October 8th, 2003

Amak Axver

Random observations

Very glad I stayed home today. I got to talk - as in verbally talk on AIM - to Lauren, which was very grand. One thing I have noticed is that 'real' Americans (as in those who I meet face-to-face or talk to on AIM or the phone) tend to have a more noticeable, stronger accent than 'TV/movie' Americans (as in Americans in movies and on TV shows, even just normal, everyday Americans who made the news for some reason). I find this interesting.

I sound like a Brit who's picked up an Aussie/Kiwi accent somewhere along the way, supposedly. This fascinates me. Probably my speech is a bit British, because I use some quite British words ('tally-ho' is very fun), and I do come from a family that, on most sides, traces back to some part of the British Isles at some point. Although the way I say 'six', 'seven', 'pen', and 'pin' instantly gives me away as a Kiwi. ('sucks', 'sivin/suvun', 'pin', and 'pun' according to some of my Australian classmates)

The cover of Time this week makes me sad. There's a picture of this little girl kissing her father, and in the background is a picture of her mother, who was killed at Bali. It's so sad. I don't know how these people who've lost relatives to terrorism - or ANYTHING - cope. I haven't opened the issue yet ... I sure hope there's some good news section, because I'm getting sick of sad and bad news. It's the anniversary of the Bali attacks on Sunday, so I guess I better prepare to hear more sad stuff about Bali ...

Tomorrow won't be fun. I don't want to go to Junior Council. DON'T, DON'T, DON'T. But I feel obligated to, and I should anyway. I'm peeved about missing Maths B. Well, this is a good and a bad thing. I don't enjoy the actual class, so I don't mind missing it for that reason. But we're doing some really important stuff, really starting to get into calculus, so I'd rather not miss that. Ah well, at least I don't miss Maths C, because that's at the end of the day. Seriously, sometimes I can't believe how advanced that subject is. By the end of grade ten, we were already doing stuff most people don't EVER do in high school or at least don't go into it in depth.

I was going to do study earlier today. Alas, I didn't. So I better do that either this afternoon or this evening. I was going to send a few e-mails today as well, but I haven't. I'm getting slack. Bad Andre. German and Modern History study ... how thrilling ...

U2 fast WAS going good. WAS. Then Lauren mentioned she was listening to Running To Stand Still, one of the most beautiful songs ever, and I really wanted to whack it on or go down and watch the even more beautiful live version on the Rattle And Hum video. But then we changed the topic and I got over it. So I'm coping.
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    'High Hopes' by Pink Floyd
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Additional stuff

I've been living in Australia for exactly six years as of today. I was going to write some terribly insightful and reflective piece to mark the occasion ... but no, I decided against it.

I'm sick of my computer freezing, especially when I'm in the middle of writing e-mails. When I go to write them again, I just don't feel like it because I know I've already written it. I get to thinking "What's the point? I've done this before!" and thus take forever to get around to actually doing another reply.

I am definitely not looking forward to tomorrow. It shan't be joyous and I really wish I could sleep right past it.

Patrick brought a book to school yesterday, "Politically Incorrect Jokes That Men Love". With the exception of Aaron and possibly Tom, I was the only person thoroughly disgusted with it. Crude does not equal funny. It was just ... perverted. And I had to have many of the jokes explained to me because I don't know - don't care to know - the modern terms for things. Considering the repulsion factor, I quite conveniently forgot these explanations. I sure hope Pat doesn't bring the book tomorrow, otherwise I'll be in for another day of crude humour.

That reminds me, I need to take Mostly Harmless to school tomorrow. Ben doesn't believe it exists. Hehe, this shall be fun to prove him wrong. So often he's wrong, but so often that's never pointed out or he won't accept he's wrong, and just keeps on thinking he's Mr Always Correct. I'm looking forward to waving Mostly Harmless in his face.

And my sincerest condolences to the people of California.
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    'Hear You Me' by Jimmy Eat World