Sunday, February 24, 2008

A Royal Gift [part two].

She was a girl who rarely asked for anything. She never really wanted or needed anything; when and if she did, she would never ask it of you. She would get it herself, which at times, drove him mad.

This time, not only did she know what she wanted, it seemed that she had researched it too.
She did say “Royal Python”…

He smiles, runs his fingers through her hair, and looks back at his white screen…

- What? I am serious!
- Habibi… we’re not getting a python.
- It’s pretty cool. My classmate has one and she was walking around with the python on her arm. I held it and it crawled on my arms and shoulder… it is so beautiful.
- Babe!… we’re not getting a python.

She stands, disappointed, and sits on the other blue couch that is perpendicular to his, and that she too, hates so much.
She picks up her black laptop, places it on her lap, and raises her legs up on the same coffee table, perpendicular to his… toes almost touching.

- I didn’t think you were going to say NO to this.

He did not answer.
But for the next few hours or so, all he did was research that thing...

Royal Pythons, or Ball Pythons as they are often called, are beautiful motherfuckers that don’t grow too much. They hang around in aquariums or tupperwares even, and require little maintenance. Apparently, they make excellent pets, they could hang around for years, they come in many colors and patterns, and they are bloody expensive!!! [argument 1]

They also eat mice!!! [argument 2]

- I was looking at that Python thing yesterday. They also call it Ball Python.
- I know. I researched it yesterday too.
- Hehe... so did I.
- You can leave them in tupperwares and don’t require much you know!
- They are very expensive.
- How much?
- They vary with colors. The albino is the most expensive, and goes around 2.400$

She frowns.

- The cheapest one I was able to find online was for 700$. But it’s not as beautiful.

She shows sadness…

- There was this one pet store, I passed by today that was selling it for 100$. They didn’t have it on display, but said that they could get me one. But I didn’t like the sales person there.
- Okay… 100 is good. We can look elsewhere…
- Hold on.
- What?
- Who is going to feed it?
- She smiles.
- No way! I will never, ever, kill a mouse and feed it to a python.
- We don’t have to kill it. We just give it to him.
- Well first of all, some say that you have to kill it because the mouse may pluck the python’s eyes out, or even scratch its skin. Add to that, the fact that throwing a living mouse in the aquarium with the python is the cruelest thing; in the wild, the mouse at least has a chance to escape.
- Well… okay. Let me think about it. We'll talk later...

She goes, assumes laptop position again, and starts typing.

He thinks that he won the battle. There is no way she will be able to feed the python with the due cruelty that the procedure requires. She is too sweet for that…
He can finally regain peace.

- Hey! We can get frozen mice. It says here that they are sold in packets. Pet stores carry them.

Baffled, unprepared, and taken by surprise with this counter argument, he shudders:

- The day I defrost frozen mice in my microwave, I will dance naked in -20C weather!

[end of part two]

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

A Royal Gift [part one].

A Scene From our Living Room / May 07 / Montréal, Qc. / Canon Eos Digital Rebel XTi

She comes in the house, locks the door, and stands at the doorway. She takes off her coat, hangs it neatly, and then tends to her snowy shoes. She lays them tidily in their allocated space.

She removes her hat, lifts both arms back up, and arches her back as she fixes her hair with a brisk brush.

She takes a deep breath, and lets out a long sigh as she glances across the room.
She picks up her bag, removes her black laptop, places it on the coffee table in the living room, opens the lid, and turns it on. Then with a big smile, beautiful as ever, she comes and sits quietly next to him, hands cutely placed on her knees joined close together.

was sitting quietly on the blue couch he hates so much, and from across the room, he could watch her as she elegantly unfolds. He was contemplating every sway of her unrehearsed ritual.

He was writing, his white laptop placed on his knees joined close together, and his legs were raised and resting on the coffee table in the living room.

He loved watching her. Everything she did seemed meticulous, special, and effortless. He lifts his head, looks her straight in the eyes, and smiles back at her.

- What? He starts.
- Habibi! I know what I would like to have for Valentine’s!

He smiles.

- This is a first. Since when do we celebrate Valentine’s?
- I know, I know, but I really know what I want for this Valentine’s.
- What?
- A Royal Python!

