the political post:
brief word on rich eisenberg’s op-ed in this week’s DP: eisenberg outlines the bush camp policy of referring to kerry as a negative-slanted “liberal” and “flip-flop”. while it is marginally true that kerry did flip-flop – and miss out on 80% of voting sessions – there is less reason there to vote for bush than for kerry. after alll, what exactly is wrong with being liberal? does liberal signify wishy-washy and touchy-feely (all two-word hyphenated cute words that minimalize left-wing efforts to improve human welfare through governmental intervention)? but more importantly, does bush’s method of sticking to his roots and sticking to his guns bode well for our country? bush is a man who has set beliefs – he keeps faith with himself, his religion and his country. this is admirable in a man (though we might call him stupid, etc.). but who is to say that america needs stubbornness to this degree? yes, we need to present a firm face to the world. but being stubborn along the wrong path is a likely path to failure. pretending nothing is wrong with the ship while it sinks doesn’t do anything for the captain or crew; admitting a mistake but being firm about change is. kerry, while certainly irresponsible and in the best of times only a mediocre candidate, is a much better gauge of the american public today. he is more cautious – what we need to heal wounds after “winning” a war, though not what we need during said war – and more open to the various opinions making up his constituency, as evidenced by his large advisory team. so there we have it.
one more aspect of the presidential race issue: media campaigning. currently, scandals are much closer to the surface among bush’s compadres, while kerry’s campaign seems much more clean, and proabbly more bland. at the same time, the bush campaign has made this season the most expensive media campaigning season to date, with mostly out-of-pocket funds. both candidates have had no problem funding their campaigns this term, with no need to dig into the public coffers. the focus of the bush campaigns? negative spin on kerry’s character. comparatively, bush media ads, from their camp and from outside organizations, have been extremely vilifying in their rhetoric; kerry has spent more money on the issues. of course, it’s very hard to get proper issues explained in a 30-second soundbite, but at least the attempt is there. it’s strange about politics. they have to rise to two standards: the media, by selling their “product”, and the honor of the profession, by extolling their “purity.” kerry might just be holding his own campaign down (and poll popularity) by going the honorable path, while bush scores big points on the i’m-better-than-him media path. very soon, however, i’m sure we’ll see kerry jump back on the bandwagon, and pull out the big guns on bush.
ads this season: all about adolf. an entry into the liberal organization Move-On’s campaign-for-Kerry contest compared bush to hitler. this ad was never recognized by MoveOn or the Dem campaing after that, but a subsequent Republican ad ran something like this — Dems are playing dirty by comparing us to Hitler. So we’ll show you the ad that they didn’t actually support, by showing clips of it in our ad, and implicitly continue the vicious cycle.
yay for partisanship. continue the age-old tradition of rousing paranoid fears and anger and spreading that to the population, thereby creating polarization and increasingly interesting presidential races. news as it comes…
A somewhat paranoid yet persuasive review of the movie slash opinion piece on the political situation by this guy. If it counts at all, he’s from Pittsburgh.
“A conservative group asked [the FEC] to investigate whether television ads for director Michael Moore’s anti-Bush documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11” violate campaign finance law regulating when commercials may feature a presidential candidate…the group…contended that commercials for “Fahrenheit 9/11” fall under federal campaign finance law. Regulations prohibit the use of corporate money to air ads identifying a presidential candidate in the 30 days before his party’s nominating convention…they contend that “Fahrenheit 9/11” is propaganda and doesn’t qualify for the media exemption.” – Associated Press; June 24, 2004
Byron: more misguided conservative attempts to keep f9/11 out of the theater? yes. you’re just giving the left more firepower against you, and giving the film more buzz. time for some credible defense rather than pointless vengeful behavior.
Vik: Agreed. In my opinion, the best chance for conservatives to nullify the effect of this movie is to simply ignore it rather than condemn it. It is very difficult to attack the entertainment industry on moral grounds and succeed (in fact, criticism will probably only increase curiosity and viewership; look at The Passion of the Christ.) I, for one, plan to see Fahrenheit 911 on Saturday and support a message that will hopefully becoming a rallying cry for Democrats around the country. To the conservatives out there, all you can do is pray that the movie will suck.
