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18 April 2007 @ 03:31 pm
青い空、早く来い!!!  
This is what it SHOULD look like outside. It's spring, not winter, right?? And yet again, for the third day in a row it's nearly freezing. Rainy and cold!! A few days ago, I put away all of my winter clothes on the assumption that several months late, spring was finally here! But apparently I assumed wrong. I've been hearing about similar weather problems in other parts of the world. Man, something is seriously wrong *puts on The Day After Tomorrow*. I thought that we were supposed to start feeling the effects of global warming nowadays? I guess.... not. 

I really, really hate the cold. I like rain, but only as long as it's warm enough to go outside and play in it. Or when it's beautiful and you can sit and watch it in the window. But it's too cold to sit anywhere near the window, and even with my heater all the way up yet again, it's still freezing in here. I'm not really happy with the environment recently. I wish that it would hurry up and turn this latitude into a tropical climate already. I wonder how long that will take.. (hope that I'm alive when it happens!)

So, I'm kind of in a bad mood recently. Being cold and rainy and me generally not having any money, I haven't been able to get out and enjoy myself. I've read several books in the last few days, and tried to draw a number of times, but I just wasn't feeling it. I'm too pent-up! I made plans to go out today with a friend, but they're cancelled because the weather is yet again terrible... And on top of that I have to go to some meetings for work on Friday which I am not looking forward to. It's weeks until that job starts again, so I don't like being forced to think about it right now. I do have a meeting for a new very parttime job though, tomorrow morning, which sounds really interesting. I think that I'll really get along with the people there, and I'm going to use the money from it to save up for my trip to Italy this summer!!

Um, I've also been thinking about this for a while, and I really wonder if anyone has any suggestions. I want to volunteer somewhere in Africa (some small village, I'm not too picky) this summer, for maybe about 2 weeks or so. Does anyone have any recommendations of an organization to work through? I looked around on the internet quite a bit, but I don't know anything about any of the groups, so I'm not sure if they're legit or not... and honestly, I am not willing to pay money to a companydo it. I don't understand... I mean, I understand paying for my own food and plane ticket there, but shelter and whatever else should all be free. I am, afterall, there to volunteer my time for them, to help people. But every volunteer agency that I look at charges HUGE amounts of money to VOLUNTEER and I can't figure out what that's for. And I'm not talking a small amount. For one week, it was anywhere from $700-3000 not including food and plane ticket. Um, no. I don't understand paying money. Donations are one thing, but I can't afford that so I want to help out personally and hopefully have a really great experience doing it.

I've just been feeling really worldly,  I guess you could say, this week. And maybe claustrophobic. And sentimental. What happened in Virginia a few days ago was terrible. My heart goes out to the people who lost someone that they loved in that shooting. America should outlaw guns, they really, really should (and so should the rest of the world).
 
 
 
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 18th, 2007 12:34 pm (UTC)
Yes, I agree! I feel much safer here because they don't allow guns. It's one major worry that I just don't have to worry about.
akibare: なんだこりゃakibare on April 18th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
Although, the mayor of Nagasaki was shot dead yesterday... this time over a personal grievance and not by right-wingers, though.

Still, much less odds of ordinary people packing, most definitely.

It was strange, I was reading (and admittedly, flaming) about it on 2ch, where there was much criticism about the gun society of the USA (and mad rejoicing by the usual net-right-wingers that the perp ended up being Korean, so they should kill all the Koreans and kick them out of Japan and etc ETC, that's 2ch breaking news threads for ya, absolutely depressing) and then on a US mass chat forum, where there were actually a few people taking the "but if all the students were packing, this wouldn't have happened" line. A-ma-zing. (Yeah, they got argued with.)
Raynermundist on April 19th, 2007 03:00 am (UTC)
The interesting thing that I'm noticing in the news reports (here in the US) is that the fact the guy was South Korean is regularly stated while the fact that he came to the US in 1992 (when he was 8) is never mentioned. I've only seen one article mention when he moved here.

The argument could easily be made by some that growing up in the US had some effects on him. I don't think that is the main case though as the guy was deeply troubled.

A question I have is that if you took the same troubled individual and put them in a society where guns aren't easily accessible to civilians would things have unfolded the same? I'd guess that in the least the person would have had a lot more trouble getting a gun, and in turn there would be more opportunities to stop him before he did what he did.

Anyway, I guess a lot of this is moot as the situation has already happened. In my mind the question now becomes how do we stop this from happening again. An no, I don't think 'Firearm Ed' is the way to go.