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Wed, Dec. 17th, 2008, 12:03 am

I have finally decided on what I want to do for my 22nd b-day party.

I'm throwing an Edward Norton/Edward Furlong themed party.  Costumes are optional; drinking is not.

People can come as whichever Edward character they want, but I call dibs on Pecker.

Mon, Oct. 20th, 2008, 07:47 pm
Why I am voting for Ralph Nader.

For the most part, I don't do this. I've always had a lot of political views, but I've never really gotten into elections - mainly because I wasn't old enough to vote in any of the previous elections, and so I felt that it didn't make a difference.

But it does make a difference. Everyone's vote counts for something. Whether your candidate of choice gets sworn into office or not, if you vote, your voice will be heard.

As everyone knows, Obama and McCain are the primary candidates for this, the 2008, election. And while I have nothing against either of them (or their voters), I've seen the candidate that I believe can create a real change; a change that can truly benefit America.

Ralph Nader is a relatively well known candidate, but one that gets little media exposure and has never had the privledge to debate against the big-time Republican and Democratic candidates. He is the candidate who represents what so many Americans wish for, but feel is unobtainable. But he believes in change, and knows that together, we can make it happen!

For the people who do not know what the Nader/Gonzalez campaign stands for, I'll give a brief description of some of the prominent issues that they have strong stand points on:

Breaking the addiction to fossil fuel.

Every year, we spend a ridiculous amount of our hard-earned money on fossil fuels. The average consumer spends hundreds to thousands of dollars on transportation every year, whilst the oil companies line their pockets and feed their own greed.

Ralph Nader wants to end this. He proposes that we gradually step away from fossil fuels, and invest money on solar energy. Not only will this process create countless jobs (which will additionally lower our unemployment rate), but also utilize the potential of the natural energy that the sun will continually produce.

In addition to helping people save money, Nader's plan will also help the environment. Whilst other countries may not follow this example, America will no longer contribute to the destruction of our planet by the drilling of oil.

Civil Unions and Rights for Homosexuals

The issue of Civil Unions is not one of whether homosexuality is right or wrong; it is an issue of equal rights for all people. If we are all created equally, why should heterosexuals receive privledges that homosexuals are denied?

Nader has always been a supporter of civil unions. He believes that homosexuals deserve the same rights as heterosexuals, and the ability to choose your partner, regardless of gender, is a fundamental human right.

We are all people, with feelings and thoughts of our own. Why should anyone be stripped of the right to join with the person who makes them truly happy?

Affirmative Action

Women have had to fight for centuries for the same privledges that men have always enjoyed, simply because of their gender. Although they have come a long way, women are still not treated equally in the workforce. Females, on average, receive only seventy-nine cents to every dollar that a man doing the same exact job earns.

Ralph Nader recognizes this inequality, and wishes to close the wage gap between males and females. Affirmative Action will not only level the playing field, but also give women the rights they deserve.

Promoting Peace in the Middle East

Our current political strategy for handling the Middle East crisis is destructive not only to ourselves, but to the people of the Middle East as well. In the past eight years, the war in Iraq has already caused the death of 4,000 Americans, thousands of injuries to American soldiers, and millions of civilian deaths in Iraq. Additionally, the war has destroyed the already unstable country of Iraq.

Ralph Nader proposes that our troops be pulled out of Iraq within six months. The majority of Americans oppose the war, and have been expressing their desire to withdraw our troops for years. Isn't it about time the government listened to the people, instead of their own agenda?

These four issues are just a sample of all that Nader is campaigning for. He has a strong stance on countless issues, from social security to humanitarian efforts. He is a real politician with a real heart, and has plans for a better America.

I did not write this post to try and persuade anyone, nor am I bashing any of the other candidates. I wrote this for my own self-satisfaction, and I am not receiving any money or praise for posting this.

However, I do urge anyone who wishes to learn more about the Nader/Gonzalez campaign to do so. They give hope to millions of people, and what they stand for is truly beneficial to Americans and humanity as a whole.

Sources:

Vote Nader.Org

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Fri, Oct. 10th, 2008, 10:45 am

* Grab the nearest book.
* Open the book to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post the text of the next two to five sentences in your journal along with these instructions.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

"He was musing on these lines, seeking their provenance, when a patter of feet behind, a tap on the back of his head and his cap tilted forward over his eyes. He turned wildly.

'There you are, pal o' me heart.'

Jim blinked. It was Doyler."

- "At Swim Two Boys" by Jamie O'Neill. Best. Book. Ever. Read it! Read it nowwwwwww! :D

Fri, Sep. 19th, 2008, 09:02 pm
Cashing in on the LJ meme trend ...

take a picture of yourself right now.
don't change your clothes, don't fix your hair... just take a picture.
post that picture with NO editing.
post these instructions with your picture.


Okay! But since it's me, I naturally have to turn this into a regular photo shoot ..




More under the cut!Collapse )

I did abide by the rules. No make-up. Messy hair. And oddly enough, I love these pics. I think I have new favs!

Mon, Jul. 28th, 2008, 11:52 am

I had my interview today, and honestly, it wasn't the greatest. Once I got there, the HR person informed me that the position I was interviewing for was pretty much filled. She promised to keep my resume on file, but I still felt like I was wasting my time. I don't understand why they didn't just call me if they'd already filled the position, and saved me the time (and gas money!) that it took me to drive all the way down there.

Luckily, I have my Personal Banker training next week for my current job. Even though the raise isn't all that great, at least I'll be getting more hours. And with the way the job market is going, I guess I'm lucky to even have a job.

