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Blast from the Past: Two Entries from my College Journal

Blast from the Past: College Journal Entry – Undated, but circa February 1986

Today I will be working on page 6 of next week’s Catalyst. I will also be working on (a) page three of next week’s paper and (b) my romance. In addition, we will be going to class and a Coca-Cola break. [1] And before I forget, I will be planting explosive devices behind Bill (Lara) while humming a melody from Camelot. [2]

February 5, 1986

Hello again, gentle reader. By now you must have a good idea of what I am like, what my profession is going to be, and a little of what my life is like at this point in time. Indeed, I have tried to be as open and creative as possible. Sometimes I get the feeling that I'm being too open, but then very few people will see this journal. Maybe someday I will be famous and enough of a successful writer to have this tome published when I am long dead, but I doubt it.

If you have been reading this thing all the way through, you'll notice that (a) I am on the verge of falling for the News Editor, Elizabeth; (b) that my job as Opinions Editor is going well but not without its problems, and that (c) school is all right but not extraordinarily exciting.

You will also have noticed that I am trying (not very conscientiously) to write down ideas for a sci-fi novel. It's too bad that I haven't the time to actually sit down and write one. Oh, well.

And now for the news. I am planning to take Elizabeth to lunch. I'm going to see if she's in the mood to go to the Burger King on Wheels by Bldg. Three or if she'll want for something else. I don't know if she'll even be in the mood for lunch; she's in a bitchy mood lately, and I haven't been much help, either. In fact, I'm almost unable to maintain a conversation without going "Uh, ah, I, that is..." and other assorted gibberish. Oh, darn. (I wonder what the weather is like in Argentina this time of year.)

I think being the Opinions Editor has been a great experience, especially when you consider that I've not been in a position of editorial authority since my days at South Miami Senior High. My staff is a good one; Katrinka and Mary have done a great job these past few days. With their hard work and devotion to duty, the Opinions section has done a "job well done." The only thing that plagues us is the constant breakdown of our equipment. This, coupled with T's illness, is causing a bit of tension in Room 8216.

[1] I guess I was full of myself back then. I seem to be fond of using the royal “we” in this journal. Oh, well. I was 22 going on 23 when I wrote this stuff.

[2] I obviously had a weird sense of humor in college.

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CoralLevang wrote on December 20, 2015, 2:26 PM

That weird sense of humor would have landed you in jail in today's world. LOL

I always enjoy reading your past editor day's journal.

alexdg1 wrote on December 20, 2015, 2:37 PM

Different era, different sense of humor. emoticon :tongue:

msiduri wrote on December 20, 2015, 3:36 PM

Boy, does this bring back memories.

alexdg1 wrote on December 20, 2015, 6:08 PM

Did you write for your college paper, too?

msiduri wrote on December 20, 2015, 6:45 PM

Many years ago. On the other side of the continent.

alexdg1 wrote on December 21, 2015, 3:11 PM

It's hard to believe that 30 years have passed since I wrote these journal entries. Sometimes I feel like entire eras have passed between 1986 and now.

msiduri wrote on December 21, 2015, 10:23 PM

Where does the time go? I just saw an article saying that the first website when up 25 years ago. I went through high school without a computer on the premises.

alexdg1 wrote on December 22, 2015, 4:39 PM

I think South Miami High had a couple of computers on campus, but they were only used by staff. I don't remember seeing any computers being made available for student use when I attended high school.

msiduri wrote on December 22, 2015, 5:56 PM

There were punch cards (remember those?) by staff by the time I got to college, but nothing in high school. I did eventually take a programming class or two—BASIC and Lotus 1-2-3 (Man, am I dating myself). A roommate of mine dumped a whole box of punch cards into the snow once. She was nearly in tears putting them back in order. A guy in her class showed her the trick of taking a sharpie and running it diagonally over the top of the cards so it that happened again it would be easier to reassemble them.