At the Way Out West festival with my old friends Anna Lanhage and Iida Hellström from The Sorted.
Last weekend, I accompanied my friends Theresa (“Disco”) and Iida (“Li’l Ratchet”) to the Hultsfred music festival.
Your author relaxing on a giant pillow in the VIP area. Working in the magazine industry has its perks.
The festival was held this year near Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport.
Perfect festival weather.
Stevie Janowski thought this party was going to be VIP-only.
K Composite contributor Iida Hellström reporting all the breaking news from the press tent (a.k.a. charging her iPhone and hiding from the rain).
Disco and Ratchet hanging out by the VIP toilets waiting for My Bloody Valentine to play.
If you’re hungry, they have some elk cooked up in a wok! (or a wook?)
Today I entered a contest to win a chance to a trip into space. I desperately need your help to make it happen.
All you have to do is follow this link [link removed] and click on the “rösta” button next to my picture.
I’ve written about my love of space exploration a few times here. After you vote, come back and enjoy some of those articles.
Thirty and Forty Years Ago, 20 July 2009
Sweden: Not So Far Away After All, 21 April 2009
James B. Irwin Was the Eighth Man to Walk On the Moon, 26 January 2010
All In One Lifetime, 21 September 2012
…that Swedish people are vampires. This warning label on an electrical outlet that says “only for electric razors” has a picture of Dracula on it. I didn’t know vampires had to shave, but living overseas is endlessly educational.
If you’ve ever caught yourself saying things like “Oh behave!”, “¡Ay carumba!”, “Don’t have a cow, man!”, “Sit on it!”, “Git R Done”, or “Up your nose with a rubber hose” – then sit up and listen, because I’ve got just the thing for you!
It’s not every day that you get to launch a new catchphrase, but I have now fully dedicated myself (in the past five minutes) to making that quest one of the new missions of this website.
Remember this day: The first day you heard the phrase “Grattis på fredag!”
It basically means “Congratulations because it’s Friday.” This is my own personal variation of the common phrase “grattis på födelsedagen” which is the Swedish equivalent of “Happy birthday.”
Somehow everyone I work with began saying “gratis på… everything” but the Friday greeting was far and away the most popular.
Although I’m posting this on a Wednesday, there is another Friday coming up. I think it’s the day after tomorrow. Let’s get ready for this.
Here’s the to-do list for right now:
1. Go to this link and click the black “rösta” button.
Rösta means “vote.” By clicking it you are voting for my entry in the Favorite Quotes contest on the website of Vecko Revyn, Sweden’s biggest magazine for teen and twentysomething girls.
2. Tag your weekend-related or Friday-related posts on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #grattispåfredag.
3. Suggest other ways of spreading this virus in the comments below, on my Twitter @scottritcher, or just go do it!
Soon, maybe the screenshot below, showing absolutely zero instances of the #grattispåfredag hashtag, will become ancient history.
Have fun. And grattis på fredag!