2/27/2003 10:38:00 PM   [ link ]

This time four years ago, everything was easy.

When I was in high school, I was smart. School was laughably easy. Every college wanted me. How could they not? I can honestly say that there's nothing that could possibly have made my applications any stronger. They danced around me and offered me money and I had my pick of where to go. And all of this seemed very natural. I grew up being told I could do anything, and it was always true.

I am no longer smart. My grades are all decent, but not stellar. (It isn't that I don't try.) I'm being rejected for job opportunities left and right. I got my first grad school rejection letter in the mail yesterday. (I'm sure there are two more on the way.) I feel so mediocre. I spent four years getting an education, and suddenly I don't have anything that anyone wants anymore.

2/24/2003 09:45:00 PM   [ link ]

and on the fifth day, the clouds parted

...and Amy spoke. Albeit in a voice less reminiscent of angels singing and more reminiscent of, say, a bullfrog. I've promised Aaron a torrent of witty repartee, scathing rebukes, and general cleverness to suitably make up for four days without all those things.

Maybe he'll forget I said that before the next time I see him?

2/23/2003 02:49:00 PM   [ link ]

now entering day four

I have no voice. I haven't had a voice since I woke up on Thursday morning.

pro: sympathy
con: bad jokes ("could you speak up a little? Ahahahahaaaa!")

con: constant issuance of disclaimer as to why I am whispering
pro: cute conversations in noisy restaurant

2/21/2003 02:32:00 PM   [ link ]

Tim's response to previous post:

"and you said I'm anal??!!?!?"

Call me what you will, but misuse of punctuation almost bothers me more than bad spelling.

2/19/2003 01:47:00 PM   [ link ]

Today I went to health services, where there were prominently displayed signs that read "The flu is coming to campus! It's not too late to get your shot!" Or at least, that's what they should have read. However, it looks as though someone was slightly overzealous with formatting. For instance, who decided that the word "flu" needed to be all caps, blue, and italic? Who decided that "campus" needed to be capitalized? Who decided that "too late" needed to be printed in red with yellow highlighting, with "too" in all caps? And who in God's name decided that "your" needed to be formatted in each of the following ways:

1) all caps
2) blue
3) italic
4) underlined
5) and enclosed in quotes?

Why do people use quotation marks on arbitrarily selected words? The flu is coming to campus! It's not too late to get "your" shot! Is this supposed to imply that it's not really my shot, and they're only referring to it as mine for some unexplained reason?


I think stuff like this bothers me too much.

2/17/2003 08:31:00 PM   [ link ]

There have been a number of posts in the WashU circle about a particular annoying person who shall not be named, most notably over at Pandaposse. This person showed up during my lab hours today and produced the following amusing anecdote as a fellow student attempted to help him:

He Who Shall Not Be Named: Well, I'm just not used to this software, I've never used it before.

[note that no one else in the class had used the software before either]

Helpful Fellow Student: Just think about the highest level, the dumbest you can be, because that's the level this software is operating at.

Apparently that level is not dumb enough for He Who Shall Not Be Named, as he continued to have problems (which Helpful Fellow Student patiently answered). Helpful Fellow Student, I salute you. You kept me from being the one to field all those questions. You have saved the shreds of sanity I have left after attempting to do my Operating Systems homework.

2/13/2003 02:10:00 AM   [ link ]

hey, check it out!

After many months on the web, I am finally getting some recognition from Google. Soon after I got this domain, a search for "lightistoobright" would bring up several links related to me, but "light is too bright" didn't turn up my site. Now, I'm at the top of the list!

The top of the list of psychos and bad poetry, that is. I am honored. Now why didn't I think of registering www.iwasabducted.com?

2/12/2003 12:43:00 AM   [ link ]

You haven't seen grace until you've seen 20 dancers pirouette across the floor holding a sneaker in each hand.

You haven't heard musicality until you've heard the sound of 40 kneecaps popping simultaneously on a downbeat.

2/10/2003 10:18:00 PM   [ link ]

I have friends that live close to me. Say, a five minute drive as opposed to a thirty minute drive.

I have friends that never have any homework to do, and are never too busy to hang out.

What I need are some super-friends who have both of these qualities. I don't have any of those.

2/10/2003 12:32:00 AM   [ link ]

hey, I posted a new webcam picture!

I also fixed the sole line on my about page that is no longer accurate as written.

because it annoyed Tim.

because he's anal.

2/09/2003 02:42:00 PM   [ link ]

you just can't make this stuff up. you really can't.

Two nights ago we were driving in a part of town I'd never been to. We came across what is quite possibly the worst example of false advertising I have ever seen.

Resurrection Cemetery.

As in, "Resurrection Cemetery: Our customers are so happy they come back again!" Or, "Resurrection Cemetery: We have more repeat customers than anyplace else in town!"

2/08/2003 04:08:00 PM   [ link ]

back from hibernation?

Lots of emotional ups and downs these past few weeks. Lots of stress and lack of sleep and relationships going down and then back up again. Two close friends in the hospital for different reasons (who's next? don't these things come in threes?). Lots of guilt, lots of laughter, lots of happiness, lots of crying. Bounce, bounce, bounce bounce bouncebouncebouncebouncebounce. Lots of fixing on things that were broken. Lots of breaking and fixing and breaking and fixing. Broken bones, broken friendships, broken New Year's Resolutions.

I think I'm back now. I'm hoping that life can manage to be more stable and less scary for a little while.

I'll close with the observation that going to the Funny Bone on a Thursday night wins the award for Most Cost Effective Date Ever. (Boys, take note.) First of all, it's college night. So admission is only a dollar instead of the usual $15. One dollar! There's supposed to be a two drink minimum, but really that's only for suckers who choose to follow it. If you don't buy any drinks, they certainly don't force you to. But wait, it gets better! Any time you pay admission to the Funny Bone, you get free admittance to the blues club next door! So your evening includes two comedians, sweet sweet music, and even some sexy dancing if you are so inclined, for a grand total of only TWO DOLLARS for you and a date. Someone tell me of an equally fun-intensive night on the town that's cheaper than that. That's right, you can't. Because this is the Most Cost Effective Date Ever. You can't even buy one person food at McDonald's for that price!