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All you can do is do what you must [Aug. 21st, 2006|11:07 am]
[music |Bob Dylan - Buckets of Rain]

My top 10 played songs, according to iTunes:

1. Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
2. Counting Crows – Raining in Baltimore
3. Pavement – Range Life
4. Belle & Sebastian – Dress Up In You
5. Regina Spektor – On the Radio
6. The Shins – Pink Bullets
7. Bob Dylan – Buckets of Rain
8. Neco Case – Furnace Room Lullaby
9. Pavement – Frontwards
10. Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here

Wow. Perfect microcosm of the last…(oh god, has it really been…?) year. From “Raining in Baltimore” for three solid freaking weeks in November/December… to the Neutral Milk Hotel song as the anthem of my last few weeks in DC this spring (oh what a wonderful semester in Washington DC!!!)… to Pavement ad nauseum (umm, note to self… becoming obsessed with his music after he’s gone doesn’t much help with anything ).

And then there’s Connecticut! In May, I took a job in Connecticut with a national not-for-profit, middle-class advocacy organization. What a summer it’s been! What have I learned so far? Beyond learning the mechanics of writing press releases, getting reporters to respond to my calls, and dealing with the anxiety of talking on-the-record with people who scare me, I’ve learned that “director” is different from “intern,” and that “job” is different from “internship.” As an intern, I did what I was asked to do. Now, my work gets done because I decide to do it. And what’s more, I not only have to trust my own decisions (one of my biggest weaknesses!) but trust them enough to defend them to my coworkers, organization-donors, and the press. From my perspective, I really, really suck at this job. I mean, honestly! What do I know about this shit!? Most days I feel like a pile of algae would have as much ability as I have (or don’t have , as it were).But I’m learning loads about the communications field, and I have seen some improvement. Plus, I suppose I'm happy that, if nothing else, I’m surviving (if, at least, in a strictly financial and professional sense). I mean, I’m earning a salary that allows me to afford gasoline and rent, and I’m getting some positive coverage in the press for my organization… So, I’ve decided to stick with it through December. I’ll be back at Drew for my last semester, in the spring. And then, who knows? Probably trying on another career path for size; this one doesn’t really seem to fit . Or maybe it’s just employment that I don’t like. What about those good ole’ days as an intern when I got to do amazing things (like accompany my congressman to the House floor during a vote and be introduced to every congressman/woman in sight) just for stapling things, answering the phone, and sitting quietly in the corner???? Given my love for politics and my intellectual and self-esteem limitations, I really think “professional intern” is the ideal career path. Now it’s just incredibly unfortunate that I cannot earn a living by following my dreams :)

If you’ve ever been friends with a canine, please read Marley and Me. What a sweet book :) Aww, Clara! I miss Clara!Collapse )
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(no subject) [May. 14th, 2005|10:42 am]
hunter s thompson, on washington dc (my home for the next three months):

"One of the best and beneficial things about coming East now and then is that it tends to provoke a powerful understanding of the 'Westward Movement' in U.S. History. Even in Washington, which is still a relatively loose and open city in terms of traffic, it costs me about $1.50 an hour every time I park downtown, which is nasty: but the shock is not so much the money-cost as the rude understanding that it is no longer considered either sane or natural to park on the city streets. If you happen to find a spot beside an open parking meter you don't dare use it, because the odds are better than even that somebody will come along and either steal your car or reduce it to twisted rubble because you haven't left the keys in it. There is nothing unusual, they tell me, about coming back to your car and finding the radio aerial torn off, the windshield wipers bent up in the air like spaghetti and all the windows smashed, for no particular reason except to make sure you know just exactly where it's at these days.

"It makes you a trifle nervous to hear that nobody in his or her right mind would dare to walk alone from the Capitol Building to a car in the parking lot without fear of later on having to crawl, naked and bleeding, to the nearest police station...Paranoia gets very heavy when there's no more humor in it; and it occurs to me now that maybe this is what has happened to whatever remains of the 'liberal power structure' in Washington. Getting beaten in Congress is one thing--even if you get beaten a lot--but when you slink out of the Senate chamber with your tail between your legs and then have to worry about getting mugged, stomped or raped in the Capitol parking lot...well, it tends to bring you down a bit, and warp your Liberal Instincts.

