Sunday, November 14, 2004

A Quick Game of Catch-Up

From a school work perspective, I have so much work to do, it's not even funny. I've been trying to catch up to my work for awhile now, and right now, I'm just beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. However, by the time I get there, I'll be plunged into yet another freaking trap...FINALS! Fucking school. I swear, like I always say...

"School gets in the way of your education."

So, as a result, this overload of work has affected me in many ways. For one, my blogging has taken quite a hit. Updates don't come as often as I would like to, and the depth of each entry isn't exactly up to my personal standard of detail or importance. Nonetheless, I'm trying, though. I'm fighting through it all to keep my life in balance and to also keep writing my thoughts down somewhere. I swear, I have, literally, THOUSANDS of topics and ideas that I want to pursue on the Musings, but between school and work at both the 'Fucks and Apple, it's been hard. Unlike some people I know (Ahem, Anna, ahem, Sam), I'm not going to "take a break" from writing. I think I'd go crazy if I didn't have some kind of public communication with people on the Musings. And we all know how crazy I am to begin with. We don't want that to get a whole lot worse now, do we? :-)

Ironically, while the content has gone down, the readership has gone up. WAAAYYY Up. If there's anything I can thank Blogger for, it's for making the Musings more 'Google friendly" than the previous incarnation of the blog. I'm not going to sit here and jerk myself off for gaining new readers and spend time talking about how I "spit knowledge to the masses." I'll be blunt: I have enough of an ego. I don't need to hype myself up anymore than I already am. I feel that for the most part, my readers are educated and smart enough to have the same information I have at their fingertips. We live in an age of instant gratification. I call it the Age of On-Demand. Any questions you might have are just a few keystrokes away from being solved. Want music? Download stuff instantly off of iTunes. So my point is that it makes no sense to talk down to your readers and assume that you're some kind of information guru. All that means is that you know how to use "Advanced Search" on Google. :-)

So, for you new people: I thank you for reading. Don't hesitate to comment if you have anything to say. I know there are people out there that read and don't say anything until I see them in person. (Like professors who pull me aside and have mini-debates with me about my "Ways of Protesting Against the Bush Administration...") And there are others who don't know me at all and although they RSS my blog, they have no freaking idea who the hell "Michelle" and "ZuZu" are. For those people, I invite you to check out my main site, The Shindig, and see pics of the people that make up my life. I've said this before in another entry similar to this one, but like I said before, this is a labor of love. I love to write, and I love to provide insight into the life I lead. Therefore, it's a highly personal blog. (Which, in my opinion, anything personal and detailed make up some of the best material on the Net) It is my aim to provide content that not only satisfies my desire of "getting it all out" but also is readily understandable by people who really don't know me. I also try to make it as entertaining as possible so you guys can keep on coming back to check me out. So, by all means, give me a holler if you don't understand something, or if you disagree with something I said, or if you just want to chit-chat. I'll be more than willing to respond back. :-)

...So now...getting back to the task at hand...playing catch-up...

As a result of school work, my publication for Syracuse's "La LUCHA", entitled, La Voz has kinda taken a back seat on the priority list for this semester. I don't see why I should sacrifice myself right now for a publication that really doesn't have support from writers this semester. So, I'm going to release the content I have soon, but it won't be anything as grand as what I had envisioned for this semester before. Next semester, I'll have the writing core I so needed this time around, and start on the right foot, with great PR work from La LUCHA (hopefully). I see La Voz as my goodbye kiss to SU. I hope to be able to leave a good enough mark on campus where people will recognize the efforts I made with that publication and hope that it will impact the SU Community in a positive way. But, first I need writers. Because if I don't have writers, shit, I might as well just publish this blog and hand it out in the Schine Student Center. It shall be called, "La Musings." (Ultimate spanglish right there, son)

...Got to see my first concert ever this past weekend in Rochester, NY...Incubus was cool. While I like some of the band's songs, I'm not going to say that I'm like a die-hard fan of them or anything like that. I just appreciate their sound. It felt kinda awkward being in the concert because we were surrounded by these teeny-bopper "slit my wrist" teens that swear they go through so much drama when they really haven't seen shit. Still, it was a good concert. ZuZu, Justine and Sarah came through with me.

...More on the concert/live performance agenda...John Legend (the dude that sings that song "Used to Love U", which was a free download on the American iTunes Music Store a few weeks ago) came through to SU and played in the Schine Underground as part of the Black Artist's League's annual "Jazz Night." While the performance was cool, and most likely, I'll buy a few cuts off this dude's album, the night itself didn't leave me with this feeling of "WOW," like say, LUCHA's Cafe con Leche was this year? (Sorry, self plug, but a well deserved one) The student performances were wack for the most part, and John Legend himself wasn't enough to turn around what was otherwise an anti-climatic night. I took a few pics here and there. Haven't posted them yet. I prolly will when I publish the other blog soon.

...Apple, Apple,'s all about Apple lately. Every two days, I get some freaking package from Cupertino with all kinds of goodies for me to hand out and display. It's been so fun and cool to work with the company that I love the most at this current time. I had a meeting in Rochester last week (the day after the Incubus concert) with a few other Apple Campus Reps from Upstate NY, as well as a few Account Execs from the region. We all traded information about our particular schools and also traded programs to download on our laptops. It was cool. The day before I chilled with some of them at the grand opening of the Apple Mini Store in Syracuse. It's a "cute" store. I'm sure I'll make it a substantial pitstop for me everytime I visit the Carousel Mall in Syracuse. I traded some business cards with the people that work there, so I'm sure that I'll be making them my best friends pretty soon. :-)

Oh, to answer some of my fellow guys' main question..."Any hot bitches at Apple?" Watch the smile rise on my face... :-D (and you thought the number one question was about Apple products...yeah right!)

...My roomies and I are cool for the most part. We've had some headaches over the course of the time we've been together, but for the most part, we're a good combo. We make each laugh a bit TOO's a wonder how we get any work done. I'm telling you...some of our antics are most definitely "Musings" worthy...I just wish I had the time to tell the stories. I of these days...

...Halloween was wack for me. It wasn't no Cornell this time around, that's for sure. I dressed up as a Catholic priest, took some good pictures, but spent the night at an Engineering Frat party...nuff said there. The highlight of the night was when some of Justine's Army boy friends came through and got into a fight with some of the brothers over liquor. Oh yeah, baby...:-)

Well...I think that's enough of a brief update...I'm turning 21 can't believe I'm saying that...I'm getting old, man...


Blogger Zulay said...

dayum son, could u go back to work please?
good point though... low blows, i like :-)


11:41 PM  
Blogger Jose said...

Well, at least you admit you got the ego. Knowing is 1/2 the battle. Incubus is dope. John Legend is dope too. I loved it when it was just him and the piano when I saw him in concert. Well, La Voz is being publicized. That's awesome. People are excited. Aight, uno.

1:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its not like i don't write anymore, my notebook pages are FILLED with would-be-could-be xangas, but guess what- I don't have time to post. i've got long classes, work all weekend on one job, and almost every evening on another... i've got homework and professors who like to give us 70 page readings a night (fuckin bastards), so, as much as it pains me (and you apparently, lol) i am forced to omit xanga from my days for a little while (although come thanksgiving break, trust me, you'll see tons of stuff up). so blah. :oP -Anna

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK..OK..let's just chill- it's not like I actually stopped writing. If you look at my site you'll notice that I said I could in no way stay away from this computer and not spill my guts so that everyone could read it. But like Anna also said, I'm swamped and screwed, I don't think I've ever balanced this much But I'll forgive you sweety..muah..Sam

4:36 PM  

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