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[19 Sep 2008|12:43am]
Why my day kicked ass:

A Maasai Warrior taught my Civilizations of Africa class today.

Then I went and saw an Israeli composer, and a chick sang opera in Hebrew.

Then it was bid night.

Oh my, what a good day.
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[11 Sep 2008|10:09pm]
An NBA player gave me his cell phone number today.


Note to self: don't drunk dial famous people. Drunk dial Nickolas Reverendo instead.
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[07 Sep 2008|01:42am]
A girl threw up in my hair last night. It was rad.

So I'm teaching Hebrew School this semester at a nearby synagogue. Tonight I've been attempting to write a letter to the parents of my students that I would like to send out sometime tomorrow. However, I've found it incredibly difficult to write, and the last hour has produced maybe a paragraph and a half. It's impressive that in the same amount of time I could write pages and pages about some dry academic subject, but when I have to write half a page about myself I freeze. I think I'm just terrified of the parents. For anyone who has ever worked with children, the scariest thing imaginable is an angry parent. Especially affluent Jewish ones.

Today I successfully set up a fundraiser for my fraternity. Despite getting no homework done whatsoever and failing at my letter to parents, I still feel productive and that is a good feeling.

Oh, and I saw Newt Gingrich speak today on campus about the upcoming election. I think I was the only liberal-learning person there to wear a suit. He was a really good speaker though and drew applause even from the hardcore clove-smoking tree-hugging birkenstock-wearing hippies that all attend this school. I cringed a little at a few things he said but I was really impressed by his charisma, succinctness, and supposed honesty. To sound really cliche he spoke right across partisan lines. I've always kind of characterized him as some crazy ultra-conservative whose first name alone (I mean really, Newt?) described his character, but today really changed my mind. I think that's part of the magic of college. Your entire perspective on something or someone can change once you experience it/them in person. I still don't like Sarah Palin, though. She just leaves a bad taste in my mouth....a little like Alaskan salmon*.

I have to wake up early, maybe I should get back to work?

*That's a lie, I freaking love salmon. On a bagel. With cream cheese. Sarah Palin does not have cream cheese and is not on a bagel. She shoots bagels on sight. From helicopters.
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These things, they go through my head. I write them. Then sleep. [05 Sep 2008|02:29am]
[ mood | awake ]

So now that I have a year safely behind me with no casualties, I think I'm finally getting the hang of this "college" thing.

For the first time in quite a few months, I am also quite profoundly happy. Nick and Annie came down to see me, I got fired from the job that was actually making me unhappy but I did not know it, found myself better places to be, and it looks like I might finally have some direction for where I want to go with the next few years of my life, and the means to achieve it.

...and now that I think about it, that was really vague. But no one is ever really all that specific on livejournal now, are they?

On a more sobering note, I wish I wasn't drifting away from people that I have no good reason to be, like Anna Gallo. She's one of my favorites.

AEPi is throwing a large celebration tomorrow night to remember that decade when most of us were born and the music was horrible, but still not as bad as the color schemes: the 80's. I am very excited. I am going to wear short shorts and a giant afro-wig, with a big rainbow shirt. The advantage to being a brother is that the worst that can happen is that I will be called a "gay homo" for about a week, which isn't all that much different from normal anyway. We're brilliantly creative like that.

And finally, today I was able to use the word salubrious in casual conversation for what I believe is the first time in my life.

Oh, and I have made a hobby out of sending exuberantly aimless texts to Cherisse. I suppose that's a byproduct of love.

I am not good at ending live journal posts.

A book I was reading compared political parties to religious cults, and I laughed really hard and got weird looks in the lounge at 2 AM when everyone is trying to quietly study and ignore everybody else who is also quietly studying and ignoring everybody else. I am going to tell this story to my professor, and since he wrote the book maybe he will find it funny too.

I think that's it.

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[29 Jul 2008|08:15pm]
The summer seems to be going by more quickly than usual. I am not certain if it is the oppressive humidity, the happy Hispanic man who teaches me biology, or the devil-demon-satan who lives inside of the printer at work. Whichever one it is, it's working.

I kind of sort of really miss working at camp Ingersoll. I don't really miss living at home, however, so I guess it's a trade off of sorts.

I found out today that my contract at work doesn't run out until August 14th. I had mistakenly thought it was the 7th. I am now unsure whether I will be able to visit Connecticut before school begins again. I am making a sad face.

