things i MUST do tomorrow:
1. switch electric and gas for new apartment into my name. which of course will end up being a huge hassle like it was in july. do you think i need to have these things shut off at this place by may 1st? my WONDERFUL landlords haven’t told me a damn thing about what i need to do to move out. so i think i’ll just have the utilities turned off.
2. cancel cable, get cable at new place (so i’ll only be online by stealing my neighbors wireless on my laptop)
3. hire movers so my mom will get off my back
4. go see kitty. i miss him. he hates me. he wouldn’t come near me when i was at my parents on friday, cuz he thought i was going to make him go in the car again. 🙁
5. i’m sure there are more…
with such nice weather i so want to get out and explore. since yesterday didn’t work out i feel like going somewhere tomorrow, but nope. gotta do all this shit and i should start packing something.
i finished reading The Strawberry Statement, Notes of a College Revolutionary. i found it in my parent’s basement. it’s the true life journal of a 19 year old Columbia student when the campus “revolted” during the vietnam war. it was an interesting and amusing (and fast) read. it’s much like reading someone’s blog. told about real things, and then would veer off into randomness and back again. i liked it. it was made into a movie that i can only find for $50+ because it’s VHS and out of print. but i’d like to see it.
and now for some quotes…
from A People’s History of the US: “A common sight is the black soldier, with his left fist clenched in defiance of a war he has never considered his own.”
re: iran contra affair “In an ironic twist, an obscure citizen of the tiny town of Odon, Indiana, became a tangential actor in the Iran-contra controversy. This was a young man named Bill Breeden, a former minister who lived in a tepee in the woods with his wife and two children, teaching the children at home. Breeden’s home town of Odon was also the home town of Admiral John Poindexter, McFarlane’s successor as Reagan’s National Security Advisor, who was heavily involved in the illegal activities of the Iran-contra affair. One day Bill Breeden noticed that the town, to show its pride in its “home boy,” had renamed one of its streets “John Poindexter Street.” Breeden, a pacifist and critic of the US foreign policy, indignant at what he thought was a celebration of immoral behavior in government, stole the sign. He announced that he was holding it for “ransom” – $30 million, the amount of money that had been given to Iran for transfer to the contras. He was apprehended, put on trial, and spent a few days in jail. As it turned out, Bill Breeden was the only person to be imprisoned as a result of the Iran-contra affair.” !!
from The Strawberry Statement: “Free speech, okay, but you can’t yell fire in a crowded tobacco warehouse without giving cancer to everybody around.”
“So long as it is considered acceptable for the government to kill hundreds of thousands for no reason at all, individuals will consider it all right to kill just one person whom they hate for what they consider to be a very good reason.”
“I do not want to fight in Vietnam, of course. But I also don’t want to have to fight the draft, or fight the law, or fight anything. I’m a nineteen year old civilian, and I am tired of fighting. One of these days I may fight in earnest and altogether so that I won’t have to fight any more.”
“Sometimes I feel like such an incredible nothing”