Thursday, November 29, 2007

Snapshot...

Wonen aan het water. Iedereen zijn bootje, kinderen die, zodra het weer het toelaat, zo vanuit hun slaapkamer de sloot in springen, hengelende bejaarden, zonnebadende huisvrouwen langs de waterkant, kantoorpikken met een kapiteinspet op in een mahoniehouten sloep, ja, wij zijn een maritiem volk. Als het maar klotst en golft en waait, dan zijn wij gelukkig.
Een stukje nautisch shoppen erbij en klaar is Kees. Je moet toch ergens je bootschoenen en Helly-Hansen-jacks kopen.
Quote from Martin Bril, "Almelo" - de Volkskrant 29 nov. 2007.

Yesterday Dr. Orange repaired my Sony Ericson K 750i "Cameraphone". The picture of the River Wood advertisement is a snapshot I made in front of the Orange-store in Rotterdam to test the camera function. I was really angry with myself as I dropped the phone at the concrete railway platform of Woerden station in September. Stupid me: the LCD-screen was broken. A pity because I really liked the Phone with it's built in radio, MP3-player, organizer and kalender-functions and especially the built in 2 MP-camera! I have other and better camera's, but the Sony-phone is always at hand and the picture quality is more than sufficient for web-use. As I informed about the cost of repair at the Phone shops in Woerden, the indicated cost was at least 160 Euro, and the Phone had to be sent in for more than two weeks. Needing a soon replacement, I decided to forget it and bought a cheap basic GSM-Phone for 30 Euro. However I wasn't really happy with this, so as I was in Rotterdam yesterday I informed about a repair at the Flagship store of Orange (the provider of my GSM). They repaired the within 20 minutes, for 50 euro... Leaves me with two phones...

A wooden canoe on a vintage car (is it a 70's Jeep?) as decoration in a advertisement of a clothing company. It's all about the looks and the image. I must say it looks far more stylish than the mixed colours of my polyester kayaks on a ordinary green Astra...
The casual outfit of the models in the advertisement matches with the rest of the picture. I checked the website of River Woods: the models didn't change their outfit for paddling out on the lake. Nothing wrong with a jeans, but in my opinion not the most appropriate sportswear for canoeing or kayaking. It reminds me of myself almost 30 years ago: biking around Europe in blue jeans, cotton T-shirt and sweater on a dark green BSA ("British Small Arms")-bicycle with a Sturmey Archer geared hub. It would make a very vintage picture now. The 15 year old Hans wasn't aware of it. He just didn't know about the advantages a more appropriate bicycle-outfit. And if he would have known - he probably wouldn't have had the money. In the years afterwards my outfit became more adequate, I learned to appreciate the benefits of high tech materials, but the adventure of the first years was never beaten..

1 comment:

Tom said...

Nice sidenote: the canoes used by Rivers Woods were build by MacBoat. A Dutch canoe/kayak builder specialised in woodstrip designs.
There a couple of these images on their homepage http://www.macboat.nl