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Hey guys, I’m still at District Convention, and we’re wrapping things up, so here’s a semi-short blog post! After my last blog posts on literary geeks, I decided to take a step back and reflect upon ALL geek cultures of all geek world. Besides, I found this picture(PICTURE), and I couldn’t help but pick out which geek “societies” I fall under. So far, I think I fit:

Cosplay Geek, MMO Geek, Webcomic Geek, Travel Geek, Con Geek, Papercraft Geek, Book Geek, Electronics Geek, Drama Geek, Scrapbook Geek, Anime Geek, Spartan Geek

There are probably more, so feel free to point them out to me.

Currently Listening: Ain’t Your Fairytale (Sonata Arctica)
Currently Watching: Dollhouse, Soul Eater
Currently Playing: –
Currently Drinking: Water
Current Mood: Tired… in a good way!
Picture of the Now

GEEK (noun)
Reference: Wikipedia, Merriam-Webster Dictionary.com

The word geek is a slang term, noting individuals as “a peculiar or otherwise odd person, especially one who is perceived to be overly obsessed with one or more things including those of intellectuality, electronics, etc.”

My high school was very big on celebrating geek spirit. One of my friends, in fact, wrote an end-of-the-year speech where she exclaimed and celebrated the all around geek-hood of Bronx Science. Even the jocks were on the math team (it was a very interesting school).

When I went to college, the celebration of geek-hood was also seen, but in a very different light. There is a lot of separations between what kind of geek you are, and I found that geeks of the same major tended to clump together. This was, and still is, a problem for me, and I’m sure it is for other people who seem to fall into more than one geek culture.

The rant side of me complains that the geek culture is being misinterpreted and misrepresented by mainstream society (note the I ❤ Geek signs that plague our streets). Which it is. The term “geek” is associated with computers, tech-savvy nerds and video games. Those kinds of geeks (I’ll refer to them as computer geeks for now) mostly encompass males, the stereotype being that these computer geeks are socially-inept, awkward, technology-obsessed males who have the skin pigment of a vampire that does not sparkle in the sun.

Which is not true (the fact that all geeks are tech fanboys). For one, computer geeks are usually not THAT socially inept. And, not all geeks are computer geeks. There are literary geeks (which I is one of am), Student Government dorks, History buffs, Music geeks, Trekkies, Sport Geeks, Fanboys (Like these guys)… the list is endless.

And while part of me screams at society for being retarded fuckwits who need to categorize everyone and everything, part of me is happy for knowing that, somewhere, at least some people are experiencing the geek transformation into some sort of geekdom, whether it be into the world of comics or cosplay.

Anyway, today, I you all to take this time to celebrate all works and worlds of all geek cultures, from the student leadership geeks who get together to scream their heads off, to the computer nerds who live in comp sci labs. Go out there, find a geek, and hug him/her.

And if you can’t find one, hug yourself.

Also, Best cheer ever:
e to the y, dy dx,
e to the x, dx
Cosine, secant, tangent, sine,
3.14159

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Hey guys!I hope you all have been having a great week. I’ve been stockpiled with work (arn’t I always?), and it’s been keeping me busy.

This weekend, I will be at the New York Circle K District Convention (NYCKI – New York Circle K International), giving presentations and doing all that other great service project stuff I’m supposed to do! This will be my first Circle K Dcon (I’ve attended 3 Key Club Dcons, and Key Club is the high school counterpart of CKI), so I’m pretty pumped and ready to go. Except for all the planning that still needs to be done… god there’s so much planning.

In other news, I’ll also be seeing Kaba Modern Legacy here in SUNY Geneseo, which includes a good portion of the crew that was on America’s Best Dance Crew (which I watch). I’m pretty excited to go, since Kaba Modern was my favorite dance crew in ABDC’s first season. They were WAY WAY WAY better than Status Quo (I don’t see how the FUCK in hell Status Quo got second). So I’m a bit hyped up.

