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"To announce there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."
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June 24, 2004

The GRE is dead

I killed it. Yep, my good-ol' beads-and-braids peacenik self committed an act of violence today --against the GRE. For those who don't know, the GRE is the Graduate Record Examination... Basically it's the SAT for those who want to get into grad school. Everyone has to take it, and nobody likes it. The darn thing took me 4 hours (well, 3 hours and 58 minutes to be exact) to complete. I rushed through some of it, got nervous as my time ran out, and was certain toward the end that I had completely screwed up my chances at ever gracing the halls of a graduate institution (not really, but it's more interesting to say that than I hoped for the best). Anyway, I ended up doing better than I expected and improved my score by an acceptable margin.


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June 17, 2004

Random, random

I intensely dislike looking for a new job. Online job searches, resumes, cover letters, everything associated with it. It's something I have to do, or else I'll be broke in 3 seconds flat... it would be great, though, if I didn't have to beat back 500 other people going for the same positions.

Since we're on the topic of things I don't like, how about when people don't return phone calls or e-mails? Now, I know I'm horrible at this myself (just ask my old roomie, and she'll probably give you a long list of my offenses) but I get irritated when other people do it. And it seems like in the last week, nobody has called or e-mailed me back. Is it me? Do I have something in my teeth?

The GRE test is coming up next week. I'm cramming my brain full of new vocabulary. These are words I'll probably never see again in my life. Is it really necessary for me to know what tonsure means in order to be successful in life? I don't think so. Anyway, my test anxiety is starting to kick in, which I'm sure will get pretty bad in the next few days. I paid over $100 for this thing. Anyone else take it?

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June 12, 2004

No Doubt it was Hella Good

I just got back a few minutes ago from the Blink 182/No Doubt show at Blossom. The show was great, even if I only had lawn seats (hey, they were free!) Despite the fact that I still have wet butt prints on the seat of my jeans (the grass was unfortunately damp) I'm a very happy camper. Blink was hilarious... lots of momma jokes there. They kept a lively mosh pit going (which raged on about 10 feet in front of me), but I don't think they worked the crowd as well as No Doubt. I didn't see a single person without their hands in the air when they played Hella Good. Gwen's voice is amazing. Loved it. Now off to dry my jeans...

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June 11, 2004

I concede, Harry Potter

I have never been a fan of Harry Potter. Despite the public frenzy (and my roommate's obsession) over Hogwart's boy wonder, I had no desire to read the books or watch the flicks. Really. Give me Narnia any day; plagiarized occultic fantasy just doesn't hold my interest. At least it didn't... until I saw the latest installment of the Potter movie magic. I checked it out with my aforementioned Harry-crazed roomie, and I must say that I was pleasantly surprized. It was a really good movie, even for someone who knew little about the story to begin with. Ron was especially hilarious. So, I concede. Harry Potter is not so bad... I don't expect to be picking up a book any time soon, but another flick or two I can handle. Here's to Hogwarts and the next bewitching action adventure!

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June 06, 2004

Dieting woes

About a month ago I started doing the South Beach Diet. I had read in countless articles online that the SBD was not really a diet per se, because unlike other fad diets it didn't necessitate a strict no-carb or no-fat regimen. You didn't have to follow strict calorie rules or calculate food points each day. Sounded great to me. I went to the library to pick up the book and began my new life change with enthusiasm. It's too bad I only lasted about five hours.

The main problem as I see it is my addiction to pasta. And bread. And potatoes and stuff. And those are all the things that this diet (and it is a diet) explicitly prohibits. The book includes this long laundry list of forbidden foods (rice, bread, carrots, pasta, corn, potatoes, etc.) that gives me withdrawal symptoms just reading it through. A hopeless shmuck like me is doomed to fail.

Since the initial SBD kick off, I restarted the required 2-week carb-cleansing period every time I cheated. I've restarted phase one about thirteen or fourteen times now. And tomorrow I'll have to start it again (it was the white rice and bagel that did me in today). Needless to say I'm not going to send in my success story to the South Beach crew any time soon. Hopefully, though, I'll make the 14 consecutive carb-free days by Christmas time. Who's with me?

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June 01, 2004

Home from the windy city

Chicago is officially my new favorite city (of course, I say the same thing about every place I visit, but it was honestly a really hot town). I got back Sunday afternoon after spending 3 nights in a downtown hotel. It's great to be sleeping in my own bed again, although Euclid is nowhere near as exciting. There were so many things to do... so many places I wanted to see that I didn't get to hit them all. Maybe a summer road trip is in order. There's still an art museum and a planetarium calling me there. But I had a lot of fun... observe:

B, Me, and KT standing in front of our convention poster

A view of Chicago at night from Navy Pier

Katie sitting with this punked-out guy at Navy Pier. Awesome hair!

I found Nemo at the Shedd Aquarium

Me in front of the shark tank. Jaws was a little camera shy.

David from Real World season 7 and the RW/RR Challenge: the Inferno was staying at our hotel. I didn't get a chance to say hi or take a picture... I didn't want to be a pain in the ass, so I let him hang out in the hotel lobby undisturbed. It was fun to see a Real World alum though. David, bring CT along next time :)

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