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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

state of stuff

i was only able to hear the very end of the state of the union address last night, in a taxi on the way home from work. number one, it is ridiculous that i ever have to work that late; number two, it is ridiculous that i ever take a taxi home from work because it's only like ten blocks from my house, but i had told my, uh, "warren" that i was only going to work till nine, and then it was almost ten already. he was playing video games happily when i got home, so, phew, and then the rest of the night too, so, whatever.

anyways, i thought that the speech, the end of it anyway, sounded rather apocalyptic:

"Fellow citizens, we have been called to leadership in a period of consequence. We have entered a great ideological conflict we did nothing to invite...."

OK, whatever.

"We see great changes in science and commerce that will influence all our lives. And sometimes it can seem that history is turning in a wide arc, toward an unknown shore."

emphasis mine.

"Yet the destination of history is determined by human action, and every great movement of history comes to a point of choosing.... Today, having come far in our own historical journey, we must decide: Will we turn back, or finish well?"

"finish"? you mean "die"?

"Before history is written down in books, it is written in courage. Like Americans before us, we will show that courage and we will finish well.... And so we move forward -- optimistic about our country, faithful to its cause, and confident of victories to come. Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless America."

i emphasized again.

i would just like to take a moment to point out again for anyone who missed my previous post: i do not have a tv. ok.

maybe it seemed apocalyptic because i just heard that part coincidentally for the exact length of my cab ride. or maybe it's because i saw cherry blossoms blooming on mott street on sunday--i have to be disturbed by cherry blossoms now?! it was still freaking january then! or maybe because i am thinking about whether i want to have children, and the responsiblity of bringing a child into the world right now, what with "history turning in a wide arc" and everything. is it me? doesn't that seem like a line from "the second coming"?


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