On happy notes, in about a month I will begin working at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. I'm identifying insect damage on 90 million year old plant fossils. It's way more fun than it sounds. Oh, and free IMAX movies! Hooray!
(it has always been a dream of mine to eat in the Smithsonian staff cafeteria. this dream will now become a reality)

I found this amazing online radio thinger at work today called Pandora. I recommend you try it, it's like six different kinds of fantastic.
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[29 May 2008|09:35pm]
I played with the Rabbi's magic antenna on the roof of the parking garage yesterday. If he was a priest some people might interpret that...differently.

Then today I ate a delicious sandwich and drank some iced tea at work. Mmmmmmh, tasty.

Mrs. Rev also buzzed my head last week. It looks fabulous. I like to wear my pink shirt to work and pretend I'm a fantastic shaven unicorn.

Does anybody read livejournal any more?
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Why I love my school! [19 Nov 2007|12:08am]
Here's a few reasons why I love AU:

1) A few weeks ago I was working at the Davenport Coffee Lounge, and I looked out the window facing the quad to see a massive conga line of students being led by a FULL MARIACHI BAND. One of the most random things I've ever seen.

2) One early morning (like 4-5 AM) I walked into my floor's lounge and was greeted with a heartfelt rendition of the Highlander theme song by Rob. It was moving. It was beautiful. It was truly epic.

3) Walking back from CVS at about 4 AM last night, Jake was able to successfully pilfer The Washington Post from both the Swedish and Japanese Ambassadors in under a minute. And how!

4) “Actually, babies are little psychopaths. That’s why we have the Frankenstein monster; it’s a baby in an adult’s body. Very scary.” ~ Dr. Gary Weaver, Cross-Cultural Communication

5) The campus Rabbi is a freemason.
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[07 Sep 2007|01:40am]
College week 3 is almost over and things still rock. I was able to work all the kinks out of my schedule so now I'm taking all classes I like, including Elementary Modern Hebrew I. Yay! I'm also definitely going to Israel again this December on birthright and that's really exciting. On Saturday I'm going to Baltimore to see the Red Sox play the Orioles, and then later this month I'm going to see the Nationals play the Mets. I already went to my first MLB game last week when I saw the San Francisco Giants beat the Nationals. How sad. I also really want to see a DC United or Washington Capitals game some time while I'm here. I'm working at the Davenport (the wicked hip name for the wicked hip coffeeshop I work at) tomorrow morning, which is again REALLY EXCITING because I love my job. That's all there is to it. Then I only have 1 class (world politics), then I'm going to watch the AU Men's Soccer team beat Princeton, then I'm going with a bunch of people from my floor to explore the Scientologist...temple(?)in the city, where I will hopefully be enlightened as to just what the hell L. Ron Hubbard was smoking at the time he decided to invent a religion. I also got a check in the mail today from the YMCA that I didn't even know was coming so now I'm going to have a little extra money, which is good because I just had to buy another textbook today which is kind of a drag. I also found out all the exciting places I can study abroad junior year today and I'm thinking something really cool like New Zealand, Morocco, Israel, Denmark, or Germany.
I need to actually get my ass down to the gym. It's such a nice gym, I just actually need to go.
I'm also looking forward to seeing Anna again soon and also seeing MATT PALAZZO who's like 20 minutes from here BUT I STILL HAVEN'T SEEN YET. AUGHRUGH
I have like 3 articles to read and a response to write and some notes to type up then some dreams to dream so I can make sweet delicious coffee in the morning.

That is all.
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College Life [06 Sep 2007|04:30am]
So I've been a college student now for almost 3 weeks here at American University, and it is just amazing. I've yet to be truly homesick, and just the feeling of independence and control of my life is fantastic. I've gotten over most of my basic fears about college...I think I've really adapted to life here.
My roommates are great. Will and Jon are both really cool, interesting guys, and living with them is fun. I was kind of worried about how 3 people in a little room would work out, but it's going really well. My room is really nice too, we even have carpet. Everyone else on my floor is really great and we pretty much just party all the time. Clubbing is like my new favorite thing ever, and DC has some GREAT clubs. Especially the gay clubs. Be jealous, Mark
Living in DC is also awesome. I've finally learned the ins and outs of the Metro, and having the monuments and the Smithsonians and the Government and all kinds of really cool ethnic communties right down the street is pretty fantastic...as well as Virginia and Maryland just about as close.
Also, Anna is right nearby at Georgetown so I plan to hang out with her lots...we goofed around the other night and she showed me disgusting things on her computer and I found a Georgetown frisbee that glows in the dark! Fun!
I'm also really liking my major. I kind of took on International Relations on a whim, but the classes and Professors for it are great. I've been reading stuff that's really changed the way I look at the world, and it's only been 2 weeks! There are people at AU from every state and like 150 countries and I really feel like I'm expanding my horizons. I'm also now a barista on a coffeeshop here at AU, and that is pretty unbelievably fun.
I also thought I wouldn't enjoy a college that wasn't unbelievable huge, but now I think AU is just right. The classes are pretty small and actual Professors teach the classes, but at the same time AU has a crazy amount of resources and selection and it feels like a much bigger school in that regard. Also, despite being on the smaller side, the campus is sooooo pretty and fun to be in and it never takes too long to get to class. Yeah AU!
I also decided to do Birthright over December break with my floor buddy Danielle. It's going to be super-fun and I can't wait to get back to Israel!
I could just go on and on and on about how great my life has been for the last few weeks, but I think I'll stop there. I miss everyone back home lots, despite my claim of not being truly homesick, and it would make me really happy if you'd respond to this post or something and let me know how you're doing. It's weird to think of myself as a college student...hmmmmm....
Growing up is fun. :)

