But before my tales of joy in the midst of awful heat, a rant. James needed to use a computer today, and seeing Robby's one is at the shop, Mum let him get on mine. I'm not impressed. I feel intruded upon and violated, really. There is a very clear rule that NO-ONE uses my computer without my permission, and if they do get such permission, they also get supervision. By ME. I don't trust anyone on my computer, and I don't want my LJ to be found or any of my settings to be messed with. I'm so pissed off Mum let him use my computer. My room is off-limits to anyone and everyone. James already searched through all my books and other stuff before I moved in, which I feel was a massive invasion of privacy, so this is starting to tick me off. LEAVE MY STUFF ALONE. DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT ENTER MY ROOM FOR ANY REASON WHATSOEVER. I guard my space and my privacy with a raging bloody passion.
But off that for now. I'm in such an incredible mood, one that is so out of character for me it's not funny. The last two weeks have been so bloody amazing and I love it. I had an awesome birthday on which I got some awesome stuff, all the other days around then were pretty much awesome, and today ... it was too good to be the first day back, really. I decided to wear the formal uniform, blazer and all, which in hindsight was a bad move. It was terribly hot today, and I dehydrated so bad, not to mention the fact that I was sweating and melting like it was going out of fashion. But not even that could hinder my good mood. I'd obviously got up on the right side of the bed, and my timetable is simply PERFECT. I wanted Robbo for Maths B and Queenie for Maths C, never expecting to get it ... BUT I DID! Then I got myself out of the Swimming Carnival and can come home early on Fridays, got my locker swapped to a very good one I like, and now am on my way to getting my year-long sports exemption. And everything else just went swimmingly. I'm so happy with today. I do have some new teacher for English and Geography that I haven't met, and they damn well better be good because on Wednesday morning, I'm stuck with them for nearly two hours. And ha, it's in D1 instead of the Geography room, which annoyed me until I realised D1 has the comfy soft chairs and the fun swivel chairs.
At the start of today, my year level co-ordinator - again, couldn't have asked for a better person, I'm so pleased - told us we only have 172 days left, so make that 171. Wow. Time flies by. Tomorrow I'll probably go see the careers advisor to talk about university and job prospects with them. I'm seriously considering journalism again, though I would love to be a theology professor. Now I've got home to the news that some bootlegs I traded for are being sent to me, and we got some lovely gellati that cooled me down from the heat ... this is just going so well. So many little things and a good mood are combining to make me really, really happy, and not even the bad things of horrid heat, a storm rolling in, and boring assemblies today can possibly ruin it. Life is GOOD, people, life is gooood. Celebrate. Thanks God. I would read out the rest of my list of acknowledgements, but it's boring and sappy and sentimental and thoroughly nonexistent, just making for a sentence I find amusing because I'm hyper and just about anything's fun, amusing, or exciting. Hooray!
For once, I love my life. You all are invited to my place for lasagne, gellati, some natural fireworks, and lots of U2.
--- 9:13pm ---
Oh yes. Went to the laptop shop after school, and there's one laptop I have my eye on, but I'm really not sure. The price is just a bit much, even though it's secondhand, and I really don't want to spend my money. Maybe I'll hold off, I don't know. Really need to give it some thought. The guy at the shop was rather helpful and friendly and offered to reduce the price, but even with that reduction it's a bit much. Maybe I'll see if Dad will pitch in ... I've still got to study the specifics, I want to make sure I can hook it up to my router so that I can transfer files between it and my normal computer without need for floppies or anything complex for larger files.
