Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Never Before Seen!

Ever seen a phone booth being cleaned? Me neither. But it happens in Amsterdam. Here's proof. This was no half-hearted effort, either. Much more than a cursory swipe. The guy used rags, a proper squeegee--the works.
And when he was done, he snapped a photo of the clean booth for posterity--or maybe the boss, or both. Phone-booth cleaner dude, I salute you!

Monday, July 28, 2008

How to Camouflage a Satellite Dish

Q: How do you enjoy satellite TV without wrecking the historic ambience of your neighborhood? A: Camouflage it!
Closeup of dish:

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Twee Stokvissen

Fish. Everywhere you look. Here, two pieces of dried cod are crossed like swords over the doorway on Brouwersgracht.

Friday, July 25, 2008

More Friday Night Traffic

Last Friday it was horsedrawn carriages, tonight it's the police. Note the ponytails on the officers. Half of the Amsterdam police force appears to be made up of fresh-faced young women in their early twenties.

At Your Feet

Art embedded in the sidewalk in the Red Light District.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The Source of Much Misery

The gallstones that have been plaguing me for months were removed on Monday. Here's what they looked like:
(Dime is for scale; it did not come out of my gall bladder. Everything else here did.)

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Patat Monster

Intended to lure you toward the patatkraam for some tasty frites, this self-cannibalizing character is the stuff of nightmares...

Friday, July 4, 2008


Shadow circles.

Box hedge and sphere.

Family sculpture.

Lotus pond.

Perfect lotus.