i'm sitting here listening to the students from my roommate's department arguing about something they all agree on, but feel needs clarification somehow. it's prety funny! they suggested four people for some award, and have been discussing them, and what criteria to use to select among them, and whether any of them are at a disadvantage from who turned up to the meeting, and then when a vote was suggested, their theories about who would win and why, before actually taking a vote at all. people are odd!
well, another year come and gone. i haven't learned all i wanted to, nor done all i wanted to, but i've done some things i hadn't expected, and learned some things i hadn't thought of: i'm glad for the people i've met, the things i've done, the places i've gone, and all of the luck i've had. overall, i think i've had a decent year this past one, although of course, i'm hoping this next will be better! it's already off to a good start, as i'm not on crutches, nor do i have a big metal brace on. and of course, i'm having an exciting party tonight!
i had surgery last week, and got all of the metal removed from my ankle, yay! and i can already almost walk without limping, which is pretty exciting. but there are the pain pills. i don't understand why people are so enthused with pain pills, why would anyone ever want to stay on these things permanently? i hate the fuzzy feeling i get from them, i hate the way i can't talk clearly, i can't walk steadily, i can't think like a coherent human beaing. or a coherent monkey to be honest!
in other news, i'm having an extremely angry government week! there are two reasons for this: the first, and the least important, is that it's national protection from porn week. i don't need to be protected from porn, and in fact, i think i should be able to buy it if i want to. so i'm going to go out and do that, even though i actually am not that keen on buying porn, it's never really appealed to me. i just feel that i should be able to, so i'm going to exercise that right. the second, and more important, is the attempt by the republican party to censor my education. House Resolution, H.R. 3077 proposes to allow the establishment of an advisory board which would be able to dictate not only what subjects should be taught in any university that recieves government funding, but also what books should be used and what subjects cannot be discussed. this is appalling, a violation of the first amendment rights of professors, and a violation of the trust of the students, who come to universities to learn the truth, not the subset of that truth that is acceptable to the regime. this is the first step towards commuinism or facism, and i cannot in conscience go along with it: i feel i must do everything in my power to stop it from passing, and if it does pass, i must do everything in my power to disobey it.
it terrifies me that this country, a country founded with such high ideals, a country that i have loved, can become what it is becoming so rapidly, and so without regard for the opinions of the population, or for what is better for the country and for the world. i hate bush with the fiery passion of a thousand suns, and plan to do everything i can to prevent his reelection, but i've been feeling for a while that if he does get reelected, i may need to leave. i don't want to live in a country that not only allows these things to happen but encourages them; i don't even want to be a member in absentia of such a country. how horrible, the government has killed my patriotism.