Sunday, October 22, 2006

This Blog Made Possible From Viewers Like You...

Ok, because I am the coolest person ever I have spent the past 3 hours of my life infront of the television watching PBS. Ironically, I was at my dad's house where i do have cable, and perhaps this is just the result of my half-asleep haze, but i must admit that is some quality television...

the first thing that really caught my interest was a show called Roadtrip Nation. PBS sponsors 3 groups of friends from different countries on a roadtrip across north america to talk to people and find out more about what they want to do with their lives. This reminded me of something I've been wanting to do for ages, even before the whole roadtrip thing started the past summer. Seriously, I don't even really care who comes so long as i get to drive from connecticut to california, and really learn about what it means to be an American along the way. Our country is vastly diverse, and im sure that one cannot even begin to imagine how many billions of individual life stories from billions of different perspectives are waiting to be told. I have lived my entire life in a tiny little state in a tiny little portion of one of the largest and most influential countries in the world, and i want to see what the rest of it is all about.

the second show offered caught my interest because of its relativity to an upcoming paper i have due in my comparitive government class. (you laugh now, but just wait...) It informed me of the Clean Elections Campaign movement. This movement advocates that, because of the mass pecunial-based corruption in politics, canidates should have the option to run for election on public money if they can gain enough signatures and small 5 dollar contributions. They would have to agree however, to accept no donations from lobbyists and allow their time in office/while campaigning to be open to total scrutiny by the public. Though there are flaws to this plan (possible waste of taxpayer's money, and perhaps a little too much descriptive representation as just about anyone popular enough can run) I think that over all it is a good idea. Regardless of the specifics of the plan, I am glad to see that so many people are also aggrivated with how corrupt our political system is, and the desperate need for some sort of reform that will make politics more productive in actually meeting the needs of the people. One of my favorite fetures of the plan is that because canidates need to win over massive public support inorder to qualify, they will spend more time campaging from door to door and personally getting those five dollar contributions (that almost anyone can give) and signatures than talking to only a wealthy few.

But this also made me ask another question: once you're donating money into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, is it really going to make that much of a difference in your campaign's sucess? obviously money is needed to make pamphlets and T shirts, but does the flashy, pretty looking pamphlet really convince you more than the plain one regardless of the ideas inside it? I know that that's probably true, but doesnt that just make you feel a little bit ashamed, that your opinion is so easily swayed by something so superficial? we've known for a long time that money is power, but should it be?

(on the same note, i must admit that the PBS commercial to give them more money was very convincing, Is PBS really not owned by the govt? I always thought it was....Because if it seriously isn't owened by the govt or a major corporation and just doing this for the people like they said i am def considering a donation... not to mention their needy begging usually annoys the heck out of me and it's a few dollars closer to them shutting up if they ever will)


What else is going on in my life? pretty much the usual nothing. I realized that my optometric prescrition has doubled in the past two years with me barely realizing it (yes, i may have been driving next to you) so now i'm gonna wear my glasses more often. Plus, i just got a really cute pair of purple ones that (hopefully) dont look as dorky as my old ones. My dad might finally let me drive with my friend (yayyy!) and my awesome-sexy-red-shoes came but theyre a size too big, so we'll all have to wait another month to see juicy's feet at their finest. I almost had and ED/EA related epiphany, but I still think Im'm gonna wait it out to regular decision, though I am a little frightened that I wont get in to either Brown or Harvard and will be wanting to shoot my current self. Any Advice? I'll give the full pros and cons another time.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

20 Questions

So vertical had this funky questionairre thing, and I have four hours of free time, so here goes:
1. You can press a button that will make any one person explode. Who would you blow up?
a serial killer/rapist/pedophile/terrorist that would ruin countless lives otherwise
2.You can flip a switch that will wipe any band or musical artist out of existence. Which one will it be?

there are so many...just one is not nearly enough...
3.Who would you really like to just punch in the face?

probably some obnoxious bigot or chauvanist, or anyone who makes fun of my boobs
4.What is your favorite cheese?

