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Who was Cassandra?

  • In the Iliad, she is described as the loveliest of the daughters of Priam (King of Troy), and gifted with prophecy. The god Apollo loved her, but she spurned him. As a punishment, he decreed that no one would ever believe her. So when she told her fellow Trojans that the Greeks were hiding inside the wooden horse...well, you know what happened.


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March 24, 2013


G.'s friend who sent off for another mug is awesome, and reminds me of a recent experience of mine.

I'd just gotten in touch with a friend whom I'd known from junior tennis days. It had been eight years since we'd talked. We'd always been Facebook friends, but it was the kind where you accept the friend request just because you knew the person once. She is going to MIT now, and I'd just posted a status about how awesome Junot Díaz's new book This is How You Lose Her was. She saw the status and commented that she knew a friend who had a class with Mr. Díaz and could probably get the book signed. I was over the moon! For the sake of the story let's call her S.

Fast forward a few days later and Facebook notified me that it was another friend's, M., birthday. M. is a friend from college, one whom I met through some campus groups committed to making minority students' experience better at the Predominantly White Institution we go to. Over the past few days I'd noticed that she'd been having a rough time of it, specifically regarding racist experiences on campus. I thought immediately that getting a book signed by Junot Díaz would be a great present for her, since Díaz writes books about the effects of racism on immigrants in America. So I, being in India for study abroad, emailed S. to ask if she'd be willing to help me pull this off, and she was.

It's amazing how people you haven't talked to for a long time can be so open to you, and how amazingly connective a fun little surprise can be.

TL;DR M. got the present and was over the moon happy. I'll be hanging out with S. this summer when we're both back in our hometown.

This post is one of the reasons i like your blog.Its.. how to describe it ..perhaps using a word i like...quirky.And of course being quirky is a very good thing.

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