In Greek mythology Tantalus (Greek Τάνταλος) was a son of Zeus and the nymph Plouto.The name "Tantalus" is the origin of the English word "tantalize". The idea being that when a person tantalizes someone else, that person is making them like Tantalus: there is something desirable that is always just out of that person's reach. In Dutch there is the expression: "een Tantalus kwelling" = a Tantalus torture.
My "Tantanus kwelling" this Friday: working indoors in a conference room in Carlton Beach Hotel Scheveningen with a view like this... Surf was perfect today. But Hans had another obligation. Duty called.