Kneeland: Looks like my prayers have been answered. The movie is an utter embarassment to the Left. Did you know that Mr. Moore had to hire a giant team of lawyers to file libel suits against anyone who dares to question the accuracy of his movie?
Bruce: Whether or not you agree with Moore, you should acknowledge the blatant lying and viewer manipulation of his past films. For example, in “Bowling for Columbine” he spliced words from seven different places to form one sentence of a speech by Charlton Heston (he also spliced two rallies that were months apart, giving the impression that they were the same).
That is but a minor example of wave after wave of deceit in his Oscar-winning “documentary.” He also used inconsistent data and simply lied, later admitting his deception.
His next film will undoubtedly be the same. Why would you want to support a message that is baseless propaganda? If you want to vote against Bush, I have no problem with that. If you want to engage in debate, or get every Democrat in Philly to vote this fall, I’m cool with that too. But why perpetuate our culture’s naïve dependency on the media by supporting one of its worst offenders?
Byron: I must say I do find wrong in some of Moore’s tactics – some of which are in recent evidence. He displayed Disney as trying to destroy his film without advance warning, when he actually knew for an entire year and later admitted as much. I understand he twists and manipulates his viewers. But I am my own person. Though the guy in question be a lying bastard (both Moore and Bush could fall under that category, depending on who you talk to), I can hear what they say without naively believing that everything is true. Though some of the public are so-called “dumb”, I don’t believe most people will think it’s totally unbiased. At least most of the educated masses shouldn’t.
And yes – though it’s going to be full of some propaganda, it’s not “baseless propaganda”, because there are facts, and there are facts, and I’m sure he’s double and triple-checked all his words to make sure they’re right or he’ll be sued for libel, especially with the entire right-wing on his ass. This time around, I’m sure he’s worried about it.
You also address our culture’s “naïve dependency on the media”. Unfortunately, we have no other way of getting to the masses. I respect the fact that he is willing to put himself out on a limb despite all the criticism he has and undoubtedly will receive; it’s a freedom he is allowed, to express himself. (and god help us: that such “scum” be able to express himself? He’s not killing babies or advocating racial hatred for chrissake.) If you’re not willing to allow him this freedom, that’s not a good sign.
On the other hand, if one doesn’t like the messages being broadcast by Moore, then one should utilize this “naïve dependency on the media” against him and make a movie, or sound-bite, or best-selling book. Gather the right-wing opinionators together and use the media to right-wing advantage, not by attacking his person, catching him out on silly laws that will actually turn against the advocacy groups supporting the lawsuits, or denying the leftist schtick as a pack of lies. Undoubtedly there will be some lies said by the left (my side, pretty much), but one would be howling in the wind unless Republicans can gather an actual intellectual defense and a credible offense. Or they can play on Michael Moore’s field: get Rush Limbaugh to make his own movie. He is articulate and intelligent enough, and does a good job of rousing the conservative masses with his own version of fire-brand propaganda.
Mark Littmann (in the Summer Pennsylvanian): “So Moore was a winner, right? Unfortunately, his victory was, in disguise, a mockery of not just the current administration but also America as a whole.”
Byron: Now hold on there. I have to bring up another point brought up in the article – how he feels that Moore isn’t a proper representative for America. But when is the filmmaker, documentary person, interviewer, journalist… when are these guys supposed to be the representative of their entire America? Does he really expect it to be an entirely neutral documentary? Of course he will attack Bush and the current administration in the movie, because those are his politics, and people make movies according to their beliefs and politics (this script is great, i feel for the characters… i feel for the american people, etc.) He quotes Moore as stating that he is in the majority opinion. This could possibly be true, in a sketchy propagandist kind of way. Opinion polls show Bush’s approval to be nearly 50-50 between good and bad. Liberal, conservative. However, there are a significant amount of undecided and moderate conservatives that have seemed to back up from their support. Even among the old guard, there is a feeling of reversing course. It can’t be good that disaster after disaster has hit this administration (S&L, Halliburton, Texas oil, possible trouble with their number one Arab ally Saudi Arabia, lying in front of America).
Jack (a forum posting on Littman’s article): “Moore reminds me of his Republican counterpart: Rush Limbaugh. He does the same thing, saying things that are clearly biased. I guess the only difference would be the Rush actually knows what he’s talking about.”
Byron: Um, no.
