BanGOR?

So…..it is Bangor!!!! Right now I am in Bangor Maine

 

And what my friend says a lot and some Bangorians, or Mainers, Americans etc. they love the historical side of Europe. So I come to Bangor Maine, knowing that likely there are not much stories or historical events..regarding for example the thing that fascinates me…indians/native Americans….. Nobody tells me stories about the scary or fascinating legends of Bangggggorrrrr!! For years in my life I did not even know the existence of Bangor. So I would love to know that side since I have been here before.

I love to play a game now and then and I was playing Assasins Creed 3 that sets in the 18th century, before, during and after the American Revolution from 1753 to 1783. And you can roam around 18th-century Boston, New York and the American frontier. So I played as an Indian and thinking  hmm…I must be walking around near Maine somewhere. Since lots of the game its story line is based on historical fact might there be an exciting legend here?

 

See I dont want to romanticize the history and bloodshed but everybody has something with the Japanese Ninja’s which also has dark sides. The settings of where the World War 2 played out, because of all the movies around it. The cowboys and Indians. I never forget, it is horrible what is done. That just did not stop me from looking for a legend……..

Bangor has a population of 33,039 which is located in the state of Maine that holds a population of 1,330,089 I just counted them myself. It was quite a job, Maine is located in New England region of the Northern United States. The red area on the map below.

The only crazy story so far was the famous Brady gang that left some bullet holes in a building in downtown Bangor according to a Bangor inhabitant.

In fall 1937, Central Street was the scene of the bloodiest shoot-out in Maine history, complete with big-time gangsters and federal agents.  Read more…

The spectacular public gun-battle that led to the demise of “The Brady Gang” is an essential part of Maine folklore, and was even the subject of a re-enactment in 2007.

Bangor resides in the county of Penobscot a county in America are administrative divisions of the state in which their boundaries are drawn. So Penobscot, that sounds either Scandinavian or Indian hmm so I look into this:

The Penobscot (Panawahpskek) are a Northeastern Native American tribe in Maine and First Nations band in the Maritime Provinces of Canada. The Penobscot Nation, formerly known as the Penobscot Tribe of Maine, is the federally recognized tribe of Penobscot people.[3] They are part of the Wabanaki Confederacy, along with the Abenaki, Passamaquoddy, Maliseet, and Mi’kmaq nations. Their main settlement is now Penobscot Indian Island Reservation.

 

Oooo!!!! Native Americans hmmm!!!?!!

The word “Penobscot” originates from a mispronunciation of their name “Penawapskewi”. The word means “rocky part” or “descending ledges” and originally referred to the portion of the Penobscot River between Old Town and Bangor.

OoooO!!! Mispronunciations!!!!!!

Little is known about the Penobscot people pre-contact. Native peoples are thought to have inhabited Maine and surrounding areas for at least 11,000 years. They subsisted on beavers, otters, moose, bears, caribou, fish, seafood (clams, mussels, fish), birds, bird eggs, berries, nuts, and possibly marine mammals like seals, all which were found throughout their native lands. Furthermore, agriculture was practiced but not to the same extent as that of indigenous peoples in southern New England.  Food was potentially scarce only toward the end of the winter, in March and February. However, for the rest of the year, Penobscots as well as other Wabanakis probably had little difficulty feeding themselves because the land offered much, and the number of people taking from the land was too small to deplete the land’s resources.[7] Furthermore, they moved seasonally depending on where the most bountiful food would be.

To be continued….I am not done…I will drive and find….I will find more….for this blog…..I will…..and if not…I will find something better..yes…..because likely I will be on some other continent ! But that wont stop me!!!! Penobscot! Reveal me your secrets!!!

 

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A crazy dive into the internet

crazy

I browse to the last page:

A Italian man is going to live on a iceberg in Greenland next spring for a year to raise the discussion about global warming and to have an adventure…

People comment on how he is not going to survive or how cool it can actually be. Hmmm we will see..

This is definitely not what I am looking for …… so I google most craziest person on earth hmm? It pops up with a list

Shōichi Yokoi (横井 庄一 Yokoi Shōichi?, March 31, 1915 – September 22, 1997) was a Japanese sergeant in the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) during the Second World War. He was among the last three Japanese holdouts to be found after the end of hostilities in 1945, discovered in the jungles of Guam on 24 January 1972, almost 28 years after US forces had regained control of the island in 1944.