In other news, I also gathered all the ingredients for Okonomiyaki, so I’ll be making it as soon as I come back from District Convention! Look out for pictures!!!

Special Thanks to my brother this week because he is awesome and spent forever in the Post Office getting my contact lenses shipped up to me. He had to go through a bitch of the time because the lenses contained liquid, and he had to fight with the receptionist to send them to me, so I really appreciate that. Much love ❤

Currently Listening: Freakazoid Opening Song
Currently Watching: Dollhouse
Currently Playing: Nothing
Currently Wearing: Glasses
Current Mood: CKI-mode (PUMPED!)
Picture of the Now

I decided to switch it up a bit and celebrate the literary nerd in me by posting a quiz that was sent around on facebook. The reason why it is HERE and not facebook is because it’s simply more awesome to write it here. Plus all the links look cooler and, hopefully, someone will be encouraged to pick up a book I mention below. I hope you find this as enjoyable to read as I found it to write.

I’ve also left some commentary in bold for any of you readers who like my parenthetical commentary.

You have received this note because someone thinks you are a literary geek. Copy the questions into your own note, answer the questions, and tag any friends who would appreciate the quiz, including the person who sent you this. Don’t bother trying to italicize your book titles. We know you want to.

1. What author do you own the most books by?
In the dorm, Anne Rice. Back at home, JRR Tolkien.

2. What book do you own the most copies of?
I own 4 copies of Dante’s Inferno, in 3 different translations (two old translations, and a modern one).
For anyone who is interested, the modern translation replaces the old celebrities of Dante’s days with modern icons like Britney Spears and people who seem to emulate the same sin. The art is also very striking and adds some flavor to the new translation. The modern translation can be found here.

3. Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
Not when I take literary license and poor internet grammar into account.

4. What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
Sirius Black from Harry Potter, and I used to have a book-crush on the Scipio, The Thief Lord.
Thankfully, I no longer have a crush on Scipio

5. What book have you read the most times in your life (excluding picture books read to children; i.e., Goodnight Moon does not count)?
Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger.

6. What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
Probably The Golden Compass (Philip Pullman) or the Harry Potter: Prisoner of Azkaban

7. What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year?
The Rules

8. What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?
Good Omens (Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman) or Haunted (Chuck Palahniuk).
Both, in thanks, to Vince aka Kawarazu

9. If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
Mmm… I’ll get back to you on that one.

10. Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?
Chris Van Allsburg, for his exceptional children book writing and in-depth implications on human nature while using a simplistic medium.
Allsburg’s children’s books include Jumanji, Zathura and The Polar Express, all of which have been turned into movies. His less well known books include The Sweetest Fig and The Widow’s Broom.

11. What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
I hate that books are turned into movies, but I would like to see The Amber Spyglass being turned into a movie, only because the job done on The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials Trilogy, Second Book) was very good.

12. What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
Good Omens. Dante’s Inferno. Catcher in the Rye and Jane Eyre were big contenders…
But Mein Kampf took the cake.

13. Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
I had a dream that I replaced Dante while on his journey through the Inferno.

14. What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult?
The Game or Breaking Dawn (Stephanie Meyers).

15. What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?
Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy).

16. What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you’ve seen?
That I’ve seen? Much Ado About Nothing, probably.

17. Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
I think it’s implied that I’d choose the French since I did a whole book study on them.
Besides, the French have Le Petit Prince (Antoine de Saint Exupéry) and Candide (Voltaire).

18. Roth or Updike?
Updike, because he writes more for the New Yorker.

19. David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
Neither.

20. Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
Chaucer, because his Canterbury Tales were epic.

21. Austen or Eliot?
TS Eliot is a jerk who stole E. E. Cumming‘s high school sweetheart. Jane Austen all the way.
I also did a study on E. E. Cummings, which is why I know a lot of little facts about him.

