In the words of Ice Cube, today was a good day. What a stupid way to start off a post. Whatever.

Today a water main broke somewhere or other, and Uni High Gym lost water. But apparently the administration was told that Uni High itself was going to be without water, so they made the decision to close school. We got out at 10:40. With the whole day open, it seemed a shame not to waste it doing something fun. So I went with Mark, Cordelia, Matt, and Ben around campus. We spent a few hours there, had lunch at Za’s and hung out on their couches for a while. Then we rented Chasing Amy and went to Cordelia’s house to watch it. I didn’t get home until about 5:30. I’ve got to do my homework when my dad gets home at 7, since he’s got my backpack. Luckily I don’t have too much to do, though, so it shouldn’t be too much of a pain.

Chasing Amy is actually quite good, I really enjoyed it. Movies often do funny things to me. Like I think about something, usually some aspect of the movie, large or small, and it really affects me mentally or emotionally. I liked the entire movie, but what really got to me from Chasing Amy was the references to suburban New Jersey. These are my roots, I knew a bunch of the places they were talking about. And the weird thing is New Jersey that is different from here. There’s this… I dunno, it’s not describing it right but this sorta pathetic hopelessness and subculture that develops there. Here, in the midst of the ever-present buffer of the fields, there isn’t so much talk about what goes on beyond this city. What is there? Not another large place for many miles. In suburbia, it’s just town after town after town. New Jersey is Less than Jake’s “look what happened” and “history of a boring town.” Here is… I don’t know what yet. But there just isn’t this whole world that there is in Jersey. There’s this huge network of youth, and it’s not so much that you’re a conscious part of it as that you just kinda know its there. Here there isn’t that. Maybe I just can’t detect it, but it just isn’t the same. It’s too self-contained. Or at least that’s how it seems.

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