Alum (a forum posting on Littman’s article): “By actually going to see the movie, one would, in fact, be supporting Michael Moore and all that he stands for (and probably helping him increase donations to all anti-Bush campaigns). I support the author in not going to see this. It’s truly a shame how uneducated the American public has become.”
Byron: Is it me, or is seeing the movie just that? Seeing? As in “seeing what the other side has to say”? Uneducated doesn’t mean ignoring the other side, even the propagandists. To fight and win, they say, you must know your enemy. Keeping yourself ignorant of the situation as understood by an influential liberal that can only spread his views to the Democratic-leaning populace (according to MSNBC and YahooNews and CNN, theaters are doing very well indeed off of this movie, even with the death threats and bribery and intense pressure put on by Republican organizations toward theater managers… why else would 3 national chains not show a movie that – by all standards – will be one of the highest-grossing movies ever?) is stupid indeed. Smart man, Sun Tzu. Know your enemy.
Sean Lee (a forum posting on Littman’s article): “President Bush is winning World War 3. He has given millions of people freedom from oppression in Afghanistan and Iraq.”
Byron: We are not fighting World War III, however much you’d like to think so. And as for millions of people? We created the problems in Afghanistan and Iraq to begin with. Yes, I would say it was our responsibility to fix the mess. However, we didn’t do very well. We let up to 40,000 Afghans with their AK-47s return home when we pulled our Special Forces out of there to go fight in Iraq, before the cleanup job in Afghanistan was finished. We missed bin Laden, though we got many deputies, and the organization is still thriving. The Saudis, our close ally, supports some of these terrorist movements (follow the money). Iraq is no better now than it was under Saddam. Yes, he was bad to them, but at least there was an infrastructure, less hatred and peace. I must say that things ARE better for the Kurds, though. They are the only probable people to benefit. Now, we are hated for our occupation, infrastructure is going to hell, and we hire Iraqi to kill other Iraqis. Who shoot us because they hate.
And STOP lambasting France. It is NOT unpatriotic to support free choice, and it is NOT unsupportive of democracy, freedom, etc. to choose not to get involved with a war which has turned out to be all that the naysayers had hoped for. There were very good reasons for them to choose to do so, and to follow a suicidal course just because the United States said so is no reason to do anything. Remember, France gave us support for our experiment in democracy. Even as we think ourselves beacons of democracy, we should be aware that we don’t always appear so. We have lied and threatened other countries; we have meddled and caused millions of deaths by activity and inactivity in other countries; and we have stood in the way of peace (not paying dues to the UN?).
“In a BBC interview, Mr Powell said those who carried out the attacks were trying to torpedo the handover. ‘I think we underestimated the nature of the insurgency that we might face during this period,’ he said. ‘The insurgency that we’re looking at now has become a serious problem for us, but it’s a problem that we will deal with.’ But he said he hoped violence would tail off after the handover – once Iraqis saw that they had their own people in charge. ‘I’m absolutely sure that the world is a safer place with Saddam Hussein and that regime gone,’ he said. ‘Now, does that mean that everything has become peaceful and nice? No. We have a difficult situation in Iraq. And we will deal with that difficult situation. We will get security under control.’” – BBC; June 24, 2004
Here’s the war as I see it. We invaded Iraq on the pretext that we were fighting terrorism. So far, there has been no link to bin Laden and Al Qaeda within Saddam Hussein’s realm, and neither has there been any WMD’s for us to find. Thus, we are occupying the second most holy site in all of Islam (within Iraq) for reasons that are entirely moot. Not only that, but we control the other two holiest sites in Islam, albeit indirectly – Saudi Arabia is seen as an American lapdog, and Israel is in eternal cahoots with the West. The Muslim world cannot be happy about this, and so now, where Al-Qaeda hadn’t existed, they now do. From a country we were liberating, we now have a country that does not want to be liberated; peoples that kill our soldiers after they have been “saved”; and an enemy that grows more reckless every day. The executions only tell us that they are more resilient than we thought. So what are we to do? Are we to dally in a country where rule is breaking down and the enemy grows larger every day? I am a liberal, but I don’t vote for peace in this case. I feel like the military should use its capacity as the best army in the world, and crush the insurgents with all the military might they can muster. It’s a cruel world, but our position is gradually leaking away.
