Christopher Pratt (cpratt) wrote,
Christopher Pratt
cpratt

Saturday morning

Yow! Another sleepless night! As per usual, the person across the hall (the only other room on my floor) trudged back home at 3, smacked into virtually everything except my door, and woke me up. This was of course in addition to several other interruptions from loud people on the street outside. I do like this town but by God do I was I had a quieter room - they're virtually impossible to come by in Amsterdam, alas. I wound up not being able to get back to sleep at about 4 AM, and promptly fell asleep a few hours later after suffering through some more horrible after-hours TV. Sheesh.

Anyhow, I made it down to breakfast by about ten-thirty; sadly, for whatever reason, they were skimpy with the bread (only 3 pieces) today, so I had an abbreviated meal and headed out to the Stedelijk Museum as quickly as possible. I arrived just after opening time, and was pleasantly surprised to find the museum nearly empty. The horrible exhibition they had on last December is now gone (huzzah!) and has been replaced by a more typical selection of items from their collection - the Jeff Koons 'Ushering in banality' wood sculpture that I like, the Bruce Nauman push-the-button-to-drag-the-animal-corpses-in-a-circle machine, the wonderful Damien Hirst fake pharmaceutical posters, and so on.

The biggest surprise, however, was a young man with a handsome red beard. From what I could tell - my instincts here are virtually nonexistant - he was bent on grabbing my attention, but after a few brief, annoying rounds of "are we staring at each other or at the art", I gave up and went away. Sigh. I don't think I'll ever quite be able to do the public cruising thing - in fact, cruising anywhere. It just doesn't come naturally, alas. So I'll just have to add him to the long list of folks that I should have said hello to, but didn't. He was right up there with St. Gallen 1988, but hey. I can't be good at everything.

After this short stop at easyEverything, I'm going to head over to the "pink point of presence" over by the Homomonument and pony up the NLG 40 for the gay walking tour of Amsterdam. What the heck - it's a beautiful, sunny day with a few clouds and I may just learn something. We'll see!
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