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peak:

As of 3:58 a.m., it was having won a PlayStation football game 150-50.


valley:

As of 3:58 a.m., it was the fact I wasn't in bed and asleep.


noise:

This entry started
with The Mamas
and The Papas and
ended with the
Hope Floats S.T.


talked to:

My mother.


thoughts:

Taking a surprise
trip to visit Jessie later
today.


saturday, june 10th

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Quote Du Jour:
"There is no such thing as a 'self-made' man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success." (George Matthew Adams)


I found the quote above on another journal page Friday. It expresses thoughts I have about the people that come along during a person's life. Who you are today is the sum total of your life experiences... the things you've done and the people you've met. Everything has an impact on everything else.

My question is... how do you the people who've made you who you are know how important they are? I value my inner circle of friends more than anyone will ever know... but is there a way to give them a hint of this appreciation and do it without them thinking I'm nuts? :-) (0059)


So much for my new ivy background image. The Cubs lost Friday night to the White Sox at Cominsky Park. Although... maybe it did help a little. Sammy Sosa tied the game in the top of the ninth and it took five extra innings for the ChiSox to finally prevail... (0101)
I saw something Thursday night that disturbed me a bit. There was a story on television about an elementary school kid suspended for more than a week. Why? He was carrying a weapon on school grounds. What was the weapon? A pair of nail clippers. The wacko school board says the nail file attached to the clippers is a weapon! Could someone please have these people pull their heads out of their anal orifices? Let's look at school violence... Jonesboro. Columbine. Pearl. Did any of these tragedies take place with personal grooming tools? Nope.

I joke with my mother that it's her generation we can blame for the current state of affairs in our country. Her generation believes in the quick and easy fix for problems. Across the country, my mother's peers are answering the problem of guns in schools with zero tolerance policies. What are these rules accomplishing? Sending little kids home for having nail clippers. What violence is that move preventing? None that I know of...

The newest education tool being pushed by the 40 & 50-somethings is uniforms. They seem to think that uniforms will keep people from making fun of kids for the way they dress. And when kids aren't made fun of... they won't go nuts and shoot up their school. (That's their thinking, anyway) Evidentally, these school board types have forgotten what it is like to be in school. Human nature is evil. If people can't pick on someone because their clothes are different... they'll do it because their hair is different... or because they have glasses... or because they are smart... or because they are stupid. And let us not forget that many times, the lines drawn among student bodies are drawn along financial lines. The rich kids and the poor kids. It's that way now and it has been that way for years. The rich kids will have nice, new & clean uniforms. The poor kids won't be as lucky... and the torment will continue. Uniforms are not a solution... just a way for people to feel good while thinking they are solving the problem...

...Or maybe they are just too damn lazy to go to the mall and buy some real clothes. (0111)
One perk to having the new job... I'll have to get in bed at a decent hour. This all night stuff has been fun, but it's screwing with my body and my head more and more every day. I've had time to think about a lot of things... on some stuff, I've over analyzed (what's new?)... and on some other topics, I still need to do some thinking... either way, I have no profound answers for any of life's problems, yet. I'll be sure to post them here when (not if) I get them. :-)

The down side to the job is my expected performance. I'm being hired to do two different things... and I think I'm pretty good at one of the things... and okay at the other. I have this feeling that "okay" won't be good enough. Well, it might be good enough for some folks, but not for me... and as I'm sure you can tell by now, I probably wreak more havoc on my own life than any person could... So I'm really worried about living up to my own standards. (0355)

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