Archive for March, 2011

Whither Weather?

Ugh. Rain. And snow coming. One to three inches.

May, and graduation, loom ever closer. I’m excited. And happy. And I want to cry.

Does that make any sense? Of course not. I know it’s silly. I’m studying and working like crazy to finish everything for graduation, and at the same time, I don’t want it to be finished. I can’t believe that my life will ever be like this again. But I guess you never know, it might be even better in ways that I haven’t imagined.

I know that there’s a world going on outside of Shadley, but lately I’ve barely had time to notice it. President Pasquerella sent a stern letter to the Governor of Maine, who had ordered a mural about labor history removed from the Maine Department of Labor. Our connection was that the mural included a picture of Francis Perkins, an MHC alumna who fought for workers’ rights. Of course, the Governor of Maine went right ahead and had the mural removed because the Department of Labor should be on the side of … who? That’s right, big business.

Anyway, back to Shadley at least until May. Someone said that life is what happens while you’re busy doing something else. So I guess this is life. It’s good. But sometimes you have to let go of things that you don’t want to let go. That’s the only way you can move on to other things when it’s time for you to do that.

Sorry, I know that probably sounds really morose. I’m about halfway through a homework assignment, and I’m enjoying it but I’m procrastinating a little about finishing it. Shouldn’t do that.

Have a great rest of the week! See you at the Dirty. 🙂

Copyright 2011 by Rinth de Shadley.


Stupid Pickup Lines

We went clubbing tonight but have an early-morning start so I’m in early.

No time to write much but I heard two amazingly stupid pickup lines tonight.

Hey, I’m not criticizing. Sometimes stupid works. If a guy is willing to make a fool of himself and risk almost certain rejection, it shows that he’s motivated.

Pickup line #1 was addressed to my friend Kris, not to me. If I posted a pic of us from tonight you would understand. When we’re out, she gets most of the attention. I’m okay with that. We aren’t usually interested in the same kinds of guys, so there’s no conflict.

Anyway, here’s the line: “You are two babes’ worth of sexy.”

Yeah, I told you it was stupid. The guy was okay though. And obviously motivated.

Pickup line #2 was a guy making a joke about how good he was in bed. At least, I think he was making a joke.

He said, “I know that I’m good in bed.” When I asked him how he knew, he said, “Because I’m always satisfied.” And then he grinned. And I laughed, it was kind of funny.

That guy wasn’t awful, either, but not worth canceling tomorrow morning’s plans.

How to Help Japanese Disaster Victims

After the earthquake, a devastating tsunami. Thousands are dead and many more are in danger.

We interrupt Spring Break for something much more important:

How can we help the victims of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdowns in Japan?

That horrible wave that engulfed mile after mile of Japan’s inland was one of the saddest and most terrifying things I’ve ever seen. It destroyed and submerged everything in its path, including human lives. People just like you and me. Adults and children. Good people and bad people. People at work, people on vacation, people who thought they were just driving to the store. Gone. Lives, hopes, futures snuffed out in an instant. Senseless and tragic.

Then, as if the earthquake and the wave weren’t enough, several of Japan’s nuclear power plants started to melt down, releasing deadly radioactive material into the atmosphere. That was even worse. Instead of a quick death from drowning or trauma, thousands of people will now suffer illness, debilitation, and cancer that develop over years and decades. They did not escape just by surviving the initial disaster. Now they have to watch themselves, and their children, always alert for long-term effects of the radiation from the nuclear power plants.

We should do three things.

First, we should pray for those who are still alive. Pray for their rescue and deliverance from danger.

Second, we should learn from what happened to them. None of us know if we will be alive tomorrow, or even five minutes from now. We should seize every moment of our lives, enjoy it, and use it the best way we can.

Third, we should (if we can) donate to help the victims of the disaster in Japan. The New York Times listed some legitimate charities that are providing disaster relief. I made my donation to Doctors Without Borders, but all the charities are trying to help.