Today we had a presentation in year level assembly to do with driving, getting one's license, insurance, and such. I thoroughly wasted my time there seeing I'll never be able to drive and I don't see why I had to go. But ... I don't see why people make such a big deal out of driving anyway. It's like when people make a big deal out of getting a tan. Maybe it's because I'm albino, but I honestly do not see the point in getting a tan. Can somebody tell me? Looks like a stupid waste of time to me.
Speaking of stupid wastes of time: teenage relationships. Wow, that was so unpredictable of me to say! A lot of people don't wish to believe me, but they ARE. If you're not planning on marriage, why waste your time with a relationship that's going to end (most likely with hurt and heartbreak) when you could instead form a lifelong, solid friendship? Am I the only person who sees the logic in that, or am I totally missing the point somewhere?
Anyway, I never anticipated that detour. Today I made some major decisions. Jamie and I were talking at lunch after everyone else vanished from us, and we got onto what we're going to do with our lives. We were discussing how I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with my life, so we headed off to see the careers advisor as study began (for the bell had rung), and he was glad to see me, so we sat down and had a very good talk. Most enlightening, and now I have a general idea of what I'm going to do at the end of this year.
Going to university in Queensland is obviously the most convenient, and because, with our OP, we get equivalents in other states, I can go straight into a university anywhere in Australia no problems. I've been toying with studying overseas, but that will be more complex and involves a number of exams, not to mention the obvious of figuring out where to go, where to live, how to earn money to survive, and the like. So I'm going to complete my education here in Queensland - probably at the University of Queensland - and then get myself out of this country. UQ's supposed to be the most internationally recognised name out of all the ones in this state, so if I plan on living and working outside Australia, it's the best bet. Furthermore, once I finish university and if I decide to live overseas, I'll have my qualifications, I don't need any conversions or anything, so things will be FAR easier.
What am I going to study? Something along journalistic lines. While I've been very uncertain of late, the advisor managed to quite easily pick up that writing, particularly journalism, was the thing I should aim for and gave me a few tips about how things work here. I was quite happy with that, so it looks like I'm going to study some form of journalism at UQ. Then I'll leave this country.
Honestly, I don't like it here on the Gold Coast any more. It's getting too big, and ... I just don't want to live here any more. I want to go elsewhere. Mum had to get petrol so we took an alternate way home, and talk about a traffic nightmare! It's terrible. I'm not a city person. I'd be far happier living in some small town with only a few thousand people. Maybe a bit more. Enough to have a movie theatre and a set of traffic lights or two. Then I'd feel like I'm in civilisation, but it'd be nice and small and likeable. Australia holds no fascination for me any more. New Zealand I'll always love, and I at least want to go to America for a holiday to see all of my friends there, but Australia ... firstly, they can't seem to acknowledge the superiority of the All Blacks, and secondly (and seriously) I'm just ... I don't feel like living here much longer. So yeah, goodbye Australia. Maybe I'll write a persuasive feature article on why the All Blacks are so much better than the Wallabies some day, just for you.
Hmm, this entry took a remarkable length of time to write. Maybe because of the dinner in the middle. Yes. That was a really irrelevant comment.
--- 9:48pm ---
One thing I managed to forget to mention is my adventures with the alarm clock. I was saying how I love sunrises to sblood last night, and she challenged me to get up early this morning and enjoy it. After all, it was early enough that I'd get a good night's sleep. Well, I was going to get up at 5am, but then I decided on 5:45 after I got caught up reading and time went by a bit too fast. I thought it was a reasonable time and still nice and early. But when 5:45 came, my alarm went off ... I woke up, a bit ... I acknowledged it was morning ... and rolled over and went back to sleep. I enjoyed the extra hour and fifteen minutes and got up at normal time after a refreshing and longer-than-normal night's sleep. Hah! Maybe tomorrow I'll be up with the sun ... or maybe not.
Mothers Of The Disappeared from 12 December 1987, Hampton is simply AWESOME. Bow to the awesomeness. I wish I could understand Spanish so I could decipher what Bono's singing at one point ... or is it just Bongoliese? Sometimes he quotes some traditional Spanish song, but ... no, this time he's just singing, I think. I've caught English words. Maybe he's mixing the two ...? I think so. Oh, I don't know. Decide on a language, Bono!
Warning: there is a high likelihood of a rant on driving tomorrow. Who here feels seventeen is too young an age to be driving at?
--- 10:55pm ---
Ever wondered what the best live performances of various U2 songs are? Have your questions answered now!
U2: The Best Of, Live
Boy era (Boy CD, b-sides, and non-album singles)
I Will Follow: 13 December 1981, Lido Beach
Twilight: 5 June 1983, Denver
An Cat Dubh: 5 June 1983, Denver
Into The Heart: 5 June 1983, Denver
Out Of Control: 17 March 1982, New York
Stories For Boys: 15 January 1980, RTE Show, Irish TV
The Ocean: 4 November 1981, Berlin
A Day Without Me: 28 February 1983, Edinburgh (actually, I really have no favourite, that one just popped into my mind)
Another Time, Another Place: No preference
The Electric Co.: 20 August 1980, St. Goarshaussen
Shadows And Tall Trees: 27 July 1980, Leixlip Castle
Boy/Girl: 15 March 1981, Reseda
Touch: 6 March 1981, Boston
Things To Make And Do: 23 January 1981, Belfast
Another Day: 27 July 1980, Leixlip Castle
11 O'clock Tick Tock: 5 June 1983, Denver
Gloria: 21 November 1984, Dortmund and a number of other UF and JT performances
I Fall Down: 5 June 1983, Denver
I Threw A Brick Through A Window: 5 June 1983, Denver
Rejoice: No preference
Fire: 1 December 1981, Atlanta
Tomorrow: 17 March 1982, New York
October: No preference
With A Shout (Jerusalem): 23 August 1981, London
Stranger In A Strange Land: Never played
Scarlet: Only played once, I've never heard it
Is That All?: Never played, but part of it is utilised in The Cry (the opener to most performances of The Electric Co.)
