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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Wow.. the weather
« on: February 21, 2007, 03:07:36 PM »
it's practically a heatwave out there!  48 degrees & sunny!!

i ate 1 1/2 of Samoas over the weekend...i have 2 unopened boxes left.  they have to put heroin in these cookies, they're so addictive.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: The "Today SUCKS because..." Thread
« on: February 21, 2007, 09:23:37 AM »
b/c my mini-vacation is over.  :(

unfortunately, yes. 

General Off-Topic Board / Re: I Hate Gay People
« on: February 15, 2007, 03:38:57 PM »
i have never understood why a lot of males seem to shun away from this type of relationship w/other men.  relationships where feelings are involved.  it almost seems like men are only supposed to have one emotion - anger.  why??

because it's manly.  roar!

(social norms)

this is correct.  The lonely suburbanite, if you will.

the concept of the primitive hunter is not correct.  that architype is all about community.  they went "camping" for extended periods of time, even without considering the tremendous amount of cooperation that hunting "back in the day" would require.

i understand about social norms & all, but what do you do w/all those "other" feelings that you're not supposed to express.  shove them down into your being?  i know men have to be "men" but you're humans too.  

General Off-Topic Board / Re: I Hate Gay People
« on: February 15, 2007, 03:32:59 PM »
I remember in my women's studies' class that black women especially found themselves being a. pulled in opposite directions by the black cause and the feminist cause and b. increasingly shunned by each group.

Yeah, this is the kind of thing I recall.  Something about the various groups not being able to align on their common interests because of the few but profound different interests.

Yeah, something along the lines of "Our cause is more important!" "No, ours is!" It seemed they believed in some sort of false dilemma where either they pay attention to us or you, but somehow not both. Which may or may not have been true.

what happened during the civil rights is that black women were given secondary roles.  they had to stay in the background.  during the women's movement, alot of black women didn't relate b/c a huge part of the movement was giving women the right to be able to work outside of the home.  & black women were already doing this for years.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: I Hate Gay People
« on: February 15, 2007, 03:25:19 PM »
I had to ponder on this one. The following is 100% conjecture, I don't know it to be fact at all...just throwing it out there.

Some people are probably purposefully racist or homophobic, in which they're making a decision to capitalize on the sentiment. I suspect that a lot of church leaders are this way, but I have no proof. Some racists or homophobes are probably predisposed inasmuch as they don't, because predisposition, lack of intelligence, or the like, judge complex quality, such as that of a human being, on a continuum. Such a person judges complex quality in terms of good and evil, like and dislike, as opposed to "I like this one more, that one less." These people would fit into the "religious homophobe" classification very nicely, and would be drawn to it, because the heaven/hell construction supports their own simplistic view of things. For others it might be a lack of familiarity such that they can't see past the disagreement, similar to the us/them approach Americans seem to take toward every Muslim except maybe for the ones they know and like.

What do you guys think?

I agree that there are some people who are purposefully homophobic to fulfill a certain agenda they need to procced upon.  In addition, I also acknowledge that some people are homophobic because they don't know any better (lack the capacity to critically think about what's been fed to them, as you've said.)  These two types seem to be of the same sort, and the latter is often derived from the former.

However, there may be an alternative type of homophobe in existence.  This last type consists of people who are predominantly male who are uncomfortable with the concept of male-male intimacy (all types, close friendships included.)  Men who have missed significant male relationships (the type where an exchange of feelings occur, not just sunday football) were probably raised to have very specific delinations of what was appropriate for men to do and not do.*

* - If someone already said this, I apologize.  I didn't bother to read the entire thread.

i have never understood why a lot of males seem to shun away from this type of relationship w/other men.  relationships where feelings are involved.  it almost seems like men are only supposed to have one emotion - anger.  why??

Keep in mind that law school is stressful and may drive you to drink, which in turn increases the chances of smoking relapse. Not to rain on your parade, but there is a reason a lot of law students are unhealthy...
Props to you on trying to change that.

I've given this point a lot of thought. While 6 months isn't that much time, I do believe it is enough to change a habit. No doubt it will be tough, but the stress of law school is significantly lower than practicing law. With that said, when will it stop?

The environment I work in now is pretty stressful. I don't believe it's parallel to what I will encounter in LS but as of now it's the status quo. I guess my whole point is that one needs to completely eliminate cigs as a stress reliever and that feeling is purely psychological. It can be filled by other activities. For me, I've used the free time I have from not smoking (more than most people think) to practice my guitar. There are many others, puzzles, novels, biking, etc.

It all boils down to perspective, mind over matter. 

absolutely!!!  i tried quitting 2x before while i was still w/my boyfriend (now my ex & a smoker).  now that i see he was the source of my stress & most of the people that i hang out w/are non-smokers, i haven't smoked since Sept. 
i think the key is not to allow yourself to become sooo stressed (if possible) & surround yourself w/non-smokers, b/c then you'll have no one to go out for that cigarette w/you after a couple of drinks. 

General Off-Topic Board / Re: I just saw Legally Blonde...
« on: February 15, 2007, 03:04:39 PM »
Aw - I love that movie!  I think it's adorable and funny ... it isn't supposed to be taken seriously.  Even people who know NOTHING about law school realize that it isn't realistic.  And I mean, it isn't that she is supposed to be DUMB, she's just ... ditzy, I guess.  But I really like how the movie shows her working really hard and trying to prove the doubters wrong ... and it's just hilariously entertaining.

I also have never had any real hope of going to harvard (nor do I want to).

The only part about the movie that kills me is going from a 143 to a 179.  That is simply NOT possible.  It would take YEARS of study to do that ... and she took, what?  a few weeks or months, maybe?  NOT POSSIBLE.  I think that might make some dumb ppl think the LSAT is easy ... but most realize it isn't.

But I swear to God, the question you hear her friend reading to her when she's studying is one that I ran across w/ princeton review ... it's scary!!! :)

but remember, in movies, love makes ANYTHING possible.  she wanted to go to Harvard to get her love back, so it's entirely possible to go from a 143 to a 179 if your love is sooooo strong for a person.   :D :D :D

General Off-Topic Board / Re: I Hate Gay People
« on: February 15, 2007, 02:59:29 PM »
i can't be bothered to get dragged into a serious discussion,
so i just wanted to say i'm all for gay people.

2 chicks making out is usually kinda hot,
and 2 dudes making out just improves the odds for guys who do like chicks.

/just sayin'

Looks like you've gotten to the right place with the wrong reasons.  Good enough. 

i know you're trying to make light of it & it's ok, but i thought the discussion was a little bit more serious than this.  please don't turn this into "lesbians are cool" thread.  it's about more than that.

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