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(no subject) [May. 4th, 2005|06:20 pm]
My landlords cleaned my bathroom today while I was at class (Or I should say they had their maid do it) and I'm really annoyed. They have also come into my room a few times w/o my permission. Because their political leanings are so different from mine [an article on PoliticsNJ mentioned my landlord here: "It is amazing how naive some elected officials can be. Chatham Councilman (my landlord), a Republican, criticized the reappointment of CARL WOODWARD as Township Attorney because he is a law partner of former Democratic Governor BRENDAN BYRNE. Woodward, though, a former Assistant United States Attorney who served in the administration of Governor WILLIAM CAHILL, is a longtime Republican and has held the Chatham post since 1992. Morris County Republicans say that (my landlord) is a bit of a zany"] I now have to look around, any time I leave my room, for any incriminating evidence... I generally feel a little violated. I wish they would respect my privacy (I'M NOT THEIR DAUGHTER!!!!), but I'm certainly not bold enough to express this to them. So I'll just vent here.

But in other news, I did find out today that I have $150 meal points on my card. This was quite unexpected--I don't pay room and board...!?--and wonder if the business office has made a mistake, and if I could have been getting commons meals this whole time as well??? Very strange. But I'm excited that I don't have to spend any money on food (for the next few days, anyhow...). Drew's snack bar is no Whole Foods, but still. Free food. :)

And now I'd like to leave the reader with some words that (I hope will) invoke plesant thoughts: Robert Kennedy. (If that doesn't do the trick, I'd like to strongly recommend that the reader listen to his Day of Affirmation speech from Cape Town South Africa, or the virtually impromptu speech he gave in Indianapolis upon learning of Martin Luther King Jr.'s death. Both speeches are really wonderful and can be found HERE).
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(no subject) [May. 1st, 2005|10:11 pm]
I was going to go to Philly today, but had to cancel because I absolutely had to have a meeting today with the Drewids researching for Thom Jackson, and today was the only day they could meet. I hope everyone else had fun with all that Lauper goodness, though.

I haven’t heard from my internship in DC, which is just adding to all my end- of- semester stress… I really want to make concrete plans for the summer, and I’m worried that if I wait too long I won’t be able to find housing in DC. I know that if I were to intern for my Rep the work would be menial, but I’m dying to find out!!!!

Unfortunately, I’m kind of dreading my fall class schedule, especially “Biology of the Mind” and “Love, Sex, and Spirituality in Early Modern Spain”. I can’t stress strongly enough how little I want to take those two classes, but I don’t have much of a choice, really. I have to take a science (and I think I found the most dumbed down science class possible) and while I still needed some grammar classes for the Spanish major, my adviser actually decided to make a recommendation to the dep’t that I skip my remaining grammar classes and take lit instead (though I didn’t have any say in that decision). And that really, really sucks. I speak and write in Spanish much better than I read it, and Early Modern Spanish Literature sounds especially difficult, uninteresting, and quite useless.

Yeah, but quitcha bitchin, already… right??? I am really excited about campaigning for Thom Jackson and Corzine in the fall. Speaking of Corzine, I went to a fundraiser for him at Liberty Science Center the other night with Jeremy and some of his friends from Ramapo. Corzine is seriously the warmest and most down- to- earth person I’ve ever met (or, more likely, he is just a fabulous campaigner…and shit, I think it’s crystal clear by now how easily starstruck I get). I wonder about his future ambitions (like, for example, for 2008… as a very minor point, I think it'd be a bonus for all of us Dems who can only manage to be lukewarm on Hillary, that Corzine has some deep fucking pockets… but then again, I don’t think Warner’s doing too poorly in the finance department, either :) ).

I’ll be honest, though, and say that I’m even more excited about getting some valuable experience with Jackson and Corzine to help defeat Rick “man-on-dog” Santorum in 2006. That douchebag needs to go... It just doesn’t get much worse than Santorum.

