Sorry for the delay in updating. It’s not for lack of material…..on the contrary, everything seems to be happening at once now, which is why I’ve been distracted. I came back from Stockholm very energized about the near future, but then I had to face the cold reality of the work that must be accomplished in the next 3 1/2 weeks before the end of spring quarter at school. Auuggghhh!
**Good and exciting news!!!! I wanted to post this immediately last week, but couldn’t find time. I found out on Wednesday that I’m receiving a fellowship from my school that will help fund my internship with G.O.A.’L this summer. Yay!!!!! I was so happy when I found out that I spontaneously hugged the unsuspecting souls who happened to be standing next to me at the time in the Evans student lounge. It feels so gratifying, because it’s like the school is recognizing that the work that I care so passionately about really means something, that it’s worthwhile.
In other news, I went to a concert on Friday night in order to see Blue Scholars and Mos Def, and in the process had to endure two agonizing sets from Carlos Mencia. I don’t feel like re-hashing what a f*cking moron this man is, but suffice it to say, it was utterly painful–especially since my two classmates that I went with found him enjoyable. Their defense was, “Well, he makes fun of everyone.” Well, I think he needs to find some new f*cking material other than the same tired, old shit: Asians are smart, Asian men have small dicks, Asians are bad drivers. We should racially profile people who “look” Muslim, because, well, America is like a fraternity/sorority, and this is their “hazing.” (Just like Japanese-Americans went through their “hazing” with internment.) What a crock of bullshit. The sad thing is that his rhetoric could basically be coming from a white dude at Fox News. And the sea of clueless undergrads at the UW was applauding enthusiastically. The only saving grace was that when Blue Scholars came on, they promptly dissed Mencia for being an idiot not once, but two times during their set. Ah, my love for them only continues to grow….
Looking forward to hosting Soon-young (a.k.a. “K.”) and N. this week! My other friend, K.S. will be arriving on Thursday, too, so it will be a full house. The mini-gathering is going to be a lot of work, but soooooo much fun and sooooo worth it.
Stockholm and the mini-g, combined with the good news about my fellowship, have given me a big-picture perspective that is helping me get through the stress that currently weighs on my shoulders. I find myself not as concerned about the minutiae of school, because I know that I’m working towards something bigger.
Consequently, though, it’s hard to focus now in school. I feel like I’m already emotionally finished with this quarter. Well, time just has a few weeks to catch up with me.
Any advice on how you would’ve handled the situation above with hating Mencia but being there with friends/classmates who love him??