7.13.2005

The Ultimate Bonding Experience

Kestrel and I had a moment yesterday. I never would have expected it. It came completely out of the blue, but it was beautiful, and I now know that I am meant to be here, and I am meant to be friends with this wonderful, beautiful girl. It happened last night, after a nice game of B.S. that my dear flatmate revealed to me that she liked Hanson. I couldn't believe my ears. I wanted to cry; I wanted to leap with joy. It was beautiful. I mean she really is a fan. I haven't met a fellow Hanson fan in a really long time. Or ever for that matter. It was very encouraging...there may be more somewhere out there...

But besides that, we have been having some really interesting conversations. I don't know if I've mentioned this before, but all of the friends I've made down have very different views than I am used to. They are all pretty liberal, they hate Bush, they hate religion for the most part. Kestrel is a feminist - she actually lives in the feminist dorm at her school. And she's pro-choice, which if any of you know me well you that that I usually don't get along well with people who are pro-choice. But I really do love Kestrel and we have a good time together. Our conversations can be a bit draining though - good, but draining. I sometimes have a hard time getting my point across. Kestrel and Kepler (another guy that goes to school with Kestrel in the states) both are extrememly intellectual and analytical and that sort of thing. They love to question things and to learn things. I like that about them a lot. I just wish I was a bit more articulate.

It also frustrates me that know little to nothing about politics and government and all of that. I don't have much to say about it, so those conversations I'm just stuck listening to how much Bush sucks and how his views suck and how America sucks. Of course their language is a bit different. But i feel so ignorant; I don't even know whats going on in my own country. I hate that.

On a different note, I have recently made an observation that I have found rather interesting. It is going to sound silly, but I think it really portrays something deeper. Poeple here don't typically get braces. The teeth they have are the teeth they keep. And its beautiful. They have such character and originality. I mean a few people have naturally straight teeth (like my gorgeous flatmate Greg) but most people have a few irregularities with their teeth. I know its a weird thing to notice, but it really does tend to set them apart. I see these beautiful blonde skinny girls with crooked teeth and it makes me smile because you would never see that in the States, at least not typically. I will say that the poeple here are much more stylish and trendy when it comes to what they wear (sort of that European influence), but at the same time they don't seem as materialistic as people in the US. I will have to go deeper in this hypothesis...

8 comments:

  1. braces are for lossers!

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  2. So, you met the one other Hanson fan in the world, only you could find them. They are on a show Best week ever where they make fun of other celebrities and it is actually funny. I am glad you are their and not me because I would not be able to get along with them and it would not be pretty, but thankfully God has put in you more pantience in dealin with people than me. I dont know if noticing the teath thing is unigue or just wierd I will have to get back to you. Anyway I am glad to see you have make new friends. Keep having fun... Tyler

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  4. I've noticed the braceless phenomenon among British people as well. It amazes me when I see an actor on a Britsh TV show with less than perfect teeth. I wonder if they think all Americans have perfect teeth, all Americans are vain, or if they don't even notice it because it's so not a big deal to them?

    And congrats on finding another Hanson fan. Though I do not count myself among their number, I'm glad to know I've contributed at least a little to the spread of Hanson-love by supplying you with goodies over the years. :)

    Praying for you sis. Remember you don't have to be able to articulate all the answers when you live them out.

    Blessings & Love!

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  5. Hey Jessi! I know another Hanson fan, actually, two of them, and they go to Auburn...maybe I'll have to introduce you guys when you get back. Sounds like you're having a lovely time, take lots of pictures that you can show us when you get back.

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  6. Hey Jessi! I miss you already! I hope that God is rocking your socks off in New Zealand. I know what you mean about feeling ignorant about issues/politics. Sometimes I feel so dumb. But be proud of how God made you; don't worry if you're not overly analytical, articulate, etc. You're beautiful just the way you are. And the braces thing...that's so interesting! I'm a future orthodontist, so of course I love this fact. Have fun!

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  7. Oh my gosh. My darling Jessi, I have just discovered your blog, and let me tell you, I totally just had to fan my face to keep from crying at this entry. As soon as I come back to America, it is you, me and Hanson. Wherever they may be. I love you and miss you sooooo much.

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  8. okay i don't know how to put my name in the entry i just wrote you. but it is KESTREL. KESTREL DUNN YOUR FLATMATE WHO LOVES YOU. oh wait. i see the name place. how smart am i?

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