Yeah, but overall, my sophomore year has really been one of the best years I can ever remember having, and though these next couple weeks are going to bite, I’m quite excited about the summer (reading, lots of sunshine, the College Dems Nat’l Convention in DC, a couple road trips…yes, it will be great, I’m sure).

I hope everyone hangs in there with finals!!!
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(no subject) [Nov. 26th, 2004|09:26 pm]
oh my god.

Colin Firth.

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(no subject) [Nov. 21st, 2004|10:48 am]
Here's a haiku:

Yay Pity Party!!!
I had a fabulous time!
Thanks to all involved.
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(no subject) [Nov. 7th, 2004|11:44 am]
Have you ever had one of those days where you wake up, and feel like everything is going tremendously well... and then you remember that George W. Bush has just been reelected, and that you are out- numbered by self- absorbed, hateful, fundamentalists?

Yeah, I'm having one of those days.
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(no subject) [Oct. 14th, 2004|10:27 pm]
Here are some interesting things I’ve run across recently. Hope you enjoy them!

Funny “commercials”.

Silly Photos.

Video of Shrubya screwing around at a Wedding in 1992.

You’ve probably already seen the Will Ferrell one…

And on a more serious note…
Good Idea. Let Bush’s words speak for themselves.

Tim Ryan’s short, but passionate speech.

That’s all.
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(no subject) [Sep. 29th, 2004|04:28 pm]
This post marks my grand re- entrance to Live Journal…

What, you might ask, has brought me out of retirement?

Well, yesterday was undoubtedly the greatest day of my life, and I felt compelled to write.

I attended a John Edwards Rally with my College Dems buddies. His speech was phenomenal. Then, he made his rounds to shake hands with people in the front row. I shook his hand. I was crying. He stopped moving. We exchanged words (Jenna: Please don’t let us down, we’re counting on you! John: I sure won’t). He smiled and winked at me.

And that’s it.

I have fallen into the most serene state of being. I don’t believe I have anything left to accomplish in life. I’d be happy to float away into oblivion to reflect on the greatness of John Edwards, and on our remarkable exchange.

And I took this photo of him.

And, call me a waffler, but I now feel confident about the next election.

And be sure to visit my website in the near future for more pictures from yesterday’s event.
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"And this'll turn into something else" [May. 5th, 2004|09:09 pm]
[mood |anxiousanxious]
[music |Travis- Somewhere Else]

I’ve been wanting to update for quite a while, but I just haven't been able to find a good way to express what’s going on. So until I figure it all out, I’m going to stick to the basics in the LJ.

Suffice to say these last few weeks since Spring Break haven’t been great.

Yes, I turned in my Writing Portfolio as well as my Process Project. Yay. It’s hard not to worry about them, but jeepers, am I pleased to finished with them :). And I am very happy the weather is nicer. I really want to go into the city and while its sunny, but I don’t think I’m going to have time before I go home. Unless I skipped one of my finals… now there’s an idea ;). Too bad its hot as hell at home…

Aww, I love rediscovering the great music of my past. Today I listened to some Bright Eyes, and it reminded me of the trip home from Santa Rosa with Terra when we first heard them, and of the greatest class in history: Creative Writing with Mr. McClanahan. Yes, good times.

Lyrics Behind The Cut to Bright Eyes - Let's Not Shit OurselvesCollapse )

A conversation came up at dinner that I’d like to comment on, because I think many people might be confused about the topic of our discussion (not that too many people read my LJ, but still…); Contrary to popular belief, enrollment in college does NOT exclude a young man from being eligible for the draft. It would allow him to defer his service, but only until the end of the semester, I believe. Please look it up if you are so inclined—I’m sure the info is accessible on the web somewhere. But it’s true. It’s been this way for decades. Pretty scary what we don’t know, isn’t it!

Well, it’s been a while since my last post, but I do think I’ll update a bit more often over the summer so as to keep up with you Drewids. Yup.
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