WARNING I’m Bored • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #97

WARNING I’m Bored • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #97. For the ins &outs, head over to Sue’s blog The Nature Of Things who is our host of this edition, with the theme pastime.

Boredom: the desire for desires

Leo Tolstoi

I’m so so glad this quarantine is not deemed so strictly necessary anymore. Cinema’s and museums are open again since yesterday (two of my favorite pastimes that I so dearly missed). And restaurants, terraces will follow on June 1. And hopefully the beach clubs will open the day after tomorrow, since I live approx. a 20 minute walk from the beach. So yes, this being more or less cooped up in my or my girlfriend’s apartment has made me bored to the point that I’m contemplating buying this mouse pad…or worse. Just to spruce things up a bit.

Another favorite pastime of mine was city trips with my girlfriend. Both in the Netherlands as elsewhere in Europe. Just roaming the streets of an unknown city, having a drink and a meal on a terrace and photographing anything interesting that comes in front of my camera.

Berlin Central Station
Berlin Central Station

But these will not be on the cards again anytime soon because of the Covid-19 lockdown and my worsened physical condition due to my Parkinson’s Disease. But both things will get better in due course I’m convinced.

I’m bored

So how did the past few months just dawdle past? By spending time catching up on reading…

My To-Read Pile
My To-Read Pile

My mentor when I started out in advertising taught me an invaluable lesson: Read weird shit’. So I still do. And for the first time I’m interested in history. A sign of old age?

Passion goes, only boredom remains

Coco Chanel

And then there was Netflix… I have been watching a wide array of series and movies. From La Casa de Papel to the history of the Vietnam War to The Last Dance to Peaky Blinders to Le Mans 66. But, finally, I got bored of watching TV.

Did I tell you I’m bored…

So there is only so much even I can take before boredom sets in. I miss going for walks in unfamiliar places, learning about their history, savoring the best the local cuisine has to offer and taking my Leica with me. Being outside, where the action is.

Boredom is just the reverse side of fascination; both depend on being outside rather than inside a situation, and one leads to the other.

Susan Sonntag

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16 thoughts on “WARNING I’m Bored • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #97

  1. A great post and one that many of us can relate to. I certainly miss exploring unknown places and can’t wait to get back on the road again. And I agree, there’s only so much tv you can watch, although I did enjoy the Peaky Blinders series. I see you had an interesting selection of books to browse through. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and pictures and participating in this challenge.

  2. your humor is great – and glad your area is reopening –
    things here just started phase one.

    and Loved this – I could see you both having fun:

    :”having a drink and a meal on a terrace and photographing anything interesting that comes in front of my camera”


    and a side note – if I had Parkinson’s – the three things I would do (just for educational purposes) is metal chelation with EDTA (you can have it done IV – but some folks have great results with taking a bottle of EDTA over the course of 14 days .
    Then I would take an immune protocol to help rebuild the immune system – with glandualrs and fats
    and I would check out things like ALA and NAC – powerful for brain and neurological health
    Not sure if you have any of that – but in my very humble opinion – I think a few things can help that patients are not always told about

    1. Yvette,hi. Many thx for this! Tried EDTA before and it didn’t do anything for me. Working on my immune system as we speak. Have never heard of ALA & NAC though, but will research it.

      1. Yes – and I hate to just drop “tips” so thanks for being open to it – the NAC is really good for almost any immune and neurological rebuilding –
        — and not paid to share this – but the “thymic formula” from logos is what really helped me the most – it even has some NAC in it – but it is really special formula (on amazon too) and they have a money back guarantee but instead of asking for a refund / I ordered more and just love their stuff – best wishes to you

  3. I’m not buying it Tiong – looks like you’re into plenty of entertaining things my friend. We all miss travel but that too will come back eventually. Meanwhile, there’s LOTS more books to read and shows to watch 🙂

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