February 2005 Archives

Something Fun

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Ok, so I will admit it, I'm procrastinating, that's not unusual. Like everyone else I have a million things to do, and today I just did not feel like doing anything.
Anyways, today I have finally gotten to my 50th blog, I know, not very many, so I figured I would fill it with something. This last week I have been looking at teacher blogs, which I found through Dr. A's blog. Here's something I found one one of the blogs, Mz Smlph got it from someone else, who got it from someone else, and so on and so on.

Bold the states you've been to, underline the states you've lived in and italicize the state you're in now.......

Alabama / Alaska / Arizona / Arkansas / California / Colorado / Conneticut / Delaware / Florida / Georgia / Hawaii / Idaho / Illinois / Indiana / Iowa / Kansas / Kentucky / Louisiana / Maine / Maryland / Massachusetts / Michigan / Minnesota / Mississippi / Missouri /Montana / Nebraska/ Nevada / New Hampshire / New Jersey / New Mexico / New York / North Carolina / North Dakota / Ohio / Oklahoma / Oregan / Pennslyvania / Rhode Island / South Carolina / South Dakota / Tennessee / Texas / Utah / Vermont / Virginia / Washington / West Virginia / Wisconsin / Wyoming / Washington D.C. /

I haven't been to very many places, but I do want to travel someday. Also I will be going to Conneticut this Sunday for spring break since I will be there for Habitat for Humanity, so I figured I would bold it since I am going there. Also I didn't count the states that I drove through. I have driven through a lot of these states but I don't think that really counts since you aren't really stoping and spending time there. Well, that was my fun, I guess I better get to work now.

Machinal: The story behind it

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First I want to thank Dr. Jerz for making sure that this book was actually in the bookstore this year, last year I didn't even read it for class because I couldn't get a copy of it anywhere.

Ok, to Machinal, I didn't really like this play. It was kind of confusing. I didn't like how everything was so, well, machine like. What I did find interesting was my little investigation that I did. This play actually is actually based on stuff that actually happend. Once I read the background of the story I started to understand a little more.

The play was about Ruth Snyder, she was a telephone operator, and she did actually marry her boss. In the play it says that the young woman wasn't in love with the boss, but in truth, she thought this guy was her prince charming, at first anyway. She really did have a daughter, but I guess she just never really that "important". I felt really bad for her, considering she lost both her parents, even though the one wasn't so great.
This play and the real life story actually took place during the 1920's. Ruth was a big dancer, she really wanted to get into the roaring 20's. She met Judd Gray, who became her lover. They planned to kill her husband. Get this, she actually tried to kill him several times. Poor guy. In the end the Ruth and Judd got together to complete the deed. Jury's called it the dumb murder because it was so dumb. They didn't even do a good job getting rid of the evidence. Also, in the play it says that Ruth confesses in the court, but she didn't she was told that Judd had ratted her out so she confessed then they did the same thing to Judd.

I know these aren't the best details, that's why I want anyone who is reading this to click on the link :) It does a way better job than I can, to explain it, it's really interesting, I promise. They even show you pictures!

Ok, this probably wasn't the best blog entry in the world, but to tell the truth, the story behind the play was more interesting, I think it gives a better understanding. Oh yeah, I thought it was really interesting how Sophie Treadwell was a campaigning journalist. She wrote a play about Ruth all because she had been assigned to check it out.
Seriously though, check it out :)

Reading The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S Elliot got me to thinking. This is the second time around that I have read this poem. This may seem a little silly and a little off base.

As I has stated in Dr. Jerz's intro to lit class last year, I thought when I first read this poem it was about this guy sending a letter to the girl that he admires. It seems like he really cares about this love but, cares way to much of what people think. I can't help but feel bad for the poor guy. It sounds like he has a pretty low self esteem and he just doesn't have good luck with the ladies.