stuff that happens:
whew – haven’t posted in forever… but this gray shit’s gotta go. make it pretty and stuff. all in good time.
but here’s this week: emailed assad – saturday in ny – anchorman – guy at city hall park – asian pimp – r train rerouted to canal st. – ooh, brooklyn – ooh, brenna’s place, ring ring, ring – big house, gotta say – hot room – she’s all pretty and stuff, and we’re only goin to b-burg! – jazz – mex – middle east, mosquitoes and skirting around the main – sad, leaving – ishtar shteve – matchmaker with cousin hahaha – miserable shopping in rain – anthony in tulsa, too late – bad day for work – ooh, hot date for two? – b&j with grace – schmooze with article man – write, write – chill with wendy – de-lovely, anyone? – j-mal’s coming! ah-ha! – ooh, melody says – dave: haven’t cracked the covers – adam: (annoyed grunt) – molly and liz won’t let me be lazy, silly editors – late for work – oh, hey gizelle! you’re looking fine today – what? oh no, no, i said, you fine today. yeah. wait, damn. – sharma is the new jackass, and he’s got the older women thing. got my own back on this one hahaha – contemplating lunch – contemplating fun times with j-mal (j. fresh? nice.)
more old stuff that needs to stay up:
bmk j a c k: haha, you say “yeppers” and “okey dokey”
bmk j a c k: you’re classic
bmk j a c k: call it like i see it
And now, foreign movies…
Him: just rented a movie titled “Ran” do you know that one?
Him: it’s one by Akira Kurosawa
bmk j a c k: no…actually, i realyl havent watched too much kurosawa at al
Him: i see
Him: he is a good director
Him: I recommend his works.
bmk j a c k: ill watch some time
bmk j a c k: i was gonna go to video library
bmk j a c k: but it was 1101
bmk j a c k: at the time…it jsut closed
Him: also there is a movie titled sea by see
Him: Regarde la mer (1997)
Him: that’s the title
Him: translated as “See the Sea”
Him: 55 min. long French horror movie.
Him: incredibly effective with camera angles
Him: no background music whatsoever, just the visuals to scare you
bmk j a c k: i know one of the video stores downtown has TONS of stuff
bmk j a c k: foreign stuff i mean
Him: Francois Ozon….an interesting French director
Him: See the Sea is definitely interesting.
Him: short and effective was my impression
bmk j a c k: oh ive heard of ozon actually
Him: he is the one who directed “Swimming Pool”
Him: which, I am sure, is being played in Ritz theaters
bmk j a c k: i heard his previous ones were much better
Him: 8 Femme?
Him: Under the Sand…etc etc
Him: they are all interesting
bmk j a c k: havent watched them…. i was trying to watch a lot of the better foreign films
bmk j a c k: but i could only keep that up until may
bmk j a c k: then i had less and less time
Him: yeah…well, it’s summer.
bmk j a c k: true – and i spend the time i have at the pool or the beach
bmk j a c k: haha
Him: good time to check out movies that are interesting
Him: although, my cinematic sensibilities may be different from yours
bmk j a c k: true – but i enjoy a lot of those foreign films
Him: I devour all types of cinema, but, I have a thing for foreign films
bmk j a c k: i watch a lot of dramas
Him: yeah..they are cool
bmk j a c k: and ive found the foreign dramas are usually a little better
Him: Well, just to list a couple of movies I have seen over the years (foreign ones)
Him: Il Postino
bmk j a c k: good one
Him: A Taste of Cherry, by Abbas Kiarostami
Him: Cinema Paradiso, by Giuseppe Tornadore
bmk j a c k: oh i relaly want to see that last one
bmk j a c k: i saw it in video library last nite
Him: Breaking the Waves, by Lars Von Trier
bmk j a c k: and wanted to rent it
Him: yeah..that movie’s good
Him: one of the best foreign films
Him: Lola Rennt, by Tom Tykwer
Him: All About My Mother, Talk to Her, High Heels, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, by Pedro Almodovar
Him: and yes….
Him: Abre los ojos, by Alejandro Amenabar
bmk j a c k: i saw Talk to Her
Him: and Y Tu Mama Tambien, by Alfonso Cuaron
Him: yeah…Talk to her was somewhat disturbing
Him: kinda freaky, actually
bmk j a c k: it was kinda strange…after it was over, we just sat for 5 minutes in silence being like…what the hell?
bmk j a c k: i have to see y mama tu tambien some time
Him: it’s good
Him: the thing about foreign films is
Him: they are refreshingly free from stereotypes…of all kinds.
