Falling into Elysium

pasni-c:

thegirl0nfire:

don’t be friends with seniors because they will graduate and leave you and it’ll suck

DON’T BE FRIENDS WITH UNDERCLASSMEN BECAUSE YOU WILL HAVE TO LEAVE THEM AND IT WILL SUCK

don’t be friends with seniors if you’re a senior because they’ll go to a different college than you and it will suck

dont make friends

glad we sorted that out guys

After learning my flight was detained 4 hours,
I heard the announcement:
If anyone in the vicinity of gate 4-A understands any Arabic,
Please come to the gate immediately.

Well—one pauses these days. Gate 4-A was my own gate. I went there.
An older woman in full traditional Palestinian dress,
Just like my grandma wore, was crumpled to the floor, wailing loudly.
Help, said the flight service person. Talk to her. What is her
Problem? we told her the flight was going to be four hours late and she
Did this.

I put my arm around her and spoke to her haltingly.
Shu dow-a, shu- biduck habibti, stani stani schway, min fadlick,
Sho bit se-wee?

The minute she heard any words she knew—however poorly used—
She stopped crying.

She thought our flight had been canceled entirely.
She needed to be in El Paso for some major medical treatment the
Following day. I said no, no, we’re fine, you’ll get there, just late,

Who is picking you up? Let’s call him and tell him.
We called her son and I spoke with him in English.
I told him I would stay with his mother till we got on the plane and
Would ride next to her—Southwest.

She talked to him. Then we called her other sons just for the fun of it.

Then we called my dad and he and she spoke for a while in Arabic and
Found out of course they had ten shared friends.

Then I thought just for the heck of it why not call some Palestinian
Poets I know and let them chat with her. This all took up about 2 hours.

She was laughing a lot by then. Telling about her life. Answering
Questions.

She had pulled a sack of homemade mamool cookies—little powdered
Sugar crumbly mounds stuffed with dates and nuts—out of her bag—
And was offering them to all the women at the gate.

To my amazement, not a single woman declined one. It was like a
Sacrament. The traveler from Argentina, the traveler from California,
The lovely woman from Laredo—we were all covered with the same
Powdered sugar. And smiling. There are no better cookies.

And then the airline broke out the free beverages from huge coolers—
Non-alcoholic—and the two little girls for our flight, one African
American, one Mexican American—ran around serving us all apple juice
And lemonade and they were covered with powdered sugar too.

And I noticed my new best friend—by now we were holding hands—
Had a potted plant poking out of her bag, some medicinal thing,

With green furry leaves. Such an old country traveling tradition. Always
Carry a plant. Always stay rooted to somewhere.

And I looked around that gate of late and weary ones and thought,
This is the world I want to live in. The shared world.

Not a single person in this gate—once the crying of confusion stopped
—has seemed apprehensive about any other person.

They took the cookies. I wanted to hug all those other women too.
This can still happen anywhere.

Not everything is lost.

Naomi Shihab Nye (b. 1952), “Wandering Around an Albuquerque Airport Terminal.” I think this poem may be making the rounds, this week, but that’s as it should be. (via the59thstreetbridge)

hipstersaur:

owhatagoose:

owhatagoose:

OWHATAGOOSE/TESTACLESE’S TUMBLR LEAGUE GIVEAWAY! #1

I’m a dozen wins away from my 3000th win. 

So anyway, I’m going to giveaway three $10 RP cards, so three winners. To enter you:

  • Must be following me since I love ma followers.
  • Reblogs only!
  • If you wanna be nice then also follow me on www.twitch.tv/testaclese (you dont have to be but pliss).

Giveaway ends when i hit my 3000th win!! So who knows when that’ll happen. Could be very soon unless I’m playing ranked or I lose a lot of normals.

1 NORMAL WIN LEFT AND THIS GIVEAWAY ENDS

Lemme play next game so you can lose

inunchartedwaters:

amplifytheworld:

referencesforartists:

brenanf999:

dontwantyourmoneysir:

anndruyan:

This is a summary of college only using two pictures; expensive as hell.

That’s my Sociology “book”. In fact what it is is a piece of paper with codes written on it to allow me to access an electronic version of a book. I was told by my professor that I could not buy any other paperback version, or use another code, so I was left with no option other than buying a piece of paper for over $200. Best part about all this is my professor wrote the books; there’s something hilariously sadistic about that. So I pretty much doled out $200 for a current edition of an online textbook that is no different than an older, paperback edition of the same book for $5; yeah, I checked. My mistake for listening to my professor.

This is why we download. 

Spreading this shit like nutella because goddamn textbooks are so expensive. 

not necessarily art related but as someone who couldn’t afford their textbooks this semester this is a godsend

REBLOGGING because after a little digging, I found my $200 textbook for free in PDF form.

friendly reminder that this exists since I know we’re all going back to college soon

Just for fun, I decided to search the names of a few countries in Google Images. These are the first images which showed up which weren’t maps or flags.

suck-my-deku-nuts:

whimsicdoctor13:

emperorbulblax:

Canada

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China

image

New Zealand

image

England

image

Germany

image

Australia

image

Japan

image

America

image

America hurts my eyes, jesus

you must have communists in your eyes then

sakimichan:

Ahri From Lol, Something i painted a few month ago.

Left over 13*19 Poster available here : ) -> http://www.storenvy.com/products/1668952-ahri-lol-poster

Kid accidentally steals cup from restaurant

pusheen:

Check out Battle Dog! A hilarious new comic by some good friends of Pusheen.

pusheen:

Check out Battle Dog! A hilarious new comic by some good friends of Pusheen.

consultingsonic:

charlie-in-a-beanie:

fake-smiles-and-shattered-hearts:

parawhoredan:

myreasonstofangirl:

the-mind-of-jo:

hazfuckedlou:

sourpatchss:

homesweetreblogs:

i am in physical pain

The lemonade one is getting me so mad

no post has ever made as angry as this one does

THE SPRINKLE

I lost it at the sprinkle

I need to lie down for a second

GOD STOP

No.

Jesus did not die for these sins

azertip:

Zhanglu

farawrsu:

k

bus-a-looey:

BEST FRIENDS WEAR EACH OTHER ON THEIR FEET.

commanderballsshepard:

shavingryansprivates:

it’s so weird when people’s voices don’t match their faces

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