Gloria, 14 December 1982 is amazing. Bono just keeps on repeating "It's your heart and soul" (or something like that) in a really haunting, beautiful manner during the riff, after "Oh Lord, if I had anything, anything at all, I'd give it to You." The best of Gloria: 14 December 1982, Copenhagen; 5 June 1983, Red Rocks; 29 April 1987, Chicago; and 26 December 1989, Dublin. Any of you who have heard Wire live probably know about the strange vocal noise Bono makes during it (the best typed version of it I can do is 'raaa-koo!'), which I initially thought very weird but now find very cool. Well, he does that at the start of Exit, 29 April 1987, and that just adds to the song. Rock's Hottest Ticket is an awesome bootleg, shame I only have it in mp3. Though everyone has it so I really wouldn't have much chance to trade it anyway and I see no difference with mp3, so I'm not that bothered.
Do I have homework tonight? Don't think so. Hope not. Don't want to ruin such a great day. If the first day can be taken as a sign of how this year's going to go, I'm going to have a bloody amazing year. Poor Jamie will have a terrible one, though; nothing went right for him, especially not with getting the teachers he wanted. I bet I'll hear a lot of complaining from him about various teachers this year ... he can't even swap around his classes because the only options available mean he ends up with other teachers he dislikes even more. Poor sod. Everyone else seemed pretty pleased, though.
I must say, one weird thing was that it felt like we hadn't really been away at all. When I got back, it was just like after the weekend. I didn't notice much of a difference at all, it didn't really feel like a new year. I suppose that's a good thing really, because I'm not dragging myself out of holiday mode, everything's already feeling quite nice and natural.
Life is good, folks. Life is good.
--- 9:59pm ---
My name is: André, better known to some as Axver.
I may seem: U2 fanatical.
But I am: academic, intellectual, and seriously U2 fanatical.
People who know me think I am: an intellectual obsessed with U2.
If you knew me you'd probably: wish I'd shut up about U2 or theology.
Sometimes I feel: I need to listen to more U2 and do more work on my novel.
My days are pretty: lazy.
In the morning I: go back to sleep.
In school I: learn stuff I already know.
I like to sleep: when it's dark.
If I could be doing anything right now I would: be spending time with my two best friends at a U2 concert where they play 11 O'clock Tick Tock twice.
Money: is something I need more of, and soon.
One thing I wish I had is: my two best friends here with me (and by 'here', I mean that U2's just moved in with me).
One thing I have that I wish I didn't is: that evil Pokemon movie soundtrack that I'm too stingy to break because I want money for it.
All you need is: U2. All I want is Yooouuuu ... all I need is Yoooouuuuu ... *suddenly breaks into the rendition of All I Want Is You merging into Where The Streets Have No Name that's on the U2 live at Slane DVD* ... Yoooooooouuuuuuuuu .... ooooooooaaaaaoooooo ...
All I need is: See previous question.
If I had one wish it would be: to have infinite wishes.
When I look in the mirror I see: me, remarkably.
Love is: a rare commodity people need more of.
My body is: human.
If an angel flew into my window at night I would: make sure it's alive, then ensure it's an angel of light and have a good talk.
If a demon flew into my window I would: Ensure it's dead and study it.
If I could see one person right now it would be: Lauren, because she lives far too far away, unlike Sam who I saw at school a few hours ago.
Something I want but I don't really need is: more U2 concerts.
Something I need but I don't really want is: ... probably a few things.
I live for: U2 and You.
I'd die for: U2. Seriously, there is a U2 bootleg by that name.
I dare you to: be my slave.
I am afraid of: going blind and fruit stickers.
It makes me angry that: people expect me to give a short answer for this rather than a thesis outlining just a few things I hate.
During the day, I dream about_: you explaining why you have that random underscore there.
At night, I dream about_: stuff I rarely remember, and why you use random underscores.
Are you double jointed? Yes indeed.
Can you raise one eyebrow at a time? Don't think so, never really cared to try.
Can you blow spit bubbles? I used to love doing that when I was younger, heh.
Can you cross your eyes? Yeah.
Piercings and where?: No.
Do you make your bed daily? Of course not.
Which shoe goes on first? Whichever.
Speaking of shoes, have you ever thrown one at anyone? Haha, funny memories from Drama there.
