Monday, October 23, 2006

dangeresque 2: this time it's not dangeresque one

well, it's been a long time since i've written, or, as one of my less-closely related family members put it, 'are you in hiding?'

i have to admit that this question gives me pause for thought, because while i am not necessarily in hiding, i think it may be better if the world in general remains unaware of my current lifestyle trends.

nevertheless, at the repeated urging of a bass-playing-shot-glass-balancing blogger who shall remain anonymous, i am going to present you now with three excerpts from my Life in the Fast Lane. may G-d forgive me for what i have done.


to preface this, i should perhaps explain that i have been given a gift (hah) this semester, one that is both a blessing and a curse. this is my father's old playstation, and no, he did not bestow it upon me as a gesture of goodwill; i asked for it.

i like video games.

i don't know if i've ever written about this on my blog before, but it should come as no surprise to anyone who knows my family. i was raised on video games, particularly soap-operatic japanese role-playing games that features tiny spiky-haired people with big eyes. i get hooked on the plot lines and the stories, and if they're particularly well-structured, it makes me feel like i'm walking around in a book, which is the superpower i want to have in x-men 4 (wait, did x-men 3 come out yet? or was that 2?) anyway, i digress. the point is, gaming can be considered a questionable activity for jewish boys. for jewish girls, it is right out. i may have entertained delusions before i brought the playstation to stern that stern catered to all types and that surely i would not be the only girl here who plays video games in the half hour of free time i can squeeze out of thursday night. i was wrong.

which wouldn't be so bad, after all, if i could hook the playstation up in my room. no one knows, no one cares. right? but life is never so simple. you need a tv to hook the playstation up to, and the only tv in my dorm is in the student lounge on the 19th floor.

so i started taking my playstation up there- furtively, at 2 am on a saturday night, when no one was likely to be around - and secretly progressing in the games' plot line. this being a public area, however, i felt extremely awkward trying to play a game on the tv when there were 8 other girls in the room, either chatting or studying, all staring at me with this perverse squinty look that communicated two sentiments:

Sentiment 1. Don't only boys play video games?
Sentiment 2. That's gross!

i tried to just turn off the sound and pretend i didn't notice anything, but fifteen minutes later, my resolve crumbled and my cheeks flaming, i mumbled my excuses, packed up the game and went home. but i knew it wasn't over. oh, i intended to get my fun. whatever it took.

what it took, i soon realized, was a covert op. i had to kidnap the tv.

there was no other way. clearly i couldn't play with anyone watching. i was not about to spend the rest of the year waiting for that golden moment just after dawn to sneak up there. i just had to get the tv into my dorm room.

this was easier said than done. the tv was on a cart with wheels, which helped. the tv was also roughly the size of a cadillac, which did not help. attempting to move it was the equivalent of telling someone to get behind king kong and give him a push. to my credit, i waited until just after midnight to execute this manuever, but as anyone who's lived in a dorm can tell you, it's always broad daylight in the dorm.

'what are you doing?' girls asked, as i slowly backed the behemoth into the elevator.

'oh you know, borrowing the tv. you know, to watch a movie. in my room. so i won't disturb the studying people.'

'we can borrow the tv?'

'er- why not?'

i continued to receive sketchy looks as i attempted to angle the thing into my apartment. this was even trickier, because my apartment is on an angle; you open the door, and there is immediately a narrow, slanted hallway which branches off into two rooms. my room is across from the bathroom. so in order to fit the Monster into the hallway, i had to unplug the fridge and move it into the bathroom, while moving the dresser against the opposite wall.

in the museum in milwaukee, there is a short cartoon called 'how to dig a hole to the center of the earth.' the cartoon's refrain is essentially: 'keep drilling.' this is what we did.

all the while gathering spectators, who tended to ask incovenient questions like, 'are you sure that's legal?'

still, let the record show that the mission was a success, and as of yet, no one has traced it back to me.


you can all return from the edge of your seats; this one is not so exciting. it is a well-known fact that i eat cereal and milk for breakfast. it is perhaps also well-known that i love cereal. after all, we are living in a cereal world, and i am a cereal girl. (and it's healthfully sweet!)

still, i was caught unprepared when a friend of mine decided to buy me a mega-sized box of chex and a gallon of milk and drop it off at a journalism lecture i was attending uptown. the friend having to catch a bus, i suddenly found myself in fancy dress holding a gallon of one percent milk. i don't usually drink one percent, so i was at somewhat of a loss; i had no idea what to do with it. when the lecture was over, i casually asked if anyone needed some milk.

i have learned that there is no casual way to ask this question.

people tended to regard the milk with some skepticism. 'why do you suddenly have a gallon of milk?' they would say. or sometimes: 'what does that have to do with journalism?'

