53 Brentwood Blog

Wednesday, April 30, 2003

and please send me a couple of Anna's burrito (Super Steak)...

I don't know why, but I can just picture Casey saying "Maybe he had somewhere to go" and then a few minutes of silence ....

Yes, I'm really close to Germany, ~10 miles from the center of the city.

Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Maiko, yeah that was I. I didn't stop because the road in question has nowhere to stop on unless you block traffic. People get mad at you if you block traffic. I don't like making people mad at me.

And I was going to Anna's for a Super Chicken. Mmmmmm.

Well, considering that fresh spring rolls at Pho is in Boston and not Toronto, you can still have all those things in Boston! Come o~n. Just hop on the plane! We'll still act surprised for you.

Pho is good, thogh I think their fresh spring roll is getting smaller and smaller over the years. Is it just my imagination?

G, how's your Dutch improving by the way? BTW are you really close to Germany?

MC Hammer, was that you the other day on Allston Street honking at me? I didn't recognize you with you fancy new (looking) white car! I asked Casey why you didn't stop if it was you, and he replied "Maybe he had somewhere to go". Good point.

"The sound of our guns is the sound of freedom! "

Jeb Bush, Florida Gov, at the NRA banquet, April 26, 2003. Also: ”Were it not for your active involvement, it's safe to say my brother would not be president of the United States, ” the younger Bush said.

Sunday, April 27, 2003

hum... I guess that was the wrong subject to talk about...

ANYWAY, MC (Mike Cutillo, not Maiko Callister) gets the Oscar for best perfomance [the (in)famous kisses at the 70s party!]

ANYWAY, like last year, this year I was going to surprise you again, showing up in Boston in mid-May, after partecipating at the main conference in my field. I bought the tickets in March... everything seemed OK with the plan...

....unfortunately the conference was scheduled in Toronto, so last week they announce that it was cancelled...

So no surprise, no fresh spring rolls at Pho, to buffalo wings at Sunset, no burritos at Anna .... f*&$%


Thursday, April 24, 2003

I hear that M worships porcelain god.
The noise she makes is the prayer for god.
Actually, the hugging the toilet night must have been the same night as Evil Tequilla night.
She was on a mission....
M also told me that she remembers someone pushing the shopping cart with her inside it really really fast. It seemed like a good idea at the time to her. Next thing you know, she was on the ground and she has no memory of falling.

Oh... I just remembered. G's talking about the 70's night with the Chianti, aren't you!
Ha ha, Oops. No need to dig holes here.

Not to change the subject or anything, but AM must have had about 30 people in her room trying to see whether she's ok, or just to see if she'll do anything interesting.

Hmm. There must be something about you guys...
I just can't think of one right now.
Oh, I remember. Who was kissing who on the 70's night?
If you remember, you're the winner!!!

Ha!!! That's right, MC Hammer!!

Or Ann passed out on the floor of the 3rd floor bathroom with the door locked.

I'm back!

I had good time and good food in Italy.... Actually we just spent most of the time eating and drinking. For those of you who are wine lovers, I can tell you we had a "Brunello di Montalcino", which is like Chianti, but much better, and Barbera.

In vino veritas

that is, when you get drunk, the real and true part of yourself come out....

Hey guys, remember M..... hugging the toilet??

Wednesday, April 23, 2003

This website is out of control!!

I get busy and miss a few days, and I already missed two birthdays (and lots of quotes).

Happy Birthday Mike!

Happy Birthday Giulio!

1. I missed your birthdays again.
2. You guys make me feel less old.

Another classic:

Let's all take a shower together.

Giulio Gambarota 1967- ? ;when the household was Maiko, Ann, Sarah, Giulio and I.

Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Small earthquake in Chile. Not many dead.

Claud Cockburn 1904-81; winning entry for a dullest headline competition at The Times (1956)

Common sense is the best distributed commodity in the world, for every man is convinced that he is well supplied with it.

Rene Descartes 1596-1650


G this is hard work, please start doing it again so I can stop.

Saturday, April 19, 2003

We are merely the stars' tennis balls, struck and bandied which way please them.

John Webster c.1580-c.1625

Man is only a reed, the weakest thing in nature; but he is a thinking reed.

Blaise Pascal 1623-62
I am off for Long Island for Easter dinner. Enjoy the day.

Friday, April 18, 2003

Italy is a geographical expression.

Prince Metternich 1773-1859

And this is good old Boston,
The home of the bean and the cod,
Where the Lowells talk to the Cabots
And the Cabots talk only to God.

John Collins Bossidy 1860-1928

Oh G, you flatter us.

WOW !!!!!

This site can do even better without me...

I am in an Internet Cafe here in Milan, in a few minutes I 'll take the train to Trento to see my chubby little nephew Antonio.

