Tuesday, September 27, 2005

good, then icky, then good again

somedays are good.

but then, somedays are just plain icky. and you're sitting in your room, feeling icky, all alone, and then a good friend with good instincts comes over and makes you're icky day all better.

and now you can smile again and go back to having good days again.

thanks, friend.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

why must I be surrounded by FRICKIN' IDIOTS!

As Em read me Heather's blog about the girl who thought that she was "taking in calories all the time when I breath and stuff", I thought, surely this anorexic-probably-bleach-blonde-I-want-to-be-Paris-Hilton-twenty-something-I-sleep-in-a-tanning-bed chick is the most disturbingly stupid individual out there.

Then I met her match.

Here is a partial phone converstation I overheard at school the other day...

"...so, I think that the humidity makes the air thicker...so that the UV rays can't get through..."

Wow...wow...so, all those people living in humid Miami Beach are WHITER THAN WHITE due to all that thick air blocking those pesky UV rays...riiiiight...

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Lost &...

Everyone has their moments or fear, of frustration, and then of outright shock, panic, and dread.

And I used to laugh at those people. Until yesterday...

I mean, you always think, "that would never happen to me", and "wow! that must suck for that person". You frolic around in your daydreamy life, thinking your safe, and smart, and kind of OCD to a good point; i.e., you know at all times where you're wallet lives because you aren't the type of person to lose a wallet! That's just crazy talk.

And then it happens. You LOSE you wallet! It isn't there, its tiny home in your purse or backpack where you left it. Credit cards, gone. All forms of ID, bu-bye.

Now that's definitely NOT funny. And it could happen to YOU!

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Headlines of the Day

Inventor fuels car with dead cats

"Can you really make fuel out of cats? We're going to keep an eye on this case," Apel said.

Report: Rat Catchers 0-For-Decade

"Rats are not hard to find in New Delhi...However, the officials couldn't recall when or where they had last set up a trap, the newspaper said."

Elf Finger Found In Box Of Keebler Cookies

"An average Keebler elf is about as tall as a Chips Deluxe cookie. The finger in question is far too big to be that of an elf."

Friday, September 09, 2005

The Art of Falling

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005; Location: Mount Somma, Pollena Trocchia, Italy
While climbing the mountain, we reached a very steep part where we had to grab at stalks of wheatgrass to pull ourselves up to a somewhat flatter part. I successfully pulled myself up by the stalks, only to find myself walking on an incline of old volcanic matrix. My journal tells the rest of the story:

"I was walking on a slanted side of the volcanic matrix and slowly I felt myself tip over until I fell completely into the brush! I never thought you could actually fall over in slow motion, but you can! I laughed hysterically at myself, and the vulcanologist and his wife helped me up."

Friday, September 9, 2005; Location: Brigham Young University, south side
As I was in my PDBIO 205 class, the sky decided to open up and a torrential downfall ensued. I had to get down to the Museum of Peoples and Cultures just south of campus, but decided to wait until the weather calmed down. About 10 minutes later, I left the MARB and headed south, only to realize that I should have listened to that little voice inside my head this morning that sounded something like this:

"It sure does look like rain today. Those rubber flip-flops will be quite treacherous in the rain. You'll probably slip and fall if you put those things on."

I had ignored the voice, and now, as I was trying to walk on wet cement, I had to do so very delicately so I wouldn't slip and fall. I was doing fine, until I reached stairs. I had a premonition that trying to walk down slippery stairs in rubber flip-flops would end in disaster. And it did. I hadn't even taken 2 steps when I slipped and fell on my behind. Ouch.

In Conclusion:
I fall a lot.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Things that annoyed me this week: Part 1

You know that feeling you get when you're climbing that first hill on the roller coaster, and you realize that you REALLY didn't want to go on the ride. Click, click, click, click... But you can't do a dang thing about it. Just sit there, and wait to die.

This is how I felt this week. Click, click, click, click...

First, my classes are absurd and demanding. Sure I get to study human cadavers, but the book required to do this cost $125. I'm quite excited that I'll have a paper published at the end of the year in a book, but my professor wants it by the middle of the month and JUST handed my MORE information he wants me to look over and incorporate into my paper. Hooray for learing more about political and economc anthropology and medical plualism in Africa, but I have to read HOW many books and write HOW many papers? "It's gonna be rough."

Second, all the coverage of thte aftermath of Hurrican Katrina is starting to cross that line between NPR-trusted-objective-esque coverage to Fox-ridiculous-absurd-biased coverage. A reporter yesterday stated that these poor,stranded people in New Orleans were in such dire condition that they "couldn't even buy cigarettes". Hmmm...let's see...babies are dying, people are living in squalid and unhealthly condtions, help is coming very slowly, and we should be concerned with GETTING THESE PEOPLE CIGARETTS?! Please. My favorite is a commentary I watched on CNN this morning comparing the conditions at the Superdome to a "modern-day genocide". Alright, what lowly fact checker isn't being paid here? First of all, this is a natural disaster, and isn't even close to the UN definition of genocide. I can't even comprehend who would have the gaul to put this disaster into the same category of the Holocaust, the Rawandan genocide, the Armenian genocide, and countless other horrible instances of actual genocide. And calling it "modern-day" shocked me, too! So that whole Pol Pot thing, and that Rawandan stuff, guess that's not "modern"? Please, genocide has occured in recent times and continues to occur. If this bothers you as much as it does, please write to CNN and tell them to get their facts straight and to stop grossly overexaggerated this disaster by terming it a "genocide". And don't even get me started on the constant comparisons to the Tsunami.

Third, my overloaded memory that is not remembering the third thing that annoyed me this week. Doh!