Waste makes… / El desperdicio hace…

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“WASTE MAKES HASTE,” SAID SAN Geraldo before chugging the remaining few drops from the Coke can I was about to retrieve from his office, along with his empty breakfast bowl and spoon. “Wait, haste makes…” he began to correct himself but the expression didn’t seem apt. So, I asked, “‘Waste not, want not’?” He beamed and said, “That, too!”

That’s the mind that spent years imagining and then creating this book of 683-pages, 485-photos, 80-family tree charts, and a boatload of stories, history, and facts. The human brain is a wonder.

Oh, and remember yesterday’s post about the SIKEN bars at the pharmacy? Well, I did some more translating and it seems that, in Turkish, “siken” means “fuck.” I think I might have done a bit more research before deciding on that name for the company. Someone really sikened up!


“EL DESPERDICIO HACE PRISA”, DIJO San Geraldo antes de tragar las gotas restantes de la lata de Coca-Cola que estaba a punto de recuperar de su oficina, junto con su tazón de desayuno vacío y cuchara. “Espera, la prisa hace…” comenzó a corregirse, pero la expresión no parecía adecuada. Entonces, pregunté: “¿’No desperdiciar, no querer’?” Él sonrió y dijo: “¡Eso también!”.

Esa es la mente que pasó años imaginando y luego creando este libro de 683 páginas, 485 fotos, 80 gráficos de árboles genealógicos y un montón de historias, historias, y hechos. El cerebro humano es una maravilla.

Ah, ¿y recuerdas el blog de ayer sobre las barritas SIKEN en la farmacia? Bueno, traduje un poco más y parece que, en turco, “siken” significa “joder”. Creo que podría haber investigado un poco más antes de decidirme por ese nombre para la empresa. ¡Alguien realmente “sikenido” [jodido]!

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

30 thoughts on “Waste makes… / El desperdicio hace…”

  1. That convoluted way of thinking, is likely one of the strengths that made it possible for him to do many of the things he has done. I bet he is able to find connections between ideas and concepts that others don’t easily see, to find solutions that allude others. Some of the things that make him loveable.

    1. David:
      You’re so right. It’s probably his creative (catastrophically creative) mind at work.

  2. The book looks so terrific! I love your design for the cover, SG’s touching dedication to his Mom, and how it’s jam-packed with photos! Photos are the best part of genealogy books, in my opinion. They really bring the past to life! Congrats to SG and you on this feat of publishing!

    1. Debra:
      The dedication made both SG’s sisters cry. We have so many unbelievable photos. We had to rein ourselves in. I worked hard on many in Photoshop (some were awful quality) and the printer did a phenomenal job. I still can’t believe it’s done and I’m so grateful to have had a part in it.

  3. This achievement is simply incredible. I am very moved by what SG has accomplished here…..and I am not even related! lol
    What a lasting legacy for his family to have.
    Great work, Gerald! And Mitch, the layout and presentation is suburb.

    1. Jim:
      Thanks so much. I don’t think even he imagined what he would end up producing. His family is going to love it.

  4. That is one gorgeous looking book. All the work that went into that with the photos and the family tree and the research. What a gift to have.
    You both should be so proud of your work.

    1. Bob:
      We are. SG created every one of those family trees himself in Excel. What a ton of work.

  5. SG’s mental cross references are a delight and truly not incompatible with assembling – and bringing to life – massive amounts of historical data. The book is gorgeous with such luminous reproduction of the images. You two did a fabulous job and the publisher did you proud!

    1. Wilma:
      SG often overcomplicates things, simply because his brain considers every option, and more. And you’re right, his way of thinking is what made this book possible. I’m in awe and am so grateful I got to be involved. The photos were fun to work on (many were absolutely awful quality). The printer is amazing.

  6. Oh, my heavens, I love this! So much! Thank you so much for showing it to us! I, too, love your image for the cover, and the beautiful tribute that Jerry wrote, to his mom (it gave me happy chills).
    So, does this mean that this is available for the public to order? I seriously would like to buy one.

    1. Judy C:
      The dedication made both his sister’s cry. Alice was all that and more. The book makes me so happy. We did a limited edition of 100. SG thought it would really be of primary interest to family and genealogy libraries. You can check out ordering at http://connectedbloodlines.com/pubs.php, but the price is high as a result of the limited run and shipping to the US is $65!

    1. Deedles:
      Siken Me is my new go-to phrase. The original version is what I must often say (and man have I been saying it a lot lately).

  7. What a priceless gift to SG’s family, those past, present and yet to come. When are you going to start yours?

    1. Claudia:
      I started writing a book in 1986! It became short stories at one point, a few of which were published. It became a book again several years ago, and has sat idle since. I would love to get back into it.

  8. Bravo on completing such a monumental task! And I agree about the photos being an important part of a genealogy. They really help you to realize that these were actual people who lived and not just names on a page. Well done, both of you!

    1. TexasTrailerParkTrash:
      I’m fortunate to have a lot of family photos, although I’ve never seen my grandparents’ photo collection, which I think one of my cousins has. But SG has tons of historic family photos. Way too many to include in the book. It was so hard to decide to pull some of them.

  9. That book came out so beautifully. You should both be proud. It looks like something that would certainly be of interest to university and perhaps even community libraries in the Dakotas. I can see how much work it must have been!

    1. Steve:
      The book is going to I think 8 genealogy libraries and local history centers in the United States and Norway. I hope it gets a lot of use.

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      Oh, the movie will follow SG’s autobiography. A lot more sex.

    1. Sassybear:
      Thanks. Orders have been rolling in from family… and even some friends. Very exciting.

  10. Congratulations to the both of you for completing this massive endeavour ~ stress is rising from your shoulders. I have a high school chum who completed a similar family life story called Eaton. Unbelievable just like SG’s world. All the best guys!

    1. Ron Troke:
      I’m amazed at the work that goes into producing this kind of book. So much research double-checking the research, and the organizing it into something that makes sense to someone else. I admire your friend for doing the same. My family wouldn’t be nearly as interesting. Not much info available, although SG has found more than I had known.

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