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Friday, September 06, 2002

Tonight is the first night of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
To anyone out there who celebrates it, L'Shanah Tovah.

Posted by Serene Chaos at 11:06:00 PM °°°

Thursday, September 05, 2002

I am now officially convinced I don't exist. Two examples will follow:
    In my Physical Education class today, we broke into partners, introduced ourself to our partners, and then were supposed to introduce our partners to the whole class. My teacher skipped my pertner and myself. And I was in his class last year, he said my name at least five times before forgetting about the two of us.
    In spanish class my teacher asked my name. "[R]" I replied. Then he asked if I was new. "What?" I questioned. He clarified by asking if I was new to the school. I just gave him a simple "no", while the rest of the class joined in with remarks stating that I have always lived here and gone to shool with them.

And usually, that wouldn't bother me, but today, having teachers just kind of forget, or being very incorrect about me bothered me. I know it always takes teachers longer to learn my name than anyone elses, (because you know how uncommon of a name "[R]" is) and I've come to accept that. I actually find it funny. But...sigh...

Posted by Serene Chaos at 11:45:00 PM °°°

Wednesday, September 04, 2002

Currently, there are three instant messanger programs running on my computer. One is AOL, one is AIM, and one is Trillian. My mom has her away message on AOL, my sister has her away message on AIM, and I have my away message on Trillian.

At least we're not all instant message each other. That would just be a waste of technology...

Posted by Serene Chaos at 9:48:00 PM °°°

I just got an updated version of Norton. Good old Norton got rid of some yucky former inhabitants of my computer.

Posted by Serene Chaos at 4:21:00 PM °°°

"Having a smoking section in a restaurant is like having a peeing section in a swimming pool" - Heard by Spike O'Dell on WGN Radio.

Posted by Serene Chaos at 7:18:00 AM °°°

Tuesday, September 03, 2002

And, to add to the night-before-school-starts conversation, I will post the night-before-school-starts essay on Why I Read.

Why should I, an average high school student, read? The answer that first comes to my mind is 'why not', but I know that it is more complicated than that. Reading helps us evolve into well-rounded, high functioning adults. For thousands of years reading has been present in some form, be it hieroglyphics, Latin, or Braille. And because it exists in so many forms, nearly any educated person is able to partake in the act of reading. This not only allows them to do such simple things as interpret a roadside sign, but it also allows them to learn and advance their ability to relate to unknown obstacles or people. Reading and the ability to interpret common symbols is extremely important in today's society because it is the one common thread which unites all people regardless of economic status or ancestry.

The documentation of events is nearly as old as human beings themselves. Similarly the passing down of stories has occurred as long as spoken language has been in existence. Upon the merging of these two discoveries into the same culture, the act of reading to increase one's knowledge or for simple amusement came into being. It has been in existence ever since. Because of its continuing popularity, most cultures have a written language that can then be read back. I am given the opportunity to read because of this advancement.

Reading brings everyone together. People who speak the same language but are members of different cultures can learn to accept each other’s differences as well as learn of their similarities through the use of reading. Literature also bridges the socioeconomic divide. Because of the ease of use and the availability of public libraries within large cities, even those who would not normally be able to afford the cost of books are able to borrow them and read. They can thus, idealistically, increase their knowledge of the world and help themselves increase their standing in society. And in fact, anyone can learn from reading; reading can change their future. For example, while I have known since I was young that I wanted to grow up to be an elementary school teacher, it wasn’t until I began to read the non-fiction accounts by special education teacher and author Torey Hayden that I began to develop an interest in special education. It is now this subject that I plan to study in college. Reading may have literally changed the direction of my life.

But reading isn’t only a good development in terms of helping one to achieve more; it is also practical in terms of simple amusement. Books come in the form of mysteries, historical accounts, comedies, romances, diaries, and anything else that could be thought of. These books have the ability to take you on adventures to foreign countries you would never be able to visit otherwise; they are able to put you in situations you would never have experienced; they can make you feel horror and joy. And because of the nature of books, the reader often becomes well acquainted with the main characters, more so than they would have from simply watching a movie. This can change the readers because it gives them an understanding of how others live, something they never would have been able to know without the wonders of simple pieces of paper covered with widely recognized symbols.