The other thing that caught my attention was the fact that T.S. Elliot mentions a good paragraph about mermaids. This interested me.
In all the legends of mermaids, mermaids are known loring sailors to their death by singing to them. There are also legends of them grabing their victims and drowning them. Not a very pretty picture (No wonder Disney Ariel so nice). Now, the mention of mermaids in the poem brings me back to Frufrock, who could have possibly been admiring someone from a far. This person for all we know could have lored him in by her charming personality or her dazzling beauty. This person holds him captive, in awe. Even though he feels that he is unworthy of this girl's love, he writes a letter because he cannot pull himself away. If this person show's her detest for him, it will feel as though she has thrown his heart against the jagged rocks, of pain and despair.

Ok, those are my thoughts. I know, you are probably thinking they are a little far fetched. Since T.S. Elliot isn't alive to tell us what it means, to each his own.

Tap Class

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Tap class was awesome today, actually today in general is going pretty good. But back to tap class. I had so much fun, it looked like Karissa, Mike, and Stef were having fun too.
Today was one of those days where everything just clicked. Normally I can't do combination 2. I just kept tapping back and forth on the floor and I got it. But what was really funny was that when Tamara came over to watch I messed up. I guess I was thinking about what I was doing too much.
Also what I think helped this day go pretty good, was the fact that I think my cold which came with the flu I had a couple weeks ago, is now finally starting to clear up, even though it still might be a little while yet before I'm completely better.
I"m so glad that for the mid term we don't have to dance in front of everyone else. I would surely mess up then. Tap is so fun! :)

I started this semester out really great. I was really working hard to get stuff done on time, ahead of time. Then it hit me, the flu bug thing that is going around. I got it about two weeks ago. Now I just have this dumb head cold that hasn't gone away, and I wonder if I'm ever going to get better. Especially since I am going to be going to Habitat in a couple weeks.
Anyways, back to my point, ever since I have been sick, I have been putting things off. Yeah, I still get them done but I'm just not into it. I don't know if it's me or if it's everyone else, but I just can not focus my attention on anything. I am so afraid that if I keep this up, I'm going to wind up a big fat failure again! I keep trying to think about studying abroad in Australia next year in the spring. I guess I have to keep telling myself that I will get to do it, if I keep on trying.
Today, I felt so bad because I wasted the day by reading for fun, which I haven't done in awhile. Since I'm taking two lit classes right now (which I will never do again) I have to read a lot of stuff I don't like. So, today I couldn't help myself. I wish there was something that I could do to get myself off my butt and get to work. So, pretty much, I'm just worried right now and procrastinating. My work is calling my name, I guess maybe I should go answer it. :p

My Beloved Car

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Dear Sue,
This is your poor little car sitting in the parking lot. I'm so lonely without you. Why don't you come visit me? Have you forgotten me? Snow has piled high on top of me, and yet you never came to clean me off. Rain has made me cold and wet, I know you are up there in your dorm room all happy and warm. Won't you just come visit me just once?
When you came to see me today I acted kind of funny at first because I wanted to get your attention. Don't you know you have to run me at least once a week for me to be healthy. If I'm not healthy, how will I ever get you home? I am so sad. We used to do everything together. You would drive me to work, and I would make sure that you got home safely. We always listenend to music togther especially during the commute to HACC every Monday and Wednesday last semester. Whenever you went to a friend's house, I always faithfully waited for you outside, no matter how cold it got.
On the days that I acted up, I only wanted to make you aware that there was something wrong. I wanted to make sure that you never got hurt and stayed out of unsafe situations. When you took me in for a tune-up I was happy again. That's when I thought you cared, but now I'm not so sure. Maybe now that I got your attention today maybe you will come visit me more.

Your ever faithful and sometimes badly behaved car,
Kevin

(yes, my car's name is Kevin - a friend named him after Kevin Arnold from the Wonder Years - he had a car like mine - so it was named in his honor )

As I said in my last entry, I don't like Tom or Daisy. Daisy is a selfish idiot and Tom is a brute and a hypocrite.

