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 Archive -- Week 33: 2/9/03 - 2/15/03
Song of the Week: Journey - Don't Stop Believing
With a 9 to 6 upset vote, Ninjas are clearly more important than Love.

February 9, 2003 - in weather and love
Well, today begins the first day of "Love Week 2003"... Not that it's really that special or any more love-filled than normal weeks, but it gives me an excuse to use my Valentine's Day logo for more than just one day. In other news, I hung out with Steve-o and Brian last night, giving me a short taste of what it felt like to hang out in the pre-car era. We walked to CVS and Walgreens and goofed around, karaokeing (pardon my attempt at spelling that one) to Christina Aguilera's "Genie In A Bottle." (Unlike Kirk, I put my quotes outside my punctuation.) Speaking of whom, I talked to Kirk a bit yesterday online, and today's entry on his site mentions that he feels like an influence on me; if anyone has read my bio in the music section, they would notice that he is in fact listed an "inspiration". Maybe not so much when I was eight, but from the time I read sections of his site, including his very insightful mortality guide. Well, at's all for now.
Image of the Day

The Boston lightning storm of 1967. Talk about sparks flying...

Love Quote the Day - Alice Hoffman, 'Here on Earth'

When all is said and done, the weather and love are the two elements about which one can never be sure.
February 10, 2003 - it's the pits.
I'm going to apologize beforehand for the lack of interesting updates that this week may be filled with. It's going to be a busy week for me, just as today was a busy day. I had my first rehearsal with Varsity Chorale as a pit member, and I really enjoyed it. I like the music; it's very upbeat and something I can get into. And the people are all really nice... maybe a bit TOO nice, but hey, I guess that's not a problem. The first competition I'll be attending with them is coming in March, so I'm psyched about that... I feel bad though now because earlier in my high school career, I used to dislike "VC people" for whatever reason. But I think this year there's a really good bunch, personality-wise and talent-wise. If I get a clip of one of the songs, I'll be sure to put it up here. Anyways, I guess that's all the news for today. Stay tuned to therosser.com for more Love Week.
Image of the Day

Love Quote the Day - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Give all to love; obey thy heart.
February 11, 2003 - a log of my dorky roots
So I was thinking today about my life as I carried my physics book, my calculus book, my saxophone, music for three ensembles, and of course my calculator... I am really a geek! All this time, I thought I was just a cool guy, and joked around about being dorky. But hell, I am like the epitome of a nerd! I play three instruments in seven ensembles, I direct the marching band, I take pride in learning calculus, I am taking several AP tests this year and am interested in Quantum Physics, I drive this car... 

"Geez Ross, isn't there anything about you that's like a non-nerdy teenager?" 
"Well.. I have a job. "
"Oh! Well there you go! That's not geeky... what do you do?" 
"... I write computer scripts."

I rest my case.
Image of the Day

I drew this back in my library days... when I worked there, that is. I believe I've said enough.

Love Quote the Day - the blend-o-matic

"you should never stand in love's way, especially if love is driving a bus." 
February 12, 2003 - love is in the err
Halfway through the week o' love... I read an article the other day about Valentine's Day in general, which I can't say I disagree with. It was written by MP Dunleavey, and it is best summed up in this excerpt:
"I came to see Valentine's Day for what it is: a third-rate marketing holiday (after Christmas and Halloween) a cheap, commercial parody of romance designed to foster greed and disappointment (in women) and guilt and resentment (in men)."
Well, I can see that there is some truth in that. A lot of people, men and women both, may feel bad if they don't have someone on the feast day of St. Valentine. And sure, greed can arise as a result of it; it's come to be expected for a couple to give each other something on that day, and if one person doesn't, the other may be upset. And if you're in a relationship on February 14th, the girl may just want material items, and the guy may just want sex. Not to say the girl doesn't want sex, or the guy doesn't want material items, or that this happens in ALL or MOST relationships. But I guarantee you, in some relationships, this is just the way it is. For those couples, they celebrate Valentine's Day as if it's about Love, but in reality, to them it is more about sex and gifts. It may seem like I'm being very negative about the holiday, so let me just say this: Generally speaking, Valentine's Day has the potential to be a very happy and romantic day for any couple. However, I think it'd be so much more special to have a very happy and romantic day just on a whim, no national love holiday needed. Then again, I'm a lover of spontaneity, and it's only logical to think that I'd rather have a surprise romantic date than an expected one. More on love and life tomorrow.
Image of the Day

Okay, okay, I know it's a lacking picture today, but hey, it's love week, and the heart shaped light through the clouds is kinda cool. Well, I guess it'd be cool to actually see it, although the picture isn't really doing much for me. Plus, it fits with my whole "love is in the err" pun.

Love Quote the Day - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind."
February 13, 2003 - never knew I could feel like this
Well, I guess Cupid has struck me down for blaspheming the name of Valentine's Day yesterday. I somehow caught a mild case of the flu... And I'm not the kind of guy to get a flu very often. Nonetheless, I'll hopefully be better before the long weekend is over. No school tomorrow or Monday, you know... But it looks as though tonight I'll be relaxing in the comfort of my own home, after I finish my dinner of soup and Ibuprofen. In other news, if you haven't taken the poll of the week yet, I urge you to do so. Larry is campaigning for people to vote for "Ninja"... so we shall see the results come Sunday. One day til the "official" day-o-love.
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Moulin Rouge is without a doubt one of my favorite movies, and it's quite possibly one of the best examples of a love story I could give you. Since I'll be spending my evening indoors, maybe I'll watch this excellent film yet again...

Love Poem the Day - Hilary, aka Ista

Witty, whimsical, wonderful you
Comical, critical, colorful too
Darling, my dear of Dewberry Doors
Gracefully grateful and gleefully yours