November 22nd, 2004

Neko (lofulah)

List of 10 holiday wishes meme/thingie

Step One

Make a post (public, friendslocked, filtered...whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ. The post should contain your list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.

If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.

Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ, or link to this post (it'll be public) so that the holiday joy will spread.


Step Two

Surf around your friendslist (or friendsfriends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now here's the important part:

If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free--do it.

You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call.

There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.

My List

1. Trip to Canada, to see Karen.
2. Magic(/k). Not the card game. Preferably the flashy sort, and not the usually-working sort that I use just about every day. Flashy being defined as similarly useful, but directly affecting physical things.
3. A surprise letter/package from someone I haven't talked to for a while.
4. For Lady's life and body to work better.
5. Love.
6. A slice of time/TimeSlide to use whenever I need it. A day would be the most I need.
7. A catgirl.
8. A closer friend. (Physically, and in terms of friendships)
9. Heck, any sort of letter or package from friends would be cool.
10. A 3.6 GPA....?

Yeah. I'm sorry, I tend to wish for immaterial, or impossible things. Mostly because I focus on the immaterial more than the material. Now, what does that mean......... 3 and 9 would probably be the only two that's might actually come close to being possible. 8, if she reads this, could be possible. Although why she'd change herself for me, I wouldn't know. Wishes, wishes. 1 would be possible, if people were rich, but who'd give 200 some dollars so a boy could visit a girl? Possibly even more, as he might need a hotel, or something. And transportation. 5... could be arranged, but that'd be very, very, very hard to do without screwing things up. Or screwing me. Hm. Eh, yeah, I'm being imprecise there. Interpret as you want. 2 would mean so much for me. 6... is just a random wish, really. Something that'd be nice to have, for emergencies. 7... 10...

[edit]
Oh, yeah, contact for Santa and elves~
Benjamin Juang
901 W Pennsylvania
Urbana, IL 61801

Or (if it's between Dec. 18 and Jan 18):
Benjamin Juang
11201 Korman Drive
Potomac, MD 20854

ben -DOT- juang -AT- comcast -DOT- net

And unless you _are_ Santa, please don't do 1. While they are in order of spiffy-ness, there's just no way. And it'd make me feel bad, if things turned out not to work timewise or something like that.
Neko (lofulah)

College

Today's Fortune Cookie:
If the colleges were better, if they really had it, you would need to get
the police at the gates to keep order in the inrushing multitude. See in
college how we thwart the natural love of learning by leaving the natural
method of teaching what each wishes to learn, and insisting that you shall
learn what you have no taste or capacity for. The college, which should
be a place of delightful labor, is made odious and unhealthy, and the
young men are tempted to frivolous amusements to rally their jaded spirits.
I would have the studies elective. Scholarship is to be created not
by compulsion, but by awakening a pure interest in knowledge. The wise
instructor accomplishes this by opening to his pupils precisely the
attractions the study has for himself. The marking is a system for schools,
not for the college; for boys, not for men; and it is an ungracious work to
put on a professor.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You know, they should offer a trial version of college for free. Like, the first semester or something. And if you don't like it, you're under no obligation to continue. It'd make colleges work harder in terms of good professors and teaching to get people. I think.