Vitriol
© 2003 by Andersen Silva (12-2-03)

Please, dear Santa,
  Mr. Santa, please,
Can't you make the fighting cease?

All I want for Christmas,
  All I want for Christmas,
All I want for Christmas
  is world peace...

Well, Jon and I are safely entrenched in our new apartment in Lyndhurst, NJ. Things didn't go quite as smoothly as they could have: neither of us got our U-Haul vehicles early on November 1st as hoped, and so we ended up moving on Sunday the 2nd; phone service was established, but it didn't actually reach into the apartment until I redid some wiring; neither the hard-wired nor the wireless doorbell system was working, so I had to put in a new wireless doorbell, too. And we're still getting by with my little refrigerator, though I swear I'm going to buy a full-sized one shortly... Anyway, today marks one month in the place!

My commute to work is different now. I take the 76 bus from Lyndhurst to Hackensack, and the ol' 83 bus from Hackensack (not Jersey City anymore) to Ridgefield. This segment of the 83's route takes me within a five-minute walk of two of my old apartments, in Teaneck and Ridgefield Park. Ah, nostalgia... It takes me less time to get to work, and as a result I'm sleeping almost an hour later each morning than I had been. The ride home doesn't save me as much time; still, the round trip costs me one-fourth of what I was paying for the round trip from New Brunswick!

Living in the same town as my honey has proven wonderful, too. We were able to get together more often and more easily last month. Gina was actually the first visitor to the apartment, the night we got our keys and a week before we even moved in. We've made several shopping trips together, and she went to my sister's birthday party with me. She and I also went to lunch with her daughter, Hannah, and my friends Dawn and Dave; we four adults then went to see "The Cat in the Hat," which turned out to be a lot of fun.

After some confusion and some rearranging of plans all around, Gina is also accompanying me to my sister Grace's wedding this month to John Arlotta. This will be our first formal event together, and we're both looking forward to it! I'm also excited about seeing my honey in a dress...  ;)

I'm taking Gina and Hannah to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York on the 4th as well, which should put us all in the holiday spirit. I think I've gotten more than half my shopping done already, which is certainly a good start, but I've got to finish up now that I think of it. Maybe by this weekend...

We both enjoyed "The Matrix Revolutions" immensely, better than "Reloaded." In fact, we were talking about catching the IMAX presentation, too. I've got to look into that. This month, the new "Lord of the Rings" movie comes out; woo-hoo! Can't wait to see that one...

I haven't quite decided on the fate of Ozzy's journals yet. Obviously, he's not around to write them any longer, but Rocky is clamoring to continue updating everyone on his and Ricky's adventures. I'm not sure I like the idea, but perhaps a Raccoon Log will replace the journals...

Oh, it turns out that one of my high school alumni, Lana Gorgievski, is going to be on tomorrow (12-3) night's "The West Wing" on NBC! Lana applies her acting talent to the role of the President's grandson's Swedish nanny. Check it out!

OK, my little elves, I think that's all I have to say to you this month. Enjoy your holidays, whichever holidays you happen to celebrate in December, and I'll get back to you in 2004, which looks to be a very good year indeed.  :)   Tchau, baby!


  - A (webmaster@andersensilva.com)


