General

Welcome Heyer Twins!

I just got the good news on the IM from my friend Dan Heyer: he and his wife Chizuko just had two healthy baby girls today. The world welcomes Alicia ( 1MB) and Brandi ( 1MB) Heyer. Very pleased to meet you. I hope you will one day look at Read more…

By Brian, ago
Europe

With Friends Like These…

So we did this exercise in my “Leadership” class Saturday at my MBA program where we went around and said what the positive contribution of everyone in our class was. This is one of those feel-good, touchy-feely things that I as an American can get into, but which my European Read more…

By Brian, ago
Brian

My GPA

So, after having it sit in my mailbox at school for a month, I finally opened up the official looking letter with my GPA in it. I had decided pretty soon into the MBA (after the first grades were received) that the grading was all bullshit anyway. I mean, non-native Read more…

By Brian, ago
Europe

World Cup

The games continue. Last night the Dutch team played Argentina, the toughest team in their pool and a favorite to win the whole thing. I watched the game with five people. A German, an Irishman, a Canadian, a South African, and me, an American. At one point I looked around Read more…

By Brian, ago
Europe

Working Hours

So I went to the bakery on the corner of my block this morning to get some chocolate croissants on my way to the train station. It was 7:45. There were two women behind the various counters when I got outside the bakery. I pushed on the door and it Read more…

By Brian, ago
Europe

It’s 1984, I swear

Another ticket. This one in the Hague. 90 in an 80 zone. 36 Euros. Damn these traffic cameras! Damn their beady, unblinking glass eyes!!! I can’t take this kind of surveillance. Didn’t anyone tell these fuckers that the totalitarian regime idea went out a long time ago. I cannot take Read more…

By Brian, ago
Ann

Short Vacation Home

Wow. I’m not sure you can call it a vacation when it’s so much work. I’m on a plane again, trying to make the best of my limited battery life, and trying not to dwell on how metaphoric that is. Four days ago I stepped off the plane in Newark Read more…

By Brian, ago
Europe

World Cup

So this Sunday the national Dutch soccer team had their first World Cup game. It was against Serbia-Montenegro, which is interesting, because since Montenegro voted to separate from Serbia last week and therefore this is the last World Cup that they will field a team. We had a frisbee competition Read more…

By Brian, ago
Europe

Customer Service

So this past weekend was absolutely beautiful. While I was getting into the summer spirit I realized that I still have not found a suitable gym to join. I’ve been to two, and neither one was someplace where I could really see myself going to two or three times a Read more…

By Brian, ago
Ramblings

Bait and Switch

Yes, I am happy that we got Al-Zarqawi. But let’s remember one thing, this was a small time punk until the invasion of Iraq who took advantage of an opportunity we (America) gave him to pursue a bloody extremist agenda. Until we invaded Iraq, al-Zarqawi the terrorist leader didn’t even Read more…

By Brian, ago