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A Few Random Thoughts

Posted in Events, Friends, Out of Town, School with tags , , , , , on November 16, 2009 by Jeremy

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  • The grass is always freaking greener on the other side.  I never knew what it meant when Macy Gray sang about it, but I often refer to this when I think about my life right now.
  • Avoiding drama would be so easy if you aren’t part of the cause of it.
  • Sometimes, things are fine just the way they are.  There’s no need to take a risk, hoping to make things better when there’s a greater chance it’s not.
  • I hate feeling unwanted by the people I care about.  I hate approaching people, thinking that I’d be of help, when in reality people just want to be alone.  Even if people are being stubborn about it, looking like they don’t want help when they’re desperately waiting for you to ask, I just don’t want to try.  The last thing I want to hear is, “I’m sorry, but I really don’t want to talk to you right now.”

Anyway, some of my friends and I went to UNO’s today to support the senior class’ “Project Graduation.”  20% of our bill goes to the funds for the project.

I still don’t know what I want.

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Misrepresentation

Posted in Belleville, Family, Home, Summer Vacation with tags , , , , , on August 1, 2009 by Jeremy
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This picture kind of makes you smile, right?  It’s all green, natural, and peaceful.  It’s just waiting to spread joy to all who see it.

Well, this is a sod mat.  It looks harmless, but it caused me considerable misery.

You see, our front yard had looked like a wasteland for many years.  It was full of weeds for a long time, and the only thing my parents could do to “tend” it was to trim the weeds.  I complained a lot saying, “We should get someone to uproot all the weeds, and then have someone put real grass on it.”  But no, my parents thought trimming the weeds was enough.

Finally, my dad hired someone to get all the weeds out a couple of days ago, and the task of putting grass on the lawn, using sods, was our job.  We had to lay about twenty to thirty sod mats, the majority of which was laid by me, with some help from my parents.  People say, “Actions speak louder than words,” so I couldn’t be the complainer and do nothing when the time came to solve the problem.  At first, it was pretty fun.  I’ve never done something like this before, so it was an experience.  Even getting dirty was fun.  I’ve always tried to get out of gardening work, but I didn’t hesitate to touch the soil and wrap my arms around the heavy sod mats this time.

Did I mention I was wearing gloves?  So, anyway, when it came to the last set of sod, I was pretty tired.  Dizzy tired.  My knees, arms, shirt and shorts were covered with mud.   Maybe even my face.   I had to get acquainted with half a dozen worms, and I began to get a little cranky.  After we finished laying all the sods, I was excited to run to the shower, but I had to clean up the excess dirt I dumped onto the sidewalk.  The many hours of agony ended with that, and then, I ran to the bathroom and took a shower.

In the end, I was really glad I got to do all that.  It might have been backbreaking work, but that’s what I liked about it.  I’m not just some spoiled 21st century boy, who has to listen to his mom talk about the tough life in the rice fields.  It’s the complete opposite of what I usually do—surf the Internet.  I wouldn’t say I’d like to do it again, but I’m happy nonetheless.

Rise From the Murkiness

Posted in Friends, Out of Town with tags , , , , on June 17, 2009 by Jeremy
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I initially chose this photograph because I thought it was pretty.  Then, I realized that it probably does not have anything to do with my day, which prompted me to create a connection:

The bright green colors of the leaves contrast with the murkiness of the water in the background, giving the impression of clarity rising up from the confusion and…

Um, yea.  Montclair is amazing.