P.S. - Tonight my neighbors Kelley and Mhabeni dressed me up like a woman and my gay RA told me I was fabulous. The end.
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[16 Aug 2007|06:41pm]
[ mood | busy ]

So on Saturday I'll officially be a college student. Wooooooooow.
Friday (tomorrow) is my last day here so if you want to stop by, that would be amazing, since I believe most everyone else is still here for at least another week or so.
What a crazy next 48 hours it'll be!

I've just realized how much I'm going to miss some people.

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[14 Aug 2007|09:15am]
So Friday was my last day working at Ingersoll for the summer, which is sad but it means even better things are coming up. I really love that job and I hate to think that one day I'll have to give it up...which won't be for quite a few years yet anyway. I'm really glad I took this week off, though, I haven't had more than two days without work this whole summer so far. I leave for college on Saturday! That's 4 days! Does this mean I have to start living the life of a so-called "adult"? I really feel ready and I'm not nervous yet although I'm sure that'll kick in within the next few days. Oooooooooh man life goes fast.
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[05 Aug 2007|11:30am]
[ mood | excited ]

So I've really been neglecting livejournal lately. Today I felt the compulsion to update though, and I'm going to try to write in it more since it's something I really like doing and the people who still use it are some of my closest friends. Anyway, here's what's gone on since I last wrote on LJ:

*got a new car to replace the vanosaurus from Dave Rosenberg's dad. it's a hottie-mobile.
*spent a week in Greece with awesome people like Caitie Guimont
*decided i'm going to American University in Washington, DC
*graduated high school
*went to college orientation like a big kid
*finished working at Kid's Korner
*started working at Ingersoll for my third summer

In fact, I only have 1 week left at Ingersoll, which is quite sad because being a camp counselor is one of my favorite things in the world. Then in 12 days I move into American, which I am currently both really excited for and scared shitless about. I decided to major in International Relations, which is something I really enjoy, and I hope I like my classes. My roommates seem really cool - I haven't met them in person yet but we've talked on facebook and AIM and I'm really excited to meet them. I think it just hit me how much I am going to miss the people I really became friends with over the last year and those who I've known for years and years. It seems like a long time between now and December, which is probably the first chance I'll have to come back and visit.
Also, Nick Reverendo and Annie Cohn are two of the most fabulous people ever, and I'm really enjoying the ability to listen to something other than the radio in my car thanks to them. Their new cat is also really cute and I'm glad it's living in my house for a few weeks because it's a nice change from the neurotic cats that I usually live with.

Here's some pictures that'll sum up the last few months nicely:

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[12 Apr 2007|07:29pm]
Greece TOMORROW. Oh my.
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Death of a legend. [12 Mar 2007|11:13pm]
It's true. A dark shadow has fallen upon the land...

...the vanosaurus is officially dead. All shall mourn the passing of a LEGEND as the GHS senior lot is suddenly devoid of a cherished icon.

Let us please have a moment of silence for an awkwardly shaped car that somehow fit into everyone's heart.

RIP Vanosaurus 3/3/07

Cherished icon, eternal legend, awkward shape.
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[01 Mar 2007|12:42am]
So I felt totally obliged to update my LJ for no real reason other than I felt totally obliged. That's a great reason. A really great reason. Shut up.

Anyway, I keep alternating between these periods of "things rock" and "mental breakdown." Seriously, I really took an undoable schedule this year, and somehow I'm doing it, but it's not fun. Ah, but I'm an optimist, so I'm going to make it fun.