22. What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
I haven’t finished reading all of the Grimm’s Fairy Tales.
Although the ones I have read are exceptionally AWESOME

23. What is your favorite novel?
It’s like implying the other books are inferior. I do have a top 20 in no order.

24. Play?
Phantom of the Opera

25. Poem?
“Anyone lived in a pretty how town” by E. E. Cummings
For anyone who is interested, I write E. E. Cummings in capital letters because that is how he wanted it to be written. When his publishers came up with the idea of using under cased letters in his pen name, he requested to use capital letters. His publishers ended up under casing it without him. Since that time, he’s always been known as the “under case poet” for his unconventional use of under cased lettering. But E. E. Cummings should be known for his unconventional use of punctuation and visual syntax, not just his under cased letter. He’s just very good at playing with words.

26. Essay?
There was an essay about Alice in Wonderland‘s influence on children’s books, but I can’t seem to find it now

27. Short story?
The Lottery (Shirley Jackson)

28. Work of nonfiction?
The World is Flat or The Prince.

29. Who is your favorite writer?
JRR Tolkien is my favorite world-maker/fantasy-writer, but I don’t have a favorite writer. I guess it depends on the genre.

30. Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
Stephanie Meyers, J K Rowling, Stephen King, in that order.

31. What is your desert island book?
Hitchhiker’s Guide.

32. And… what are you reading right now?
I’m re-reading Alice in Wonderland .

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Bah, so I’m sorry for not posting. As always, I’m up to my neck with work. I had a NEACURH conference last weekend, and this coming weekend is the District Convention for NYCKI (all these acronyms!). It’s been a lot of organizing and planning and last minute work, so I really apologize for not being able to post as often and as long as I’d want to.

Also, I’m wearing glasses! I don’t have any contacts left (I’m getting them shipped up to me), so I’ve been roaming around with glasses, which has been very odd for me. I’ll try to take a picture or two when I remember.

Ahh. So something to blog about… *tries to think about something that’s been bothering her lately*

I’ve been really running a blank about thinks to complain about (economics, politics, women and bad hair are consistently on that list). If anyone has any new ideas, feel free to tell me ( ;D ). This post will act as my Sunday post.

Currently Listening: Love Song (Sara Bareilles)
Currently Watching: Dollhouse
Currently Playing: Trauma Center
Currently Drinking: Pepsi Cherry
Current Mood: CKI-mode (aka, stressed)

I’ve been taking a look at myself recently (I know a lot of people have been in that self-reflective state), and wondering what it is that has made me the way I am. And not the good aspects, or the bad ones, just… me being myself, I suppose.

Within this self-reflection, I realized that one of the big reasons why I feel such an urge to do community service, especially with kids, is because I’ve always felt that I’ve lacked some kind of childhood. A good one, anyway. I always had to take care of the home, take care of my brother, and take care of living to the point where I had become an adult at some obscenely young age. I guess it’s personally upsetting to think that other kids have to live the same way I did.

It sucks to know that kids are growing up faster and faster each day, and sometimes not in the right way. There are far too many kids with parents who are either too strict or too lenient. The ones who are too lenient are scared about becoming strict because their child would grow away from them. The ones who are too strict are scared that their child is going to stick their toe out of the god damned line.

Perhaps it was a good thing that I grew up too fast. I knew the ways of right and wrong by learning them myself.

But anyway, the immaturity of teenagers, students, kids (whatever you call them) is not due to parents being too strict, or too loose. They’re simply just WRONG about taking care of kids. They’re scared that the child is going to be “molded” the wrong way. That’s not to say that I think I’m an expert on taking care of kids. Far from it. I just think there are a lot of things that parents, mine included, do wrong. Then they blame the school, or the surroundings, when in fact, it is their inability to listen to their child’s need and inability to see their child as a person (rather than as their child).

Your child is not an extension of yourself.

Yes, your child is your family. Your flesh and blood, and you are his/her caretaker. But the child is not you. By pushing your desires onto your child, you’re not teaching him/her. You’re choking your child. You’re essentially forcing yourself upon your child (mind rape?).

