4-20 Gathering 2012 in pictures

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4-20 Gathering 2012 in pictures

Post by Lemming » Wed 4th Jul 2012 06:45 pm

Day 1: Sunday 15th April 2012

Hestia had invited everyone to dinner at her apartment at 6pm but, unfortunately, our flight was too late for that so we had to decline our invitation.
Nevertheless, when we arrived about 7pm, we were on a mission.
Well, at least I was on a mission anyway.
My girlfriend, J, probably wasn't quite sharing my sense of urgency :D.

On the way from Centraal Station to our apartment on Klovniersburgwal I Popped into Voyagers, complete with large rucksack, hoping to make a flying purchase.
There was a long queue at the bar and little room for me and my rucksack inside so we carried on up the canal towards Nieuwmarkt.

First taste of real Netherlands: stopped at Albert Heijn.
Bought basic supplies to take back to the apartment, including a carton of Chocomel. Mmmm!
As fellow Chocomel fans probably know, these cartons are much bigger than the tiny bottles in coffeeshops, and cheaper too.

Drop stuff off at the apartment and I'm soon rushing the girlfriend off again to grab weed and pizza.
Flying visit to Rusland where I bought Cheese Haze and Thai (as a tobacco substitute mixer).
My camera isn't good at macro but I did take shots of these two:

Image Image Rusland Cheese Haze and Thai

The mission and rushing around was completed when we fell into the Nes soon after 9.

After all that rushing, I was slightly disappointed to find only two people waiting for us.
Not just any people, though, they were DC and Stuart1976.
This gave me a chance to have a quick chat with them before I got too stoned to communicate.
I'd met Stuart briefly before and it's always good to see DC so the company was excellent.

Stuart handed me a joint stuffed with samples of everything he'd bought during his stay so far.
DC also gave me joint with special things in it.
Things were going to get messy very quickly!

People often ask me to include bud reviews in my travelogues but it really is hopeless.
All I know is that I smoked a lot of different stuff and got very stoned!
There are posts on here where people say they'll get me very stoned next time they see me.
Many deliver on these promises, for which I'm very grateful, but I couldn't tell you what I smoked or which was best.

At one point I was trying to explain this to someone in my stupor.
I said something like "people are always threatening to stone me if they meet me in Amsterdam and many do".
They didn't hear all of what I said, which was probably slurred, and only caught the word "threaten".
They looked quite concerned until I had another go at explaining :oops:

Anyway, back in the Nes, we settled in at the big table that Stuart had managed to commandeer for us and started work on the two killer joints.
As we disappeared in a cloud of smoke, the rest of the party arrived.
Dinner at Hestia's had climaxed and they all came to join us in the Nes.
Led by our intrepid cat herder, Gapie, the gang trooped in.
There was Hestia, Trad, KeyChains, BigGuy & Son, Islandgurl and Philly-Rich.

More joints prepared earlier emerged and I was encouraged to try them all.
Names of the exotic contents were banded about but I can't remember any of them I'm afraid.
A stream of extra long Volcano bags began to appear from behind the bar and our first night rapidly descended into a very stony affair indeed.

As the evening progressed, more members turned up. Tuttiflutes and Ohm Sweet Ohm, Worsall and Nel Z Bub from Utopia.
Trad was furtively trying to show me the awards he had brought for Gapie and DC under the table.
I think that the original plan was to present them on the 20th but it was getting hard to keep the secret so he decided to hand them over immediately.

Trad presented DC with his plaque and asked me to hang the medal around Gapie's neck.
I made an effort to do the honours as ceremoniously and theatrically as possible.
Unfortunately neither J nor I had our cameras with us that night but I believe KeyChains got some pictures.
I'd love to see some of those posted up here.
I did get lots of pictures of Gapie's medal later in the week but never saw the Nes plaque again.

Also that night Hestia kindly gave me a fantastic Reefer Madness t-shirt.
I wore that as many times as I dared during the week until it definitely needed a wash.

Day 2: Monday 16th April 2012

We had no T&Ts arranged for Monday so I let the girlfriend lead the way.
We wandered through the flower market, popped into Dolphins, checked out some art galleries and toured Vondel Park.

On the way back to the apartment I snapped this pic of Basjoe at dusk.

