Friday, September 14, 2001

volunteering at the library

As part of my efforts to fulfill my community service requirement for graduation, I've started working at the Los Altos Library as a volunteer. I was introduced to my supervisor Shirley and her manager Andy, both of whom were really nice. Shirley taught me the basics, and I was able to begin working immediately. It was definitely an exciting first day.

For those curious, my main job is to shelf books and non-feature videos, which I'll be doing for two hours every Friday. The Los Altos Library has always been a useful resource for me, so it feels great to give back to the place I've benefited from for so many years.

Thursday, September 13, 2001

a tribute to America

In response to the recent terrorist attacks, LAHS held an impromptu assembly to remember those who lost their lives. School officials and student leaders began by offering prayers and giving speeches on the need for unity and tolerance. The rest of the assembly consisted of the school choirs singing patriotic songs. It was a very touching tribute.

Due to the emotional nature of the event, school administrators allowed students who didn't feel comfortable attending it to opt out, but I don't know of anyone that did. It seems everybody felt a sense of duty to be there.

Currently listening to: "America the Beautiful" by Katharine Lee Bates and Samuel A. Ward

Tuesday, September 11, 2001

regarding current events

In case you haven't seen the news, terrorists just blew up the World Trade Center in New York City and a large portion of the Pentagon this morning. They did this by hijacking four aircraft and deliberately flying them into the buildings. I know it sounds like something from a corny disaster movie, but the horror is all too real.

Nobody did a whole lot in school today as all of our eyes were pretty much glued to TV screens. If Osama bin Laden is really responsible for all of this - and I think he is - then it's time for the U.S. to stick a couple of cruise missiles up his ass.

That having been said, my thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this tragedy. May justice be swift and severe.

Currently reading: Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya