Thursday, October 30, 2003

I had a dream last night that I was smoking a pipe...

I would inhale the tobacco smoke deep into my lungs and then I would blow it out in a continuous/continual (?) stream. Sometimes the stream was thicker and longer in duration than at others. It all depended on my confidence...

Later in my dream, I approached my sister with the pipe in my mouth--expecting her to be shocked--but instead she told me that she had been a smoker all these years, in fact that it was her secret to staying thin.

How can we interpret this dream considering that I've never smoked anything in all of my 24 years?
I dunno.

And I still don't know what to be for Halloween.

Saturday, October 25, 2003

Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)
Written by Tommy Shaw
Lead Vocals by Tommy Shaw

You see the world through your cynical eyes
You're a troubled young man I can tell
You've got it all in the palm of your hand
But your hand's wet with sweat and your head needs a rest

And you're fooling yourself if you don't believe it
You're kidding yourself if you don't believe it
How can you be such an angry young man
When your future looks quite bright to me
How can there be such a sinister plan
That could hide such a lamb, such a caring young man

You're fooling yourself if you don't believe it
You're kidding yourself if you don't believe it
Get up, get back on your feet
You're the one they can't beat and you know it
Come on, let's see what you've got
Just take your best shot and don't blow it

You're fooling yourself if you don't believe it
You're killing yourself if you don't believe it
Get up, get back on your feet
You're the one they can't beat and you know it
Come on, let's see what you've got
Just take your best shot and don't blow it


Sunday, October 19, 2003

Let me tell you a story about a little kid I once knew...

This little boy, let's call him Bryan, signed up to play AYSO soccer. And the way that AYSO teams are made up is by school boundaries, and for some reason Bryan's boundaries included a lot of kids who looked like they'd never even seen a soccer ball in their life before.
Well, Ryan...er...Bryan was snotty at an early age and didn't want to associate with "losers." So Bryan's mom went to the AYSO director and signed Bryan onto a team that Bryan had heard (from his soccer playing friend) was good.
Bryan enjoyed his stint on the "winning" team as it went on to an undefeated record crushing every team it played, including the team of "losers" that Bryan would've played on had his mom not given in to his demands.
Years later after all the soccer playing had ended, one thing always stuck out in Bryan's mind. When Bryan's mother told the AYSO director that Bryan wanted to switch teams the director replied, "okay, but if he stays he could really help out the team and maybe even be a star player."


What would've happened to Bryan had he stayed on that team? Would he have made a difference? Would they have even won a game? Would anyone even have cared? Who knows...but at least he would've had the chance at being a star player...

Monday, October 13, 2003

"And just when I think that things are in place, the heavens are secure, the whole thing explodes in my face."

Just Another Day - Oingo Boingo

Sometimes it's easy to feel like one has, contrary to the belief of a small minority, not Midas' touch but Bernie Hincklemeyer's touch, a touch that smears all things in aged automobile sludge.

I have recently come to the conclusion that I am my own worst enemy.

"Help me get away from myself."

Wednesday, October 08, 2003

Library ettiquette or am I just really touchy?

I like to go into the quiet study area of the Sandy library because, for obvious reasons, it's quiet. Or at least that's how it's supposed to be...

The fellow sitting next to the door breaks every single quiet room rule.
(1) He shakes his legs for the whole 3 hours that I'm in the room. I don't know if he has an itch and he relieves it by vibrating his buttocks on the chair? But this guy is an animal!
(2) He whips out an ICEE beverage and, no joke, slurps the final remaining contents loudly.
Okay, I can't remember the other quiet room rules but I know that he broke them...what an inconsiderate jerk!
So I leave the room every 30 minutes or so for a quick water break. (Plus, it's a great excuse to browse the movie titles). As I walk through the library I happen upon another kid talking full volume on a cellphone. "DID YOU READ THAT BOOK I GAVE YOU? OH? NOT YET?" I shoot him dirty side glances and think to myself, "has this world gone mad? There was a day when one could depend on the library to be a place of solace and sanctuary. Librarians ruled with an iron fist and "SHHH!" was heard if a "5-inch" whisper suddenly grew in length."

I'm thinking, after seeing "Taxi Driver" last night, that the only solution is my own brand of vigilante justice. "Hey punk on the cellphone...you talkin' to me? You must be talkin' to me because cell phones aren't allowed in the library. BANG!" I'm taking the library back!

Wednesday, October 01, 2003

Well kiddies, it's the month of October and you all know what that means...HALLOWEEN.

What better way to celebrate this fun holiday than with Halloween mood music?
I've comprised the following list of Halloween mood enhancing classics...(not in any significant order necessarily).

Weird Science - Oingo Boingo
Dead Man's Party - Oingo Boingo
Just Another Day - Oingo Boingo
No One Lives Forever - Oingo Boingo
The Killing Moon - Echo and the Bunnymen
Possum Kingdom - The Toadies
This Is Halloween - Jack Skellington (Nightmare Before Christmas Soundtrack)
Thriller - Michael Jackson
A Night on Bald Mountain - Moussorgsky
Erlkonig - Schubert
Hell - Squirrel Nut Zippers
Midnight Special - CCR
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Just - Radiohead

Use at your own risk.