At least no one was wearing crocs

I sit at this table and wait for new freshman and their parents to come over and talk to be about service opportunities every day at work. Needless to say, people don’t really come up to talk to me that often. So I end up trying to figure out ways to occupy myself for around an hour to keep the boredom away.

Today I decided to practice smiling with my eyes. Even with all of my training from Tyra, it didn’t go to hot. I’m pretty sure that I looked like I was on crack and/or trying keep my contact from falling out of my eye. When my eyes started to dry out I had to move on to another activity. Being that my eyes were quite open, I started to notice a strange trend. The amount of students in sleepwear/sweatpants was alarming. Now I know the college kids today hate zippers, but this is the first time these kids are on campus, the first time they are meeting their classmates. I’m not saying that I expect cocktail attire, but is a button too much to ask for? I know I’m old fashioned, I don’t leave the house in anything that could double pajamas. I saw at least 11 people in sweat-related attire and seeing as there is about 95 students on any given day at Preview, that’s approximately 11.58% of the people. 11 people is not a lot, but at 20,000 people, 11.58% is 2,316 people. That is a lot of people. My generation is so lame. The 50’s had the beats in a all black, the 60’s has hippie-ness, even the 90’s had fly girls. But 00’s, we have kids who can’t get out of bed.

Pixel Perfect is way cooler anyway...

"Popularity has it's perks, but a picture's worth a thousand words."

That is the tag line for the new ABC Family movie Picture This!. What on earth does that mean? Natalie guessed that it means that it is important to be popular, but it is more important to be pretty. Hey remember when you used to show Freaks and Geeks ABC Family? Look how far you have fallen. 

4th o' July Playlist

In order to commemorate our day of independence I have complied a list of what I think are pretty fab songs about America. They might not all be nice, but they will make you wanna dance (hopefully...) and buy American.

Have a wonderful day of fireworks and fried chicken.

Uh-Merica - Regina Spektor 
"Cuddling my semiautomatic - what a very fuzzy feeling/Oh, there's nothing like emptying a cartridge at the sun"

Hot Fudge - Robbie William (don't judge me.)
"God bless you Uncle Sam/You got a cool gene pool"

Living in America - The Sounds
"We're not living in America, but we're not sorry"

Fight the Power - Public Enemy (oh Flavor Flav...)
"Our freedom of speech is freedom or death/We got to fight the powers that be"

Magic America - Blur
"He took a cab to the shopping malls/Bought and ate till he could do neither any more/.../He wants to go to magic America"

Living in America - James Brown (Best for last, baby. Love. It.)
"Living in America - got to have a celebration"

Got any other ideas?

Fall '08 Couture


So apparently, the fashion gods were a little concerned about Alessandra Facchinetti taking over at Valentino. But personally, I think the fashion gods have some anxiety problems they need to deal with. Just chill. I think her collection is pretty sweet. It looks very Valentino, but you can tell there is something a little different behind it, something very alive. Keep on keepin’ on girl.


If you are a dreamer, come in.
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer . . .
If you're a pretender, come sit by my fire,
For we have some flax golden tales to spin.
Come in!
Come in!
          - Shel Silverstein

I had forgotten how much I enjoy this poem. It's just one of those things that makes me happy. 

Fall '08 Couture

There is something about Chanel that always amazes me. Part of it might be some sort of Chanel Mystique, but I do truly believe that Karl Lagerfeld is a genius. Each piece looks like it would feel good while you wore it, yet still wonderfully elegant. It’s just beautiful.

Newspaper Post

This op-ed piece really touches on a lot of things that I have been feeling lately.

Put Them Out to Pastor
By Richard CohenTuesday, July 1, 2008; A11

The pilgrim is making little progress. In a futile effort to convince faith-voters that he is one of them, John McCain paid a visit to the Grahams of North Carolina -- father Billy and son Franklin. After the meeting, not a word was said about the Grahams' past indiscretions concerning Muslims or Jews, and neither, for that matter, was an endorsement proffered. The next guest was country singer Ricky Skaggs. He did better. He got lunch.

McCain plods a cruel treadmill. He has thus far sought the endorsement of the extremely purple Rev. John Hagee and the equally purple Rev. Rod Parsley. Both of them were later asked to unendorse on account of offensive things they've said. But to paraphrase Hyman Roth in "The Godfather," this is the business they're in.

Billy Graham's observations about Jews were made a long time ago and were imparted in confidence to Richard Nixon and his secret White House tape recorder. The two ruminated about the power and influence of Jews, with Graham adding a bit of original investigative reporting: "They're the ones putting out the pornographic stuff." Had he peeked?

Graham apologized for such remarks and said he no longer held such views, and everyone, including me, takes him at his word. His lasting damage, I offer as an aside, was to persuade the young George W. Bush to abandon his wastrel ways, at which he excelled, and instead seek the path that has led him to where he is now, a calamity for the nation and the world. Graham's burden is heavy indeed.

But the transgressions of Franklin Graham are much more recent and more to the point. After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Franklin Graham called Islam a "very evil and wicked religion." As preachers are wont to do, he amplified his remarks to include "mainstream" Islam, alleging that the Koran preaches violence. He is known throughout the Muslim world for these remarks and therefore is hardly a figure a presidential candidate should visit.

Erich Segal's line from "Love Story" -- "love means never having to say you're sorry" -- really applies to faith. If you proclaim it, you are forgiven almost anything. In Franklin Graham's case, his piety excuses his ignorance and intolerance -- his slap at a worldwide religion of almost 2 billion because of the horrendous acts of a few. What could a Muslim say about the massacres of the Crusades? What could anyone say about the wars between Catholics and Protestants, culminating in the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre of 1572, when possibly 100,000 French Huguenots were slaughtered? France is Catholic today partly because of the sword.

It would have been very McCain of McCain to skip this meeting in the cause of religious tolerance. It would be very McCain of McCain to forcefully denounce the persistent rumor that Barack Obama is a Muslim -- whenever it comes up. (It would also have been wonderful of Obama to have excluded Franklin Graham from a meeting of ministers he convened in Chicago last month.) Both presidential candidates are over-pastored.

For too long now, the term "faith-based" has been synonymous with dumb. It's dumb to speak of Islam as if the terrorists are its true representatives (F. Graham). It's dumb to think the Holocaust was God's way of getting the Jews to return to Israel (Hagee) or that Catholics are not true Christians (Hagee, again) or that "Islam is an anti-Christ religion that intends through violence to conquer the world" (Parsley).

It's dumb to reject evolution when all of science thinks the opposite, and it's dumb to oppose sex education, as if knowledge was by itself a sin. It was beyond dumb for the Rev. Pat Robertson to predict a natural calamity for Orlando because of Disney World's policy regarding gay men and lesbians. Yet, the endorsement of such clergymen has been sought by virtually every Republican presidential candidate of our times. To pass this kind of muster is very disquieting.

The liberal clergy in this country is a faded force. Gone are the days when ministers did such things as leading the civil rights movement and marching to end the Vietnam War. Now, the ones with political clout are too often small-minded men who swaddle their bigotry and ignorance in the soothing word "faith." And John McCain, like a spiritual beggar, goes from one right-wing minister to another, ignoring their previous statements of intolerance and hoping for an endorsement. The other day, he didn't even get lunch. He deserved humble pie.