Thursday, September 03, 2009

No more teachers, though drastically more books.

So it is that time of year where summer is waning and everyone is ruminating about how quickly our north-eastern sector will dive into the depths of it's frigid winter. We all muse about how deplorable it is, but we all endure... somehow. This will be the first year whence my safety net is pulled out from beneath me. No more school. Period. Somehow I've never really felt the safety of that net though... I knew it was always technically there, but it never really felt all that net-like to me, I always felt I was pretty deep into the game (real-life) already. For me school was just one big football huddle before the actual action started (the summer being full contact). It was the comfort of camaraderie that made School worth while to me (not so really what I was being taught there), the vast social network that could easily be turned into a metaphor for that thing the Emperor Penguins do in the Antarctic where they slowly shift to the middle, taking turns bearing the brunt of the load (I'm not going to actually come up with the metaphor, but I know it's there somewhere). So this all seems like a big change, right? I'm 22 and say 20 of those years were spent with more than half of my time on loan to a cast of different characters* in various different academic establishments. And now, just ... not. 

I went back to Purchase today to sort out some ever-present financial issues and install a sculpture, that chapter of my life is officially closed. No more college . See normally, I'd be all frenzied to do what college kids tend to do when the new school year starts; celebrate with lots and lots of cheap beer; Whilst hungover I would vacantly attend my classes and as the hangover finally subsides I would squeeze in some generous video game playing just before it was time to start drinking again. Ah Purchase college. All the parties that are exactly the same, all the kids whose futures are in Williamsburg, all the strung out dancers and identity crisis-ing actors. I waved goodbye to all that today, and I realized: I got a lot of fuckin time on my hands now. Books! I can actually read again! And make some big sculptures without feeling like I'm neglecting certain social and alcohol related obligations! ... I mean shit, I don't even want to drink anymore.... Ya know, I'm really lookin forward to this coming fall.  (winter still sucks)


Z.

holy shit....

I just remember how fantastic sleeping is! 




*blog entry about the many interesting/excellent/crazy teachers whom i've had in my extensive school-life, coming soon.

9 comments:

joti said...

i love you zac. that there is a great writing. plus you have time to come to my house and stay a biut. i love you zacy poo!
yo sis!

Kåserier från Kocksgatan said...

darl, well put. but hey, the winter aint so bad either after all. As long as there is snow. and the blue planet.

Zac said...

Why thank you both, and Joti your comment is also a great writing, much appreciated.

Blue planet is good, but it's not on par with Planet Earth.. turns out Blue Planet came out in 2001 as opposed to the incredibly technologically advanced Planet Earth which was released in 2006.

fayzie said...

What happened to wintering in sunny Israel? Have you been in touch with birthright?

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