Turns out, my job is good for something. OK that’s an understatement – anyone that knows me knows I love my job. But on top of the obvious perks (i.e. $$$$$$$$$… though maybe not quite that many dollar signs are applicable here), work at the E-green allows me to find the news before a lot of the people I know.

Moreover, it allows me to get pissed at the news before a lot of the people I know.

Take, for example, this story I found yesterday on the wire (and later ran on a wire page, thanks to our beloved assistant news editor Andy Jones) regarding a county in Georgia that has plans in the works to turn the schools in its district into single-sex schools.

It’s like a bomb went off in my head and my brain splattered against the whiteboard behind me.

Are you fucking kidding me? *insert brain splattering sound here*

OK first of all, I really wish I understood how separating boys from girls in schools is going to decrease the pregnancy rate – unless, of course, high schoolers (and god forbid middle schoolers) are getting pregnant while in class these days. But, as I noted in the newsroom amid my irritation, if that’s the case then we have an entirely different problem on our hands.

And what the shit is this? “Boys won’t misbehave as much because they will no longer be trying to impress the girls, and the girls will be more likely to speak up in class because they won’t be afraid to look smart in front of the boys.”

Splatter, splatter.

Even Leonard Sax, the guy in charge of the National Association for Single Sex Public Education, things this is a bad idea (my wording) and illegal (in the story).

Someone in the newsroom – either Allison or Melanie (sorry, I suffer from rage blackouts) – said something about how everybody was going to join band and I just about pissed myself. From laughing. That’s how much of my brain could be found splattered behind me… I was delirious.

Also, tell me why it matters that the majority of the “longtime residents are black and working class”?

Splatter.

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I must admit despite the initial curiousity (if you can even call it that, we all know I don’t have the willpower) and temptation to join the rest of the newsroom in their fad diets for the week, I’m quite pleased with myself and my decision to not participate.

OK, so maybe it’s a copout that I blame it on my lack of willpower. If I really wanted to, I’m sure I could stick to a diet of some sort.

I just don’t want to.

So while Victor is eating all things red, white or green (but not Italian, Mexican or Hungarian), Lisa is eating all things raw, Christina is eating all things, well, Special-K, Melanie is eating all things Asian and Dan is eating all things orange*… I’m eating all things.

Brian mentioned his desire at the all staff meeting yesterday to do the Taco Bell diet, one that I fully support and would particpate in with him if it weren’t for the one thing that’s stopping us both – it’s just too far away.

As the newsroom gets tenser (more tense?) and tenser (ugh), I’m not sure I’ll be able to resist remarks similar to those I made yesterday post-budgeting: “Do you guys wanna go to The Bookie? … Oh, wait. You can’t.” *pause, look at Allison* something to the effect of: “You want a beef stick, don’t you? Hahahahahaha….”

Yeah. I’m a bitch.

But it was funny and I couldn’t resist.

* Other Evergreeners are participating in this fad dieting (Allison, whom I think is doing the SlimFast nevermind I really don’t know, Andy and some MiX writers as well) but I can’t for the life of me remember what their diets are. Move on.

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What a night. Or maybe I should be more general and say night. Semantics, shemantics.

I’ve been sitting here for far too long in dire need of motivation to do my reading for my (lame) journalism seminar with two things providing amazing distractions for me:

1. The Daniel Pearl decapitation video.

It all started bright and early (for me) this morning in my good ol’ media ethics class. Amid a discussion regarding visual ethics, the topic of the video came up. Only one girl in the class had actually seen the video, but the discussion intrigued me. This girl said the video traumatized her and she wished she hadn’t watched it.
So here I am, internets ablaze, with the video loading right in front of my face and I can’t for the life of me muster up the courage to press play.
I was all kinds of curious all day long, but now… I just can’t seem to do it. Fine.
So why, then, when I try to do the reading I need to do, do my eyes keep wandering back to the screen where the video is still loading because I can’t bring myself to close the window, either?
Ugh.
I really hope that url doesn’t make it into my favorites, or I could be in for a rough ride.

2. Sweden

I know, what?
Explanation: For my HBM (for those of you lacking the savvy of WSU, that’s hospitality business management) slash international tourism class, we have to do this ridiculous project detailing a tourist destination in insane detail. My group chose Sweden and we’re (or at least I am) trying to get a jump start on the presentation and paper we have to do for the damn project.
So I’ve been looking up anything and everythign related to Sweden… Fun fact #1: There is a bridge/artificial island/submersed tunnel that connects Malmo, Sweden to Copenhagen, Denmark. The entire structure is 16 kilometers long, which is about 9 miles (I’ll learn that tricky English system yet!). Anywho, I fully anticipate that I’ll be posting a silly amount of Sweden-related shtuff, so if you’re interested… there ya go. Tack! (Well lookit that, I’m already learning Swedish.)

Those + CSI + craving for chips and salsa I don’t have = it’s gonna be a long night.

Oh and in case you were wondering, I pussed out – I couldn’t/didn’t watch the video. The window is closed and nowhere to be found in my favorites. Go me.

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