53 Brentwood Blog

Friday, January 30, 2004

and what about Giulio?

Thursday, January 29, 2004

Yes.

How did you read my mind?

Are you saying that I should be marrying Tom?

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Congratulations, Ann Marie and Tom!
Are you sure you really want to do this?

Congratulations, Jeff and Stephanie!
Are you sure you really want to do this?

It's not too late to change your mind!!!!!!!!

I think I'll run the marathon on June 5th right before the wedding. ...Yeah right!
Is Don really really running a marathon before the wedding?

Ann Marie! Where is the section "About Us" on the website??? Don't you think we want to know "About You" with pictures and stuff?

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

I'll email passwords. It's not so exciting though. On another topic (from marriage/prisons, and thanks for making that analogy G), here is an email I (and many others) received from Don recently. Anyone wants to join in the great simultaneous marathon project I'll give you his email. It's a little late but you could catch up:

*********
it's 2004. want to do something nuts?

let's decide to finish a marthon on may 2nd, together.
it doesn't have to be the same marathon.
we don't have to run it.
but we have 16 weeks to train for it, if we start on Monday.

some of us don't run. you folks can walk. walking is very good for you.
some of already run a lot. you folks can gloat, and aim for a fabulous finish time.

the main idea is: we -- all of us -- train for 16 weeks.
and then we meet up, on May 2nd, at one of several marathons (several are listed below), to walk or run them.

there is one in ohio.
there is one in british columbia.
there is one in massachusetts.
there is one in nebraska.

we can find one or more in europe.
there is one on the great wall of china, later in May.

where you train isn't the point.
keeping track of our progress together is the point.
or rather, keeping better in touch with eachother, via a mutual project,
is the point.
or -- okay, there's no point. but let's do it.

there will be measurements.
there will be graphs.
there will be meet-ups and races in the interim 16 weeks.
there is already a (rudimentary, under-construction) website where you
can post your training progress & comments:
http://www.habeo.net/athletisme.
[upon your request, you will be given a username and password for
accessing the site]

good luck,
dwb

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beginner's marathon training progrm (has links to intermediate and advanced training programs): http://www.runnersworld.com/home/0,1300,1-51-56-633,FF.html?site=RunnersWorld
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Marathons on May 2nd: [ links to each marathon's website at:
http://www.runnersworld.com/home/0,1300,1-75-138-5818,FF.html?site=RunnersWorld#may]

Yeah, congrats AM & T!!! Why don't to give us the password to check the site?


The following has (almost) nothing to do with marriage:



Since 1980 the U.S. prison and jail population has quadrupled in size to more than 2 million.
In the process, prisons have embedded themselves into the nation's economic and social fabric. A powerful lobby has grown up around the prison system that will fight hard to protect the status quo. Major companies such as Wackenhut Corrections Corp. and Corrections Corp. of America employ sophisticated lobbyists to protect and expand their market share. The law enforcement technology industry, which produces high-tech items such as the latest stab-proof vests, helmets, stun guns, shields, batons and chemical agents, does more than a billion dollars a year in business.

Alan Elsner, washingtonpost.com

Monday, January 26, 2004

Congrats to AMR and Tom! That's really great. I'd love to check out the site, but I don't have a password. Stephanie and I set our date for July 23rd, a Friday evening. If I get any passwords or websites, I'll let y'all know.

Sunday, January 25, 2004

Still watching too much TV. But watching again Full Metal Jacket is always worth it.

Drill Instructor: How tall are you private?
Cowboy: Sir! Five foot nine, sir!
Drill Instructor: Five foot nine? I didn't know they stacked shit that high! You tryin' to squeeze an inch in on me somewhere, huh?
Cowboy: Sir! No Sir!
Drill Instructor: Bullshit. It looks to me like the best part of you ran down the crack of your momma's ass and ended up as a brown stain on the mattress! I think you been cheated!

Saturday, January 24, 2004

Wind chill right now is obscene. So on Friday I am off for a 4 day weekend in Tampa, FLA. Where my friend Chris said that it is getting a little chilly. 70's in the day and 50's at night. I think I can deal with that.

Oh, and what are you all doing on the 5th of June?