The children who are products of bad parenting can be easily categorized. Here are some examples (there are mixtures of them):

The Brat – Sweet 16-type kids who are spoiled beyond belief and think they can have everything their way
The Rebel – Kids who decide to completely stray away from their parents and do things because their parents don’t want them to.
The Closet Case – Kids who are socially isolated from society and will not know how to deal with “going out into the world” (I always think of college students who can’t do laundry)
The Clinger – Daddy’s Little Girl or Mama’s Boy -type. I separated them from Closet Cases because I think of Clingers as not “socially unaware,” just clingy.
The Dream – Children who are forced into an occupation (singer, lawyer, doctor) because that was their parent’s aspirations.

And beyond just being categorized, there are simply tons of problems with bad parenting, and they go from one end of the spectrum to the other. For example, a child may be so angry with her parents that she will choose to never speak to her parents. In that situation, family bonds are completely severed. On the other end, there could be a child that is so dependent on his parents that he’ll be living with them till he’s 35… and then some.

One of the bigger reasons why I complain about the parenting and not the child himself/herself is because not all bad parenting results in bad children. I know plenty of beaten and abused kids who turn out to be wonderful people, and plenty of spoiled kids who are aware of how spoiled they are and appreciate how their parents love them (AND learn to take responsibilities in other fields, like in extracurricular activities). But I also know that all these kids could have turned out terribly were it not for good friends, a good environment in school, or plain luck. Besides, it is the parent that worries about parenting at the age of 12, not the child.

I’m no parent, but at least I know some rights and wrongs of taking care of children simply by being around kids, and parents and mixes of both.

And, off topic, I don’t intend on being a parent for many a year.

For a topic like this, I feel like I can’t rant without giving some solutions to how you can avoid bad parenting (although I doubt any of you readers are parents anyway! *haha*):

– Don’t judge your child based off what he or she does. Just because your child got a 65 on his exam doesn’t mean he’s a bad or rebellious student, and that you should beat him.
– Learn to say no. The kid has to learn that there are some things he or she simply cannot have.
– Teach responsibility. Have the child take care of chores (or a pet) and give them good and bad consequences for responsibility (or lack of).
– Balance work and play. Your child is not a robot who can work on dance steps, vocals and math all the time.
– Don’t feel bad taking away things. This goes along with the “Learn to say no” and “Balance work and play.”
– Punish bad behavior. The whole fucking world is obsessed with “Award good behavior” and all that stuff, but people neglect punishing kids for bad behavior. It’s the forever-forgotten other side.
– Listen. This applies more and more as your child grows. A child does not simply mature in body (breasts, periods, deeper voices), but in mind. It is important to let that child develop his or her own ideas.

I mean there are tons more, and there are tons of (badly written) books on parenting. One of my biggest suggestions is to take a look at your childhood, and how you’ve grown, then reflect on what you took away from such a childhood.

And, for all you college students, DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT GETTING PREGNANT. ;D

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Apologies

Bleh! Just got back to my dorm from Spring Break, and I have 1.5 hours to pack until I go off to Mass. This is going to be a very hectic weekend. >_<!

Because I’m in such a rush-mode, I won’t be able to rant either today or (probably) Sunday, unless I get my grimy hands on a laptop (*fingers crossed*). I’ll be sure to make up with more ranting when I get back!

Currently Listening: –
Currently Watching: Dollhouse, Soul Eater
Currently Playing: The World Ends With You
Currently Drinking: Water
Current Mood: Stressed

Something I need to complain about soon: Americans fueling their own stereotype that Americans are dumb.

And why!

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Pocky

So I’m getting my computer fixed today (Dell may not have very good over-phone support, but they sure are fast as fuck). I’ll be able to post tomorrow if all goes well, but I decided to do some small blurb today, to keep you all entertained (because you all can’t wait until the next time Mint posts, right… RIGHT?!)

