September 29th, 2001

...dreamers

Hey ho jugglin' show!

Random subject line? Hell yes.

Okay, one, I've been getting a bundle of junk e-mail in my aol inbox. I don't use that address anymore (for forms or anything), yet the mailing lists I'm on seems to be tripling. *sigh* Oh well.

Today was Allie's birthday. Yay! A group of us (there was ten total) hung out at her house. We ordered pizzas, watched a movie and listened to music. It was beaucoup de fun. After everyone left, she and I talked for about 45 minutes, then I decided to go home (since it was past curfew). It was nice though, cus I haven't really gotten to talk to her as much as we used to.

I'm so conflicted. I feel like I should do homework during the day tomorrow, and maybe clean my room. My room is a pig sty, and I have a ton of devoirs. However, I feel obligated to go to Saturday crew. Another thing, we will be going out for lunch and mini-golf after. Not that I don't think this will be fun, I know it will, but I have about 5 dollars, and that will not suffice. Besides, my nephew's birthday party is tomorrow night. He's turning 8. Geez, he's half my age. That's like nothing. God, he's growing up so fast. I'd like to finish homework tomorrow, then go to my nephew's party and have Sunday to just rest. This will not happen. I will tell you that right now. I hate not being able to control everything.

That should have been a new paragraph. My control issues are expansive. Oh well. I don't feel like getting into that.

Britney tickets go on sale at noon tomorrow. I'm really excited. I want to go. In honor of this, I'm using my new Britney Album Cover icon. Enjoy!
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Hazing

Sometimes it sucks to be in a school so sheltered. One where drugs are a problem, but no one addresses it because it's not the stereotypical druggies. It is them, but in very small numbers. Most of the people to do drugs are the ones also getting good grade. The star football players and the lead in the musical. As such, no one ever gets busted for drug usage. Not really like people are turning a blind eye, but they can't enforce anything off school grounds, unless the police catch you.

This was sort of a segway to my next topic. In my school (as many I'm sure) there have been recent accounts of "paddling". Or as my Senior Teacher said "They call it paddling, but basically, they kicked the shit out of these kids". It's sick. A couple of the kids actually had to go to the hospital.

The first account of paddling I learned about on September 12th. In theatre, we were talking about the WTC tragedy, and Carl started into the hazing issue. Over that previous weekend, a bunch of seniors had gone around and picked up freshman and beat them up. This was the only class I heard about it in. No other teacher even acknowledged the event.

Yesterday, while walking from physics to english, I over heard a conversation between a guy and this girl. The guy had said, "So what if they get paddled. Afterwards, we get them drunk as hell." I didn't see the guy who was talking about it, but it disturbed be because it meant that there was probably another round of hazing. Then, when I got into english, my teacher had asked a football player in the room if he knew anyone connected to the paddling. The kid said no. But that was the last of it. Not even my english teacher, who is very cool, and the sponsor of activities like Aware, and is affiliated with Reach and Care. (these are kind of like their names say. They are semi-activist groups that learn and discuss important events and topics from around the world). It made me extremely disappointed that none of the teachers (if they even knew what was going on) didn't say anything.

A couple years ago, they implemented these things called Processing Groups. They would call a processing group meeting about 4 times a year, and any time that it seemed important. I had a good one, because it was through Freshman advisories (which was chorus for me). I really enjoyed it. Last year, they changed format and groups. We were now in Dialog Groups, which is ironic because my group never had dialog. It sucked more than any group should have sucked. I was in a group with the most shallow and North Shore people ever. Thus, I didn't benefit from anything we did (not that we did anything. We never once had a discussion about important events). This year, because of the negative reaction to the groups, we just aren't having them. We didn't meet after the WTC nor did we meet to discuss hazing. It makes me kind of upset.

I could probably join Aware or Care to be more involved and in touch with these problems, but I'm already involved with the theatre program, and I can't make the afterschool meetings. I guess there's nothing I can do, really, I just wish more teachers would address important topics.

"There's a fine line between tradition and trash" - from the Company-written spring play last year about hazing.
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Another totally awesome survey!!!

Hee hee...the 80s had their good points, they really did.

How old are you?
16 (my birthday is in 5 weeks though)

Do you remember The Cabbage Patch Kids?
Yes, I had about 12 of them.

Did you own a Cabbage Patch Kid with their little birth certificates and think it was the coolest thing in the world?
Of course, that was the best part about them.

Do you remember My Little Pony?
I was *obsessed* with My Little Pony. I had so many, I needed a Xerox box to hold them all. (I was always a big fan of the baby pony, Yo-yo. She was purple with pink hair. I thought it was the coolest.)

Do you remember Rainbow Brite?
Yes. I loved her hair so much.

Do you remember Light Brights and did you own one?
I did actually own a Light-Brite (it was not spelled "bright"), but I lost a lot of the little peg things and I think the light bulb died after about a month.

Do you remember slap bracelets?
Yes. We had so many. I remember mine was bright orange, and my sister had a neon green with black stripes. I was so jealous because I liked the green one better.

Do you remember sit and spins (when the phrase didn't sound bad!)?
Yes, but I never owned one.

Do you remember neon colored clothes?
What wasn't neon back then? My sisters owned a bunch of bright pink and green and orange..

Do you remember shirt ties?
Yes I do. I had a pink one

Do you remember Top Cat?
No. Geez, that's the first thing I haven't heard of.

Can you sing the song from Top Cat?
No

Do you remember Transformers?
Yes, they were so cool.

Can you sing the song from Transformers?
No, I don't think I could.

