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Subj: Feedback: Re: Thoughts 12/31/98

Date: 1/20/99 5:40:24 PM Central Standard Time

From: lbvixen@eden.rutgers.edu (Laura Bosak)

To: GOMEMY@aol.com

You say you want a girl, but I don’t know if you know what that means.

Whether you believe it or not, your expectations are very high, and I

don’t know how many girls out there are so lightly tainted that they will

make your list. With the statistics of members of the opposite sex alive

out there, everyone seems to think it’s easy to find someone to love. My

personal experience has been if you’re looking specifically for a

significant other, your chances of finding them are very slim. The reason

for this is that you have an idea in mind already of the type of person

you could love, when in reality anyone could fall into that catagory. You

don’t know yet. People constantly surprise themselves by finding gold in

trashcans (metaphorically speaking, of course), or at least in the least

likely places. And the most important aspect of a loved one is that they

appreciate you–and you have to let them develop that on their own. I

guess what I’m trying to say is that you should take your own advice in

your piece written about just living life as opposed to worrying about

things. You’ll find love if you stop wishing for it so hard.

Just my 2 cents,

Laurie

Response:

You’re right. I should stop worrying about finding it and it will probably, hopefully come anyway. But then people also say that you can’t stop looking and expect it to find you. See, I think people read things into my writing too much. What I want in a girl is not a narrow doorway — what I want is a pretty general thing. And, to use your word (which I think is perfect), all I really want is to be appreciated. That’s really all I want. The way I wrote that… I was just trying to express it in those terms. And, of course, as usual I was longwinded when, had I been smart like you, I could have come up with that one simple word — appreciation. I find myself continuously admiring girls of all types. They all strike wonder in my heart. I really want someone to talk to, someone to hold, that sort of thing. I really don’t think I’m asking for much. Although you may be right that I’m asking too hard.

William

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Subj: Thoughts

Date: 9/29/98 4:10:57 PM Central Daylight Time

From: lbvixen@eden.rutgers.edu (Laura Bosak)

To: GOMEMY@aol.com

<<According to Ms. Lewinsky, she performed oral sex on the President on nine occasions. On all nine of those occasions, the President fondled and kissed her bare breasts. He touched her genitals, both through her underwear and directly, bringing her to orgasm on two occasions. On one occasion, the President inserted a cigar into her vagina. On another occasion, she and the President had brief genital-to-genital contact.(42)”

Later, Ms. Lewinsky says:

“During their sexual encounters, Ms. Lewinsky testified, “[W]e were both aware of the volume and sometimes . . . I bit my hand — so that I wouldn’t make any noise.”(118) On one occasion, according to Ms. Lewinsky, the President put his hand over her mouth during a sexual encounter to keep her quiet.(119) Concerned that they might be interrupted abruptly, according to Ms. Lewinsky, the two of them never fully undressed.(120)”

Now, if most of their encounters entailed only Ms. Lewinsky performing oral sex on President Clinton, how much noise can she really make? Enough to have to bite her hand? And, how could she bite on her hand while at the same time performing the sexual act? I don’t have personal knowledge of this type of activity, so I trust someone will explain this to me.>>

My theory would be she is speaking of the times he fingered her and the time they um, “had genital to genital contact”, not the times she was going down on him.

<whether or not Clinton dropped his pants in the Oval Office, not whether or not her committed perjury, so I had to correct them on that, which made at least one guy change his mind from thinking it’s none of our business to thinking Clinton deserves impeachment if he is found guilty of committing and/or encouraging perjury.>>