Reading is an integral part of everyday society. I read because it helps me survive. But I also read because I enjoy it. It makes me a smarter person, a happier person. Reading allows me to better understand ideas I may not agree with or form doubts about beliefs I had initially possessed. On the most basic level I read because my parents read to me when I was young, and I just continued the tradition after I could read on my own. But on a more complex level, I read because it gives me the tools to mold myself into the individual I am and will continue to become.

*note* This is super copywritten by me.

Posted by Serene Chaos at 11:24:00 PM °°°

Night-before-school-starts Conversation.

[21:12] NameChangedForPrivacy: I now use the word "alienist" a lot.
[21:12] *** Auto-response sent to NameChangedForPrivacy: I QUIT School.
[21:12] NameChangedForPrivacy: Well that's not true.
[21:12] NameChangedForPrivacy: I used it once.
[21:12] NameChangedForPrivacy: But I'm going to start using it.
[21:12] SouprGirl1: LOL. you're funny.
[21:12] SouprGirl1: cool
[21:12] SouprGirl1: what does it mean?
[21:13] NameChangedForPrivacy: I wanted to drop out at age 16, but nobody would do it with me?
[21:13] SouprGirl1: i shoulda. *shrugs*
[21:13] NameChangedForPrivacy: Now, when you turn 18 you want to drop out? Ok...
[21:13] SouprGirl1: like, the most alienlike
[21:14] NameChangedForPrivacy: I want to drop out, too. I hate school and all of my friends are too depressed to enjoy their company. I shouldn't talk. I'm depressed. But it's hard to be depressed and be around depressed people. I need happy friends. You're the first person that came to my mind when I thought "who are some of my happy friends?"
[21:14] SouprGirl1: :) i'm glad. i like to be thought of as happy.
[21:14] NameChangedForPrivacy: lol, i didn't even think of it that way
[21:14] SouprGirl1: hehe.
[21:15] NameChangedForPrivacy: i thought of it as someone was pro-alien
[21:15] SouprGirl1: huh? i 'm all for aliens?
[21:15] NameChangedForPrivacy: yeah
[21:15] NameChangedForPrivacy: like an activist
[21:15] SouprGirl1: aliens in what sense of the word?
[21:15] NameChangedForPrivacy: like feminist, zionist... alienist!
[21:15] NameChangedForPrivacy: i don't know!
[21:15] SouprGirl1: yes!! ALIENS. ALIENS. THey need their own country

Posted by Serene Chaos at 10:05:00 PM °°°

Monday, September 02, 2002

It's over. Freedom - it's gone. My last night to be worry free. Now, I have to read 50% of a 581 page book and write an essay within a 24 hour period. And after I am done with those duties, I will continue doing work of that amount until the middle of May.

And then I will continue the following fall. Although, depending where I go to college, there will most likely be a lighter workload than I have had the last two years of high school.

It's confusing. I want to run away and get a job, be independant. But at the same time I want to run back over to my mother, crawl into her lap, and have her read me a bedtime story - A Little Princess, or The Secret Garden. I want to learn everything, but I don't want to wait for it all to happen. Why can't we just say some magic words and know everything we need to know, be able to do everything we want to do. . .

Posted by Serene Chaos at 11:36:00 PM °°°

Sunday, September 01, 2002

Please. Remind me not to drink caffine before bed anymore. I can't sleep. I can't read. My mind is just racing. It's a jumble of everything; plans for my class for religious school, worries about not finishing my summer reading, yearnings to go for a nice run or bike ride or jump rope, thinking about how I'm going to have to wake up in 4.5 hours to go give blood...

Posted by Serene Chaos at 3:29:00 AM °°°