Archive for December, 2008

Reporting Final

Posted in Uncategorized on December 16, 2008 by thenewserials

Here’s my Reporting Fina for the whole world to read:

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New Yorkers are disappointed; but, not threatened by the passing of proposition 8 in California. The landmark bill passed on November 5th 2008, banning same sex marriage in the state of California but, New Yorkers don’t feel that California’s decision will any effect on what their states decides to do.

“New York and California rival for coolness,” Barry Martin, director of consumer insight for Time Inc, says as he bites into a waffle fry at “BLT Burger” on 12th street and Sixth Avenue in Manhattan. “If anything this will encourage New Yorker’s to even be more pro-marriage.”

New York City has a large gay communities and various gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered centers, including “The Door” and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered center on 13th street between 7th and 8th avenue but, has yet to put a prominent gay marriage bill on the ballot.

“I don’t know” Martin answers as he sips a beer and ponders why a bill hasn’t come up in the city sometimes referred to as the “Center of the Universe”. Some New Yorkers suggested that California’s choice would bear on New York as a text-book case of ‘lead by example’; but, Martin stresses that the only people who will be affected by the proposition are the regional areas. “The coast of the country are the only people really tuned into this issue. The middle of the country don’t care”

But proposition 8 has moved people from all parts of the country and, even, across the world. According to published reports figures for the spending to support or not support the proposition out did any other proposition in the entire country and out spent all other same-sex marriage bills and propositions combined. Estimating to have broke the 70 million dollar mark; with contributions of ten thousand dollars coming from major companies like Google and Microsoft, One major contributor for both sides of the issue has got New Yorkers mad as heck.

Churches were the highest paying institution on both sides of the issue, using members to get the word out and help raise money to throw at the proposition. Many New Yorkers who cite separation of church and state find the idea of churches using their power to influence any legal matter to be perverse.

“It seems wrong” Martin says thinking about the statistics as he taps his fingers on the table. Angela Corre, Guidance Counselor in a New York City high school, also thinks it’s wrong.

“What ever happened to separation of church and state?” Corre says whilst heavy handedly pushing some papers aside. “It’s against the constitution.”

As strong as most New Yorkers feelings are for allowing gar marriage many of them don’t believe that a law legalizing it is going to be as easy as it could be. They attribute those feelings to the cultural difference between New York City and New York State.

“We’re in a class by ourselves” Corre say about the city. “Something like this wouldn’t got over well in the state; there are a lot of conservatives upstate”

New Yorkers are quicker to wonder when will a proposition 8 come to the city and state. Some New Yorkers put their hopes on newly president elect Barack Obama, who hasn’t shown support for same-sex marriage, some New Yorkers simply don’t think the issue is that stressed on their minds.

“I’m not sure why the issue hasn’t come up here yet; but, I think it will in the next eight years.” Martin says, adversely Angela Corre thinks it’s going to be sooner.

“If [Mayor Michael. R] Bloomberg stays in office then it’ll be in the next couple of years; if he doesn’t and we get a democrat into office it may never come up.” Corre attributes this to the fact that many gay lawmakers in N.Y.C. may think that pushing for the issue might be seen as selfish and trying to push their wants on the city. “I don’t think there’ll be a ban though; New Yorkers don’t like to ban things. We can ignore things; but, banning is something we don’t enjoy.”

While that might be true, New York is in a fight against its neighboring states. Massachusetts and Connecticut have already legalizing same-sex marriage and begun performing ceremonies. While New Jersey is in talks whether or not to legalize the issue. Many see the progress around the state as a wake up call for the City and State to do something and do something quickly.

“Everyone else is moving,” Yvonne Washington, an English major and published poet, studying at City College states. “We should have been the first to start and been the primary example. It’s almost as if we’re scared.”

Washington’s sentiments echoes others; many believe that the City and the State are in a comfortable position right now and don’t want to move in a direction that may bring adverse issues to battle; but, many feel that that’s not at the service of the people and want the debate to begin.

“This isn’t like the sixties were,” Corre reminisces. “People just want to leave it alone and go on with their lives as it is now. No one cares any more.” Barry Martin had something similar in mind.

“”Everyone is looking out for themselves today. Social issues have become problems like fixing your myspace page for god’s sake!”

“This isn’t like the sixties when people went out and fixed their problems.” Corre says with a shrug. “I mean when’s the last time we had a decent riot?”

You Don’t Know Your On fire Until You’re Put Out.

