Driving home today, I stopped at an intersection (well, because there was a stop sign, naturally.) and what do I see? A woman had pulled her two year old son’s pants down and was holding him while he PEED IN THE STREET. Did you not hear me? I said, he was PEEING IN THE STREET. She shook him dry, and pulled up his pants. Off with the evening. REALLY? I mean come on. Really?
Growing up, I always knew that I HAD to go to college. There were no “ifs, ands, or buts” it was just something I thought people did. I graduated from Chapman University with a Bachelors Degree in Public Relations & Advertising from the Dodge College of Film & Media Arts. I feel so fortunate to have experienced going to college, getting an amazing education, and utilizing what my professors, friends, and mentors have taught me during that time. I am glad I did it, and I am VERY, UNBELIEVABLY thankful to the people who helped me get through it. College isn’t as easy as some people think, so I am glad that I had the support that I did.
This month, SOME SMART PERSON has decided to raise the tuition in California universities 30%. THIRTY PERCENT!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME???? How do they expect us to move forward in life in a way that some of us think is best for us? Yes, some of us will not go to college. They will follow a path that is best for them. But for those of us who believe that a higher education is the way to reach our dreams, how will we do it if the tuition is unrealistically astronomical??
The fight for education has always been present in America. From the poor, women, blacks, and now ANY minority, there has always been someone struggling to learn. We have gone through The Great Depression. We have lived through Women’s Suffrage. We have survived Segregation. Now, it really does not matter who or what you are. If you don’t have any money, you just can’t go to college. Well YES, you can. You just need to take out a billion dollars in loans like I did. Or you can ask Mommy and Daddy for a $50K check every school year. OK, that’s an exaggeration, but seriously. Who can afford to pay for college these days with the way things are going? Not many. So this past week, students at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz protested the tuition increase. As they should! So many students at UC’s receive financial aid. Without it, they wouldn’t be there. So what are they going to do now that financial aid might not be an option? A lot of them will either say fuck it and move out of state, or they will go to community college. Since the state of California decided to cut so much out of the education budget, no student is safe. A lot of community colleges have had to cut back on programs and teachers. So not fair! As community colleges will become more impacted due to this tuition increase at state schools, help is needed now!!!
So if anyone reads this, I ask you. Think about what $20 could do for a student. That’s two cases of Natty Light (plus tax), of course, haha :). That’s a few notebooks for the semester. That’s partial health insurance for the year, ($32 for the year I hear). If you ask ten people for $20 that’s a couple of text books (used) for one class. Think about it. Think of how $20 could have helped you when you were in school. (That’s a lot of Jack in the Box Tacos!!!!)
Please check out the San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation web site and see how you can help. The time is now to help our youth create a better future. HELP US!!!!
I’m a dog sitter. Well, that is my side job. I dog sit. Why? Because I need the money. OK, besides that, I LOVE dogs. I want one so badly! It’s kind of like that feeling women get when they feel that clock ticking. Except I am SO not ready to have a child. I want a dog. So, I dog sit, and I get that feeling that I actually have one, and then I give them back to their owners and I’m me again. Lonely, only girl.
This dog, his name is Vincent. He is the cutest. He is the best cuddler ever. He does not know HOW to properly act like a Congressman while outside. Yes he walks like a drunk. He riles up other dogs. But overall, he charms the pants off of everyone he meets. Well, except for that cat lady over on Polk and California. She’s mean. Mean old cat lady!! His owners know how well they have it with Vincent, but I still wish I could keep him!!! He’s awesome!!
I just found my first two gray hairs today. GRAY!!!! WTF. I’m ONLY 27. ONLY!!! I dragged one of my besties into the bathroom and asked “Is this BLONDE or this GRAY?” Obviously I said that nervously and she began to laugh. “GRAY!!!” Of course she’d laugh. She’s had gray hairs since what, high school? Freshman year in college? BAH!!!
So then I call my parents. “Dad, when did you and mom start getting gray?” He laughs. Waits a beat. Turns to my mom and asks, “When did we start going gray?” She responds with, “I don’t know, maybe our 50’s?” WHAT???? WAIT. Then she says, “You know, I had some when we were living on King Street.” WHAT???? She was like, in her late twenties/early thirties! NOT MAKING ME FEEL BETTER MOM!!! So I come home, try to relax.
Then I show my roommate Kendall the gray hair, and she says, “Wait, that one?”
WHAT ONE? ANOTHER ONE?????? TWO?!?!?!? TWO GRAY HAIRS!!! ALL IN ONE DAY!!! WHY????
Then these feelings of fear and anxiety rush through my body. The same anxiety I felt when I got my period when I was ELEVEN. ELEVEN!!! TOO YOUNG!!! UGH. Again, gray hairs. TOO YOUNG!! At least with my period, I wasn’t alone. Dylan McKay’s sister got her period that night too. January 12, 1994. I KNOW. CRAZY, right???
So now, here I sit, wondering if these are just two freak gray hairs, or if this is what I have to look forward to during the next year or so. Will half of my hair be gray by the end of 2010? Is this the build up to 2012??? THE END OF THE WORLD WHEN ALL OF MY HAIR TURNS GRAY?????
He’ll probably reject it and ask for Joel McHale. WHY? BECAUSE JOEL MCHALE IS SO GODDAMN DELICIOUS!!!! These photos from GQ Magazine that Perez posted on 11/14/09 prove why…
TO FUCKING USE YOUR TURN SIGNAL BITCH!
Plus, when you “T-U-R-N–Y-O-U-R–H-E-A-D” you can see if CARS ARE IN THE LANE NEXT TO YOU…
That way, you won’t KILL SOMEONE.