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Sit-N-Spin #2

Postby LastHamlet » Tue Jun 19, 4:21 pm

Rollin With Da Viking, And A Last Will And Testament

It was grand to meet up with the Viking again, as it had been a long 2 years. A meeting at Mellow Yellow, same place I met Puffin13, yesterday.(More on this later)
Some are not as acclimated to the walking pace of AMS, or Europe in general. (Europeans do have a faster walking pace.) Such is not the case with Da Viking, he puts some pavement under his feet, and rolls through AMS like a glider... Only to be marked by the infamous brim the Viking is known for. The Hash Meister was in top form, and more loaded with info than my ill-informed self, so some questions had to be asked.

For all my travels I have used phone cards to call back home with. I felt it the easiest way, and not to add any confusion to my hotel bill as well. Unfortunately, this method can have it drawbacks. For one, to call back to my home town, at say 6 in the evening, requires me to call at 12 midnight, so you find yourself wandering for a operating phone, then a prayer that it will accept the cards you have.
Being I am usually accommodated at Prinsenhof, It is a short walk to Rembrandtplein, to some phone booths. Ahhh, but the convenience is marked with more and more plagues,,,, the dam phones are all broken, all but one, and I cannot get it to take my card info... What a bummer, as I could be in my robe right now, toking my ghanja by the window, but friggin No, it's not to be.
As years have passed this situation has steadily gotten worse. After 2 consecutive nights of not being able to get a call through, I figured it was time to ask some of those questions I was talking about.

Viking, dude, what is the deal with that phone you got? Being a friendly and informative sort, He was all too eager to explain. It is a phone that you can only use here, and will not operate in the USA, but the advantages are so immense that it was becoming the way to solve some situations.
Gladly, he escorted me to the phone store, on Rokin, that being Orange, and showed me the 39 Euro prepaid package, which included the phone, and some instant credits. I instantly bought more credits and loaded them on the phone... Here is the best part, the Euro Credits never expire, so the ones I do not use this trip, I will have available upon landing in AMS the next journey. Well, actually the best part is the more I discovered about this phone, the easier my vacation would be. Though I used up those other type cards I bought, on this snazzy new phone, but to be honest the rate and connection is much better dialing directly back home from this new device... I have been too long in the stone age, I tell you.

If this were just the only hint of such, I could let it pass, but an event in the Mellow Yellow, earlier, proved to be another nail in the thought that I am living in the past.

Here we are, toking this Joint of good smoke, when a 67 Camaro rolls by the Mellow Yellow, I grabbed my camera and popped off a shot or two. The fellows at the table were curious as to what kind of camera I had.
Well, it does alright, and here is the best part, my camera media is Floppy Disc, yeah you heard that right. Being a Sony Mavica FD-88, and its only method of recording is to a 1.44 MB floppy disc.
As soon as I ejected the disc from the camera, all hell broke loose. Laughter from all ends of the shop, and most just in friendly nature, but talk about feeling like a cave man??? They gave me the usual pop-quiz; How many pics can you get on one disc, and when I said at most 19, they really got a hoot out of that. I tell you, the whole place was in stitches, and even I had to laugh at it. Laughter turned to tears as more and more commentary was added to the situation, truly a funny time.

(Silently, I felt kind of amused by it, but at the same time, with strings to the past, I was like a forgotten piece of memory, nobody really even wanted to remember... Maybe a small event for others, but to me a time, for so many reasons, I shall never forget.)

What do the new phone and the camera stories have in common? Aside from the obvious connection, I need to mention that Viking has had his phone for roughly 4 years, so mine was actually newer, and he was really impressed with it... His was a stick phone, and this one was a slimline flipper. After a bit of talk I told him the same thing that I'll restate now, only I'll jazz it up a bit.

For the extended hand and grand comrade re with the Best Hash Smoker, in the event of my demise, he(Viking) is to have my Dutch Cell Phone. No questions asked, and even if he has to retrieve it from my tram crushed body, should such happen, it is without any question, his phone from that moment on.

