September 13, 2001

School is hell.

But anyway. Other stuff to talk about first. Diana made a nice pictorial tribute so check that out. Pretty sad really, but then..of course it is, what am I talking about?

Right now I'm donating some money at the American Red Cross site. $100...that'll buy...ten blankets? Well I'm giving $50 and my mum is too. :) Since I'm not donating blood, this isn't too shabby either. My mum said I have O negative..hm.

Bjork is on the cover of CMJ...I think if I type it it's less likely I'll forget...

I got an interesting e-mail from Karen:

>
>TRIBUTE TO AMERICA
>
>The following, from a Canadian newspaper, is worth sharing.
>
>Its subject is "America: The Good Neighbor"
>
>Widespread but only partial news coverage was given recently to a
>remarkable editorial broadcast from Toronto by Gordon Sinclair, a
>Canadian television commentator. What follows is the full text of his
>trenchant remarks as printed in the Congressional Record:
>
>"This Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as the
>most generous and possibly the least appreciated people on all the
>earth. Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy were
>lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in
>billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts. None of these
>countries is today paying even the interest on its remaining debts to
>the United States.
>
>When France was in danger of collapsing in 1956, it was the Americans
>who
>propped it up, and their reward was to be insulted and swindled on the
>streets of Paris. I was there. I saw it.
>
>When earthquakes hit distant cities, it is the United States that
>hurries in to help. This spring, 59 American communities were
>flattened by tornadoes. Nobody helped.
>
>The Marshall Plan and the Truman Policy pumped billions of dollars into
>discouraged countries. Now newspapers in those countries are writing
>about
>the decadent, warmongering Americans.
>
>I'd like to see just one of those countries that is gloating over the
>erosion of the United States dollar build its own airplane. Does any
>other country in the world have a plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet,
>the
>Lockheed Tri-Star, or the Douglas DC10? If so, why don't they fly them?
>Why
>do all the International lines except Russia fly American Planes?
>
>Why does no other land on earth even consider putting a man or woman on
>the
>moon? You talk about Japanese technocracy, and you get radios. You talk
>about German technocracy, and you get automobiles. You talk about
>American
>technocracy, and you find men on the moon-not once, but several
>times-and
>safely home again. You talk about scandals, and the Americans put theirs
>right in the store window for everybody to look at. Even their
>draft-dodgers
>are not pursued and hounded. They are here on our streets, and most of
>them,
>unless they are breaking Canadian laws, are getting American dollars
>from
>ma
>and pa at home to spend here.
>
>When the railways of France, Germany and India were breaking down
>through
>age, it was the Americans who rebuilt them. When the
>Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York Central went broke, nobody loaned
>them
>an old caboose. Both are still broke.
>
>I can name you 5000 times when the Americans raced to the help of
>other people in trouble. Can you name me even one time when someone else
>raced to the Americans in trouble? I don't think there was outside help
>even
>during the San Francisco earthquake.
>
>Our neighbors have faced it alone, and I'm one Canadian who is damned
>tired
>of hearing them get kicked around. They will come out of this thing with
>their flag high. And when they do, they are entitled to thumb their nose
>at
>the lands that are gloating over their present troubles. I hope Canada
>is
>not
>one of those."
>
>Stand proud, America!
>
>This is one of the best editorials that I have ever read or heard
>regarding the United States. It is nice that one man realizes it. I
>only wish that the rest of the world would realize it. We are always
>blamed for everything, and never even get a thank you for the things
>we do.
>
>I would hope that each of you would send this to as many people as you
>can
>and emphasize that they should send it to as many of their friends until
>this
>letter is sent to every person on the web. I am just a single American
>who
>has read this, but I SURE HOPE THAT A LOT MORE READ IT SOON.

It's pretty interesting, isn't it?

Anyway, school sucks, but there's not much point in me talking about that cos...it really doesn't matter. I mean, I'm just real strange I think. I kind of hate it. I hated walking home too. Some people shouted at me! I don't know why, I'm pretty sure I didn't know them. This has happened before...what is wrong with these people? I mean, it's not a nice gesture. I'm just walking home, what's the big deal? The first day I walked home with Aliza a lot more people were making noises at us from their cars...? Sigh.

I hate gym. The teacher must think I'm an idiot. Before class started he asked me if I understood what he was talking about, like getting involved in the game and doing stuff, and I said...yeah...I DID understand. Just because I don't do something doesn't mean I don't understand. But I'm the only person like that I think. So. That's great. I wanted to die after class finally ended. We were playing ultimate frisbee..I used to LIKE that game. I really did. In Taiwan I remember playing it, the way we did it the girls were against girls and boys against boys, which I think made it more fun, but now it's just like some really bad torture. I'm not going for the stupid frisbee, what's so hard to comprehend? I caught it once and I had no idea who to throw it to. My mind doesn't work that fast, that's why I don't like sports, I mean you have to think fast and I never have any idea what to do. It's kind of late to work on that NOW, so I think "screw it"...can anyone understand what I'm talking about? I'm the only person in my gym class with some kind of mental retardation as far as sports playing ability goes. Why doesn't..SCHOOL understand that gym class is like band and art, as in you take it if you enjoy it, it's a skill that you don't have different levels for. Everyone is treated equally when it is obvious that everyone is NOT equal. I know I sound like I'm making a big deal out of such a trifle thing, but I'm only getting older, and it gets worse every year generally, except maybe in Taiwan when gym may have been fun.

My mum bought tons of newspapers today. She couldn't get any yesterday, they were all gone I would suppose, but now we have some...yay...lasting memories. :P

Yikes...there have been so many stories of close calls and stuff. My mum told me about someone who slept late, so he was like trying ot get to work in the twin towers and then he finds out what happened, that's freaky.

Cristen...SHIN splints..okay, i've like never had that before, but yeah it feels like something that would be called shin splints. Cos it feels splinty. Hehe. Good description, yeah? How would I walk any other way without using the back of my foot first? hehe.

Rebbie...I told my mum about donating blood, and she told me you have to weigh a certain weight...she weights less than 100 pounds! Yeesh. I definitely way more...I gained back the weight i lost while I had stitches in my mouth, OH well.

I will say that eating made me very happy today after school. There's been lots of stuff bothering me (besides all this attack on america stuff)...my grandparents are here and they're very annoying, of course they don't know that, it's just the way they act. Well then. I'm full of yummy food. Falafel!

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