May 2002 Archives

I love how it is 7:30 in the evening here but it feels like 2 in the afternoon for me. That's because I got up at 12:30 this afternoon after a long night of pre-prom, prom, after-prom, after-after-prom, hotel lobby, car ride, etc.

It all started at 6:30 or so when, after thoroughly cleaning my car, I drove to the pre-prom party. There was very nice food there, and my non-driving colleagues seemed to be having fun ("Kai, I'm on my eighth champagne!") At 7:30 it was off to prom, and after getting lost in the parking garage, I finally made it.

Prom itself had a very happy atmosphere, although at times I just sat there pretty depressed, considering the fact that my high school is nearing its end. There must have been 30 pictures taken with me in them. Once I get them I'll add them.

When you are in the basement of a huge hotel you don't really notice what's going on outside. To everyone's surprise it was raining like hell out at 1:00 when prom was over. After a free shower, compliments of Mother Nature, we arrived at after-prom. After-prom was all right, but it was depressing. At around 3 (I think) a few of us decided to ditch after prom and go on tour of downtown. We went to an American Bar and sort of sat around for an hour until they kicked us out when they closed at 4.

Despite the fact that when we had gone on tour an hour earlier the raining had ceased, when we left this after-after-prom "party" it was raining like hell again. So a few of the few remaining of us went back to the hotel where prom had been and my car was still at. Then I drove five people home. Lots of fun. I finally got home at 5:45, and after watching all the video footage I had recorded at prom, I went to bed at 6:30. What a night!

What I haven't mentioned yet, and this is something I am pretty proud of is that I won two school spirit awards, one of which is awarded with &eur;1000 (about $900). My class chose one, and the student council awarded the other. I had no idea that I would win these, and the entire thing startled me beyond belief.

Beatles are Depressing

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I just came back from a choir concert at school... A whole concert of Beatles songs... I'm never listening to Beatles again! Damn, every one of those songs is so depressing!

1. You know how to spell "Baccalaureate".
2. You've convinced yourself that colleges actually care whether you're in IB or not.
3. You write sentences on multiple choice tests (see below).
4. You need FOUR extra sheets to "use extra sheet if necessary".
5. It rains and you carry your umbrella over your backpack instead of yourself.
6. "Due" date means "Do" date.
7. You'd go into severe spasms if you lost your day-planner.
8. You wonder if there are Cliffs Notes on your Calc book.
9. Pressed for time, you conclude your History essay with "And they lived happily ever after. Amen."
10. You worry about the 98% you have in Advanced Topics.
11. You've laminated your bio flash cards so you can use them in the shower.
12. You've memorized the cracks in the stucco on the wall behind your computer.
13. Who needs Flinstones vitamins when you've got speed?
14. You actually believe "mental health days" are excused absences.
15. You chat on Instant Messenger and say 'cause instead of cuz.
16. Brewing coffee takes to long, so you just eat the beans.
17. You think MTV is a formula for mass, temperature, and volume.
18. You gave up your search for a "nice university with a good curriculum" and you've now redefined your search to "a nice bell tower with a good mount for a sniper rifle".
19. You worry about hyphens.
20. You've mastered the art of procrastination so well that your research paper finishes printing just seconds before you have to leave for school.
21. You're watching Animal Planet and are convinced that the one antelope is a Christ figure.
22. You go into hysterics when you've missed two points on your homework.
23. You've developed an imprint of your backpack on your bag.
24. You think "getting high" is a reference to grades.
25. You point out all the historically innacurate mistakes in movies.
26. Your every day sayings include "Wow, I just pulled a Holden Caulfield".
27. Someone says "Mmm, apple pie. That's what America is all about." and you can come up with an argument that apple pie is really communistic.
28. You sleep more in class than you do at home.
29. You can type 60 words per minute on a TI-83.
30. You buy caffeinated water.
31. You've consulted tarot cards for hints on a History test.
32. You use CAS as an excuse to go and see "Jurrasic Park 3".
33. You have nicknames like "Zapata" and various other Mexican revolutionaries.*
34. You've never been to church - heck, you aren't even Christian - and you can make bibical references to PokÈmon.
35. The exclaimation "Symbolism like JESUS!" sends you into a fit of uncontrollable laughter.*
36. You can list all five definitions on vocabulary tests.
37. You finish your English essay shortly before midnight. Your smile of satisfaction fades when you remember you need to start on your History paper.
38. You forget what it's like to talk on the phone for...what's that
39. You skip lunch to cry/study in the bathroom.
40. You focus you WHOLE LIFE around the Group 4 project.
41. You accidently type "LOOL" instead of "LOL" in an IM conversation and explain it as "Laugh out ostentatiously loud".
42. *Ahem* You have end notes at the end of a list on your website.
43. Someone tells you to relax and you go into spasms - "Relax? RELAX?!?"
44. "It's a beautiful day outside to do that science experiment."
45. You go to school on the weekends and on national holidays to work with your extended essay coordinator.
46. "IB, therfore I B.S."
47. You can lead your way through a frog's instestines with your eyes closed.
48. You exceed the 4200 word limit on the Extended Essay.
49. It takes more than one trip to carry the books you need between your car and your locker.
50. You crash your calculator.
51. You skip school to do homework.
52. The word "ponder" induces hyperventilation.
53. You're American and you write everything using British spelling.

The third paper of my Chemistry exam was the most pathetically easiest thing ever. I finished after 30 minutes despite the fact that I had an hour and fifteen minutes. Now I'm just sticking around school to eat lunch in 20 minutes, after which I will go shopping for random prom stuff.

Exams were a Pain

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Yeah, so, my exams were a pain today. My German exam went pretty good, but my chemistry exam really, really, utterly, sucked! For some reason the damn IB thought it would be amusing to make today's exam 20 times harder than any of the practice exams (which are former exams) we did. Oh well, I don't really care. Tomorrow I got the third part of that wonderful exam. Thursday I end the damn struggle with the second part of the German exam.

As you can see I'm in a great mood again! In reality though, my mood is not really that bad. There's really not much more to write about. Good night!

I just came home from taking two IB exams. How they went Iëll talk about later. For now, enjoy the following:

Top 15 Reasons Why IB Sucks

15. IB backwards is BI.
14. The really smart people go to a math/science magnet school, such as Blair.
13. You'll end up dropping out after your [junior] year anyway.
12. I can't spell or pronounce Baccalaureate.
11. Damn IB Nerds!
10. [IB doesnët improve the teachers.]
9. You think you have no life now; just wait!
8. You think you have no self esteem now; just wait!
7. As long as we're still individuals, their work is not complete.
6. IB English.
5. Your GPA will drop considerably; even your weighted GPA.
4. The dreaded sixth subject.
3. IB exams.
2. [The literature.]
1. Two words: Extended Essay.

I don't know why, but for some reason I have been in a real depressed mood in the past few hours. I think I need some girls around! Then I just horribly hurt by backbone somehow. Damn, there have definitely been better Sundays.

That was bloody Sunday
It was followed by a blue blue Monday
And I'll never be the same again
I regret that day
It ruined my May
And I'll never be the same again

Hah, I just thought about the above lines from a song I wrote two years ago to the month.

Maybe TV can cheer me up... Hmmm Ton Loc is on MTV... with that 1989 song Funky Cold Medina. Nice, Nice, Nice! It's wonderful what a little TV can do to cheer you up.

Tomorrow I have two exams (see Events) that will be hell on my right arm. Today I couldn't even hold the phone since both my arms are hurting like hell as well.

Despite the fact that tomorrow is a catholic holiday, and no one has school in most parts of Europe, the damn IB still feels like making me drive up to school and write three papers.

My weekend wasn't all that bad. Friday was the first massive quarry event of the year, and I was there for a few hours. Then I went to a friend's house party for ten minutes (I came as everyone was leaving). Then I drove back up to the quarry but when I got to the community below it there were mad amounts of police and firefighters IDing people and putting out fires respectively. So I chickened out and drove home.

Last night I went to Billy's and hung out with the maybe ten people who went there. It was a pretty uneventful evening, but I don't care.

And before I realized it, I just wrote another page full of weblog material. Wonderful! I really hope I'm not sick or something, my legs are like quivering as I type. Scary...