As I’ve mentioned before, I hadn’t had a good look at camping gear in decades, because it was too painful. Now that I’ve been surfing Pinterest for hiking and backpacking articles, I’ve found a lot of stuff a serious lightweight backpacker doesn’t need, but also several items and ideas I’m going to incorporate. Here they are: Continue reading
image: Franz Kafka
Kafka, Marx, Orwell, Sade–no reason why I shouldn’t end up on that list. Here’s what I imagine my contribution to Webster’s to be: Continue reading
Posted in Emigration / Immigration, Language, Lists, Writing Prompt Responses
Tagged DPchallenge, emigration, eponiemen, eponyms, humor, immigration, language, Lists, taal
A few days ago the Daily Writing Prompt was to write about one of my fears. Well, jeez, where to start? So I skipped that one. Then I read the post a blogging friend wrote. See, I should be that flexible. If you can’t choose which one fear to write about, just change the prompt. Duh. Except I didn’t think of that. Continue reading
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Daily prompt: Talents I’d like to have, but don’t. Well, jeez. Where to begin.The thing about talents is that they are per definition great to have. So I’d want them all–why not? Okay, okay, I suppose the idea is to force me to choose the most important one. Well, I’m not going to. I’ll give you my top ten. Number one being the most important, but the others are close followers.
Check them out…
I’ve been feeling kind of truculent lately, so let’s see if a list of five things I can’t stand will get it out of my system.
Let me begin with drivers behind me–when I’m up front at a stoplight, waiting to turn left at an unprotected left turn–honking for me to go ahead and make the turn already. Continue reading
Posted in Consumption, Lists, Neither Here Nor There, Religion, Society
Tagged animals, Boston bombing, community, disasters, ducks, hangers, Lists, Opinion, religion, traffic, victims
As I was going through recipes for Thanksgiving, I came across a small list from almost nineteen years ago. I always come across this list around this time of year, because I keep it in my recipe book. Which, the last couple of years, I only open around this time of year. Continue reading
Posted in Emigration / Immigration, Lists, Travel
Tagged benodigdheden, cadeaus, Christmas, community, emigratie, emigration, gifts, immigration, kerstmis, Lists, necessities, Thanksgiving
The homeless can always use help, but winters are especially hard. So here’s a list of things that are easy and inexpensive and can make a big difference for someone trying to stay warm and dry out there. Continue reading
Posted in homeless, Lists
Tagged Amerika, Christmas, daklozen, feestdagen, helping the homeless, Holidays, homeless, Lists, society, Thanksgiving, thuislozen
When I hear a song I haven’t heard for a while, I immediately remember where I first heard it, or where I bought it, or which hangout played it a lot. . .
I thought I’d share some of them.
1. Morning Town Ride by The Seekers Continue reading
Posted in Austin, Holland, Lists, Music, Vacations
Tagged angie, close your eyes, i don't wanna miss a thing, Lists, memories, morning town ride, music, no waman no cry, question, recreation, ring my bell, songs, the rose, the sting, tubular bells
One of my blogging friends–Fork in My Eye, go visit her–wrote a post about first lines of her favorite books and invited others to do the same. So here’s mine. My favorite books in English, that is. Some of them. And literature. I’ll do another list with books from other languages, and also one from popular fiction. I’m not going to tell you which books the lines–and one paragraph, you’ll see why–are from. Some are obvious because a name gives it away. Let me know which ones you recognize. No looking them up, though. That would be cheating. Continue reading
Although I’ve lived here for 18 years now, and although there are a lot of things I’ve gotten used to and in some cases even adopted, there are some things that, by now it’s safe to say, I’ll never get used to. Here are ten of them.
1. Bobby socks for men. Yep, men here (including T) often wear socks that barely show above the shoe, just like girl bobby socks in the fifties. The only difference is the absence of pompoms. I know they’re considered perfectly normal here, but to me they will always look ridiculous. Sorry, guys. Continue reading
Posted in Education, Food, Healthcare, History, Language, Lists, Media, Society
Tagged ankle socks, atheism, creationism, Dutch apple pie, emigration, Fox News, geography, Glenn Beck, humor, immigration, Lists, obesity, The Flintstones
Here’s another Neither Here Nor There post.
I just felt like doing another list.
1. Being Dutch and marrying a South Texan whom I met in Scotland. Continue reading
photo by Multiple Bleiben
I ate some terrible stuff in the Netherlands. Some of it tasty but super unhealthy, and some of it tasted terrible as well. The terrible tasting stuff was mostly food I had as a kid, when I had no choice. Ugh! Continue reading
1. Chicken-fried steak with gravy: ground, fried beef that is kind of grayish, with gravy that is also grayish.
2. Donuts: fried cake rings.
3. Pork rinds: fried pork fat, eaten as chips. Continue reading
Posted in Consumption, Eating out, Emigration / Immigration, Food, Lists
Tagged afschuwelijk Amerikaans eten, emigration, food, gross American food, ice cream with bacon, immigration, Lists, pork brains in milk gravy, pork rinds, prairie oysters
I miss lots of Dutch foods, but here are the top five American foods that make up for them. Continue reading
Posted in Emigration / Immigration, Food, Lists
Tagged American food, bagels and lox, collard greens, Dutch food, emigration, food, French Silk, immigration, Lists, mustard greens, Pho, pumpkin seeds, recipes
Going for endless road trips without even leaving the country
Posted in Emigration / Immigration, Lists, Society
Tagged Austin, emigration, homeschooling, immigration, Lists, North American wildlife, road trips, Rocky Mountains, Texas Hill Country
photo: Autumn Arnold, Peanut Cheese
Not worrying about money, or getting fired, or getting sick, or not being able to retire, or how to pay for the kids’ colleges.
- Having all my friends within visiting distance.
- Having seven weeks paid vacation plus vacation pay (like a thirteenth month’s salary).
- Going to the doctor or hospital without my wallet.
- Walking around the Saturday market and buying big, beautiful bunches of flowers that last for weeks and only cost a few euros.
- Traveling by train. Relaxing and looking out the window with a cup of Earl Grey tea instead of sitting in traffic.
- Taking the ferry to England and hitchhiking to the Cairngorms or the Lake District or wherever, and hiking around, camping in the wild.
- Cycling for the purpose of getting somewhere.
- Sleeping with the windows open (scorpions would crawl in if I did that here).
- Watching a decent documentary on TV without having to subscribe to HBO.
Posted in Emigration / Immigration, Healthcare, Holland, Lists, Travel, Vacations
Tagged cycling, Dutch food markets, emigration, hiking in Britain, immigration, Lists, public transportation, seven-week vacations, universal healthcare
No, really. This post is rated R. So go away, kiddos. Continue reading
One thing that comes with America being The Greatest Country in the World is that everything has to be an American invention. Even when it’s not. Even when it was invented decades ago, half a century ago, a century ago, in another country.
Posted in Emigration / Immigration, Lists, Technology
Tagged American superiority, animal overpasses, emigration, front-loading washing machines, immigration, inventing the wheel, inventions, Lists, Maria Montessori, tankless water heaters