Four Years On

Sometimes, it takes the eye of an outsider to appreciate your surroundings.

This past August, I had just such a chance when some old friends from Delaware came for a visit. Although we definitely wanted to hang out and catch up, I knew they’d also want to see what makes Vermont great and planned a few jam-packed days, including the usual “three-town tour” I give everyone: Montpelier, Waterbury, and Burlington. But with decent weather and my own wish to see a few new things myself, we all became tourists on that long weekend.

In Montpelier, we all tried… Read More …

Sitting One Out

The annual orgy of consumerism has come and gone. Every year, Americans presumably give thanks for the blessings in their lives on Thanksgiving, then go out to actively participate in one of the weirdest displays of materialism the world has known, beginning on Black Friday and continuing right up until December 26. Every year, I’m more turned off by it all.

Don’t get me wrong, as I love a good deal! I’m a crazy bargain shopper myself—I kind of have to be. I even enjoy shopping, for the most part, and like Christmas shopping in general. I pore over the Christmas candy and decorations at every turn, just to see if anything new shows up … Read More …

Hitting the Bullseye

So what is all this hoohah over boycotting Target? It’s clear some people just don’t get it, and I find that sadder than the deed itself.

You see, it all started when a bunch of big money interests figured out a way to allow corporations to openly give to political candidates. In order to use the typical doublespeak to lull the masses into blind patriotic adoration, the big money worked its magic through “Citizens United.” After all, what could be wrong with a group of ordinary citizens uniting for a better country? Problem is, that’s not what they are. They are pro-big business, and are content to let the REAL citizens be at the whim and fancy of CEOs and the politicians they buy. Getting the Supreme Court to say that corporations are the same as “the people” probably had these guys giggling like school girls the night before the big dance. But that’s another discussion for another day.

With the ruling…
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Good grief!

Okay. So how does one counterfeit something that’s already a cheap imitation of torn-up, worn-out, trashy garage sale clothes? Are they going to now raid garage sales, homeless shelters, truck stops, and subway tunnels looking for clothes that look like theirs?

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*CLICK*

So, I got my camera last Friday! 🙂 It’s lovely! A big investment, but the long-term use of it will outweigh the costs—no more film to get developed! Besides, student loans paid for it, which I can justify because it fits nicely into my career plans.

In a way, I feel guilty, though—spending so much on a camera when… Read More …

Music

In case anyone noticed, some new links have appeared to the left under “Music Finds.” I’ve been poring over MySpace.com looking for good non-industry music. Well some is technically industry, but hot highly so, meaning they may be signed to big labels but not getting placed on “The O.C.” or MTV’s “Super Sweet 16” to make money for the millionaire suits.

One such band is… Read More …

Yikes!

It’s been two weeks!? Nothing new, though. SSDD (e.g. same shit different day) as my good friend Luciana likes to say. I am fast approaching burnout, but I realized we’re about halfway through the semester? I’m not sure if that’s good or bad since I still have so much to do. This coming week I have two small papers, one larger paper, a “proposal” for my independent study, and a outline and bibliography for a paper due some time from now. The latter is the worst really, because I don’t write that way. I also have, oh, I don’t know 1000 pages to read for next week?

All that work, and guess what I’m doing tomorrow. Curse being responsible—I’m… Read More …