May 2004 Archives

Happy Memorial Day

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I first read this in the letters to the editor of the Austin Chronicle, of all places.

I'll keep it in mind as I enjoy my three day weekend.

It is the soldier, not the reporter,
Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

It is the soldier,
Who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.”

Attributed to Father Dennis Edward O'Brien

Infamous is when you're more than famous!

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It's always nice to have someone say you look like someone famous.

Well, almost always.

Five years ago

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I was on the South Mall* of the University of Texas throwing a frisbee with Nate Curs to celebrate our impending graduation. It was something we'd both said we always wanted to do before we finished. It was a good time and the kind of thing I wish I'd taken more time for all the years I was here.

Just a few minutes ago I walked back by that spot, on my way to the UGL to study for my first round of finals as a grad student. Funny how five years can seem both so short and so long ago.

*Technically, it was the west flagpole just south of the Tower, but who would be that precise?