you wanna sit down?


i took the earlier bus, hoping that it would be less crowded, and that i could actually get a seat. it didn't work. i stood until we reached the i-90 bridge, when some folks got off. finally, i was able to wedge myself in between an old woman and an asian guy, who looked about thirty. at the next stop, more people got on, including a japanese girl who decided she would stand directly in front of me, even though there was plenty of standing room elsewhere. i know i was supposed to offer her my seat, but i didn't. i used to offer my seat up to all women and elderly, but i stopped doing it after a while. my logical conclusion was: why should i always have to be the nice guy and offer to stand? no one else does it. i even woke up ten minutes earlier just to get a seat. i guess, though, that this is what every other young, able-bodied male also thinks. this is how civilizations fall apart.

today has been nice and quiet, and it's even sunny outside. i have to do a bunch of things, like create a program for next tuesday's event, compile all these handwritten evaluations into a word document, update the ongoing opportunities database, and categorize my office's expenses, but it's all stuff i could put off until later. like when i finish writing this. in the admissions office, there are always new people working behind the desks. i heard that some of them are law students, but i think that some are also undergrads. i don't know what they do all day. blog, probably.

a 1l (first-year student) came in just a little while ago with a question about her scholarship application. she wants $2,000 for something or other. she just had a question, she said, and could she speak with one of the cpd people? i asked what the scholarship was for, and she said she didn't know, except that it had something to do with family law. her concern was whether or not she was even eligible to apply, since she has only been in law school for a little over a month. i didn't know what to tell her, so i referred her to one of the cpd people.

it's amazing that some people have this go-get-'em mindset already. in fact, another 1l came in earlier this morning to ask if she could meet with someone to talk about her "future career." i told her that 1ls couldn't make appointments until november. she then asked about work-study positions, and i directed her to financial aid. maybe these driven individuals are just people who have learned their lessons from undergrad. they didn't apply for scholarships; they didn't know how to go about applying for on-campus work positions; and they didn't know what the hell to do with their communications or psychology degree. so, law school. what the hell.

last night, i listened to this american life, and the show was titled "another frightening show about the economy." the conclusion was that paulson's bailout plan is a terrible idea. because if the amount (850 billion) is too low, things will get worse for the banks, but if the amount is too high, then the taxpayers (you and me and everyone we know) gets screwed. at one point, ira read a letter where a man said that he wasn't lazy and he wasn't stupid, but this american life was the only source he could trust. to this, ira replied, "that's a sad state of affairs." but it's true. who can this country trust other than the likes of ira glass and jon stewart?

the kind of guys who would offer their seats to young women on a crowded bus.

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