Him: very open spirit
Him: even when they portray stereotypes, they are not forced
bmk j a c k: and the things that happen aren’t Hollywood or even compromises witht eh Hollywood spirit
Him: most American films have set-formula
Him: I mean, for instance….think of ten movies that came out big on box office this year
Him: mostly super-hero movies, where the triumph of the good is a very likely outcome
Him: they are mostly eye candies…which I don’t mind, actually.
Him: since I see all kinds of films
bmk j a c k: when i want eye candy i go, expecting eye candy
Him: but….foreign films are different
bmk j a c k: yeah
Him: Finding Nemo was good, though.
Him: so was…..Matrix Reloaded?
Him: they better make that sequal and LOTR sequal good, because if they don’t
Him: I will be so angry
bmk j a c k: i KNOW
bmk j a c k: haha i was aware you like matrix reloaded a lot
Him: just curious to see what happens next, that’s all
bmk j a c k: im really interested too
Him: I believe in the layered virtual reality theory
bmk j a c k: LOTR was really good
Him: some people believe in simple super-hero theory, though
Him: so we will see what happens next.
Him: and it will get better
bmk j a c k: but it’s only a one time watch
Him: have you read the book?
bmk j a c k: i watched it again and lost allt he charm
bmk j a c k: yeah
Him: I tried to watch Two Towers again..and
Him: I just couldn’t watch it
Him: several times it was ok
Him: but then after fifth time
bmk j a c k: haha 5th time?
Him: it started to be oddly uninteresting
Him: so..that would be more like 8th time
Him: because I watched it three times in theaters
Him: I mean..movies like Office Space or Big Lebowski
Him: you can watch it over and over and over again and still not be bored by them.
bmk j a c k: haha, yeah
bmk j a c k: i need to buy big lebowksi some time
Him: good movie
Him: “Do you like sex?”
Him: have you seen that one? Big Lebowski?
bmk j a c k: yeah ive seen it
bmk j a c k: its hilarious
bmk j a c k: but the last tiem was 8 months ago
Him: it’s oddly funny. not the best Cohen brothers movie…but
Him: it has that weird charm.
bmk j a c k: the weird lasting charm
Him: I miss having it on my comp. I erased it sometime ago.
Him: Cohen Brothers…they are awesome
Him: I haven’t seen their recent efforts, though…
Him: Barton Fink, Oh Brother Where Art Thou? Fargo…
bmk j a c k: fargo was great
bmk j a c k: but def not the same movie that big lebowski was
bmk j a c k: isnt it the Coen bros, not Cohen?
Him: Ethan and Joel
bmk j a c k: did you see the Man who Wasn’t There?
Him: oops…Coen. not Cohen.
Him: also Hudsucker Proxy and Raising Arizona
Him: their good works….I stopped watching their movies since Man Who Wasn’t There..which I thought was boring.
bmk j a c k: i liked that one actually
Him: yeah it was still a good movie
Him: but compared to other ones, little slow
bmk j a c k: it was, but im used to slow
bmk j a c k: dramas are always slow
Him: speaking of good directors..
Him: Francis Ford Coppola
Him: have you seen Apocalypse Now or the Conversation?
Him: the latter is not well-known to people, but…it’s a splendid movie.
