1. Damn, I'm glad I cut class on the morning of 9/11. My law school is approximately 6-8 blocks from the World Trade Center (WTC). In fact, many students/faculty use the WTC train station (including myself). On that day, I had an on-campus job interview. I decided to cut class so I can go to the gym, relax, and prepare. When I got home from the gym, the hubs called me and told me to turn on the TV. That's when I saw the 1st plane collide into one of the towers...the rest is history. If I hadn't cut class that day, I would undoubtedly been stuck in that area and traumatized for life at what I would've have seen first-hand.
2. I feel bad for all the soldiers deployed in Iraq. A large number of them are younger than me; some in the middle of college, some just finished high school, some hardly educated. However, I think all of them are naive in some way, shape or form. Some do not know what they're doing there. And some of them don't care what they're doing there --they are just following orders without heart. The movie had footage of young American soldiers mistreating civilians. I don't like the way they dehumanized the Iraqi people just because they are deemed "the enemy." With that said, I do admire their courage and enthusiasm for serving the United States. I appreciate their service. And I feel for their families back here who live in constant fear for their safety. What I don't appreciate is the fact that they are NOT educated prior to sending them overseas. Even a lecture on cultural differences would give them some insight.
3. It seems Bush wanted to be president only for the sake of saying "I am president of the United States." Like it's a popularity contest. I don't claim to know much of his policital agenda (or politics in general). But I do think he's doing a poor job because of what I see around me: no change on domestic issues (e.g., unemployment; continued deterioration of poor communities; no health care reform; unimproved educational systems); the fiasco of "The War Against Iraq"; government spending; tax reform; the economy, etc. In short, I don't think he's made any sort of lasting impact. Of course, these are just generalizations on my part (like I said, I'm no expert), but what a waste. Being President of the U.S. is NOT EASY, I'm sure, but that's why he's not alone --he's a got a team of folks to advise him, educate him, etc. I just think he's squandered his term. Period. But what do I know? I can't even vote!
4. I really should be more educated about current affairs (domestic and international), politics, and the economy.
5. This country ROCKS!
Keep on Rocking in the Free World: So I finally met my bandmates face to face this past Thursday. For a bunch of strangers who just met for the first time, I thought we kicked-ass! Jes, the girl who placed the ad in the first place, had come up with a couple of songs so she played them and the rest of us contributed our part. Jes sings and plays rhythm guitar; I play lead guitar; Josh is our bassist; and Angela plays the drums. Angela is an amazing drummer! She's Filipino too and has played with a band before. In fact, her band has even performed in CBGB's! Tell her what kind of beat you want, and she'll do it. I thought Josh was great too, considering he's only been playing bass for a little over a year. And the best part was that they said that they liked the way I played! I was dumb-founded. I mean, I think I'm an amateur, but they said 'Wow, you're really good! I like your style. How did you learn?' I'm like "Uhm...trial and error, I guess." I told the hubs what they said and he laughed. Because he's always saying "you can't even play that well!" Well they think I can play! This past weekend, I made up 3 melodies for 3 different songs and I can't wait to try them out with the group.