today i was in my film class, listening to a lecture on the film devil in a blue dress. while examining the movie's locales, the professor jotted down the various sections of los angeles where the action took place (south central, watts, compton, etc.) and as i nodded along to these recognizable areas, i suddenly realized that the only reason i'm familiar with any of south los angeles' geography is because of dr. dre and ice cube songs.
posted by luke at 10:24 AM
today i found out that i am a 'nominee' for two chrw awards (kaarlo koskiala outstanding live sports commentary and elliotte friedman outstanding live sports new volunteer of the year), which was rather surprising, given the fact that i wasn't even sure they knew who i was up until this point.
posted by luke at 12:04 PM
today i set my alarm for 5:55 am in order to be awake for and witness the first pitch of baseball's opening day in japan. while my original intent was to watch the whole game, by the fifth inning (about 7:40 am), the game was dragging and my desire to go back to bed was too strong, and i eventually succumbed, only to wake up a few hours later to discover that i'd missed a ninth inning comeback and extra inning victory, and had ultimately watched the wrong half of the game.
posted by luke at 6:55 PM
today i had a dream at approximately 6:30 am that i was hanging out in a hotel room (mine) with the door open, when suddenly a stranger with bad intentions walked in. as he approached me and it became clear that he was planning on robbing me and perhaps physically harming me as well, i tried to yell at him, but only muffled noises came out, as tends to happen in dreams. finally, when he was little more than a step or two away, i simultaneously woke up and yelled "GET OUT OF HERE!!" at the same time, resulting in my yelling those words in the dark of my very silent house, leaving me a little embarrassed, even if no one heard it.
posted by luke at 8:20 PM
today i was at my grandparents house and was thinking about taking and eating a candy from a bowl of small wrapped candies in their living room. my grandfather, however, advised against it, suggesting that they were subpar sweets made by "the koreans" and that my grandparents reserved them for guests they "didn't like."
posted by luke at 7:24 PM
today i didn't set my alarm to get myself up in time for a 10:45 am fantasy baseball draft, relying instead on my internal clock to wake me up with plenty of time to spare. while this did, in fact, happen, the stress of responsibility placed on my unconscious led to my having two draft-related nightmares while still asleep; one where i woke up too late and another where i accidentally picked the wrong player in the first round.
posted by luke at 6:19 PM
today i was moving up a little closer to the stage at a tokyo police club show, minutes before they started playing, when an uppity trick tapped me on the shoulder and informed me that i couldn't stand where i was. "oh how come?" i asked amicably, to which she replied that that was her space, so i ought to either keep moving up or move back to where i came from. in retrospect, i wish i'd responded with a retort like "yo personal space just got isself a new tenant, girl," but in actuality i smiled and nodded, turned back around, and continued to stand there.
posted by luke at 11:11 AM
today i had a remarkably vivid dream in which patches of my hair began to fall out. i was able to push the remaining hair entirely to one side of my head and gain an eye-opening perspective on what i'd look like were i totally bald. i never want to be bald.
posted by luke at 11:10 AM
today i went out for dinner with my grandparents, for my grandfather's 86th birthday. we went to a nice restaurant and i ordered a rack of lamb. after pouring some mint sauce on the lamb, i went to close the bottle back up and twisted the cap a little too tightly, cracking it. "oops," i muttered, "i just broke that!" the sauce was then passed down to my grandfather at the other end of the table, who hadn't witnessed or overheard anything just happened and promptly proceeded to give the sauce a shake. due to the crack in the cap, it wasn't sealed properly and mint sauce went everywhere, mainly all over my mother, sitting next to him.
posted by luke at 11:34 AM
today i fought through a ridiculous crowd at stobie's with a couple of friends at approximately 2:30 am. we ended up coming out of it with an entire pizza (and then some!), leading to a walk down richmond row with a pizza box that drew an unprecedented amount of attention, vaguely reminiscent of that one arby's ad.
posted by luke at 8:41 PM
today i took the bus to meet a friend at the mall. not needing anything for school, i didn't bring a backpack, and the weather being six degrees, i eschewed my coat as well. this left me feeling so odd and under-equipped that i eventually decided to bring a novel to start reading on the bus and to carry around for the whole afternoon, just so i didn't feel so naked.
