So, I have a new hobby. Over break, I bought the new Mario Bros game. Over the past two days, I've become quickly obsessed. Usually, I dont play video games; I dont think I have turned on my Wii all semester. However, I grew up playing Mario. I remember when Super Mario World came out. I played that game after school everyday until I made it to the final level (World 8). I dont think I ever beat it, but the point is that I played it all the time. I remember when Mario Kart came out for Super Nintendo. I was obsessed with playing! I would beg my cousin to play with me. I usually lost, but that never stop me from picking up the controller.
Ten years later, I'm the same kid thats glued to the TV. I've been playing this game non-stop for the past 48 hours. I have no idea how I'm suppose to get through finals, or Comps for that matter. Right now, I think the best thing for me to do is beat the game as fast as I can... then, I can focus on my school work.
Today is the biggest shopping day of the year, and there was no way I was going out to fight the crowds. My family is all about Black Friday though. They woke up at about 2:30 so they could get to Old Navy by 3. After Old Navy, I think they may have gone to the black hole of the universe: Wal-Mart. I went to Wal-Mart once on Black Friday a few years ago, and I said I would never do it again. It's dangerous. People are unbalanced at 5 a.m. They'll run you over in the parking lot; they'll run you over with your baskets inside the store; parents will send their kids to distract you while they get merchandise off the shelf; physical fights were breaking out all across the store. They really needed the police inside there. And I hate just thinking about the lines.. I remember standing there for at least 3 hours.
No, this Black Friday I slept. I relaxed after a fun day with the family yesterday. We ate, played scrabble, and ate some more. It was the usual Thanksgiving celebration at the King residence.
I'm sure you have people in your life that you grew up with. For me, I have a set of friends that I went to school with since 6th grade. I spent practically everyday with them. We studied together, performed together, traveled together, and partied together. We really were inseperable sometimes.
Then, we went off to college. And I hate to admit it, but its not the same between us anymore. We've sort of grown apart. We dont talk nearly as much and its really difficult to get all of us in the same room. We're all doing incredible things though. Some of us have already graduated from college, some of us will be graduating in the spring, and some of us have already started families.
Today, I'm suppose to go out for drinks with my friend Shara. We've been hanging out since grade 7. We haven't always gotten along, but we've remained by each other sides through the years. Even though we only see each other sporadically, I still anticipate that tonight will be a good time. We'll laugh about the things we used to do in high school, talk about our current plans for the future, and ask how each other families are doing.
I guess what I'm trying to say that growing apart isn't so bad. I look at my friends, and I see that we all are moving in different directions. I'm proud of all of them, and when we (finally) get together, it'll be just like old times.
Lady Gaga might be the most interesting person in the pop world right now. People frequently pre-judge her. They say her outfits are insane; she's a hermaphrodite; she's bisexual; or, she has a teacup as a pet. The funny thing is, if you were to interview her, she would probably not disagree with any of those claims.
I've been watching youtube interviews with her, and she is brilliant (She attended NYU for a while before pursuing music). For instance, in one interview, a man asked her is she thought her sexual music lyrics were distracting for music listeners. She replied, "You see if I was a man... sitting here smoking a cigarette, grabbing my crotch, talking about how I like to make music about fast cars and having sex with girls... you'd call me a rock star. But when I do it in my videos and my music, you are judgemental. You say its 'distracting.' I'm just a rock star."
Concerning a tea cup she had as a "pet", she calls it a social experiment. One day, Gaga decided she would test the power of the press. She decided to take a completely arbitriary object, like a tea cup, and carry it around with her everywhere for the next 2 months. After the two month period, she decided to auction off the cup. Apparently, it went for half a million dollars. She concluded that if the press focused half its energy reporting on issues that matter, instead of a teacup, the public might be more informed.
Finally, she speaks out against homophobia a lot. She says, "I feel that there are very public misogynist and homophobic behavior in the hip-hop community... That's not ok. My message is the same. It's always wrong to hate, but its never wrong to love."
I feel her views are so varied and wonderful. She has so many layers as a person. Gaga is definitely more than a pop star; she is giving social commentary and critique from within the pop community... I think its been well over due.
Because I'm so busy at school, I don't have time for a lot of things. I dont have time for video games or facebook or even TV. I cant remember the last time I turn on the TV in my bedroom! However, this year I've fallen in love with a comedy show called It's Always Sunny in Philedelphia. The show is like a cross between Seinfeld and a Judd Apatow movie. That is, the show is about nothing and the humor is the inapprpiate kind found in Talladega Nights, Anchorman, and Knocked Up. It is hilarious! The characters are the most immoral creatures to walk this earth, and the situations they find themselves in are quite entertaining.
Like I said before, I really dont have time to watch TV. But, my friend Cliff introduced me to the show. After watching some episodes, I've decided I cant live without it. Sunny comes on Thursday nights, and I usually miss the first run. However, I make time the following Friday to catch up on the most recent episodes online. After a hard week of studying, watching Sunny is the best way for me to relax.
