|Monday, January 3rd, 2005|
this journal has lost most of its raison d'etre
. it will therefore cease here.
|Saturday, December 25th, 2004|
it appears that livarot
is keeping herself a secret cellar of coca light
cans. this is because they are supposed to taste better than diet coke. a special luxury.
other people keep themselves a nice clos de la marechale
. not so she. this is america.
she is to be mocked.
al-x Current Mood: disbelief
|Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004|
| keep the dream alive!
it appears that sega has just released a new game for the dreamcast: chaos field. i shall try to procure it.
al-x Current Mood: happy
|Tuesday, December 21st, 2004|
| this is where they told me you'd look
this is an advertisement for projustitia
| why is america so weird?
after having frequented this country for many years, and after recently even establishing myself here, i continue to be amazed by the intrinsic weirdness of this land.
today's subject will be windows. although i had noticed before that some american houses and apartments have very curious windows - a fact that i ascribed to the fact that they were old - i have recently noticed that a very large majority of all american constructions, both old and recent, are adorned with this very same kind of curious window. to wit,
as you can see, this kind of openable window is composed of two glass panes. you can "open" it by sliding the lower pane up. and that's it. air will come in. or pollution. there seem to be standardised sizes. to close it you slide it down again. if the window is old (shoreland) the sliding is hard.
now what i, as a european, have always considered a window is something like this:
as you can see, this kind of openable window is composed of two panes that will move in (or out) in opposite direction to enable the opening of the entire window hole. i don't think that i have ever seen this sort of window in the united states of america.
now i can't help but wonder about the profound reasons of this fundamental divergence on the matter of windows. i have been looking at windows a lot recently. and thinking about them too.
i have not seen any european kind of window here. (i also think i never saw an american kind of window in the old world.) what could be the reason? better isolation? i doubt it. easier to handle? i doubt it. the examples i've seen here were quitty shitty on both counts. is there a window lobby in either of the continents that forbids application of the other, weird, concept? is it un-american to have windows open entirely? or does it encourage gang-warfare? what kind of windows did the confederates have? as you can see i am truly at a loss. new questions keep on arising.
i would therefore like ask all my american friends to share their experience with windows, and all my intelligent friends to propose some kind of explanation. please help! and tell me how the windows are in your city or area!
|Friday, December 17th, 2004|
|Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004|
sometimes ugly parents will beget beautiful children.
in a similar fashion two perfectly disgusting ingredients put together can, when one would safely expect not much of such a terrible union, a quite acceptable result.
this is what i have learned about mixing the utterly vile heileman's old style with the quite insipid diet coke. of the miscegenation i expected not much, but the sum of the parts proved to be vastly superior in taste and agreement than the components taken by themselves.
perhaps coca cola has in itself a special value, or role, as the disgusting liquid that makes other ingredients better. it might be a kind of redeemer among the liquids, a kind of deliverer that sacrifices its own taste for the common good.
this is the wisdom the honorable morimoto masaharu must have held when he added coca cola to natto.
|Tuesday, October 19th, 2004|
|Thursday, October 14th, 2004|
and i went to the shop and bought some live crabs.
so, tonight, the menu will be:
tofu a la chinoise, ou, a la livarot
steamed blue crabs with white wine sauce
accompanied by a gavi del comune di gavi docg, palladino & c., 1998.
al-x Current Mood: happy
|Sunday, October 10th, 2004|
even in the new world, a cardinal is still a cardinal.
al-x Current Mood: relieved
|Saturday, October 9th, 2004|
i miss watching fashion-tv with jmhudson
and annoying the latter by not finding all the models beautiful.
| this is america
chicago oktoberfest with jacqus
. it was a bit weird. you had to exchange your money against paper that you could redeem against beers and foods. there was a 2 beer limit per person! (crazy americans.) the beer was good. hacker-pschorr oktoberfest. we had three pints (or whatever 22 ounces is). then we sympathised with a berber-looking anglo
from montreal living in los angeles who sat at our table. the bratwurst was excellent.
some kind of bar, somewhere up north. joined by livarot
and other people who don't have a livejournal.
they put a white paper bracelet around your arm and you got unlimited beers. this is america! i believe i consumed quite a few hefe-weizen and pilsner urquells.