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We finished the evening in the Nes with Gapie, KeyChains, TheBoy and Worsall.
This time I had a camera with me and got some pics of Gapie's medal.

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Day 3: Tuesday 17th April 2012

There were a few events lined up for Tuesday starting with a Wake and Bake at 1e Hulp.
We didn't make it to that but, apparently, it was well attended by people more together than J and me.

We caught up with the crew at Club Media ready for Hestia's crawl around the Albert Cuypmarkt area.

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Image Image Here's the Reefer Madness t-shirt that Hestia gave me.

We managed to set off the fire alarm in Media before we left! :lol:

The party of us set off through the market.
People disappeared into shops and then, miraculously, gathered together again.
I think there was Trad, BigGuy, KeyChains, Hestia, Gapie, YogiBear, Colina, J and me, but some may never have emerged from the market.
One way or another we all assembled outside D+L and a scouting party entered and then, almost immediately, emerged again.
I'm not sure what the problem was but we were soon in Ibiza.

Image Ibiza

From there we went to YoYo.
This is a lovely place to sit outside on a sunny day but, on this occasion, it was a bit wet and very windy.

Image Inside is nice too though.

And so the crawl went on…
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Passing Carmona without stopping we headed towards Sarphatipark.
We didn't stop there either as, just before we got there, we veered off to gather outside Nice Place.

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Again, a small group popped in and rejected it for some reason so we continued to Papillon.

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We skipped Graal and anywhere else we'd intended and went straight from Papillon to Katsu.

Image Katsu and Chips

There we found Blueberry, Nimrod, Islandgurl and Philly Rich waiting for us.
Another serious session began.

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Later that evening we popped into Rusland and ended the night at the Nes with Nimrod, Trad, TheBoy, BigGuy, KeyChains, Gapie and Colina.

A very successful day I thought.


More to follow ...



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Re: 4-20 Gathering 2012 in pictures

Post by AzLaker » Wed 4th Jul 2012 07:14 pm

Excellent read along with photos, thanks Lemming. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Post by TwoCanucks » Wed 4th Jul 2012 07:46 pm

great to see the writeup... more more more ps nice pics.... what a motley crew of tokers
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Post by gapie » Wed 4th Jul 2012 08:38 pm

yhehheheee nice one like it very mucho
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Post by Rusty Shackleford » Wed 4th Jul 2012 08:39 pm

Lemming wrote:We managed to set off the fire alarm in Media before we left!


:lol:

Quality so far....great pic of the four of you`s :mrgreen:
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Post by Lemming » Wed 4th Jul 2012 08:57 pm

Day 4: Wednesday 18th April 2012

Another crawl was planned for Wednesday.

We joined the gang in Homegrown Fantasy.
There was a good group waiting there but, as we walked in, we were asked for ID.
At my age I'm not accustomed to being asked and I don't like carrying my passport around anyway.
My driving licence is old and doesn't have a photo so we were chucked out!
To be fair to one of my favourite shops, they did allow me to go and say hello to the group before we crossed the road to Utopia.

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Utopia was very welcoming, giving free hot drinks to all ACD members.
Blueberry, Hestia, Gapie, Nimrod, Uncle Ron, Kokopelli, Colina, KeyChains, Arsonist and YogiBear all came over to join us with ACDlurker and friend coming along later.

The crawl called in at Paradox, where I was impressed to see my map on a phone,
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… and Spirit.
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I'd never been inside Spirit before.
It's very well equipped for playing video games, pool and so on.

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There was a nice big table that we were all able to gather around.

Ended the day at Nes, as was becoming the norm.
More people had landed so there was a good crowd there.
I noted FlyByNite, Trad, KeyChains, Winnie, Blueberry, ACDlurker, YogiBear, Uncle Ron, Ohm Sweet Ohm, Tuttiflutes, Worsall, IslandGurl, Philly Rich, Nimrod, Arsonist and Gapie but there were probably more.

Another great day.


Day 5: Thursday 19th April 2012

Thursday had been proclaimed as boat trip day.
This proved to be a popular idea and our party were overflowing the designated meeting place of Voyagers.
All of the people from previous days were there along with new arrivals including Smirks, Tranquilised and Occasional Bowl.