I really need to renew my FAFSA for school, but I don't have a copy of my completed tax forms. Does anyone know if I can use the W-2s that I got in 2007? I really hope so.

Other than the fail!interview, not much is going on. I'm off today, and then I'm working nine days in a row. My check will be pretty good in two weeks, but I'm not going to pretend that almost a week and a half of constantly getting bitched at is going to be fun. Oh, well. My sanity can go, but at least I'll still have my health, right? =D

Wed, Jul. 23rd, 2008, 05:37 pm

Things are finally looking up! I have an interview with North Shore bank on Monday, for a full-time supervisor position. They're offering me more money, my own desk, and flexibility around my school schedule (so I can go back to night school). As long as I don't botch up the interview, I'm sure I'll get in.

I've also cut back on drinking, which was easier than I thought. I went from drinking almost every day to strictly friday and/or saturday nights. Even though I miss Jamie, cutting her out of my life has actually made me happier.

I'm a bit on the broke side for the first time in my life, so I actually haven't been doing a whole lot. It's kinda strange, though. I've always been really good with money, and I don't understand why I suddenly don't have a whole lot of it. Have prices been rising a lot lately, or is it just me?

I traded in some old shit the other day for the DS version of Final Fantasy IV, which I've been surgically attached to. Seriously. I'm not really in to video games, but once you put Final Fantasy in my hands ... good luck getting it away from me.

Sat, Jul. 19th, 2008, 09:23 am

Lately, I've been getting my life together. I've put out applications for a better job, started my financial aid for school next semester, and stopped drinking all the time.

Until yesterday.

When I got home from work, Jen (my roommate) wanted to go to the bar. I said no at first, because I knew I was going on saturday with Colin. But she eventually talked me into it, so I got dressed up, and we went.

Naturally, I got completely hammered. I don't know how it happened. I honestly didn't drink that much. I had three Long Islands, a Captain and Sprite, and three beers. I used to have to drink double that to get drunk. Apparently, not anymore.

So I walked around the bar, talking to every. Single. Person. When I get drunk, for some reason I get oddly curious about everyone's heritage. So last night, I'd guess what someone was, and then go and ask them.

Jen and I eventually left, and she invited two guys from the bar over. I was drunk, so I didn't really give a damn. We ended up getting home, and debating over who we would rather fuck: Joker or Two-Face. I said Two-Face. You know who she picked.

I ended up going to bed shortly after, but they apparently didn't: there are empty beer cans, bottles, and other assorted crap all over the kitchen.

And on that note, I think I'm going back to sleep.

Fri, Jul. 18th, 2008, 08:55 am
Why so serious?

Last night, I went to the midnight showing of The Dark Knight.

Holy shit.

Christian Bale is hot, the Joker is fucking crazy, and Aaron Eckhardt made me fall in love with Two-face. This movie is absolutely amazing, probably the best Batman movie made so far.

I also ran into my most recent ex at the movie. And, presumably, his new girlfriend (who glared mercilessly at me the entire time we were talking). Is it wrong to be happy for him, but at the same time get just the slightest bit jealous?

Fri, Jul. 4th, 2008, 09:38 am
What. The. Fuck.

Why can't people just get along? How hard is it, really?

Last night, I went to The Terminal with Jen, Jamie, Natalie, and Al. We had a few drinks, a couple of ugly guys started trying to talk to us, and then we left.

I got in the car with Jen and Jamie. Jen drove Jamie's car, because she didn't drink anything. We were supposed to meet Al and Natalie down at Bootlegger's.

Well on the way there, Jamie and Jen randomly started arguing, and Jamie yelled for Jen to get out of her car. Jen got out, and Jamie started pushing her. It escalated into a fist fight, which was broken up by a random guy and girl on the street.

The passerby who broke up the fight drove Jen and I home. Two seconds later, Jamie walked into our house with our other friend, Maria. She basically started punching Jen. I jumped in between them, and Maria tried to pull Jamie off of Jen.

Jamie started yelling about how much of a whore Jen was, and Jen started yelling about how much of a drunk bitch Jamie was. Jen called 911, and Jamie said she didn't give a fuck if the police came. She kept swinging at Jen.

I stayed in between them, and eventually Maria pulled Jamie off of Jen. They went into the hallway, and we closed and locked the door.

The cops came about ten minutes later. One talked to Jen in the living room, and the other one tried to flirt with me. Seriously. He kept pulling me away from Jen, saying he needed to talk to me "in the bedroom". And the other cop kept rolling his eyes at him. Funny ass shit.

Right after, I got a text message from Jamie apologizing for kicking me out of her car, but saying that Jen deserved it. Right. I won't be accepting that apology any time soon.

I feel like shit about the whole situation, 'cause I was friends with everyone involved. But honestly? I'm ready to cast myself out of this "circle." It's like a clique back in high school - everyone hangs out with the same people, date the same people, hate the same people, etc.

And fuck, I graduated three years ago. I don't need to go through the bullshit again.

Thu, Jun. 26th, 2008, 08:58 am
Stolen from Jo ..

The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed. Well let's see.
1 ) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've only read 6 and force books upon them ;)

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6. The Bible - various
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14. The Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33. The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis
37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne
41. Animal Farm - George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50. Atonement - Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52. Dune - Frank Herbert
53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones' Diary - Helen Fielding
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses - James Joyce
76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal - Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession - A.S. Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87. Charlotte's Web - E.B. White
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94. Watership Down - Richard Adams
95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

9 ... I guess I'm above average =D. Though to be honest with you, most of those books sucked.

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