53 Brentwood Blog

Monday, December 29, 2003

For anyone that cares, I ended up as Colin Powell in the questionnaire posted about two months ago.

You're Colin!
You are Colin Powell! You're the odd duck of
the Bush White House - the reasonable diplomat.
Every administration's got one!

Which member of the Bush Administration are you?
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Years to you too.
I like the snow but I don't miss the freezing and painful wind tunnel in the financial district of Boston.

Can I just say that from the photo of 53 brentwood, I gather that no one has shoveled the driveway?

Regarding Guido's comment about snoring and earplugs... How will you hear the alarm clock in the morning?? Oh, I forgot, you don't use alarm clocks in Netherland!

Take care!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone who reads this site. So, that's like, five of you. Including me. Hi.

Thursday, December 18, 2003

Dear All,
tomorrow I'm going to Italy, I'll be back next year.
Have a wonderful Christmas and a wild and spicy New Year,

Saturday, December 13, 2003

I think she is cool.

Moreover, a question which millions of citizens in the international civil society have been asking themselves for the past few years, particularly in recent months, and continue to ask, is this: why is it that some decisions and resolutions of the UN Security Council are binding, while some other resolutions of the council have no binding force? Why is it that in the past 35 years, dozens of UN resolutions concerning the occupation of the Palestinian territories by the state of Israel have not been implemented promptly, yet, in the past 12 years, the state and people of Iraq, once on the recommendation of the Security Council, and the second time, in spite of UN Security Council opposition, were subjected to attack, military assault, economic sanctions, and, ultimately, military occupation?

Shirin Ebadi – Nobel Lecture
Nobel Lecture, Oslo, December 10, 2003

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Christmas is coming and ...

… 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, from the Washington Post. He died while covering the war in Iraq. Editorial published Dec. 12, 2001.

oh, it's so nice to see Boston (and especially 53 Brentwood) all snowy white!

Monday, December 08, 2003

Which Historical Lunatic Are You?
From the fecund loins of Rum and Monkey.

Sunday, December 07, 2003


Saturday, December 06, 2003

Finally I know why I’m still single. I got a medical condition and it’s time I seek professional help: I snore. I snore so loudly that sometime I wake up myself from the echoes of my snoring. I should start using earplugs. And have another pair of earplugs always available.

Friday, December 05, 2003


If Americans reject the president's policies at the polls, we can write off the Bush Doctrine as a temporary aberration and resume our rightful place in the world. If we endorse those policies, we shall have to live with the hostility of the world and endure a vicious cycle of escalating violence.

George Soros

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

Dear Maiko, I don't need to tell you that wild rice is not as good as mushrooms, but both go well with chicken.