impatient, obnoxious, petty, argumentative, and obsessed over meaningless details

Monthly Archives: June 2009

its true, never answer the door

… unless you are expecting someone. I guess I should have expected something.

This happened after taking it up a notch and then late night laundry.

An attractive blonde Irish girl from upstairs called down. She appeared concerned and thought my note was a bit strong. She said they wanted to talk about to see if they could resolve it. She was wearing a low cut top. I had been admiring the clothes I had been wearing just before the doorbell rang (a black hugo tshirt and knee length olive shorts and camoflage canvas shoes).

She said they live in two apartments turned into one. I told her that myself and the next door neighbour agreed that it had to be their washing machine. She politely said “no way, what kind of person would do washing at that time”. I said “that’s what anyone I told said”. She is sure it is the water pump and they have to use the bathroom and get up at 5am often. I told her she must have left a tap on or something and wondered out loud if I could tell them to use less water. She said there was nothing really that they could do about it apart from talk to the landlord but was’nt too optimistic about that happening.

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this is very petty

but I hate when people confuse affect and effect:

The real problem arises when people confuse the first spelling with the second: “effect.” This too can be two different words. The more common one is a noun: “When I left the stove on, the effect was that the house filled with smoke.” When you affect a situation, you have an effect on it.

The less common is a verb meaning “to create”: “I’m trying to effect a change in the way we purchase widgets.” No wonder people are confused. Note especially that the proper expression is not “take affect” but “take effect”—become effective. Hey, nobody ever said English was logical: just memorize it and get on with your life.

late night laundry

I am leaving a note in the neighbours letterbox:

I might send it to

taxi jokers

Got a taxi called out last night, it was €9.45 before it even moved. I asked the driver why it was so much as he took us on a roundabout route to show us Colin Farrels house (not at our request). He was playing by the rules so it seems: Initial charge €4.45, call out charge €2, extra passengers after first one €1 each x 3.


o gara fail

O’Gara who came on as a sub in the 2nd Lions vs SA test and fucked it up with a mid air tackle gone wrong. I would like to have seen him finish the kick he gave away under pressure.


I will leave it up to the nz herald to do the talking:

“Ireland have been unable to find a quality first five-eighths for years to mount a genuine challenge to Ronan O’Gara. The fact that Argentinian Felipe Contepomi has held down the No 10 jersey for Leinster, the powerful Irish province, is hardly unconnected.”

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I found a photo of an episode of a German TV show where I was paid to be an extra.

I am 100% sure that I can see myself in the still on their site at the top right. I had longish hair at the time.


Basically it says that in August 1997 Betty visited Lindenstrasse. Uncle Franz is travelling and is spending happy hours in Ireland. They are drinking in an Irish pub and Betty begins to dance. Then she dies. I remember dossing off my real job to go there and I got paid 100 DM. All I had to do was wear a tweed jacket. Donie the barman got the pair of them drunk before the filming.

half way house


I now know the exact identity of of the previous tenant in my apartment. His business card appeared on the floor last night like a scene in a David Lynch movie. It was not an especially nice business card. Mine is bone with lettering called Silian Rail.

From a search on Google it appears he is in his late 40’s, a high-flyer in the marketing world. He broke up with his wife around the time the apartments were built.

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Wall Street

You may find out one day that when you’ve had money and lost it, it is worse than never having had it at all. Darien Taylor to Bud Fox. “UP to 100 homebuyers who lost their deposits after a house-building company collapsed could recoup their money if they agree to buy another home from the developer.

In a strange twist, last night it emerged that people who lost their deposits for new homes in Dublin after Laragan Developments went into examinership could get back their money, but must commit to buying a property from the ill-fated company at half the original purchase price.”

Laragan Developments is part of the Roscommon-based Hanly Group, owned by Alan and Joseph Hanly. Last March it was placed into examinership after it emerged it had debts totalling €147m, including €1.5m owed to people who put deposits on the Dublin developments.

mainfest destiny

Manifest Destiny is the historical belief that the United States is destined, even divinely ordained, to expand across the North American continent, from the Atlantic seaboard to the Pacific Ocean. Sometimes Manifest Destiny was interpreted so widely as to include the eventual absorption of all North America: Canada, Mexico, Cuba and Central America. Advocates of Manifest Destiny believed that expansion was not only good, but that it was obvious (“manifest”) and certain (“destiny”). Originally a political catch phrase of the 19th century, “Manifest Destiny” eventually became a standard historical term, sometimes used as a synonym for the expansion of the United States across the North American continent which the belief inspired or was used to justify.”

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plausible deniability

Plausible deniability refers to the denial of blame in loose and informal chains of command where upper rungs quarantine the blame to the lower rungs. In the case that illegal or otherwise disreputable and unpopular activities become public, high-ranking officials may deny any awareness of such act or any connection to the agents used to carry out such act.

To, June 24

I crossed your bridge on June 6 as I missed my exit and there was no option to turn back without crossing twice.

I moved house in March and had my post re-directed. You have a very vague address for me so I would not be surprised if this went around and around until it was finally delivered by some miracle.

My previous address was “36, x House, x Road, Dublin 4” and not “36 x House 4, Co. Dublin”.

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