Image A serious session began.

There was a problem, though, the boat had broken down or something and the captain wasn't sailing.

Someone suggested that we take the free ferry from behind Centraal Station across the IJ to Amsterdam Noord and then to visit 't Ooievaartje.
This was a popular plan.
It was the closest we were going to get to a boat trip at short notice anyway.

And so we arrived at 't Ooievaartje.

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Although I've passed by here a few times when staying at the Vliegenbos campsite, I don't think I'd been inside before.

It seemed like a nice place and we began to settle in.
J found a seat and I went into the loo.
When I came out again I found everyone ready to leave.
I don't know what the problem was but we were soon setting off on a long trek to Het Filiaal.

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When we finally got there a line of us stepped through the door in single file.
There was some talk of ID being required and J announced loudly that she didn't have her passport with her (I didn't have mine either but figured they might not check all of us).
At this people started to emerge again.
I told them we'd head back into the centre and leave them to it but, as we headed off, everyone followed us.

Another long walk took us to the other ferry terminal.

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More aimless wandering and indecisiveness about where to go until we eventually tumbled into Wonder Bar.

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We assembled around the large table in the window with our beers and began skinning up.
Wonder Bar is probably not as nice as nearby Lost In Amsterdam but, after all that walking, it was nice to settle down somewhere for a while.

Later, Occasional Bowl, J and me moved to Siberië.

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And from there, as if we hadn't walked far enough already ...

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... we went on to 1e Hulp.

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We'd missed the official visit to this Hestia Cup nominated shop so this was a chance to catch up.

We didn't stay at 1e Hulp for long because it was time for the T&T at Basjoe.
We passed Sanementereng along the way.

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There was a good crowd in Basjoe.
We pretty much filled the place.
Matty223, Drugsbunny and Gromit had joined us.
I also saw Bleak with his camera.

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(an excuse to include this picture from earlier again)

Cisco and Soulrider joined the party at the Nes that night.

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Post by Dimon » Wed 4th Jul 2012 11:00 pm

Very nice !!
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Post by worldcitizen1723 » Wed 4th Jul 2012 11:08 pm

Please confirm that spirit still has 5 pinball machines....
Your picture of the interior put a chill of fear up my spine!

Besides the momentary gulp that picture evoked.... Nice report!

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Post by Lamont » Thu 5th Jul 2012 01:21 am

Great reporting and pictures, thanks for sharing!

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Post by Bob2 » Thu 5th Jul 2012 01:46 am

Mmmm Chocomel!!

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Post by Lemming » Thu 5th Jul 2012 08:36 pm

Thanks for all of the encouraging comments. I'll try to get the rest up soon.
worldcitizen1723 wrote:Please confirm that spirit still has 5 pinball machines
I didn't notice. Sorry. As I said, I'd never been there before so I don't know what it used to look like. Where were these machines? I've got some more photos but not of everything. Maybe someone else noticed.

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Post by worldcitizen1723 » Thu 5th Jul 2012 09:35 pm

Lemming wrote:Thanks for all of the encouraging comments. I'll try to get the rest up soon.
worldcitizen1723 wrote:Please confirm that spirit still has 5 pinball machines
I didn't notice. Sorry. As I said, I'd never been there before so I don't know what it used to look like. Where were these machines? I've got some more photos but not of everything. Maybe someone else noticed.
Oh....you are scaring me!
Pinball machines are big! They were in the back room.

Goodness, staying in a place near by just because of the pinball machines!

Oh well..

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Post by Bob2 » Thu 5th Jul 2012 09:43 pm

go to pinball world, its a bit of a mission but theres also a mini racing track there as well

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Post by worldcitizen1723 » Thu 5th Jul 2012 10:00 pm

stuart1976 wrote:go to pinball world, its a bit of a mission but theres also a mini racing track there as well
That kind of defeats the whole thing

The joy is late night pinball with a joint in the mouth...


But thanx

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Post by Nimrod » Fri 6th Jul 2012 12:13 am

worldcitizen1723 wrote:Please confirm that spirit still has 5 pinball machines....
Settle down, Beavis...I was there...they had pinball...check my reply in the pinball thread from not too long ago...

Nice one Lem! Looking forward to more.

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