talkingsoup: (ginko-san)
So two things just happened to me that have never happened to me before.

I saw a fist fight and I called the cops.

And if you've never seen an actual fight, Jesus, it's a lot freakier than you'd think.

Anyway. I was just heading back from the Commons after going to Brotchen for a coffee and I just happen to look across the street just as one of those in-window ACs falls out of a window and almost hits a little girl and her dad on the sidewalk below. Naturally, the father was pissed as hell and was yelling up at the younger guy in the apartment. The father was yelling to everyone nearby asking whether they'd seen it--I guess he was looking for witnesses?--because I mean, the AC had just missed the kid who had to be like seven or something.

Well, the younger guy came down, and I couldn't hear what they were saying to each other but then suddenly they were fighting and the dad went down and the guy was punching him in the head. And the poor girl was screaming. So I just pulled out my phone and called the cops without even really thinking. I was freaked the whole time, because about the time the dispatch person answered they'd stopped fighting, but the younger guy was yelling at basically everyone nearby and I was right across the street with my phone out and I had no idea if he was going to see me and come after me or something. Anyway, I told the cops what I saw and by then the younger guy had gone back inside and another woman was calling the cops. I was pretty impressed, actually--the cops were there within about thirty seconds. The station is basically the next street over, so. After that I just walked away because I was kinda freaked.

But yeah. Never seen a real fist fight before. Never had to call the cops before, either. I was shaking by the time I walked away. I mean, the guy was punching the dad in the head while he was on the ground and the poor girl is just screaming. And like I said, she was like seven or something. How traumatizing must that be?

I could understand it if the dad had been alone or something, but the AC almost hit the poor kid. The dad had every right to be pissed off. Not to mention that you just don't start beating up a dad when his daughter is right there. That's just fucked up.

Have to admit, though; this is one of the few times in my life I've been impressed with the police. I didn't stick around, but let's just hope that they handled the situation well.

The Fam

Aug. 5th, 2008 12:13 pm
talkingsoup: (haruhi so adorable)
My Mommy's in town for two days!

She's actually sort of passing through on the way to my grandparents' place up in Maine. But we're hanging out--took her to Moosewood last night, and we're going to Sapsucker Woods and some of the waterfalls once the damn dryer actually does its job >:|

Been a few years since she was able to come out, and she's never been able to meet my roomies, so this is pretty awesome~
talkingsoup: (spotless mind)
I don't know what to think. I can't remember hearing storm warnings to this degree any time in the three years I've lived in Ithaca, I mean, not even before that snow day last year. It sounds like they've been playing it up (as the media is wont to do), but then again, who knows? It'll be bad, that much is obvious, but really--I still remember when Hurricane Bob made it up to Cape Cod, and in my consideration, if trees aren't being snapped in half like twigs then it's not much to bark about, lol.

Lol, you shoulda seen all the people at Tops today. Everyone's stocking up for the weekend. The college sent out an e-mail reminding everyone of the procedures during an emergency close-down, which means that they, at least, are worried it might be bad enough to close the school. This is supposed to go on into Monday, so I wonder how it's gonna affect finals.

The clouds to the northeast are this dark, dark blue color.

Should be fun. I'll let you know if Ithaca still exists later.

Wow, World

Oct. 24th, 2007 06:43 pm
talkingsoup: (dwayne and frank)
First of all I want to thank everyone who gave their sympathy when Shadow died. It means a lot to me. Especially Julie who got me flowers XOMGSQUEE I love that girl! It's easier now, but it's still weird and hurts to think that he's gone.


Anyway. So obviously there's been a lot of news the past week or so. Some good, some bad, some just LOL.

Like, I dunno, Dumbledore being GAY?

Muah-hahahaha! Oh man, can't you just feel the fundies' heads exploding?

I wish she'd put it in the book, though. I don't understand all these people who are saying "oh it's such an advancement for children's literature," because no, it's not, not unless you come right out and say it in the text. It's not enough to state it after the last book has come out--in fact, it's cheap.

But it's still fun news, lol.

Lots of less fun news, though. So, most people by now have heard about this Jena 6 issue. But I think that Jena 6 and all the publicity it's been getting has been a catalyst for something a lot bigger. Stuff like this is starting to crop up all over the country. Even in Ithaca.

Anyone who lives here--well, anyone who goes to college here, anyway--would tell you how crazy that is, because Ithaca is supposed to be this bastion of liberalness and equality and awesomeness in an area that's got an incredible reputation for racism and bigotry. But, nope. Turns out that Ithaca is no better than the little rural towns around it.

Pretty much what's been going on is, recently (within the last year that is) this high school girl was on the bus to school and was being harassed. Now, the girl was black and her harassers were white boys, I think. I guess it got to be enough of a disturbance that the bus driver, in an amazing display of racial equality, decided to put the girl--the victim--off the bus. That pretty much blew things up, and now there's an incredible degree of racial tensions in the Ithaca High School. It's gotten to the point that people are hanging nooses above black teacher's classrooms, and people who have friends across ethnic lines are no longer allowed to sit with those friends at lunch. There's a constant rumor circulating that there's going to be a school shooting.

