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Fred the Dentist

Postby bongwata » Sat Jul 29, 4:30 pm

A brief reminiscence from my first trip in August 1990:

After a few days in Amsterdam, the 4 of us went to the Hague for the second part of the trip. I was ostensibly there for the World Science Fiction Convention, a paying attendee armed with a second set of forged credentials in case anyone wished to come along. As it turned out, I never ended up attending anything, as the prospect of freaky people watching couldn't compete with the various joys of this wonderful country. After 2 days we scrapped Den Haag and returned to AMS (a good decision).

One highlight of the Hague jag was a chance encounter with Fred the Dentist (retired). One of the group struck up a conversation with Fred, who was biking around with his very old dog in a basket. Fred encouraged us to accompany him out to Schevinengen, where he bought us all dinner! A charming companion as we ate a seaside dinner as the sun set on the North Sea. Back in WWII Fred left the country soon after Nazi occupation, and ended up training for and flying with the RAF. He told us one way his countrymen could detect a Nazi spy was their inability to correctly pronounce "Schevinengen". He's probably long passed on, certainly the dog is.

Other Hague highlights: Touring the gardens of the Peace Palace, where we came upon a scary but intensely moving anti-war scuplture. Similarly, but differently, moving was seeing "Girl With A Pearl Earring" up close and personal in the Mauritshaus.

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Re: Fred the Dentist

Postby Bohannon » Sat Jul 29, 4:59 pm

bongwata wrote:..... moving was seeing "Girl With A Pearl Earring" up close and personal in the Mauritshaus.


Did you look at the other three walls in that room? Is the "Viennese Vermeer" still there (The Art of Painting). That room is one of my favorite places on the planet!


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Postby moe. » Wed Aug 09, 10:58 pm

Hey Bo, reread the first line of his report....you've been there more recently than he has!!! D'oh!!

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Postby Bohannon » Wed Aug 09, 11:19 pm

moe. wrote:Hey Bo, reread the first line of his report....you've been there more recently than he has!!! D'oh!!

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Oops and doh! but I still want to know if it is still there...anyone?


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Will be there on the 23rd

Postby BB » Tue Aug 15, 2:35 am

Bo,
I am planning on checking this one out on the 23rd. I'll let you know when I get back,
Hope all has been well with you, It's been a while,
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Re: Fred the Dentist

Postby SkipMDMan » Tue Aug 15, 2:13 pm

[quote="bongwata"]A brief reminiscence from my first trip in August 1990:

After a few days in Amsterdam, the 4 of us went to the Hague for the second part of the trip. I was ostensibly there for the World Science Fiction Convention, a paying attendee armed with a second set of forged credentials in case anyone wished to come along. As it turned out, I never ended up attending anything, as the prospect of freaky people watching couldn't compete with the various joys of this wonderful country. After 2 days we scrapped Den Haag and returned to AMS (a good decision).

Small world.

I was also at that World SF convention. I was used to hotel prices
in the Washington DC area and wasn't overawed by the prices at
a place called "Kurhaus" in Scheveningen (or however you spell
it) so stayed there. Was a beautiful palace like hotel, had my own
balcony that overlooked the ocean.

Did you see any of the fireworks contest? Every evening they had
fireworks by 3 different companies going off at the ocean. I was
on the patio of the hotel, drinking champagne, stoned out of my
mind. Was a great time although there were just too many people
on the sidewalk thing along the beach.

I have to admit that I missed a lot of the SF convention, this was
the trip though that I took a friend of mine who was also attending
the con back to Amsterdam on a morning train. He had never done
any kind of drugs, so got him some space cake, bought lots of weed
and hash and took the train back to The Hague. The cake hit him
HARD, he was mumbling like a maniac, so I left him in the con and
went back to the beach. I didn't see him again until two days later
at breakfast. He said he had a great time but didn't think it wise to
try it again.

I've never attended another World SF con in a place where I knew
I was going to be distracted by the place itself more than the con.

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