this camembert with fruit in it, or baked brie with fruit and nuts on top. cheese-in-a-can is also there, but im not sure if it counts...
5.You can only have one kind of sandwich. Every sandwich ingredient known to humankind is at your immediate disposal. What kind will you make? sloppy joe, or six-inch-lettuce/cheese/tomato/mayo-on-honey-oat-bread (yes, i can do that all in one breath)
6.You have the opportunity to sleep with the movie celebrity of your choice. We are talking no-strings-attached sex and it can only happen once. Who is the lucky celebrity of your choice? hm...probably jack sparrow (not johnny depp, jack sparrow) or gordo from lizzie maguire
7.You have the opportunity to sleep with the music-celebrity of your choice. Who do you pick? Slash from like 20 years ago when he was on the cover of rolling stone, omggggg
8. Now that you've slept with two different people in a row, you seem to be having an excellent day because you just came across a hundred-dollar bill on the sidewalk. Holy shit, a hundred bucks! How are you gonna spend it? i save part of it, the rest will eventually go to Starbucks and clothing, namely shoes (*feels bad* and maybe the african kids will get some too...)
9.You just got a free plane ticket to anywhere. You have to depart right now. Where are you gonna go? Europe
10.Upon arrival to the aforementioned location, you get off the plane and discover another hundred-dollar bill. Shit! Now that you are in the new location, what are you gonna do? somehow fly one of my friends over mad cheap, and spend the rest of the money barhopping
11.An angel appears out of Heaven and offers you a lifetime supply of the alcoholic beverage of your choice. It is...? smirnoff ice, any flavor
12.Rufus appears out of nowhere with a time-traveling phone booth. You can go anytime in the PAST. What time are you traveling to and what are you going to do when you get there? probably 4pm any weekday in the summer. im hanging out with my friends at the pool club or at home (aka doing nothing) then getting online and drinking and talking to people for like 4 hours (again, aka doing nothing) sleep. repeat.
13.You discover a beautiful island upon which you may build your own society. You make the rules. What is the first rule you put into place? no rules, just right...
14.You have been given the opportunity to create the half-hour TV show of your own design. What is it called and what's the premise? "awkward"-me and my friends lives at boarding school
15.What is your favorite curse word? Fuck (esp. when combined with shit, ie, Shitfuckers!!!!)
16.One night you wake up because you heard a noise. You turn on the light to find that you are surrounded by MUMMIES. The mummies aren't really doing anything, they're just standing around your bed. What do you do? call the shrink, i've finally snapped
17.Your house is on fire, holy shit! You have just enough time to run in there and grab ONE inanimate object. Don't worry, your loved ones and pets have already made it out safely.So what's the item? am I a horrible person for saying my cash stash? laptop is probably more practical, or all my legal documents. (sorry for being so boring and practical, maybe my yearbooks or stuffed cow/bear when you get down the list...)
18.The Angel of Death has descended upon you. Fortunately, the Angel of Death is pretty cool and in a good mood, and it offers you a half-hour to do whatever you want before you bite it. Whatcha gonna do in that half-hour? sex...just, sex....(preferably with someone attractive but im not gonna be picky on my death bed)
19.You accidentally eat some radioactive vegetables. They were good, and what's even cooler is that they endow you with the super-power of your choice! What's it gonna be? no thanks, my nexus powers are already enough (i also happen to be the Daughter of God)
20.You can re-live any point of time in your life. The time-span can only be a half-hour, though. What half-hour of your past would you like to experience again? didnt you just ask that? though i do have a bunch of things from middle school, like dousing paul gamble with capri sun or winning the arm wrestling match in bio just to name a few...
21.You can erase any horrible experience from your past. What will it be? none, shit happens, how you deal with it helps shape who you are (though i suppose thinking i was actually gonna die last year sorta sucked...)
22.You got kicked out of the country for being a time-traveling heathen who sleeps with celebrities and has super-powers. But check out this cool shit... you can move to anywhere else in the world! Bitchin'! What country are you going to live in now? England or France (or start my own country, mwhahahah!)
23.This question still counts, even for those of you who are under age. Check it out. You have been eternally banned from every single bar in the world except for ONE.Which one is it gonna be? the beach shack where we go on vacation, shout outs to JJ and Bob!!
24.Hopefully you didn't mention this in the super-powers question.... If you did, then we'll just expand on that. Check it out... Suddenly, you have gained the ability to FLOAT!!! Whose house are you going to float to first, and be like "Dude, check it out... I can FLOAT!"? Bagel' if his mom doesn't already think im enough of a wierdo...
25.The constant absorption of magical moonbeams mixed with the radioactive vegetables you consumed earlier has given you the ability to resurrect the dead famous-person of your choice. So which celebrity will you bring back to life? Jesus
26.The Celestial Gates of Beyond have opened, much to your surprise because you didn't think such a thing existed. Death appears. As it turns out, Death is actually a pretty cool entity, and happens to be in a fantastic mood. Death offers to return the friend/family-member/person, etc. of your choice to the living world. Who will you bring back? maybe my paternal grandma, never really knew her too well, no one reallllllly close to me has ever died (luckily) so i might ask one of my older relatives or friends what they want and do them a favor.
27.What's your theme song?

depends on my mood, though I want them to play "I hope you dance" at my funeral

Friday, October 13, 2006

Wow This is a Pathetic Post...

