Wow two updates in as many weeks- the universe must be ready to fall apart. For those of you silly people that don't check your email but take the time to look at this blog I have some exciting news!
I have been in the process of trying to buy a house and baring anything major- knocks on wood, I will be the proud owner of the house on this webpage.
If anyone is willing to help me with the move I would greatly appriciate it! All I can say is I am super excited and looking forward to having my own place!
So I am back and ready to post! Lets start off small then to the big stuff like graduating and getting a big girl job and a big girl house =D
So with part of the graduation money I got I decided to get a tattoo As some of you know I am in a fraternity so I decided to get something fraternity related. I decided on my letters (Alpha, Rho and Chi) and the cadency mark or icon for my chapter, which is a trident... here are some pictures for your viewing enjoyment =D
The picture on the right is where the idea came from - its from an agenda for Satyros Chapter's original instalation in 1962.
So as most of you know, unless you are still in denial, we have elected bush to 4 more years... /cry
Like most of the people I know my first thought was oh god I MUST leave the country. I can't stay with this manic behind the wheel. But there is light at the end of the tunnel, it's hard to see but it is there. First and foremost he CANNOT be re-elected so this is his LAST 4 years. /sarcasm Unless he finds a way to change that.. scary thought I know /end sarcasm.
The second point I would like to make is I read 2 opinion articles in the ASU newspaper. After hours of toiling on the ASU website I am cutting and pasting the articles for your reading enjoyment. They are a bit long but make a few really good points so please read them
Alamoodi: No time to bow out
by Yaser Alamoodi
From the evening of Nov. 2 until the early hours of Wednesday morning, I saw what I had feared the most throughout this presidential campaign. Switching between CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, the electoral votes on the screen increased slowly to declare George W. Bush the president for another four years. It was a moment for which I did not wish. It was a moment I will never forget.
Human nature is an interesting framework for action. The most essential element in all of us is the struggle to survive. Thus, fear of all who threaten our sense of being becomes the overwhelming driving force behind our beliefs, attitudes and actions.
It is this element of fear that Republicans understood and used to enlarge their power base. Democrats bet on hope and optimism in times of panic and uncertainty. It was a risk for which they paid dearly.
The results of Nov. 2 were a surprise, but not a complete shock. We saw it coming; we had it coming. Nevertheless, we underestimated the divide in which the two Americas seem to co-exist. Liberals (including me) thought the right decision was as clear as the sky on a summer afternoon in Phoenix.
We ignored the other America; we failed to anticipate this black cloud that overtook Washington, D.C., and the rest of the world.
Some people from both sides of the political spectrum speak of "coming together," "putting the past behind us" and "moving on." Whether it's a patronizing Bush supporter or a fatalistic Kerry supporter, I strongly reject this dangerously naive outlook.
Just because the wrong side won does not require us to show any degree of acceptance or tolerance of their views. It simply entails a symbolic display of respect for the democratic process. This was the same process that Winston Churchill described as "the best form of the worse kind of government."
Furthermore, liberals should never perceive the elections as a test of how valid are their arguments. Moving forward with our country is an uphill battle. There is not time for popularity contests, and elections are (in a way) a popularity contest. This is not to minimize the importance of elections: They should not be the only indicator of our success.
My fellow liberals/Democrats/progressives -- I ask you to keep the faith. Keep it, because we have four more years of deceit, incompetence and ideological intimidation. I saw some of you shedding tears of sorrow and pain on the night of the election. Yet I still see in you the spirit of tireless dedication, uncompromising principles and personal compassion that I love about this country. That compassion was the reason I immigrated to this land. It is still the reason that reminds me there is hope in this nation.
To the folks on the conservative/Republican/regressive side -- congratulations on your victory. Enjoy it while you can. If you think your success will deter us from fighting for our causes, you are dead wrong.
The sobering strength of our resolve will soon interrupt your political ecstasy. Striving for social justice is the theme of mankind's greatest tales. Your triumph is only a small setback for us, and we will overcome.
Yaser Alamoodi is a political science and religious studies senior. Reach him at email@example.com.
