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September Pieces Of My Mind #3

Just got the application referees’ evaluation for a job I’ve been hoping for. I’m afraid to read it. Taking a walk first. I’m really tired of this thankless shit. Impatient for December, when I’ll know if I’ll have money to write that castles book or if I should start calling people about a steady job…

September Pieces Of My Mind #2

The former school / functions venue in my housing area has been converted into housing for single male asylum seekers. I’m putting a note on their front door, offering to teach them some boardgames. Wonder if the weight-loss advertisers realise that the pics of amply built women they intend to frighten female customers with are…

September Pieces Of My Mind #1

Learned a neat German expression: Eier kraulen, lit. “to fondle the eggs”, means “to fondle someone’s testicles”, that is, “to stroke a man’s ego”. Lithuanian plumbers put the hot water to the right even though the colour coding on the taps is the reverse. This Romanian researcher thinks that the Yamnaya Culture is an ancient…

August Pieces Of My Mind #3

Today is the big book-selling festival on Drottninggatan in Stockholm, “the world’s longest book table”, which is probably true since the term “book table” is almost unknown outside Sweden. I’m bringing a backpack and the names Bengtsson, Bujold, LeGuin, Maugham, Paasilinna and Piraten. Several book sellers at the festival have told me “He’s great but…

August Pieces Of My Mind #2

Getting your fridge filled with rusty Medieval nails isn’t actually as hard as many people think. Just marry an archaeologist! It’s been decided that from now on the word is pronounced ever-yone or ever-yawn. Jrette joined me and Lasse for tonight’s sailing mini-race. She steered throughout the race, she enjoyed herself and we finished in…

August Pieces Of My Mind #1

I just meta-mimed singing into my electric shaver. I wasn’t miming singing. I was miming someone in a movie who mimes singing. Family spooked at one in the morning because a burst of engine noise has been heard. Have burglars arrived at the island? Nope, no strange boat at the dock. Investigation reveals that Jrette…

July Pieces Of My Mind #3

Excavation finished, team scattered. Now for three weeks’ vacation! This Walter Jon Williams story has two Andean pan pipe bands and a Californian figure swimming troupe that all operate as secret intelligence agents. Interesting jetsam around the shores of the island today. The flip-flop was pretty good. But the rifled camera bag was exceptional. It…

July Pieces Of My Mind #2

Stoner dude got kicked out of our Christian abstainer hostel for eating our food and waddling around baked out of his noggin. And we found half of the bikini. A good thing about never having been in particularly great physical shape is that you don’t really notice becoming middle-aged. Stoner dude refers to excavation team’s black…

July Pieces Of My Mind #1

Had dinner in Ryd shopping centre outside Linköping. My falafel came covered in this shocking purplish pink sauce. I said, “Oh my, what sauce is this!?” Replied the waiter, “It’s pink sauce”. (Turned out to be the standard white garlic sauce with colouring, possibly beetroot brine.) Movie: Ant-man. Superhero action comedy. Grade: Pass. Jrette liked…

June Pieces Of My Mind #3

This is the time of year when our yard becomes an extra room in our house. Where a man might sit around butt naked except for a straw hat, reading. I mean he really could. If he wanted to. You’ll notice I’m not appending a selfie. Anybody into Ariel Pink? Seems to be a true…