I felt much better to have read this, being that this has been my frustration for as long as I can remember. I can’t seem to talk politics with anyone without them saying: “It’s a private isssue….. I don’t see why we’re concerned with it…. Let him work it out with his wife. I don’t want to hear about it anymore….Impeach him because he had an affair? Ridiculous! Everyone has affairs….It’s the media’s fault this has grown so out of control.” That last one is my favorite. Blame the media. Thank God we have Princess Di to fall back on! Now everyone with a camera and a pen trying to give us what we want, is predestined to deliver only evil. However, the main issue is what you’re “Thoughts” entailed; that everyone seems to think the president of the United States may be impeached because he had an “improper relationship” with a White House Intern, and that his attempt to hide evidence on several accounts and most importantly: committing of perjury in the civil case against Paula Jones, was a simple mistake involved. THIS is the issue, and this is the piece that half the country is missing. Half of my friends stared at me wide eyed as I explained this to them. “Wait-he committed a crime?” IF there is a fault in the media, it is not making this point more apparent, NOT telling us the truth we don’t “want to be concerned with anymore”. I am disgusted with Clinton as a married man and a role model morally, but this is NOT why I wish to see him impeached. He is a criminal, no way around it. The United States of America cannot stand for its leader to tell the public that the American Judicial System is a joke, and that lying in the process of these courts is fine. Or, even better, that it’s not fine for anyone else to do except the president. I recently read an editorial in The Rutgers Targum that said impeaching the president now would be “upsetting what is left of Democracy” and “lowering the respect for the Presidential Office”. The only way we can lower the respect for the Presidential Office is be saying we don’t give a shit whether the man sitting in that office obeys the law. What we’re saying now is that we’re too ignorant to know WHAT the hell the man sitting in that office is doing aside from whether or not there’s a semen stain on some woman’s dress. Is this Democracy?

Laurie

Response:

I have nothing to add.  This letter was perfect.

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Subj: Thoughts…

Date: 9/11/98 9:16:13 PM Central Daylight Time

From: MoiraineD

To: GOMEMY

In response to everything you have said about pagers: Not every American has a pager to brag about who they know or because they are self-centered. To tell you the truth, the only reason I have a pager is so that my family can find me when they are away and I am home (or the other way around) and so that my one friend in this area can get ahold of me 24/7 if she needs me. Maybe 3 other people have the number, but fuck, they never call me anyway. In short, some people are more responsible then others and everyone has their own reasons.

In response to everything else you wrote today, well, shit, I agree with most of it, and that scares me, too…(take that as a positive statement please).

Later…

Debbie

Response:

My comment to this effect was a direct insult toward the white Homie G. Although, in earlier updates I have made generalizations regarding the owning of pagers, most were made in order to draw attention to the people named in the update who flaunt their “importance” by wearing a pager and emphasize the fact that they own a pager. Damn that’s a long sentence.

William

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Subj: Confederate Flag

Date: 9/11/98 7:03:10 PM Central Daylight Time

From: RachelBond

To: GOMEMY

In your Thought dated September 4, you mention the Confederate flag. Though I have never considered it really a racist symbol, I have always felt that people with Confederate flag stickers (yeah, they do that in California too, and here perhaps it does have a little more of a bigoted edge) on their trucks — invariably a truck — are making a rather stupid and unAmerican point. The Confederacy was put to rest over a century ago, and rehashing its old ideals isn’t exactly a sign of one quick on the uptake. And when one considers that the crossed and starred flag we all know as the Confederate banner is actually the Confederate battle flag, that only seems more of a jab at the Union.

Rachel

P.S. Just because somebody hasn’t the guts to have something well done rather than well said, they are not more racist than anybody else.

Response:

Although many would argue (and could make a good case) against your calling the display of the Confederate flag unAmerican, I won’t as I happen to believe in the preservation of the Union at all costs.  At the same time, I also would rather buy a Coke and have my money go to the Coca-Cola company based in Atlanta instead of Pepsi up north.  I think you have to remember the scrutiny and criticism the South has undergone through the years as opposed to the little or no insults thrown at the West and NorthEast.  If you’re going to be ostracized, you might as well band together.  Calling the  flying of the Confederate battle flag today “a jab at the Union” is probably correct in the context of someone saying, “Hell, yes, I’m a Southerner and damn proud of it.  Got a problem with that?”  When you’re consistently kicked and made fun of because you’re a Southerner or you have a Southern accent, the first thing after feeling like shit is to look around and see that many of the other people stereotyped as stupid Southerners are regular, hard-working, American folk who are just like you.  