It's been pretty amazing though, because the high schoolers rose up in response to all this bullshit and led a major protest against the whole thing. The school board has been dragging their feet and generally not helping at all, so lately people have been rallying at school board meetings on the subject to try and wake people up (the most recent one was last night). Ithaca townies and students/professors from the colleges have gotten involved too.

I haven't heard specifics, but I guess this is happening across the nation. I'm kind of worried for Foothill. Over the four years I was there you could just feel things getting progressively worse, with the administration cracking down, with fights happening more often, with divisions cropping up between races and most notably the burning down of one of the portable buildings, and also with the general lack of things for teenagers in Pleasanton to do. I really, really think that something awful is going to happen in Pleasanton in the next few years. Hell, if tensions are heating up across the nation, we could have a serious incident pretty soon.

The good that's coming out of this, though, like with the high schoolers in Ithaca, people are starting to become aware of the egregious inequalities and racism still present in this country. I guess people thought that those things had gone away with Civil Rights. Noooo, darlings. We've got a lot of work to do.

Oh, and meanwhile, California is burning to a crisp. Apparently because some jackass freakshow thought it would be a good idea to light some dead grass on fire. Whoever you are, you little shit, I hope you burn in your own fire for this. People are dying, homes are being destroyed, pets are being lost, and this little fuck obviously doesn't care.

The fires are nowhere near my house, so I'm not worried about my family or anything, but still. How can someone knowingly cause a natural disaster? How do you live with yourself?


And in the rest of the world, well, they're still killing monks in Burma, though of course we'll never know about exactly what's going on since they freaking cut off the Internet in the country. Any figures that come out will come from independent journalists or from the country itself, the latter of which certainly can't be trusted. Oh, and people are blowing themselves up in Pakistan again, and racial tensions are flaring in Turkey to the point that some people are considering invading Iraq. Hoo-boy.

So, general chaos, mayhem, death, doom, destruction. What else is new?

Well, at least the Red Sox have come back to the Series. Game 1 tonight. Haven't had much else to cheer about lately, so I'm excited.

Oh, and I'm rolling again on Mot. To the degree that I think I'll have it done before the end of the year. *crosses fingers*

And I have some new characters to introduce you to, eventually.
talkingsoup: (mushishi so pretty)
Finals are officially over. Women and Writing portfolio is turned in, the powerpoint has been presented, the grammar test is done, and everything else is complete. All that's left is packing, and most of that is done as well. The storage people came on Wednesday--I had three boxes for storage, and ended up shipping four boxes home. I won't say how much it cost, but it was a lot D:

Ithaca is so pretty! All the flowers are blooming!

Sophia is gone, and we didn't make it all the way through Kodocha. We left off in a really bad place, actually, lol. But she took it home for the summer and will hopefully watch it then.

I'm in the process of applying for a job at Borders, and I've got a list of other places to apply at as soon as I get back. I need a job, one that will last all summer, not go for three days.

Though, ugh, working at a bookstore the summer the last Harry Potter book comes long as the children don't eat me alive...

Julie and I got through all of Mushishi and it is officially one of my favorite shows of all time. It's utterly brilliant. So peaceful and awesome and pretty and I love Ginko, the main character. One-eyed fish.

I made a bunch of icons, too. Nothing really special, but it gives a sense of how pretty this show is. Clickies for Piccies! )

Gank if you want, but plz credit.

The most recent Naruto episode was awesome, too. Yay, doppleganger fights!

Speaking of Naruto, the third movie is out for downloading, though I haven't watched it yet.

And speaking of Naruto movies, anyone hear about this new Naruto Shippuuden movie coming out soon? The one where Naruto fucking dies???

For trailer where Naruto fucking dies, what the fuck?! click here.

Seriously. W.T.F.

And no, saying that Naruto DIES is not a spoiler, because it's in the fucking trailer.

I leave tomorrow morning for Chicago with Molly and Kate. We're gonna hang out there for a week and then I'm leaving next Wednesday (or Thursday?) and flying home. The day after, I'm going up to Mono Lake with the 'rents. Woot!

How am I gonna tell them I'm bi? O_O

I'm back to writing! I wrote an utterly excruciating scene between E and Kail not long ago, where all is revealed--I might have mentioned it earlier. Then finals week happened and I couldn't write, but then last night I finished my portfolio and just spent an hour writing. Yay! And once again, all these ideas are blossoming in my head for the Ramsey universe and for North's universe. Mushishi has a way of making ideas blossom, no joke. Watch it!

*sigh* Well, farewell, Ithaca. I shall see you next fall. And I'll be living in an apartment then. Woot!!

There's a breeze through my window and the lake is all smoky-looking. I love it here.
talkingsoup: (naruto fearless)
So I have some things to report on, yuh.