My post has been getting shorter and shorter (save the hair one, oddly enough), and I’m really sorry. Free time has always been, and will probably always be, a luxury for me. I’ll try to write more.

Currently Listening: Crazy Sunshine (The Pillows)
Currently Watching: Dollhouse, Soul Eater
Currently Playing: The World Ends With You
Currently Drinking: Bubble Tea
Current Mood: Hungry (for Asian munchies!)
Picture of the Now

Today, I roamed around Flushing for a bit on the search for munchies. There’s something different between the style of Asian candies and munchies as opposed to American ones. I mean, there’s the clear difference that Asian candies are ASIAN and American candies are AMERICAN. But there’s just a different feeling between eating shrimp crackers and lays chips.

Whenever I watch anime, I always have the crazy urge to have some sort of asian snack by me. And no, I don’t mean pocky, since everyone and their mother eats pocky when they watch anime (seriously, people trample each other for pocky).

Which goes into the topic of today: POCKY.

First thing first, what is pocky? Pocky is, essentially, some sort of cracker that is dipped in a flavored chocolate. The two major “flavors” of pocky are: strawberry (with artificial strawberry pieces) and chocolate. There are other flavors, like milk and honey. There are also different types of pocky. For example, there is a Men’s Pocky (Dark Chocolate Pocky) and Almond Pocky (pocky that has almond pieces and is THEN dipped in some type of chocolate). The original pocky is made by Glico, and is very popular (both in Japan and America. I’m not sure about other countries). Overall, pocky is pretty cheap and can be bought easily in your local Asian super market for the low price of $0.95. If you buy it in bulk online, it can come even cheaper (from what I’ve been told, as low as 65 cents).

Since then, there have been variations of pocky made by other companies. A gallery of pocky can be seen here.

As I have mentioned above, pocky is very popular in Japan. Pocky is equally popular in America, especially with anime-fans. I have experience, first-hand, a horde of anime/gaming fans trampling each other to death, trying to get a box of pocky.

I don’t understand the super fandom that comes along with pocky. Yes, I cannot deny that it is a very good tasting snack, and is wonderful to eat while you’re watching anime, but it is nothing you should kill other people over. And it is certainly not worth buying for $4.00-$5.00 (which is the general going price for pocky in anime conventions).

As someone who used to sell pocky for obscene amounts of dollars to otakus with a lot of money, I don’t see this (the selling of pocky for overpriced amounts) to be horrendous. The otakus should know better than to buy pocky for $3.00 (which is what I sold it at, IN MY VERY OWN SCHOOL).

I guess I shouldn’t be complaining, since I used to make a significant amount of money from my group of people. But it’s slightly aggravating, knowing this is the community that I’m part of. Being associated with morons who buy candy and food simply because it’s Japanese.

Making it Asian doesn’t make it super-good tasting.

And there are loads of other Asian snacks. One thing I do like about Asian snacks is that they’re sweet, as opposed to the popular salty chips of Western culture (I know that there are Asian snacks that are salty, and American ones that are sweet, I’m making a super generalization). Pocky isn’t the only snack out there; there are many gummies, crackers and hard candies that can be found in your local Asian supermarket that may even tickle your tastebuds more than pocky will.

Anyway, I’ll be up and away for a bit, and I’ll try to write something out on Thursday, so I hope to see you all then!

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Whoo Vampires! *bleh*

I’m back from Spring Break! I know, I already mentioned it, but being back has been pretty good, except for one thing. A lot of things have been going on, so here it goes:

This afternoon, my laptop fried. From what I gather, it’s the Power Supply, which I’ll need replaced. My warranty is still on it, so I’m good. But still, ARG! This puts me back many a days with work and stuff.

So, to kill some time with my angst without having a computer, I decided to take some pictures (results below). I also took some pictures with my brother.

Half Heart

Besides that, I also decided to make okonomiyaki with friends in Geneseo. I’ll be buying the ingredients down here, since you probably can’t find it upstate or anything (and besides, I really would rather go scavenging for ingredients here than in Rochester).

