November 2010


I wish I could make something that looked this good.

I REALLY wanted to get away for Thanksgiving break this year.  I feel like I really need it, however since my car is being stupid I have to stay here.  However, I am going to make the best of this!

This year I am doing Thanksgiving dinner alone.  I want to do this.   I want to do something for myself.  I have the day all planned out.  I’m going to start cooking my ham the night before so it will be super yummy on Thursday.  After I have lunch, which will really be around 2:30 ish I am going to start putting up my Christmas decorations.  They should not go up until after Thanksgiving dinner, so I will wait.  When I am finished with that I am then going to start making the presents for my residents.  I have a Christmas party coming up and I feel like I should have a little something for them for putting up with me for a semester.  It’s nothing big, but I think they will enjoy it.

Friday I have to work.  Not a big deal because my boss was in a bind and since I was going to be here I might as well make some money.  Plus it’s only 4 hours and no one is going to be here anyway.  And that will give me a chance to work on my research paper that is due next week.

This week long break is going to be all about me.  I don’t care if you call me selfish, sometimes you have to be.  I’ve been doing a lot of things lately and I just need to sit down, eat until I can’t eat anymore, and find myself.

And heck…if this doesn’t work, it’s only two weeks until Christmas break!

It looks pretty on the outside...but the inside is a mess.

Dear Car Dealerships of Central Arkansas,

I bought a 2006 Suzuki Forenza 2 years ago.  I now realize that I got screwed over by the dealership that sold it to me.  That dealership is not out of Central Arkansas so this letter is not addressed to them.  I have now gone to THREE different dealerships around Central Arkansas to try and trade in my car, but none of you will take it and give me a car that actually runs.  I have done everything I can think of but none of you will take it.

I am a poor college kid who doesn’t make much money, however it is essential that I have a car that runs.  Right now my car only gets to me locations within about 2 miles of where I live.  If I have to go over 45 mph, it breaks down. And hills…forget about them.  There is no way my car will make it up a hill.  Which brings me to another point.  Many of you have said that I should take my car to a Suzuki dealership because they would work with me, however the closest one is in Fayetteville, and I don’t know if you know this or not but between here and there…there are A LOT of hills.  Therefore that is out of the question.

What I don’t understand is how you will sell a car to someone  and let them trade that car in the next year, but you won’t let me trade in mine and I’ve had it for 2 years.  You make no sense.

Also I don’t understand how my car payment could go from $200 a month before you calculate my trade-in, but once you do the math on the Forenza my payment goes up to $400 a month.  Call me stupid but that doesn’t make much sense.

Car Dealerships of Central Arkansas, I am begging you to please let me trade in my car.  I need a new car, but you won’t let me have one.  Please, please, please let me trade it in.  It’s not my fault that some “Car Clown” screwed me over when I desperately needed a car before.  Help me out and let me have a car that I can actually use and that doesn’t just sit in the parking lot collecting dust.  (And a lot of dust at that since there is a construction site near by.)

Thank you very much,

Michelle Zengulis

“[This was not a rally] to suggest that times are not hard and we have nothing to fear; they are, and we do. But we live in hard times, not end times, and we can have animus and not be enemies.” Jon Stewart”

This last weekend I went to Washington D.C. with a friend.  We went to the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.  I loved everything about it.  There were so many people there and even though we couldn’t see anything, it was still a wonderful time.  I’ve never been to D.C. before so it was my first time seeing all the monuments.  My favorite was the Washington Monument by far.  I couldn’t tell you why, but I loved it.  I have so many pictures of it now.

They are calling this rally the Woodstock of my generation, and I love that I can say I was there and I was a part of it.  I never thought that I would ever be able to go to something like this, but I did.  I still can’t believe that I flew to D.C. for a rally that only lasted 3 hours but I wouldn’t change anything about it.

The point of the rally was to tell Americans that we need to take it down a notch.  That there is only one Hitler and he is not Obama or Bush.  That the media has taken politics to the extreme and it’s not getting us anywhere.  Stewart said that the media did not cause the problems we are having, but it’s not helping it either.  The media is making it worse, the media is going overboard with everything, and this was saying “Hey let’s stop this sh*t, and start sharing the news.” It was also a rally to tell Americans to go out and vote.  And of course since it was Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert there was a lot of laughing.  I think that Stewart and Colbert should be proud of what their rally represented and they should be happy because of the turnout.

This has been an experience I will never forget.  I look forward to sharing the pictures and memories with my family.  I still can’t believe that I went and witnessed all of it.

"Most Americans don't live their lives solely as Democrats or Republicans or conservatives or liberals. Most Americans live their lives as if they're just a little bit late for something they have to do. Often it’s something they do not want to do, but they do it. Impossible things get done every day that are only made possible by the little, reasonable compromises." Jon Stewart