December 5th, 2002


Layna came to visit me in my room.

That was lovely.

I have blue curtains freshly washed and hanging in my windows. I have pretty things all over my room, some of which don't even freak her out. :)

I have been to 5 buildings in 2 days and now have a pile of financial aid applications. I e-mailed people at GLAD and SpeakOut about working for them 40 hours a week for 6 weeks this summer before Oxford.

The work seems evenly distributed amongst the members of my Sociology group. A half an hour more work (which will get done after some sleep) and i will be all set with my portion. I have yet to meet with my Poetry group, but i think after a half an hour more work on my part i could do the whole presentation myself. Class time tomorrow today i will actually figure out who is in my group (i know one of the people, but there is another one) and figure out when we can get together before we have to present next Tuesday (which is right before my Soc group presentation).

At some point i will actually work on the four five-page papers i have to write, and the Linguistics assignment which is due Tuesday morning. I will also at some point check my mail because i have sweaters and baked goods coming my way. I will do the various other school-type things i have to do. I will be surprised by things like pizza at work (left over today from some Education Department thing). I will go to Vespers on Sunday and perhaps someone will take me to Bob Franke. I will watch Firefly and Buffy. I will attend various campus events. I won't stress too much, but i will get all my work done and done fairly well. I will sleep "enough" and i will spend time with people who are postive parts of my life. All will be well.

This is my poem of the moment, but i'm not actually as angsty as that and "Linger" might make you think, though, honestly. (And whoever recommended Jonatha Brooke to me, thank you.) I have issues, suffice it to say, but it's not a big deal and i don't feel like talking about it -- at least not right now.
anime night

snow! *grin*

Last night i was feeling jealous because i was reading other people's LiveJournal entries in which they talked about the fact that it was snowing, but it wasn't snowing here. But now it is definitely snowing and it makes me very happy. My professor in my last class said the expected accumulation is about 3 inches.
angry - books

At some point my brain may explode.

Last night i finally got through all the articles my dad had sent me criticizing Michael Moore and Bowling for Columbine. [I remembered seeing a blurb for something criticizing Michael Moore shortly before i saw Bowling for Columbine, but i couldn’t remember what it was, so i asked my dad to look for me and he obliged and sent me lots of stuff: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, if anyone’s interested.] One of those triggered a long blog comment series on gun control, which i actually read all of over the course of some days. One of these days i will put together a long essay discussing Michael Moore, Bowling for Columbine, gun control, and Barry Glassner’s The Culture of Fear. Yeah.

I also continue to twitch every time anyone says/implies any of the following:
  • Republicans are evil.
  • Republicanism is evil.
  • The Republicans stole the elections. (Because yes, we on the left know that we are right and everyone agrees with us, it’s just those nasty politicians tricking the common people.)
  • The fact that the Republicans will control much of the U.S. government come January 2003 is a sign of the coming Apocalypse.
  • The war against Iraq is only about oil.
  • The war against Iraq is a ploy to distract the American populace from the economic crisis.
  • No (morally correct) thinking person supports the war against Iraq.
  • George W. Bush is a complete idiot.
  • George W. Bush is the AntiChrist.
  • John Ashcroft is the AntiChrist.
Any other ones?

Joe says this is one of his favorite websites. The fact that they linked to this MAD magazine image shouldn’t make me hate them, right? Maybe i’m just twitchy, but this interview doesn’t make me like Michael Moore. Neither did this one, though he does say some interesting and intelligent things in the second page. Daddy, i thought of you when i saw madman in power: Mugabe 'holding back food to keep grip on power' in their list of news links.

I would like to state, as i do with some frequency, that i am so glad that i have the father i do, especially when i find myself surrounded by uber-leftists.

I really should find a succinct and reader-friendly description of the basic platform of the Republican, Democratic, and Green parties.

My friend Jonah said when he went to the Ani concert people were selling t-shirts that said “Ani for President” and he wanted one. I could never vote for Ani for President. Not only do i not agree with everything she says, but i don’t think she knows much of anything about foreign policy or about economics, which is fine for being a folk singer, even an often issue-oriented folk singer, but unacceptable in a President. (Yes, welcome to my world, where if the answer is easy that surely means i haven’t thought about it sufficiently.) I do really like the "kerplooey" shirt -- "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 and kerplooey you're done / you're done for / you're done for good / so tell me, did you? / did you do - did you do all you could?"