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Monday, July 17, 2006

Why You'd Want To Live Here

A friend of mine, (she knows who she is), recently just up and moved a state away to a city she doesn't know. I think this is AWESOME and I'm living vicariously through her. Don't go telling me that I could do the same, ok? Sure I want to live in Connecticut more than a normal 26 year old should, but I can't just up and move somewhere (right now.) One, I'm in school and the only thing worse than taking a class is having to take it again because the credits don't transfer. When I started undergrad at MWC, I knew that even if I hated it, I wouldn't transfer because losing credits would rip a tiny part of my soul out.

While I realize it's a little weird, and perhaps hypocritical, since I am in school for education, I hate school. Don't get me wrong, though, because I love to learn new things and it's such a great arena for doing better than others* but I can't stand the structure and moments of monotony. Every August when my friends would start to anticipate the start of school and change from "Summer's great!" to "I'm kinda bored, when does school start?", I would hold onto my own mantra of "Anything is better than school." I never once looked forward to Back to School, and except for Seventeen magazine's August issue filled with fall fashion styles, I would not get excited for that time of year. Even now, as an adult with no children, I get irritated when the Back to School displays go up in mid July. Let the kids enjoy their summer! Don't remind them of college vs. wide-ruled paper and their need for the 64 box of crayons. Don't remind college kids that their summers of sleeping in are almost over and soon they'll be writing papers the night before they're due while simultaneously getting their alcohol tolerances back up. And really don't get me started on the "Summer Reading" display at Barnes and Noble** along with our notebook of summer reading lists from the area schools. It makes me sick, it really does. Only AP classes should have summer reading and I can assure you that not everyone buying off of that display table is in an AP class. If they were, I would hope they would be smart enough to find a book by Hemingway or Faulkner on their own. Going up to the Info desk and asking where to find "Crime and Punishment? ARE YOU SERIOUS? Hello, see that huge section titled 'Fiction'? Try there and leave me alone, I'm not here to hold your hand while you locate the classics.

Wow, I seriously digressed. Basically, there are two, no three things that keep me where I am:
1) School (see above)
2) My family (I never should have gotten tight with my sister;)
3) Money (lack of)

I wonder, had Ali (the sister) stayed in the Richmond area, if I would eventually have moved there to the mecca of rent prices where a 1 bedroom can be found for $500. I don't often let myself daydream about having my own space for what is, in comparison, pocket change to NOVA prices. I'm in serious limbo right now. In a state of wanting change but not being allowed it due to outside things. Soon soon soon, though. Just have to wait.

XO,
SVR



*Competitive! Who, me???
**I work there part-time, remember?

13 comments:

Velvet said...

Connecticut sucks ass. Don't move there. Come with me to Arizona!

Miss Scarlet said...

Arizona is WAY too hot for me. I only visit hot places.

Neil said...

What's so wrong with Virgina? I thought it was for lovers?

Miss Scarlet said...

Oh! I LOOOOVVEEEEE Virginia! It's the best state there is. But NOVA is where I want to be right now, closer to friends, but it's $$$$$$$$$$$ and I'm poor so that sucks. I like New England though bc it's cold.

Serena said...

I used to love that issue of Seventeen.

Anonymous said...

So here's my first comment from my new home in my new state. So far I haven't done anything but unpack and find the closest Target, but tomorrow the job hunt begins (or rather, continues, as it had to be put on pause so I could actually move down here).

And any time you want to come visit and further your vicarious living through me just let me know!!!

Miss Scarlet said...

The second gas prices are better or I make more money-I'm THERE!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I can get down here in my car on one tank of gas...it's really not a bad drive at all...

And I had to put gas in the UHaul on the way down here....$75 for three quarters of a tank!!!!! Then, I had to put another $40 in it before I turned it back into the place. I'd never spent that much money on gas before. I almost peed my pants!!!!

--C

Miss Scarlet said...

OK, If I come can I stay at your apt? And can we do free things?

minijonb said...

you could move to Michigan... the center of the universe is here in the East Hills 'hood of Grand Rapids... really.

Miss Scarlet said...

Ummmmmm, sure minijonb, I'll um, put it on the list.

Rude Cactus said...

You went to MWC? Cool ;-)

Miss Scarlet said...

Why, did you?