in Spanish, “el canal de Panamá.” It is dated 2017 and appears, to be signed by Jacob Puntana – but I’m not really sure about that name. […]

Whatchamacallit 54: G-Line Glasses Cleaner

I’m a fan of public transit – and expanding rail networks, much like has happened in Denver.

Denver opened its G-Line on April 26, 2019 – and I happened to be in Denver for it. I did not ride it that Friday or Saturday, but Sunday morning I happened to pass by one of […]

Whatchamacallit 52: Samoan Fale

Back in 2015, when I went around the world heading east, I stopped in Samoa – I went there because it was the easiest way to get to American Samoa.

It turns out Samoa is much, much, nicer than American Samoa. I could start to try and dissect the reasons why, but that’s not […]

Whatchamacallit 51: Maker’s Mark Whisky

Back in 2006 I took a memorable trip to Louisville, Kentucky, and New York City, New York – originally meant to be two trips, they became one. Although multiple things went wrong on that trip, I ended up having a good time.

One of the good times was a detour with a friend to […]

Whatchamacallit 50: My Toilet Sign

Last year I went to Barcelona with the goal of figuring out where my Great Aunt drew the drawing that hangs on my wall – the goal was achieved, thanks to one of my friends – which I cannot thank him enough for his hard work!

While there, I picked up the above print […]