VFYW: Full Tilt For The Win
For contest #392, we find a building that seems very out of place. Plus, the anal glands of giant rodents. TGIF!
(For the View From Your Window contest, the results below exceed the content limit for Substack’s email service, so to ensure that you see the full results, click the headline above.)
From the winner of last week’s contest:
Thanks! I’ll take the VFYW book so I can use it to regale all my friends with tales of my victory.
A followup from the long-time sleuth in San Mateo:
The Tall Hermann Tower last week makes it two correct buildings and two incorrect windows for me in about a year. How did I miss those slits in the wooden gallery? And I have to admire the “nyet” photo of the tower from the Tucson super-sleuth, especially given how many people in Narva speak Russian.
This next sleuth also missed a window last week — one that wasn’t even in the contest:
I was reading through the main Friday email and saw the picture of Coeur d'Alene and instantly recognized it. I was so excited; this was the first time I truly knew a window view the instant I saw it — WOO HOO! I’m going to win this one.
Then it occurred to me how hard it would be to pick the exact window. I went to Google and found a picture taken from the dock and decided I’d try anyway. Then I looked at the picture again and saw there was more content below it ... wait a minute … is this not the ... DAMN IT!
I had glanced at the non-contest VFYW.
Anyway, growing up in Spokane, I spent a lot of time in C'DA. My dad loved eating at Hudson’s Hamburgers across the street. We would often drive from Spokane just for one of their burgers. Yum.
Here’s another fan of the “great contest write-up last week! — the UWS super-sleuth from NYC:
The Common Kingfisher is a bird hitherto unknown to me: a Manhattanite more used to pigeons and LBJs (Little Brown Jobs). The photos, that amazing video, eyeball diagrams ... what’s not to like?
Another Manhattanite — “the mediocre super-sleuth in NYC” — takes us from last week’s contest to this week:
The range of your sleuths’ knowledge continues to amaze me. Between the runaway brides, the Estonian shawl, the dive-bombing Kingfisher, the rich history of Narva, the usual mixologist and cinematic suspects, and the incredible Arvo Pärt, I feel that last week’s contest was one of your best ever.
This week we have Spanish tile roofs, “Auditorio Esportes” over the entrada, EU license plates, and air conditioner units that proliferate in Spain. As Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgin’s sang in My Fair Lady: “The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain.” But where in Spain? I couldn’t find the right plain.
There are several of us super-sleuths here in NYC — the Park Ave one, the UWS one, and a few others you’ve referenced. (And Ridgeway, NJ isn’t too far away.) If you’re ever in town I hope you’ll let us know so we can do a group meetup. Or maybe you can put us in touch with each other.
A previous winner has a gut feeling:
This is so frustrating but I am out of time, Chris. Looks like Spain. Ugh. Let’s go with Cordoba as my WAG.
Another guesses simply, “Lahaina, Hawaii, USA.” From our previous winner in Bend:
Given the Portuguese language on the building, this must be Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Macau (China), or Goa (India). It looks like a more highly developed country, and it has cypress trees, so I’m going with Portugal.
The View From Your Chini:
The grand champion gives us a clue:
It’s inspired by the college friend who introduced me to the Dish, and his attendance at a Bob Dylan concert last week: the answer to this view, my friends, is blowing in the wind …
Our super-sleuth in Eagle Rock names the right country: