December 26, 2003

Working Hard

"What do you do the day after Christmas anyway, sit around and play with your new toys."
Erin Karten (1983 - )

I'm at work, on the day after Christmas. Why does the swim team need to practice today? I just don't get it.
Christmas is cool and all that, so why is it that the day after is so, not?
There is nothing to do, except in my case, work.
The other thing that annoys me about the day after Christmas is the traveling. As soon as I finish up here at work, I'm heading down at Maryland to visit with my aunt. I love doing that, but the car time sucks.
Well, I should get back, after all, I am at work . . .

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December 25, 2003

Crack of Dawn Christmas

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863) 'Twas the Night Before Christmas

This year as always, I was awake far before I wanted to be. You know that old story.
Anyway, in the Christmas spirit, here is a song that fits the season, Ho Ho!. Its actually a parody from the song Yo Ho! by Heather Alexander. (I strongly recommend that you listen to this one, its quality. To find the lyrics, look under Her Music, Lyrics, Yo Ho!)
I guess everything else I have to say is along the lines of Merry Christmas and I hope you have a great holiday!

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December 24, 2003

Home from Philly

Three billion men in this world and she picked you, your friends can't figure it out either.
A Diamond Billboard in the Train Station

Today I go back home. I've been visiting my older sister in Philadelphia since this past Sunday. The one misadventure I've had since I got here was driving into downtown Philadelphia to pick up my sister from work. Seeing as I was just extremely lost in downtown Pittsburgh on the 18th, I figured it was about time to put down a couple of my driving rules/tips/mess-ups.
1.) Unless someone beeps their horn at you, you didn't really cause them to much of a problem.
2.) Honestly, I don't really think that one side of a street is connected to the other. For example, while driving down Liberty Ave. in Pittsburgh I think I passed 6th Street twice. (Yes, I was very lost, but no, I didn't make any turns while repeatedly passing 6th Street.)
3.) The timing on traffic lights is completely dependant on how far back you are in the line of traffic.
4.) The color of the traffic lights is dependant on if you want to stop at the intersection or not. (If this one doesn't make sense, you have never been really truly lost before.)
5.) Talking to someone on a cell phone who is trying to direct you is not really that great of an idea. They can't figure out where on earth you've gotten yourself and you then proceed on to be even more lost then you were before.
6.) Having more then one lane of traffic going is terrible, especially when you don't know which lane you are supposed to be in.
7.) Some of those roads signs are just placed there to confuse people.
8.) No matter how fast you go, the car behind you wants to go faster.
9.) Street signs are a good thing. What sucks is going through a green light while trying to find one. (See number 4)
10.) The best question to ask yourself isn't how do I get there?, its how did I get here?
I honestly don't know how people manage to handle city driving on a regular basis. I just figured out that city life is completely not for me. Or at least having to drive around a city isn't for me, I can handle the shopping. : )

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December 19, 2003

Procrastination

I love deadlines. I love the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
Douglas Adams (1952 - 2001)

Okay, so I was actually reading several different blogs today and Shannon Gerstel found this amazing article, Structured Procrastination.
I have to say that I loved this article. It described me completely. It makes sense, doesn't it? If you have some large and important task to do, or even just any large task, you put it off by doing smaller, slightly-useful tasks.
For an example in my own life read on.
Today. I share a room with my older sister, Sara. She attends Penn State and is not yet back for winter break. She is coming back tonight, this presents me with a problem. Our room is a mess. I got back last Wednesday and dumped all my junk. I haven't gotten around to remedying this situation yet.
Today I was going to get to work. What did I do instead? Well, I blogged on Return of the King and I changed the color scheme of my blog. (Doesn't it look nice though?)
Both of these tasks I've been meaning to do, and I'm glad I got them done, but it wasn't what I was supposed to get done. Oh well, now I'm blogging this instead of cleaning. The cycle continues.

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The Return of the King

All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost.
The Lord of the Rings By J.R.R. Tolkien

I saw Return of the King on December 17th (the day it came out) and now I've got a few things to say about it. Before I begin my rant however I have to say to insert this comic that one of my friends found. Note: I am between code yellow and code red.
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Now, onto my rant, which isn't really that long, so don't worry. They did a much much better job with Return of the King then they did with The Two Towers. They were so much truer to the text.
However, they did really screw some stuff up. Some of it was done for time sake, like the deleting of the scourging of the Shire, but there were other parts that were just kind of like, okay . . . (If you haven't figured it out by now, if you don't want me to tell you bits of the movie, stop reading.)
For example, the Gollum/Sam bit. Yes there was a huge amount of tension and they played that well, but Sam would never, I repeat never, have left Frodo before he thought Frodo was dead! By doing that, you completely change Sam's character!
Next on the list, the Arwen dying bit. Yeah ummmm, well she was going to die but it didn't happen in the months since the fellowship set out from Rivendell. Also, the sword of the king, he already had it in Fellowship.
Okay now for a couple of the amazing parts of the movie. The battle between Eowyn and the witch king of the Nazgul. That was played out just the way it was meant to be.
Shelob, even though she was supposed to be in The Two Towers, was amazing. They didn't quite get her retreat right, but all in all, it was amazing. (It would have been even better if Sam had been where he was supposed to be all along, but it worked out.)
The eagles and Gollum's attack on Mount Doom, perfect.
The sailing to the Gray Havens, also incredible. (They left out the conspiracy in Fellowship so they left it out now, but amazing nonetheless.)
The best thing of all though was they way they captured the essence of what Tolkien meant.
There were a bunch of other thing that I could scream don't fit with the book, but I don't want to give the impression that the movie isn't one of the best I've seen, because it is.
The other reason I'm not going into more detail on why the movie didn't fit with the book is because it is a movie. Everyone knows that movies aren't the same as the books they are based on. If they were, what would be the point of reading? Reading Tolkien is why this movie is worth it, so changes can be expected.

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December 17, 2003

Lies

That’s the problem with being a thief, no one knows when you're telling the truth.
William Shaw (Matthew Modine) Cutthroat Island

Sometimes its nice to be lied to. Just think of all the ways you can be lied to without really noticing it, flattery, compliments, flirtation, the list goes on.
Just think of flattery. Its nice. Everyone likes to hear about their good side. If people were 100% honest there would still be flattery, but not in the amount that we get now.
When do we flatter people? Mainly when we want something from them. Where on earth do you think the expression 'butter them up' came from?
People set each other up all the time. It isn't always a bad thing though. Think of days when you are really down, doesn't it feel good to hear someone say something nice about you, even if it isn't true?
I know that it works for me. All I have to say is this: lies can hurt, but as the saying goes: a little white lie never hurt anyone. Except in this case, that is true.

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December 16, 2003

Time of My Life

Its something unpredictable, but in the end is right. I hope you had the time of your life.
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) By Green Day

Well the first semester is over, thankfully. It hasn't been the greatest, but luckily I managed to get through it.
I don't really have anything to say, I never do. Though if you think about it, that is a rather depressing fact. Shouldn’t I have something that I want to say? It seems like I should want to say something, that I should have an opinion that I want to share.
Maybe I just have a problem expressing myself to a computer. It doesn't seem to work anyway. No matter what I'd say, there is no real argument. No real reason for me to put up any thought at all.
I like to converse, but this isn't a conversation. This is a random spurting of my thoughts. Then I have to try and get them into a logical order, which never actually happens, so this whole process becomes a mere reflection of what I think I'm thinking. As I said, I don't make sense.
At least I made it through the semester in one piece though.

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