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Standing in for Greatness, and Faking Profundity
Posted May 10, 2004 - 11:30:47

These are buildings.  They exist.I woke up in a mild disbelief that it was morning. It was humid and warm in my room, and sweat stained my pillow. It's much later in the day now and I still sit groggy, waiting for my eyes to finally finish opening.

My roommate wasn't home yet when I awoke, which added to the level of surrealness. He left early on Saturday morning, before I got up. Didn't say a word, but I'm assuming he went home for the weekend, since he took his bedsheets with him. His leaving unannounced is not that surprising, as he's done that before - only usually he's back by six o'clock on Sunday night. As of this morning, clearly a Monday by the look of things, he was still not home. He may have arrived since I left the room, but it's still odd. I'm fairly certain he has a nine o'clock AM class on Mondays, so I would have expected him to have gotten back by then.

But, again, he wasn't.

One wonders sometimes as to when it's the appropriate time that you should start worrying about this. I may live with him, but we hardly know each other. I wouldn't even know the phone number for his parents even if I was worried.

Ah well, If he's not back by tomorrow, I'll think about doing something. Marc's a big boy, he can take care of himself.

I'm hiding from society this week about as much as I did last week. Sure, I'm in a public place, but I've located myself in a position where there is little risk of actually having to talk to anyone. I'm not in a "let's talk to people" sort of mood, and have developed the fine tuned skill of being alone in a crowd on purpose. Somedays I just need to tune out the world, and this is one of them.

In much more serious news, a visiting Fulbright Scholar to UWEC was deported without explanation when returning from the Gaza Strip. It's a ludicrous situation that is so ridiculous that I cannot even begin to explain just how disappointed I am with my own government. It is situations like this one which demonstrate the vandalism to civil rights that the Bush administration seems so intent on carrying out. This turns my stomach, and makes me want to vomit. My heart goes out to Dr. Mohamed Riffi. Though I have never met the man, he has my sympathy and support. You can read more about the situation by clicking on the link I've included earlier in this paragraph.

If I find out anything more, I'll put it here. I think The Flip Side might be putting out an article on the subject as well, so look out for this week's issue on campus and online on Wednesday.

And for those of you who think I'm getting too introspective in this space, don't worry. I'm sure I'll find something funny to write about later in the week. *grin*
- Traegorn

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