What are buddies for, if not to repay a kind gesture? To not be remembered near the end, is not the tale of this day. However, it is to stress it would be considered an honor to have the phone(case included), yanked from my corpse, and passed on like a torch.
This is not to be thought of as morbid, but held in the highest of regards. So, before looking dim on the subject matter, please consider the name of the one who posted this, and realize that I think not like others, and find nobility in the strangest of things...
I am LastHamlet

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Postby brightcarver » Tue Jun 19, 5:32 pm

yes!

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Postby mtbskalover » Tue Jun 19, 6:28 pm

your camera sounds awesome!

it'll be wortha fair stack of cash in a few years.

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Postby Birdman » Tue Jun 19, 6:33 pm

mtbskalover wrote:your camera sounds awesome!

it'll be wortha fair stack of cash in a few years.


Well, maybe more than a few...

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Postby mtbskalover » Tue Jun 19, 6:41 pm

Birdman wrote:
mtbskalover wrote:your camera sounds awesome!

it'll be wortha fair stack of cash in a few years.


Well, maybe more than a few...



someones gona be loaded!
you'll be able to buy holland, or a your favourite hash producing country!

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Postby LastHamlet » Tue Jun 19, 6:51 pm

Birdman wrote:
mtbskalover wrote:your camera sounds awesome!

it'll be wortha fair stack of cash in a few years.


Well, maybe more than a few...


That is the very camera I have. You might not believe this, but 7 years ago, when I bought it, with just a few accessories, it was over 1K.
Like this: Ebay Auction Number: 180132070820... No, this is not mine, but looks exactly like it.
I have now acquired the Canon S3IS, so I can pull somewhat out of the stone age. :-)

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Postby Valo » Wed Jun 20, 12:36 am

It's been far too long since I read one of your reports LastHamlet, and it brought back memories of reading older ones along with the anticipation of being there myself. The first two parts have left me eagerly awaiting more.

Thanks for a brilliant read and i'm glad you had another great trip.

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Postby d3kings » Fri Jun 22, 1:34 pm

It was just a few years ago that I was using my FD-88 to snap off photos.

I remember walking into a small computer store in Delft and asking for a box of floppy disks for my camera. The guy at the counter gave me one of the weirdest looks.

Thanks for sharing LH. Glad to see that you are progressing. Now, where's that cell phone, I need to make a call :)

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Postby LastHamlet » Fri Jun 22, 4:23 pm

d3kings wrote:It was just a few years ago that I was using my FD-88 to snap off photos.

I remember walking into a small computer store in Delft and asking for a box of floppy disks for my camera. The guy at the counter gave me one of the weirdest looks.

Thanks for sharing LH. Glad to see that you are progressing. Now, where's that cell phone, I need to make a call :)


Goodness, I never knew there were others with the FD-88, and how could one ever forget the prefix of the file names, it's a dead giveaway.
I had the same experience with getting a box of floppys in a store in AMS, what a weird look he gave me, till I popped out the camera... Well, then the looks got even more weird.
Hey, you got Malcom on the phone, what a cool link.

Also, Many Thanks Valo, it has been a while, and I hope all is going well with you.

Best Regards,
LH

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Postby Birdman » Fri Jun 22, 4:53 pm

I won't lie, I owned one as well. Carried those floppy disks everywhere. I sold it as soon as I could. To think that at one time it was cutting edge. Yikes!

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Postby LastHamlet » Fri Jun 22, 5:36 pm

Well, I see... Maybe there is a common denominator in Channelites and the camera, or smokers and the camera???

To tell you the truth, if I hadn't literally gotten laughed out of the coffeeshop that day, I may still think I was near cutting edge, that's what's scary :-)

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Postby dannymac » Sat Jun 23, 5:38 am

Well LH, the 40 Mavica pics I still have archived are dated back in October '99, taken on a trip to Pittsburgh.
I actually packaged the Mavica's into Photo-ID systems I was selling/installing at the time.

But I digress, please continue with your much anticipated trip report...

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Postby Dogbreath » Sun Jun 24, 1:01 am

That's was funny LH. What a good laugh. Enjoying your reports...

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Postby sidhe333 » Mon Jun 25, 7:09 am

ROFLMMFAO
wow! 19 whole pictures? ya don't say... in color??

love the scenes of the phone escaping the fiery holocaust... so upbeat!
needs a kooky soundtrack...

thanx LH!
pray, more...

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Re: Sit-N-Spin #2

Postby viking » Tue Jun 26, 3:29 pm

LastHamlet wrote: For the extended hand and grand comrade re with the Best Hash Smoker, in the event of my demise, he(Viking) is to have my Dutch Cell Phone. No questions asked, and even if he has to retrieve it from my tram crushed body, should such happen, it is without any question, his phone from that moment on.
Thanks, LH! It is a sweet phone, for sure:)

LastHamlet wrote:...and realize that I think not like others, and find nobility in the strangest of things...
Ha, you do find nobility in the
strangest things, LH. Like calling me a "grand comrade". Thanks, and
right back at `ya, man.


That first meetup with you at Mellow Yellow where you pulled
out your camera's floppy disk was truly hilarious! The Egyptian guy
next to me and I almost bust a gut laughing so hard.
Man, we were all laughing so hard and for so long.

Glad you fell in love with your new phone from Orange, LH.
Now you've got to work on texting so you don't burn up your
credits as fast. Every time I texted LH, he'd call me back, hehe.
Wish I had videoed your phone purchase. I thought you were
going to drive the woman crazy with all your questions.
But it was really funny, as we were both a wee bit high, I think?
And she was really hot, too, wasn't she? Hmmmm, maybe you
just prolonged your stay at the Orange store because of that? hehe

Hope it's not another two years before we see each other
again in Amsterdam. Sure was fun hanging with you.
And I love being featured in your classic trip reports, my friend.

Thanks!

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The Viking Is Right.

Postby LastHamlet » Tue Jun 26, 4:29 pm

Thanks Dogbreath, good to hear from you.
Ahhh, even D'Mac has had the Mavica in the past,,, the common thread is growing.
Yep, Sid, 19, in color, and yes, I'm rolling laughing about it too.

Viking you are a true, Infamous, AMS Street-Rollin', Hash Meister, and it was indeed an honor for me to have been there this April. Not to mention there was another lesson you taught me later on, can't wait to mention that as well.
YES, of course I was asking so many questions to hang around a little longer, plus we were blazed, and with the aforementioned camera thing, I am not to literate on the newer gadgets,,,,,,,, and text messaging??? I doubt I ever figure that out on my own, so I gladly burned the credits to call ya back... Although, next journey I could stand to learn, so I'll learn yet another lesson from you :-) You are a good friend, Viking.
BTW, that fellow beside you was in tears laughing, and his laughter was so distinguished it was the main reason I had to join in laughing. Really good fellow he was, as I saw him many times this journey.

Hey, I did get the picture of the 67 Camaro, though... :-)
Sure, it's a floppy drive camera, but with 8X Optical, and 16X Digital Zoom, it can grab a picture from a bit away... Of course, most cell phone cameras have 1.3 million pixels, so huge pictures is not it's specialty.

Here's to the relics of the past, I share so much in common with :-)

Many Laughs and Best Regards,
LH

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Re: The Viking Is Right.

Postby viking » Fri Jun 29, 5:13 pm

LastHamlet wrote:Viking you are a true, Infamous, AMS Street-Rollin', Hash Meister, and it was indeed an honor for me to have been there this April. Not to mention there was another lesson you taught me later on, can't wait to mention that as well.
Uh-oh, now just what that other lesson, I wonder?

Always keep enough personally pre-rolled cones in your pocket to be able
to smoke non-stop while walking/cycling to wherever you're headed, maybe?

Or maybe how, when faced with how much hash to put into a joint,
forgoing the light/medium/heavy load and choosing the "obscene" amount?

Or was it placing an order at a restaurant and then stepping back
outside to finish the j that was started on way to the restaurant (plus
another one)?

Geez, it could be anything?
Can't wait to find out.

Keep on writing, LH!

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