Wright: Democrats--Lend me your ears
by Adam Wright
Last Sunday, my 74-year-old grandfather said to me, "Adam, I'm sorry that the first time you were old enough to vote, you wasted it."
After allowing his comment to sink in, I found myself shocked that a man his age (who has lived long enough to see both Pearl Harbor and the World Trade Centers attacked) would say something that ignores one of the very fundamentals of freedom -- something for which so many people during his lifetime have fought and died.
The French (that's right, French) philosopher Voltaire said, "I may disagree with what you have to say, but I shall defend, to the death, your right to say it." And that seems to me the very idea on which this country's First Amendment was founded.
Apparently, my grandfather has forgotten this. On Nov. 2, millions of young people participated in one of the most crucial events our country provides us, and in spite of what my Republican-voting grandfather might have said, none of it was "wasted".
A waste would have been not voting. A waste would have been not caring and not taking up a cause. A waste would be if people just gave up on the system, left the country and quit politics altogether because they became so despondent and disenchanted with the process.
It is no small wonder the perception of Democrats is that they are soft and weak, and now it looks like some of us are proving the critics right. Now that our candidate lost the election, some of us want to turn tail and run to Canada because we think that will make it easier to take.
A few weeks ago, we were fighting hard and were ready to claim victory, but now in the face of adversity, we're running to our rooms crying because we didn't win one election.
I will be the first to admit that it was a big loss, and the idea of fleeing the country sounded good at first. But it's been a week, and now it's time to get over it, stop pouting and start fighting again. Cancel your plane ticket to Bali; stick around, keep fighting, keep working together with people of all views to create a country and a world where we can all be happy no matter who is in office.
The political parties, the networks and the special interest groups are more than happy to watch us argue amongst ourselves because it distracts us from the actual injustices taking place. The 8-year-old "Shut up -- No, you shut up" argument has to disappear.
We are not two opposite ends of a spectrum. We are not CNN"s "Crossfire" -- where one side is wrong and the other is right.
We are a whole spectrum of views and ideas, and we need to start seeing things that way: not in opposition to one another, but in cooperation.
We need to open our ears, our eyes and our minds to people with differing views and start creating our own effective solutions, instead of choking on the ones being fed to us. We need to stop listening to television's talking heads, who operate behind the facade of "fair and balanced" journalism, while they line their own pockets. (I'm talking about all of them, not just the channel that uses that slogan.)
Plato, who is smarter then I am, said, "The greatest price of refusing to participate in politics is being governed by your inferiors."
The people who are running this country are not the best we have to offer. The best we have to offer is right here, staying in America, in our classrooms, out on our streets and standing right next to you. This government was meant to be a government of the people, and it's about time we start holding it accountable to that idea.
Not in two years, not in four, not somebody else, not some other place. You and me -- right here, right now.
Adam Wright is a journalism senior. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
I think these 2 articles sum it up nicely for me. I think I will leave you with these and maybe come back and post my opinions later. Hope you enjoy them and I think I will stay in the good ole USA for a little while longer...
|I forgot to add the map of the course... so here it is|
Bleh third times a charm... stoopid pop up blocker was making it difficult to add pics...
Here is Ralph getting ready to run and enter her first AutoX
Here is a series of Ralph running the AutoX
These are my times.. not the best but I improved each time a ran so I am happy =D
So here are some other cars that were at the event =D
This was an interesting Miata... Definatly not street legal.
We were afraid this little beauty was gonna roll a tire right off the rims
This Lotus is a sweet car! It's so cute =D
Ah the Mini! What a fun little car. I was able to ride along with Dawn Maxwell in her Mini and let me tell you it was an awesome ride. Thanks for the ride Dawn it took my breath away for the first run ! I can't wait for the driving school!!!
Here are a few pics of a fellow ClubWrx.net member.. and don't worry I will be emailing these to you later on =D
A few more pics hang in there I'm almost done I promise =D
Go Speed Racer go!
And the last one... there were more Vettes but for some reason I only took a pic of this one
YAY all done hopefully you all like the pictures I took. I have more but I think I will try to make a picture page rather than trying to post them all here... We will see if I can get that done sometime before I graduate
Talk to you all later =D