March 4th, 2002

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All we are is what we're told

I just found out that my mom's been spraying the dishwasher with boric acid in order to kill roaches. I find this practice fairly disconcerting. See I pointed out that spraying poison onto our dishes may be a bit unwise in that it means that WE ARE EATING ROACH POISON. She counters with the argument that the dishwasher gets rid of the poison AND that sometimes it doesn't wash away all the food so we have dried food on our dishes anyway. I'm not sure HOW one can make the argument that the dishwasher is thorough enough to get rid of the poison but not thorough enough to handle some dried tomato sauce, but she tried. Needless to say I am buying paper utensils today but I also am having a hypochondriac reaction to the fact that I have been eating poison for god knows how long. I'm made to feel a little better by the fact that she says it was my father's idea to begin with (Which means it has been going on for YEARS) and he was a biologist so should have some vague notion of what chemicals are too toxic to risk and what are within acceptable tolerances, but somehow I'm a little leary of taking toxic chemical advice from a man who drank a vial of cyanide. Call me suspicious. The saddest part is that we have many fewer roaches than we used to now thanks to the new combat, not the freaking poison (plus our building cycles between infested and not so much). *Sigh*

I have such a mountain of work to dig out from under that I'm nearly shutting down. Gotta keep going, gotta forge through to the other side...but DAMN. Life is going to be pretty rough for the next two weeks or so, but I will perservere and thrive. Yeah...thrive....that's the ticket. Nothing's going to stop me now....at least not till I get my anthro questions today and come to understand how PROFOUNDLY unprepared I am for my mid term...

*In my best impression of Jeff Goldblum from "The Fly" (which isn't very good at all)":

Help meeee HELP MEEEEEEEE
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Here's a poll for everyone

I've decided to take advantage of paid user status and launch a poll. It'll probably be the last time I try because nobody will answer it, but what the heck right? Anything to procrastinate.

Poll #21623 What Should I do journalwise

Do I Know That You Read This Journal

Yes
4(80.0%)
No
0(0.0%)
I think so, but I'm not exactly sure
1(20.0%)
You told me to but I doubt you think I ever did, or that I'm still reading the hunk of junk
0(0.0%)
Journal? What? Isn't this the bus station?
0(0.0%)

Should I start cutting the journal into Readtalk to avoid clogging up friends pages?

Yes
0(0.0%)
No
1(20.0%)
What do I care? You'll never be MY friend you loser! NEVER
0(0.0%)
Do what you want and don't worry about what others want
4(80.0%)
One for Poughkeepsie please
0(0.0%)

Should I cut down on the frivolous entries and stick to the ones with substance?

Yes
1(20.0%)
No
0(0.0%)
It's yours do what you want and stop ASKING me you pussy
4(80.0%)
There are ones with substance? Get off your high horse arrogant boy before you bump your damned head on the sky
0(0.0%)
Could somebody help me with my luggage?
0(0.0%)

Should I start doing surveys and crap so that you can baseline my character?

Yes
0(0.0%)
No
2(50.0%)
What does Baseline your character mean?
0(0.0%)
Maybe a few, just for laughs
2(50.0%)
Surveys? Get out of here I'm waiting for the bus. The Hare Krishna's at the airport are bad enough!
0(0.0%)

Are these polls fun and kooky or just stupid?

Fun and Kooky
1(25.0%)
Just plain Stupid
0(0.0%)
Most of them are fun and kooky but yours is just stupid
0(0.0%)
Most are just stupid but yours is fun and kooky
1(25.0%)
Security! SECURITY!
2(50.0%)

Any topic in particular you'd like me to expound about (Yeah I know this is a supreme arrogance but I MIGHT get a bite)

Any other random suggestions for my journal or me?

Will I be disapointed when this poll reveals that only three people read my journal?

Yes
2(40.0%)
No
2(40.0%)
It's not true! At LEAST three and a half do, three and a quarter minimum
0(0.0%)
Nah, you're a curmdgeonly fellow and probably won't care
1(20.0%)
This is the last time I'm warning you whippersnapper! Don't think that just because I'm old I can't kick your ass! Why back in my day....
0(0.0%)
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This embarassment will be behind me

Well I started out these two weeks of academic hell on a good note today when I got my second JUSTICE paper back. I got an A and the TA commented that it was a very good paper (that she had remembered it specifically out of a class of 115, and that she thought that it was good is, I think, a good thing) That should help to wipe away the tarnish of my B- on the first paper and to remind me that even under this level of pressure I am still capable of doing good academic work. This paper is also worth 15 percent of the grade as opposed to the 5 percent that the other paper was worth, so I've pulled myself up significantly by acing it. It's a nice confidence booster anyway.

Also today's Justice class was more interesting than the last few have been and somewhat re-inspiring. I felt this BEFORE I got my paper back so I know it's not just a grade related change of attitude. But the grade did boost my mood somewhat and I shall approach the rest of my work with renewed vigor. Yeah right.

*shrug* at least I can now firmly blame the fact that I fucked up the first paper on the length restriction and not on lack of understanding of the material. That's definitly a good thing for my ego. I should learn how to write shorter papers though. It's a useful skill.
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