The Opening and Closing of Chapters in My Life

November 23, 2008

Wow, I haven’t written a post in a long time, so I figure I owe one to my loyal readers (that “s” at the end might be a bit of stretch) out there.  So here are my thoughts on the past month.

Mazel tov America.  We did it.  We elected Barack Obama.  Now, I planned on writing a post blaming college aged kids if Senator McCain won.  I planned on saying how the youth are so outspoken and always complaining about this and that and jumping on the “I Hate George W. Bush Bandwagon” and then never showing up to vote.  But you proved me wrong.  The 18-25 demographic showed up in record numbers.  It was insane that President-elect Obama won in almost every demographic, including outstanding showings among Christians and Protestants (which have both leaned Republican since the Reagan years), the Jews (almost 80%) and even the elderly.  It is important to mention that Senator McCain’s concession speech was incredible and inspiring.  If he would have spoken like that all campaign long (and the economy didn’t fall apart and Bush’s approval ratings weren’t in the crapper) he would have had a fighting chance.  The Senator McCain I know (and have met numerous times) has a great sense of humor and is incredibly insightful and we didn’t see that on the campaign.  In addition, it will also be interesting to see how the Republicans recover and what Governor Palin (or should I say “Rock Star” Palin) will do.

What else, what else.  Oh!  So it’s pretty rad that Blink-182 is talking again, huh?

Anyway, moving on…  So I started my edits and rewrites of a script I am writing.  I wrote it over the summer and decided not to look at it for a couple months to see if I still liked it after the wait.  Well, I looked at it and still liked it.  It needs work though.  It’s just good to be writing again, especially since the script is very personal, but also incredibly hysterical.  Obviously, this is the first time I am posting on it (and only a handful of friends know about it), but I take pieces of my blog and real life experiences and put it into this piece of work that I am so passionate about.  It’s a pretty cool and funny script and I will continue to work on it throughout the winter (it’s a slow process).  It’s kind of hard to write the script and then come back to the blog.  It’s two completely different kinds of writing pieces.  I will try though.

So I went to visit a prestigious law school in Washington (whose school has a weird mascot) and two things went through my head: 1.  “Well I guess this is growing up.”  2.  These people are strange.  So my first thought was the idea that I was growing up.  It seemed like a far off thought until I actually stepped onto campus and saw myself there.  It was a very strange feeling.  I mean, I’m looking forward to the future but also enjoying the present (I will get back to this in a little).  The second thought I had is that the people at this school were strange.  There were two types of people:  the pretentious people that wore sweater vests and nice clothing and the people who wore sweat pants and a hoody to class.  I started to think about which one I would be.  The pretentious one is interesting.  In all fairness, they deserve to be pretentious;  this was a hard school to get into and they are clearly better than most.  But also, they kind of seemed like douches.  But cool and smart douches.  The sweatshirt people were laid back, but also a little too informal for a place like this law school.  I don’t know what I would be.  Both sides are attractive.  Hopefully, I could find a healthy medium.

My last tidbit is that I went to my last home college football game as a student, and although my team got whipped, I stayed until the end in the freezing cold.  I just sat there as my team was down by over 30 and thought about the good and bad times.  I was incredibly emotional and although my team let me down last night, they were one of the few constant things in my college career.  I could always count on them to be there for me every Saturday.  It was an emotional experience, but like some band said, “Well I guess this is growing up” (although before this they said, “Take your pants off.”).  I’m sad this chapter of my life has come to a close but I will always cherish the times I had in that stadium living and dying with every touchdown and interception thrown.

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Why I Love Halloween (besides the obvious)

November 3, 2008

Halloween is completely awesome.  Yes, completely awesome.  There is not one bad thing about it, and here’s why: consistency.  Every holiday tends to be bad at some point in our lives.  For instance, for my non-Jewish readers, Christmas.  When you were little, Christmas was freakin awesome.  You would wake up to a huge stack of presents and be there with your entire family to celebrate the joyous occasion (unless you were left home alone or stuck in New York like Kevin was in Home Alone).  However, when you get older, Christmas just isn’t as cool.  Yes, you are finally allowed to watch the South Park Christmas episodes, but it’s just not the same.  You find out Santa isn’t real (yes, it isn’t Santa who gives you your presents).  Those children’s Christmas movies just aren’t that cool anymore (seriously, go watch Vince Vaughn’s holiday stinker from last year).  And, you have to spend Christmas with your family, which also isn’t that fun anymore (especially when the egg nog starts flowing and you end up with a drunk uncle, aunt, cousin or grandparent).

Well, Halloween is not like this whatsoever.  It has stayed consistently awesome forever.  Now for the evidence:

You start out celebrating Halloween as a youngster, dressing up and getting free candy.  There is nothing not great about getting free candy (and the occassional pennies from the old people who believe candy rots your teeth).  You have a great time.  Yes, everyone in your class has the same three costumes (in my youth it was either a ninja, a Power Ranger, or both), but still the free candy and cupcakes soften the blow of having a repeat costume.  In addition, elementary school is when Halloween peaks in childhood (except for those terrible schools who ban Halloween because they believe it is a religious holiday… and to them I say I hate you).  You pretty much do no work all day.  You come dressed in your Halloween costume to school and you may have a parade so you could see everyone’s costumes.  Afterward, you come back to your classroom where the class mothers (and fathers) have set up a delicious shmorgosbord of candy, cupcakes and cider.

Fast forward fifteen years as a college student.  Halloween is still completely awesome, but for slightly different reasons.  Sure you still get the occassional free piece of candy, but more importantly is the social scene.  Everybody floods to the bars and parties in their most offensive, sluttiest and funniest costumes.  Sure, it is a spectator sport for us males, but it is also a competition to see who can get the most laughs from the slutty nurse, the slutty umpire, the slutty devil, the slutty football player, and the slutty mentally handicapped person.   It is great.  I love it.

So, if anyone thinks Halloween is garbage, think again.  For me, it’s all about consistency.  It’s the same thing in sports:  the team that is most consistent usually wins (there I go again comparing everything in life to sports).  It’s the same thing with holidays.  Eventually holidays end up being dry and boring.  But not Halloween.  So Halloween, in honor of this, I salute you and your slutty Halloween costume.