This man hid, for so long everybody thought he was dead after fighting in the World War 2. The embarrassment of coming back alive was to great. He was found weak and the people thought he needed help.

On the evening of 24 January 1972, Yokoi was discovered in the jungle by Jesus Dueñas and Manuel De Gracia, two local men checking their shrimp traps along a small river on Talofofo. They had assumed Yokoi was a villager from Talofofo, but he thought his life was in danger and attacked them. They managed to subdue him and carried him out of the jungle with minor bruising.

“It is with much embarrassment, but I have returned”, he said upon his return to Japan. The remark would become a popular saying in Japanese.

That is not crazy to me at all! That is culture and intense emotions. So let us look on someone else on the list

Yoshiro Nakamatsu (born June 26, 1928), a.k.a. Dr. NakaMats, is the Japanese inventor claiming to hold the world record for number of inventions with over 3,000, including the floppy disk and “PyonPyon” spring shoes. He has being photographing and retrospectively analyzing every meal he has consumed during a period of 34 years (and counting). The goal of Nakamatsu is to live over 140 years old.

Crazy? No way! Awesome!

Matayoshi Mitsuo is an eccentric Japanese politician with the conviction that he is the God and Christ.According to his program, he will do the Last Judgement as the Christ but the way to do this is totally within the current political system and its legitimacy. His first step as the Savior is to be appointed the prime minister of Japan. Then he will reform Japanese society and then the United Nations should offer him the honor of its General Secretary. Then Matayoshi Jesus will reign over the whole world with two legitimate authorities, not only religious but also political.
He has presented himself in many elections but he has not won yet. He has become well-known for his eccentric campaigns where he urges opponents to commit suicide by hara-kiri.

If it is true, yeah that is kind of crazy in my book. So what is crazy? Crazy can be positive in western culture. It can be referred to fun, it can also be negative. Referring to mental diseases or choices made by the person.

I like crazy, my form of crazy. And they say geniuses were and are crazy like Einstein!

cra·zy
ˈkrāzē/
informal
adjective
adjective: crazy; comparative adjective: crazier; superlative adjective: craziest
  1. 1.
    mentally deranged, especially as manifested in a wild or aggressive way.
    “Stella went crazy and assaulted a visitor”
    synonyms: mad, insane, out of one’s mind, deranged, demented, not in one’s right mind, crazed, lunatic, non compos mentis, unhinged, mad as a hatter, mad as a March hare; More

    informalmental, nutty, nutty as a fruitcake, off one’s rocker, not right in the head, round/around the bend, raving mad, batty, bonkers, cuckoo, loopy, ditzy, loony, bananas, loco, with a screw loose, touched, gaga, not all there, out to lunch, crackers, nutso, out of one’s tree, wacko, gonzo;
    vulgar slangbatshit
    “he was acting like a crazy person”
    antonyms: sane
  2. 2.
    extremely enthusiastic.
    “I’m crazy about Cindy”
    synonyms: passionate about, (very) keen on, enamored of, infatuated with, smitten with, devoted to; More

    (very) enthusiastic about, fanatical about;
    informalwild about, mad about, nuts about, hog-wild about, gone on
    “he’s crazy about her”
    antonyms: indifferent, apathetic
  3. 3.
    (of an angle) appearing absurdly out of place or in an unlikely position.
    “the monument leaned at a crazy angle”
    • archaic
      (of a ship or building) full of cracks or flaws; unsound or shaky.
adverb

North American
adverb: crazy
  1. 1.
    extremely.
    “I’ve been crazy busy”
noun

North American
noun: crazy; plural noun: crazies
  1. 1.
    a mentally deranged person.

    I think nowadays we all mostly know, normal does not really exist only in small layers normal is a rule to coop in certain enviroments. When I enter a house there are rules what is found normal and respectable as I enter a country or a company culture with a company policy there are rules. We have to know these things. Yet we cannot know them all if we travel the world. Or receive travelers from around the world. People from far or close even. I think we all have to be a bit crazy to know that we all are crazy in our own ways, so we can adapt to each other. I might like eating a chocolate sprinkles on my sandwich as an adult and most of my country do…… Others think its crazy….you know 😉 we are all just a bunch of nutjobs, the world is crazy and I love it and hate it at the same time. Crazy right?

