A song by Billy Joel about why we live our lives the way we do.
The piano sounds like a carnival
and the microphone smells like a beer
They sit and the bar and put bread in my jar
and say 'Man, what are you doing here?'
Me. I don't mind being called a Yank, since us Yankees winning the American Civil War and keeping the country together (no thanks to the British) is part of my family's heritage. Thanks for reminding me. I don't particularly mind being called fat and stupid either, because I'm not. So go right ahead. I get my news on the internet from various sources, making sure to check the left and the right, and I don't watch TV, so go ahead and call me ignorant or brainwashed or whatever. Oh, I'm racist redneck, too. So racist that my best friend is asian american and another of my close friends is from Singapore. I guess I am a bit of a redneck, though, I like to fix my own car when I can and generally be self-reliant.
I'm an American and I love my country. If you can accept that, I have nothing against you. If not, you can go fuck yourself, because in the end, it just doesn't matter if you hate America. Doesn't matter at all.
America hater: I hate America! You are all a bunch of nationalist bigots!
Me: *shakes head at the irony of it*
People that have a dislike or hatred towards large organizations such as corporations, large government, etc. Very often these people have little understanding of business and assume that simply because a corporation is big that they are evil or the administrators are corrupt and immoral because obviously the pursuit of prosperity and success through hard work and good decision making blackens one's soul. These people are often involved in a subculture group (i.e. punk
culture jammer) which encourages their participants to all have the same opinions.
"Hey, did you hear that anti-corporate indy band that played last night? They totally hate George Bush."
"Yes, I hate corporations and George Bush, too. They suck!"
"Sweet, that's totally what I think, too. Want to start a punk band?"
, misplacing a tetrad in a way that causes large gaps beneath said tetrad, usually caused by dropping the peice before checking to make sure it is aligned properly, or by not having enough time to manipulate the peice before it falls. Technically it is a verb, but can easily be used as a noun.
"You're near the top of the screen. Be careful you don't donk."
"Dammit, that was a total donk!"
Good school, shitty people.
Classes are somewhat of a challenge and most are at least interesting, many quite useful. The professors know their shit. Competent administration (otherwise, eveything would fall apart at a place this big). A bit pricey, but it's every bit as good as a high-end private school in most respects. Free busses.
Most of the students here are either obnoxious or annoying, so unless you're either of those, don't plan on having any friends your first semester. Most of the girls are superficial cunts, so unless you like Britney Spears clones, don't plan on having a girlfriend the first semester either. Then again, there are plenty of ugly tennis-skirt-wearing girls here... There are some decent parties but not the best (due to the obnoxious people and the horrible music); although I will say that for some reason all the food you get around here is awesome, including creamery ice cream. It may be $2.15 per cone, but dammit, it's worth it. The two bars worth mentioning are the Crowbar, where they have renowned metal shows (I'm gonna see the Haunted monday!), and the Brewery, a hole in the wall with awesome drink specials and supports local musicians trying to get a start. As far as I know, the other 25,000 bars suck ass. (Yeah, at first it's neat to be in a town with "nightlife", but then you realize it's just pathetic and annoying, especially when you're trying to get through the traffic downtown.) Mike's music has an awesome selection of good music, not mallcore stuff. Parking situation is horrendus. Prepare to walk and ride the (free) bus a lot, at least around campus anyway.
Yeah, there's football games here. Basically, it turns the entire town into a traffic jam. Yay. Incedently, I walk directly past Joe Paterno's house every day and I've seen him twice in two years. So no, he doesn't walk around campus all the time.
Interesting architecture. Check out the library, Old Main, and Sparks, which has cool gargoyles and sculptures, and the names of famous people carved right into the facáde of the building. Also there's the IST building, which is built right over a four lane highway.
If you want to come for the education, great. If you are looking for friendly people, look elsewhere, although good times can still be had with a little searching.