posted by luke at 6:44 PM
today i was taking the bus home at approximately 8:00 pm when a girl woozily rang the bell to get off. she stumbled out the door and appeared to dry heave, or possibly vomit (i couldn't see!) on the sidewalk for 15 seconds before getting back on the bus, making sure the entire time not to take off her sunglasses.
posted by luke at 7:05 PM
today i decided, as i began to watch the raptors game on tv, that i needed a snack. i quickly narrowed down my choices to two options: a leftover salad from dinner or a bag of chips. feeling like i needed to be making healthy eating options, i went for the salad, then promptly finished it within 10 minutes and ate the bag of chips as well.
posted by luke at 12:06 AM
today i was walking through campus on my way to class when i noticed that i felt unusually cool and attractive, significantly more so than normal. following the two-hour class, the sensation had subsided, and it left me wishing that i hadn't gone to class as early as i did, but rather walked around aimlessly for a few extra minutes while the feeling lasted.
posted by luke at 4:36 PM
today i watched approximately 10 minutes of an episode of friday night lights (all the nighttime scenes) on my computer with my arm tactically positioned above my head, in order to block out the sunlight that my window's fake curtains (specifically shaped pieces of cardboard) weren't entirely successful in keeping out.
posted by luke at 7:01 PM
today i was eating dinner with my family when the subject of spam e-mails came up. my mother bemoaned the fact that she got practically "15 a day" about penis enlargement, to which my dad responded that he never gets any of those. "maybe i should send some of them to you!" my mother threatened. her intention was merely to suggest that he ought to get junk mail to see how he likes it, but, given the specific topic of the spam she'd mentioned, that wasn't how it came off.
posted by luke at 2:17 PM
today i woke up at 8:00 am and got tired by 11:00 pm on a day when i had virtually no obligations or appointments. fearing that my body was attempting to forcibly alter the sleeping habits i've become so accustomed to, i resolutely decided to stay awake past 11:00 to resist this change. sadly, i only made it to 11:30. i am 70 years old.
posted by luke at 9:38 AM
today i got off the bus at my transfer point and noticed i still had 20 minutes to wait for the bus that would take me home, so i decided to stop in at wendy's to use the bathroom. i took position at a urinal and began doing my business when i suddenly became aware of an old man sitting in the stall behind me doing a number two with the door wide open. "i left the door open because..." he started, before mumbling a slew of indecipherable words, prompting me to mumble "no problem," rush my pee, and hurriedly wash my hands without ever looking back. i have never wanted to leave a bathroom so badly.
posted by luke at 8:16 AM
today i woke up after crashing on a couch downtown and went outside to my car to drive home. the scene outside represented something of a winter wonderland from hell, and my car was caked with about a foot of snow, on top of a layer of ice. it took as long to brush and scrape the car to get it into driving shape as it usually does to drive home.
posted by luke at 3:17 PM
today i had a major essay was due at the start of a class, and chuckled when multiple students came in only to drop the essay off and then immediately left, including one who told the prof, "i'd love to stay... but i have to sleep." five minutes into the class's lecture, i was wishing i'd done the same.
posted by luke at 5:49 PM
today i cited joseph conrad's the nigger of 'narcissus' in an essay in which i also discussed conrad's heart of darkness. unable to just cite the text using "conrad" since i was discussing more than one of his works, i nearly used the word "nigger" to cite the former text before deciding that maybe that wasn't the best idea, and that "narcissus" would probably be a better identifying word.
posted by luke at 12:17 PM
today i did the following things: started up an online scrabble tournament, read a very very lengthy theory that attempted to explain the mysteries of lost, and went another day without accomplishing much on an important essay due tuesday. immediately afterwards, i dreamed: that someone flooded me with scrabulous game requests, attempting to make me lose focus on the important tournament game; that 75% of the characters on lost were killed in some sort of mass extermination; nothing about my essay. i worry it really revealed where my unconscious priorities lie.
posted by luke at 11:52 AM
today i was talking to my brother when he mentioned that he wanted to buy some cords. "ahhh, the old corduroys!" i said, to which he replied: "oh is that what it's short for?" incredulous at this reaction, i decided to have some fun with it, and exclaimed: "you probably don't even know what jeans are short for!" i continued this charade for another minute or so, leaving him unsure of whether i was putting him or not. when he finally asked what jeans were short for, i answered excitedly: "so that you won't step on them while you walk!!!" it was either my best or worst joke in months.
posted by luke at 12:10 PM