In regards to your statement of the comparability of racists, I think you miss the point.  These people are not saying anything worth listening to, they are only complaining.  Continuously blaming everything on the white “honkies” and the “bloodsucking” Jews.  You want to know what my theory is on people of this sort?  They like this whole idea of Freedom.  But they don’t realize that no one in America gets Freedom for free.  Furthermore, Freedom doesn’t entitle you to economic or educational prosperity, that is something that much be pursued and achieved on your own.  If you don’t live up to your own expectations, it is your own fault.  No one else’s.  Welcome to the land of opportunity, baby.  But you’ve got to work.  

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Subj: I couldn’t agree more.

Date: 8/11/98 1:52:58 PM Central Daylight Time

From: Syriana17

To: GOMEMY

In your Thoughts for August 9, you said that you had written in August 2 about pagers and people who flaunt them to make themselves appear important. I just wanted to say that it is Southern California’s greatest malady. I am so tired of hearing people go on and on about who they know. Also I’m sick of people trying to nonchalantly show who they know. Who cares who you know? The question is – Who the hell are you? Not who the hell is that person over there. . . . . my . . . it appears as though I’ve gone off on a rant. Time to end this email.

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Subj: Insulted.

Date: 98-06-13 17:37:42 EDT

From: Janry1

To: GOMEMY

Hey Will, was just reading that feedback page of yours. ..and Odie Jodi or whoever she is. ..is way off base. She basically said anyone who has opinions and shares them is wrong. Hey at least we are aware of, and use our First Amendment Rights. As far as getting a life is concerned, I have one. Mine, and I enjoy it immensely. It may not be shallow, superficial, or full of ignorance, but hey, screw it. I enjoy seeing people express their opinions. Those, my friend are the real leaders of the future, because they’re not going to sit back and say whatever. Thanks for sharing your opinions! Rock on.

JeNée

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Subj: Gomemy Webpage

Date: 98-06-10 15:07:43 EDT

From: DongNong

To: OdieJodi00

CC: GOMEMY

I think you should recheck your opinion on Gomemy’s Web Page. His thoughts page is exactly that, thoughts. They are merely thoughts. HIS thoughts. It lets people see how HE thinks and how HE is. It isn’t meant to be read and called “boring”or anything else. An opinion, or a thought, these are the way people think. We can express our ideas. Maybe you should try it. And if you want to put down somebody…do it to yourself. Judgment is a flaw a mind can do without.

Dane (dongnong)

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Subj: Re: Thoughts–June 6

Date: 98-06-09 16:03:53 EDT

From: LghtWhsprs

To: GOMEMY

Will,

If it wasn’t time rushing us along, it’d be something similar, perhaps even something frighteningly more concrete.

£aurie

Response:

You’re right, of course.  I received an email, rather timely I might add, that supports your idea of the importance of time.

To realize the value of one year: Ask a student who has failed a final exam.

To realize the value of one month: Ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.

To realize the value of one week: Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize the value of one hour: Ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.

To realize the value of one minute: Ask the person who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize the value of one second: Ask a person who has survived an accident.

To realize the value of one millisecond: Ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics.

Time waits for no one. Treasure every moment you have. You will treasure it even more when you can share it with someone special.

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Subj: your web page

Date: 98-06-01 14:49:28 EDT

From: OdieJodi00

To: GOMEMY

hey,

I talked to you today. Then when we got done chatting i thought hey, maybe I will take a look at his web page. I find it really boring. I mean rambling on about socialism and communist isn’t what teenagers should be worry about. You should be enjoying your life while your young, instead of critizing your friends thought about the government. People have their own view of things. Don’t knock that, because that’s what makes people different. So, i’m sorry to be so rude but i think you need to get a life.

-Jodi (OdieJodi00)

Response:

You’re right. We probably shouldn’t worry about the important things until it’s too late to make any changes, right? I could fill up the rest of this letter with cliches like:

“The early bird gets the worm”

But I won’t.

