I was reading the NY Times last night and they had a good article on Barack Obama’s mother. I think she represents one of those people who live their life the way they want to, and not worry about social stereotypes. Barack’s mother was white, she was from Kansas she married someone black in the 1960s. Can you imagine what she must have been thinking then marrying someone of another race?Well obviously it didn’t bother her, and in the large realm of her life and Barack’s it really never made a difference. She took care of her son, and she got to do the things she wanted which was traveling and becoming an anthropologist. Although her place in history was not as large as Barack’s she greatly contributed to his success as a person because she did not place socially constructed restraints on her son. The rest of Barack’s life is history.

I find it very interesting how many people still spend so much effort to ensure they perfectly fit into social stereotypes. I meet people everyday and some are bent on satisfying their friends, their parents, and making sure they stay comfortably in their socio-economic status. One thing I have problems trying to understand why people can’t just accept you for the person you are, and how you treat them versus how society says you have to treat them. I think making assumptions based on someones economic standing, race, or gender is quite foolish, more likely bad assumptions will be made.

I think if people spent time trying to live their lives the way they want to, and follow their own individual ambitions, and avoid from being defined. They will probably contribute more to society.

I think this is one of the reasons I like to stay away from the notion of traditions. Many traditions have been bad, and if people blindly embrace them at face value they hinder the development of better ideas. I have hope that logic and reason will prevail.

NY time Article on Obama’s Mother

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I’m finally back in sunny Miami, the weather was great today. The flights from Champaign to Miami, went well. I have alot of things to do over break, such as getting ahead in some of my classes, and finishing up some reading. This is going to be working break of sorts. I also plan to go out and visit some of my friends in Miami. I was speaking to a cab driver the other day as I was driving to the airport, and he was talking about how he felt the republicans have given him the short end of the bargain and he would vote for any democrat. I think this demonstrates how desperate people are to find a answer to the many problems we face in the US.

I just finished my marathon sessions of exams. I took one Chemistry conflict exam at 3 pm, and another exam for my analog signal processing class at 7. I think both exams were pretty fair although the Chemistry exam was long. The next thing I have to work on is finishing my ECE 290 lab before I leave town tomorrow since it will be due when I’m not here. Then I have to pack, I look foward to going back home to Miami, and enjoy the good weather. The weather right now in Miami is about 69 degees with clear skies, the weather in Urbana is not too bad high 40s. The downside to going home is getting alot of work done that I haven’t finished such as working on my research presentation that I will be presenting, and a abstract, and a paper due on Saturday.

So I don’t want to study for my exams, but I have to.Insteading of studying I’m talking to Daria and Luke who have an equally horrendous exam AE 252 Aerospace dynamics I. I’m at Grainger right now, the engineering library.

The internet at my home in Miami has been out for the past few days at home in Miami, which my blog runs off from, so I haven’t been able to make any posts. Well now its back up and running. I look foward to getting my two test over with Chemistry and Analog Signal Processing, and flying back home to Miami.

Oh boy, I forgot that daylight savings time kicks in today, its really 5:37 and my computer clock did not change. I guess I forgot to download one of the service packs that update the time, I wonder how many software glitches are going to occur because of this. I better get to sleep, I’ve already lost an hour.

Coming soon:

A totally new blog started by Luchy and I covering the daily political events from two different locations. From America’s heartland to our nations capitol. I think this is a good endeavor for both of us to undertake.

I was just looking at YouTube videos of Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, and Gene Kelly. I love swing dancing, and ballroom, it would be nice if I could tap dance like Kelly, and Astaire. I think I’m going to try and deviate away from swing and learn some ballroom. Here are some good Youtube videos:

An American In Paris PT3/12 – I Got Rhythm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWgNAn_10Og

Fred Astaire Ginger Rogers Shall We Dance They All Laughed
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkZdoPaBdG4

Yesterday, it dropped back to freezing temperatures in Illinois it felt like it was about 8 degrees outside. I slept in to about 11 then I had to get some work done. I have two test on Thursday, then I fly back home to Miami. I look forward to seeing my friend Luciana who I haven’t seen in a long time. Luchy is moving up in the world theses days interning at the Democratic Nation Committee. I myself am trying to finish research before some big deadlines next month. I also have a paper to write for my international engineering fellowship that paid for my Taiwan and Hong Kong trip. I’m trying to plan a trip to Germany before my internship starts at either Motorola or John Deere. I’m looking for a travel companion any takers?I still wish I had more time to do other things this semester, but I suppose those things were not meant to be. I want to try and watch Anchors Aweigh, since An American in Paris is checked out. Wouldn’t it be great to live in Paris for a few years in one of most historic and romantic cities in the world?

Here’s a synopsis for those that don’t watch old movies:Two lovesick sailors on shore leave in Hollywood fall hard for the same beautiful singer. The race for Susie’s heart leads them both into a series of comical and musical adventures. Staring:Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, and Gene Kelly.


In a stunning upset Hillary Clinton pulled off an unforeseen win in both Ohio and Texas to keep herself on the road to the democratic nomination. I expected Hillary would win Ohio, but I thought she would lose Texas to. Apparently her negative campaigning and 3 am ad worked.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQiGqS0Yfkw

Last night John McCain clinched the GOP nomination I’m not convinced that this is McCain’s year for the white house. When I was in Taiwan and Hong Kong it seemed people were much more interested in Barack and Hillary. As for me yesterday was another busy day of school. Today I have two quizzes I need to prepare for, then after that my weekend begins. If I’m lucky I might be able to get a hold of some old classic to watch. Otherwise I’ll catch up on some reading, I’ve got a Bob Woodward book that I’d like to continue reading.