2003-06-30 17:45:54 ET

Yeah, it's fucking hot out. I went running today, I'm not sure how far but I'm guessing around 3 miles. I ran from my place to Washington Square park, did 2 laps, and then ran back home. Running through St Marks Place is kind of like an obsticle course.

2003-06-22 07:07:47 ET

When I was Amsterdam I gave a call to a guy I knew from my friend Tara, named Titus. Heís a swell guy, born in Britain and resides in Utrecht, which is a University town about 25 minutes south of Amsterdam.

Me and my brother headed town to hang out, and we got invited to a vegan buffet dinner hosted by some Dutch vegan anarchopunks in a squatters building.

It sounded a bit dodgy, as the squatters places in NYC tend on the whole to be rat and scabies infested piss-holes, and typically involve crust punk junkies, whom despite their leftist rhetoric, couldnít give a sod about anything or anyone that didnít involve them scoring more heroin.

We went anyway, and I was pleasantly surprised. The building was a former mattress factory owned by a Dutch man who was a fugitive from the law. Apparently, he was quite insane and owed millions of Euros to tax collectors, and had on a number of occasions tried to torch the place.

The local punks kept the place up better than most bars in New York; it was impeccably clean and the only drugs involved were the tasty 1 Euro Dutch beers and the occasional joint. Even the bathroom was spot-on. Even the people in town even liked them there, as it meant the place wouldnít be turned into a bar and increase noise. They were good communal citizens, both internally and externally.

It was only EUR 1.50 (about $1.75 USD at todayís exchange rate) to get a plate full of amazing vegan food, and after having eaten only sporadically for the past several days, it was very welcome. They have those dinners every Tuesday night, and I think everyone is invited. The people there were amazingly friendly, and I was made to feel welcome by all.

One thing (out of many, many aspects) I liked about the Dutch punks and vegans was that they werenít pretentious belligerent fuckard pricks like far too many here are. Unfortunately, many young vegans and political punks in the states succumb to elitism, the scene points contest, and social hierarchy (of which is a hilarious irony for supposed anarchists). When that happens, it ceases to be about whatever movement is involved, and becomes a cave-man chest-beating contest.

Holland was a great country to visit; and I recommend it highly even if you donít smoke pot (which I don't). The people are friendly, they speak English, and the food is good (if you know where to find it).
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Back From Amsterdam
2003-06-18 16:19:56 ET

Ausfahrt. Huh huh. It's the berman word for exit on the Autobahn. Farht is the german verb "to drive", and it sounds exactly like "fart". I found that amuzing to no end.

I ended up renting a car in Amsterdam to drive to Strasbourg, which ended up ruling very much. I got to drive on the fucking autobahn, and did about 110 MPH (170 kmh).

The Irish passport helped, especially when I got stopped in France at a checkpoint and had my car searched. They saw my Dutch plates and probably thought "drug runner". The French blame Holland for much of their drug woes (despite Holland having a lower addict rate than France). I could be wrong, but I think perhaps the Irish passport saved me from a body cavity search. It certainly got me in shorter lines at various immigration points.

I didn't smoke or fuck anything in Amsterdam. I detest the idea of smoking anything, and as for fucking, I was with my brother, and that would have been weird, aside from I'm not sure if I'm ready to pay for it yet. I'll beg for it. I'll get down on my knees and beg for it, but I don't know if I'll pay for it.

So yeah, I had a great time, especially hanging out with vegan punks in Utrect. Vegan food is hard to come by in Europe unfortunately, so I ate only sporadically. Luckily British Airways had vegan eats for me.

2003-06-11 06:48:34 ET

I leave for Amsterdam on Friday. My Irish passport finally arrived, just in time. While I don't need it to travel to Europe (I have my US passport), it's more convienent to travel to/through Europe with an EU passport. Also, I think it's a bit safer. No one is really pissed off at Ireland.

New V Miniseries!
2003-06-09 11:55:26 ET

Oh happy frickin' day!

New V miniseries!

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