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My Favorite Color

My favorite color is green. Green comes in lots of greens. There is Emerald Green, Hunter Green, Office Green, Kelly Green, Asparagus Green, and Jade.
If you ask me why green is my favorite color, I can’t tell you. Just like I can’t tell you why yogurt is gross (in my opinion) and chocolate chip mint is good. Especially when it’s green!

White chocolate chip mint is good too.

My other favorite ice cream is Butter Pecan and Rocky Road and Deer Tracks. They are good because they mix lots of things inside lots of other things. Like nuts in chocolate and chocolate in nuts and vanilla in chocolate nuts.

I don’t really know why green makes me happier than blue or red, but it does. What’s your favorite color?

The end,

By Benjamin.

September 11

This is a very sad day because where I live in Highland Park is very near the old World Trade Center. I was very little when it happened but people in my family knew people who went to work that day on the train at New Brunswick and Edison and didn't come home. It was very sad because I think about myself like if I was waiting at home for my Mom or Dad to come home from work at Rutgers or where my Mom works and they never came home, like ever. I guess my brother Becker could raise me but maybe not. I don't know what would happen or who would tuck me in or take me to Chuck E Cheese.

Anyway, at school they said it's ok to be sad on 9/11, so that's why i'm sad.

The end,

By Benjamin



As some of you may have noticed, my brother (Ferdinand Becker Drane III), has been failing miserably in his pledge to keep up this blog. While some people look at him as a hero, I see him for the messy-roomed, angst-ridden, little-brother-bad-treating, Highland Pizza-zeppole-stealing tweenager that he is.

For those of you who know the history of the so-called "BeckerBlog", you may recall that I took it over once before and was reprimanded harshly. But now, since my brother is apparently too cool to blog, I am taking over until a) he notices b) he beats me or c) all of the above.

BenjaminBlog will be an improved version of BeckerBlog, just like I am an improved version of Becker.

Looking forward to being your new favorite son (at least for a little while.)

Benjamin Drane I

The Dranes of New England

I love the New England part of my family, but they are weird. They’ve lived in or around Boston since like 1800 and they have this house in Cape Cod where they all hang out. Every year, we (me, my Mom, Dad, and Benjamin) go up to The Cape for one week in the Summer. It is hell. First we have to drive up there which takes like 7 hours in the car. Benjamin snores and my Dad makes us listen to the worst books on tape (or CD) you have ever heard. He likes “Lake Wobegon Stories” by some weird guy and self-help tapes like Tony Robbins and Eckhart Tolle. (The funny thing is that none of them are even close to on the money, but that’s another story.)

Then when we get there, there are like 20 people in the house and they call come running out and hug you, but none of them can say the letter “r” so everyone is like “Beckeh,” “Beckeh,” it’s so good to see you. That’s when you know you’ve arrived.

Then for the next 6 days you hang out on the beach and build sand castles with your weird cousins, and then comes the sleeping part. There are way too many people in the house for the number of beds, so it’s every man and child for themselves. Last year, Benjamin put his pillow and blanket in the bathtub and uncle Morton turned on the shower on him in the morning. It was funny.

This year, we are going up again but I’ve already planned ahead and got new headphones and had Kevin at the IFR load some of the new “Mission Simulator” software onto my Blinker for the drive. It’s kind of like these new Seems videogames where you get to go on sample Missions and practice your Fixing skills, except you're kind of really there. Not as sweet as "Juvenile Delinquent 2: The Return of Quentin Flory," but pretty darn cool.

Well, I’d better get going. There’s a lot more to say about the Dranes of New England, but the truth is they’re not that bad. Even though we all get stuck in the same big house and you get sand in almost everything (including your toothpaste), it’s still kind of fun. There are always good stories at the end. Like the time Benjamin was attacked by sand crabs and the time my cousin Kaitlin boogie-boarded into a hole. Anyway, I will definitely give you all the highlights of this year’s trip.

And this time I’m bringing an Aero-Bed!


Life is like a seesaw. One day you’re at the top and the next you’re at the bottom. Which is exactly what’s going to happen to me next month.

I’ll be a freshman at Highland Park High School (HPHS) and it’s a closer walk to my house than Lafayette was but I’m still a little nervous. I’ve heard some stories about Freshman having to carry people’s trays in the lunch-room and getting trampled during speedball in gym, but I guess it’s just par for the course. If I survived Training at the IFR, I can probably survive this. Although, I hope no one tries to extort protection money from me in the bathroom or lock me in a locker because then I might have to break a few Rules involving the use of Fixer Tools to settle World-based conflicts...

Anyhow, according to my calculations, I’ll be HPHS Class of 2011. Go Owls!

(Yes, that’s the name of our high school mascot. Not exactly intimidating.)


