Tuesday, June 17, 2008

My Totem Animal

So I was doing a MySpace survey (I know. Big shocker, eh?) and the question I came to asked what my totem animal was. Well, I had no earthly clue, so I did what I always do when I have no earthly clue: I tried to find out. I Googled. I took the quiz below, and these are the results it gave me.

Which animal totem best suits you?
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You scored as Dragon

You are the Dragon. You store a lot of knowledge about everything. You are generally one who is good with personal growth and can regenerate yourself after a bad experience.





























How cool is that?! A dragon! Unfortunately, that's all it gave me. I don't know what I'm supposed to do with all these other animals, or even what the dominant ones mean. So, naturally, I had to look that up, too.


Caution, Healing, Leadership

The power of the Bear totem
is the power of introspection.
The answers to all our questions
lie within us.
Each of us has the capacity to quiet the mind,
enter the silence and know.

Just as the bear hibernates during the winter,
people with a Bear totem will be quieter
during the winter months. But they
must awaken in the spring and seek
whatever opportunities are around them.

When you have a Bear totem,
you are being guided to a leadership role.
You must be fearless in defending your beliefs.

The Bear also encourages you to exercise
your abilities as a natural healer.

Bears are associated with trees which are natural antennas, linking the heavens and the Earth.
Bear also has links to the seven color rays of the Universal Light
as well as Lunar ties, linking the subconscious and the unconscious mind.
It is associated with the Goddess Artemis.


Protection, Elemental Magic
Powers of Change and Transformation

Dragon represents the supernatural, infinity itself and the spiritual powers of change and transformation. It is a fierce protector and adds extra power to any magic you may perform.

Fire Dragon
Transmutation, Mastery, Energy

This powerful totem brings vitality, enthusiasm and courage.
He will help you over obstacles
and give you qualities of leadership and mastery.
He can fuel your inner fires.
He can be a powerful protector.

Air Dragon
Inspiration, Insight, Vitality

This totem must be treated with great respect.
Great flashes of illumination in intellect and psyche
are possible with this totem.
The air dragon brings insight and clarity to all problems.
Trust your inner voice.

Earth Dragon
Power, Potential, Riches

This totem shows us our potential, our riches: what we are capable of.
With his help, we can discover the beauty and power that lies in all of us.
He lives deep within the Earth and can help you ground scattered energies.
When you call him, think of a slow moving, heavy Dragon pulling himself toward you.
Feel his weight around you. He will nurture you as Mother Earth does.

Water Dragon
Passion, Depth, Connection

A water dragon totem brings memories and wishes,
perhaps long hidden, to the surface.
By facing painful past experiences,
we can achieve a sense of peace and balance in our lives.
This totem gives us the courage and compassion
in this challenge.

Gee, this dragon thing is looking cooler and cooler! If you can be all elements at once. Or at least each element when needed. I'm cool. I am Dragon. HEAR ME ROAR!!!

Did You Know This?!

And, once again, the government mucks around where it's neither wanted nor needed. Somebody tranquilize these people. Or better yet, get them in therapy for their delusions of grandeur.

Somebody needs to hold a lightbulb over their heads......

Monday, June 16, 2008

Hidden Treasures

I find odd things. There is a large amount of information out there and, frankly, no possible way to assimilate it all. But the sifting sure can be fun. Here are some of the snickers I have found lately.

Now, it may be that the Goth movement is meant to project a dark and fearsome beauty, but this....person...of indiscriminate gender....has not made any forward strides for any movement. Not even the literal kind.

Oh, I know we all have stories that would go beautifully with this sentiment. Myself, I just try not to think about how much it applies to me.

I thought this was a hilariously accurate description of atheism. A pardon to all you atheists out there, but if I have to have a sense of humor about my religion, so do you.

People scare me sometimes Really.

Definitely a sign that Carpal Tunnel is in your future.

Now, honestly, who can't use a little of this attitude?!

And last but not least, I leave you with.....

A shot at the gold, and hoping you're not going for the silver!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Pomp and Smurfin' Stance

Ah, graduation. That time of year when all the upper class (in school, that is) get to soak all their relatives for cash bask in the glory of freedom a job well done. Technically speaking, I have reached that place. I will graduate with my AA sometime next week. There will be no ceremony. I'll get my diploma in the mail(as requested). Why is this, you ask? Because I still have two more years left. Mine is but a transfer degree, though I am excited to be moving on to the next step.

I've always liked school. I like learning. But I hate, hate, HATED high school. The education was mediocre and not enough to balance the crappy social games, at which I sucked, then and now. That's one reason I'm so glad to be going to college when I'm just a tad older. I'm outside the stupid social games. Peer pressure is more likely to involve a competition over the highest grade than a competition over who can consume the most alcohol without a trip to the restroom, ER or morgue. Priorities, right?

I have never had a graduation ceremony. I graduated a year early from high school, and due to a slightly odd set of circumstances, well that's just how it worked out. I'm not complaining. I kind of like it that way, actually. It just seems like a whole lot of expensive fuss for not much. I'm still debating whether I'm going to do the whole Cap and Gown route when I actually graduate with a Bachelor's.... in something. Right now, I'm leaning away from it. I don't want to pay $50 for a tank of gas to get there, pay for a cap and gown, sit in stultified air for several hours listening to people I don't know talk about how the future is out there just waiting for total domination by the current graduating class. This does not inspire any kind of positive passion in me. If I ever get a Master's, you can bet that I'll be taking that walk. But probably not just for this.

Besides, all this is just a lead-up to the really exciting news. After my last final (8:00 Thursday morning) it will officially be summer vacation for me! Woohoooooo!!!!
I cannot tell you how ready I am for this. My brain alternates among three options. 1)Leaking out my ears, 2) Being sucked down my spinal cord, and 3) simply freezing. Did you know there is no reboot button for the human brain. Yeah. I've looked. Not there! But there is a reboot process, and it is known as Summer Vacation. Well, I am ready.

Reboot me!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Election Year Therapy

It's that time again. That time when we begin to avoid all media outlets like the plague for they will soon be bombarding us with that stomach-clenching, molar-snapping, apoplexy-inducing soundbite known as The Political Ad.

Here it comes. That 30-second bid for your vote. It all starts out innocently enough. Vote for Me. I'm the best Guy for the Job! The other guy is a good person, but he just "doesn't get it".

But it never stays that way, does it?

In no time at all, it becomes politely vicious. And as all of you know, polite viciousness is the worst kind. Now, not only is he the Best Guy for the Job, suddenly his opponent is Satan's henchman, who is planning to lead us all into the Seventh Circle of Hell with a gleeful look on his face as he flings our tax dollars into burning pits of fire and brimstone along the way.

Now we enter the time when you take your life into your hands by asking "So, who are you gonna vote for?" Every four years we endure this trauma.

I wish it could just be.....respectful. I know there are a multitude of differing opinions out there. I know there are lots of different ways to handle things. I just don't think it's impossible to be respectful of someone else's point of view. Or even to acknowledge it's strengths without moving you from your own convictions. I'd like the politicians to figure out that all they need to do is let their record speak for itself. Specific questions usually get answered in debates. Character assassination isn't an endearing trait.

So I'm just gonna pre-pay my therapist for all the anger management sessions I'll be taking. I will research voting records, and watch officially sanctioned debates and that's it! Then I will vote for the candidate whose basic principles most closely align with my own. And I will be voting. That's a freedom I have no intention of taking for granted.