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Whatchamacallit 162: Boys, Be Ambitious

My last big, fun, international trip was to Japan, which I mentioned in Whatchamacallit 85: Japanese Vase – there I talked about Okinawa, which was pleasantly warm and sunny.

At the other end of Japan I visited the Sapporo Snow Festival – where temperatures were decided cold, with weather ranging from sunny and extra […]

Whatchamacallit 161: bamboo toothbrushes

A year or two ago, I used the bathroom at a friend’s place – noticing the non-plastic toothbrushes. I asked about them – learning about bamboo toothbrushes that are entirely biodegradable, no plastic involved, no plastic consequences for the planet, especially since I go through 4-5 toothbrushes in a year; sometimes more if I […]

Whatchamacallit 160: Dry Faucet

This faucet was a present from a friend – and it is just whimsical enough that I installed it high on the wall, just outside my bedroom wall.

I actually use the hook under the faucet to hand shirts that are fresh back from the laundry.

Wait… the last time I had shirts at […]

Whatchamacallit 159: house and home

This book, by Steve Gunderson and Rob Morris (with Bruce Bawer), was one of the few non-academic books that I kept in my dorm room at the University of Wyoming, the last year that I was a graduate student.

It was published in September 1996 – so just after I had graduated with my […]

Whatchamacallit 158: The Hockey Sweater

When I decided to write about the backside of the Canadian $5 bill, I knew that it had a bit about ice hockey engraved into the winter wonderland; I had not realized, until after I did research for that blog post, that the lines about hockey come from a book, The Hockey Sweater.

Once […]

Whatchamacallit 157: mini Book Light

This is a nightlight, as a book – with a white light option, then five other, more colorful, options.

This is a relatively recent addition to my collection of junk: a pure impulse purchase: 15€ at a local home improvement store that I happened to be wandering.

I saw something like it for sale […]

Whatchamacallit 156: Martin Luther as a cookie cutter

In 2017, Germany celebrated Martin Luther and the 500th anniversary of the reformation.

I observed the celebration by going to Canada.

Before I left, I did buy Martin Luther as a cookie cutter – which is displayed on the shelf behind my couch. It has never been used for its designed purpose.

Even I, […]

Whatchamacallit 155: wine cork (to be deaccessioned)

So this wine cork has rested atop my electricity meter and circuit breakers since, I think, my housewarming party, which was held in fall of 2010.

Since then, I have seen it out of the corner of my eye as I go in and out of my apartment, sitting there, collecting dust.

The side […]

Whatchamacallit 154: Love is Love

On June 12, 2020, the Pulse nightclub in Orlando was the site of horrific mass shooting: 49 dead, 53 wounded.

While I’ve already mentioned attending a memorial at Brandenburg Tor (Whatchamacallit 89: #BerlinForOrlando #LoveIsLove), this comic book is another reminder of that tragic day.

It was also a fundraiser, will all proceeds going to […]

Whatchamacallit 153: Fuji-Sanroku Whisky

This is the bottle of whisky I acquired in Japan this past February. I bought it in Sapporo, right at the end of my trip so that I would not have to lug it everywhere.

Based on my banking records, I paid 5,280¥ on February 7, at Bic Camera. At today’s exchange rates is […]