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Learning to bow

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04/05/2001

“Sumimasen, America-jin desu ka?” (Are you an American?) inquired the polite middle-aged man standing on the train platform with me. “For the love of Buddha,” I thought. “Not again.” It was 7:32 a.m., four minutes before an express train came to whisk me and the bevy of business-suited men and uniformed schoolchildren into the nether…

When I grow up …

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04/05/2001

I am really glad I am a junior. I have some senior friends who do not know what they are doing next year, and I am really glad I am not one of them. My favorite song is “Dammit” by Blink 182. The chorus to that song is, “I guess this is growin’ up.” Watching…

Letter be

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04/05/2001

I’m beginning to think that I was born in the wrong era. Well, that’s not quite true. I actually came to the conclusion a long time ago, but it’s only recently I’ve decided that I unequivocally agree with it. As I was born in 1982, of course I tight-rolled my jeans and would have given…

It couldn’t happen to you

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04/05/2001

Do you know the correct way to moan? If you don’t by now, I am sure it is not due to a lack of moaning on your part (you are, after all, a college student), but because you have never learned the proper technique. Good moaning entails saying the word “moan” in a very dreary…

Walken around

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03/29/2001

I’ve recently come to the conclusion that there are really only two things in this world that make me uncomfortable. And when I say “uncomfortable,” I mean it in the purely psychological sense. I’m not talking about the discomfort that may arise from one’s arm being set on fire or having a kneecap blown off….

Unluck of the Irish

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03/29/2001

Georgetown students place a lot of pressure on one another to enjoy a year studying abroad with more passion than a great lover, with more joy than a first-born child and with more pride than a successful bid for the presidency. The study abroad cult starts recruiting members at a young age, when prospective students…

Isn’t it time?

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03/29/2001

This spring’s was the third semester that I wasn’t able to register for Professor Emmett-Mattox’s course on “Class, Race & Gender.” Not surprisingly, this story seems to be more common every year, as many of Georgetown’s most popular courses, in several departments, are those in some area of ethnic studies. Recently, numerous students and faculty…

How the hell did I get this old?

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03/29/2001

My name is Donald. I am not 40 years old. I am not balding. I am not stuck in a job that I hate. I do not look at my kids and think about how big they have grown. I don’t even have kids. Despite these facts, I have been asking myself lately, “Where did…

It ain’t easy being green

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03/22/2001

The scene went down like this: After having made my way over to the Leavey Center on a lonely weekend afternoon, I found myself waiting at the bank of elevators on the ground floor for a ride up to the fourth floor. After a few moments passed, the doors to the left elevator opened, and…

Don’t wanna grow up

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03/22/2001

I’m starting to think I have a problem. As a little kid, I was obsessed with every book in the Wizard of Oz series. I read them so often, I nearly had all 14 memorized. Eventually, I started sitting on the corner of my bed everyday at noon waiting for Ozma to look in her…

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