 

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Google maps

I used to live in Assen a small (capital) city in the Netherlands. I figured out that in a 96 hour drive I can be coming from Assen into Pakistan at the border of China. That would be quite the trip !!!! See the route

If you choose walking it would be 1,459 hours…. I am not sure if I am up for that.

Drag your little orange street view character over the grey area here !!!!

Want to go to Buckingham Palace from Windsor palace ? Choose the royal carriage!!

Dont you just love Google maps ? What is your favourite route ?

Easter egg in the old Google maps

I used to love riding from Assen to Lauwersoog nice drive towards the sea and it is a nice place to hang around and a lot of good memories.

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Kick post!

Wake up world 🙂 I am returning into the digital world…..

All the bad news lately…

Did you know????

Did you know a little 4 year old girl survived after 12(!) days being alone in the woods ? You probably knew….

That traveling trough video can be cool? This one of the coolest videos I ever saw

The secret of life?

 

 

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Music loves you and hates you

Sssssh…..

Painting your room so it creates a certain vibe, warmth, professional, practical…greenorange..blue

balance

Feng shui to give peace and balance to your house, do not block anything. Add plants for a natural feeling and oxygen. Light for happy thoughts, have enough windows…..

And then there is music that gives the finishing touch, that atmosphere, the radio is on and wakes you up. Your cellphone has your favourite tune! When you enter your car you turn on your favourite cd, and when you relax maybe you play some tunes to. Maybe you even create music yourself.

What does this do to a person ? Cultures for example that grow up with traditional instruments and music. Party’s with live music or electronic techno parties. Music makes us feel, makes us socialize makes us have desires and dreams and memories. It makes us feel anger, joy , sadness all kinds of feelings. Music defines our countries next to the colours of our flag’s that sound that is named our national anthem we sing it proudly and makes us miss home. We say our final goodbyes guided with songs.

Vanessa Mae

Vanessa Mae

Music is everywhere, when you are waiting for the doctor to pick you up from the waiting room. In the elevator of some stores, when you are put on hold. The radio at work, or in the car. And what is silence compared to music, when silence enters our brain. Do we have silence today? Our phones bleep and our messages come in, the computer makes sounds even the car sounds like a notification from a social media when opening the door with the button. Everything is a notification a reminder….but if the silence hits, will our own brain eventually notify us again? And what will it say, let me go to a serene nature place on a island or in a cave. Maybe just a room, what will happen….Usefull thoughts and many blogs? Ideas ? Loneliness? Or will I start singing.

waiting-alone-at-dock-wallpapers

I will never let go music…never

Remember the movie Titanic? They say its true that they played till the last moment. Did you know the violin is found ?

Wallace Hartley his violin claimed to be authentic

Wallace Hartley his violin claimed to be authentic

Music is in our hearts and music certainly has a certain effect on us. Singing has proven to creates Endorphines in the brain that makes you happy. When I go on my bicycle or car, I put on mp3 player or the cd player. I like to listen to upbeat music when I bicycle to get me going, and if its darker outside I am more likely to listen to rock or trance. It depends of course on my mood. But I wonder in how far music effects our moods and how we perceive things. How sounds gets our brain, and silence is almost becoming rare in a “modern” society. What does it all do?

Musical psychology

Source: Wikipedia
 

Music helps, for example studies say that music of Mozart helps people learn. It enhances the learning part of the brain.  Music affects both left and right part of the brain.

Music psychologists investigate all aspects of musical behavior by applying methods and knowledge from all aspects of psychology. Topics of study include for example:

  • Perception of musical sounds
    • Cognitive pathways to emotional perception of music
    • Similarities to perception of vocal expression
  • Perception of sound patterns
  • Memory for music (I am myself very interested in this one, because I can still remember every lyric and feelings of memories with music very strong, which probably is very individual..but a lot of people have this experience)
  • Absolute pitch
  • everyday music listening
  • musical rituals and gatherings (religious, festive, sporting, political…) (fascinating, trough history music brought fear,joy,empowerement,entertainment,grief,what were they without music and what did music do for people)
  • the specific skills and processes involved in learning a musical instrument or singing in a choir
  • musical behaviors such as dancing and responding emotionally to music
  • development of musical behaviours and abilities throughout the lifespan
  • the role of music in forming personal and group identities
  • preferences: the reasons why we like some music genres and not others
  • Social influences on musical preference (peers, family, experts, social background, etc.)
  • the structures that we hear within music: melody, phrasing, harmony, tonality, rhythm, meter, danceability, BPM, or quasilinguistic elements such as syntax
  • the psychological processes involved in musical performance, including:
    • music reading, including eye movement in music reading
    • improvisation
    • the interpersonal/social aspects of group performance
    • the composition/arrangement of music on paper or with the aid of computers

