January 7th 2011
The week has really shaped my thinking on many things, from how to "have fun" (especially with bowls) and how to be "involved on campus".
First Things first, what I did today: P90x –> Class –> Pines with Adam –> Class –> Price Center –> ICRA Exec Board Meeting (with Jason, Jorge, Cindy, Bijan –> Rashika, Geetha, Amul, Windi, & Nicole) –> Tzu Ching Orientation with Amul, Jessica, & Bijan [FREE Costco PIZZA & CHINESE NOODLES]–> Bowling & Yogurt Land with Amul, Alex, Rosario, Lauren, Matt Diamond, Jake, Tyler, Baby V. Payne & Julia (+2 of her friends whose names I forgot)
What really saddens me, although it was fun, I missed a trip to Phil’s San Marcos, and a reunion with Michelle Song, for the ICRA Exec Board meeting (mandatory), and for the Bowling Trip (which I couldn’t ditch because I technically planned it 1.5 weeks in advance -_-). I guess that teaches me to not plan things anymore that far in advance, and just to wait to see what happens. Sigh
What really pisses me off though, is ICRA. Although it’s fun and all (partially), I feel like the President doesn’t treat me with a ton of respect… and basically shoots down every single idea I have. I also feel like certain elements in the club would be better off being dismantled (i.e. retreat, the leadership series which nobody goes to, and upcoming retreat – which we were told a week in advance about instead of earlier -_-). Whatever, I’m over it. Next year, I don’t plan to stay in ICRA, although I’m glad I did this year because of the wonderful people I have met. ACCB/WTCC has proven itself this week to be more fun clubs, and having less "stupid stuff" involved.
The end of the day however were bowls of fun! I went bowling with a huge group of people (so sad that Katie & Kunal couldn’t join us), and then we had "bowls" of Yogurt at Yogurtland (my picture of the day also). Don’t you just love the way I put on that pun and used it as my title? Out of all the scores, I got third place with 107, only being beaten by Alex and Tyler, two other white people.
Furthermore, me and Julia had a Pokemon naming contest, in which she forfeited because she was unable to name anymore. She left shortly thereafter, and so did all of us.
Today, Senate Majority Harry Reid is predicting the demise of the Tea Party movement. "The Tea Party was born because of the economy," Reid said in an interview on NBC’s "Meet the Press" set to air Sunday. "The economy is probably the worst it’s ever been except for maybe the great depression. The Tea Party will disappear as soon as the economy gets better and the economy’s getting better all the time." Yeah, Okay. The Tea Party is alive and strong, and although the media keeps portraying the movie as a fringe movement born out of racism, it has some legitimate ideas and concerns that need to be addressed. WHY is it the government’s job to bail big companies out when they’re in debt? Why is the government doing favor for these people? The government must stay out of our lives. Thomas Paine himself said "That government is best which governs least."
On January 7th, 1953, President Harry Truman announced the U.S. had developed a hydrogen bomb (H-Bomb). He made this announcement in his final State of the Union Address. He also made a similar announcement three years prior the plans for this development. The decision to develop the H-Bomb was partially in reaction to the USSR’s decision to let off an atomic bomb in 1949. Though I’m against the actual usage of nuclear weapons for purely moral reasons, the justification for these weapons in the end kept us safe. The Soviet Union in having nukes, and the United States in having nukes, ensured one another they would never use them, because they themselves didn’t want to be destroyed by the other as retaliation to the dropping of a weapon.
P.S.: And the people bowed and prayed, to the neon god they made. And the sign flashed out its warning in the words that it was forming. And the sign said, "The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls and tenement halls" and whispered in the sounds of silence.