Alex in Transit(ion)

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President Obama and US DOT head Ray La Hood…I guess they were up all night watching Rocky movies.

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More than likely, if you are friends with me and have asked me about what we should do on a given night….that’s pretty much my answer.

Live fast and take chances, y’all!

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Wilco- I Am Trying To Break Your Heart

Can you tell I miss being a DJ? Spotify is the best and worst thing to have ever happened to me.

I can’t even tell you how many times I would listen to this song in Oneonta on my cigarette walk either pacing around the Library or going back and forth between Higgins and Hulbert when I needed to take a break from studying. This song always puts me in a weird trance, as if I want to be kinda buzzed from a good night out at the bars, laying on a rooftop with one arm behind my head like it was a pillow, looking at some stars, and inhaling and exhaling smoke as I’m trying to figure out what kind of life I’m leading before belligerently belting out “DISPOSABLE DIXIE CUP DRINKER, I ASSASSIN DOWN THE AVENUE…” 

Oh, nostalgia.

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About this morning: There are some things in life that will never leave you. Ever since my family survived the flood of 2006 which devastated Sullivan and Delaware Counties and caused my family to be evacuated via rowboat, my stomach sinks whenever I hear of communities ravaged by flood waters. It is amazing what water can do. Finally, after five long years, my community of Roscoe, NY is getting back on its feet.

This summer, I got to explore the Upper Catskill region and appreciated all of the little towns my friend and I visitied because they reminded me so much of back home…and now they’re destroyed. I was in Windham only two weeks ago to compete in Warrior Dash. Now, Windham looks like this:

The sad thing is, these little towns in the Catskills are so remote. They depend on tourism. They depend on people like me to visit because it reminds them of their home or a calmer, quieter lifestyle than what they’re used to. Now, what they will encounter is a dip in tourism. A dip in business. A dip in their real estate market…and just like Roscoe, it will take them years to recover. And just like Roscoe, we’ll forget about these towns until the next disaster occurs.

I just sent an e-mail to the United Way, saying that even though my time is extremely limited, I’m going to find at least two hours to go and help out because I know how much it means (as corny as it sounds) to receive a helping hand through trying times.

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GRE Vocabulary Practice: Lesson Thirteen

Aberrant- deviating from what is normal or expected

I don’t like my neighbor because of his aberrant behavior; he and his brother exercise naked in front of their window. They must have some ridiculous Adonis complexes.

Axiom- premise; postulate; self-evident truth

In Lost, the survivors lived by this axiom to survive: “Either we live together or die alone!”

Demur- to express doubts or objections

Towards the end of the relationship, he often demurred to her.

Maudlin- overly sentimental

There are so many maudlin blogs on the internet.

Numismatics- coin collecting

My grandfather loved numismatics; he had jars of coins in his room. 

Obsequious- overly submissive and eager to please

Don’t get me wrong, she was a great waitress but she was obsequious. She came back to our table every five minutes to see if we were alright.

Opprobrium- public disgrace

Anthony Weiner found himself in opprobrium after posting a picture of his junk on Twitter. 

Quotidian- occurring daily; commonplace

After living in a city for two years, the sounds of police and ambulance sirens are quotidian and I don’t seem to mind them anymore.

Repudiate- to reject the validity of

The supposed baby daddy jumped for joy on the Maury Povich show when the DNA test repudiated the accusing baby mama’s claims that she was 101% sure that he was the father. 

Restive- impatient, uneasy, or restless

In 2006, my family and I were evacuated out of our apartment when a flash flood devastated our small town. There was so much water that the streets resembled streams. As the fire department loaded us onto the rowboat to bring us to safety, my father calmed my restiveness and said “Well Allie, since I never took you to Venice, I decided to bring Venice to you.” It was that moment when I realized that I was so lucky to have been raised by such a wonderful man. 

Stentorian- extremely loud

Whenever the bums outside my window are being stentorian, I call the police. 

Trenchant- acute, sharp, or incisive, forceful, effective

Every time Michelle Bachmann tries to be trenchant about her views on how to build a greater America; she always comes off as ignorant. 

Usury- the practice of lending money at exorbitant rates

I feel the student loan companies are guilty of usury.

Yoke- to join together

Pioneers often yoked their oxen together so that they wouldn’t steer the wagon in all sorts of directions. 

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Undeniably a great performance last night by the one, the only… Lady Gaga.

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I can’t even begin to tell you how much I admire Gaga. All I thought when I was watching this video online (since we don’t have cable) was “Fuck yeah Gaga, go on and do your thing.” Love her or hate her, the woman is confident.

If anything, I think this was the only thing I could fault her on.

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Another night in the woods

A couple of days ago, I was in Crossgates Mall because work gave me the night off and I was wandering around Dick’s Sporting Goods. It’s really weird but I really enjoy browsing through sporting goods stores. Is it true that you can take the girl out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the girl? My dream is to live in a major city and completely immerse myself into living an urban lifestyle but I also know that the country is always going to be my home. I’m looking forward to the day when I have a family of my own so I can bring them to Anawanda Lake to teach them how to swim, pick blueberries, and make s’mores on a raging bonfire. Sounds idyllic right? That was my childhood.

When I was in the store, my eyes were all over the fishing poles, hunting knives, kayaks, hiking boots, and most importantly- the tents.

I concluded that my life will be made once I obtain all of those and put them to good use.

Looking at that sentence and also knowing what kind of partner in crime I’m looking for, whenever he appears, I’m realizing that I will have one atypical wedding registry.