Tuesday, 12 June 2012

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Homomonument Amsterdam

Well here we are again. Fancy meeting you here. Especially considering the little time I spend here myself these days...

Let me tell you how I spent last Sunday: I spent a very nice afternoon with the wonderful Will and Laurent. They've spent a couple of days at K.'s Amsterdam apartment and are at this very moment sailing on a cruise ship to the Baltic.

I met them at the apartment and we walked to Le Pain Quotidien for breakfast (okay, it was almost noon, but I only had a croissant, you can't call that brunch - besides, I hate that word, so don't call anything brunch, please). We had a lovely chat, they are so charming and would be very welcome guests if they decided to stop by again.

On our way back we stopped by the Westerkerk, specifically the gay monument outside. A lot of people only notice the pink granite triangle that sticks out into the canal, but actually, there are three triangles, together forming a large triangle. It's hard to find a good picture of the actual monument, so I've added one from the monument as copied for miniature town Madurodam. (It's not quite accurate, actually.) Together they serve as a warning from the past, a confrontation with the present and an inspiration for the future.

The three triangles each point to a significant landmark. The one with the steps down to the water points to the national war memorial on Dam square. On May 4 1970, Memorial Day, gay activists were arrested for laying a lavender wreath at the monument on the Dam. One points to the Anne Frank house and the third to the office of the COC.

The triangle pointing to the Anne Frank house bears a line of poetry by Jacob Israël de Haan (1881-1924) - the first victim of zionist political violence, although that's not actually relevant to this story - which translates as "Such an endless desire for friendship" (better than my rough translation at the time). It is taken from a poem named "To a Young Fisherman".

As usual there were lines at the Anne Frank house, although Will and Laurent told me not as many as yesterday (and that was in the rain, strangely enough). They ended up not going because it was so busy. I count myself lucky I went there with school, many years ago; I don't remember having to queue.

We walked back to the apartment - with a detour to buy cheese, what else? - where we were soon joined by K. and R. We then took their cases down the stairs from hell and K. and I accompanied them to the passenger terminal. The cruise ship wasn't as big as some of the ones you see parked behind it, but it was still visible from the tracks, that morning when I arrived in Amsterdam.

Back at the apartment the three of us spent a lazy afternoon (R. and I reading, K. fiddling with his phone but not as restless as usual), R. cooked a lovely dinner, K. went to bed and we watched a couple of episodes of Terra Nova.

By then it was high time for me to get back home. It was past 11 when I got to Gouda, my feet were aching, so I took a cab home. I only do this a few times a year, when it's late or raining, but the taxi driver remembered me. I always have a chat with them, ask if they've got long to go and wish them a good night.


Nelly said...

Good to hear from you again.

Anonymous said...

There was a very real perception that bi-racial was much worse for the white than it was for the person of color. The liberal culture, which was designed and promoted with the god's tools to achieve their Apocalyptic goals, screamed racism when there was a very reasonable explanation for this reality::::
In this white punishment known as the United States the person of color has already adopted the disfavors/temptations intended for another race. But by associating/mating with a person of color the white is newly adopting the disfavors of another culture.
And this is the reason why people of color are not welcome in the United States. The gods control everything:::The perception they want to create, the thoughts they want you to have.
People of color can't recover from absorbing the temptations from two cultures. And why they become more and more like so many blacks in America:::Veterans at absorbing the temptations of two cultures.
To further illustrate this is why California's educational system/funding was ranked #1 when California was white:::Education being the basis of the affluent economic system. Now even public higher education has become unaffordable.

The gods placed us all into our own corners of the globe. As such for thousands of years we spent time and reproduced with out own kind.
This is why mobilty/travel, biracial unions/offspring and partaking of other cultures is a sin::::
Each has it's own elements of disfavor, and by experiencing other cultures you are being exposed to these disfavors, which if people may adopt will make their state even worse than prior.
The United States has been considered a "melting pot" where rejects from around the world were sent when kicked out of their motherland.
Remember, this concept of cultural diversity is an element of the liberal platform the gods used to promote societal decay, revealed on the map with the "beast" that is the SanFranciscoBayArea and the spread of social deterioration that spread to the rest of the country and eventually to the entire globe.

Ronald Reagan spent the communist block into submission with defense buildup, and in the process increased the National debt from $1 trillion in 1980 to $6 trillion when he left office.
W charged both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to the national debt, honest numbers to come.
The gods used W to initiate the "Great Recession" with deliberate legislation/regulation changes, allowing the sub-prime fiasco and corporate irresponsibility/criminal behavior which led to the multi-trillion dollar stimulous package, pocketted by Republican friends and donors::::$5 trillion charged to the National credit card.
This corruption is one element of evil in the party of good. War mongering is another.
Damned if you do, Damned if you don't::::With the Democrats you subscribe to social decay via liberlism, which WILL lead to the Apocalypse. Republicans are being used by the gods to bankrupt the United States, ultimately motivating people to the point of "desperation prayer" once anarchy presides::::Punishment designed to correct your behavior.

Not only is doing the right things important (praying, attoning for your sins, thinking the right way:::accepting humility, modesty, vulnerability), so is avoiding the wrong things important as well:::"Go and sin no more".