to make a long story short, just short of being asked to pose for a picture with said gallon of milk, the milk eventually found a loving home, and i earned myself the reputation amongst the commie and observer staff as 'the Milk Girl.'

i kept the chex.


of course, with all that chex, you're gonna need some milk. luckily, i had to go uptown again the next day for ambassador kurtzer's speech, so i figured that i would pick some up from the caf store when i was there and thus avoid having to spend actual money on it at duane reade. what, you ask, is the difference? money is money. milk is milk.

that is where you are wrong. milk is not just milk. and caf card money is not real money. caf cards work like debit cards; money is put on in the beginning of the year and can't be taken off. therefore, that money is already set aside for food. why dish out hard cash (listen, the milk here can cost 1.99!) for food when you already have money you can only use for food anyway?

ok? do you understand? good. keep that convoluted logic in mind.

so i went down to the caf store ten minutes before the lecture and yes! i scored. there was one half-gallon of skim milk left. unfortunately, my enthusiasm quickly dimmed when i discovered:

a) it was open.
b) it was half-empty.
c) it was warm.

i glanced around for other candidates, but the rest were all whole milk. i sniffed the milk. it smelled ok. i estimated that there was at least three breakfasts' worth in there, perhaps more. who knew? anything could happen in three days!

i approached the counter with the milk and asked the cashier if i could buy it.

she said, 'that? heck girl, you can have that for free.'

this is generally not an encouraging sign. still, free is free. milk is milk. i hurried back to the room where, in only moments, the lecture would start.

but wait! a little alarm in my head went off. the milk isn't cold now, and you're not going to be home for another three and a half hours! if you don't find someway to refrigerate it, it will be ruined, and YOU'LL HAVE TO BUY MILK WITH REAL MONEY!

i took a quick survey of my surroundings. i was in the weissburg commons, which is roughly the size of two high school gymnasiums, lined with chairs and potted plants (seriously). i did not see any refrigerators.

i stood there, holding the carton of milk, feeling glum.

then suddenly my eye hit on a snack buffet food services had set up for after the speech. there were cookies, fruits, and soda, and little plastic cups that looked like shot glasses. also, there huge bowls of ice.


at first i thought of sticking the carton into the actual bowl of ice, but i quickly realized that this would perhaps fail to convey the message of dignity and respect the university no doubt wanted to present to the ambassador. so i came up with a backup plan. i filled about 17 small glasses with ice and carried them to the large potted plants at the end of the room. carefully, i built a wall around my carton of milk, until it resembled a fortress. then, after explaining my battle plan to the nearby security guards, who had found my activity somewhat questionable, i sat down to listen to the lecture, satisfied that i had thwarted duane reade's steep milk price once again.

to my dismay, however, three hours later, i returned to a scene of desolation. the ice had all melted and was sinking into the soil of the potted plants. the milk was not cold. it smelled a little funny. but then i've always thought milk smelled a little funny. not wanting to risk throwing away potentially good milk, i escorted the carton over to a girl from my print journalism class and asked her to smell it.

'EW!' she said. 'what did you do to this? this is terrible!'

'does that mean i can't drink it?' i said, heart sinking.

'not unless you want to get sick,' she said.

i sighed.

a guy from the commie staff walked by, did a double take, and called to me: 'hey, is that the same gallon of milk you had last night?'

yes, cruel world, i am in hiding.


Blogger Kiwi the Geek said...

LOL! You make me miss college life. I can't believe a dorm of 19+ floors has only one TV. But on the upside, you apparently have your own room, which is very good.

3:37 AM  
Blogger fudge said...

of course i don't have my own room. i live with four other girls. they did not want to be mentioned in connection with the incident.

6:04 AM  
Blogger PsychoToddler said...

Sniff...stealing a TV to play video games and drink spoiled milk...that's my girl...

7:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bah. Everyone steals TVs, that's why they are there. I know one individual who stole Rabbi Soloveitchik's chair. Incidentally, he is the same individual who gave you a TV so you wouldn't have to steal one, and if you are not using it, he wants it back. And his sweatshirt your roommate has. And something else.

7:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's me again, and interestingly I read your page today because while searching for something I ended up at a psychotoddler page from april.

8:00 AM  
Blogger fudge said...

listen anonymous, this was BEFORE you gave me your cable. do you see how you have changed my life?

8:42 AM  
Blogger PsychoToddler said...

Who's April?

8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

April is the girl who habitually showers, especially after a march.
(And of course, May is the girl who smells of foliage.)
(And yes... June is getting hot.)