I finished Squire, by Tammy (that is, Tamora Pierce) a few days ago, and it's my favorite so far in that series. Seeing as I haven't yet read Lady Knight yet I can't really say for sure, but wow. Brilliant book. I've been taken with the series ever since Kel climbed that bluff to save some kittens from a giant spider monster. The characters are so awesome, the world setting is awesome, and Julie has told me many times about Tammy's extensive knowledge of all things medieval warfare-ish, and, um, yeah. I didn't even know there were names for some of those things. Oh man. Awesome book, can't wait to read the last one in the series. And then to read the rest of her books.

Also read Invisible Cities by Italo Calavino, lent to me by Molly. I don't know why. I remember it coming up in conversation at some point, I just don't remember the context. In any case, I'm glad she lent it to me, because the book is awesome. It's short, only a bit over 100 pages long, and has no real plot, but it's utterly brilliant. The premise is, Marco Polo is describing his travels to Kublai Kahn in order to cheer the emperor up. He describes city after city in these amazing ways. The cities themselves are amazing. Cities of the dead, cities of deja'vu, cities of memory, cities of desires, cities with oddities in terms of architecture or citizens, cities that aren't really cities, disappeared cities, hidden cities, beautiful cities, ugly cities. Each one is unique and yet similar, and each one is totally fantastic. The book is amazing. Read it. If nothing else, it'll give you some freaking awesome ideas for settings.

Also read The Fourth Bear by Jason Fforde, which is a "Nursery Crime Novel." Pretty much, Jack Spratt is an investigator of nursery crimes in Reading, and with the help of Sergent Mary Mary and an alien named Ashley, he has to track down journalist Henrietta Hatchett, aka Goldilocks, who has gone missing while investigating a story on cucumbers. Meanwhile the homicidal maniac the Gingerbreadman has broken out of prison and is killing people, and Spratt has to deal with all kinds of personal woes including a car sold by Dorian Gray, Punch and Judy for neighbors, and bears making illegal porridge deals in underground parking lots.

It's the most brilliant fucking book ever.

Like, everything in this book is hilarious and yet not. People are getting killed and things are blowing up and children are getting their thumbs chopped off but then you remember just what the hell you're reading and it's like, I don't know. The plot and characters and whole storyline is completely and utterly ridiculous, and yet the author manages to make it serious, intriguing and fun. Everything is accounted for, and by that I mean, there are legitimate explanations for everything, and no plot holes, so the story is entirely un-ridiculous while also being entirely ridiculous. It's a fantasy world, but it's not a complete departure--it's comparable to the real world, which is exactly what you want when writing a book like this.

And the book is just so much fun. It's full of plot twists and nursery rhyme humor and puns and bad jokes and the fourth wall is pretty much nonexistent. It keeps you guessing and laughing until the end. Think of it as a comedic crime drama that happens to include nursery rhyme characters.

Now I have to read the first one in the series. And check out Jason Fforde's other series, Thursday Next. Oh man. So much awesome.

Finished The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya in ASIC last Thursday, of course, and I love it. Definitely one of my top ten. God I wish they'd made more. I loved the out-of-order ness. And like Noein, they managed to combine the kind of la-dee-da life genre with sci-fi action. Though no flying baby machines and guys in cloaks. Oh well. Have downloaded the whole thing and will force Julie to watch it, along with Noein and Gankutsuo, upon my return.

I guess we're watching FMA next semester, which is fine by me. Druther watch something I haven't seen, but there you go. I haven't seen it in Japanese, so I guess that counts--plus it's the second half, which is more interesting.

That's all the reviewing I had.

Have done almost all of my Chrismahanukwanzaayule shopping. I'm working tomorrow and the day after, 10-7, so I'm gonna have to get the rest of it done during my breaks. Had Ben's birthday dinner today, Chinese restaurant, and a pretty awesome cake afterwards. He has school up till tomorrow I guess. Man that fucking sucks. I wonder why? Is every school dragging it out to the last minute this year? It's not like next year is a leap year. It's such a drastic difference from when we got out last year--I mean pretty much the whole of December was break, at least for us Ithacans. Obviously it's different for high school, but the 22nd is still pretty down-to-the-wire.

Haven't gotten any writing done and don't intend to until tomorrow or the day after. Although in a fit of insanity last week, when I'd finished two of my papers and figured I had some time to myself, I did get a bit done on Mot. I rather like it too, though I'm starting to wonder at my portrayal of E. I need to make it so that both of them are falling apart. In any case, I really need to get the next chapter of my fic done, so I'll focus on that first.

Deposited $167 in my bank accounts today, the money from the credit card fuck-up compliments of the Health Center. Fuck yes.

About games. There are a few I've been eyeballing. Okami. Shadow of the Colossus. Thoughts, anyone? Still looking forward to when Spore and World of Mana comes out. XOMG Secret of Mana sequel *flails*.

Things I Miss Already from Ithaca:

1. Friends.
2. The ability to communicate instantly with said friends.
3. Liquid soap.
4. The desk. Damn.
5. My tea.
6. My anime.
7. The view.

But it's not as bad as before. I'm glad for the break, and I'm looking forward to Christmas and to New Year's. And to getting a whole shitload of writing done.


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