July 27, 2005

look outside it's summertime

Summer reflection (a bit premature):
So there's only a week and a half left of Summer Session II. Then just over two weeks before the fall semester starts. This summer has definitely gone by way too fast. There has been a supreme lack of BBQs, softball games, road trips, and many of the other things that make summer great. I've done a ton of reading, which is awesome because I don't get a lot of time to read for fun during the school year. This summer I have read: Fight Club, High Fidelity, The Feast of Love, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, a short story collection called Emporium by a writter named Adam Johnshon, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. They were all good and I would recommend them all. Duh, I don't read bad books. I especially recommend High Fidelity, A Heartbreaking Work..., and the new Harry Potter. If you think Harry Potter is lame or nerdy or just kids' stuff, well then you're an idiot. Sure the books started off as a fun little fantasy romp through a world of wizards and witches and jelly beans that taste like vomit, but with each book the story becomes more mature, darker, and more engrossing. These books definitely deserve all the hype they get.
Another thing this summer has NOT been lacking is nights out with cheap specials. Gotta say a 40 and dollar you call it's make for an excellent Thursday night. Spending some weekends up in the burbs has been cool too. Although there's usually a purpose when I go up there so I haven't gotten to do much regular hanging out. Jennie and Jodi's 21st birthday celebrations were both awesome though. I highly recommend playing flippy cup with people's parents, riding tandem bikes while slightly intoxicated, playing bags nonstop till 2 a.m., and watching Lewis Black with people's parents while you and they are both slightly intoxicated.
Other things this summer has lacked: swimming (haven't been in the water yet), shows (I missed Lalapalooza, Warped, Trio, Death Cab at Summer Fest), romance (whatcha gonna do?), money, golf, and rain.
Things this summer has definitely not lacked: beer, exercise, BWW, class, time to lay around and watch tv/movies, heat/humidity, and Kordik (I think we should convince him to stay).
What I've learned: I read pretty fast when I have time, you can actually get in better shape if you exercise regularly, drinks should always cost $1, the basic theories of Keynesian economics, that race is not a biological fact but a socially constructed concept (hey, I've been in class all summer), , and that they should not tease us with summer vacation our entire young lives only to take it away when we could really start to appreciate it. Scientists should invent robots that do all the work for everyone during June, July, and August and we should all be on a three month long vacation. With pay.

Secret Santa Cruz - The City on Film

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July 7, 2005

what's so funny about peace, love, and understanding?

I'm sure by the time you're reading this you've already heard about the terrorist attacks in London. As you can probably tell from the title of this blog, I have strong feelings about that city. And although these attacks are not near the magnitude of the attacks on the U.S. four years ago, they effect me in a slightly different way. The attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 left me feeling violated and scared because attacks had been made on my country. But I've never been to New York City. The closest I've ever been to the World Trade Center is Buffalo, NY and that was a few months after the attacks. The difference with these attacks in London is that a little over a year ago I was there. Not only was I there, but I've been to every place where the bombings occurred. I've ridden to the Tube to the King's Cross, Edgware Road, and Liverpool Street stations. I've been to Russell Square, where the bomb went off on the double decker bus. Although London is a lot farther from home than New York, these attacks strike me in a slightly different way.
I remember riding the Tube last summer, almost always carrying a backpack and thinking how easy it would be for someone to come onto the train with explosives. It was a scary thought at the time, one that I tried to push out of my mind. But it's even scarier to think that I was right. And the problem is that there isn't much that can be done about it. Are authorities going to inspect the bags and briefcases and packages of all the millions of people who ride the Tube every day? It just doesn't seem possible.
Terrorism has never achieved its objectives. I can't think of one example when terrorists were able to make a political victory based on an act of violence. All that terrorist attacks do is cement the wills of politicians against whatever political cause the terrorists happen to be supporting and take the lives of innocent civilians who most likely have little to do with that cause. I'm not condoning any sort of killing, but it seems cowardly to take the lives of innocent bystanders rather than targeting political opponents. Terrorism has never been an effective tactic and never will be.
I will be praying for the victims of this attack and all their families and I ask that any of you who believe in the power of prayer to do the same.

Jaked on Green Beers - Alkaline Trio

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