This is the recipe I’ll be using to make okonomiyaki. I did it once during a food fair many years ago, and I do eat it every so often, but this’ll be the first time I’m buying the ingredients and doing it super legit. I’m so excited.

I watched an interview with Ben Bernanke today as well, which really shocked me (he’s the FED Chairman, he’s not supposed to be doing interviews). Anyway, he makes a lot of good points, but I know they’ll be taken the wrong way. Which was thus proven by the assessment of the interview in the CBS 2 news.

And… I ran into a image site which has me going through more anime pics (omg ><). I saw a new picture of Saber Lily, which is the “light” version of Saber from Fate/Stay Night (Saber Lily comes from Fate/Unlimited Codes).

Anyway, since I’m on Spring Break and I got shit to do (plus, it’s not my laptop), this is probably going to be a much smaller rant. Thank you for everyone who has been progressively commenting on my work (especially the hair thing. It really threw me off, but I’ll remember to get out more reviews of hair stuff when I start using more).

Also, I do have a twitter account (due to some people in college… and a lot of people back at home telling me they got one). My account name is xocomint.

Currently Listening: Nothing
Currently Watching: Dollhouse, The Unit
Currently Playing: The World Ends With You, Animal Crossing
Current Mood: Upset (about her laptop) and happy (for ingredient-buying/cosplay-work)

Today, my best friend (and essentially my twin) told me that she saw Twilight, the movie and decided to order Twilight the series.

I’m not sure what to make of this. The tutor/teacher in me is telling me it’s a good thing, since people are actually picking up a book and reading. Girls, anyway, are picking up books and reading. But the gamer/reader/writer/everything else in me is screaming to burn every Twilight book ever.

Let me backtrack.

I like novels. I’m a fan of good writing, and I enjoy reading. My literary criticism and my commentary-type work is much better than my creative writing. But this only makes me appreciate and enjoy good writing ever the more.

I used to be a decently big fan of Anne Rice, prior to her born-again Christian moment. I read all her vampire books (not her witch ones, interestingly), and I do like my vampire novels. I even like Dracula, even though that was more about the hunting of Dracula than actually him.

Anyway, Twilight is a poor excuse of a gothic romance novel about vampires that play baseball and fall in love with what they like to eat. A grave portion of the novel is about a girl (Bella) who is somehow magically obsessed with a guy who keeps pushing her away. They go to high school (High School Musical: Shiny Vampire Edition), which is how they met. So, later, he ends up “growing to like her” for no reason than her obsession with him. Then, he admits to her that he’s a vampire.

Now. Vampire. The typical vampire has only two requirements: Drinks blood & dies in the sun. Everything else (the garlic, the super-human strength, the bats, the everything else) is pretty much dependent on what legends you read, and what the vampire is supposed to be in the novel, as prescribed by the author.

TWILIGHT VAMPIRES DO NOT DIE IN THE SUN. In fact, they sparkle and shine and go outside and hang out with everyone. They’re not even like, cool vampires. They drink animal blood and play baseball.

Okay, back to the storyline. There’s another vampire coven (aka vampire family) that gets together and ends up liking Bella. Now, these group of vampires are like “Well. If you’re not going to eat her, I will” (whoo, go badass vampires), and Edward is all “NO, SHE’S GOING TO BE MY BABYDARLINGHONEYPIESWEETIE.” Some crummy and poorly written fighting moments happen (most of which I skipped), and, at the end of the book, they go to prom together.

The other books are worse than this. Spoilers are covered because I’m not sure if people actually read this and give two shits about Twilight, but I’m being polite:

So then Bella makes a friend with a werewolf, and then has to choose between wolf-boy and shiny-vampire. She chooses shiny-vampire, obviously, because everyone loves vampires *gags*. Then, she becomes a vampire and has a baby and the whole world wants to kill her baby at first, but then decides not to because something was proven wrong and everything ends happily ever after.

