Tonight I’m taking part in a tradition that goes back through the ages, a tradition that has been around since man was still nomadic, learning how to walk, how to speak, and above all, searching for free things. Gaining anything without charge is what drove humans to possess private property, to contrive of Manifest Destiny, and to develop the “Buy-one-get-one free” concept.
As opposed to taking ownership of someone’s land, I will simply be watching a free movie put on by Butler University (and please don’t point out that I’m paying for this movie through tuition fees. You’ll ruin the moment). “Wreck-it Ralph” is the movie. Here are the things that I know about it:
-It’s about video games (good).
-There’s a guy named Ralph.
-He wrecks things?
That’s all I’ve got. I’m interested to see where it goes from here. Even as I write this article I realize that little is drawing me to the movie other than its lack of cost. So we’ll see if it is worth it. I don’t want to be that guy who says “Time is money,” but I will argue that rather than sitting in a classroom watching a movie, I could be in my house watching TV. Which would probably be more comfortable. So come on, “Wreck-It Ralph,” let’s hope you are worth the effort.
They finally did it guys. They made education fun. This is International Education Week, and in celebration, a number of events have been set up around campus, one of which I attended this evening. A sign-up was offered to anyone who wanted to go to India Palace, and I decided I would see if there was any space left.
When I went to check and it turned out there were a few spots left for free food, this was my initial reaction:
When I spend my time cooking for myself, a free meal now not only means that I don’t have to pay for it, but I also don’t have to prepare it or clean it up.
In all seriousness, I think that International Education is incredibly important. There are two directions that a society can take: they can either close themselves off or open up. Any experience internationally is a move outwards, opening are eyes to how many other types of people exist, and gives us the opportunity to hear new ideas, challenge our own, and grow as a person. Plus, who doesn’t love Mango Lassi?
For anyone familiar with quality television, they’ll hear the word “Aaron Sorkin’s new show” and become giddy. He’s been the lead on such projects as The Social Network and West Wing. His new show is broadcasted on HBO, continuing the trail of fantastic series that includes Game of Thrones and…well that’s enough for me. I eat that stuff up.
In a promotional move, HBO put the pilot episode on Youtube, a feat that is either completely original or at the very least a unique move for a company that requires a subscription to watch anything on TV or on the internet. For the benefit of all my readers, I have done my part in getting the word out and posting it on my blog. Enjoy.
For those interested, here is a deeper analysis of the show.
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So what if by 10 P.M. I’m too exhausted to keep my eyes open? So what if every muscle in my body aches with a soreness that has seeped into my bones? So what if, when taking off my shoes, I realize what it must smell like at a trash heap? I’ve had a hard day’s work.
In four days I’ve worked forty hours, and plan on having four more days like this. Oddly enough, it’s not as much as a problem as I might have expected. But here’s the way I see it: after four months of romping across Europe, I deserve some sort of back-wrenching, callus inducing labor. At the moment I’m working in houses, cleaning out the messes left by past residences before the new ones come in. This is the busy season.
I’m upset that no one tipped me off that money would be a concern starting with my collegiate career and continuing on through the rest of my life. I feel like that was a bit of worldly advice that would have served me better in kindergarten (who cares if A is for Apple?! U is for Unsubsidized Federal Loan and I need to know how I’m going to pay it of without losing my sanity). But what can I expect from a life that requires huge amounts of work to pay off what I’ve accrued?
Steer away the bad thoughts, have no fear, the way through is clear. In the solution is the resolution. Working all day, although overtly for pay, may in the end upend the notion of comfort, like Depends. Satisfaction depends on action just as the house well-used, although a fraction of the original cost, is infused with value of a different sort. So, umm, maybe my point on you is lost, but you should be entertained by this poem.