On the average, how much money do you carry in your purse/wallet? However much I have, which can change rapidly or simply be nonexistent.
What jewelry do you wear 24/7? Does my watch count?
Favorite Piece of Clothing: My New Zealand All Blacks shirt.
Pajamas: Boxers and one of my two penguin shirts.
Do you twirl your spaghetti or cut it? People cut it?
Have you ever eaten Spam? No.
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Chocolate, pineapple, peach, boysenberry ...
How many cereals in your cabinet? Whatever everyone else has; I eat toast.
What's your favorite beverage? My soft drink mixes.
What's your favorite restaurant? Does Goldstein's Bakery count?
Do you cook? Sometimes. Rarely.
How often do you brush your teeth? Once a day, twice if I remember.
How often do you shower/bathe? That can really depend.
How long does your shower last? Put it this way: when I head off to the shower, Mum yells out "See you in half an hour ... maybe later."
Hair drying method: That's what towels are for ...
Have you ever colored/highlighted your hair? Yes. Had blue-black tips and completely dyed it blue. Fun.
Do you paint your nails? I'm a guy, so NO.
Do you swear? When it's necessary.
Do you ever spit? Sometimes when I'm out walking. Not often.
Last car ride: Home from school ... well, the laptop shop.
Last kiss: My Mum at some point within the last 24 hours.
Last good cry: Not sure.
Last library book checked out: Not sure.
Last movie seen: LotR:RotK.
Last book read: I'm current reading Cardinal Of The Kremlin by Tom Clancy.
Last cuss word uttered: Not sure. Probably the one referring to an illegitimate child.
Last beverage drank: Lemonade.
Last food consumed: Lasange ... mmmm ...
Last crush: That ant over there. It was crushed by a tissue.
Last phone call: Think it was my Mum yesterday from work.
Last TV show watched: Fawlty Towers.
Last time showered: Yesterday night.
Last shoes worn: My good black school shoes.
Last CD played: My U2 Unauthorised Live Volume 4 woke me this morning.
Last item bought: No idea.
Last downloaded: I'm downloading U2, The Complete Boston Tapes '83 right now, and if I get time, I'll go on to Wake Up Dead Perth '98.
Last annoyance: My Internet being silly when I restarted my computer.
Last disappointment: Um ... the world in general.
Last soda drank: Lemonade.
Last thing written: some notes during class today.
Last key used: My bedroom door key.
Last words spoken: U2. I just said that for the purposes of this question.
Last IM: I'm talking to two people right now.
Last Ice Cream eaten: Does the delightful gellati I had this afternoon count?
Last time amused: Fawlty Towers this evening. That show is a crackup.
Last time wanting to die: Erm ...
Last time in love: I'm currently in love with this wonderful concert.
Last time hugged: Mum, sometime within the last 24 hours.
Last time resentful: Often.
Last chair sat in: My lovely computer chair.
Last lipstick used: I'm a GUY. Sheesh.
Last underwear worn: You assume I don't have any on now?
Last time dancing: Does what I do to U2 count?
Last poster looked at: Um ...
Last web page visited: I have a number open right now.
1 MINUTE AGO: I began downloading a new song from this concert.
1 HOUR AGO: I was wasting time online.
1 DAY AGO: I was finishing my summer break.
1 WEEK AGO: I was lazing away my summer break.
1 YEAR AGO: I was lazing away that summer break.
I HURT: when people shoot me. Which hasn't happened, I just assume it would.
I LOVE: U2, my friends.
I HATE: Pop and rap 'music'.
I FEAR: blindness.
I HOPE: for many things.
I FEEL: my keyboard.
I HIDE: my LiveJournal from my family.
I DRIVE: probably into trees. Vision's too poor to drive.
I MISS: certain people. They know who they are.
I NEED: U2, my friends, my faith, God, some other stuff.
I THINK: deeply.
Life really is good. OK, so I'm just really happy today.