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Old 03-15-2008, 11:24 AM   #586
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I certainly understand how America can seem bizarre in some aspects, but then again most countries seem bizarre to others in some ways.

As much as America fucks up some shit, there are a lot of good things about it. And I'm not leaving, all my family and friends are here, so I just have to deal.
It's not that it seems bizarre, but that it seems to do things wrong, to ruin things, and so forth. I mean, why even touch the spelling of English? I wish one day I could decipher my reaction to America properly. I never used to be negative towards it. In fact, I was pretty pro-American until I got online. Surprising, I know.
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That's cool. No plans for when she rocks back home? Y'know, start with hanging out more and see where it goes from there, sorta thing?
Yeah, I plan on trying to make some plans with her, but, you know, it's easier said than done. We've never hung out too much outside of school, so it'll be interesting to see if that starts happening more frequently. If it does, I think it's a good sign.
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1. I took a year off.
2. Only a couple of people from my school went to university in Brisbane, let alone at UQ. I heard one or two were at UQ but I never saw them. Everybody else stayed at the hick unis on the Gold Coast.
3. NONE of my friends went straight to uni. There was a group of four of us, myself included. Sam tried to join the Air Force, then did odd jobs and is now starting uni this year. Aaron's done non-uni tertiary courses and isn't quite clear on where he's going. Jamie spent a year in England and then went to Toowoomba because it was the only uni he could get into.
4. I then moved to Melbourne.
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Trust me, I sympathise with you heaps. It's the opposite for me with friends from high school going to uni, except they now all mostly ignore me having made friends of their own and discovering girls.
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Yeah, I plan on trying to make some plans with her, but, you know, it's easier said than done. We've never hung out too much outside of school, so it'll be interesting to see if that starts happening more frequently. If it does, I think it's a good sign.
I guess the hard thing then will be putting it to her in a not-very-mildly-suspicious way that you want to hang out, but don't necessarily want to hop into a relationship.
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It's not that it seems bizarre, but that it seems to do things wrong, to ruin things, and so forth. I mean, why even touch the spelling of English? I wish one day I could decipher my reaction to America properly. I never used to be negative towards it. In fact, I was pretty pro-American until I got online. Surprising, I know.
The spelling of English thing is from hundreds of years ago.

I think America, as of recently, has fucked a lot of shit up, you know, with Iraq, with burning a lot of bridges, etc. I think of the southern US seceded from the northern US, everyone would be happier.
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I think America, as of recently, has fucked a lot of shit up, you know, with Iraq, with burning a lot of bridges, etc. I think of the southern US seceded from the northern US, everyone would be happier.
That would be made of SuperWin, yes. It'd also be quite hilarious.
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In a totally not-funny-at-all-way,

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Trust me, I sympathise with you heaps. It's the opposite for me with friends from high school going to uni, except they now all mostly ignore me having made friends of their own and discovering girls.
Ugh, I hate it when that happens. I really value Jamie's friendship; despite all our time apart, we're closer friends now than we've ever been and we both go to great effort to see each other. Sam, however ... he was a seriously close friend once, but now he seems far more interested in his church group. What's that I smell, another feel-good mission trip?
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The spelling of English thing is from hundreds of years ago.

I think America, as of recently, has fucked a lot of shit up, you know, with Iraq, with burning a lot of bridges, etc. I think of the southern US seceded from the northern US, everyone would be happier.
Eh, I still maintain you guys royally fucked up there. It's called the Oxford English Dictionary, and until 1993 when they decided -ize should have the same standing as -ise, it told you everything you needed to know about English. Fuck Webster.

I'd totally be cool if the South seceded. Or fell into the sea. That'd be even better. The northeast didn't seem so bad. I mean, I'd take Boston over Sydney or Brisbane any day of the week.
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That would be made of SuperWin, yes. It'd also be quite hilarious.
Well, the south would probably be fucked considering everyone in the world could hate them without conscious anymore. The conservatives would move down there, the liberals stay up here, and that would be that. The levels of respect would make sense: we'd get more, they'd get less.

We'll be the United States of America, they can be Jesusland.
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Ugh, I hate it when that happens. I really value Jamie's friendship; despite all our time apart, we're closer friends now than we've ever been and we both go to great effort to see each other. Sam, however ... he was a seriously close friend once, but now he seems far more interested in his church group. What's that I smell, another feel-good mission trip?
I get the thing about missions trips, but at least they help people out, even if it does cost aforementioned people an earful of religion that they might or might not be prepared to accept. But yeah, they help people out a lot of the time, which is more than most can say for themselves

It does seem to become a more inward-focused and congratulatory thing though. "Hey look, we helped starving kids in India, aren't we great?"
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Fuck, guys, I'm going to need to go if I want to meet Ali and Melissa tomorrow. I need some decent sleep.
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More like Jebusland. I apply the term "Christian" to them very, very, very hesitantly.
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I was gonna try to get some MP3s off you until I saw what time you were still up at.
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Fuck, guys, I'm going to need to go if I want to meet Ali and Melissa tomorrow. I need some decent sleep.
Good thinking. I've been telling myself that I should go soon, but I'm not tired at all. I should probably just sleep anyway though.
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I get the thing about missions trips, but at least they help people out, even if it does cost aforementioned people an earful of religion that they might or might not be prepared to accept. But yeah, they help people out a lot of the time, which is more than most can say for themselves

It does seem to become a more inward-focused and congratulatory thing though. "Hey look, we helped starving kids in India, aren't we great?"
I am being a bit hard on Sam because his mission trips do sound like they've done a fair amount of good and weren't overloaded with religion. I don't appreciate that he's quite happy to push that as his little bit of righteousness that trumps everything else though.

And my high school's mission trips were just self-congratulatory crap that did almost nothing for anybody. All the stories without fail were not about how somebody was helped or some place improved, but about how good a time the group had and all the fun things they did together. You got a sense they were only in it for a weekend of fun, with a veneer of meaningfulness.
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