Random Ramblings

The Personal Blog of Lori Hogan

Random Facts and Wisdom on a Winter Day

First off: new evidence that it’s better to drink than sleep, if you can only do one. Or you can use this as an excuse ont to do anything in the first hour of your work/school day.

Sleep Can Leave You as Groggy as Booze

I took the bus in this morning… no noticeably weird people, well, no weirder than me (I have a new winter hat I love, must take and post a pic of me in it). I remembered to take Blue Devil (my iPod mini… I know, I’m sooo out of date) and listened to the “Avenue Q” soundtrack. Once again, I’m impressed at the life lessons from a musical with puppets. For example, “It Sucks to Be Me” is all about how much each character’s life sucks, so at least when I think it (I’m not too bad, thinking about the suckage of my life… it’s great, except for the no funding no job thesis to finish… damn!) I know I have company. In fact, this article on Slate yesterday shows there are a lot of people like this, and then proceeds to basically say, “Suck It Up!”. Something that needs be said every now and then.

The song ”Schadenfreude” rings quite true. For those of you not in the know, it is a German term meaning “pleasure taken from someone else’s misfortune”. We don’t have a word for it in English… funny, since in North America we get great joy from watching others crash, both figuratively (see James Frey and his fictional memoir) and literally (see Ahhnold). The song “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist” also has some truth in it, whether we want to admit it or not. We all are prone to making judgements by the book’s cover from time to time, or accepting generalizations of people astruth. And if we can all admit that, then we might get along better.

And in “For Now”, we are reminded that many things - love, friends, happiness - are only for now, a cautionary message for those who may not want to hear it. But hey - at least it also says that bad haircuts and George Bush are only for now.