I am so glad that I am not in Boston for this cold weather!! It does get pretty cold here but at least the air and the wind do not feel painful here. Couple ofher days ago when I checked it was 15 F in Boston and 17F in DC but the windchill factor is not as bad here. I'm still planning for my escape to the warm region.

Thursday, January 22, 2004

Sex always ends up in kids, diseases or... relationships.

from the movie 'The Opposite of Sex'

Lately I'm watching too much TV....

Thursday, January 15, 2004

They were clothed. You dirty minded people you.

As of this post it is Sunny at 7 degrees Fahrenheit.

Also for those of us along the Mass Turnpike there is a Winter Weather Advisory:
.. WIND CHILL WARNING TONIGHT AND FRIDAY...

AREAS OF NEW ENGLAND ALONG AND SOUTH OF THE MASSACHUSETTS TURNPIKE WILL EXPERIENCE INCREASING NORTHWEST WINDS TONIGHT... WITH SPEEDS REACHING 20 TO 25 MPH. THIS WILL COMBINE WITH TEMPERATURES OF 5 TO 10 BELOW ZERO TO CREATE DANGEROUSLY COLD WIND CHILL VALUES OF 25 TO 30 DEGREES BELOW ZERO.

THESE WINDS CHILL VALUES WILL MAKE IT DANGEROUS TO BE OUTSIDE FOR EXTENDED PERIODS. EXPOSED SKIN MAY FREEZE IN AS LITTLE AS 10 MINUTES. IF YOU MUST GO OUTDOORS... COVER ANY EXPOSED SKIN. WEAR A HAT... MITTENS OR GLOVES... AND SEVERAL LAYERS OF LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING....
30 Degrees below.

That is -18 degrees Celsius for you Europeans.
From Weather.com

Finally a bit of spices in this weblog!!!! And in 53 Brentwood too.
Hey Mike, what about putting a picture of Kate here? So we know how she look like, at least.
Or at least. a picture of her date...
anyway, I heard on the news that in Boston in really freezing! I won't complain about the daily rain I'm getting here...

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Yeah, what was going on?? Give us all the details.
Never mind that I'm a strange bird or blogger.

Wait - when you say you "walked in on" Kate and a date, they weren't.......there wasn't........what was going on?

Definitions:

Blog: Short for weblog, an online journal of links and personal commentary.

Blogger: (1) A person who writes on a weblog and (2) a Software application that is used to publish blogs.

So, "This blogger is getting strange", means that Maiko is getting strange, which is normal.

Oh and I walked in on Kate and a date tonight.

Thursday, January 08, 2004

This blogger is getting strange.

Monday, January 05, 2004

I threw the lifebuoy mightily. It fell in the water right in front of him. With his last energies he stretched forward and took hold of it.

"Hold on tight, I'll pull you in. Don't let go. Pull with your eyes while I pull with my hands. In a few seconds you'll be aboard and we'll be together. Wait a second. Together? We'll be together? Have I gone mad?"

I woke up to what I was doing. I yanked on the rope.

"Let go of that lifebuoy, Richard Parker! Let go, I said. I don't want you here, do you understand? Go somewhere else. Leave me alone. Get lost. Drown! Drown!"

He was kicking vigorously with his legs. I grabbed an oar. I thrust it at him meaning to push him away. I missed and lost hold of the oar.

I grabbed another oar. I dropped it in an oarlock and pulled as hard as I could, meaning to move the lifeboat away. All I accomplished was to turn the lifeboat a little, bringing one end closer to Richard Parker.

I would hit him on the head! I lifted the oar in the air.

He was too fast. He reached up and pulled himself aboard.

"Oh my God!"

Ravi was right. Truly I was to be the next goat. I had a wet, trembling, half-drowned, heaving and coughing three-year-old adult Bengal tiger in my lifeboat. Richard Parker rose unsteadily to his feet on the tarpaulin, eyes blazing as they met mine, ears laid tight to his head, all weapons drawn. His head was the size and colour of the lifebuoy, with teeth.

I turned around. Stepped over the zebra and threw myself overboard.
From Life of Pi, by Yann Martel, an excellent sea adventure about Pi Patel, a sixteen year old boy, and Richard Parker, a Bengal tiger, with a wounded Zebra, and a spotted hyena, on a lifeboat adrift in the Pacific.

Also read this, just something that was stuck in my head.

Thursday, January 01, 2004

Happy New Year.