Thursday Doors 21 May • Making Sense For The Postman
In one of my previous posts I had focused on the number of doorbells per door, as an indication of the number of singles, couples or families living behind that door. But how does the postman make any sense of that?
One door, one name, one doorbell and one letterbox. Not much can go wrong here… so you think. Unless you’ve got an illiterate postman, or one one who doesn’t give a s***. Every year I receive dozens of letters that are clearly addressed to someone else. With a different address and a different zip-code. I stopped my mailman twice to confront him about it, quite nicely that is. At first. The grumpy bastard just didn’t give me any indication he gave a flying f***! Or maybe he was just masking his illiteracy. Or maybe both.
One thing I grant him, things can become a bit confusing, like in the above case. Which letterbox to use for #82? Or does it even matter?
My postman isn’t the only one struggling. Delivery guys (girls) of door-to-door advertising folders and door-to-door weeklies have a hard time knowing what to deliver where. Hence the stickers you see
Making Sense For The Postman for Norm‘s Thursday Doors21 May.
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
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.
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.
So how did the past few months just dawdle past? By spending time catching up on reading…
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
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.
For more of my entrees in Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, click here.
Totally unexpected, out of the blue, to my utter and complete amazement and whatever cliches you can think of, I have been nominated by Anisha from CrazieNerds for the Sunshine Blogger Award. This award nomination feels special and meaningful since it is an award by bloggers for bloggers. And come to think of it, I have only really begun blogging since September last year! I have never had the pleasure to personally meet Anisha, but somehow she found my blog and rated is enough to follow it and to nominate it! My eternal gratitude Anisha, how can I ever repay you? Your body weight in beer?
The Rules for this Award
The Sunshine Blogger Award is given by bloggers to bloggers who inspire positiveness and creativity in the blogging community. The rules are:
Thank blogger(s) who nominated you and link back to their blog.
List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
Nominate up to 11 new blogs to receive the award, write them 11 new questions and notify them about the nomination.
The Answers to Anisha’s 11 Questions
1 What would you take along, if you are to move abroad for a year or two? (Not the passport or any other essentials)
My my cat, my girlfriend, my MacBook and the pile of ‘to read’ books on my nightstand (provided that these do not qualify as bare essentials that help keep keep me sane).
2 What’s your spirit animal?
3 Which movie have you felt as the most practical, among that you’ve seen?
4 Who’s your biggest inspiration?
5 What’s your most preferred beverage?
Alcohol free beer
6 What do you think is the must read post on your blog? Share it with a link.
Boredom. I usually wake up around 6 o’clock, and after an hour or so tossing and turning I’m just bored and get up.
8 Share a life lesson you’ve learnt the toughest way.
I am not an untouchable, in that truly bad things only happen to other people. Until I was in a car accident that nearly killed me. But I was just 21 at the time and after recuperating from the brain-injury I continued my carefree lifestyle. Until I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease at the age of 45.
9 Do you have any interesting story behind your scars?
Plenty of scars, plenty of stories. My most recent scars are the three on my head from DBS-operation (Deep Brain Stimulation) to alleviate some of my PD-symptoms.
10 If given a chance to choose an outfit from any of the previous time-periods, which one would you select? Share a picture of the outfit.
My ‘outfits’ have always remained more or less the same. But here is one just for good measure from 1981. I’m the one on the left with the white Air Jordan’s and my jeans tucked in my white socks. Hardly the attire to be changing the engine of your old Volvo with 3 feet of snow outside.
11 Is there any food you’ve hated, not for its taste, but having eaten it so often?
No, there isn’t really. I’m an omnivore.
Questions for my nominees
1 What is your sign according to Chinese Astrology? If you don’t know, use the below chart to determine your sign by looking for your year of birth.
2 For those unfamiliar with the Chinese zodiac, list the 3 characteristics that you recognize in yourself (use this link to familiarize yourself with your traits).
3 Which of the seven deadly sins (Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, Pride) are you most guilty of? (‘None’ is not an option anyone would believe anyway. ‘All of the above’ is a sure ticket to damnation)