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Below are the 8 most recent journal entries recorded in 8thchild's LiveJournal:

    Sunday, September 4th, 2005
    12:08 am
    Well, I've been back from Poland/Israel for about a month now, yet I still haven't updated this thing and wrote about my great and/or powerful experiences in those two countries yet as I somehow thought I was going to do when I got back. And methinks I'm still going to wait a while before I go back and retrieve the numerous memories of the trip in order to do them literary justice. Poland would be rather hard to write about , and I'd really have to be in the right mindset to do so. All I'll say for now is that it was an incredible experience, and even though it's been a while since I was abroad (though less then how long I was so) I miss Israel and can't wait to go back.

    On another note, it's only two days until the start of school. While I'll miss the freedom of the summer, I'm till sort of excited to see my all my friends and, geeky as it sounds, learn. At least history and stuff of that sort. And, of course, JAPANESE!!Ç™ÇÒÇŒÇÈǺ! ............I'm guessing this can't handle Japanese characters...

    Oh, and I joined Armstrong's Cross Country team about three weeks ago. It's hard work, but it's pretty fun and great exercise. I skip practices on Saturday for shabbat (though I really don't go to synagogue that much^^; ) , much to the chagrin of my fellow runner and friend Obi. Anywho, Cross Country helps me feel slightly less lazy then i really am...

    Well, long live Group 4, and farewell to the stress-less freedom of summer.

    ............Does anyone even read this?

    Current Mood: nostalgic
    Monday, June 20th, 2005
    12:49 am
    Well, In less then seven hours I'll be on my way to New York, and soon there after to Poland. A week there, and then the next five weeks I'll be spending in the ancient deserts of Israel. If any of you few people who read this wish for some unknown reason to shell out the postage it would require to fire off a missive to my itinerant self, here is the address:

    Noah Oskow
    USY Israel Pilgrimage Group #4
    8 Agron St.
    P.O. Box 7456
    Jerusalem, Israel

    Send me a letter and I'll love you forever. Not that I wouldn't anyway.

    Oh, and if anyone hasn't seen it yet, do your duty and support Miyazaki by going to see the wonderful Howl's Moving Castle. I also recommend Batman Begins, which is perhaps the best superhero movie yet.

    Well, see you all in six weeks. Except Ethan. And James. *cries*

    With much love, I say,

    Current Mood: nervous
    Tuesday, May 17th, 2005
    8:48 pm

    Your Political Profile

    Overall: 30% Conservative, 70% Liberal

    Social Issues: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal

    Personal Responsibility: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal

    Fiscal Issues: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal

    Ethics: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal

    Defense and Crime: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal

    Well, apparently I'm liberal. Who knew?^^
    12:05 am
    Holy shistalach!! There's going to be a bloody Sakigake! Cromartie High live-action movie!! Oh, joyous rapture. Now if only someone other then Ethan or James knew what I was talking about...

    Go to to find a link to the trailer, or go to for the official Japanese website. And yes, this is probably my most pointless post yet. (subliminal message: read the Cromartie High School manga).

    Current Mood: happy
    Monday, May 2nd, 2005
    11:37 pm
    Hello all. How's that omnipresent, all-encompassing thing called your life going? Hopefully it's wonderful^_^
    As for myself, I could actually tell you about my day, or monologue about some pseudo-deep though I've been having...but unfortunately I just can't think of anything interesting to say. So, instead I'm going to curb to my urges and insert a passage from Kazantzakis' wonderful autobiography, Report to Greco. Hopefully it may inspire you to read it (though I recommend checking out one of his novels first, like the quite wondrous Last Temptation of Christ), but more importantly.... I just feel like it..

    "Chapter 3- The Mother

    Twice a year, at Easter and Christmas, my grandfather set out from his distant village and came to Megalo Kastro in order to see his daughter and grandchildren. Always calculating carefully, he came and knocked on the door at an hour when he knew for sure that his wild beast of a son-in-law would not be at home. He was a juicy, vigorous old man, with unbarbered white hair, laughing blue eyes, and great heavy hands covered with calluses--my skin was flayed when he reached out to caress me. He always wore black boots, his Sunday foufola, which was deep indigo in color, and a white kerchief with blue spots. And in his hands he always held the same gift: a suckling pig roasted in an oven and wrapped in lemon leaves. When he laughingly uncovered it, the entire house filled with fragrance. So completely has my grandfather blended and become one with the roast pig and the lemon leaves, that ever since those days I have never been able to smell roast pork or step into an lemon orchard without having him rise into my mind, gay and undying, the roast suckling pig in his hands. And I am glad, because although no one else in the world remembers him now, he will live inside me as long as I live. We shall die together. This grandfather was the first to make me wish not to die--so that the dead within me should not die. Since then, many departed dear ones have sunk, not into the grave, but into my memory, and I know now that as long as I live they shall live too."

    Truly, I love Kazantzakis' seems that every paragraph he writes is like poetry, and in every sentence there is some deep meaning. My views may conflict with his on many things, but I am still wondered by what he writes and the beauty it maintains despite being a translation from Greek.