April 2004 - The real final Vitriol, Howard Stern, Dubya, etc.
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March 2004 - Dining out with my baby, Virtual PC, and the end of Vitriol... or is it?
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February 2004 - Two weeks between jobs, three new songs, grabbing Panther by the tail
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January 2004 - Ice skating with Gina, sushi at my sister's wedding, war-riding, the pink slip
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December 2003 - Moving pains, goin' places with Gina, Christmas bells
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November 2003 - The looong month of October, finding an apartment, Ozzy's gone
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October 2003 - I'm in love with her and I feel fine, Boston, the Dalai Lama, apartment for rent?
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September 2003 - Andy, happy? it could happen!, taking time off from work, Ringo Starr, "Discworld," the blackout
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August 2003 - (W)here (M)ight (D)ose WMDs be?, gay marriages and the people who fear them, '80s metal bands, Computer Man to the rescue, Philadelphia freedom
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July 2003 - Boondocks.net is back!, rudeness on public transportation and elsewhere, "Hole in the Wall"
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June 2003 - Science fiction movies, where is Boondocks.net?, still no weapons of misconstruction...
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May 2003 - How 'bout them weapons of mass distraction, huh?, Def Leppard, Michael Palin, another Silva, wireless networking, and a damned good raspberry margarita
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April 2003 - They're still French fries, dammit!, a new guitar for Andy, music-music-music
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March 2003 - The buildup for, and the protesting against, war
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February 2003 - The destruction of the Columbia, the National Day of Poetry Against the War, hard and soft atheism, Pete Townshend, and the gift shop
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January 2003 - Christmas loot, "Swingin'," more war talk
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December 2002 - The year in review, moving again?!?, moving world leaders around, too
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November 2002 - "Scarlet's Walk" and Tori's penguin, jackasses, and killing in the name of...
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October 2002 - Boston, Aimee Mann, and Palpatine/Bush
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September 2002 - George Darius Bush and George Xerxes Bush
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August 2002 - Movin' out of Paisan-town, and far away from the Regal Beagle
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July 2002 - Church and state: you gotta keep 'em separated, Dubya still doesn't want to play nice with the rest of the world, John Entwistle's gone
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June 2002 - Movin' on from town to town, Dave Barry and the Rock Bottom Remainders
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May 2002 - Science fiction movies everywhere!, jail time for virus creators, Dubya finally learns to pronounce 'occupation,' Andy gets a promotion?!?
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April 2002 - Terrorism on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, people who don't interact with me or the Web site, "For Dana" to be released on a compilation CD
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March 2002 - Chip implants, the children of God and the followers of Christ commit murder in His name, ultranationalism American style
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February 2002 - Dubya says, "These pretzels are making me- ack!" Sharon continues playing Napoleon, and... the return of Foogar?
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January 2002 - Rob Zombie, Ozzy Osbourne, and other Christmas-related items, stealin' cars, karaoke!
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December 2001 - George meets his sweet lord, terrorists EVERYwhere!, Tomb Raider II finished finally, and the Segway, finally!
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November 2001 - Anthrax (the band), WSOU rocks - but for how much longer? and a minute of silence?
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October 2001 - Osama bin Laden and anthrax and the women who love them
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September 2001 - Governments and armies and the assholes who love them, more misspellings, and a large lack of feedback
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August 2001 - Dubya's isolationism, the Macedonians and Albanians search for peace the Israeli/Palestinian way, 2004 Olympics in Beijing
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July 2001 - Not the Sexiest Geek Alive, war (what is it good for?), murdering citizens American-style
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June 2001 - A dead hitchhiker, the Taliban, and an independent Senator Jeffords
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May 2001 - Joey Ramone's dead, and "Joey Ramone's Dead"
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April 2001 - Brazil (not the Terry Gilliam film), Dubya and carbon dioxide, Yugoslavia begins coming to its senses, Israel and the Palestinians still haven't come to theirs...
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March 2001 - New look for the Web site, upcoming vacation in Brazil!, the pig-headed Taliban, "Hannibal"
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February 2001 - Tomb Raider II, Dubya plays with his new toys, nature plays with El Salvador and India, and the inevitable Chechnya and Israel/Palestinians references
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January 2001 - Snow, a new year/decade/century/millennium, screen resolutions
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December 2000 - The iBook, "The X-Files," the Grinch, the pathetic turn of events in the U.S. elections...
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November 2000 - Got the iBook! the Village Parade, trouble still brewin' in the Mideast, the upcoming U.S. elections...
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October 2000 - Andy turns 30, the Middle East, the anniversary of the invasion of Chechnya...
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September 2000 - A random act of kindness, Great Adventure, new music, new iBooks?
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August 2000 - Palestine and the Israelis, Milosevic, Speight, and breaking the speed of light!
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July 2000 - Israel & the Palestinians, the missile defense shield, and (who'da thunk it?) Chechnya
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June 2000 - Um, Chechnya again, gun-totin' Charlton Heston, misspellings, and xenophobes
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May 2000 - Communism on the last May Day of the twentieth century, and Andy's life ("Don't talk to me about life...")
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April 2000 - Hold on, it's more Chechnya rantin', and an appeal on behalf of a friend caught behind red tape
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March 2000 - Hey, hey, Pinochet, Russia and China won't go away, "The X-Files," the American presidential race, and a prelude to vacation
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February 2000 - Again with the Chechens, and Elián, Pinochet, mp3.com vs. the recording industry, and snow
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January 2000 - Made it through January 1st, Syria and Israel, public transportation, and, er, Chechnya
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December 1999 - Indonesia comes apart, Chechnya (no shit), Seattle's burning, 'n Happy Xmas
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November 1999 - Halloween, my bad knee, Russians? in Chechnya?!? Buchanan and the Reform Party, NIN
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October 1999 - Hurricane on the East Coast, earthquakes in Taiwan, Turkey, and Greece, and Apple Computers
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September 1999 - I'm not getting you down, am I? I'd hate to think I was getting you down...

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April 1999 - the return of Vitriol, Kosovo, a foreshadowing of the Russian invasion of Chechnya (!), and Libya

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September-November 1995 - the Underground Press Conference, a co-worker bites the dust, Rabin really bites the dust, Remington Bond, Win95, and the Sex Pistols
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August 1995 - the death penalty, the V-chip and violence in pop culture, and "TV Nation"
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June 1995 - Oklahoma City, 'zines, "The X-Files" and "V.R.5"
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March 1995 - I'm sick!, the space program (ha), alt.zines, "Star Trek" and "Voyager"
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February 1995 - the very first Vitriol! Newt Gingrich, political correctness, media overkill, Howard Stern, the Apple goon squad?
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