July Pieces Of My Mind #3

Vadstena Classic Car Meet
  • In late-90s Stockholm there was a subculture with only two members: bipolar skateboard Goths.
  • I fielded a crew of 19 people today. Think it’s my record.
  • I sat on my reading glasses. They didn’t break. ALL HAIL CLAS OHLSON, LORD OF STUFF!
  • Saw something funny this morning: three playful and inquisitive magpie teenagers interacting with the feral rabbit that lives next to our house. The birds were posturing and nipping at the rabbit while clearly quite afraid of it. The rabbit was pretty cool about it, rolling on its back on a sandy spot, nibbling on the lawn. The magpies were messing in a similar way with some resting wood pigeons in the same spot recently.
  • The orthoceratite casts that erode out of the local limestone look like fragmented dildoes.
  • This is my first student dig where one of the students is younger than my oldest child. I’m afraid I’m still this silly older brother kind of boss.
  • Junior’s latest essay: The Secret Origin of the Action RPG.
  • Jrette and her 16/17-y-o buddies are sailing the Stockholm archipelago in a rented 2-sail 6-bunk yacht. Currently at Sandhamn, safe & happy & damp.
  • I wish café staff would generally know the distinction between flavoured and plain tea. And know that there is a plant named “the tea bush”. I believe there’s a mechanism in play where if a person knows the things I’m asking for, their general level of knowledge is such that they can get better pay somewhere else than at a café.
Vadstena museum railway society. Tram #808 was made in Umeå in 1954.

Author: Martin R

Dr. Martin Rundkvist is a Swedish archaeologist, journal editor, skeptic, atheist, lefty liberal, bookworm, boardgamer, geocacher and father of two.

7 thoughts on “July Pieces Of My Mind #3”

  1. “I wish café staff would generally know the distinction between flavoured and plain tea. And know that there is a plant named “the tea bush”.”

    Indeed. Things which are not made from the tea bush should not even be called tea. And tea with other stuff in it should be called “flavoured tea” or whatever; by default, tea should be tea. At most, one should specify black or green.

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  2. Only flavoured tea I (occasionally) like is Earl Grey.
    Most of my fellow Germans happily drink abominations upon the FSM.


  3. Adult magpies make a career of teasing cats and other percieved threats.
    In Sweden, trams are called ‘rail buses’ .
    The diesel engines gave them a very distinct sound. BTW, steam engines were still in use during the mid sixties, alongside the trams on the Umeå-Vännäs stretch.
    The first big nightmare I suffered when I was maybe 5-6 years old, was one of those trams leaving the rails and going after me.
    Dream Me would really have needed one of those RPGs, the kind Rambo used. Other kids had boogeymen to fear during childhood, I had goddamn trams. That is one that would have made Freud go “I give up”.

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  4. As with wine and coffee, there are several variants of tea, distinguished by where it is grown and how it is prepared after harvest. And there is a wide variation in price: some kinds of tea can be had in the West for the equivalent of about US$50 per kilo retail, while others can cost thousands of dollars per kilo. There is such a thing as white tea, although it is generally one of the more expensive kinds. Also, if you want black tea in China, ask for red tea.

    If it is not made primarily from leaves of the tea bush, it is properly a tisane rather than a tea.

    And yes, there is the flavored versus unflavored divide. Some people like to ruin perfectly good green tea by adding citrus flavors to it. Separately, there is the question of whether to add milk or sugar to the tea–on this point I side with the Chinese, who omit both.

    There is an ISO standard for brewing tea, based on the British standard, which won the 1999 Ig Nobel Prize for Literature.


    1. The title of the book Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman was the response when Feynman answered “both” to the question whether he would like cream or lemon in his tea.


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