Monday rush-hour • Monday Window – Nov. 18, 2019

Monday rush-hour 2 by David Wolf

Monday rush-hourMonday Window – Nov. 18, 2019 is my entry in this challenge.

Monday rush-hour in Japanese subway

This is a photo of a photo by Michael Wolf taken during an exhibition – Life in Cities – in the Hague. It perfectly captures the experience most Japanese – and gai-jin’s for that matter – must endure when traveling by subway in the notorious Monday rush-hour.

Monday rush-hour 2 by David Wolf
Monday rush-hour • Monday Window

If you think you’re relatively safe from the madness if you’re so ‘lucky’ to have captured a window seat – think again! David Wolf’s exhibition certainly brought back lots of memories. Not all of them were good ones…

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Monday Window – Oct. 21, 2019

dungeon windows for monday window challenge

Dungeon windows is my entry in this Monday Window – Oct.21,2019 blog.

dungeon windows for monday window - Oct. 21, 2019 blog post
Dungeon windows

This photo I took in a place called Naarden Vesting in the Netherlands. This dungeon was well below the city walls that protected this town from (predominantly) the Spanish during the 80 years war. A war that raged from 1548 until 1628 (with a 12 year truce from 1609-1621).

Just try and imagine the fact that you were born when a war was raging, and you die in war time. As the average age during that period was well below 80 years.

And just to think about being captured as one of the bad guys and being locked up here.

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Monday Window – Oct. 7, 2019

Monday Window lead pic

My first entry in this Monday Window trail is not a happy memory, but it is one etched in my mind.

Monday Window - to another world
Window… to another world

This photo I took of the funeral procession of one of my oldest friends – Menno Boerema.

Menno was one of Europe’s leading film editors. He died at the age of 61 this summer.

Our friendship dates back 45 years; to my first day in boarding school. Menno had been there from the age of 11 or 12. I will never forget all the happy moments we shared. In the end, this is how I want to remember him by. But nor will I forget the moments where we would find solace in each other’s frustration, anger and resentment of the situation we found ourselves in.
Our last day in that place we hated was coincidentally the same. It was the day after the high school party that was the official end of the school year. Menno had graduated and went on to the Film Academy in Amsterdam. I had one more year of high school ahead of me, but was expelled from this particular boarding school. I remember his famous ‘last’ words that day: ‘The things we do for love…’

It feels strange – in a good way – to share these memories. Maybe this #MondayWindow post is the start of a bigger one.

While this post started off a little sinister, it started a chain reaction of much happier memories of this Rider on the Storm.