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historical slumming
the act of visiting locations such as diners, smokestack industrial sites, rural villages – locations where time appears to have been frozen many years back – so as to experience relief when one returns back to “the present”

i’m reading the douglas coupland novel generation x, the one that coined the term. it is an interesting read that includes and in-text glossary of generational terms. although i won’t go so far as to say that each term has become cliché, i can at the very least recognize instantly the author’s meaning behind the term and the intentions in using the actual word.

last night i stopped on the term historical slumming because i can relate to it. having been raised a good gen-xer, and angelean for that matter, i know the desire the author intends in this term. i romanticize historical periods. i love swing dancing. i am an avid i love the 80s fan. i want a formica kitchen table one day. i even enjoy the colonial history of the east coast (though not nearly as much as my mother!).

but why do we participate in historical slumming? is this something specific to our generation or humanity? but here’s the thing – it has no significance without context. i mean why experience another situation if you can’t compare it to your own? it has no meaning.

Perhaps my desire for another experience is a result of my parents’ social commentaries. things were “different” when they were younger, or so they tell me. although my parents rarely said it with judgment, they certainly implied (and i’ve heard others actually say) that things were “better”. what i have yet to determine is if their observations are accurate or simply a consequential perspective of age. i don’t know. although i will admit that i lean towards the latter based on my faith and the similar perspective expressed by my grandmothers.
posted by Paige @ 8:53 AM   0 comments

ain't this the truth:

I can be an asshole of the grandest kind
I can withold like it's going out of style
I can be the moodiest baby
And you've never met anyone
As negative as I am sometimes

I am the wisest woman you've ever met
I'm the kindest soul with whom you've connected
I have the bravest heart that you've ever seen
And you've never met anyone
As positive as I am sometimes

I blame everyone else, not my own partaking
My passive agressiveness can be devistating
I'm terrified and mistrusting
And you've never met anyone who's closed down as I am sometimes

What I resist, persists, and speaks louder than I know
What I resist, you love, no matter how low or high I go

I am the funniest woman that you've ever known
I am the dullest woman that you've ever known
I am the most gorgeous woman that you've ever known
And you've never met anyone as everything as I am sometimes

You see everything
You see every part
You see all my light
And you love my dark
You dig everything
Of which I'm ashamed
There's not anything to which you can't relate
And you're still here
And you're still here
And you're still here

and ain't He cool?
posted by Paige @ 11:08 AM   0 comments

hi arubaman. long time, no chat.
posted by Paige @ 9:49 AM   0 comments

i was looking at the wjla website (local abc affiliate)in response to a story they're doing at 5pm tonight on a local kid who went to our church, joined the army, got injured and is now recovering at walter reed. if you're local, around tonight at 5, and care, it should be an interesting little story.

anyway, i saw this little article and just had to laugh. stand to the right is something that washingtonians become very familiar with. it is your standard fare, local jargon. and apparently you can even purchase t-shirts about it.

Regular Metro Riders Implore Tourists To 'Stand to the Right'
Monday May 17, 2004
Washington (AP) - With the summer tourism season approaching, Metro's regular riders are getting ready to share space with visitors who are unschooled in Metro etiquette.

Such as, the unwritten rule that people who stand on the escalator should stay to the right so those climbing the stairs have a clear path on the left.

Daily commuters tell the Washington Post, they understand tourists are either unfamiliar with the system, or use the escalator rides as a little break. They just want the visitors to step aside, and let the regulars get to work.

Years ago, Metro mounted signs near some escalators, reminding people to stand to the right. They were eventually removed, because some thought the signs endorsed climbing the escalator stairs - something the transit system officially discourages.
posted by Paige @ 7:39 AM   0 comments

i'm seeing bnl and alanis! oh happy day!

now if i could just find out when the new ma$e album comes out. the new song is, shall we say, off da hook!

ok, back to work...
posted by Paige @ 11:48 AM   0 comments

it's power players week on jeopardy. it will be interesting to see if they make the questions harder or easier than usual. this is certainly no celebrity jeopardy. theoretically political analysts are more knowledgable than your average citizen. (i know, i know. i did say theoretically) but, will they be satisfied with just the 'phrase your answer in the form of a question' or would they just debate. i mean, come on, it's kweisi mfume and ari fleischer! i wanna see ashleigh banfield duke it out with christie todd whitman! and, of course, my tucker carlson. aah, tucker. grrwwrrr. oh, sorry, ok i'm back.

now, it's for a good cause don't forget. I mean, where would the american camping association be without the charitable contributions won on jeopardy!
posted by Paige @ 10:24 AM   0 comments

for the record, i was able to watch the friends finale last night. whew. i'm not that stressed.
posted by Paige @ 6:48 AM   0 comments

is it ok that i'm kind of glad that friends is going off the air? am i less of a gen-x-er? less of a pop culture fan? less of an american?

all this press is so annoying. there's even a 'test your friends knowledge' quiz.

..what's wrong with me that i don't care? why have i become so heartless?
posted by Paige @ 6:54 AM   0 comments

anne! you're not supposed to be reading this - or evites!

alright, like i should talk. i'm the one composing the posts and evites.....
posted by Paige @ 8:20 AM   0 comments

oh where to begin! this will be a week of great change, i can tell. in fact, my horoscope today said that all the care and sensitivity you've been showing toward a certain person will be fully realized. you'll feel appreciated. hmm. interesting.

we shall see what happens....
posted by Paige @ 8:09 AM   0 comments

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