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oh HAI LJ!!

July 30th, 2009 (11:34 am)

ok, so i know i haven't posted in a forever.but i just HAD to talk about the conference i went to this past weekend.

i was in houston for the texas teen tobacco summit, a large conference for adults and kids about tobacco.

people i met:
-dr. victor denoble. he conducted secret research on the tobacco industries dime about nicotine's addictive properties. he testified against them in the '90s and was instrumental in getting the master tobacco settlement passed. he also showed us A HUMAN BRAIN!!!! i learned a lot of great stuff about addiciton from him that you're all probably not interested in, but if you ARE interested in how our brains become addicted and why 90% of addicts are created before the age of 24, let me know. i really want to geek out about it. google this guy. he rocks.

-gruen vonbahrens. he lost half his tongue, his jaw, and all of his teeth to the effects of oral cancer caused by using dip. he was 17 when he developed cancer and lost his tongue. he said he could literally pull his tongue apart and see the tumor inside of it. he's had 34 surgeries (which equates to 2.5 to 3 million in medical bills according to his estimate). he's married and has 2 daughters, and is very happy. his story was so inspirational because oral cancer is one of the most deadly cancers. google him too.

-rick stoddard. this guy made me cry. his wife died of lung cancer (like miss marion) and he put in her obituary that all her smoking caused her death. now he travels and talk about his wife, their struggle, and his life now. he did a really great presentation about tobacco advertising that i found very enlightening. like how tobacco companies make their ads in the same colors as popular candies so the brain equates the two. and on and on.

-shaun derick. he didn't talk about tobacco. he was mostly there for the youth to talk about their goals and dreams. he's a producer for "broadway after dark" and he presented at vassar once while i was still there. i'm gonna try and get him to partner with my agency to raise money.

overall, it was great. very informative. i learned a lot about tobacco laws in texas (which is good), and about drug addiction and such. good times.

and now ends my prevention educator geeking out entry.

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March 9th, 2008 (11:15 am)

guess whose mom got married?

ramina's!

ugh

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February 14th, 2008 (01:24 pm)

who wants a graduation invitation? send me addresses

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February 9th, 2008 (11:33 am)

which famous person did ramina meet yesterday?

RON HOWARD!!

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February 8th, 2008 (11:10 am)

http://www.playbill.com/news/article/114929.html

look! i totally thought of this first when we did into the woods here. but sweet that someone actually wrote it down and made it a show! too bad it's in london and i'm not.

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January 21st, 2008 (09:55 pm)

grad school auditions completed: two
grad school auditions left: two
number of decisions to be made in the next few days: 80 MILLION!!!!!

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January 17th, 2008 (09:39 am)

first grad school audition in 5 hours.
NERVES!!

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January 16th, 2008 (07:45 am)

rent is closing on june 1st!!! there goes my childhood.

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January 6th, 2008 (01:08 pm)

grade update: i've emailed ms. walen to ask for her objective opinion on what i should do and for clarification of the grading process. i really think i did A work on macbeth, and i deserve that grade.

i talked to ryan walter about it, and he made a good point: no matter how hard i worked, my part was small, and if you have a small part they just give you a B+ as a knee-jerk reaction. it's not my fault i had a smaller role. i proposed for lady macbeth, and chris chose to give me lenox/hecate. and when i had an issue with that, i talked to neil privately and didn't bring those concerns to rehearsal. i thought i did everything the way i was supposed to...so we'll see what happens. hopefully i won't have to contest my grade, but i'll do it if i have to.

ryan also pointed out that as much as they claim they're fair, it has been my turn for a larger role for a while now, and i still haven't gotten it. if i don't get what i think i deserve next semester, then i'm not doing department. i've already chose a play i want to direct just in case. so we'll see what happens.

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January 4th, 2008 (04:37 am)

uhhhhhhhh...why'd i get a B+ on my senior project?

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