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Wilhelm Bendz’s 1830 painting The Waagepetersen Family shows a middle-class Danish family in their home.

Interestingly, as the National Gallery of Denmark points out, “[t]he home is sparingly furnished with no unnecessary ornamentation, reflecting the thriftiness prevalent in Denmark during the hard years that followed the Napoleonic wars.”

The floor is covered, not in carpet, but in oilcloth; the plain desk chair has a dark green slip to protect it, but no real padding.

Certainly the room indicates a certain degree of material comfort—the wall is lined with paintings, and a gasolier (a relatively recent invention, in 1830) hangs from the ceiling.

More important, though, is the warm domesticity the scene conveys, in the pets—the fluffy dog under the desk, and the little frog in its glass cylinder—and in the pose of the family.

Zippo Gasolier Illuminates A Menorah For Hanukkah -

‘Zippo Gasolier Illuminates’ by slovenia-based designer luka pirnat is a novel approach on two iconic items — a set of zippo lighters and a menorah, the seven-branched cand …


古いZippoを利用したガス灯シャンデリア。スロヴェニアを拠点に活動するプロダクトデザイナー、Luka Pirnatによる作品。


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Fire Meet Gasolie
  • Fire Meet Gasolie
  • Sia (Cover) - Gregory Douglass


It’s dangerous to fall in love
But I want to burn with you tonight
Hurt me
There’s two of us
We’re bristling with desire
The pleasure’s pain and fire
Burn me
So come on
I’ll take you on, take you on
I ache for love, ache for us
Why don’t you come
Don’t you come a little closer
So come on now
Strike the match, strike the match now
We’re a perfect match, perfect somehow
We were meant for one another
Come a little closer

Flame you came from me
Fire meet gasoline
Fire meet gasoline
I’m burning alive
I can barely breathe
When you’re here loving me
Fire meet gasoline
Fire meet gasoline
I got all I need
When you came after me
Fire meet gasoline
I’m burning alive
And I can barely breathe,
When you’re here loving me
Fire meet gasoline
Burn with me tonight

And we will fly
Like smoke darknin’ the sky
I’m Eve, I wanna try
Take a bite

So come on now
Strike the match, strike the match now
We’re a perfect match, perfect somehow
We were meant for one another
Come a little closer

[Chorus] x1


But it’s a bad debt
Certain death
But I want what I want
And I gotta get it
When the fire dies
Darkened skies
Hot ash, dead match
Only smoke is left
But it’s a bad debt
Certain death
But I want what I want
And I got to get it
When the fire dies
Dark in the skies
Hot as a match
Only smoke is left

[Chorus] x1

grreece said:

4, 8, 15, 16, 23 42

4 - What do you think about the most?
I’ll have to say about how I’m going to tell my parents that I also like girls

8 - Girls … (finish the sentence); Boys … (finish the sentence)
Girls are cute. Boys are too.

15 - Do you prefer to be behind the camera or in front of it?
I can’t decide. But I only like to be in front of them if I’m acting.

16 - Simple but extremly complex. Favorite band?
Skillet. I don’t love any band as much a Skillet.

23 - How do you vest your anger?

42 - Do you like the smell of gasolie?
Oh my god, YES!

Thank you for asking me this!

Maine Days 6 and 7: History, Beer, Art, and Food

I’m sitting here in the room on the last night of our trip. The last 2 days have been especially busy! Starting with Thursday: we had a few more touristy things that we wanted to do. The first of them was the Victoria Mansion. Built in 1860, this house is insane! All the walls and ceilings are painted, the rugs and furniture are all ornate and beautiful, and each room has a different gasolier. They don’t allow pictures inside, but go look some up. From the outside, it looks like the Munsters’ mansion, but the inside is much more colorful and lively.

From there, we went to the last record store of the trip, Entreprise Records. Entreprise has odd hours, so we had to time it well to actually get there when they’re open. The shop itself is small and clearly very selective. The prices are fair and I enjoyed digging.

For lunch, we headed over to Duckfat (which is across the street from Eventide). We ate the duck fat french fries (had to), and I had their house-smoked pastrami sandwich, with pickled red onions, greens, cheddar, and horseradish mayo. It was awesome.

Our next touristy stop was the Portland Observatory, which was built in 1807. The observatory is a large tower that was originally used to spot and signal to ships, since the harbor is so protected and has no sightline to the sea. It is very tall, and the views from the top were amazing. I also thought it was cool that the building is ballasted, meaning that rather than being built with a foundation into the ground, it is simply weighed down with tons of granite.

Just east of the observatory is a beautiful park overlooking the water. Between all the walking and stair climbing, we were tired and sat for a while.

Central Provisions was rated the #6 best new restaurant in America this year by Bon Appetit. It is a small plate restaurant, with really great cuisine. We had many dishes and they were all great. Particularly of note were the swordfish belly and the charred octopus (that I forgot to photograph). I also got to try Bissel Brothers’ “The Substance” IPA which was also very tasty.

On Friday, we started the dat up at Tandem Coffee Roasters. I had read about them before we came up and was excited to go give them a try. While there, I had a pourover of their Ethiopian beans and bought a bag of the Nicaraguan beans to take home. The shop itself is beautiful and they really make great coffee.

After killing some time at Whole Foods, we walked over to Rising Tide to do a tasting. We got to try all the beers they have right now, including a Juniper Saison of which they just brewed a pilot batch of 10 gallons. My favorite was the Gose, brewed partially with seawater they gather themselves from nearby.

At lunchtime we headed back to Old Port to try Gilbert’s Chowder House. Wanting to give its name a run for its money, I ordered the Clam Chowder and the Clam Cake. Both were great and the chowder took me back to my childhood summers (that good).

On the first Friday of every month, Portland hosts an art walk, with local artists opening their galleries, setting up tables, and selling their wares. The art museum also opens its doors to free admission. We started at the museum. Though it was a bit over-stuffed (both with art and people), I liked looking at the Richard Estes realist paintings, including one of rocks I used to play on in Central Park that really took me back. We also walked along Congress Street and stopped by the gallery belonging to our Airbnb host.

We hurried back to our room to get ready for dinner at Miyake. This is the only dinner for which we made a reservation (we didn’t want to miss it). It was also the best meal we ate. There are a few menu options, but we both went with the 4 course a la carte menu. I had marinated salmon, black cod, braised pork belly and oyster, and a super toro roll. Everything was almost too good for words. If you are ever in the area, do not miss this restaurant.

Tomorrow we head back to Brooklyn. I have had such an amazing time in this lovely city and state, but I am glad to be going home. As always, traveling has given me a new enthusiasm for my everyday life and reminds me of all the great things that await me on my return to home.