July 2020


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 […]

Whatchamacallit 46: My Khayelitsha Township Painting

In November 2016, I went around the world heading west – although my first stop was distinctly south: Cape Town.

Cape Town is, hands down, one of my favorite cities on the planet – favorite enough that I could totally imagine buying a summer house there. I’ve never had a bad experience in South […]

Whatchamacallit 41: Friedrichstraße as art

This cute piece of art, featuring the dramatic glass dome over the Friedrichstraße S-Bahn station and a tram.

The fox is not normally seen in this environment, but I suppose that it might be seen there today. I wouldn’t know since I haven’t been near there in a long time.

I bought this last […]

Whatchamacallit 36: My Limits – sort of.

Last fall I ran across Volta Press and their amazingly beautiful Letterpress Maps of Berlin neighborhoods – so I bought my neighborhood, Schöneberg.

This striking map, framed, is in my hallway, at eye-level, so I see it multiple times daily. At least once I day I stop to admire it and to look at […]

Whatchamacallit 30: Hong Kong at Night

As I noted Friday, I do not have much art representing East Asia – essentially this is the only piece on display: Hong Kong at Night by W. Chan.

I acquired this in April 2014, when I visited Hong Kong with a German travel companion. I came away from Hong Kong with the feeling […]

Whatchamacallit 23: Mut #mutteilen

Easter Sunday morning, I went for my usual constitutional, slipping out my front door just before 06:00, into the quiet of nearly empty streets.

According to my phone, I walked about 10,600 steps in about 82 minutes, with 4% of this counting as “running” – whatever that means.

Translations of Mut […]

Whatchamacallit 22: A tapestry from Ecuador

I spent Saturday morning, after my constitutional, in my bedroom: a few hours reading crap on my new tablet, a short video on my phone, a nap, reading on my Kindle, and some staring at the wall.

Some of this time was spent staring at this tapestry, which resides at the foot of my […]

Whatchamacallit 21: Grindr

This piece of art could sit in two places – my bedroom or my kitchen.

I chose my kitchen.

This was a wonderful present from a dear friend, an amazing piece of fabric art capturing both my love of coffee (well in the past; I quit drinking coffee in November 2018 – save for […]

Whatchamacallit 18: Navajo Plant Dye Chart

Back in 2013 I vacation in southwestern Colorado and northwestern New Mexico – I blogged about some of my excellent adventures there, including the incredible Ute Mountain Tribal Park.

Looking through my blog, I never mentioned what I bought on the trip: Navajo things, including this amazing Navajo Plant Dye Chart.

At some point […]

Whatchamacallit 17: Saint Pascal Babylon / San Pascua Bailón

When my Father died in 2011, my Mother felt that it was important that I had a few things of his to call my own – Things that he held near and dear to his heart.

This is one of those things, a painting of San Pascula, the patron saint of cooking.

San Pascula […]