All I need to do is stop being really lazy and most of my problems will solve themselves. Unfortunately I have hit a totally new low of laziness ever since about December, and that's when I knew Senioritis was more than a myth. It's still really hard to wrap my mind around the fact that I'm a senior and I'm going to graduate in June.

Speaking of which, I finally made a choice about college. It was actually more than a month ago, but that's just really reflective of how much I've updated my LJ recently. Thus, my feeling totally obliged. So it hit me that I'd never really be able to afford Brandeis, so I kind of crossed that off my list, and I'm looking at BU, Northeastern, UConn, and Binghamton. I know I don't want to remain in Connecticut, so I crossed UConn off. Then I realized I'd probably be killed by a wolverine or something if I went out to rural New York, so there went Binghamton. Really, can you see me out in the wilderness, surrounded by trees for miles? I can see that too, and it all ends in a bloody wolverine attack. After considering my remaining two options, and realizing I had a scholarship to Northeastern, it all became very obvious. I'm going to Northeastern next year and it's so exciting I could like pee my pants. There's a million other reasons why I chose Northeastern but I won't bore you with them here. I've also been promised there's nothing remotely resembling a wolverine in Boston so I'm totally safe. I originally wanted to major in Linguistics, but I changed that to International Affairs when I saw how awesome that program was, and now I'm going to grow up to be just like Mr. Boisoneau. Yay.

I also want to say that I absolutely freaking love my job at Kid's Korner. It's interesting to watch everyone be all excited about wherever they work in the beginning, and then 4 months later hate it, because 6 months in I still love my job and look forward to it every day. No matter how crappy of a day I have, I can always show up there with a smile on my face and really just be the person I want to be. That sounds kind of strange, but so does the rest of this entry, and honestly, how many people our age can say that about their high school jobs? The only cruddy part is driving to Portland directly after school every day, and the sporadic training sessions in Middletown that go on forever and deprive me of sleep.

On the subject of sleep deprivation, I found out tonight the only way to actually focus on homework (and to make my left eye stop twitching, how freaky is that) is to drink alot of caffeine. Does this finally make me an addict? That's kind of disturbing. All the empty bottles of Vault downstairs agree with me. It tastes kind of gross but it keeps me awake at 1 AM when I'm supposed to be working on an accounting project, but instead I'm on livejournal.

Now I've come to the sad realization that I actually need to go do my homework if I wish to graduate. What a sorry state of affairs.

Peace, Minivans, and accounts payable,
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[23 Feb 2007|12:28am]
Josh Kaplan loves bestiality.

This public service announcement has been brought to you by Anna Gallo.
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[14 Jan 2007|07:27pm]
Pretty much how I feel right now...Collapse )
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[11 Jan 2007|07:15pm]
I don't care if anyone really clicks on this or notCollapse )
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[02 Jan 2007|05:46am]
It took 28 hours, but it just hit me that it's an entirely new year. What a milestone. I put up my new 2007 calendar on the wall in my room today and that just did it for me. The Calendar is "The 2007 Bush countdown", and on every date it tells you how many days the President has left in office. As of today, he has 749.

I haven't made a real post on here in a long time, and I have a real urge to do that now. Everyone else who did the same thing, I read every single LJ entry you made about New Years or whatever else over the past 2 days, and even if I didn't reply to all of them in some way, I totally read them, and I'm glad all of you are making resolutions and reflecting on your lives and all that. Go you.

My nice big post, below the cut.Collapse )

Ok...so that wasn't really the end. But the new Matisyahu CD/DVD No Place to Be came out on Tuesday and it is totally, totally fucking awesome and i've had it on repeat for a while.
Burn in the oven in this century
And the gas tried to choke, but it couldn’t choke me
I will not lie down, I will not fall asleep
They come overseas, yes they’re trying to be free
Erase the demons out of our memory
Change your name and your identity
Afraid of the truth and our dark history
Why is everybody always chasing we
Cut off the roots of your family tree
Don't you know that's not the way to be

That's all. :)
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[18 Dec 2006|08:22pm]
What if I got a letter today that said....

"Dear Joshua:

Congratulations! On behalf of the Admissions Committee, I am pleased to offer you admission to the Fall 2007 entering class at Northeastern University as a Linguistics major in the college of arts and sciences......"

Well, that'd sure be swell!

I'm glad things are swell, then. :)

I hear Mindy Brown got one too! Go Mindy!
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