September 13th, 2001


This little light of mine

Tonight I went to the candlelight vigil on the quad at Emory.

I'm not sure what I was expecting; both my professor and I had been dismayed at the seeming lack of concern of the Emory students. But there were people EVERYWHERE. Some of my colleagues from the English department showed up. People got up and talked about their feelings. At least two of them reminded people not to judge based on ethnicity.

Then we lit the little white candles (which we kept having to relight because of the breeze) and sang "God Bless the USA." Everyone held their candles way up at the end. It was nothing short of moving.

And people stayed. We sang "This Little Light of Mine" and "Amazing Grace" and "God Bless America" and finally "The Star-Spangled Banner." And even then it wasn't over. We pledged allegiance to the American flag at half-mast and then people took their still-burning candles and arranged them at the base of the flag. I nearly cried yet again.

I've bitched about Emory students before and I'm sure I will again, but they've got it where it counts.
  • Current Music
    "God Bless the USA" -- Lee Greenwood

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Sometimes I think my life would be a lot more pleasant if I had the guts to walk up to people and say, "You know what? You're a bitch."
  • Current Mood
    bitchy bitchy

Good news

It feels a little selfish to have any happy news for myself in the middle of this awful week, but I have to share. I called the couple who are my potential landlords tonight to let them know I wanted the apartment, and they were all for it. In fact, they said that having "the right person" was more important to them than money, so they're willing to give me a $70 break on the rent -- that means $625 a month. Utilities included. For my own one-bedroom apartment.

With all the bad-roommate-luck I've had, this is a delight to me. I just hope my landlords are sane. I hate being so fearful, but based on the past, I kinda have to be. But I seem to have a love-it-or-hate-it personality, y'know? And it's really nice knowing that they like me.
  • Current Music
    "Stay" -- Lisa Loeb