November, 2006

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This as Much for My Reference as Your Entertainment

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

These are the books I’ve finished recently:
Their Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston)
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
The Color Purple (Alice Walker)

Currently Reading:
Cat’s Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut)

In the Queue (no particular order):
Slaughterhouse-5 (Kurt Vonnegut)
Breakfast of Champions (Kurt Vonnegut)
Watership Down (Richard Adams)
Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
Animal Farm (George Orwell)
100 Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
The Death of Ivan Ilyich (Leo Tolstoy)

I now own all of the above books. Yey Half Price Books.

Out of books I do not own, I would like to own and read:
The Plague Dogs (Richard Adams)
A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)

Recommendations welcome. Sticking to ‘classics’ please. (Life of Pi is so good I believe it will be a classic, thus I make an exception).

(Some books off the top of my head that I have already read that I feel will probably be recommended (now you don’t have to):
1984
Lord of the Flies
The Sound and the Fury
Catcher in the Rye
The Handmaid’s Tale
Brave New World
Fahrenheit 451
The Great Gatsby
To Kill a Mockingbird)

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Purple + Emma + Bikes + TV Cameras

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Well, the TCU Purple Bike mini-launch was today, and CBS news showed up to do some videoing and interview my prof. Unfortunately, he wasn’t there, so it was between me and another girl, and she wouldn’t do it. So, there is an interview with me about the Purple Bike Program on CBS local news tonight. I don’t know whether it’s the 4, 5, or 6 o’clock broadcast, but it might air across the metroplex, since it looks like ‘D/FW’ is as local as it gets. So look out for me if you’re in Ft. Worth, Dallas, or Arlington. If I see a video link online on the website I’ll post it so you can all watch me make a fool of myself.

I’ve had more publicity in the last two days than I have had the whole last 20 years.

And I’m wearing my glasses. God, of all days to wear my glasses. Typical.

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“The insane, on occasion, are not without their charms”

Monday, November 27th, 2006

- Kurt Vonnegut

I don’t like to look at my reflection so much now, because the girl who looks back at me doesn’t seem like she’s me. She looks like I did a month ago, save the hollow eyes and dark circles, and I know it’s impossible that I look the same on the outside, when inside is confused and twisted and ripped.

Just now I looked into the mirror, while talking to myself, as I do, and I saw crazy in my eyes. And I will admit it scared me.

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Purple + Emma + Bikes

Monday, November 27th, 2006

I was going to say ‘I guess if you’ve got a picture in the paper you haven’t faded away yet,’ but then I realised that that’s completely false.

Anyway, if you get ahold of a Star Telegram (Arlington) then look in the Arlington section for an article on the TCU Purple Bike Program that I’m working on. If you get a Fort Worth Star Telegram, look at the Fort Worth section front page, where you will find a big ol’ color photograph of yours truly with a purple bike.

I personally couldn’t think of a more fitting combination of subjects (purple + bikes) for me to make my newspaper color-photograph (front-page-B-section) debut.

For those of you not in the Metroplex, or lazy, or cheap, here’s a link to the article:
Riding Purple to go Green. I will save and mirror it when I have a little more time. (The picture in the paper is much better than the one here.)

PS – The girl in the picture with me graduated Lamar ’04, just like me. We’d never met or heard of each other until now, and neither of us looked familiar to the other.

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Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

I officially give up.
I’ll be here until I fade away.

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My Cat is Cooler than Your Cat Because She Likes Jon Stewart

Friday, November 10th, 2006

I haven’t been watching much of Jon Stewart lately, but for some reason tonight I put it on. Svara sat down in front of the TV and watched with rapt attention for almost all of the show. Last time she paid so much attention to the TV was when I was watching Homeward Bound.

I learned this about my cat. She likes especially:
- Jon Stewart being the only person on screen
- Pictures of outer space
- Gyroscopes

She does not like:
- Rumsfeld
- Dustin Hoffman (she stopped watching when the interview with him came on)

She’s been trained well. But I don’t think it was by me…

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Fill-in-the-Blank

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

Found out that when we thought Elizabeth was ‘on the up’ she was using *** ****** to buy *******.

My official stance for the stars is ‘big depots’ and ‘pickles’.

I just hate it all.

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I Serve You a Platter of Crapfuckshit (technical term)

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

This is what is going on in the ‘family’ sector of my life right now. There are other sectors that are also largely onerous and emma-crushing, but ‘family’ is what this post is about, so that’s what you’ll find out about.

Feel free to skip over the parts you don’t find interesting or already know. I put an arrow (–>) by most recent developments so you can find it.

First and foremost, let me just mention once that my dad, throughout this little timeline of events, is going nuts, tearing his hair, cursing everyone, and generally being insane, as per his normal reaction to… well… anything. Then I don’t have to say it over and over.

I also must add a preface for those of you who haven’t known me too long or never heard my family’s intricate history or just forgot (I understand my family’s history probably does not take a high position in your overworked mind). Second semester of my senior year (spring 2004), probably around March, my sister tried to kill herself. She’d been struggling with anorexia, bulimia, and depression for a while, and for some reason on that day, decided that taking a whole bottle of Tylenol would be a good idea. It was the day before our 3D AP calculus projects were due, if anyone wants to take that and extrapolate a date.

So she went to hospital and they made her take charcoal drinks and N-acetylcysteine (NAC), which stops the liver from converting the acetaminophen (paracetamol – UK) into a toxin which kills the liver. (Smart liver, eh?) Then she spent a week or two in that mental place across the road from Arlington Memorial. Then of course, therapy and psychologists and psychiatrists and psych-whatever-ists, and drugs for depression.

From then to now it’s been up and down, back and forth. She got over anorexia and bulimia, and switched to more exciting things, like smoking, drugs, drinking, sneaking out, and stealing (from stores and family members). (Note: See bottom of post) This summer and fall semester, she seemed to be on the up, though our house was still sealed like Fort Knox every night, my mom still slept with her purse, and I was prohibited from bringing anything valuable or any medications home with me. (Yea, that’s ‘on the up’.)

However, a few weeks ago something happened and she started going downhill. My mom knows what it was, but my family finds it amusing to keep things like this from me, so I don’t. Anyway, the 20th of October, Elizabeth swallowed another bottle of Tylenol. Now, for anyone who’s contemplating suicide, holy fuck, don’t use Tylenol if you really want to die. Tylenol overdose doesn’t kill you directly. Tylenol overdose kills your liver. Then, you hang around for a few weeks in hospital feeling crappier and crappier, probably reaching the famous decision of suicidal people – ‘Hey, I don’t really want to die!’, and then you die. Good times.

So this time she didn’t tell anyone for about 8 hours after taking the pills, finally calling Josh (on-again-off-again boyfriend I don’t like) to take her to hospital. Docs were very worried she would suffer serious damage due to the amount of time, but later tests revealed that amazingly she’d gotten away practically unscathed.

On advice from her therapist they didn’t put her in the mental place again, which is the automatic thing they do, since my parents decided she needed to get into severe treatment. So she got taken out of school and was put under complete lockdown (except from work …?) while my parents tried to figure out what to do, and various people ran extensive psycho-exams on her.

My mom, LA, and Elizabeth were slowly all going insane, since Elizabeth couldn’t be left unattended and couldn’t be trusted. My mom even took to sleeping with her in bed so that she couldn’t sneak out. So the plan was to send her to the UK this last Monday (the 6th) so my dad could overwatch her for a while, and have her see some specialists in the UK.

–> Well, Saturday night my sister decided she didn’t want to go to the UK, so she tricked my mom into turning off the alarm early in the morning (by saying she was hungry and wanting to eat and feed Lady (dog)) (the motion detector in the living room stops you from going to the kitchen). And packed her stuff and left, leaving a note behind saying she was filing for emancipation and moving to live with a friend. (Though she said she’d ‘researched emancipation a lot’, I guess she missed the part where you have to be both financially stable and mentally stable, and, unless other circumstances call for a special review (ex: parental abuse), have your parent’s permission).

So everything went crazy, and everyone was on the phone with each other. Finally my dad called her and said if she wasn’t going to come to the UK, she’d at least have to go home. She agreed to this. However, she never showed up. Monday night my mom eventually had to go to her and… well, it wasn’t pretty. Again, nobody’ll give me any details, but apparently the whole ordeal was a huge mess of Elizabeth being crazy. Apparently she got her nose pierced sometime in her time away from home, but I know that didn’t last.

So yesterday morning she and my mom flew to Utah and my sister got put into Logan River Academy. It’s a place where they fix messed-up kids. My mom wouldn’t tell me how long she’ll be there when I asked. They seem to forget that I can read, and I have no qualms about quietly finding out as much as I can about what I want to know. So if you read their contracts you find out that termination of the contract before 180 days (roughly 6 months) means paying the rest of the 180 days anyway. So, she’ll be there about 6 months. I don’t know if they let people go home for Christmas. Don’t know when I’ll next see her. I’d have to go up to Utah, since she has to ‘earn’ overnight home visits, and the only visit home she’s going to be making is an overnight one with airfare these days.

So my mom went to Utah with her, and now she’s in Louisiana witnessing the pressure testing of some valves for oil. She’ll be back Friday or Saturday. She’ll probably be gone for two-three weeks at the beginning of December to Yemen for work. LA, sick of anyone who shares the an X-chromosome with my sister and I*, is going to go on a vacation in that same time period to Alaska. Elizabeth will be in Utah, of course.

But I’ll be here.

Note: I don’t care what your opinion is on high school drug/alcohol/tobacco use/abuse or sneaking out or stealing. Don’t even bother to tell me how you did it all and you’re fine, and all your friends did it and they’re fine. You are not Elizabeth, and you are not her family. DIAF.

* That would be my father, and his mother (and, technically, my two younger half-sisters), and my mother, (and, technically, either her mother or her father (and none, one or both of my two aunts, depending)).

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All I Want in This World is to Wake Up from this Hellish Nightmare

Monday, November 6th, 2006

Whatever it takes, I’ll do it. Whatever I have to do, just let me know.

If I have to kill someone, just tell me who.

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