w/o manually typing the temp. variability of the past three weeks, it should suffice you to know that Austin’s highs have ranged from about 55 degrees to over 80 degrees – all while being drenched in about 10 inches of rain. mind you – austin’s yearly rain average is something like 30.5″, and we’ve already exceeded that by 26″ with a month left. i have no doubt that we’ll fully double the average by dec.31.
BUT THIS AFTERNOON, AFTER ANOTHER TORRENTIAL DOWNPOUR, THE SUN FINALLY DECIDED TO RETURN TO SAY HELLO! HI SUN! WELCOME BACK! WE’VE MISSED YOU! IT’S BEEN AT LEAST TWO WEEKS SINCE WE’VE SEEN YOU! THANKS FOR SHOWING UP! WHAT’S THAT? YOU PLAN ON STICKING AROUND FOR A WHILE? THANKS!
so on my way back from my run-in w/ the oafish football players, i biked through a public ‘discussion’ on the steps of the Main Bldg at the edge of the West Mall. not a discussion in reality, but i don’t really know what to call it. maybe proselytizing?
it wasn’t one of the regular preachers that come screaming for everyone to convert or burn in hell. it was a more refined, developed method. this guy, who apparently comes to campus every year, arranged his pulpit/discussion at the edge of a set of stairs, so that people could sit and listen while he talked. this gave it a more relaxed, comfortable appearance – you know, to let the passersby know that this is some good honest discussion, where anyone can feel comfortable about voicing their opinions. it was somewhat inviting.
and there was no yelling – you can’t have a comfortable atmosphere if billy preacher is yelling at you that you’re going to burn in a lake of fire. no, if you speak to the audience in a calm, confident, forceful manner (one that comes from the inherent knowledge in the utter truth of one’s views), then they will accept that they are going to burn in a lake of fire as a matter of fact, not a matter of faith insinuated by angry, fear inducing men.
it works – kind of. b/c he wasn’t just bible thumping, and speaking in a scholarly, logical fashion, he caught my attention. just what is this crowd listening to? he has tv cameras trained on him (i forgot to mention that – cameras also lend a huge amount of credibility to whatever you have to say), he’s calm, and he appears to be laying out an argument. let me stop and listen for a moment!
“and so, if you say that you don’t believe in jesus, and that jesus died on the cross for your sins, then what you’re saying is that your view, your atheist primordial goop view, is superior.”
i wish i had been the student who’s question elicited that response. b/c i would have replied, “no, i don’t believe in primordial goop. i actually believe that humanity was placed on this earth by a race of super-intelligent insects, and that our purpose here is to protect a sacred crystal that binds all the matter in the universe in one coherent fabric. that crystal is named Mchdfolesdfk, and it smells like candy. whoop whoop!”
so i had about 3 really great items to write, but as i didn’t have my computer at the time, i forgot them all.
however, today i was graced w/ an impromptu meeting w/ one of UT’s brilliant football players. actually, calling it a meeting is a bit of an overstatment, and calling him brilliant is just an outright lie. what really happened was that i was riding my bike in the street, on my way to the architecture building having just purchased tickets to the Amer.Ballet Theater for tonight’s performance. off the sidewalk steps lumbering oaf and his posse of somewhat smaller lumbering oafs – but mind you they were all quite large. and ugly.
‘hey move’ was what he said to me while i had the right of way, or that’s what i think he said upon later reflection, b/c what came out of his mouth was quite garbled, and likely just a collection of consonants accompanied by drool.
i chuckled at first, b/c my attention was captured by his pimped out remote control mini Lincoln Navigator that was rolling across the street ahead of him. then i realized what he said, and was disgusted that people like this are admitted to this school and actually put forth the public image of UT.
let’s not forget UT’s star running back cedric benson and his multiple arrests [arrest 1, arrest 2]. upon returning to football from his brief suspension after the trespassing charge (he was arrested for kicking in the door of a girl’s apartment and stealing stuff, i believe), he said about his teammates, “They welcomed me back good.”
WHAT THE FUCK?! WHEN DID THIS GET PASSED??! bush admin silently passing evilness under the radar…
oh yeah – firefox went 1.0 today. eons beyond internet explorer.
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