    Current Mood: calm
    Thursday, March 31st, 2005
    10:40 pm
    Well, I've stolen another quiz from Nena. Wow...I've done two quizzes in a row. That's kind of...lame.

    A - age: 16
    B - band listening to right now: Can't read the kanji that says its name...^^;
    C - crush: Now, that would be telling, wouldn't it?
    D - Dad's name: Craig
    E - easiest person(s) to talk to: Ethan, Roee, James, Sarah, Nena, Chris S., Lev
    F - favorite band at the moment: ...Sting?
    G - gummy bears or gummy worms: Gummy worms. There's more to them.
    H - hometown: Plymouth, MN
    I - instruments: Air Violin, baby!
    K - kids: If I'm lucky, at some point.
    L - longest car ride ever: Ummm.....12 hours?
    M - Mom's name:Cathy
    N - number of siblings: 3
    O - one wish: To be happy and make those around me happy, without losing sight of realities
    P - phobia[s]: Death...
    Q - favorite quote: Right now, it's: We should not then think so much of what the majority will say about us, but what he will say who understands justice and injustice, the one, that is, and the truth itself. So that, in the first place, you were wrong to believe that we should care for the opinion of the many about what is just, beautiful, good, and their opposites. "But," someone might say "the many are able to put us to death."
    --Socrates, Crito
    R - reason to smile: Being alive.
    S - song you sang last: The DuckTails theme....heh.
    T - time you wake up: 6:00 or there about.
    U - unknown fact about me: Can't think of one. I'm generally pretty open about stuff.
    V - vegetable you hate: None. Veggies are teh pwnzorz.
    W - worst habit(s) you've had: Not thinking before I speak.
    X - x-rays you've had: My hand when it got cut up.
    Y- yummy food: Sushi, by god!
    Z - zodiac sign: Capricorn

    I would have actually posted something a bit more meaningful had I not been so out of it....hopefully this won't become too much of a trend. If my next post also doesn't have anything interesting in it, please hit me on the head with a shinai. Hard.

    Current Mood: drained
    Tuesday, March 29th, 2005
    5:25 pm
    *stolen from Nena's journal*

    -Directions- you start with 100% and for everything that you have done on the list, subtract 5% and repost this so that your friends can take the test
    1.) smoking
    2.) drinking
    3.) drugs
    4.) gottin fingered or fingering someone
    5.) gotten a hand job or given a handjob
    6.) french kissing
    7.) been felt up
    8.) given a blow job or gottin a blowjob
    9.) been licked out or licked out someonelse
    10.) had sex
    11.) had a threesome
    12.) given or takin it in the ass
    13.) made a sex tape
    14.) done any sexual act on school campus
    15.) done anything in class
    16.) gotten drunk and don't remember who you had sex with
    17.) pissed on someones lawn while drunk
    18.) fucked in your room while your parents are home
    19.) gotten caught havin a party
    20.) fucked in a public place

    Wow, I got 100%. Guess that's not really such a bad thing, though, since there's really only two things on that list I'd consider doing at the moment.

    ...Well, that wasn't much of a post....^_^;;

    Current Mood: exhausted
    Sunday, March 27th, 2005
    4:50 pm
    Initial doom?
    For a while now, I've wanted to write a diary or journal of some sort. I find that there are many things that I want to talk about, discussions I want to have, points I want to make, that, because of the timing of these thoughts and the inconsistency of memory, end up never being said. Because of this I end up having mental dialogues with myself, which though worthwhile and necessary (as is all introspective thought) aren't as satisfying as actually getting one's ideas out to those around you. Thusly, I figured that one of the best ways to satisfy my urges to properly get these thoughts out would be to write them down. LiveJournal seemed an excellent place to do this. So, here I am, writing. Hopefully what I will say will not come off as especially pedantic, or be too boring (though it will likely be both...^^;). As this is after all a journal, I'll be talking about my experiences, ponderings, and those around me. But, to quote Freud (as correctly as I can remember), "When a man undertakes the writing of a biography, he connects himself to lying, falsehood, and flummery. Truth is not accessible." I find these words appropriate not only for biographies, but indeed for autobiographies, private diaries, and especially public journals such as this. Because of inward fear of disapproval, the need to show oneself in the best light possible, and unwillingness to insult others to their faces to the extent of not telling the entire truth, one can never tell the absolute truth, expressing the deep true realities of themselves and those around them. In fact, one might say we are not always aware of our own personal truths (which can lead to the debate about whether or not these truths actually exist, or more importantly if they matter...but to speak of that would be to go a bit too far off-track of what I was getting at...^^;). The point at hand being that what is written here, especially about those around me, may not in fact be the complete truth. Still, I will try my best to be as honest as possible, without insulting anyone.
    Well, I apologize for the previous rantings, and the ones that will surely follow in my future posts. I suppose that this one was an introduction of sorts, getting across the things that I felt I had to say before I actually started journaling. Hopefully it wasn't too boring....^^ Well, I'll post again pretty soon.
    Thanks for taking the time to read my ramblings ^_^

    Current Mood: thoughtful