53 Brentwood Blog

Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Bunjeejumpy didn’t like it when people called him BJ.

That’s what Abusouz, Hamid’s brother, told me.

I asked then Abusouz "Who's BJ ?"

Abusouz, pointing his finger towards BJ, looked at BJ and told me " Who's BJ? It's him!"

Three seconds after, Abusouz was dead.

Monday, September 29, 2003

I think we have scared Mike away. . . . Mike? are you out there?

Oh my - Bunjeejumpy was a total bad-ass. He was kind of a dick, actually. He and I crossed paths on a pre-arranged tri-state crime spree back in '93 and he double-crossed me and took off with most of the money. I was so pissed off. A few years, I got him back by sabotaging this silly little aircraft that he built in Colorado. It can now be revealed that his name was actually John Denver.

Sunday, September 28, 2003

Where do you guys come up with this stuff?

I laughed pretty hard with at the previous stories, but the last one gets the "Most Ridiculous Prize".

Bunjeejumpy...

The first and last time I met Hamid was in Alcatraz.
Together, we shared the same prison cell with Bunjeejumpy,
a sociopathic from North Dakota, also known as BJ.

Hamid advised me “Don’t look at BJ for more than two seconds. He'll kill you in a second.”

I asked Hamid "Who's BJ ?"

Hamid, pointing his finger towards BJ, looked at BJ and told me "It's him."

Three seconds after, Hamid was dead.





Friday, September 26, 2003

Hamid says he only used to dress up as Batman because he felt you were trying to intimidate him with the King Kong outift. (And he says he won't even get started on Tricky's viking helmet!) He now admits that he was slightly unfamiliar with our culture at the time, and he failed to catch the subtle fact that Batman is not, and will never be, intimidating.

Yes- Ann, please tell Hamid I said hi. I used to play cards with that dude on Tuesday nights. He was a shrewd card player.....and a wild dude. He liked to dress up as Batman a lot, though, which was disturbing.

Yeah, nothing can stands between lovers, Ann, go for it ! Was that the Afgan secret service or the US one ? Hey A, say hi to Hamid Karzai for me.

Thursday, September 25, 2003

Congratz Mike!! I'm so proud of you! Fisher's IT security now depends on you. How scary is that?

I didn't know that Melanie had a dance company. That is so cool! And Chris is the PR person?? I didn't know that either. I would definitely go if I was in NY (but of course I'm not going to be)!

BTW It doesn't sound so secret if you can see the secret service men lurking around everywhere, but anyway...
And the reason why you find the fact that they are half your age disturbing is because... you can't date them? Sure you can!! Nothing stands between lovers!! Go for it!

Oh, I hope Tom is not reading this. (I'm just kidding, Tom! You are her TRUE LUV.)

Hope you're liking the job Mike. I guess this means I should NOT email viruses to anyone I might know at Fisher?


Hamid Karzai, the President of Transitional Islamic State of Afghanistan is speaking here right now. All day there have been secret service men lurking around our halls - one of them appears to have been stationed to watch us when we get books out of our lockers. The secret service guys I have seen up close all look to be about half my age, and I find this disturbing on many levels.


Oh, by the way, Melanie's dance company is having their big world premiere performance next weekend at Lincoln Center. Anyone who's going to be in New York should come. Here's their website: http://home.earthlink.net/~eidolon_ballet_in_concert/eidolon/home.htm

Oh, by the way:


Life is not life unless we can feel it.

Samuel Butler

congratulations for the new job, Mike!!! Though I'm pretty worried for the computer of Fisher College...

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Maiko went from college to thinking about Business school to re-entering high school.

I, for those of you who don't know, am working in the IT department at Fisher College. I worked 6 hours on Friday, 14 hours on Monday and 10 hours today. I have to be at work at 8am. It is now very late, but I had darts, so its OK.

Monday, September 22, 2003

1.2 million people just in DC lost power due to hurricane Isabel on Thursday. By Monday morning, a quarter million people still had not regained electricity. Luckily I didn't lose power at all.

Some people had cold water, no electricity, and some had to boil water just to wash dishes with it.

DC public school was still closed today (monday). Some schools in VA were also closed today, and my high school had a 2 hour delay... But of course I did not find out until I was on my way there. So I slept in the car for over an hour. Now tell me that I wasn't the only dummy who did that. Tell me!


This is like a dream. We are almost at the end of September, and here, in the Low Lands, the temperature is still in the 80s and…


Sun is shinin', the weather is sweet;
Make you want to move your dancin' feet:
To the rescue, here I am
Want you to know, y'all, where I stand…




Wednesday, September 17, 2003

I know what you said! I was just making fun of you!
It would be pretty difficult to carry Tricky in your ear lobe.

I said left frontal lobe. (aka the left side of your brain, and the front of that side.)

Tricky is as Tricky does, and as a Tricky will be.

Tuesday, September 16, 2003

I don't want Tricky! Casey does not know whether he wants Tricky or not. He does not who/what/when/or why Tricky is.

Anyone want to explain this?

What does Tricky do for a living? Drink beer??? Play Scrabble?? Bring Scrabble board to the table?? Does he do anything!?

Any info on Tricky is appreciated, since he apparently lives with us now (or inside my left earlobe??)

Ho HO HO Happy new years!! ... I wish...

Monday, September 15, 2003

Here’s some advice from Samuel Butler on how to raise a child (for you, Maiko, how to raise Tricky).


