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ugh, Iowa!
03/24/2008 05:16 p.m.
I woke up at 8 this morning to a call from the Hawk Alert, the University of Iowa warning system, which informed me that there was an active shooter on campus. Um, terrifying. My roommate came and locked herself in my room and was on the phone calling all of her friends to make sure they were OK and I was just in an early morning daze of confusion, not unlike how I am when I usually first wake up.

We find out that classes have not been cancelled for the day and that we're still expected to show up. After some what the fuck?!ing on our parts, we learn that there was a shooting downtown by some 40 year old guy and that none of it is actually connected to the university and there is no actual threat to campus. It took them far too long to clear that up.

University of Iowa, you handled this like shit.

Now I'm all shaken up and pissed at whoever runs the Hawk Alert system. I walked home from class so horribly paranoid.

Apparently they found the van all burned up of the guy responsible for the shooting with a body inside, and so apparently it's all over.

But, yeah, still shaken and still pissed. It could have been handled so much better.

Edit: Apparently a guy killed his family in their home. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23778086/ Very sad, but not exactly warranting telling students there's a shooter on campus, since it doesn't seem to be affiliated with the university at all.
I am currently Angry
I am listening to jens lekman

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I don't understand life.
03/14/2008 07:50 a.m.
I don't understand life. I almost got the shit beat out of me tonight by this guy who shoved his wife down onto the sidewalk. I yelled asshole after him after asking her if she was okay, and she ran over to him telling him that I was talking shit about him, and it was heart-breaking.

If it weren't for my friends I would probably be in the hospital right now. And this definitely isn't the first time I let my mouth get ahead of me, but I don't think I would ever forgive myself if I had just said nothing. I would have easily taken it, too, if it weren't for my friends pulling me away and locking me in a Milio's bathroom. And that asshole even tried to take a swing at my friends, who were all girls.

I just don't understand people. I can easily forgive her, because she was obviously trying to direct his anger away from her, and I understand that's how abusive relationships often work. But he was coming at me with such intensity.

One of these days it's going to catch up with me. I got recognized the other day by these guys who I made fun of at a pizza place for using the word gay in a derogatory sense, and they were so mad at me. And I stuck up for a female cashier before then from a jerk who was harrassing her, and he tried to start a fight with me. Eventually, I'm going to stick up for someone, and it's going to end badly for me.
I am currently Bothered
I am listening to feist

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my life is covered in cat hair
03/11/2008 05:36 a.m.
I went grocery shopping last night.

I bought ramen, and I don't like ramen.

I bought a box of pancake mix impulsively despite never having made pancakes in my life.

I bought vegetarian buffalo wings. I'm really looking forward to those, though I don't like spicy things.

I bought some St Ives Apricot Exfoliating Face Wash since someone at my last kegger stole mine out of my shower. Girls and purses...

I'm really glad I have a cat, but why do litter and cat food have to be so damn expensive?

My shopping habits mirror my life too closely.

It's all costly and impulsive and whims and replacements.

I'm going to go have a pancake party now with my roommate.
I am currently Melancholy
I am listening to psapp

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social lubricant
03/08/2008 08:09 p.m.
I always desire to act as though I've known someone my entire life just moments after meeting them, which always leads to awkwardness when the other party doesn't feel the same.

Last night I went out for drinks and games with friends at a bar, and I met this girl who told me she had made a myspace page for her dog, and I told her what I would name my kids, and she told me she wanted us to be Honest Friends so she had to tell me that she had herpes. And it was all so magical.

I told her I was going back to my friends at bar close to watch Dr Who and invited her along with, and she said that was fantastic and that she loved Dr Who. She then asked me what was Dr Who.

Three months until I am going on my cross-country, month-long road trip, and maybe I can be like this girl with everyone I meet along the way.
I am currently Reflective
I am listening to bjork

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