|Friday, October 8th, 2004|
i just discovered the existence of this word.
|Tuesday, October 5th, 2004|
|Monday, October 4th, 2004|
| al-x activity update - chinatown happenings update
saturday night was spent in happy viewing of a totally idiotic film about americans traveling abroad to london, paris and rome. beers were consumed: hacker-pschorr weisse and leinenkugel's honey-weiss. we drank a decent amount. it made the film bearable and the conversation soon veered off into drunk ramblings about this and that. eventually we played scotland yard and i kicked arse as mr. x.
i notice today that the seeds planted during this memorable evening conducted the excellent jacques to create a livejournal. he shall now be known as jacqus
. we must do more muscu
sunday was spent in penitence for the sins of the previous evening and of its early morning. boubique
would have been proud of us. waking up at 8:30 am enabled livarot
and yours truly to attend high mass at the saint therese chinese catholic mission, formerly known as santa maria incoronata church. this church was built exactly hundred years ago by italian immigrants to this neighbourhood after the model of a church in the hometown of some of them. the building has miraculously survived the transformation of the neighbourhood from a european into a chinese territory, as well as the transformation of houses into highways, parking lots and housing projects prevalent in this area.
however, in a true catholic manner, the church has had had to make some concessions to win over asian catholics. there is, for instance, one of those red miniature temples with offerings of fruit right next to the altar.
the old italians and a few young ones had gathered for the celebration that was to ensue the mass. the chinese and other asian catholics were there too, as well as the schoolchildren from the catholic school. an auxiliary bishop conducted the mass and produced one of those sermons intended to disgust decent people of catholicism. the priest of the parish however, is a real italian and seems most excellent.
after mass, led on by an american and an italian flag, as well as music, the procession started. suv's carrying large platforms adorned with the image of the holy virgin mary slowly began to make their way through chinatown's italy-like messy traffic. the chicago coppers were incapable, so mafioso-looking men with nice shoes and real trousers took over. one platform moved by itself, i.e. without being pulled by a car. a miracle, i presume. one of the cars was driven my a man who had an american flag and a italian flag tattooed on his neck. the first cars were reserved for the italian-american notables, a few white ancestors, and an excellent-looking fat priest. many seats were empty. the chinese on the main street looked baffled. the people on the carts waived, mostly at other whites on foot. some tourists, people from outside chinatown, were there too. then came other cars, overflowing with chinese kids who were throwing candy. the chinese population still looked baffled, but fat young chinese boys picked up some candy.
next week, chicago's cardinal will be here. i hope to hear a better sermon than this time.
ps.: did you know that germany is the only country, territory or zone in the world that does not have a 3 digit iso code?
|Sunday, September 26th, 2004|
| taking up good habits again.
gym with jacques tomorrow. ca va pas rigoler.
al-x Current Mood: discipline
|Friday, September 17th, 2004|
|Tuesday, September 14th, 2004|
| al-x activity report
new favourite automobile and other nonsense
yesterday i went to get all my shit from switzerland that had been stored at some warehouse at itasca while the us customs were clearing it.
several remarks on that.
0. the warehouse is run without an office. logistics is an impressive business. the moral antithesis to administrations and bureaucracies.
1. i picked up a u-haul in or nigh cicero but i was unable to visit and inspect this great town. it will have to be done another time.
2. americans sometimes are amazing. at the warehouse, after all paperwork had been taken care of, i was told: "please wait while this gentleman
gets your pallets."
3. i had to discard my pallets in some dodgy back-alley since the u-haul manager wouldn't let me throw them away in his trash bin. one of the pallets was quite destroyed. the second one was in perfect state. it was, of course, a sbb
pallet. a shame i had to get rid of it.
i was unable to display sprezzatura during the discarding operation.
4. i have a new favourite car. i used to want this:
now i want this:
it's an amazing object. while we drove 71 miles, of which at least 30 charged with 1600 lbs, we spent only 3 usd worth of fuel. the acceleration is amazing (was it a v8?), it's not too noisy, the air conditioning works well and it's not even uncomfortable.
|Thursday, September 9th, 2004|
|Tuesday, August 31st, 2004|
please check as applies:
O - bailing out.
O - wir sparen munition.
O - wir sichern das gebiet ab.
al-xedit 1. ix. 2004:
- bailing out.