Monday, June 26, 2006

Have you ever noticed that every single Adventist institution has somehow managed to dredge up a quirky foreign man (typically of Generation X and frequently single), whom it has presumably hired to prowl about the area being spiritual and youth-oriented? This type of man is utterly creepy to me.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

I never thought I'd need to learn something in Italian like, "I'm sorry I'm breasting you in the back, but would you please stop breathing on my elbow?"

Sunday, June 18, 2006

We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.
- Anais Nin

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

So, the lyrics to Meatloaf's Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer than They Are used to be posted here. However, I will assume that you all know how to use Google (should you be dying to read them again), and instead of posting more Meatloaf lyrics, I will simply replace that song with only a portion of a different song. You're welcome.

[Girl:] Will you raise me up, will you help me down?
Will you get me right out of this Godforsaken town?
Will you make it all a little less cold?

[Boy:] I can do that! I can do that!

[Girl:] Will you hold me sacred? Will you hold me tight?
Can you colorize my life, I'm so sick of black and white?
Can you make it all a little less old?

[Boy:] I can do that! Oh oh, now I can do that!

[Girl:] Will you make me some magic, with your own two hands?
Can you build an emerald city with these grains of sand?
Can you give me something I can take home?

[Boy:] I can do that! Oh oh now, I can do that!

[Girl:] Will you cater to every fantasy I got?
Will ya hose me down with holy water, if I get too hot?
Will you take me places I've never known?

[Boy:] I can do that! Oh oh now, I can do that!

[Girl:] After a while you'll forget everything
It was a brief interlude and a midsummer night's fling
And you'll see that it's time to move on

[Boy:] I won't do that. No I won't do that...

[Girl:] I know the territory, I've been around
It'll all turn to dust and we'll all fall down
And sooner or later, you'll be screwing around

[Boy:] I won't do that. No I won't do that...

- from Meatloaf's I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)

The only thing that gets me through finals is 80s music (with a little from the 70s thrown in).

Friday, June 09, 2006

Indeed, he [former President Jimmy Carter] proposed that the U.S. spend a thousand billion dollars (a trillion dollars) in the next five years on its military forces. And the administration had just announced that the Department of Agriculture would save $25 million a year by no longer giving free second helpings of milk to 1.4 million needy schoolchildren who got free meals in school.
- from The Twentieth Century by Howard Zinn

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Here are some things I've realized I must do before I die:

  • Name a girl child Tatiana.
  • Name a boy child Stanislav.
  • Learn Latin.
  • Smoke a pipe.
  • Write a fantasy novel extensively involving the ocean.
  • Visit Berlin.
  • Attend a Star Trek convention.
  • Read Homer.
  • Take jazz dance again.
  • Play at Carnegie Hall (even if breaking in is involved).
  • Read some Chekov.
  • Watch every episode of Star Trek ever made and released.
  • Faint at least once.
  • Live somewhere with a pool.
  • Own a cat that is not spayed and permit it to have kittens.
  • Correspond extensively with C. J. Cherryh.
  • Win something based on merit.
  • Visit NASA headquarters.
  • Learn to cook wonderful things with fresh herbs.
  • Travel across the Pacific by ship.
  • See that my mother gets a horse again.

    There are lots more somewhere else (tucked into the recesses of my brain, for example), but here are a few, for posterity and for you.