Him: splendid was not a good word….excellent movie
bmk j a c k: back….my housemates came back, and now theyre goin out AGAIN
bmk j a c k: have seen first half of apocalypse now
bmk j a c k: it was pretty good
bmk j a c k: but havent got the energy to see the whole thing
bmk j a c k: but have not heard of or seen the Conversation
CD: That’s Every Word I Said
All-American Rejects – Swing Swing
Phantom Planet – Recently Distressed
Good Charlotte – Boys and Girls
Yellowcard – Cigarette
Better Than Ezra – I Do
Ataris – I’ll Remember You
Phantom Planet – Anthem
Verve Pipe – Never Let You Down
Count the Stars – Taking It All Back
Better Than Ezra – Misunderstood
Offspring – The Kids Ain’t Alright
All-American Rejects – Cigarette Song
Ataris – My So-Called Life
New Pornographers – The New Face of Zero and One
Phantom Planet – So I Fall Again
New Found Glory – Dressed to Kill
Eels – Saturday Morning
Yellowcard – Rough Draft
Matchbox 20 – Last Beautiful Girl
MXPX – Chick Magnet
Yellowcard – Star Struck
All-American Rejects – Last Song
Her: hey dude, i saw a funny license plate today, in a parking lot, as i was picking up my brother. it was a car goin realllly slow and it had a donut tire in the back, of course, and the license said “OY VAAAY”
bmk j a c k: haha thats great
bmk j a c k: stole my idea
bmk j a c k: than there was me, romantic mood lighting, soft crooning coming from my speakers and the sexy smiles on the anatomical models in my MCAT book
bmk j a c k: and why did barry white have to die
bmk j a c k: ?
Her: well it happens
Her: even the sexy die
goin to see jason mraz with liz phair and sondra lerche on the 12th…his song “the remedy (i won’t worry)”
Her: the remedy reminds of a somewhat black rapper
Her: and sleep all day is very jazzy
Her: don’t you think?
bmk j a c k: jazzy is not quite the right word
bmk j a c k: and your black rapper? um…
bmk j a c k: dld I Do
bmk j a c k: SO good
bmk j a c k: “someone out there’s listening to the same song, feeling the same way that I do….”
Her: okay listening to I Do now
bmk j a c k: and?
Her: oh I like this
Her: I like I like!
Her: make me a believer
Her: pick up the receiver
Her: tell me you feel just liek I d
Her: I do
another strange guy convo
Him: quick question about my bitch…
bmk j a c k: about your bitch…haha, ok, shoot
Him: i know guys and girls are oftentimes friends, but i’m not sure about this
bmk j a c k: yo’ bitch, she know you want some tight ass from her
advice better not taken
bmk j a c k: well….its in the grey unspoken area right now
Him: yeah i konw what you mean
Him: the only way is to nail her haha
Him: and if she is seeing other guys then then you know it’s a prob
Him: but seriously why not ask her
bmk j a c k: i guess i should…but ya know the feeling, you don’t really want to know the answer
bmk j a c k: tho im sure its a no im not
Him: yeah i think you should confirm it, better now than later
Him: yeah i think you’re ok
bmk j a c k: this is what happens when you go home early and have too much time to fucking think
Him: yeah you should be drunk or stoned
bmk j a c k: im neither
bmk j a c k: fuck it
bmk j a c k: ill go drain off the beam in the freezer
Him: yeah seroiusly no worries
you’re so toast – i mean it, you are!
bmk j a c k: the other day, i decided im doin peace corps after i graduate
Him: good plan
Him: i’ve thought about applying
Him: it’s a sure thing, you get to go somewhere, and it looks nice
bmk j a c k: hehe, to hell with owing 60k right away every year for the next 10 years…all with the pack up and go thing
yeah. what she said.
Her: what kind of issues?
bmk j a c k: the head over heels issue – it’s complicated
bmk j a c k: damn this is so much harder to handle
Her: oh no
well, i keep on thinking too much. but i tell people once in a while instead of talking to myself all the way up walnut street.
so i started two conversations with exactly the same starter…
bmk j a c k: i realized that i was really sick of the pre-med attitude at penn, and i wanted to go out doing what i wanted to do – be the one actually helping people
bmk j a c k: you don’t know how much a happy face is worth until you’re actually responsible for it
Her: it’s good ya found this out now…
bmk j a c k: and then – it’s depressing knowing i have to work for at least another 10 years to be certified for doing it
Her: ya seemed so sure of it before though…
bmk j a c k: the goal is the same, just i’m really impatient of being a wallflower
bmk j a c k: which is what penn students like to be
bmk j a c k: actually most ivy league students
Her: vivien and susan were saying the same thing…think it would help to talk to them about how pre-med prevents ya from thinking straight sometimes?
bmk j a c k: what were they saying?
