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Weekend! [Oct. 5th, 2001|02:46 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick

1 week down, 19 to go.

Things I've been forgetting to post:

Got on the wrong bus yesterday. Took me awhile to notice, too ... it kept going north and never turned east. So I ended up walking 3.5 miles home. It was relaxing.

There's a guy in my German class that gets downright angry whenever he's called on to speak. Our teacher will ask him to repeat something or answer a question and he'll just get mad and say, "i'll write it down instead". It's starting to get funny.

There's a girl in my German class that I was partners with on the first day... she's really nice, attractive, etc., but every day she's getting another few layers of makeup on her face and progressively sluttier outfits. I discussed this with Chuck and he proposed that she's in a sorority and she's slowly getting sucked in and that other girls take turns doing each other's make-up or something. Indeed, today in response to "Wo wohnst du?" from the teacher she answered "A Sorority!". Good German there. Better answer would've been "Ich wohne in ein Bitcheshaus!".

Kelly skipped German today ... tssk tssk.

My partner for German everyday has been this dude Michael. He's cool. Yesterday he asked me if I'd taken Math 124. I said I hadn't, having started with 126. So today I walk into class and him and this other girl are working on a problem ... the first thing I hear when I walk in is, "But Brad would know!". I got scared... it's been years since I did Calculus stuff. But I was able to help him with everything. Felt good ... I didn't think I remembered that much.

My German's coming back fast too ... I'm glad I took 111 (101 + 102, for non-UWers).

I want to learn French and Italian too. If I had an infinite amount of time I'd learn everything (including meeting everybody, since there's so much to be learned and experienced from other people). But time is limited, so we select optimal subsets of what to learn and who to meet ... but what's optimal? I wish I knew the heuristics I use subconsciously to select what I learn, where "what I learn" is basically equivalent to "what I find interesting enough to be motivated enough to learn". Lots of things I think I should learn but just don't. Um, I forget my point now. I thought this was going to go somewhere.

I've been talking to more people, though. I've been starting lots of random conversations with guys lately but starting conversations with girls is still intimidating because I fear they'd think I was just trying to hit on them. I like languages like Spanish and German that have a formal vs. informal distinction when addressing people. However, I think all languages should have a "Don't worry, I don't want to fuck you" mode of addressing people. :P

Ah yeah ... Coolio's Fantastic Voyage just came on (random playlist). So uh, it's the weekend. Bad ass. Mariners game tomorrow. Guitar. Programming. Relaxin'. Yea'.

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[User Picture]From: brad
2001-10-05 04:54 pm (UTC)
Naah, he speaks English fine. I wouldn't be laughing at somebody with a stutter. It's not like he's getting embarassed-frustrated ... he's getting angry that he's even being called on.
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From: evan
2001-10-05 03:34 pm (UTC)
"Ich wohne in ein Bitcheshaus"

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From: mitdebo
2001-10-05 04:00 pm (UTC)
The only true problem with a "Don't worry I don't wanna fuck you" mode would be if one day you stopped talking to that girl in that mode. She'd probably run to her friends and be like "Holy shit, Brad was talking to me but he wasn't using 'don't wanna fuck ya' tense. He wants my bones - I can never talk to him again"
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[User Picture]From: brad
2001-10-05 04:08 pm (UTC)
I was actually going to bring up this scenario in my post but figured it was going off-topic too quickly as it was.

I'd envisioned that mode of address used only for initial conversation between strangers of opposite gender ... you'd talk to your male and female friends you'd known for awhile in the normal "you" form. ;)

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[User Picture]From: starbelle
2001-10-05 04:16 pm (UTC)
I love German. To see it anywhere is nice to me.

Too bad they don't teach it at my school. I got stuck with French, which is nice, but I'd much rather know German. I think I might take it in college.
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[User Picture]From: jwendl
2001-10-05 04:44 pm (UTC)
I have always had the ideal dream of buying a laptop and going to one random country a year and living there and just learning people and helping people with computers and such. I love visiting other countries. When I was in Europe for 30 days those were the best 30 days of my life ^_^.
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[User Picture]From: nilremvenx
2001-10-05 04:47 pm (UTC)

So much to learn..

So little time...
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[User Picture]From: schafer
2001-10-05 05:00 pm (UTC)
Guys are good to meet too. Meeting a new guy means that you may sometime meet his girlfriends (hopwfully new to you). No better way to break the ice than a mutual acquantance. May even be able to skip from the I don't want to fuck you tense directly to the normal tense.
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[User Picture]From: righellis
2001-10-05 08:14 pm (UTC)
i like that "the normal tense"
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[User Picture]From: dethbunny
2001-10-09 01:59 am (UTC)
"Don't worry, I don't want to fuck you"
I prefer the "I may want to fuck you in the future, but that's not my goal with this encounter" mode of speech.

There's a girl in my German class...she's really nice...in a sorority.
From my experience, there are two possible outcomes: one, the sorority will ruin her. It seems like she may be sucked in, but she may end up in condition two: she drops the sorority next year. There is a very high recovery rate for those who decide to limit their bitch exposure.

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[User Picture]From: calliste
2001-10-10 04:17 pm (UTC)
I am starting to wonder why so many people seem to accumulate in the Seattle area that want to learn or are learning German? What's so special about it? *ponders*

The FUN thing about it is that you can take a lot of words and put them all together to create a new one sortoflikethat. I really like that about German. The problem is, sometimes these words are so complicated that even experienced Germans have to take them apart again to fully understand them.

About the "Du" and "Sie"... you cannot imagine how many Germans envy the English language for the simple "you". At least you always know how to address people. You can never be really wrong.

A friend of mine wanted to know a while ago how to say "If I told you you had a great body, would you hold it against me" in German... but I had to realize it was damn hard to translate it, especially since I didn't know whether to use the "Sie" or "Du".
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