July 2020


Whatchamacallit 89: #BerlinForOrlando #LoveIsLove

Gosh, it was four years ago today that I met friends at Brandenburg Tor to remember the victims of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting.

The above heart was given to me by somebody in the crowd during the gathering to wear – I’ve kept it ever since.

I don’t know why.

Maybe I do: […]

Whatchamacallit 88: Abraham Lincoln by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire

This book has been mine since when I was born, or thereabout. However, my mother did not leave it in my bedroom: it was always kept in the living room until I was an adult.

The book is signed:

Very special greetings to Adam from his grandparents friends, Edgar and Ingri Parin d’Aulaire

Wikipedia […]

Whatchamacallit 87: United Nations 25th Anniversary Medal

This medal, solid sterling silver, issued by the Franklin Mint, celebrates the 25th anniversary of the United Nations.

Issued in 1970, it has, according to Numista, a bullion value of US$7.28 and is, in theory, worth $16.68. Except that the obverse side of mine has some discoloring of some kind (visible on the front, […]

Whatchamacallit 86: Brandenburg Tor as Cookie Cutter

I picked up the above cookie cutter at some kind of street market – it is part of my small collection of Brandenburg Tor shaped trinkets, which I have featured twice before: as a brush (day 47) and as a nanoblock construction (day 67).

As a useful cookie cutter, this Brandenburg Tor suffers from […]

Whatchamacallit 85: Japanese Vase

I bought the above vase while visiting Okinawa in January.

My trip to Japan was an excellent vacation and, in light of ensuing madness, something that has kept me going over the last few months.

I found the vase in a shop along the north side of Kokusai-dori, a street near my hotel. It […]

Whatchamacallit 84: Wyoming Press Association Announcement

Back when I started university, I wanted to be a journalist – so my first order of business was getting a job as a writer for the Branding Iron, the student newspaper.

I was pretty committed to the work, covering a wide variety of stories across the UW campus – and participating in extracurricular […]

Whatchamacallit 83: Continental Divide

I just finished Continental Divide, the above book – I wish I could remember where I first learned about the book. It was an instant decision to read it: the book is set in Wyoming – why I wanted to read it – and is about a transgender Harvard freshman who finds himself in […]

Whatchamacallit 82: 5€ Notes

Since moving to Europe, I’ve become used to the fact that my banknotes change size and color as the values change.

However, other than noting that I’ve visited Spijkenisse, where the Euro-note bridges went from fantasy to reality, I do not think that I’ve ever discussed the Euro notes.

Simply put, the notes are […]

Whatchamacallit 81: Bear eating from the strawberry tree

The above bear, which is eating from a strawberry tree, usually stumps friends.

The drawing is on my wall of foreign locals, just above and to the left of Amsterdam, my first Whatchamacallit, back in March.

When I ask people to guess where the drawing comes from, most people’s first instinct is Berlin – […]

Whatchamacallit 80: Gjoleid Praksis 1.2

Last July I spent a lovely long weekend in Oslo – really everything about that weekend was perfect, save for the shitty hotel I’d chosen (the manager tried to argue points with me in email about the hotel’s greatest flaw – I think she understood why I was upset, but did not understand the […]