Monday, January 14, 2008

I'm So Excited, and I Just Can't Hide It!!!

We got our scenes in Opera Theater today, and I'm not going to lie. As a Freshman, I wasn't expecting much. I was thinking maybe a few lines or so... First, I should explain the whole opera theater thing.

I'm in a class 3 times a week that's basically a performance class, and at the end of the semester, we perform a random grouping of scenes, kind of like an opera review... Sort of. Not really, but that'll give you good enough of an idea. Either way, there will be a performance.

It turns out that I'm actually doing a duet (sort of) scene with another guy from the opera "La Boheme." Not only that, but it's Mimi's famous death scene. It's going to be GREAT.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Why do Polish names end in "ski?"

Answer: Because they can't spell toboggan.

For the past few months, I've been coming across joke after joke after joke demeaning the Polish culture and its people. Now, being Polish myself I'm actually not offended by these jokes. But what I'm intrigued by is the origin of the world's apparent dislike of the Polish.

So I set out to get some answers, and what I found was actually rather interesting.

It all started in World War II. Poland is, by God's choosing, relatively devoid of natural geographic barriers which in turn makes the country hard to defend. Located between Russia and Germany, it is placed right in the middle of the easiest invasion route between western Europe and the East, and, caught between those two powers, it is easily (and often) conquered. For example, when Hitler decided to make his first official move in the war, he invaded Poland and took control of it. Ever since then, Poland has been viewed as weak, a push-over. Along that same line, before the Holocaust Poland had highest Jewish population in Europe, hands down. During a time when Jewish heritage was looked down upon, a country that was nearly indefensible seemed to be screaming to be the butt of all jokes. And so it began. Add the usual cultural differences of new immigrants, and you have reality enough to support such jokes.

I also found out that Polish, to the UK, are like the Hispanics for America. Now, I don't mean to be stepping on any toes here, but one of the biggest problems in America today is our lenient immigration policies. Not only that, but people are crossing our borders and living and working here illegally. From what I've read, the Polish are doing the same in the UK. Now, I don't know if they're doing it illegally, but I do know that there is a high number of Polish people in the United Kingdom.
On answers.yahoo.com, someone posted the following question:

"Why are so many Polish people in the UK? Is it their goal in life to work & live in the UK?"

There were several responses, but one really stuck out to me. It was a single sentence, but it said it all.

Answer: "I know! It's fucking annoying!"

Now, part of me is really offended by this comment. Why would someone say something like that? They're just trying to make a living. But then I feel horribly hypocritical. I'm sure I've either said the very same thing or something very similar to it about our current situation in the United States. At this point, I'm not 100% sure if my feelings are changing, but I think I'm becoming more open, which I hear is important. :)

On a completely different topic, my sister, Tommy (our roommate), and I are in the process of renting a house. The lease starts on the 15th, and Jenn paid her part of the deposit today. I'm going to pay mine on Sunday, and I believe Tommy is going to pay his around that same time. The landlord pretty much said we got it, which makes me so happy. It's slightly under 1800 sq. ft. with a fireplace and 2 baths, and it's just beautiful. The floor is all hardwood, and all of the rooms are so spacious. We even have a screened-in porch and a storage shed. This is going to be such a great experience; I'm really excited to start this portion of my life. Once we get moved in, I'll post some pictures.

Oh! Another thing. It's literally 1.8 miles away from my school. THANK YOU, JESUS! I save on gas! And it's also looking like I'm going to have a job at the Green Hills Mall movie theater. Well, I won't say I have it, yet, but I do have an interview tomorrow at 5:45pm. I feel good, because I know someone else that works there, and she pretty much said that they were going to hire me because she gave me a good recommendation. So that may be a great opportunity, too.

It seems to me like God is really opening up some doors / windows for me, and I'm so excited to see where He's leading me.

Whew.

~Stef

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