DAILY PHOTO: Strawhouse Theater

Taken in the Summer of 2011 in Tallinn, Estonia

Taken in the Summer of 2011 in Tallinn, Estonia

This is a temporary building that was built in a park for the 2011 summer season of the NO99 Theater Group in Tallinn, Estonia. I don’t know if it has been disassembled as planned or not. It was quite a popular hangout with youths. They had a lending library and there were many skateboarders.

DAILY PHOTO: Headstone Sales in a Tallinn Market

Taken in the summer of 2011

Taken in the summer of 2011

I can’t recall anywhere besides Estonia that I’ve seen headstones for sale in a run-of-the-mill market. It was a market with green grocers, florists, hardware vendors, sellers of trinkets, and headstone engravers. This raised many questions for me. Who buys the headstone? Does one buy one’s own? If so, isn’t there a risk of narcissism in the engraved epitaph? If someone else buys it, is it something one would buy for a loved one or a mortal enemy? I can see it going either way. If it’s for a loved one, one probably has it made after that person’s death, but if it’s for an enemy, one gets it made and delivered beforehand–perhaps directly onto the unassuming melon of said enemy.

Anyone who understands the Tallinn headstone market, feel free to enlighten me.