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Went to the city today to ask for an appointment with my orthopaedist. Normally I would have just called him on the phone, but there seemed to be no way to get through. One time his receptionist had told me that they got up to three hundred calls an hour. She had shrugged, and I […]


autumn leaf

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Took a little walk in the forest today. My foot didn’t feel right. Again. Or still. I had no idea anymore. So I decided to schedule another appointment with the orthopaedist, show him my new inlays, tell him about the weakness in my right leg, ask him what he thinks. The air was cool and […]


worth it

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I was supposed to write an article for a magazine. And I did. I wrote and I wrote. I watched pixels form on my computer screen. I assembled them to letters and punctuation marks. I moved them. I deleted them. I pondered over them. I mulled and I reconsidered. Then I went out to buy […]


one way to make a Moscow Mule

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I used to not drink alcohol. Then I took up walking. Then I stopped walking. And then, not long after that, I figured that I needed something new in my life. Hello, White Logic. I still don’t understand wine. Or sparkling wine. I have learned to enjoy a bottle of beer when the sun is […]


burn

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Having tested the shoes and the inlays, I felt more confident than a few days earlier. But I wasn’t quite there, yet. It seemed as if I was just taking trains here and there, seeing doctors, worrying about my health. Some goddamned longest way alright. Anyway, I went back to the North today. Had to […]


test walk

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So I set out from Luxembourg, again: Walking through the city meant that nobody took notice of me, but when I got on the open road, people would stare at me from their car windows: There were no sidewalks. I figured that most people probably stuck to designated hiking trails when they went out for […]


year of the dog

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Another stroll through the city. Luxembourg felt as if it was more French than German when you looked at its streets: But it felt more German than French when you heard its people speak. Sure, there is French everywhere. But Luxembourgish, the original language, sounds like a German dialect. A very strong one. One time […]


no kidnapping

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My feet were weird. The right one didn’t hurt where the problem was, but there was an overall wobbliness to it. As if it was weak, or as if it was just learning to walk. Hard to describe. The left one was bad at the heel, but it was just a blister that had gone […]


aha

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I was surprised when I came home from my short test walk the day before, and I took off my shoes. One of them had a strange mark at the heel: What could it be? I examined it for a little while, holding it this way and that way, until I could determine that the […]


short test walk

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I have never done a test walk. I don’t like to slowly lower myself into a pool of water either. I just dive in. Doing a test feels like taking the fun out of something and turning it into work. But today, with my new inlays and my new shoes and with the issues with […]


horns of identity politics

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Another day, another train ride: I spent eight hours reading, sleeping, and watching Jordan Peterson clips on YouTube. Peterson is a psychology professor from Canada who has become popular on YouTube. From what I could gather, the guy is a good public speaker, and his online lectures are sometimes interesting to listen to, as popular […]


baby steps

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I would take little walks in the snow, two or three kilometers at a time, just to get used to the inlays and the shoes. Baby steps. Winter looked neat and clean this time of year: This night was different from most other nights, though. I went to the city and participated in an activity […]


this is my fob

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I just learned the word “fob”. Apparently, if you attach an object to your key ring, and the object is not a key, then it is called a “key fob” or simply a “fob”. Fobs can be used for practical reasons (like garage door remotes or bottle openers), or they can be used to make […]


10 screw-caps 28mm home made

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Found this in a grocery store: Oh. My. God. This isn’t right! Nick McNickerson thought as his eyes fell on the glass bottles on his kitchen table. All of them were open. All of them were empty. And none of them had a cap! He counted the bottles: there were ten of them. Ten! He […]


the observer effect

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I’ve been told to take little walks every day to break in my new shoes and inlays. Of course wearing newly prescribed inlays isn’t a very comfortable thing, because your body has to adjust to them, I already knew that. But they shouldn’t hurt your feet, either. So I have to carefully observe what’s going […]


balance

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It’s a sort of truism, but it’s worth putting in words: there’s a balance between traveling and documenting. If you go on a journey simply with the clothes on your back and your (electrical) toothbrush in your pocket, you will spend 100% of your time traveling. If you choose to keep a diary, you will […]


death in a park

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Today, for some obscure reason that likely had to do with the weather, it snowed. So I went out, in my new shoes, and I decided to go to the park, to visit the trees that I like so much: There had been a death once, in this park, about ten years before. A man […]


can’t wait

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Finally! I just received both my new pairs of shoes, and both my new pairs of inlays: (I put one new pair and one old pair of each in the picture to contrast them with each other.) Lots of people have been asking me about walking. How? Why? Where? Which kind of shoes? Some of […]


the mystery of sand paintings

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Went to a friend’s house. Talked about some things. Ate some fish. Drank some coke. Played with some toy blocks: And then I thought of sand paintings. Many cultures produce them; art works made of sand that are built not in order to last, but to get scattered with the wind. A powerful metaphor, it seems, and […]


the most important word of the 20th century

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Watched a clip from a Chinese news segment today. An anchorwoman talked about an election where “Comrade Xi Jinping” had got all the votes. Interesting, especially when you consider that most inhabitants of China have never actually seen a voting ballot. And yet “democracy” is one of the explicitly stated “Core Values of Socialism” that […]