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Blah [Dec. 9th, 2001|08:59 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick

I wish I knew words to adequately describe my boredom, apathy, and disappointment in everything lately.

I was telling Calliste today: I'll won't ever really learn German. I'll talk about how it'd be neat but I won't do it because I don't read or talk enough. People that speak multiple languages read all the time. I read .. um, never. (mostly because I don't know what to read ... loan me books!)

As an experiment, I watched something like 4 hours of TV today straight. (since I hooked up my TV, I can do this now) I thought the change might be healthy. It wasn't. The unproductivity felt just like I thought it would. The commercials made me sick. I forgot how much I hated businesses and advertising in general. Basic strategy: treat everybody like they're dumb as fuck and you're dumb as fuck. Everybody wants to own every commoditized low-quality piece of shit. I love this society. *sigh*

There were a dozen things I could've done but didn't do a one. No homework. No shopping. No bills. No laundry. No studying. No work.

I'm going to go back to the never-ending adventure that is cleaning my room. The only thing that makes me happy lately is throwing shit away. Whatever that means.

[User Picture]From: lindsay
2001-12-09 09:20 pm (UTC)
Don't forget about your future place of living: FROB. Focus your thoughts on the wonders of island living, it's grand!
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[User Picture]From: brad
2001-12-09 09:21 pm (UTC)
yes, day-dreaming will get us all far in life.
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[User Picture]From: lindsay
2001-12-09 11:03 pm (UTC)
Not just day dreaming, but planning. Gotta think about how you're going to finance the start of a new nation. That takes some serious planning, ya know.
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[User Picture]From: adrenalinegirl
2001-12-09 09:25 pm (UTC)
"Though there were times I would backslide, it was my acceptance of myself in all my strengths and weaknesses that helped me get back up and keep going. My goal was to be better-not perfect."

This may have nothing to do with whatever it that your going through...just a little words of wisdom?:)
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[User Picture]From: soulsearching
2001-12-13 08:34 am (UTC)
a nice quote..where did it come from?
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[User Picture]From: adrenalinegirl
2001-12-13 06:10 pm (UTC)


it was written by Joan Fountain...i dont think ive heard of her but i loved the quote.glad you liked it.
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[User Picture]From: sahrie
2001-12-09 10:06 pm (UTC)
hmm...brad's sad,
that's really too bad
you feel so down
i think if you had
maybe a big clown
it would turn that frown
upside down...?...
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[User Picture]From: diapholom
2001-12-09 10:57 pm (UTC)


there's still hope now go read Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe's
'Faust' and 'Faust part II' (in the original german edition i think Bantam publishers has one)during the holidays because he
was one of the major influences of that language and his books
have a very strong rhythm you'll be humming in your head in no time
and charming the german chicks along the way
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[User Picture]From: calliste
2001-12-10 06:21 am (UTC)
Hahahaha, I don't know what Blitzkrieg's gotta do with it but Faust is really a great story and at least Faust I is comprehensible. Faust II is cool, but totally confusing. In fact, when we read Faust II in my senior grade, I told my teacher in the end that Faust was schizophrenic and homicidal and I almost failed the class for it. Still... by being able to quote parts out of Faust, you could really impress us German chicks.
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[User Picture]From: diapholom
2001-12-10 12:17 pm (UTC)


"linger awhile, thou art so fair.."
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[User Picture]From: calliste
2001-12-10 12:22 pm (UTC)


*whispering under her breath*


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[User Picture]From: eva_b
2001-12-10 12:34 am (UTC)


I use TV as a "treat" I never watch it but on the weekends and/or on Thursdays if I think I have been good & productive all week.

TV is brain damage unless you watch news and documentaries. TV is more a threat than a treat!


PS: I'm always impressed with people who talk 3-4-5 languages. I took a private Spanish class and all I rememember of it is "NO COMPRENDE" because I never practiced with anyone when it was over.
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[User Picture]From: calliste
2001-12-10 07:33 am (UTC)
I guess one of the main reasons that I speak English well is that I never stop talking. Which can be very annoying for all the people surrounding me, too :)

Before I went to the US, I couldn't really speak English well and when I got there, I was really crushed to find out that my English apparently sucked, but it got better very quickly. Speaking and writing is the key to another language (I guess, even reading stuff in your own language). But also listening and reading (see, if you list reading, you should list listening with it, because they're both receptive, sort of)

You could also listen to German music (even if it isn't that great of a music, as I have to admit.. but there ARE a couple of bands that are pretty good) or watch German movies, or movies in German and hear the people speaking German. Best example: Lola Rennt. You have to get a feeling for the language... Either by going to that country or by trying to surround yourself with as much German as possible. You could meet with people that have been in Germany for a while (frischefische ... don't tell him I told you *grin* He speaks German perfectly (although he keeps claiming he couldn't speak it) Well I have not heard him but the stuff he writes is perfect colloquial German.

As for books: I came up with Wilhelm Busch and Erich K�stner. Wilhelm Busch wrote stories in poetry-form, but they're the best there is. He is the author of one of the most popular German children's stories: Max und Moritz. This doesn't mean his stuff is exclusively for children though. Erich K�stner wrote both children's books (and I have to admit I absolutely love them) and books for adults... never read them. If you like plays, read Friedrich D�rrenmatt, his comedies. They are awesome. Post WWII short stories: Heinrich B�ll. (I think it was WWII, I might be wrong though). The German version of James Fenimore Cooper (but not as good): Karl May.

As for English... there are so many books worth reading :) Like, William Gibson and Bruce Sterling - cyberpunk and the stuff that inspired the makers of Matrix to produce the Matrix. Read Douglas Adams for enjoying excellent science-fiction satire, or Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels if you want to read the best fantasy-pisstake ever. As a start, I would recommend Neil Gaiman's and Terry Pratchett's Good Omens though. Too bad I can't give you any of the books since sending them over would probably be more expensive than buying them over there. Great science-fiction is also a Polish author, Stanislaw Lem. In my opinion, he wrote the best science-fiction ever. If that isn't enough to read for the next half year (considering Terry Pratchett wrote 25 Discworld novels, haha) I can recommend you about 200% more. :)

Ouch, watching TV for such a long time is painful. We had a comedy show in my hometown and they were advertising with the quote: Fernsehen ist der Beweis daf�r, dass der Gehirntod nicht das Ende des Lebens ist.

I'll stop now. I'm talking way too much :)
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