12:18 PM  
Blogger fudge said...

ok, are you really weed, or are you an imposter?

also, this may seem random, but i really wanted to thank parce (sorry for the abreviation, i forgot how to spell your whole name) for the comment she left on my last post. i printed it up and keep it taped to a little corner of my desk :) helps to look at it when i'm spacing out during statistics study sessions

12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't be both?
Wait! Neither!
I demand a recount!
I'd like that striken from the record as soon as you've read it!
This is racism!

12:33 PM  
Blogger outofAMMO said...

The PT is worse with milk. Trust me.

5:08 PM  
Blogger RaggedyMom said...

Very funny stuff going on there! My father had to go on a business trip once and took some salami with him. He called us the next day really sick. I think that was the time he finally figured out that gray salami is a major don't. Dorm stories are the best - I don't have many since I went to Queens College, but my friends and I did have some crazy times when I was in Israel for a year after hs. It's great that yours are of the share-able with family variety!

5:21 PM  
Blogger fudge said...

kovi, what do you mean it's 'uninspiring'? what kind of talk is that?

raggedy mom- yeah, it's all downhill from milk carton mixups.

5:27 PM  
Blogger PsychoToddler said...

I think she inherited all of this from me.

Kovi? Who are you talking to?

5:50 PM  
Blogger pobody's nerfect. said...

mmmm. you got me in the cereal mood. i shlepped all the way upstairs for a bowl, and whaddya know it- for the first time, the milk was GOOD! (even better when i drank it from the bowl cuz it was all sugary n stuff.)
good luck with... whatever. y'know.

8:24 PM  
Blogger Chaikers said...

literally, LOL!
and i feel so special hearing about this TV stealing before it was posted- :)
~~~Fudge:: i absconded with the lounge tv
:i stole it
:and then rearranged all the furniture in y room to get it through the door
: and then i put it back
Me: is that good or bad
Fudge: it aint either
: its just good old illegal~~

good old illegal--good old Fudge!

8:47 PM  
Blogger Kiwi the Geek said...

You live in an "apartment", in which "your room" is across from the bathroom, but it houses "four other girls" so there must be another bedroom with more girls who share the bathroom...never mind, that's way worse than 2 girls in one room.

11:17 PM  
Blogger Ezzie said...

LOL (I have nothing to add.)

(oh, wait!) Just this morning, I decided that there *is* a way for me to eat breakfast for the first time since I began Lander. We had those little Frosted Flakes in a container (which have about 10 flakes apiece) in our apartment, so I grabbed two and brought them to work. I walked into the lounge area and opened the fridge... what the heck is "half and half" milk? Isn't that something they sell in Starbucks? The only milk that wasn't either that, whole, or skim was a single bottle of 1%. But... it was almost empty, and OPEN. I mean the open where you can look down in the carton and see the milk. I'm always suspicious of open bottles of milk in a fridge, especially ones that are almost empty. I feel like those are the ones that were sitting out for 2 days until someone decided to just put it in the fridge, or the one that something spilled into from up above. Of course, when I was in WITS, we got way too used to spoiled milk. (At least Allan would use up some of it to make macaroni & cheese and then order some fresh milk once in a while...)

Nevertheless, I was desperate and starving, so I poured it in a cup, brought it back to my "pod", and just ate the Frosted Flakes. I'm sure the sugar will hide any ill effects of the milk... right?

7:46 AM  
Blogger PsychoToddler said...

Hmm...that's what I'm having for lunch now. Since the minyan moved back to 6:10, I don't have time to go home afterwards and make a lunch, so I just grabbed a "bowl" of corn flakes from the doctor's lounge.

You think it will taste good with artificial coffee creamer?

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My first anonymous shout out in the blogosphere. I feel so honored.

~ Commie Guy

12:40 PM  
Blogger PsychoToddler said...

Commie Guy, meet Milk Lady. Milk Lady, Commie Guy.

12:54 PM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der ┼íteg) said...

ROTFL that's so funny. do you spend a lot of time uptown? do you have a radio show again?

4:55 PM  
Blogger Kiwi the Geek said...

Ezzie, if that milk was spoiled, you'd KNOW it, with any amount of sugar. If it was just on the edge, then you're alright.

8:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The TV story shows you have great management potential (don't ask permission... beg forgiveness later). The milk story... I just don't know.

11:03 AM  
Blogger Ezzie said...

You think it will taste good with artificial coffee creamer?

I cringed just reading that. :)

12:26 PM  
Blogger Irina Tsukerman said...

You have the best stories! That milk must have smelled just like that big cheese package I found in my refridgerator this morning... after forgetting that I've had it for about three months.

6:39 PM  
Blogger outofAMMO said...

To qoute the PT, "This is what I call a lifetime."

7:37 PM  

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