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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 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 1: Amsterdam painting.

This painting of Amsterdam is something I acquired a long time ago.

The date on the painting is 2003, which sounds about right. I know that bought it before I moved to Germany – it was framed by Framemakers in Bloomington, Indiana. I am relieved to know that Framemakers is still in business, apparently […]

A Complicated Relationship With… Hunting. (Barrow, Alaska, part 1)

Generally speaking, I’m a flaming Liberal.

Except when it comes to guns and hunting. And this is where my stances are complicated. Guns are, generally speaking, bad. They deserve heavy regulation. There’s no need for anybody in New York City to carry a gun.

In Barrow, Alaska, where I am now, hunting and guns are […]

I’m in New Orleans

If I had to pick a spot to live in the USA, New Orleans would be near the top of my list, along with Portland, Oregon. New Orleans’ advantages include a dynamic interesting city (equal to Portland) with a diverse culture (different from Portland). The real strength of NOLA comes in its Cajun and Creole […]

Wednesday Wanderings (in four photos)

Wednesday, after work, I wandered through parts of Mitte — coming up with a few photographs.

This is the entrance to the future “U-Unter den Linden” along Friedrichstrasse. The new station will replace U-Französiche Strasse, once the extension of the U5 opens, thus creating an interchange station between the new U5 and the U6.

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