I woke up in a closet.

August 29, 2008, 1:28 pm
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I’ve done a pretty bad job of following the campaigns this year.  Occasionally I read a news clip on Gawker or read through Crappy Hour on Jezebel, but last night (I think this was the first time my boyfriend and I actually used the rabbit ears on his t.v.) I watched the Democratic Convention for Obama’s acceptance speech and as you would guess…

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I can shuffle off to Buffalo.
August 28, 2008, 3:41 pm
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At first when I heard about this New York Magazine article about New Yorkers moving to Buffalo, I was afraid.  Afraid as in “Damnit, they’re foiling my plan by sending flocks of poor stuff white people like Brooklynites to the city I’ve wanted to live in after graduation when I’m poor!”  I still feel the same way.

I read it this morning on the train from Ridgewood to Clinton Hill and (since I’ve been really unstable in the emotional department) I got glossy-eyed a few times.  Mostly because I know I would’ve saved money if I had just moved to Buffalo after high school in the first place, and also because I know that if I hadn’t moved to New York to become used to an urban environment with everything at my fingertips, I wouldn’t value the scuzzy city to the west as much as I do every time I go home.

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If you cry, you get a cookie.
August 27, 2008, 7:38 pm
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A long, long time ago when I was a senior in high school, I spent a lot of time doing homework in the social studies grotto during my study hall. I’d hang out with my AP Gov and AP Us History teachers and talk about books and movies when I wasn’t writing surveys or essays for the Exit Project. My APUSH teacher and I became pretty good friends, and when prom time came around that May, he asked who I was going with. I said I wasn’t going and left it at that, but he persisted “But it’s your senior year! You have to go to prom! Why aren’t you going?!” After three rounds of this I burst into tears and walked to the nearest bathroom until I cooled down.

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Another blog to add to the list.
August 26, 2008, 8:24 pm
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Scott Tomford has started up a blog called I’m Just The Walker, and it’ll certainly be updated about dog walking stuff and photos of cute puppies to look at while you’re at work.

My blog is not changing into a dog-walking or special interest blog.  It will remain an old-lady-who-shakes-her-fist-at-changing-times, pop culture, food and drink, and goings-ons blog.  I once again just need to promote the fact that I need a dog walker.

Dear Internet, send me some dogwalkers!
August 26, 2008, 5:13 pm
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It looks like my dog walking empire may actually expand into an empire. But I guess since I’ve just been a one man show with a cameo of Scott Tomford, it might just expand into a very small citystate with a good reputation of dorky walkers.

I made a listing on facebook just now searching for some kids that would be interested in being semi-self employed. Anyway, here it is:

$10.00/hr – Dependable/Nerdy dogwalkers wanted. Choose your rate, make cash!
Listed by you on August 26th.
Jobs – Other
Some people may call you socially inept, others may just think your quiet because you read or spend too much time reading/updating blogs, but if you’re a kindred spirit and you like dogs, then I need you to refer dog-owners to.

A friend and I have been walking dogs for close to a year in Fort Greene and have gained popularity and demand among local dog owners. Since there’s only two of us,we need to have a couple of trustworthy, dog-loving people to refer some of the owners to when we’re busy with class/other jobs.

This is a really rewarding and easy way to make some cash and get some exercise between classes. The rate that my friend and I use is $10/walk, which is suggested, but the maximum is $15. With a steady gig, you can make $150/week or more.

You can email me at sharkclark.sharon@gmail.com if you’re interested.

Hours: Part-Time
This job pays at an hourly rate
Seasonal employment

Listed at Pratt.

Absence of a special little white something.
August 22, 2008, 7:41 pm
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I went through a phase where I named everything I owned (as potsmokers do with their pieces).  And I realized the other night (coincidentally after visiting some friends that had an endearing name for their pipe), that I had not named a personal belonging in about two years.  The last recipient of a moniker?  My word processor, my ichat/firefox provider, my music player: my one and only laptop.

Today, for the first time ever, I’m leaving my beloved laptop Owen home alone for a weekend.  I bought my macbook when school started in the Fall of ’06, and he has been nothing but good to me.  He has endured plane rides, bus trips, Florida, New England, some minor falls, a major spill of Smirnoff Raspberry all over his keyboard (the fizzling it made and the stickiness of the keys for weeks after made me worried I’d have to part with some of his hardware), and even the hundreds of times I’ve left him open and on for days on end.

Owen has proved to both of us that he is capable of staying home alone over the weekend.

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It’s that time of year again.
August 21, 2008, 4:42 pm
Filed under: Food and Drink, Prattstitutes

Remember that commercial for Staples?  The back to school one with the parents flying down the aisles of the store singing “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” and throwing supplies into the shopping cart?

If this is any indicator:

Pratt is ready for school to start and for its incoming freshman/transfer students to expect nothing but the best technology an institute has to offer.  Maybe they’re working on introducing a new URL/email-link hybrid.

Anyway, I just remembered that I’m going away over the weekend and I took Monday off of work.  This means an entire day’s break from the fresh batch of bright-eyed, yet to be alcoholic/cigarette smoking freshmen stopping at the turn-style in the library (that doesn’t work) and swiping their i.d.’s over and over without any sign of the turn-style working.  Because it doesn’t work.

This whole Orientation week thing, which they’ve started already for early-move in and international students gives me the creeps and makes me feel old.  The cafeteria is setting out the food for the week and a half of free lunches they give the new students — free lunches that I used to think were amazing until I had to spend my shitty meal plan on them every day in the cafeteria  — and the creepy O-staff cult is spread out over campus wearing blue shirts with the a pseudo-Pratt monopoly game board on the back.

The end.