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Thursday, April 28, 2005

Faith & Antagonism

Sometimes all I can see is the bad in people and it breaks my heart. I can only see a person for their shortcomings, their failures, their blasphemies and hypocrisy.

To counter this I usually try to think of something good about the person. If I can't immediately think of anything positive about them I tell myself to be patient, to ease off on casting judgement and to have faith that something positive will arise.

After a while I wonder if this judgemental process is a sort of a reflection of something that I do to myself. I'm sure there are times when I can only see myself for my shortcomings, for my failures, blashpemy and hypocrisy. I have to tell myself to be patient, to ease off on casting judgement and to have faith that something positive will arise.

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Wendy's Woman Gets the Finger

This is a picture of Anna Ayala, the woman who claimed she found a severed digit in a Wendy's bowl of chili. After a while she was arrested for making the whole story up, but not before the Wendy franchise suffered a significant loss in earnings. Poor wittle multinational money machine.

Anyways I was just curious as to what she looked like since i've been hearing so much about her on the news lately - It's not like i'm trying to point any fingers or anything.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

My Fellow High-School and College Alumni is Dead

"Three University of Illinois graduates were killed early Sunday morning after their car flipped over the median on Interstate 57, slamming into an incoming van." (Daily Illini)

Ramadan K. El-Amin, 23, was one of dead.

Ramadan and I went to Whitney Young high school together, sitting next to each other in Honors Spanish II during 7th period sophomore year. He was in a grade higher than me and taller than a tree it seemed. In class I would notice the marked contrast between the distances that both of our knees jutted out underneath our desks. Ramadan once told me that his name stood for a Muslim holiday that involved a prolonged period of fasting. He dressed very fashionably and his dark skin glowed with an unmistakable radiance. His bright shining smile could light up an entire hallway.

He is dead now and I feel a sense of unspeakable loss and gentle mourning.

Monday, April 18, 2005

David Sedaris Tickets

Yesterday I signed Ivette up for a chance to win a pair of tickets to see David Sedaris tonight at the Virginia Theatre here in Champaign. She never knew that I did, so when she got the call this morning saying that she won she was somewhat befuddled. She accepted the prize anyways.

Once I found out about this I led us through a series of twirls and hops and kicks and jigs for a while in the kitchen before finally calming down and telling her what we won. I'm so happy - I'm a big Sedaris fan and the only thing holding me back from buying tickets was the $40 price tag.

Wednesday, April 6, 2005

Life Happens

I haven't been blogging a lot lately. There's this thing called "growing-up" that is supposedly filled with these things called "responsibility" and "obligation" that take much of my time away from blogging. (PS I fucking hate it when people make airquotes with their fingers while taking out loud. You know what i'm "talking about" cause you've probably done it too - back in the early 90s. What I hate even more is when people do the airquotes twice and leave an extra set of invisible airquotes in the air. If you are going to gesticulate a played out hand-motion at least do it without the goddamn superfluous fucking pair of invisible quotation marks.)

So back to life. Last friday over 30 people joined in for the Latino Psychology Association barcrawl last Friday. It was a great night. There are pictures on my flickr site.

The next night James and his roommates had an awesome BBQ & Keg feast at this place as over one dozen people crammed into his apartment to watch the Fighting Illini beat Kentucky to make it to the championship game. The deafening cheers, exultations of joy, and campus-wide sense of unity that glorious night will forever rest in my mind as one of the fondest memories of my college career.

For me our loss this Monday echoes a constant theme throughout life: SHIT HAPPENS.

Speaking of which.

Tuesday, April 5, 2005

To Do List

And now for my to-do list for the remainder of the evening:

get groceries
wash laundry
x eat candy bar
start on advanced statistics homework
try to sublease apartment