March 27th, 2005


a rambling entry about nothing

Kind of funny how my most typically college days usually happen over break.

Whenever people from back home ask me how I spend my time at Oberlin, my answer is usually "Uhhh..." That's the beauty of college--there are a million things to do and you can have a great time doing none of them. Sure, sometimes I go to a cappella concerts or club meetings or movies or whatever, and on very rare occasions I go to parties or drink, but the best moments are spent hanging out with people and doing absolutely nothing.

Today was a perfect example.

Since the dining halls are closed over spring break, Brian and I went to Missler's today to buy groceries. Trouble is, today is Easter Sunday and all the stores are closed, even the supermarkets. So we went to the nearby McDonald's for lunch/dinner, where we met Brian's friends Marion, Reggie, and Renee. Kinda fortuitous, I guess, since I've been thinking over the course of the semester that I don't know awful lot of people who aren't white or some form of Asian (Carly being the cop-out exception because she is ethnic American: black, white, Native American, everything), and as I've always been fascinated but intimidated by black people I haven't had much opportunity to get to know any. Not to mention that Renee and Marion also live in Third World House, and I've done a poor job of getting to know my neighbors. We talked about stupid things, like spilling fries, and pseudo-intellectual things, like the cultural significance of old Looney Tunes cartoons. No idea how we spent all afternoon doing that, but yeah, we spent all afternoon doing that. Over three hours. A spectacular waste of time, in which we accomplished nothing and participated in no particular activity--it was great. Haven't done that since Will left. I miss Will.

And now I'm back in my room with several plastic bags full of ingredients and canned food (Gibson's was open, inexplicably, so Brian and I managed to get groceries after all, albeit not as much as we need), and despite the gazillion things YOU MUST GET DONE KEVIN OR YOU ARE A WORTHLESS PIECE OF MAN-FLESH I am going to play Knights of the Old Republic until the wee hours of the morning, and then I am going to continue playing KOTOR until the not-so-wee-hours of the morning, and sooner or later I'm going to fall asleep but it doesn't look like it's going to be sooner, because I have the rest of my life to worry about goddamn responsibilities and if I don't ignore them every now and then I will grow up to be my parents.

Darn you, Lisa! You just had to lend me this game, didn't you? I've had it for just a day and clocked over seven hours of game time. Seven hours. Not counting reloads.

And here is the point that I have been so magnificently leading up to since the beginning of the entry: