Wishing a frituur into existence.
Stopping for a moment in the middle of a wide avenue on the train tracks in the center of Rotterdam.
The sky before the storm.
Traveling with Emily and Freek.
When Raoul asked me to open the volume. Which is his way of saying “turn it up” because he is ESL.
Stopping to pee on the side of the road during the wind-up to the Category 4 hurricane. Raoul and Freek had to pee too. We had to strategize, and we ended up peeing in an echelon formation; otherwise we would have peed on each other. It felt like we were doing our part to empathize with the riders and their current adversities, namely the 100 kilometer per hour wind storm.
The light on the road between the concrete embankment and the sea, in the rain, and the sun.
Raoul’s cousin’s world.
Almost falling asleep but then catching myself at the last moment, because I was driving, and it’s bad to sleep and drive.
Being too lazy to photograph Raoul’s cousin’s pool. Which Luxury Beach Resort-type pool is simultaneously indoor and outdoor.
Forgetting to swim in Raoul’s cousin’s pool.
Being too lazy to photograph Raoul’s cousin’s house. Maybe I can just look for a copy of the Wallpaper/Monocle/Dwell issue in which Raoul’s cousin’s house was featured, and like scan it, and show it to you that way.
Right now. Because it’s late and I need to go to sleep and my lap is sweating and the birds just started going off so now I have to listen to a bunch of upbeat tweeting while I’m trying to fall asleep.
By all accounts today was a success. I didn’t get arrested. We saw the race go past and I have photographs to prove it. Raoul’s friend Freek rode in the car with us. Our friend Emily also rode in the car with us. We all got along. We listened to Slam!FM #powertothebeat for a while then we switched to the worst radio station ever because they had live coverage of the race when they weren’t playing curiously bad music. We didn’t fight with police. A nice elderly couple let us park in their driveway so we could photograph the race next to a canal. We missed the finish-finish because I magically made a frituur appear with mind and manifestation powers. It happened like this: the day was getting late and we were close to the finish and we still hadn’t stopped for lunch. And I was hungry so as we were driving along in the green room getting barreled in the sweet spot between the front of the race and the rolling enclosure #norulez #stickerprivalage #policeaintshit I said,“I could fuck. up. a frituur right now.”DWP
Eight seconds later we drove basically, literally into a frituur. And ordered a set of five fries. Then after the race we went to Breda where we Lion The Witch & The Wardrobed our way into a Dwell Magazine Pizza Party with a lovely Dutch Family and some of their friends. Then instead of watching the World Cup match between Japan and the US11How about that match, anyway?—KEB, I downloaded JPEGs for hours on end.
What is a scorpion? Scorpions are predatory arthropod animals of the order Scorpiones. They have eight legs and are easily recognised by a pair of grasping pedipalps in the front, and in the back, a forward arching tail with venomous stinger on the end. Six super interesting facts about Scorpion Power:
1. One of earliest occurrences of the scorpion in culture is its inclusion, as Scorpio, in the twelve signs of the series of constellations known as the Zodiac. “Scorpios are fiercely independent. They are able to accomplish anything they put their mind to and they won’t give up.”
2. In North Africa and South Asia, the scorpion appears as a motif in art, especially in Islamic art in the Middle East. It is perceived both as an embodiment of evil as well as a protective force against evil.
3. The scorpion portrays human sexuality.
4. In ancient Egypt the goddess Serket was often depicted as a scorpion.
5. In ancient Germany Rudolf Schenker founded the most famous and longest existing rock band in the world. That band was called the Scorpions.
6. In modern Italy, Ryder Hesjedal harnessed the power of the scorpion to win the 2012 Giro d’Italia.
- 10:30 AM: Wake up next to a lake in Vinkeveen.
- 11:00 AM: Leave Vinkeveen, merge onto the E35/A2 north and westbound in the direction of Utrecht.
- 11:05 AM: Stop at the Starbucks.
- 12:00 PM: Arrive in Utrecht, park.
- 12:30 PM: Walk to the Team Buses. Then walk back to the sign in and the start area. Why does Garmin ALWAYS park at the very end? Every time.
- 1:00 PM: Drive the course ahead of the race.
- 2:00 PM: Stop somewhere next to canal, photograph the race.
- 4:30 PM: The finish.
- 1 Martin Solveig feat. Sam White +1
- 2 Lil Kleine & Ronnie Flex Drank and Drugs
- 3 Zouk Machine Maldon
- 4 Dr. Hook Baby Makes Here Blue Jeans Sing
- 5 Ummet Ozcan Lose Control
- 6 Kygo feat. Conrad Firestone
- 7 Bingo Players feat. Far East Movement Get Up (Rattle)
- 8 Major Lazer feat. MØ & DJ Snake Lean On
- 9 Vance Joy Riptide (FlicFlac Edit)
- 10 Eva Simone feat. Konshens Policeman
- 11 Mando Diao Dance With Somebody
Facts according to the Tour de France’s PARTEGEONS LA PASSION
- Economy: Utrecht has the most educated population in the Netherlands (43% of inhabitants have completed higher education or have a university degree). 130,000 Utrechters are employed in the education or research sectors. 900 foreign companies are located in the province.
- Culture: Railway Museum, Museum Speelklok (mechanical music), Rietveld Schröder House (1924), an iconic piece of modern architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Festival of the Quays, Ditch Film Festival, Early Music Festival, the International Festival of Chamber Music, Springdance.
- Sports: Anton Geesnik (judo, the first Olympic champion and first non-Japanese world champion), Marco van Basten (football, three-time European Ballon d”Oro), and Dafne Schippers (athletics, European Athlete of the Year in 2014) all hail from Utrecht.
- Specialties: Cheese (gouda, maasdam, edam), gin, advocoat (egg liquor)
- Sustainable Development: The new town hall opened in 2014 has been designed to produce as little CO2 as possible and has an A-category energy rating.
- University of Utrecht’s Motto: Sol lustitiae illustra Nos (Sun of Justice, enlighten us.)
Facts according to the Tour de France’s PARTEGEONS LA PASSION
- Population: 380,000.
- Economy: Agriculture (breeding), fishing, food industry, Terneuzen wind farm, commercial ports of Vissingen and Terneuzen, tourism (beaches and resorts), higher education, (Hogeschool Zeeland, Roosevelt Academy.
- Culture: Middletown’s abbey, town hall and quays lined with old houses. Domburg’s church and town hall, the tower and town hall in Zierkzee, Watersnoodmuseum (sea museum dedicated mainly to the deadly floods of 1953) in Ouwerkerk, Vleeshal Museum in Middleburg (contemporary art), muZEEum in Vlissingen, Deltapark Neeltja Jans. Four Freedom Awards festival, Zeeland Nazomerfestival, Film by the sea festival and Concert at Sea festival.
- Sport: sailing, diving, kite cycling, running, cycling. Events: Kustmarathon, World Under Water Photography Championship, World Sailing Championships (RS500 dinghies).
- Specialties: Seafood, schouws palingbroodje (smoked eel roll), bloussen (fritters), boterbabbelaars (shortbread).
- Sustainable Development: 1,880km of marked bicycle routes, 2,000km of hiking trails, mountain bike trails and horse trails. Oosterschelde National Park.
- Label: Land of the Sea.