18 01 2005

I am 21 today… well, I was 21 yesterday anyways, since it’s 2:47 now. Oh well. I learned some new things…. lessons almost… today. I’m really tired, though. We’ll chat tomorrow.


The New Quahog Mafia

10 01 2005

So we organized a mafia night last night. Who knew that could be such a
blast. Man! I think at one time we had fifteen people. If you’re
wondering what mafia is, ask, because the rules take a little bit to
explain. Basically, it’s a mystery game where people get killed off
nightly, and the group has to decide who the mafia members (killers)
are before they kill off the group. You can play with all sorts of
characters or even make up your own, but we added one at the end that
had some funny (albeit useless) results. The character was the

The undertaker takes the last “will” of everyone who dies and collects
them until he/she dies. At that point the wills are read. The will can
only be one sentence and it can’t identify who wrote it. It turned out
that I was the undertaker, and I didn’t die. At the very last chance,
we townspeople figured out who the mafia was. It turned out to be
Callie, even though I think we were all clueless the entire round.
Anyways, here’s the will. I know one of these was Kevin and one was the
other mafia… whoever that was. Help me fill in names and roles!

  • Good luck w/o your angel, bitches! (Dave – Not the angel, bitch! That was Barthel!)
  • I got nothing, I think it’s Collin. (Cynthia – Townsperson)
  • You screwed yourself, bitches! Good luck! ( ? )
  • Kill Rachel! ( ? )
  • Chez has a great penis! (Bethany – Townsperson)
  • I agree. (Arrow to last statement) Not Andy. ( ? )
  • I was your mayor! ( ? )
  • I was the snitch. (Rachel – The Snitch)
  • Callie is the Mafia Queen! (Katie – ?)

If anyone has comments about the night, please post. I think it needs to be done again soon!


7 01 2005

Two poems by Shel Silverstein that went on my facebook profile:

She drank from a bottle called DRINK ME
And up she grew so tall,
She ate from a plate called TASTE ME
And down she shrank so small.
And so she changed, while other folks
Never tried nothin’ at all.

The little fish eats the tiny fish,
The big fish eats the little fish–
So only the big fish gets fat.
Do you know any folks like that?

I was in the book store today and saw a book by him with all these adult-themed cartoons. They involved sex or stealing or things like that. They still had that same funny “teach you a lesson” slant, though. It’s funny what you can learn from his stuff. I always read Where the Sidewalk Ends and The Giving Tree when I was little. I’d read it to my mom to show her how well I could do it. When I think back on those, if I had read them more later in life, I think everything would have sunk in more. The guy was deep.

I was looking through old stuff to find those Silverstein books, and I came across a bunch of things from my childhood. There were all sorts of books: Dr. Seuss books; Animalia by Graeme Base; Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

I found some old stuffed animals, too. I saw my “Where the Wild Things Are” monster. It was the gray one with the scales and horns. I bet if I dug far enough down, I could find my little brown bear Oatmeal and my favorite bear Whitey. Yes, his name was Whitey. That’s the innocence of being a child, I guess.

Another toy was a stuffed Big Bird with a blue plush inner tube around him. There’s a picture of me buried in my mom’s photo albums where I’m standing next to my first dog, Big Red (in all fairness, the name on his papers was Rin Tin Red III.)

I’m five years old with a black jacket and a cap on. It’s fall and I’m holding the Bird Bird lossely at my side. It looks like I carry it around so much I don’t even know it’s there anymore.

Red is standing a little behind me and off to my side. The look on his face is that of a dog with love and age written all over him. He looks proud and content while still very noble.

I can’t remember if I was pouting or smiling for the camera, but it doesn’t matter. I know I was happy then.

A survey: courtesy of Melby

5 01 2005

Since I haven’t done one in a while, and this one isn’t about TOTALLY stupid stuff like “What’s your favorite Starbuck’s drink?” here goes.

1. What did you do in 2004 that you’d never done before? I began sailing and learned to sail three boats competently. I worked under an investigator (professor) in a research lab. I joined a fraternity. I also finally learned how to play beer pong.

2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? No resolution because I find making resolutions on a whim doesn’t really amount to much.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Yes, my cousin had a baby girl. Even though it was a surprise to us since she’s not married to her fiancee (who was her boyfriend at the time,) we love her and the new baby a lot.

4. Did anyone close to you die? Thankfully, no. I have friends who were home in India and were not killed in the tsunami, so that means a lot to me.

