Friday, February 23, 2001 - Earnhardt Jr. decries post-crash treatment of Marlin - February 23, 2001

"Any notion, idea or blame, whether it's directed at Sterling Marlin or anyone else, is ridiculous and will not be tolerated," Earnhardt said in reference to his father's accident. "It's incredible some of the things I've heard in the last few days."

A great big THANK YOU goes out to Earnhardt, Jr. from the bottom of my heart. I, too, believe it to be absolutely ridiculous that people are blaming Sterling Marlin, and even Ken Schrader -- who was an innocent bystander -- for Earnhardt, Sr.'s death at Daytona on Sunday. When it's your time, it's your time. It doesn't matter who hit you or what happened -- there's nothing that can be done to avoid it. I think that the Earnhardt fans who are trying to blame someone are experiencing misplaced aggression; they're angry that he passed away, and they have to have someone to blame. But, what they aren't taking into account is Earnhardt's seemingly favorite phrase during his life: "That's racin'." And, if he were alive today, those would be the first words out of his mouth regarding what happened on Sunday.

Sunday, February 11, 2001

Well, it looks as though my arch nemesis in first period has decided he just isn't going to come to that class anymore. Good riddance. Though I still have to deal with him in second period. Maybe he'll stop coming to that too -- he and the teacher got into a little disagreement the other day. I wish he'd just leave for good. Blah.

Wednesday, February 07, 2001

CNN Transcript - Larry King Live: 'N Sync Discusses Their Rise to Stardom - January 9, 2001

KING: On that note, what do you think of Eminem? Is he just...
KIRKPATRICK: You know what? I have to admit I have the CD in my car and I play it all the time. I mean, you don't have to believe everything he says, and you know, follow what he does because he hates us. But you know, it's still...
KING: Why do you like him?
KIRKPATRICK: He's talented. He's very talented. And you can't -- you can't take any of that stuff away from him. When you listen to the album, if you know good music, if you know, you know, he's very lyrically talented and he writes a lot of great stuff. I love it. I sing it in my head or outloud when I'm in my car making fun of myself. And you know, it's just funny to me that he talks about us, because...
KING: He makes fun of you.
KIRKPATRICK: ... you know, here I am, yelling in my car.

This is exactly what I have been trying to explain to people for a long time, now. I like Eminem. I didn't say I like his attitude; I like his music. I sing along in the car. I have most of the CD memorized. And, yes, my two main favorite genres are pop and country -- as far away from rap as you can get. He'd said over and over that he writes what he writes to "get a rise out of people," and he does. Many of his raps are devoted purely to dispelling public criticism about his lyrics. Why can't people accept that maybe he doesn't write his raps to spread his beliefs; he writes them because it makes for a good story? But, the one thing that irritates me the most about Eminem criticism is when parents try to censor the music their teenagers listen to, because they think they'll be "wrongly influenced" by explicit material. I have a mind of my own; The Marshall Mathers LP is by no means my gospel. It's just a darn good CD. I have enough common sense to know what to do and what not to do; I know the difference between right and wrong. Parents who censor teens' music choices need to develop the all-important element of trust in their relationship. What, does the CD have magical powers? Am I going to listen to it and experience some evil force taking over my body and driving me to commit illegal acts? I think not.

Tuesday, January 30, 2001

BSB singing the National Anthem - The.Buzz://Forum
Quote: "does howie look even more like Jesus now? omg. he sounds like a girl lol. omg." I would really like to know what Howie Dorough ever did to these millions of people that are hating on him. They call him really nasty names -- names that if you ever called someone at school that name, you'd be in trouble -- such as "grease monkey." They're always calling him greasy, gross, gay, girly, and many other things that, ironically, all start with "g." I had not noticed that before. Anyway. I don't care if he is gay (I don't know if he's gay or straight, and, like I said, I don't care) and neither should they; it's none of their business. As for calling someone gross and greasy, that's just plain hurtful. I don't think they'd like it very much if someone marched around, without ever knowing them, calling them gross and greasy. Maybe he doesn't always have the best hairstyle in the world, but, hey, we can't all have great hair all the time! Howie Dorough is one of the sweetest celebrities in the business today, always giving to others before thinking about himself. There should be more celebrities out there like Howie, and people should think twice before they diss someone they don't even know.

Now, on another note... I had an interesting experience in first period today. We had a substitute, but our teacher left us two worksheets to do. I finished my worksheets first because I, technically, have already had this class because I took a different class last year that covered the same stuff. Anyhow, I finished first and the deadbeat next to me whom I cannot stand goes "Hey, Kari, did you finish this one?" and he points to the easiest one of the two. So told him I had, and he said "Can I see it?" To that question, I simply replied, "No." First off he got this look on his face like "I cannot believe you just said that to me" because this guy has the biggest ego I have ever met in my life. So I elaborated with, "I'm not going to let you copy my paper. Sorry. I know you can do it." He's still got this high-and-mighty/dumbfounded look on his face and he had to say something, just because he simply cannot let me have the last word; that would be wrong. Apparently his pea-brain could not think of a decent comeback so he says, "I know I can do it. Why are you still looking at me?" I don't know when looking at someone you were speaking to became a crime but, whatever. So I stopped looking at him, because I didn't want to look at him any more than he wanted to look at me. He goes "Thank you," like he's some sort of higher being than me and then says, "It's not that I can't do it, it's that I don't want to, because I'm lazy." I started to respond with, "Well, that's not my problem, is it?" but I didn't want to start anything else. I ignored him for the rest of the class and he ignored me, but I seriously doubt he'll ask to copy my paper anymore. Ha. :P

Sunday, January 28, 2001

Apparently Britney Spears missed the memo that stated that socks go on feet and not arms. :P (For those who are lost, I am referring to the Super Bowl Halftime Show.) Even though she needed to invest in a shirt that fits, all in all, the show was good. It was definitely much better than what I've seen in the past -- perhaps it has something to do with the fact that MTV was running it this year. They should run it more often. :)
Hello. My name is Kari. I enjoy having a web page because it gives me an avenue to release my thoughts easily and quickly. I type much faster than I write, therefore it makes far more sense for me to have a web page than a paper journal. But, since I am lazy, I also like "push button" publishing. And Blogger seems like a grand way to create an automatically-archived random thoughts and ramblings page. :)

I went to Wal-mart to buy a new print cartridge today. (This story gets better, I promise.) I pulled into the parking lot and thought to myself, "Wow, this place is busy for a Sunday afternoon." I purchased my print cartridge and went to buy a half-gallon of Oreo ice cream, and, on the way, I walked past a table full of football-themed baked goods, complete with Super Bowl paper plates and cups. Then it hit me -- it's 3:00 on Super Bowl Sunday and everyone is buying their party supplies. So that's why Wal-mart was so busy! Don't stop reading yet, there's more. All of the cupcakes -- and even the donuts -- had little plastic football shaped rings in them. Like those Barbie and Powerpuff Girls rings you see in cupcakes at the grocery store, only they were footballs. Now, I am absolutely sure that all those men attending tonight's Super Bowl parties would love to have a little plastic football shaped ring. I think someone in the bakery got bored. *nods head*

My parents are watching the football game; my mother cracks me up. Someone gets a touchdown and she starts clapping, except it's not a normal clap. It's this excited, short clap. It's funny. She watches football and gets all excited. The only reason why I go to my cousin's football games with her is to watch her. ;)

I can't believe I got figured it'd be taken. (Okay, I'll shut up now...)