Archive for March, 2003

Wednesday, March 26th, 2003 at about 9:45 am

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epitome

Wednesday, March 26th, 2003 at about 9:34 am

epitome

Every once in a while I see this car go by. The person driving it has one hand out the window, holding the leash of a dog. They’re “walking” the dog using a car, going one or two miles an hour and stopping whenever the dog wants to sniff something or poop. Talk about the pinnacle of laziness. Rock bottom may be a beautiful start, but its an awfully ugly place to be.

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all that monotony

Tuesday, March 25th, 2003 at about 9:23 pm

all that monotony

Isn’t it annoying when you can think of the opening chords to a song, but not the name of the song itself? If you remember the lyrics you can search for them, but if I say “I need the name of that song that goes: dun dun dun DA DA dun dun” that doesn’t really do anyone much good then does it? You can always sing it to a friend and hope to get an answer, though.

Speaking of friends, as of 12:00 AM tomorrow (my dad just had to be dramatic) I’m un-grounded. Good deal. So tomorrow morning I’ll give Zoë a few hours to sleep, and then its to the telephone.

I’m going to bed earlier and earlier, which is odd, considering its spring break. I’m getting about 9 hours a night, but it keeps shifting back. It started off going to bed at 12:30, now I’m down to 10:00. I think its mostly boredom. I have nothing to do at night. I sit at the computer, read, and listen to music all day, so after 10 hours of it I guess I’m just sick of all that.

I think I’ll go eat something. That’s my gut response whenever I’m bored. Which probably isn’t terribly healthy, but once I start putting on weight maybe I’ll worry.

Background noise: “Infra Riot” Soundtrack of Our Lives

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for the life of me

Tuesday, March 25th, 2003 at about 5:50 pm

for the life of me

The River City Rebels and Catch 22 are playing a show at the Metro in Chicago April 12th. Mayhap I’ll go. Depends on parental mood and the availability of cars. Time will tell.

I had a ridiculously unproductive day. I really didn’t do much of anything. The cleaning lady was here, and walked in on me while I was changing into pants in the laundry room (it was too cold for shorts, which I had put on this morning). She was very embarrassed. She didn’t really see anything, and I really don’t care, but she would almost blush and look away when I passed by her from then on. I was rather amused.

Background noise: “Freshmen” Mustard Plug

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death or better days

Tuesday, March 25th, 2003 at about 12:06 pm

death or better days

I have decided I quite like Catch 22. My friend recommended them to me long ago, because one of the kids who went to our school had a cousin who’s in the band. Thats, like, two degrees of separation. Woo. Anyway, they’re catchy (ah ha, what a pun!). I make too many puns, methinks. Oh well, I don’t think it matters very much.

When they come for me,
I’ll be sitting at my desk
with a gun in my hand,
wearing a bulletproof vest
singing
“my my my how the time does fly
when you know you’re gonna die
by the end of the night”

Background noise: “Keaseby Nights” Catch XXII

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nothing nowhere

Sunday, March 23rd, 2003 at about 11:44 pm

nothing nowhere

I think I’ll go to bed soon. I wandered around the house for a little while at about 9:30, struck with this dilemma or not wanting to go to sleep but having nothing better to do. I just watched TV. Or maybe read. I don’t even remember. But my boredom overall is decreasing. Thank God for modern media. Sure, it’ll poison my brain, but at least it keeps me entertained.

Background noise: “Supernothing” Catch 22

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idle hours

Sunday, March 23rd, 2003 at about 4:51 pm

idle hours

haHA! Fixed my computer. Apparently there wasn’t anything wrong with it, but after tearing it apart and rebuilding it everything’s all good. Horrah, I can spend hours on here again. I’m finding it easier and easier to spend time doing nothing in particular, which is bad, because when we have to go back to school I’m going to go crazy.

Background noise: “Snoop Bounce” Rage Against the Machine and Snoop Dogg

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‘wave your fist and march around just don’t take what you need’

Saturday, March 22nd, 2003 at about 8:54 am

‘wave your fist and march around just don’t take what you need’

DAMNIT. I’m grounded indefinitely. Why? For skipping two classes to go to an anti-war rally. I have no idea why my dad has gone totally fucking crazy over this, but he has. My mom argues with him a little, she doesn’t seem to think it’s fair, but he’s not listening. So now it’s spring fucking break and I can’t do anything with friends or have friends over. This is supposed to give me time to reflect on my stupid actions of late.

So now I’m pissed and depressed because I’m couped up in the house. In theory I can go outside, and I will, but after a while walks alone around town start to get tiresome. I guess I’ll spend today fixing my computer (which is completely broken, hence the lack of updates lately save for what I write on this laptop) and avoiding my dad.

What pisses me off most is that this is not a terribly effective means of getting me to stay in line. Yes, I doubt I’ll skip class any time soon for any reason, but now I’m just going to resent my parents. They want to treat me like a stupid little deliquent, well, I can be one. And to think I used to wonder why so many teenagers had bad relationships with their parents.

OK, enough stereotypical whining. I can’t get back to sleep, so I guess I’ll go downstairs and try to get some breakfast without looking at my dad.

Background noise: “Starfuckers, Inc.” NIN

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think of the future

Monday, March 17th, 2003 at about 7:42 pm

think of the future

Well, we’re screwed. Bush says 48 hours for Saddam Hussein to leave Iraq or it’s war. He’s not going to leave, and even if he did I get the sense that Bush would go ahead and attack anyway. So, basically, we’re totally fucked. The war will last only a few weeks, militarily it’ll probably be pretty basic. Iraq will be in ruins, many lives on both sides will be lost, but it’ll be swift and decisive. The worst part is yet to come. After a year of half-assed attempts to build a democracy in Iraq the administration will basically lose interest and leave Iraq to its own devices. We’ll develop a reputation (as if our rep in the Middle East wasn’t bad enough as it is) of Western cowboys who swoop in and decimate countries that are ALREADY poverty-stricken thanks to Western imperialism, then leave these newly destroyed nations to fend for themselves. Anti-Americanism will flourish. Wave upon wave of young extremist will join the ranks of terror networks. Within 5 years (probably much sooner) another major U.S. city will be hit, likely atleast as devastating as September 11, probably more. Then this whole destructive cycle begins again. War will be waged in country to country, creating a modern day Vietnam that doesn’t even have a given target. We march onwards towards the hellish totalitarianisms of early 20th century literature, except we’ll never make it that far. These wars will have completely drained the economy from it’s already weakened state, sending it into a death spiral. America is poor, it’s army weak and over-extended, and the country constantly harassed by terrorist groups.

Such are my predictions. Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe we’ll set up a stable democracy in Iraq, the administration will have cured its itchy trigger finger, and all will be right in the world. We have to wait and see. But mark my words, this will not end well.

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abort me

Sunday, March 16th, 2003 at about 12:21 am

abort me

Mmm, bagel with cream cheese and a glass of apple juice at midnight. I love it.

River City Rebels were rockin tonight at the Union. It was a good show, some of the other bands playing were good as well. One of them, the Deceptions, had a fantastic stage show. The lead singer would just like writhe and lurch around, acting totally crazy. Their music was cool too, very much the loud shouting-at-the-top-of-your-lungs style that I like sometimes. I’m actually regretting not getting their CD. But I got a RCR shirt, so it’s all good.

I’m ridiculously tired, so it’s off to bed.

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