Today truly is the dawning of a new era.
I am so unbelievably proud to be a part of the USA.
Voting made me happy. Like I did something right.
At around 11-11:30, I started hearing shouting outside Sean's window: "YEAH! OBAMA WON! OBAMA! WHOO!"
Sure enough, 297 electoral votes.
The shouting spread like a glorious contagion across the entirety of our tiny campus. Shouting, cheering, screaming, whooping, all became one.
When the noise didn't let up after 5 minutes, we decided to go outside and join it.
A mob had collected on the other side of the townhouses. Everyone cheering and hugging each other. White, black, whathaveyou. Excitement permeating the air.
Then someone announced that McCain had conceded. And the happy shouting reached new heights.
Someone set off a firework and it was awesome.
Police cars had been congregating the entire time, and then, suddenly they multiplied. And three kids (who I'm guessing set off the firework) were taken aside for questioning. Caught up in the moment, the energy, we cheered for them. And it was awesome.
It was fucking beautiful. College kids getting worked up... for a POLITICIAN. Kids who, stereotypically, are supposed to just not give a damn about their country, or the world, or anything.
Today we cared, for today, we voted. Or, if unable, we supported. And tonight we celebrated the victory we fought for. Tonight we made a difference.
Tonight made me proud to be a young adult.
Tonight made me believe that, when our parents are dead and gone, and we are left to run this country... maybe, just maybe...
We'll do this thing right.
With all her <3, Jessie
So you know that movie trailer voiceover guy? Don LaFontaine?
He did more than 5,000 movie trailers and 350,000 commercials in his career.
Yeah. He's, umm... well, he's dead.
Died Monday from complications of a collapsed lung.
I just told Sean this. His response?
I go back to MCLA on Monday. I start actual classes on Wednesday.
"Excited" doesn't even begin to cover how much I'm looking forward to it.
Home life is getting unbearable. I wish there was a button that I could press on my dad to make him SHUT THE HELL UP. Seriously, if he bitches about Mom one more time, I will not be held responsible for my actions. No, I'm not going to tell you everything, because it's long-winded and angsty... but I will say that Dad and Danielle are constantly making themselves out to be victims, bottle things up, freak out about the smallest things, etc., etc. And they aren't even happy to be taking me to school. "It sucks that we have to drive you up. It sucks." (Gee, I'm so happy to be a burden to you guys) "We've driven you to/from school more than your mother has. She should really step up to the plate." (Actually, she's done it one time more than you have, so stfu).
ANYWAY, enough about that shit.
Here's my list of things to do this school year, early New Years' resolutions, if you will (LISTEN UP, SELF!):
1.) Be healthier. (This means eating good homecooked stuff limiting the fried cafeteria food intake, and going for those morning walks every day with Sean before your classes start that you are planning on doing, play DDR once it gets too cold to go walking, and keeping up with it all)
2.) Stop procrastinating. (DO YOUR HOMEWORK EARLY, GOD DAMMIT. No, don't put off that essay for MGS3. Well, maybe just a half hour...)
3.) Keep saving up your money and not being foolish with spending (aka frugal), but at the same time, STOP FREAKING OUT THAT MAYBE YOU SPENT TOO MUCH. Srsly, noboby's amused. There's such a thing as being too frugal... to the point of mild psychosis.
4.) Stop stressing. (No, I don't care that you feed off of being stressed. Take a breath. RELAX. In the words of your boyfriend, you "stress out about what you need to get done, and then you don't get to enjoy life." This goes hand-in-hand with procrastination and money. Also, it would be nicer for everyone if you didn't cry as much as you are prone to do...)
5.) Write more. (You are a CREATIVE WRITING MAJOR, for chrissake! Also, draw more. Develop your comic idea)
6.) Look for a job right away. Get job. Keep job. (Places to look: North Adams Public Library, Subway, Rite Aid, Big Y, Freightyard Pub)
7.) Call your parents regularly (So that they don't bitch that you never call)
8.) Keep being an awesome girlfriend. ;-D
This just popped into my head...
The next new mixed drink:
Add one part Red Bull
to one part Absolut Vodka
Guess what you'd call it?
Soul singer Isaac Hayes died today. Otherwise known as "Chef" from South Park.
It's been a REALLY bad week to be a black celebrity.
Samuel L. Jackson better watch his back tonight.
I'm not even kidding...
Bernie Mac is dead. At 50. From complications of PNEUMONIA.
I mean, it not affecting me in the same way as Steve Irwin, Heath Ledger, and George Carlin did when they died (and even then, only George made me cry, and that was for... like, five seconds)... but damn. I used to watch Bernie's show back in the day...
And Morgan Freeman was in that huge car accident earlier this week... but except for some broken body parts, apparently he's fine. I tell you it's a good thing that he didn't die because I think that Tony would flip several shits. He worships the ground that man walks on...
And on a different note...
Oh, and about the recent news that John Edwards had an affair back in 2006... SHUT UP.
I mean, yeah, it's a horrible thing to do, and I would flense the man who ever would do it to me... but the only reason it's getting any publicity is because he's a famous politician... with a wife who has breast cancer.
Gah. This stuff happens all the time.
The media needs to back the fuck away from his personal life and stop making a big deal out of it.
Edwards and his wife had this all settled out soon after it happened. Before the breast cancer was diagnosed. Both of them wanted to keep it on the down low. They didn't want anyone to know...
And the article I read said that he's a "political outcast" now. I dunno, that's a bit much. Bill Clinton is not really an outcast. JFK was never one, partly because he died, partly because everyone knew to keep their mouths shut.
But it's probably killed his chances as a running mate. Which is sad. I wish people wouldn't base their vote on that type of thing... but they do.
Y'know instead of basing their vote on something silly. LIKE POLITICS.
P.S. I know, holy crap, Jessie has an opinion on something! And she voiced it