War era (War CD and non-album songs)
Sunday Bloody Sunday: 8 November 1987, Denver
Seconds: 15 November 1984, London
New Year's Day: 31 December 1989, Dublin
Like A Song ...: Only played once at Dundee, 26 February 1983, and it's good
Drowning Man: Never played
The Refugee: Never played
Two Hearts Beat As One: No preference
Red Light: Never played
Surrender: 6 December 1982, London
40: 5 February 1985, Bologna
A Celebration: 6 December 1982, London and 7 August 1982, Roskilde
Trash, Trampoline, And The Party Girl: 5 June 1983, Denver
The Unforgettable Fire
A Sort Of Homecoming: 5 February 1985, Bologna
Pride (In The Name Of Love): 31 August 1984, Wellington
Wire: 5 February 1985, Bologna
The Unforgettable Fire: Unsure, something from JT tour
Promenade: Never played
4th Of July: Never played
Bad: 8 November 1987, Denver
Indian Summer Sky: 23 October 1984, Nantes (I think it is)
Elvis Presley And America: Never played
MLK: 3 February 2002, New Orleans
The Joshua Tree --> Rattle And Hum era (JT and RAH CDs and other miscellaneous stuff)
Where The Streets Have No Name: No preference
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For: 28 September 1987, New York
With Or Without You: 22 April 1987, Los Angeles; 5 March 1992, Atlanta
Bullet The Blue Sky: 5 March 1992, Atlanta
Running To Stand Still: Any ZooTV performance
Red Hill Mining Town: Never played
In God's Country: 7 November 1987, Denver
Trip Through Your Wires: No preference
One Tree Hill: 26 December 1989, Dublin
Exit: Too many good ones! 9 October 1987, Syracuse, I think I'll say
Mothers Of The Disappeared: 12 December 1987, Hampton; 11 February 1998, Santiago
Helter Skelter: 29 September 1987, New York
Van Diemen's Land: 4 November 1989, Christchurch
Desire: 20 November 1989, Sydney
Hawkmoon 269: 18 November 1989, Sydney
All Along The Watchtower: 20 November 1989, Sydney
Silver And Gold: No preference
Angel Of Harlem: 1 September 2001, Slane
Love Rescue Me: 20 November 1989, Sydney
When Love Comes To Town: The JT performance at Fort Worth (forgotten the date)
Heartland: NEVER PLAYED! HOW COULD THEY NOT DO THIS GEM?
God Part II: No preference
All I Want Is You: Hmm ... tough one. 20 November 1989, Sydney and 1 September 2001, Slane are two I am fond of
Womanfish: Played once on Irish TV in 1986, very enjoyable
People Get Ready: 8 December 1987, Atlanta
Help: 29 September 1987, New York
Zoo Station: 5 March 1992, Atlanta
Even Better Than The Real Thing: 23 September 1997, Sarajevo
One: 23 September 1997, Sarajevo
Until The End Of The World: 16 August 1992, Washington DC
Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses: 5 March 1992, Atlanta
So Cruel: No preference
The Fly: 29 March 2001, Charlotte
Mysterious Ways: 23 September 1997, Sarajevo and 1 September 2001, Slane
Trip Through Your Wires: 27 November 1993, Sydney
Ultra Violet (Light My Way): No preference
Acrobat: Never played ... well it was, sort of, on the Hershey Tapes, sometime in early August 1992, and that's good
Love Is Blindness: 5 March 1992, Atlanta
Zooropa: No preference
Babyface: No preference
Numb: 28 August 1993, Dublin
Lemon: 27 November 1993, Sydney
Stay (Faraway, So Close!): No preference
Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car: 27 November 1993, Sydney
Some Days Are Better Than Others: Never played
The First Time: Never played
Dirty Day: No preference
The Wanderer: Never played
Pop-era (Pop CD and a couple of other tunes)
Miss Sarajevo: Pavarotti's 1995 War Child concert
North And South Of The River: Omagh Tribute in 1998
Discotheque: 23 SEPTEMBER 1997, SARAJEVO!
Do You Feel Loved?: 25 April 1997, Las Vegas
Mofo: 23 SEPTEMBER 1997, SARAJEVO!
If God Will Send His Angels: 25 April 1997, Las Vegas (or was the show on the 24th? Memory blank, argh)
Staring At The Sun: the Las Vegas show, because it's the only full band version I have (my distaste for the acoustic set is well-known)
Last Night On Earth: Hmmm ... 3 December 1997, Mexico City perhaps?
Gone: When in doubt, pick Sarajevo!
Miami: 3 May 1997, Salt Lake City
The Playboy Mansion: Never played
If You Wear That Velvet Dress: No preference
Please: 23 SEPTEMBER 1997, SARAJEVO!
Wake Up Dead Man: 17 February 1998, Perth
I don't have enough of an opinion on the ATYCLB songs to rank them, really. I felt a lot of the live performances were REALLY similar, and that's the one thing I dislike about Elevation - sure, the setlists varied a bit, but I have trouble picking standout performances of each song. They're all good, but none's leaping out and smacking me in the face as the best. One could argue both sides of a debate for this being a good or bad thing.
--- 11:28pm ---
ShockhorrorgaspHOORAY. My scanner works again! Here I was, thinking there was some major mechanical fault, and all I needed to do was download a patch. Ha! Now I need to get some photos developed, notably the one of me half asleep with blue hair.