Fandango’s Friday Flashback 22 May

Silent Sunday 22.12.19

Fandango’s Friday Flashback • 22 May. Not having blogged that long, I’m re-posting this post from 22 December that I put up for Silent Sunday. To see the ‘rules’ click here.

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Silent Sunday
Later that Silent Sunday

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Thursday Doors 21 May • Making Sense For The Postman

4 Letterboxes in the door

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?

Letterbox to the side
Letterbox to the side
Another letterbox to the side
Another letterbox to the side

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.

Another vertical letterbox beside the door
Another vertical letterbox beside the door
Letterboxes to the side and in the doors
Letterboxes to the side and in the doors

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?

Letterboxes to the side and in the doors 2
Another case of letterboxes to the side and in the doors
3 Letterboxes to the side
3 Letterboxes to the side
4 Letterboxes to the side
4 Letterboxes to the side
4 Letterboxes in the door
4 Letterboxes in the door

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

NO door-to-door advertising folders. NO door-to-door weeklies.

NO door-to-door advertising folders. YES to door-to-door weeklies.

Making Sense For The Postman for Norm‘s Thursday Doors 21 May.

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One-Liner Wednesday 20 May • Andy Warhol’s Magic of Pop


One-Liner Wednesday 20 May • Andy Warhol’s Magic of Pop

‘Once you ‘got’ Pop, you could never see a sign again the same way again. And once you thought Pop, you could never see America the same way again.’

Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol Dollar Sign

For Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt, 20 May, 2020.

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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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Monday Window 18 May • A Few Shop Windows

A Few Shop Windows is my entry in Ludwig Keck’s challenge Monday Window, 18 May.

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Bakery Window Rotterdam
Restaurant Window In The Hague • Monday Window
Restaurant Window In The Hague
Fire Dragon Window
Fire Dragon Window

Click below to see what fellow bloggers cooked up for this Monday Window, 18 May.

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The Sunshine Blogger Award Nomination

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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:

  1. Thank blogger(s) who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  4. Nominate up to 11 new blogs to receive the award, write them 11 new questions and notify them about the nomination.
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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?

Inglourious Bastards

4 Who’s your biggest inspiration?

Mohamed Ali

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.

A ‘must read’ post in English would be one of my favorite ‘six-word stories’ that I wrote a while back ‘May burning bridges light the path’ for a six-word story challenge.

7 What makes you get out of bed every morning?

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)

4 What is your favorite song of all time? Mine is ‘Me & Mrs. Jones’ in the Billy Paul version.

5 What in heaven’s name compelled you to start blogging?

6 What is your average number of likes per post? Yeah, I can take double digit numbers. I’llprobably turn green with envy.

7 Forgive the ignorance of this question, but do you know what Trump accuses Obama of in what is now labelled Obama-gate? Because I don’t have a clue…

8 What is your favorite football team? And I mean football as in soccer.

9 What are your weaknesses, as no one is likely interested in your strengths. Besides, weaknesses make for much juicier stories, so please don’t fob us off with some generalization or two.

10 What is your favorite blog post you’ve written? And we’re dying to know why.

11 What is your favorite poem?

Lastly, Which Bloggers Do I Nominate

Cee’s Chronic Illness Sisterhood
The Life of B
This, That, and The Other
Norm 2.0
A Guy Called Bloke
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