Again, bonus points to any Temple Student who can tell me where I am on campus.
um um um…..barton?
Good guess, this would fit right in at Barton Hall, the building that Temple University apparently forgot was a place! However, this was taken on the 1st floor of Anderson Hall, coincidentally, seconds before I ran into you there!
Man holding “Socialist Action!” newspapers was handing out fliers and shouting “END THE DEATH PENALTY, FREE (so and so).”
He handed me a flier and I asked “what is he accused of?” He replied “Murder” as evasively as you can possibly say. I replied “Murder of whom?” He begrudgingly replied “A police officer.” I handed him back his flier and said “No thank you.” He said “Well maybe if you just read it—”
“—Sir, you’re not going to get me to read it.”
“Just because he’s accused?”
That guy could be totally innocent. He could be in the middle of a conspiracy to frame him. But you know what? The guy handing out the fliers doesn’t care whether or not he’s innocent. Neither does the person who printed them. They would throw their full support behind anyone accused of killing a police officer even if they personally witnessed the murder and knew he was guilty. I’ll do my own research on the case and come to my own conclusions, but I’m not going to get my information from such an obviously biased source.
I’ve seen this flier guy at “free Mumia” tables on campus, I’ve seen him scoffing in disgust whenever a police officer passes by, and it isn’t that big of a stretch to assume that he doesn’t care whether or not this guy is innocent. The real cause is “it should not be illegal to murder a police officer,” and that’s not a cause I can get behind.
Admittedly, this is a kind of selfish thing to do in most cases. However, in this case, there are a few extenuating circumstances.
So I’m not really sure what they were criticizing me for. If you’re not allowed to take the elevator to the top floor of a building, why does that building have an elevator?
Tips (by the way, these things are not in reference to any one specific person. If I hadn’t seen these exact things on at least three people prior to this, it would not be on the list):
Or “The continuing saga of Hemingway-Bandana guy in Pop Culture class.”
So first he got snippy with the professor for calling him “Nick,” and when she asked what he preferred, he said “It’s nothing, it’s just my name’s not ‘Nick,’ it’s ‘Nicholas.’” Even though “I prefer Nicholas” would have sufficed, he had to try to make her feel guilty for making a fairly common mistake.
Second, when we were talking about what type of person resisted pop culture, he proudly raised his hand. The professor asked him to expand on that, he said “I just don’t buy into it. I mean, I have a cell phone because I need one, but I only really use it to make calls.” (Note: closer inspection revealed an iPhone clipped to his belt in a case that was specially designed to reveal the apple logo.) Plus, dude, if you don’t “buy into” pop culture or care about it, why are you taking a pop culture class? Is this some weird thing where you go to a class full of people who love pop culture and try to feel superior because you “don’t buy into it?” Is this a “you’re all sheep and I’m a conscious human” thing, despite the fact that you’re a walking caricature?
Third, in the back corner, he talked to some guy for the entire class, strangely causing the first time I’ve ever seen a college professor tell a grown man not to talk in class like we were in elementary school.
Not a single word out of this guy’s mouth surprised me. It was like someone programmed every possible douchey response into his brain, and then made his appearance match so everyone would be expecting it anyway. Also, today he wore a seashell necklace and a College of Liberal Arts shirt. Every time he spoke I was just like:
It was like God read my mind in the present day, thought “what features would cause Dan to immediately dislike him?” and then went back around 20 years and created THAT EXACT DUDE and set him on a path to one day meet me. The features are as follows:
Here is why those things bother me. Every part of his appearance is specially designed to make people think he’s tough and manly.
I’m sure he’s a great guy. I might even talk to him and find he’s super cool and we’ll end up awesome best friends. There’s always a chance of that. However, he made an incredibly bad first impression. Any one of these characteristics individually would be fine, possibly even charming, depending on the person. However, all four of them in one person observed simultaneously upon our first meeting was just unsettling for me.