The movie is even worse. Here is a really good description of the movie, long story short. At least with the book, there are some half-assed excuses for some of the things, and I think there’s an attempt to make being a vampire look like a curse (Yes. Being a vampire is actually SUPPOSED to be a curse, not a super cool thing that will make all women swoon over you).

I mean, yes, I know people have right to read, write and watch what they want, but it’s just aggravating to think that the average girl thinks of Edward as the ideal guy. A jackass who hates her and only obsessed with her later because she dotes on his every whim.

Goodness gracious, girls don’t make sense. They want to be independent, and they claim that men always try to control them and abuse their feminine nature. But then, they obsessed over a female main character that swoons over a guy who keeps throwing her away.

I wonder why all vampires are supposed to be super pretty. I mean, what happens to the really ugly vampires? Do their families throw them out in the sun to burn up because they have a crooked nose? I know in World Of Darkness, they at least try to explain this with the idea that some covens only choose beautiful people because those certain covens are shallow and obsessed with that kind of stuff (plus, there are some ugly as fuck vampires in WoD).

Anyway, this was much longer than I had hoped, and I was really trying to shorten everything, but there it is. Twilight the novel is poor. Twilight the movie is 100x worse.

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Back Home~

I AM BACK HOME!

Goodness gracious, it feels good to be back in the city. I love Geneseo and all, and I’ll never see a sunset as gorgeous as the ones upstate (plus, there are stars up there), but I’d never trade the corner Starbucks and smelly train stations for anything in the world.

Yes, even the smelly subways with its ridiculous delays and loud clacks. Man. I love the smell of garbage.

You never really understand how much you miss home until you come back to it. I get the feeling every time I come home from Geneseo. Just setting foot in the city (That’s New York City, for you upstaters that insist Rochester is “the city.” It’s A city, not THE city) is is enough to fill me with warmth (it could also be the smog filling my lungs that fill me with grey-black goodness).

And for all you folks that seem to insist Syracuse and Rochester are cities, you really need to take a trip to a REAL city (that goes for any of you out-of-staters who insist that NYC is not that great… You’re really lying to yourself).

That goes double for those who say it’s just as easy to live in NYC as anywhere else. Let’s drop you off in the middle of Elmhurst (or South Bronx, hurhur) and see if you can feed yourself and find a way home with 5 bucks.

Well. I know I can (and plenty of people who live in NYC who can).

  • I miss turning my headphones to max volume on the subway.
  • I miss 4 hours of DDR in Toys “R” Us, next to the Barbie Doll House.
  • I miss getting my favorite bubble tea with my favorite gals.
  • I miss that awesome shish-ka-bobs (satays?) Stand in Flushing, near the Library.
  • I miss running around Austin Street late at night with my folks back in Halsey.
  • I miss playing card games at scattered Barnes and Nobles around Manhattan, and occasionally in Queens.
  • I even dare to say I miss coming home from Bronx Sci to Forest Hills at 8-10 PM (4 in Bedford Park Blvd, switch to R in Lex & 59th st, optionally transfer to the E or F at Queens Plaza or Roosevelt Ave).
  • I really miss Halah food (goodness I already know my first meal of the day).

I guess, what I really want to say is, I miss home. And I know I’ll only appreciate New York City when I leave it. So, for those of you commuter folks, or guys who insist on going to college in your hometown (Whether it be Syracuse or Sacramento, Orlando or in good ol” NYC), just… take a long trip out. Like, do a study abroad for a semester, or take classes in another college (far from your home town). I’m telling you, you won’t regret it.

And Times Square is still gorgeously filled with lights, even at 4:30 in the morning. And I love it.

Man, it’s good to be home!

PS: WTF when the fuck did the E train get new trains?! And why ther fuck did they not fix the fucking railings for it?! It’s still as loud as ever!

PPS: If you’re coming to the City for Spring Break, drop me a line. I’ll be around here till Wednesday.

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