Unfortunately, that which makes a person think and that which a person does not understand in the first place usually evokes a feeling of boredom. Therefore, until you are capable of coherent thought on important topics, I suggest your visitation to my Webpage be suspended.

William

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Subj: Re:Thoughts May 21, 1998

Date: 98-05-26 16:31:13 EDT

From: LghtWhsprs

To: GOMEMY

Will,

I just thought I’d put in that I agree completely with your opinions of the pseudo-intellectual communists, socialists, etc. It seems someone woke up one day and decided they were going to support every possible failed attempt of government arising from the slow disintegration of monarchy in Europe, and then it spread, like every other “different” or “new” idea. I blink and everyone’s a socialist. Not only do most of the people I’ve spoken on the subject not know what they’re talking about, but many don’t see the innate flaws within each. On the other hand, I am as disgusted with these ways of thinking as I am with capitalism, which leads me to wonder…what the hell would make everyone happy? Looking at the options I suppose I do prefer our gang-banging democratic leader and all his friends to a government that destroys any sense of freedom or a government that destroys itself. So, I s’pose we can make a big pro-capitalism sign with the slogan “Hey, man…it could be worse”. I’ll hang the banner.

£aurie

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Subj: about your latest Thought

Date: 98-05-20 20:31:33 EDT

From: RachelBond

To: GOMEMY

Yes, it is a cliche, and I agree that it’s way overused. Who was quiet? Hitler and Ted Kaczinski (you may want to spell check that). Who is quiet? Almost everybody during some point in their life. They have no friends in their classes, they’re shy, or maybe they’d just rather be with themselves. The only reason, I think, that a quiet one will “get you” is cuz they get sick of everybody assuming that they won’t answer, so nobody talks to them. When nobody pays attention other than say “That kid is such a freak,” I can kind of see how that might make one go postal. But anybody can be mean, or homicidal, or insane.

Kill cliches, and give us a chance.

a quiet one — if all you’re going to do is look at me

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Subj: Thoughts.
Date: 98-03-04 15:36:43 EST
From: Janry1
To: GOMEMY

Will,
I was born and lived in Gainesville for about 9 years, here in Destin for about 8. ..so hey. ..I’m a southern girl 😉 All of us who live down here know that the south is not stupid. Unfortunately “history” has given us a bad rap.
Later,
Jen

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Subj: Oprah Against The South
Date: 98-03-10 18:39:59 EST
From: ROZBUR812
To: GOMEMY

I can tell that you’ve probably have never meet a northern who’s gone South. People from most major cities feel that being south, provides a totally different atomsphere it’s peaceful, the pace is slower and are southerns are nice people, the hospitiality of a southern is admirable. She was actually complimenting Texas. Sorry you didn’t understand.

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Subj: mail for your homepage

Date: 98-04-06 23:00:59 EDT

From: RachelBond

To: GOMEMY

Dear Will,

You know what? I like you, but you’re a hypocrite. You hope that Titanic sinks. Everyone hopes that now. Face it, you’re one of the teeming masses of “phonies” who will not shut up about how great a movie is, how everyone should see it, how you shall buy it when it comes to video. After four months of playing in the theaters, after an undeserved Best Picture Academy Award, after blowing to bits box office records, you’ve decided it has sold out, lost worth, become a commercial gig full of steam and steel and no heart. Of course it sold out, you dumbass, that’s what movies are. At least movies with $200 million budgets. On the other end of the spectrum, you do have a point about profanity in independent films. I really enjoyed Good Will Hunting (and for all you Leo lovers, take a look at Matt Damon. He can act, and he doesn’t look like a long lost Hanson!) but quite agree that though independent movies cannot hope to compete with big-studio big-budget releases in terms of ticket sales and distribution, they should concentrate on making a really good movie, not a really good movie filled with obscene references and “fuck”. Both were good movies, they both did nicely, and let them be. That’s Hollywood, and if you don’t like it you can always re-read Catcher in the Rye for the fourteenth time.

Rachel W-P

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