Wishing you a lot of eggs..


here 's a rerun:

This morning I got lost in the shower.

Jeff Copetas

Thursday, April 17, 2003

Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.


Wednesday, April 16, 2003

You were born an original. Don't die a copy. --John Mason

There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.
--George Santayana

For all the advances in medicine, there is still no cure for the common birthday.
--John Glenn

To me, old age is always fifteen years older than I am.
--Bernard M. Baruch

And finally....."The leading cause of death is birth." --Unknown

Cause G is getting on in years,

Old age is the most unexpected of all things that happen to a man.

Leon Trotsky 1879-1940

Tuesday, April 15, 2003

After each war there is a little less democracy to save.

Brooks Atkinson 1894-1984

Monday, April 14, 2003

Thanks guys!

For my birthday, I was able to arrange a great weather, sunny, in the 70s, just perfect. Now I'm off to Italy for 10 day, to spend Eastern with my family.
Could you write here for me some sentence while I'm away?

If a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she is blind, she is not invisible.

Francis Bacon

Sunday, April 13, 2003

Happy Birthday G!

Did you have to shovel snow today?

So I guess as of today you are even more clearly on the "dreamers" side of that divide, eh? Happy birthday G!

Young men shall see visions, old men shall dream dreams.

Francis Bacon

Saturday, April 12, 2003

Faith is a fine invention

Emily Dickinson

Thursday, April 10, 2003

This reminded me of our 53 Brentwood neighbourhood...

From The Washington Post.

… There is too much disputation around Christmas anyway. One growing issue is the white vs. colored lights debate. Like all matters of taste, this is also a matter of class. White lights are high-class; colored lights are somewhat less so.
White lights make the statement that one is a refined sort who appreciates that less is more and who celebrates Christmas (and life in general) in such a fashion that one would not be absolutely mortified if Martha Stewart dropped by unexpectedly for tea. Colored lights make the statement that one is the sort of person who believes that Christmas is not Christmas without an electric sled and reindeer on the lawn, an electric Santa on the roof, an electric Frosty by the front gate and an electric Very Special Person in a manger on the porch.
Most of the houses in my neighborhood are white-light houses, and I have to admit they are lovely, but I was raised in a colored-light family, and I am raising Tom and Jack to be colored-light men too. They do not take a lot of convincing on this. Boys are naturally colored-lighters.

Michael Kelly, who died Friday while covering the war in Iraq, wrote a weekly column for this page. Editorial published Dec. 12, 2001.

Tuesday, April 08, 2003

Happy birthday Mike! Damn. The big 3-oh. Welcome to the club, and remember, it's okay to be tired and in bed before 11. Mostly.

Monday, April 07, 2003

30 feels cold and slushy. That is because I am in West Islip and there is 4 inches of snow.

Random Friend: "Mike, what did you get for your birthday?"

Mike: "I got snow. 4 inches of it."

Random Friend: "In April? Man that sucks."

Mike: "Tell me about it."

Darn! G beat me to it. But anyway, happy birthday Mike!!! How does it feel to have attained the big 30? I wish I could tease you more but being 30 myself, all I can say is welcome to the old folks' club.





Saturday, April 05, 2003

From The Washington Post .

Michael Kelly, the Atlantic Monthly editor-at-large and Washington Post columnist who abandoned the safety of editorial offices to cover the war in Iraq, was killed while traveling with the Army's 3rd Infantry Division.

I am Catholic and my wife is Jewish, so in our house we celebrate both Hanukah and Christmas, which our sons, Tom and Jack, regard as an excellent thing. People sometimes ask me if it is hard to raise children in respect and love for two great faiths that have a slight doctrinal disagreement between them, and I say: Not if you give them presents every day for eight days of Hanukah and for Christmas. The more Gods, the merrier is Tom and Jack's strong belief.
Michael Kelly

Thursday, April 03, 2003

If a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she is blind, she is not invisible.
Francis Bacon

Wednesday, April 02, 2003

... no way !!!

Bob tells the truth better than anygarlic

I wanna love you and treat you right
I wanna love you every day and every night
We'll be together with a roof right over our heads
We'll share the shelter of my single bed
We'll share the same room, Jah provide the bread

Tuesday, April 01, 2003

The Onion tells the truth way better than CNN, believe me.

I wanted to add my now middle-name, but I don't want the whole world to know my whole name!

You can go back to Italy if you don't like my new name.
...I like my previous name too. :-(
Should I change back to my old name (at least on the blog)??????????

Ok, my fault that I asked what TVbabe is. What are they saying about Vivian on TVbabe?
Why is it so hard to get any information out of this guy Gambarota?
Oh, I know. You have no idea what it says, do you? You reall really have noooooo idea what it says.