There is so much about music and instruments and what it meant trough our civilizations and always is a strong part of us. When society collapses and wars rage the earth and would destroy most of what we know. Music will survive, music is always with us and its the most beautifull thing. What music do you like? Personally I love all kinds of music, from dub step to hip hop to classic.

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Airports

Such a magic they contain airports, they all look similar and they all look different. You have some airports with huge shopping centres, places for entertainment or airports which have not much of that. You go trough security and you are in the terminal. You can mostly shop there and eat and maybe there is a bar or some stores.

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People going everywhere, people waiting everywhere, searching on and off. Some are stressed and almost about to miss their flights, others are relaxed and going on a holiday. This is especially noticable in Hawai, everybody is mostly relaxed and happy coming in and going out.

You got to give it to them, who? Them…they who keep the magic happening and making sure the airport runs as a well oiled machine which of course is not always the case but that is impossible with a business as is the airport business. People complain are stressed even when they are at fault and the airport employee’s got to stay calm and nice. Mostly airport employee’s are and they are patience and willing to help if you treat them like you want to be treated yourself. One airport employee of a certain airline in particular I want to give credits for! So RG if you read this you just got credits….!

Terminal

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I loved to watch a program about a airline called Airline (mysterious title!) its from the airline called Easyjet (I flew with them once to the UK) and you could see how passengers not always are at their best. Rough day probably, not that airline employee’s are always at their best. At the end of the day we are all people. If you like a short video of how people can get sometimes its under here one episode of Airline.

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World war 2 and its souvenirs

Netherlands Kinderdijk Windmill Museum

World war 2 everybody knows what happened and it was not pretty. All over Europe there are monuments and reminders of the world war 2. Every year with my elementary school we would visit the graves for the fallen soldiers and also the British soldiers to honour them. Bunkers that remain and some are used as museums. Like Kornwerderzand in the Netherlands. Older people are trying to maintain it and keep it open in the summer for tourist. Its a real cheap entrance fee
(It used to be free then again its hard to get by) but they mainly live of donations.

Kornwerderzand bunkers

Kornwerderzand bunkers

When you enter the bunkers you can see how they lived where they ate and slept. You can walk up the very narrow steel ladders and look trough a tiny hole that was for the watch guards. And there is just alot to see like guns and storage rooms and another bunker etc. I used to go there when I was way younger with my family and as a kid its nice to play around to.

One of the guns

One of the guns

The thing that touched me the most in those bunkers was the story of a young man and his helmet. The dutch helmet has a logo/weapon of the Netherlands on the front its a lion. And this young man wrote a letter to his parents, but before the letter arrived he was shot trough the head. You see the logo was a weakspot of the helmet and the bullet went trough. His letter is on the wall and you can read it. It gave me a weird feeling like how must that be for the family and for him to write that letter not knowing that it would never be delivered.

The helmet

The helmet

Occasionaly in the Netherlands and other countries they find still intact bombs in the ground or water and just randomly around. Like recently they found a bomb in Deventer in that case the bomb squad has to come and detonate them in a safe place. Which is for some people of course a spectacle to watch and I would watch myself to if I was near.
Like in this  short movie I posted in this blog right under here, I am sorry for the Dutch it tells them there was a bomb found in Schiphol and some flights got delayed because of this. At 1:10 they are detonating the bomb and the area is a little bit safer again. Every year there are still bombs found and for a lot of present wars still or past wars.

I prefer souvenirs that I can eat or put on my keychain. But hey you dont always get what you want…you get what you need….maybe thats the wrong expression. Home sweet home….After the rain, there comes sunshine…..

I think we shine after all this war not bad, lets keep the peace and make peace in the world. One world ! One love ! One internet ! One sun ! One moon ! One one ! One and only you !

My conclusion: Respect to the fallen soldiers and victims of the war

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