Oh, great white city

It’s funny how, when you start the new school year, you always miss the classes from the previous school year.  I swear, IT HAPPENS EVERY TIME.  I miss my math class from last year (for obvious reasons. AP Calc is horrifying in comparison to Pre-Calc Honors).  I miss my old English class (post-AP test, of course).  I miss my incredibly easy Spanish class with all my friends.  I miss Environmental Science (eh, that’s kind of a stretch.  I’m only saying this because my new AP Bio class is infiltrated with Juniors and Sophomores).  The only exception to my OMG-I-miss-last-year nostalgia is AP US History.  I most definitely do not miss that class, that teacher, or the homework assignments and readings that were required of us.  My new history/social science-oriented class this year is AP American Government, and so far all we’ve done is read the Sunday comics and watch YouTube clips.  Productivity at its finest.

Basically, Senior year doesn’t seem like it’s going to be a killer.  I’m only worried about surviving AP Calculus, seeing that I’m mentally challenged in the mathematics arena.  It’s a wonder and a miracle that I made it this far.  I pray to the heavenly gods that this will be the last math class I ever have to take, and that’s why I’m leaning towards colleges that harbor the “open curriculum.”  Life would positively splendid if there was no math involved.

*Post title from the song: “Come On! Feel the Illinoise! (Part 1: The World’s Columbian Exposition; Part 2: Carl Sandburg Visits Me in a Dream)” by Sufjan Stevens

This would be the first time that I’ve ever written anything after my little footnote about the title of the post, but the nerd in me demands that I extrapolate (um, hey math term? excuse me for incorrect usage) on the subject of Sufjan Stevens.  I have uncovered a gem.  This musician, or band, or whatchamacallit, has an album called Illinoise.  First off, this is a super awesome name for an album.  Secondly, a number of the songs on the album allude to American history, which, in my book, is a recipe for awesomeness.  Thirdly, some of the song titles so long-winded and witty that I want to jump up and down for the triumph of originality.

Here is the track listing:

1. Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois

2. The Black Hawk War, Or, How To Demolish an Entire Civilization and Still Feel Good About Yourself in the Morning, Or, We Apologize For the Inconvenience But You’re Gonna Have to Leave Now, Or, ‘I Have Fought the Big Knives and Will Continue to Fight…   (This one is probably my favorite. It completely epitomizes the early-American attitude towards the Native Americans.)

3. (Already Listed Above)

4. John Wayne Gacy, Jr.   (I’m not sure anyone could have created a more beautiful song about a serial killer.)

5. Jacksonville   (Obviously referring to former president Andrew Jackson)

6. A Short Reprise for Mary Todd, Who Went Insane, But for Very Good Reasons   (Mary Todd Lincoln!!)

7. Decatur, Or Round of Applause for Your Stepmother   (mentions both Stephen A. Douglass, a great debater, and Abraham Lincoln, the great emancipator!)

You get the picture.  There are, in total, twenty-something tracks, but about four of them are an upwards of thirty seconds long and basically a conjunction of musical noises.

This could not possibly have been of any significance to you, but methinks this was something cool to share.


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