When Tom told Daisy and Gatsby that they couldn't continue to have their little fling, I wanted to scream. How dare he, when he was doing the same exact thing. One thing that bugged me was that he obviously didn't love Daisy but he just couldn't seem to stand the fact that she had her designs on someone else, even though it was all for the wrong reasons.

As much as I didn't like Gatsby, I will give him props for trying to stop the car to find out what they hit. As for Daisy, I thought this part really showed her selfishness. She took a life and she didn't care because all she could think about was the fact that she was so involved her her own little selfish problems (the fact that Tom didn't let her have an affair with Gatsby). Also, she didn't even take the blame for Myrtle's death. I'm not sure if George would have killed her, maybe not because she is a woman, and she might have been able to explain that it was an accident. Then again, he might have killed her, so in a way it was good that Tom may have been trying to protect her. Again, I didn't like Gatsby, but he didn't deserve to die because of the stupidity of Daisy.

I honestly believe that Daisy told Tom everything that happend that night. To cover their tracks, they skipped out of town, and didn't make any appearences until two years later. Also, if Daisy really loved Gatsby so much, why didn't she send a note, send flowers, or even show up at the funeral? I was so glad that Nick yelled at Tom when he saw him on the street. There was a part in the book that I really liked, where Nick described Tom and Daisy and their selfishness:

"they were careless people - Tom and Daisy - they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they made....." ( page 179)

I find it funny that no sooner does Nick get done saying this, he sees Tom go into a jewerly store to by pearls. I have to wonder, did these people even think about all the destruction they caused? I'm sure if the book would have been continued, I'm sure that Tom would be back to having an affair with another woman, and Daisy would still be sitting around her house like a moron, not even caring that Gatsby has been killed, and finding some other poor soul to destroy.

Singleton - its not all bad

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Laughing all night;
staying up with the girls.
Watching any rented movie;
no one will fuss.
Flowers and chocolate;
all for myself.
It's my day too;
every girl needs to pamper herself.
Before finding love;
We must love ourselves.
Finding exceptence;
from nobody else.
Until the day;
when true love comes.
Accept yourself;
and have fun.

I know this isn't the best that I have ever written but I just wanted to write a poem for those of us who are single.

First I have to apoligize that I didn't blog sooner. This whole weekend, which was scheduled quite nicely until I was struck down with whatever it is thats going around here at school. So, I got absolutly nothing done this past weekend, because I was so sick I could barely get out of bed. With that our little hacker problem happend again. Good Grief! So on with The Great Gatsby........

I would like to say that I do not like this book at all. One of the things that got under my skin was that there are all of these affairs going on. I don't understand why Tom married Daisy if he didn't like her. Along with that, I didn't like the fact that Tom even took his wife's cousin the meet the mistress. How stupid is that. I'm against people haveing affairs and cheating on their spouses, but if you are going to do it, at least do it in privet or secretly. Maybe Tom figured that Daisy is so dumb that she would never figure it out.

Lets talk about Daisy. I read other people's blogs and found that they thought that she is really intelligent, but I don't see it, really! Everything that comes out of her mouth makes no sense, and there is pretty much no point in anything she says. Like for instance when she talked about the bird on the lawn or when she suddenly started yelling at Tom that he bruised her finger. As I'm writing this I can now see a little why Tom would try to find someone else better than her. Although I don't think that his mistress is all that great either. It's really sad that she married a guy, who now suddenly she feels he is beneath her. Both of these women bug me.

There is one more thing, what is with F.Scott Fitzgerald making woman to look like idots. Look how he pretrated them in Bernice Bobs Her Hair. It kind of has me wonder what kind of person he really was. Did he really think of woman this way? For all I know it could be that he experienced woman acting this way when he wrote the book. Either way it still bothers me. As much as I don't like it I will really try to stay open-minded, maybe then end of the novel will be better.

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