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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Arlington Cinema And Drafthouse

Okay, so I went to this place called "Arlington Cinema 'n' Drafthouse" Monday night. It's a place laid out like a comedy club, with couches and tables, but instead of a stage up front, it's a big screen, like the ones they have in the theaters.

I went to see Clerks II and I thought it was hilarious. It made me think of what we perceive as "social norm" and "social success", but that usually doesn't involve "personal happiness". I moved to DC trying to advance my "social success" of boosting my career. Society trains us to think "if I have a good career, I will be successful in the eyes of others". The general idea is "This guy has a good job; he is more successful than I am and I would like to be more like him". Where in the equation factors in "personal happiness"?

I remember my first job out of college, making $25k/year, and I remember being a lot happier then. I was surrounded by friends, hanging out with them every weekend, paying my $300/month rent in an apartment with a lot of roommates, and having nothing to worry about. Have I really made the right decisions in life like I thought I did?

But back to Arlington Cinema 'n' Drafthouse, I took advantage of the $1 Monday night movie special, but ordered a Margarita that cost me around $7 after tips. Yeah, funny how things work out.


Blogger Q. said...

Isn't working toward and embracing "social success" and career success, while eschewing "personal happiness," part of becoming an adult?

Hanging out with friends and living in an overwrought frat-house is for college kids.

Seems like "challenges to societal norms" like Clerks II are merely thinly-veiled justifications for a slacker lifestyle.

Just sayin'.

Love your blog.

9/27/2006 1:51 PM  
Blogger Paul Zhao said...

Thanks for showing love on my blog, Q.

If becoming an adult is embracing "social success" and discarding "personal happiness", then why does anyone want to be an "adult"? In the past generation, you're either a kid, who has fun, studies, preparing to be an adult, or an adult, who's passed the "kid" phase, got a "real" job, family, kids, etc.

I guess enough people see through the "flaw" of the system nowadays to create our own category, "young professionals", where we have "real jobs", but still do the things we want to do to an extent.

It's sad that we're all living "for the future"(preparing to have a good career so we can raise our own kids well) and "living the way others would espect us to", instead of living for ourselves, here and now.

I am by far not "above the influence" when it comes to this subject. I realize what's going on and I STILL chose to be a part of it.

9/27/2006 7:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what's even more interesting is that you actually sound 10 x more interesting and not "sweet" on paper than you do in a face to face conversation. Also, Anonymous blogging is for homo's that desire nothing more than to leave a piece of themselves and stain the property of others that way. pfft, but who cares, im a nony too, drifting from site to site finding china men that specialize in filtering the porn on sites so that kids have access to cigarette burns and alcohol when they need to procreate with mr show me the london bridges goats in england. Truth be told, life is short, you can either be mad at this response or you can see through to the inner child in me and get it while its "crawling in your favorite position!" Belizean playboys and chinese cabana boys can come and squeeze a juicy one from my well breaded booty. Peace!!

9/29/2006 1:16 PM  
Blogger Paul Zhao said...

Wow. Anonymous is deep in immature at the same time, what a paradox.

Sorry if I'm uninteresting in person, that's why I blog about once a week, when I actually have something interesting to day. It's a shame that you interact with me during times in between.

9/29/2006 7:07 PM  

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