30th Dec2003

Googling Myself

by Will

You ever think you’re more important than you really are? I felt that way until recently. At Cornell, I was “Will West: A Cappella Star”. In college, that’s a big deal. At least, to the percentage of people who don’t think a cappella’s “gay”. Anyway, I thought I was big shit and that was enough to keep depression @ bay. Now, I’m not in those circles anymore, so I’m scraping the barrels for recognition and attention. Well, I googled myself yesterday, and boy were the results disappointing.

First of all, out of 719 results, I only found about 5 references to “Will West” that pertained to me. The others were about World-renowned Gay Porn Star Cowboy Will West. He now occupies willwest.com and willwest.net. His motto is “How the West Was Hung”.

Of the 5 mentioning me, they were either Cornell Daily Sun articles where I sound like a complete tool, or they’re….nah, they’re all pretty much Cornell Daily Sun articles.

“William West” simply turns up a bunch of info on some murderer from the turn of the century. Apparently he was somewhat of a Jack the Ripper character. Anyway, he occupies a lot of space on the WWW.

“William Bruce West” yields 5 results but, luckily, they’re all about me. Regardless, they, too, are CDS articles and an entry from my study abroad program which incorrectly lists my e-mail address. I’ve wondered why I never heard from any of those kids, and it’s because they’re e-mailing “lbwg@cornell.edu”. I’m no CS major, but with my knowledge of Cornell’s e-mail network, I know that address doesn’t even exist. Now they’re all these nice people in middle America who prolly think I put the wrong address just to blow them off. Or not. Why am I so paranoid?!!!

So, if I were to die tomorrow, that’s the legacy I leave behind. People will either believe me to have been a notorious turn of the century murderer or a gay, leather-lovin’ cowboy who, apparently, is QUITE popular on the gay porn circuit. Sure there are the news articles, but people’ll just think that the murderer/porn star did those interviews while he was in college.

21st Sep2003

Am I In The Band Now? Introducing E7

by Will

So, it seems that I’m in a band now. Wait…don’t laugh! It’s not like Aerosmith or anything. We’re called “E7”. At the moment, I sing leads while guitar is taken care of by Mr. Tarek Sultani and bass is covered by Carl….I forgot his last name. Anyway, we’re more of a garage outfit. I think of us as a sort of Cornell “California Dreams”. The other guys are taking it a lot more seriously than I. They’re trying to get an album’s worth of songs, while I was just called in to do one track.

The track came out nicely, and I’m more proud of it than anything I’ve recorded with LC. This solo stuff is hard. I feel like Nick Lachey. I mean, I know I’m not by myself, but I’m the only one singing, so I might as well be solo. In any case, this gives me something to do. Probably not gonna be my big break, but I can at least start piling up potential demos or something. Then, when the time is right, I’m gonna drop those guys and TRULY go solo! Muhuhahahahahaha!!!

20th Sep2003

“We’re Just Ted Fans”

by Will

AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! Remember when I used to be in an a cappella group? ‘Cause apparently no one around here does. Tonight, I’m at the mall with Eric and Ted and some girls turn around as we’re leaving the place.

“Are you Ted?” they ask. Ted, bewildered, tells that he is one and the same. They start giggling and ask, “You’re in Last Call aren’t you?” He answers, “Yeah….but so are these guys,” pointing at me and Eric.

“Yeah, we know,” they say while ignoring Eric and me. “We’re just Ted fans.”

Wow.

Ted hasn’t had a song in about 3 years!!! These chicks are freshmen and they don’t know me?!! It sucks ’cause all I have to show for my time at Cornell is a 2.9 GPA and 4 years in a group that doesn’t even appreciate me!

Does no one respect their elders anymore? I helped make that group what it is, and no one currently realizes that. It’s not even what they said, but how they said it.

I know I’m overreacting, but I have very little from my college days to be proud of. Now, just 3 weeks after I formally leave the group, and a mere week since I’ve been taken off the website, I’ve been forgotten.

Hey bitches, I’ve got a surprise for ya. Ted isn’t even in the group anymore. For some reason, those tards just forgot to take him off the site. It’s OK, though. There’s still some really cute Hangovers to lust after.

22nd Aug2003

Ithaca A Bit Longer

by Will

So, it looks like I’ve renegotiated my contract, and will be in Ithaca a bit longer than I previously expected. Though nothing’s written in stone, I should be around an extra month. Hopefully, I’ll find a job by then!

25th Jul2003

Lost In Life & Joey Spin-Off

by Will

I feel like I’m drowning, yet I’m not in any water. I hate this whole system, from work not being able to give me an idea of how long I have a job, to airlines wanting $500+ just so I can go to some event I don’t even want to attend. My days have gone from diligently working on graduation progress sheets to blogging and reading webcomics. I really don’t care anymore. This is a temp position, and they’ve made that pretty clear, but I’ll be biding my time online til they finally get the stones to let me go. I think I’m going to hit bottom soon, both emotionally and psychologically, and I’m kind of scared what that’s going to be like. I just hope I’ll be able to bounce back from it. Anyway, unless I get an e-mail about a job (yeah right), I’ll be wasting the next few hours reading PvP.

BTW, NBC’s giving Matt LeBlanc his own “Joey” spin-off in the Fall of 2004 once “Friends” goes off the air. OK, I love Joey and all, but do they really think this is going to work? Not only does this news ruin the entire Ross-Rachel-Joey triangle that they’ve built up, but I really don’t know if Joey, sans Chandler, can hold my attention. The network claims it will be the same as when “Frasier” spun off of “Cheers” back in ’93. Yes, that did elaborate on Dr. Crane’s life, but I don’t know if lightning’s going to strike twice. I’m going to try something new, though, and not bash it until I see it. So, this rant will be continued in September 2004.

23rd Jul2003

Maybe A Dingo Ate Your Fiance

by Will

As if I didn’t already hate the Beach Boys, the annoying girl in the office just professed her love for them. Rather, it was phrased, “Oh my God, do you have more Beach Boys? You know their song, ‘Little St. Nick’ that they only play on oldies radio stations around Christmas? That song is SO CUTE. My boyfriend’s family love that song and they used to play it all the time.” I swear this girl is out to prove she’s a hetero girl. Everytime I turn around, it’s “My boyfriend, my boyfriend”. She’s so overkill about it. She’s always talking about how her exes won’t answer her when she IMs them. Ok, we get it! You’ve had boyfriends. From an HD perspective, she hasn’t had very many or else she wouldn’t talk about them all the damn time! Instead, she’d realize that we don’t give two shits about them or her history with them. She’s starting to sound like the Seinfeld episode where the woman keeps going on about her fiance. “Where’s my fiance? Where could he have gone?” Finally, Elaine answers, “Maybe a dingo ate your fiance.” Well, I wish a dingo would eat this chick’s boyfriend, as well as her annoying ass.

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