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June 30th, 2002 June Recommendations
I saw 'Star Wars Episode II' with my friend Marty and it was awesome. I also recommend 'UHF' and 'The Transformers First Season' both out on DVD. And on TV Land I try to catch the sweet satire 'Mary Hartman Mary Hartman'. Take it easy?
June 30th, 2002 Life is a highway, I wanna ride it all night long...
I have also noticed something on the highway. You cannot travel on 495, 95, 695, 295, 895, 795 or any other 95 I am forgetting or just about any major highway or interstate without spotting three particular vehicles.
1). The truck with the small trailer that reads: "Ingersol-Rand".
2). The Shipping truck that says "Swift" in blue and gold on the side.
3). And my personal favorite, the Mitsubishi FUSO truck.
You may see 1 of the 3 or all 3 or any combo thereof, but I promise you will see them.
June 29th, 2002 Scarface
I have spent a lot of time driving around trying to accomplish various tasks. Wandering through malls and stores, walking up and down shopping centers buying things I don't need. I have noticed something in the malls (aside from the 14 year old teenage girls who dress and look like they are 23) I have noticed that (at least in the Maryland area) you cannot visit a mall without seeing at least one teenage or adult male wearing a cheesy Scarface T-shirt (Scarface like Al Pacino, not the rapper) OR he is wearing a shirt with a really poor glitter design, usually an image or text in glitter which looks like it was made with elmer's glue and box of cheap dollar store glitter and done by one of the kids off the 'Kids of Widney High' Album(s). Go out this weekend and look for him! If you are lucky you will spot a guy wearing a Scarface t-shirt done in glitter. If you find one of these, detain him and notify me A.S.A.P. Thanks!
June 21th, 2002 The Bad Season
"Summertime and the Livin' Ain't Easy, But Dying Is! ...in the Killing Fields..." Okay, I haven't been doing enough of what I possibly do best, and that is writing. But I have an excuse and my excuse is that I am currently in, what I refer to as, the 'bad season'. Yes, June 21st marks the first day of summer (the summer solstice and the longest day of the year!) I have many fond memories of summer from my childhood...all that changed after High School. I remember the moment it changed. It was when I walked out of the USAir Arena after my High School graduation. I walked out of the tunnel and into the hot and hazy cluster-fuck that was Landover; but in reality I found myself walking into a new era. My life would be forever changed from that moment on. For me, that afternoon was the end of the Spring of 1995, the beginning of the Summer of 95 and thus the beginning of the 'bad season'. That summer and every summer since has been imperfect and I have been incomplete. I now find summer as being my least favorite season. I chose this first day of summer to reflect on these issues. Even though today is the longest day of the year, it went by fast "like so many summer fields". Today was a smooth, quiet day. But my summer has been filled with either nice days or really awful days. A summer of extremes. My summer (or summer break) started on Saturday May 18th. I had just finished finals the day before and spent some time with Craig that night checking out his new apt. The Spring of 2002 was beautiful and I felt like I had covered all my bases. It seemed that I had finished the semester on a high note. I woke up on Sat. to watch Vanilla Sky and drink a Vanilla Coke and felt content with my place in the world. I got the mail and read a letter of rejection from the Art Dept. that day and it changed everything. A vague, impersonal letter offering no explainations, just a big slap in the face. (As Aaron put it, 'Sorry, Try Again'...oh the irony.) You have talent, work hard and put in the effort only to get shit on. I remember saying it would break me if I did not get accepted but I was wrong. Nothing will break me, it just pissed me off. All the advice in the world doesn't change the fact that I have to fight, claw and scrape my way through the obstacles to get what I want. "It's not easy" And thus a typical 'incident' marked the beginning of my annual turbulent Bad Season.
Journey - Who's Crying Now
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