She smiles.
Her eyes glitter.

[end of part one]

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Monday, February 18, 2008

What a Family eats in One Week.

Here's an interesting email I got from my boss today. It is a worldwide comparison of how much an average family consumes per week, in terms of food [quantity and cost].
I have always been bothered by this selective injustice, and how unfair the world is, when one part is deprived and dying of famine, while the other is obese, and sinking into over nutrition and multivitamins...
I don't know about you, but I sure am counting my blessings... Here it is...


Germany: The Melander family of Bargteheide
Food expenditure for one week: 375.39 Euros or $500.07

United States: The Revis family of North Carolina
Food expenditure for one week $341.98

Italy: The Manzo family of Sicily
Food expenditure for one week: 214.36 Euros or $260.11
Mexico: The Casales family of Cuernavaca
Food expenditure for one week: 1,862.78 Mexican Pesos or $189.09
Poland: The Sobczynscy family of Konstancin-Jeziorna
Food expenditure for one week: 582.48 Zlotys or $151.27

Egypt: The Ahmed family of Cairo
Food expenditure for one week: 387.85 Egyptian Pounds or $68.53
Ecuador: The Ayme family of Tingo
Food expenditure for one week: $31.55

Bhutan: The Namgay family of Shingkhey Village
Food expenditure for one week: 224.93 ngultrum or $5.03

Chad: The Aboubakar family of Breidjing Camp

Food expenditure for one week: 685 CFA Francs or $1.23

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Home Made [two]

They were three...
Sunburst, pointillisme, and smiley.
One survived the night.
Guess which one!

From the "PizzaParty" Series / Feb.08 / Montréal, Qc. / Canon Eos Digital Rebel XT

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Home Made [one]

From the "PizzaParty" Series / Feb.08 / Montréal, Qc. / Canon Eos Digital Rebel XTi

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008


note to self:

If you really want to stop smoking you have to first, remove the pleasure.


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Saturday, February 09, 2008

Her Sacred Feet [two].

From the "SockParty" Series / Feb.08 / Montréal, Qc. / Canon Eos Digital Rebel XTi

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Mobius House [Villa NM] burnt down.

"Times Herald-Record
February 07, 2008
BETHEL - Fire investigators yesterday sifted through the remains of a modern mansion off Burr Road that was recently featured in The New York Times and burned to the ground Tuesday night.The cause of the fire is still unknown, according to George Slater, the Kenoza Lake assistant fire chief.
In October, the Times ran an architectural feature about the building, which was a second home owned by Leo Tsimmer.
Designed by Dutch architects, the house had tinted glass for many of its outside walls and LED-lit polycarbonate panels in the kitchen.
It was perched atop a Bethel hill with a commanding view of the surrounding area.
Tsimmer was in New York City at the time of the fire; a passer-by called in to report the blaze.
Crews from Kenoza Lake, Jeffersonville, Lake Huntington and White Lake battled the fire for three hours."


I used to get angry when some lives were given more value than others. It drives me nuts when a big shot gets blown up, and her/his bodyguards are left to rare mention.

Today we commemorate the death of this-big-dude! grieve with us oh-you-brainwashed-masses.

Who do you think the families of their fallen companions will be remembering on that same day? What about the families of those innocents who just happened to be there? For them D-days don't mean shit no more. Fate taught them a lesson, and they now know, that "Days" are overrated, and for the chosen ones only.
It is moments we should seek.

moments and memories.

remember your dead...

This moment of delirium today, was triggered by the death of an architectural monument.
Following up on the previous thought, one also should not value a building over the other. In the end, all buildings are homes. And one should never underestimate the pain, when your home is no more...

But this one was a masterpiece.
On Feb 6, 2008 remember
The Mobius House, by Architect Ben Van Berkel - UN Studio.

Architecture is not dead.

more links:
a daily dose of architecture
noticias architectura
the herald record (Here)
architectural record (Here)
the new york times slide show (Here)

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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

When the Fridge simply doesn't cut it anymore.

Ice Cold / Feb.08 / Montréal, Qc. / Canon Eos Digital Rebel XTi

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