When asked to give a rule of life for the son of a friend he said, "Do not let him try
and find out who wrote the letters of Junius." Pressed for further counsel he added, "Nor yet who was the man in the iron mask"--and he would say no more. Don't bore people.


Saturday, September 13, 2003

G is posting lyrics to "Big Rock Candy Mountain" which is an old folk bluegrass song and is featured in O Brother. Where Art Thou?

Maiko is indeed insane. Before she moved out of the house we surgically grafted Tricky onto her left frontal lobe. Casey was not amused. This was the the easiest way that we could think of to get Tricky out of the house for good (he was starting to eat the brick house supports in the basement). The only drawback, other than driving Maiko insane that is, was that Tricky will be Maiko and Casey's first born.

Yeah, whatever, guys.

I think I'm losing my mind...

Friday, September 12, 2003

Home with Hitler link from L.Y.D.

In the big rock candy mountains, the jails are made of tin,

And you can walk right out again, as soon as you are in.

There ain't no short handled shovels, no axes, saws, or picks.

I'm a-going to stay where ya sleep all day,

Where they hung the jerk who invented work

In the big rock candy mountains.



I'll see you all this comin' fall in the big rock candy mountains.

Thursday, September 11, 2003

Just went to Rusted and noticed that Jeff had a link to that interesting site first.

I wonder if he thinks that I was trying to scoop him? (As Jeff has no perma-links I can't link to the actual post, but it was on 9/9/03)

Disposable DVDs from Disney.

"Mommy why does Sleeping Beauty no longer work?"

the site Mike suggested is quite amazing!!! I was staring at those images for 15 minutes!! Anyway, back to ...


In the big rock candy mountains, there's a land that's fair and bright,

Where the handouts grow on bushes, and you sleep out every night.

Where the boxcars all are empty, and the sun shines every day,

On the birds and bees and the cigarette trees,

the lemonade springs where the bluebird sings,

in the big rock candy mountains.


Oh this is interesting. If you look really closely you will notice that it is a static picture. You only sense movement, there is in truth none.

Wednesday, September 10, 2003

'One evening as the sun went down, and the jungle fire was burning,

Down the track came a hobo hiking, and he said boys I'm not turning,

I'm headed for a land that's far away, beside the crystal fountain,

So come with me we'll go and see, the big rock candy mountains.'



Tuesday, September 09, 2003

It has been a while that we didn't mention the wolves...

"There are wolves in the walls," she told her mother. "I can hear them."

"No," said her mother. "There are no wolves in the walls. You must be hearing mice, I suppose."

"Wolves," said Lucy.

"I'm sure it's not wolves," said her mother. "For you know what they say.....If the wolves come out of the walls, then it's all over."



Monday, September 08, 2003

As of September 2nd, BC cut my account... only two years after I moved out of Boston... I loved that email address...

anyway my new one (which I'm not particularly fond of) is


g.gambarota@rad.umcn.nl


pretty bad, isn't it?


g stands for giulio

gambarota stands for gambarota

rad stands for radiologie

umcn stands for University Medical Center Nijmegen

nl stands for Netherlands

easy, isn't it?

Giulio - what email address are you using now? I tried the BC one, but it came back to me.....

Samuel Butler was cool…


I have been asked to speak on the question how to make the best of
life, but may as well confess at once that I know nothing about it.
I cannot think that I have made the best of my own life, nor is it
likely that I shall make much better of what may or may not remain
to me.. Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument
as one goes on…




Thursday, September 04, 2003

Yeah, it was great living at 53 when things were fixed fast and right.

Not like this place I am living at now, there has been this leak from the second floor bathroom that goes straight into the kitchen, causing the ceiling to slowly fall down to the floor. Also for like the past 8 years there has been a leak in the front hall, and there is this pile of sticks and tree limbs in the same spot in the back yard. Boy I wish I still lived at 53 where stuff like that was fixed fast.

At least there are no squirrels in the walls.

Maiko, I get commissions cause I'm cool like that, cause I'm down like that, cause I have an Amazon Associate account like that.

Wednesday, September 03, 2003

"......This home owning biz is alot of headache. The newly installed toilet is leaking. ... hmmm It's clean but wet, and leaking to the lower level room. "

ah for the good old days when we would just tell a certain landlord about something like this, and it would get fixed right away. And I mean immediately - sometimes within the hour! Remember?

Kind of like that huge mound of trash that was once in the back yard for about 10 minutes (or do I mean months?) Or the squirrel-sized WWF wrestling ring that was apparently located directly above my bed? Or that portion of the kitchen ceiling that kept falling off . . .

Ok, all silliness aside, sorry to hear about the toilet, Maiko, but I hope the rest of the place is cool.

Mike, How do you get commission from Giulio buying a book on the Amazon? I don't get it. I actually read this book at the bookstore. It's kind of scary looking. I think I'd have nightmares if I was a child reading that book. (but it has a funny ending.)

Where is DJ Anan by the way???

As for Scrabble, I don't remember many of the words that G and I managed to create, but I do remember kicking ass (maybe that was my own team mate Giulio's ass)!

...This home owning biz is alot of headache. The newly installed toilet is leaking. ... hmmm It's clean but wet, and leaking to the lower level room.

At Brentwood, the squirrels also conducted a all-night full-sprint running contest that usually ended with some sort of a wrestling match.

OK, I think that's blogging for one day.

Monday, September 01, 2003

Do you know him ????

That's the basement of NorthEast Brewing Co on Comm Av in Boston.


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