September 27th, 2007

glitter eyes


The date with the new guy last night was amusing. He does speak English. I know this because he spoke endlessly from the minute he sat down until he dropped me back off at my apartment. I think I might have gotten in three sentences the entire evening. But he was sweet, and paid for my dinner. He's so 28. I forgot how huge the crevasse is between 28 and 30. Also? He's completely terrified of himself. I've never seen someone with such an advanced case of Over-privileged White Person Syndrome in my life. His dad is a doctor and his mother is a nurse and multiple members of his family are lawyers. He's living with them right now in their $5 million house in the suburbs, using their gym membership, to work as a special ed teacher's assistant in a local middle school. He hates living there, he hates the sort of people who live there, he hates what those people do to afford to live there. He hates the system that is completely supporting him in every way right now. He hates the politics around his job, and the school system in Oregon. He's done the AmeriCorps. He's thinking about getting a PhD in History, but he thinks that if he does, it won't let him travel because he'll be under a mountain of debt. He's only looking at public schools because private schools are distasteful (he has no idea how I went to Stanford; he doesn't understand that whole private-school-Harvard-Yale-Skull and Bones-East Coast mentality. He said.)

I know all this, but he never said a personal thing about himself. I know his views on the political situation in Venezuela, and about the socio-economic problems of Portland, and about the positives and negatives of the Free Trade Agreement concerning Thailand. He also asked me very few questions about myself. He did ask me about the school I was looking into. I used that as an opportunity to test the waters. I told him that the school interviews everyone before they apply, that they are pretty serious about only taking people who have a mind to change the world. To which he replied: "With a mythology degree? What's the framework for that model?" Then I said something about them meaning in a positive human spirituality sense, and he reassured me that all I needed to do was play the game and say the right answers to get in, then I could make of the experience whatever I wanted once I was accepted.

It's really been a long time since I've had this sort of conversation. I found it really amusing. It also reminded me what the rest of the world is like and how far away from that I've swung my own personal path. Not in a bad way. He'll make an amusing person to hang out with when I need company.
new life

the animal in me!

From this quiz, I am a wild cat:

Genera and species: Felis sylvestris
Collective Term: A clowder of wildcats

Wildcat personalities do not differ substantially from their domestic cousins Felis Domesiticus and exhibit the aloof behavior that is common to all felines. With their well-deserved reputations as creatures of comfort, wildcats jealously guard their independence while indulging in the finer things in life. Attractive, solitary, creative, and curious, these individuals are quite happy to observe the world from a distance.

The wildcat would never take a conventional route, preferring to explore life from off the beaten track -- relying heavily on its instincts and powers of observation to guide it safely through the jungle. Its air of indifference and need for privacy keeps it on the outskirts of society, but its love for comfort always brings it back

The wildcat differs from its lion relatives in its approach to its social structure. With an aversion to the complex family organization of the lion, the wildcat finds freedom and self-indulgence to be far more compelling. So as a natural explorer, it disdains staying in one place for long, preferring the freedom of solitary roaming. in exotic locales. This wanderlust makes it ideal for a career as a travel agent, explorer, mountain climber, researcher or writer.

It's difficult to really know cats. Although they make little attempt to disguise their emotions, their communication style is somewhat abstract. They readily display their disgust and boredom as it stalk off to spend solitary time sulking. Usually however, they return to the place that offers them security and creature comforts. Close alliances are formed with others that share their eremitic and wandering ways. Horse and deer, and tiger personalities are good candidates as soul mates, while gorillas provide them with much appreciated security.

Wildcats are also incorrigible flirts and their feline mannerisms are attractive to members of the opposite sex. As a result, wildcats almost always get what they want -- plenty of pampering without the nuisance of a long-term mate. And making love to one is more than just a lot of hissing and scratching, for it is a curious lover whose tendency to get lost in the moment guarantees an unpredictable encounter.

Because of the wildcat's tendency to protect its independence, it can be difficult to get it to talk about personal issues. But when it comes to matters of the world, the wildcat loves a challenging debate. It is thoughtful and insightful on neutral themes, but when things get personal . . . logic flies out the window with the cat close on its heels.

Careers and Hobbies
Explorer Dancer
Travel agent Researcher

Traveling Massages
Shopping Dancing

So true! Stolen from peregrinekt