December 19th, 2008


Look how fast they grow

I went to the mall today with Jeffrey, Ethan, Evan, and Evan's sister Ashley, one of my childhood comrades I haven't seen since high school. Riding with Evan behind the wheel meant the trip wasn't complete without at least one brush with death, and we certainly did have one. Evan cut into another lane, and just as he did, an 18-wheeler cut into our lane. Luckily, Evan cut into the third lane just in time, and luckily he could do that. That one was close.

Once we arrived at the mall, two things happened. First, Ashley, Jeffrey, and I fell out of the backseat. I was stuck in the middle between the two of them, and they aren't tiny. Second, Ashley wasn't as giggly around me as she was around the guys. At first I thought she had always been giggly and I had managed to tune that out all these years, or maybe that part of her emerged once she left high school, but no, once it was just her and me, she was no longer giggly. Huh. So we talked and looked around for awhile before running into the guys again outside EB Games. After a few rounds of running into them, we stuck together for awhile before I ran off by myself to actually get a thing or two.

After that we went to Taco Bell for lunch, which resulted in another death brush with a van. The meal there was strange. We've all known each other since we were kids, and now all of us are scattered in college, some of us happier than others. (I'm on the happier end of things, it seems.) I remember when Ethan and Danielle and Jeffrey and I would play orphans in the ditch at Grandmother's or when Ashley and I would wander around the baseball fields when Jeffrey and Evan had practice or the birthday sleepovers at Ashley's. Those feel like they happened so long ago.

We grow up far too fast, don't we?
thinking is dangerous

Thoughts on conformity by people much wiser than I

When we talked about Emerson, Thoreau, and the like in my eleventh grade English class, we received a sheet with quotes on conformity. Since I like quotes and can never think of good quotes at the right time, here's the list.

The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

To be great is to be misunderstood. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. -Ralph Waldo Emerson (according to Wikiquote, also attributed to Muriel Strode)

Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform. -Mark Twain

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. -Herman Melville

One who walks in another's tracks leaves no footprints. -Proverb

It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward. It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right. -Henry David Thoreau

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. -Henry David Thoreau
sinfest: go on internets

I think this says it all.

(9:19:25 PM) ecrivain42: So I was checking what kind of wireless card I had.
(9:19:49 PM) ecrivain42: And the window to check that came over your IM window, and I was typing something and hit space before I noticed that the wireless card window had come up.
(9:19:57 PM) ecrivain42: This effectively disabled the wireless card.
(9:20:11 PM) ecrivain42: This also, of course, disconnected me from the Internet.
(9:20:24 PM) ecrivain42: But then I couldn't get back to that wireless card window as it had frozen.
(9:20:43 PM) ecrivain42: So I tried everything I could think of, finally ctrl-alt-deleting and ending that task.
(9:20:51 PM) ecrivain42: This didn't work, but finally another window popped up.
(9:21:30 PM) ecrivain42: "You have chosen to end Windows Explorer. Send error report y/n?" I said n and moved on, trying to connect again, but the wireless card wouldn't enable again.
(9:21:42 PM) ecrivain42: I tried again. Connection failed! Tried again. Connection failed!
(9:21:55 PM) ecrivain42: Finally I restarted and decided to get some food in the meantime, then came back.
(9:22:14 PM) ecrivain42: Oh, and why did I need to know what wireless card I had?
(9:22:23 PM) ecrivain42: I was looking up Linux distros.
(9:22:40 PM) ecrivain42: The end. *curtsies*