5. What countries did you visit? Not a one.

6. What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004?: Self-confidence in personal and academic life, a sense of pride in everything I do and a renewed spiritual vigor. … Is that my resolution?

7. What dates from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Of course, I have to say the election, because that was a sad moment. Other notables: the Kerry rally on Wash (SO many people), finding out about the tsunamis and how narrowly some friends of the family escaped.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? I’m most proud of my 4.0 GPa last semester since it was the toughest semester I’ve faced yet.

9. What was your biggest failure? That’s a tough one to answer so quickly. I suppose it would be not getting back to my PI after she took me in for three months of research training.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?: YES. I was never horribly sick, but I got injured a bunch. I have had a nagging hip injury for a couple years, I fell off a fence onto my right hip last spring and I JUST took a bad spill snowboarding on 12/28. I’m still recovering from that one.

11. What was the best thing you bought? Anything involving cooking… or my houseplants. (Such a commercialistic question.)

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Boy… I know some people who went through some tough times this summer and last semester, and I hope they’ve pulled through it. Assuming they have, I’d say I’m proud of them. My sister raised her ACT score from a 24 to a 27 with just one test. WOO! She’ll get into Madison now.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Dude, that would take an essay to answer. Janet Jackson (cuz that was NOT a wardrobe malfunction,)
Ron Artest, Kobe Bryant (whether he raped her or not,)… I know there are several others not in the public eye that I could talk about but won’t. It’s sad how our athletes, actors and singers do things that show to so many howstupid the human race can be.

14. Where did most of your money go? Rent, food, heating and SCHOOL! If you’re talking relative to others, it would definitely be food.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? My 4.0 GPA, sailing and summer in Madison.

16. What song will always remind you of 2004? Oh… probably the entire Postal Service album.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i) …happier or sadder?: I can’t say because my moods are more seasonal.

ii) thinner or fatter? Oddly, thinner. I lose weight when I go off the old “buy what you want in U housing” plan.

iii) richer or poorer? Poorer by far since taking out more loans.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Hanging out with friends when I was doing homework… even though homework kind of warranted staying in. Also, telling girls how I really feel about them. I’ve tried it, and even though the results weren’t what I wanted (we stayed friends,) I felt better for it.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Fucking around and playing video games. Anyone want a PS2? Seriously?

20. How will you be spending Christmas? Spent it at home, which I had been longing for since Thanksgiving.

21. Did you fall in love/lust in 2004? Well, yes. Love for sure. I addressed that in an earlier entry. To summarize, she didn’t love me back, and that’s ok. Lust, yes, a few times.

22. How many one night stands?: I believe it was two.

23. What was your favorite TV program? Six Feet Under last year. Logged a LOT of hours watching that.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? I can not say hate because I’ve rarely, if ever, experienced that. The people I disliked the most I left behind with high school.

25. What was the best book you read? The final three books in the Dark Tower Series. Thank you Stephen King.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery? Oy. A few: Elliott Smith (right Melby?), The Postal Service, Metric, Franz Ferdinand, Modest Mouse (by FF and MM, I mean their music library, not just “Take Me Out” and “Float On”,) Metric, The Unicorns and Pinback.

27. What did you want and get? More than I deserve.

28. What did you want and not get? – During the year? That’s too complicated to get into. For Christmas? The sheet music to the Ben Folds album “Rocking the Suburbs”

29. What was your favorite film of this year? Garden State, hands down

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? Oh man. That was nearly a year ago. I think we went out to Redstone grill for some REALLY ritzy food. Yay! I was 20, and I turn 21 in 12 days.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Hah! Having a porch and girlfriend.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004? Thrift and costumes. I was a dictator in the summer, a referee during hockey, a hick when we played UND in hockey and The Dude for Halloween.

33. What kept you sane? My porch, sailing and one or two people to talk to.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? I “fancied” (now I feel Victorian) Natalie Portman in Garden State. My ideal girl.

35. What political issue stirred you the most? Can’t say here. It’s easy to say Iraq, but I’m not sure how I feel aobut it still.

36. Who did you miss? My family and aging dog, who only has a couple years left in him.

37. Who was the best new person you met? Even though she wasn’t “new”, probably Chloe. She and I hung out a lot this summer, and we became good friends because of that. I learned a lot from her and had a blast, too.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004: Keep working hard. You might be surprised at what you accomplish.