Did you have a crush on a Transformer and who?
I can honestly say no. I was still pretty young to have crushes.

Do you remember GI Joe and watched it?
I remember GI Joe, yes, and I think my brother used to watch it.

Do you remember Fraggle Rock?
Of course! Doozers were the best ever!

Do you remember The Garbage Pail Kids?
Sounds familiar, but for the life of me, I can't think of what they were.

Do you remember playing with Barbies?
Yes. I was more obsessed with those than My Little Pony. I played with Barbies until about 5th grade. I might still have a couple, and still enjoy walking down the Barbie aisle in Toys R Us.

What was the coolest accessory you had for Barbie (ex: ice cream parlor)?
I had a white Ferrari convertable, and this water park thing with a pool, water slide, fountain, and concession stand.

Do you remember checking to see if Ken was anatomically correct?
I never really cared that he wasn't, but I remember when they started giving him built-in-underware. I think all Barbie's have that now.

Do you remember being completely in love with NKOTB?
I never was, but my cousins had a NKOTB video tape that they would force me to watch a lot.

Do you remember Debbie Gibson?
Well, when I saw her open for the puppies, I remembered some of her songs, but I don't think I was overly aware of her while in the 80s.

Do you remember when your only worry was what to watch on TV?
Yes. It was a big concern when I was younger.

Do you remember learning the dance to "The Right Stuff"?
I did not.

Do you remember The Care Bears?
Care Bear countdown, 5-4-3-2-1! They were the best!

Who was your favorite Care Bear?
Cheer Bear was always so happy.

Do you remember a time when knowing that Smurfette was the only female on The Smurfs didn't make you wanna laugh?
Hee hee, yes. We watched the Smurfs in French last year and all realized how wrong it was that she was the only one. Ah, innocence.

Do you remember when going to school was all about seeing your friends and not schoolwork?
Isn't that what it's about now? Actually, yes. First grade there was no actual schoolwork, it was all fun and friends.

Do you remember playing Atari? (LOL! Pong! What a game!)
We never had Atari. We got Nintendo when it came out in '88 though.

Do you remember 8-tracks and actually listened to them?
Never had them. But I had a few cassettes. Cool ones too. In third grade I listened to Aerosmith "Get a Grip", Bon Jovi "Keep the Faith" along with Mariah Carey (when she was good), Amy Grant, and the MMC one. (I wish I knew where that was, because Justin may have been on it. Damn it!)

Do you remember Alf?
Who didn't love Alf? He was so cool.

Do you remember Pound Puppies? Who was the leader of the pack?
They were so cool. Pound Purries too, especially cus I'm a cat person. I don't remember the leader.

Do you remember glass pop bottles that you took back to the grocery store for a refund?
Somewhat.

Do you remember when the year 2000 seemed so long away and you weren't sure it would come?
Yes, it was over 10 years away. Children don't think that far into the future.
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My nephew's birthday party is tonight, and I was only coming home for a little bit to check e-mail.

Then I did that survey.

Now I must leave. But before I do....





I'm going to see Britney!!!
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"I never jumped in and rescued you, though I wanted to" - BNL, Told You So

Mikey's party was fun. He's so cute, and getting so old. Got to hang out with siblings, which always makes me happy. Some extended family too.

Sold a bunch of candy for my chorus fund-raiser. It's really good, because half of what we sell goes to individual private accounts that we can use for trips and stuff. By selling 4 Entertainment Books, I raised $100. $50 of that goes to my use. By the time my mom orders off the candy and nuts and stuff, I will probably have sold $200 there, so $100 will go to me. I might have $40 in my account from last year. And citrus sale is coming up soon too. That's our biggest fund-raiser of the year. I usually hate selling stuff, but I'm all gung-ho this year. I want to earn as much as I can, so mommy won't have to pay as much for the trip to LA.

In other news, my e-mail is being totally wonky. For some reason, I can't seem to retrieve anything. I apologize if you sent me anything and I haven't responded. Blah.

Also, why is it so hard to find what I want on Audiogalaxy? You'd assume that I'd be able to get "I'm a Slave 4 U" rather easily, cus, ya know, it's been released. Nope. I've downloaded so much crap it's annoying. Icky.

Didn't get any homework done today. However, I did go to stage crew, so yay. And! We listened to NSA for part of the day. It rocked. Definitely the highlight was working while singing insanely loudly to the puppies. Yip yip yoo-ray!

I love the All-star Tribute of What's Goin' On!!!! It's so great. It sounds fantastic and is really just incredible. I always get Nelly Furtado's(?) part stuck in my head. I'm not very good with her, so I'm sure if it's actually her, but I think it is. What's going on in the world today, I'd rather be dead than turn my head away...

JC is the best ever.

Ci and I watched "Gone" after everyone left the party tonight. Twice actually. First to watch and oogle. Second to critique. Juppy's little roll around with the chick was totally spawned off of Brit and the guy in Don't Let Me Be The Last To Know. Also, the chick is always wearing pantyhose when you see her legs. Hmmm...wonder what's going on with that. And, in the scene with Just looking in the mirror, he should be wearing black because it's a sad part, but he's still in the white tank. Tsk tsk tsk. Someone wasn't paying attention.

Yay! I finally found the Fred Durst/John Rzeznik cover of Pink Floyd that they did for America: A Tribute to Heroes. I've been looking forever, it's such a great song, and their rendition is fantastic. Happiness. I can't wait for them to release all those songs on an album. I will totally buy it.

Yeah, so I've been rambling a lot. Perhaps it's about bed time. Goodnight everybody!
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