liberalmaverick’s Xanga Table of Contents II


For columns dating from August 31 2004 and earlier, see the Table of Contents in the September 1 2004 Xanga entry.


Jackpot! I Found The Republicans’ Achilles’ Heel! : September 11 2004
How Republicans Are WEAK On Homeland Security – And How It’s Our (Democrats’) Greatest Strength


Big Government Democrats: September 14 2004
Democrats are big governmentalists? Damn straight.


More Republican-undermining-of-homeland security: September 15 2004

A vote on increased homeland security funds shows that – once again – Democrats vote yea, Republicans vote nay.  But there are some surprising – and not so surprising – defections on both sides.


Bring It On…Please? : September 30 2004

My Frustrations With The Increasingly Inept Kerry Campaign


Wow! I’m Impressed: October 01 2004
Senator Kerry Rocks In Foreign Policy Debate


President Bill Clinton: Liberal Warrior (!): October 13 2004
How I’ve Made My Peace With Clinton-Gore


GOP Elephants Panic At The Sight Of Gay Mice: October 30 2004
I’ve got to ask: Why are Republicans so obsessed with gay people?


My Thoughts On the 2004 Presidential Election… : November 1 2004
Bush Sucks! Kerry Rules!


Statement On 2004 United States National Elections: November 3 2004


The Democratic Panic Show: November 13 2004
Democrats Need To Chill Out And Stop Listening To Republican Blather


A Long Weekend: December 7 2004

Sojourn to SoCal


San Diego, At Last: January 15 2005

San Diego, At Last


Well, I’m finally here at San Diego, California, for college at the University of California.  Actually, I got here on the 1st of January, and school started on the 3rd, but I was too lazy to write this Xanga entry until now.


Classes are for the most part good.  I’m taking MATH 20A (first-quarter single-variable differential/integral calculus), ERTH 20 (meteorology), PHIL 32 (history of 17th and 18th-century philosophy), and WCWP 10A (required first-quarter writing).  I find all the classes – except math – to be interesting.  Of course, my major is general biology and I’m thinking of double-minoring in political science and earth sciences, and possibly expanding one or both of those minors into majors/degrees at some point.  I do eventually want to get (at least) bachelor’s degrees in all three fields.


At UCSD’s Warren College, which is the college I’m in, you have to have two Programs of Concentrations (commonly called PofC’s), which is kinda like a minor but with less requirements.  Mine are philosophy and political science, but I haven’t taken any political science classes yet.  I looked at the UCSD Catalog and the lower-division classes for political science and earth science all look really lame.  The upper-division ones for both look cool though, especially for earth science.  There’s a class called ERTH 170 (Introduction to Volcanology) that involves “a major field study component on an active volcano on Hawaii”.  A summer in Hawaii?  I’m up for that.


I’ve seen a few people I knew from high school, but I haven’t really made much headway in making friends apart from my roommates.  It’s kinda hard in an environment where classes are huge and everyone always seems to be in a rush.  It’s kinda weird – kinda rude, actually – how in the last few minutes of every lecture all the students start packing up and leaving en masse, while the professor is still trying to get in a few last words.


The best part, of course, is getting to live away from my parents and my ant-infested house back in Hayward.  My apartment is pretty nice; it’s spacious, comfortable and – best of all – bug-free.  Though, I’m always stepping on something gross, especially when I’m in a kitchen.  And no one, including myself, seems willing to invest in a vacuum cleaner, so…


The food situation has been less difficult than I imagined it’d be.  I’ve been mostly cooking my own meals, getting ideas from my roommate or from good dishes that my parents cooked back home.


Other than that, not much else has been going on.  I miss driving, especially driving stick.  And it’s a pain in the ass to have to walk to Albertson’s and then walk back carrying all the groceries.  I did that yesterday and my hands were sore as hell.


As for politics, I’ve lost a lot of interest in it since the election.  I’m mostly laying low now and thinking of strategies to win future elections, starting with the Congressional and gubernatorial elections of 2006.  But I don’t think I’m going to do much else, or write a lot of political columns, for the time being.  Once the 2006 season heats up, though, it’s war.


Oh yeah – and the Xanga picture?  I was getting sick of the one of myself – it was an old mug shot used for the El Estoque editions of my “Left Turn” political column – so I dropped it.  I want to replace it with a better picture of myself, but I don’t have any uploaded on my comp, so in the interim I’m using an official photo of my political hero, former Senator Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.).