Food and Dining, Work and Occupation

Two by Four

A friend I’ve known since grade school is an aspiring actress. She was an “extra” as early as age 16, and has had bit parts in a few TV shows, and a movie she says is set to come out this year.

She recently moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of a career in acting, and I know she’s going to make it. She came home for Christmas break, and we got to talking about the sacrifices that are sometimes necessary to get good roles. She’s facing one of those decisions right now.

One for the Team

fat woman considering whether she should overeat or exercise
Think it over

The studio wants her to gain 30 pounds. Now, this girl has been fit for as long as I can remember. She was a cheerleader in high school, and taught aerobics part-time once she turned 18. She always eats right and pays attention to her figure. Don’t get me wrong. She’s not a huge dieter, and she’s not vain. She just likes to keep fit and healthy. So I was floored when she said she’s probably going to gain the weight!

She brought up an interesting point, though, by saying that people gain and lose weight every year and don’t even think about it. She says she would be ‘smart’ about the weight gain, and not pig out on junk food to get there. Then, after the film is over, she plans to get right back down to where she is now. She said it’s a good role and she needs to make a name for herself, so has decided getting fat is worth it in this case.

For Love of the Job

I just think it’s interesting. I mean, I tend to put on at least 15 pounds in the winter (during what I call the “fat/sweater months”), and I don’t get anything out of it but a sour mood and bad attitude. At least she’s going to get paid, and hopefully this will open the door for something else.

I know her, and I know she’ll get the weight off, too. She does what she says she will. I just think it’s a different way to look at things. Kind of a reverse New Year’s resolution, I guess, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do.

by Samaris Nuñez

Politics and Society

Stuck in the Moment

Today I overheard someone saying that “once you get out of high school, the stupid things you care about now no longer matter.” I know what he was trying to say, but I have a different idea. I guess I should explain myself here! lol 😉

I think that maybe some of the stuff that is so important now — like sports and petty fights and whatever — that stuff might not matter, but it doesn’t mean you can just go around doing whatever you want and assume that it’s not going to make a difference in your “real life,” or adulthood, or whatever you want to call it.

What happens here matters.
What happens here matters.

It’s like, if you’re some druggie now, or you make a really bad reputation for yourself, you don’t think that’s going to come back later on?! I mean, if I get all up in everyone’s faces and really make people hate me, who’s to say that one of those people might not be, like, a potential boss someday, you know?

I don’t mean that you should be nice to people expecting that you might get something back in return later on. You should be nice no matter what. But I mean, to think that nothing you do now is going to affect your future is just lame.

If that was the case, what’s the point of doing anything, you know? I’m not trying to be all gothy and dark here, but you know what I’m saying? Anyone could say that at any time in their life! Sometimes you have to think things through, and see the “big picture,” like all the teachers here say.

It means you have to live in the moment, or whatever, and just do the best you can do right now, and make the best decisions you can, based on what you know now, and what you’ve learned up to this point, you know? And so later on, I think all that stuff will matter.

I mean, maybe not all of it, but it’s like a framework. If you were, say, building a building or something and you decide that it doesn’t matter what you put on the bottom, the whole top is going to fall over some day! I don’t build any buildings (hee, hee, of course I don’t!), but you know what I mean. You can’t just say “screw this” and just do what you want.

And if you start to think that way, you’re kind of discounting what is being done right now. It’s like you’re kind of turning your back on your current life. And that’s just dumb. You should live right now and enjoy things, ‘cause they don’t last for very long, you know!

So I think I get part of what he was saying, and I do think that some of the stupid stuff right now probably won’t matter one bit even in a few years, but I’m not gonna forget stuff and just act like it doesn’t matter, ‘cause it does. Right now is all we’ve got. I don’t know who said that. Maybe I just did. 🙂


by Chelsea Abrahams | Residential Life Magazine 

Work and Occupation

You Say It’s a Biscuit…

Today at lunch, one of my friends was talking about how their mom made biscuits last weekend, and this other guy kept calling them ‘muffins,’ for some reason. He may have been trying to be gross.

Anyways, my friend got so mad! She was, like, “They’re biscuits, not muffins.” This guy has been on her case for a while. I guess she was just sick of it.

So then the guy started copping a really bad attitude, like it was some insult or something. He was getting all red and stuff! It was sooo funny.

He was all “What’s the big deal?! What’s the difference?!” And my friend got right up in his face! I don’t even know what she was thinking today! lol 😉

This is not a biscuit.

First she said it was like Coke and Pepsi, and I guess I made a funny face or something (she told me later), so then she’s like “It’s the difference between a hot dog and an Italian sausage.” And these boys started laughing, and one guy started making a rude gesture. He got removed from the lunchroom by the monitor. I hope he gets in trouble.

Anyways, then the other guy, the one my friend was talking to in the first place, was all “You don’t know what you’re talking about. You’re just trying to make stuff up to make your point.” And she totally flipped out!

She was like, “You just don’t know how to compare things. You need to go back to second grade.” And a whole bunch of people starting laughing! It was great. The guy was pissed! He went on this whole tirade about how he doesn’t eat breakfast, or something, so he wouldn’t know what things are called. He was totally trying to dig himself out of the hole!

My friend was like, “Well, you need to listen better.” And the guy told her to shut up and walked away. He punched the soda machine on the way out. I’m pretty sure the monitor saw him, ‘cause she walked out after him. If he damaged the machine, he might have to pay for it. Or maybe his parents.

But the whole thing is that he picked on the wrong girl today! I mean, I hope he doesn’t get suspended or anything. But he needed to learn a lesson. He has a chip on his shoulder. I’m glad my friend stood up for herself and didn’t let him make a big scene.

Just another day of drama! Ha! :-p


by Chelsea Abrahams | Residential Life Magazine