My younger sister had a baby about 6 months ago. The baby was 3 months premature. Since her birth, Jade has been in and out the hospital. Yesterday, she was hospitalized again. My mom says that the doctors think she might have pneumonia. I can only guess how my sister is feeling. When her baby was first born, she practically lived in the hospital for 2 months. Now, she is back there again. I'm sure she misses her own bed.
My family is really supportive though. They will always help my sister when they can. They'll stop by and drop off some lunch for her, or they will sit with the baby while she goes home to shower. Even though I am away, its comforting to know that my family is supporting my sister through this difficult time. I'm praying that the baby will be fully recovered by Christmas.
So, I left Wabash today for home. Usually, I fly home, but this time I decided to rent a car. The car ride down was pretty smooth, except for one thing. I didn't get pulled over by the cops or anything; however, I did see something unusual. As I was driving down 57-S, I saw a car catch fire! It was insane. The car was sitting in flames on the side of the road. I dont think anyone was inside the car though. After I realized there was a fire, I called 911. I guess I wasn't the only person shocked by the car because the 911 operator told me that they had already recieved like 10 calls about it. I couldn't stick around to see if everything was ok, but I pray that it was.
Outside of that, the car ride was uneventful. I got really sleepy about 3 hours into the drive. I stopped by a gas station and picked up a couple of red bulls. Now, I never used red bulls to study; so, I was skeptical about how effective these energy drinks might be. To my surprise, the drinks worked better than I expected. I was so focused on the road and oddly happy. I think the red bulls made me feel happy. I guess red bull really does give you wings.
A couple of days ago, I got terribly sick. It hit me quickly. I was lying in bed around 12:30 on Monday night and ran to the bathroom. It wasnt pretty once I got there. I was awake for the following eight hours in pain; it was the worst. The first thing I did Tuesday morning was see the nurse. As I walked to her office, I noticed how sore I was. I had a mild cough. When Nurse Lamb took my temperature, it was 101 degrees. She told me to come back in a couple of hours to see the doctor. As I walked back to Beta, I was almost sure I had H1N1.
The thought of getting H1N1 this week distressed me. I've been preparing my grad school applications, and I need to get them out by Friday. I did not want an illness to knock me on my back for 4 or 5 days. However, on Tuesday morning, it was nothing I could really do. I turned on some Bugs Bunny cartoons and fell asleep until it was time to see the doctor.
When I went back to the doctor's office, he told me I did not have H1N1 (thank God). He told me I did have the flu though. He gave it some fancy name, but essentially it was the stomach flu. He gave me some medicine and told me to get some rest for the next couple of days.
I'm glad to say I'm feeling better, but the thought of getting H1N1 really frightened me. I'm just glad I didn't have to go through with it.
WE WON THE GAME! WE WON THE GAME! WE WON THE GAME!
You can practically feel the electricity on campus right... everyone's excited. There is a special ringing of the bell ceremony in Chapel right now. Its cool because everyone on campus can come and ring the Bell if they want. This ceremony is especially appropiate because it underlines that the Bell belongs to the entire Wabash community: students, faculty, staff, and their families. Last Thursday, we had our traditional Bell Chapel. Matt Hudson, the quarterback, promised that the Bell was coming home this weekend. And he delivered.... its going to be a great night.
Sorry for the delay of this post. I've been intending to write, but this may be the worst month of my life. All my grad school applications are due less than a month away, and I want to be done with each of them before Thanksgiving Break. So, that pretty gives me this week and next week to get everything done. Most of the components of my application are finally here. I got my official GRE scores and my personal statement is in a form I'm proud of. In regards to my personal statement, I am so thankful that it's finally done. I've been writing it since last June. Dr. Horton, one of the psychology professors, has been working with me on it, and he has been especially patient with me. I cant count the hours I've spent in his office discussing that essay, but I'm so thankful he kept working with me.
In other news, this week is the Bell! It's weird to think that its the last one I will have as an undergrad. Where did all the time go? After two years, I'm praying that the Bell will come home next Saturday. That would be a great memory to add to this senior year. If we win, I feel like the celebration on campus that night would be legendary.... Everyone's so excited and ready to win. You can just feel the electricity.
This year, my Halloween wasn't spent in costume. I didn't go to a fraternity party or go trick-or-treating. I spent my Halloween at a wedding. A classmate of mine, James Brazill, got married yesterday. He asked me if I would attend and play the piano during cocktail hour. Of course I agreed. I've been practicing all week. I needed to warm up some songs I havent played for a while. I performed several classical tunes I learned years ago. It was really to perform again. Honestly, I miss the piano program from high school. I spent hours practicing and performing, but it was all worth it in the end. At the end of the day, I guess I'm a musician at heart. I love music, and I love to listen to others perform even more. I love to sit behind the piano and play until I'm sleepy. I miss that about high school.