Ok, for those of you that do not know me, i go to a school where we have a half day of school on wednesdays and saturdays instead of a full day on wednesday. I dont normally mind this, except I dont really get that much sleep (at least not when im actually working hard)

But this weekend is special. I have no classes saturday, i am not taking the evviiiill SATs again, and my afternoon program starts whnever i want it too. In other words: pARTAYYYYY!!!!

..well, actually no. We had this really funny SAT dinner (which is def the most ive laughed in a month, how sad is that...) i've been online for an hour, and in another 30 minutes my friend and i are watching Nip Tuck on DVD. I will probably be passed out after 2 episodes. I finally have a real weekend, and this is what i do with it...(i was considering getting ahead in my work, but that might be too shameful even for me) Seriously. What is school doing to my already barely- existant-by-a-thread life? I suppose i would have more to do if all my other friends were also not having class/not taking the SATS/ not going to a wedding, but still....Where's the highschool we've always wanted? How did I end up here again? WHERE ARE THE KEGS MAN??

oh well, im going home next weekend, this is def inspiration to make it kick ass....(unless of course i tour more colleges....fuck)

while i'm bftsob, what else is happenning in my fraction of a life? ooh, i scared some prospective students away the other day (with the help of joe yankus in a skirt) and my room is fucking freezing. untill then, when it does happen, ill let you know...

Thursday, October 05, 2006

The Elliptical is a LIE!!!!!!!!

Seriously....I've always figured there was a difference between the elliptical and
the treadmill, but this is absurd. If I can run 3 miles nonstop in a little under
half an hour on the elliptical, I'm in good shape, right? Apparently not. I did a
warm up mile on the elliptical (yes ladies and gentleman, Juicy does, infact,
exercise on occassion)and then went on the treadmill, only to find that after 2/3
of a mile at 6mph (which still only gets me a ten minute mile) I was out.
Furthermore, I can only cringe when I think of the time it once took me twelve
minutes to run a mile on the elliptical...

Anyway, this is my goal- by the time I graduate i will be able to do 3 consecutive
miles on the treadmill in just at or under half an hour (and also have a killer
stomach cuz apparently running on the treadmill works your abs too)

Ok that's really it for today....come visit me in the costumes shop!!!

oh ps- Mark Sutherland still needs to die, and I'm not terribly happy with vertical either....(which is like the understatement of the century)

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Back In Orange...

I was bored and catching up with all my friends' blogs, so I decided to get back in the game. Heres whats been on my mind.

1. Maybe its just because i have more friends this year (being a senior, you meet alot of people in 3 years...) but i find myself being more and more of a gossip whore. Now, gossip is very interesting and funny and all, but sometimes it feels like we never talk about anything else. Obviously relationship drama is a quality aspect to life in highschool, but c'mon, we don't need to discuss it ad nauseum. there is more to life....right? You may hear me say something like "life is getting too small" what i mean to say is that my main area of focus has been reduced to such a tiny specturm (often to school, gossip/relationships, my friends, and in winter, hockey) and i feel i am becoming a less beneficial member of society by being so superficial. Obviously there's not much else going on in our young and meaningless (or at least very often, directionless) lives, but it would be nice to at least be able to hold an intelligent conversation about something else. (then again, if you have anything juicy, im still all ears...)

2. So everyone else seems really stressed out about this college thing and im well...not. i mean, i am concerned, and probably should schedule some interviews, but i just sortof have faith that i'll get in somewhere. My grades and extra curriculars are good, and i may not get into Harvard (my on and off top choice) but im still not heading to High Point University any time soon. (their brochure reads "complimentary beverages in between classes! new leather furniture in all the dorm rooms!" i kid you not...) On that note, with my list only consisting of 3 ivies and smith so far, i do really need to start looking at more safety/plausible schools, but i find myself really reluctant to take a college weekend, i can do this during winter break, right?

3. On the topic of stress, kiddies, here is the secret to school success: get lots of sleep and take lots of english classes. You would think my schedule would be harder than last year, i have double the number of APs plus a philosophy class and skipped a level in french. Is it? no, not at all. Maybe i am just used to working my ass off until 3am junior year (*shudder*) but with a whole 3 free blocks and teachers that could care less about actual deadlines (again, i stress the humanities...) this year so far has been amazing. last year i worked my ass off for a B+, and A-s were the rare product of hard, hard, work. This year i cant help but feel like im slacking off, but ive gotten two 95s in a row, plus a bunch of other As. infact, the only bad grades ive gotten were an 86 (horrible, i know) and a 77 (were working on that...) I am also getting 7 hours of sleep a night, something that could even be called 'breakfast' (portable coffee mugs=genius) and having a social life. maybe i just keep getting lucky (nexus powers) and sometimes i really feel i am pushing it, and that this bubble is going to burst and come back to bite me in the ass, but until then i am seriously not complaining...

though on that note, i probably should actually do my french HW, seeing as that 77 still needs a lift...later!