Oct. 28th, 2011

jackshoegazer: (FuckYou/Drunk)
The guy I'm sharing a big table with in the Education building looks like a young James Spader, which means he looks like a fucking douche canoe.  He's attempting to study for an Italian exam, but his girlfriend is here arguing with him.  They're whispering pretty low, but from I can make out, they binge-drink a lot and so do their friends and James Spader is really upset because some girl was passed out in his bed and apparently had puked all over his room.

I shouldn't be surprised; I hear conversations like this all the time, more so than any other topic.  Kids drink too much in college?  SHOCKER, I know.  But as someone who has been-there, done-that and likely partied harder than 99% of these kids ever will, I can't help but feel a little OH-FOR-THE-FUCK-OF-GOD-GROW-UP.

But I know it's something that they have to go through.  It's our cultural equivalent of sending the adolescents into the woods to prove their manhood as we get, it's the only thing remotely close to a shocking and transformative shift into adulthood that our culture allows.   Let them burn off all that crazy, undirected, unfocused energy and hope when they come out the other side, they're functional adults.  Hope is the key word in that sentence.

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