Posted in Life on December 10, 2008 by thenewserials

Have you ever examined your life from a third person perspective and thought: “Well what the hell is going on over there?”

That’s kind of where I am. I’m beginning to resent college, a lot. I like the idea of learning; but, I don’t like the idea of vying for attention to get a piece of paper that’s not going to do me much good anyway.

It feels like everyone around me is stuck in a world that I either don’t understand or can’t respect. I feel on one hand that I’m better than them; but, on the other hand that my sense of “better” is strange and misplaced. I understand humor, and I understand education; but, something in that equation is frustrating me beyond belief.

Don’t get me wrong; there are a lot of talented people at my college and there are a good amount of people to respect and admire; however, there always seems to be some kind of cost.
Everyone I meet seems to have some sort of fatal flaw. It’s nothing that’s insane by the standards of human nature; but, usually they are general ‘deal breakers’ for me.

For example: There’s this guy who’s been interested in me for about a little over a year and a half now. He’s a bright, funny, artistic guy whom I share a mutual attraction for and at one point considered to be someone I could bond with in a close and maybe sometimes intimate way. Well after confessing that he had feelings for me and that there was nothing either of us could do about it; we decided we’d just be friends and support each other. Not long after he simply vanished from my life. He stopped returning phone calls; he stopped messaging me, he seemingly vanished from campus, the works. At first I admit i was very put off by this; but, not long after I got over it and put the guy out of my mind. Not that long ago he suddenly comes back and is attempting to continue where he left off without addressing the issue of what happened; and why he would ignore someone he was so deeply in tune with. “Well that’s just the person I am” was his answer. Whatever. So I attempt to appease things and suggest that maybe we should just catch up and see what happens from there; but, that I wouldn’t be patient enough to tolerate another display like the last one and he essentially relayed that he understood.

Well of course he vanished again and it didn’t piss me off as much as it made me feel stupid. I saw him yesterday and apparently my “Boyfriend” is convinced that the guy wouldn’t stop staring at me and was seemingly trying to subtly get my attention.

That irks me; I don’t see why someone just can’t FEIGN interest in the life of someone they claim to care so much about. How can one be so smart and so creative and so “in tune” and then be such a complete ass-wipe at the same time?

Elsewhere I’m stressing out over the finals I have to do; this is what I mean about being upset with college. This year I’ve done some good work, work that has more than proved that I was serious about my classes (or at least I was more than serious about appearing more than serious about my classes)but, none of that means anything because if I fail my finals then I fail my classes. What’s the sense of going all year long then? I could be bumming around seeing the Pretenders or not cutting my losses in finding a job because no one wants to hire me because I’m in school.

My “Boyfriend” is always sick; I mean 6 out of the 7 days of the week this fucking guy has got some kind of ailment. He’s like a whole season of “House”. At first it’s just a little scary, you know you care for someone and they get sick, that can be really nerve wracking. But when it’s every fucking day; you get tired of trying to make this person better. PLUS they don’t ever listen to anything you say or do anything; they just follow you around like the dragon fly in Spyro the Dragon and allow you to do things for them. It’s fun when you’re in love until you start to have to shovel the shit out of the yard. I’m just sick of everyday “I feel bad” “I have to go to the E.R.” it’s not like he has a disease, that we know of, it’s just random shit happening all the time and since I’m seemingly the only one who cares enough to take care of him; I’m expected to drop my life and take care of him. But I don’t want to have to do that all the time. I want to enjoy myself, I want to go out and have fun, I want someone to think of me every once in a while when it’s not my birthday and take me to do something that I like doing. But sometimes, some people don’t get those privileges. Sometimes we just got to be the toilet and not the shitter.

I picked up The Dark Knight on DVD yesterday and watched it last night after class, and I have to say the movie is just as good the twenty billionth time as it was the first time.

The Pretenders are coming to town on the 30th of January and I will, hopefully, be fortunate enough to go to the show and have another night of bliss with my favorite band of all time. This will be the first time I’ve seen the new band in some non-promotion show doing a whole set, so it should be fairly interesting to see how that turns out.

The other idea is that there doesn’t really seem to be anybody reading this blog and this has become more therapeutic than informative, which I can understand. Who really gives a flying fuck about what I do in my spare time (which is nothing to begin with); but, if you are interested in seeing me happy and putting a smile on my face for the time being, won’t you leave a comment and let me know that you visited? That’d be a nice surprise, unless of course your my “Boyfriend” I don’t want you to leave a comment because I force you to read this crap anyway.

Until next time…