Don't know if you guys have ever had an encounter with a possum -- or as we like to call them at 12 Grant Ave, giant rats -- but last night around midnight I ran into something licking the grease off the bottom of our grill. At first I thought it was a squirrel or something, so I went down the steps of our back deck to shoo it away...but then I heard the most goddawful sound, and something that looked a lot like this came firing out from beneath the grill.


Suffice it to say, I screamed like a little school girl and ran back inside my house. Glitches and Bleeps I can handle. Possums? If there are any wranglers out there, please send your resumes now...

P.S. if you want to hear what I heard, check out this link and imagine it came out of total darkness...

The Blues

Do you ever just get down in the dumps for no reason? I do. I guess that’s why they named a whole category of music, The Blues. I think The Department in The Seems responsible for The Blues is Thought & Emotion, but it doesn’t really help that much even if you know.

Sometimes I get down about my job (Fixer), school (Lafayette or HPHS), my family (Benjamin), and my personal life (Jennifer Kaley.) I know when I get The Blues that nothing’s *really* wrong. I know it’s just my imagination telling me things that aren’t real – but it sure feels real.

When I get The Blues I like to go for a walk or play my violin even though I don’t know how. I wish I hadn’t quit lessons with Gwen Sanisoli all those years ago when my Mom signed me up. She just wanted me to learn to play a musical instrument for my own good, but you know how it is when you’re young – you think you know everything. Maybe one of these days I’ll ask Lisa Simms, this English Fixer who also plays violin for the London Philharmoic, to help get me back on the horse…

But today, I’m just feeling blue about everything. Even the weather outside today is kind of wet and rainy. I wonder what comes first, the Weather or The Blues? That would be something for me to check on and write a paper about next year in High School. I heard Mrs. Rolfson’s 9th grade English Class is really hard and you have to read some like 500 page book called “The Caine Mutiny.”

That will probably give me The Blues, too.

Anyway, I better go before I depress everybody, including myself, even more.

Keep on keeping on...

Gideon Kendall

A lot of people have been emailing me and asking about the guy who did the illustrations for “The Seems.”

His name is Gideon Kendall and he lives in Brooklyn, NY. He plays in a band, his wife does sculpture, and he also is an ultimate Frisbee champ. It has also come to my attention that he’s working on some AMAZING new Seems pictures for Book 2: “The Split Second!”

Anyway, I wanted to give out his website address:

You can see all his really cool artwork, and music stuff but some of it is kind of rated M for mature, so don’t do anything I wouldn’t do.


P.S. Check out the “picture of the month” on his site. Maybe you’ve seen it before!?

The Best Announcer in The World

Don't know if you guys are into soccer or not, but I've been totally binging on the Euro '08 tournament on ESPN, and just want to give a shout out to the announcer Andy Gray, who's probably the greatest commentator of any sport I've ever heard. The guys is Scottish and speaks with an accent so thick that he sounds like one of the guys from "Trainspotting," (not that I'm old enough to have horked my Dad's copy of that film and watched it like fifteen times, at least the parts that aren't seriously disturbing/a bummer/something I wish I hadn't seen in the first place) -- which is to say you can barely understand a word that he's saying. But when you do, the guy is so incredibly knowledgeable and passionate and literally everything he says comes off as a combination of poetry and pay-off one liners from all your favorite action flicks. And if you've ever watched a whole soccer game, where a lot of times not much is really happening, listening to this guy fill the space is music to your ears. His partner is pretty sweet, too. Right now, I'm hoping the Spaniards can take out the Russians in the semis then kick the Germans butts in the final. But whoever wins, it's made for great theater, and even better way to waste away the opening days of the summer...

If you can't catch today's game, check out the Finals on Sunday at 2:30. You won't be disappointed...

P.S. 0-0 in the first half.

Full Metal Re-Jacket

Hey everybody. I just wanted to give you a heads up that The Seems: The Glitch in Sleep PAPERBACK version (which, of course, follows ME, your hero, on my first Mission ever as a Fixer!) is coming out THIS SUMMER!

AND…there’s a brand new cover!

Gideon Kendall, aka “the maestro of Park Slope” is still doing all the inside pictures, but we’ve got this new guy named Christian who did a brand new cover for GIS and is also doing the covers for the next 2 books! (P.S. They’re sweet.)

Anyway, just wanted to let you know. I strongly suggest you get a copy of the paperback (and the next book next Fall) right away so you can get a first edition. They are worth much more later on than if you get a second or third edition.
But – if I see any Seems books on eBay – I’ll know it’s you and find you and make you scoop Pistachio in The Flavor Mines. Just kidding.

Well, I’m feeling a little better since my last blog ‘cause the humidity is lower and you know – some days are better than others. I’m very busy right now with life right now but I’ll write again as soon as possible.