Her: how ya forget everything else with just the one goal of getting to med-school. even if it means not helping others to get there…
bmk j a c k: i was thinking a lot today
bmk j a c k: i went downtown for a long time by myself
bmk j a c k: i did some mcat stuff
bmk j a c k: but decided to stay awhile and just think about what i really wanted
Her: that’s important…and seems most pre-meds i know go through it…
bmk j a c k: go thru what?
bmk j a c k: hang out on their lonesome and howl at the moon
Her: well, have doubts if they really wanna be going to med school
bmk j a c k: no, i want to… but im sorting out my reasons
bmk j a c k: im separating my reasons from my “obligations”
Her: important step…
Her: think it would help if ya talked to other pre-meds…think ya’re not alone, although that path seems like such a lonely and independent one, yaknow?
bmk j a c k: yeah that would probably be a good idea…
bmk j a c k: i know its a lonely one
bmk j a c k: its hard pretending you always know who you are and what you want
Her: it doesn’t have to be…think peops are willing to open up if they see ya open up…
bmk j a c k: i’m slowly getting there
bmk j a c k: its one step at a time, ya know?
bmk j a c k: well – there’s a hole in my life i need to fill…peace corps would have done the trick
Her: wow. so you’re looking for a volunteering effort then…
bmk j a c k: i realized that i was really sick of the pre-med attitude at penn, and i wanted to go out doing what i wanted to do – be the one actually helping people
bmk j a c k: you don’t know how much a happy face is worth until you’re actually responsible for it
Her: Wow byron- that is really encouraging to hear. you’re right, the pre-med attitude can be just more about getting places and being the best, instead of actually helping somebody.
bmk j a c k: haha it means a lot to me – but i can just hear the admissions committee: “he really wants to help people? and so do all the
billion other ivy league students applying!”
bmk j a c k: its depressing knowing that so many people have set such a bad precedent
Her: yeah… well i think that hopefully if you or anyone continues with just a true heart for helping people, and keep that in mind, that you will be able to do just that.
arrrrr, ye be pirates…
Her: and whats the deal with this infamous jen?
bmk j a c k: infamous?
bmk j a c k: ahem…?
Her: do you think cartiledge piercings are played out?
bmk j a c k: eww
bmk j a c k: i would say so
Her: i feel like all these people at camp have them
bmk j a c k: double triple quadruple eww
Her: haha why are you so weirded out by the idea?
bmk j a c k: i dunno… bc most people don’t really have a reason for it
bmk j a c k: like tattoos….if it reminds you of something dear to you, then sure
bmk j a c k: but dont get them bc you just want a tattoo
bmk j a c k: they look godawful most of the time and it hurts
Her: the cartiledge?
Her: are we thinking of the same thing? top of the ear?
bmk j a c k: its cartilage
bmk j a c k: yeah i know
bmk j a c k: why do you need one up there?
Her: i think they look pretty good
bmk j a c k: ehh, that’s only on people that already look pretty good, who dont really need them.
Her: wait, you’re saying a cartilage piercing only looks good on someone who already looks good?
bmk j a c k: how about makeup? if you already look good, then it enhances your features. or… you end up like tammy bakker..
bmk j a c k: so yes, thats what im saying
Her: so can i get one?
bmk j a c k: haha
bmk j a c k: i think you look just fine right now
bmk j a c k: but if you feel you relaly need it…
bmk j a c k: then give in to the dark side
Her: my parents would probably not like it
bmk j a c k: most parents wouldnt
bmk j a c k: if my parents liked it, i would be SO weirded out
Her: my mom’s like you’ll look like some tribe member
bmk j a c k: put on neck rings one day and see what she says
bmk j a c k: haha i was looking at my bartending book
bmk j a c k: and theres this drink
bmk j a c k: that uses vodka and beef bouillon
bmk j a c k: =-O
bmk j a c k: haha
Her: what’s it called?
bmk j a c k: haha….a Bullshot
and one last…
Her: so oh my gosh, you passed out from drinking?
bmk j a c k: haha…at least it seems that way
Her: where is this dahlak place? They don’t card there?
bmk j a c k: oh passed out?
bmk j a c k: well, you know, really tired
bmk j a c k: not fainting
Her: yeah, but I know what you mean…
bmk j a c k: dahlak is on baltimore
Her: sometimes too much drinks can get to ya
bmk j a c k: gojjos is up there too
bmk j a c k: they both dont card
bmk j a c k: and yeah…haha, twice this week already
bmk j a c k: and they almost made me go today