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I Wish I Could Go Back to College from Avenue Q

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Last week I went to my sister’s graduation. It was the first time I’d been on a college campus in years, so I immediately thought of I Wish I Could Go Back to College from Avenue Q. I had not seen the song since I was an undergrad, and most of the number was pretty irrelevant to me at that point. Now, armed with a B.A. and two years in the real world, I’ve decided to listen to I Wish I Could Go Back to College from Avenue Q again. Except this time, I’ll be able to do a little reflecting and check out how much sense it makes with my post-grad perspective.

One of the first lines is “What would I give to go back and live in a dorm with a meal plan again!” After a couple of years of struggling to cook for myself, often yielding to cheap take out, a meal plan sounds pretty great. The dorm room on the other hand, I’ll pass on. Rent may have been a non-issue for me during college, but I’ll happily pay to avoid the incessant noise, messes and communal bathrooms that come along with a dorm room.

The next verse is “In college you know who you are/You sit in the quad, and think, “Oh my God!/I am totally gonna go far!”” This one was pretty true for me, especially at the beginning of college. I knew I had four years of fun ahead of me, minimal responsibility, and plenty of new friends to make. I think that I Wish I Could Go Back to College from Avenue Q really captures the sense of ambition, idealism and optimism that me and many of my friends had in college.

Princeton goes on to sing, “I wanna go back to my room and find a message in dry-erase pen on the door!” That sounds nice in theory, but honestly, most of the dry erase boards I saw on doors were filled with inappropriate cartoons, profanity, or some mix of the two. However, Avenue Q is over a decade old and the characters would have been in college even longer ago, so I’ll cut them some slack. I bet my almost obsolete whiteboard would have been much more exciting back then, before everyone had cell phones.

The lines “I wish I could drop a class/or get into a play/or change my major/ or f**ck my T.A” give plenty of things to think about. I don’t have any classes, so the first part is kind of a moot point. I also have no idea how I would get into a play in the real world, but I certainly imagine it would be harder than it would’ve been in college. As for the T.A. part – I went to a small school where everyone knew everyone (and still does), so I’ll pass on commenting about that on the internet.

While I do sometimes wish I could go back to college, whenever I contemplate it I come to the same conclusion that the song does: “But if I were to go back to college/ Think what a loser I’d be/I’d walk through the quad/And think “Oh my God…”/ These kids are so much younger than me.” This completely checks out in my book. I remember when I was growing up not being able to tell the difference between college kids and people in their 30’s. Now I can hardly tell the difference between college students and kids who are too young to get their driver’s licenses. However, I’m sure they would be able to tell I am too old for college. All in all, I miss parts of college, but when I think about how pathetic it would be to go back for a meal plan and to shed some responsibility, I realize I am pretty darn happy in the real world.

Everyone’s a Little Bit Racisct from Avenue Q in London Live

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So I needed a quick pick me up today and when I was walking home from brunch, well taking a cab with my mom who was visiting, we came across this seriously uptight person.  I live in Washington DC and everyone who is new here is extremely PC.  The problem is that DC is probably one of the most un-PC towns there is.  Sure when you have to deal with government contractors and government employees and government HR departments they are extremely strict but when you get them outside work or with a few drinks in them people’s real colors show.

I guess when you have to deal with some seriously annoying bureaucratic bullcrap all day long and follow every instruction to the dot on each sentence you eventually go crazy and need a break from all of the regulations and politically correct bullsh*t.  The problem is that when people first move here and only want to talk about politics and get scared to death to hear someone referred to as black or asian or white or fat or anorexic or other adjectives they go crazy.  Not only do they come with high hopes and beliefs about their own cause or political agenda but they love to try and force it down everyone they meet’s throats.  The problem is that those of us who have been living here for more than a few years or even more than 5 or ten years cannot stand these people.  It’s like they seriously need to get over it and just because they are in Washington DC it doesn’t mean they can bring up politics or causes because guess what, you never know where people stand on issues.

Every election people lose their jobs and more people move in.  Just because you are in a bar and believe in or are fighting for one cause doesn’t mean the person sitting next to you isn’t your opposition.  The people that last here and are able to make friends here learn to separate their emotions and work from their friendships and personal lives.  Not everyone wants to hear about what you think is wrong with the world and how you are here to fix it and not many people care to hear about it after work is over…unless they are new here.  When it comes to describing someone guess what, terms like black, tall, white, bad hair, ugly sweater sort of work because they help you figure out who it is.  Just because you say African American doesn’t mean they are from Africa.  You may offend that person especially if they are from the Virgin Islands and actually just a black American.  Anyways, the point of this rant is that this stupid person got bent out of shape and upset that I described someone as the black guy who was tall and wearing a certain colored shirt.  She went off the handle and butted into my conversation and really had no business to.

Although I didn’t mean it as being racist, she apparently thought it was so I sort of told her to F off and mind her own business.  At a certain point you just need to stop and she was more than at that point.  It also got me thinking about one of my favorite songs from Avenue Q, Everyone’s a little bit racist.  It is a song describing sort of what I am talking about but a little more extreme.

I’m not a complete racist and really don’t hate many people, especially not because of the color of their skin and I think that Everyone’s a little bit racist from Avenue Q does a great job at telling people to just get over it if it isn’t meant in a negative way.  Sure Everyone’s a little bit racist from Avenue Q goes a bit above and beyond what they should do, but it is all in good fun.  Here is the live performance by the London cast of Everyone’s a little bit racist from Avenue Q.

Avenue Q – It Sucks To Be Me Video

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I have a friend who is constantly complaining that his life sucks.  He is looking for a job and kind of lives far outside of the city but what he forgets is that he does have friends and does have options, he just needs to motivate a bit more to get out of his stupor.  We recently just had a back and forth and he left to go have a cigarette break.  The thing is that he is a great person and a very good looking guy and he has his health, except for the smoking part, so I tried to convince him he needs to get over his depression and start to get more proactive with finding a job and finding a partner instead of sitting around and moping in his house.  After he went out for a cigarette I was getting ready for showtunes and he got me thinking of a song from the hit broadway musical Avenue Q.

The song is called It Sucks To Be Me and is sung by a huge part of the cast.  It is all about people sitting around moping about how bad their lives suck and it actually helps to start to motivate them to get over it and find a way to fix it.  Each character in the show tries to top the other characters about why their lives suck and in the end it is the character that plays Gary Coleman that wins.

This song is one of the songs that made this show famous and is one of my favorite showtunes from the musical Avenue Q.  It starts out with one of the main characters coming out of his apartment building to throw out his trash where he runs into his love interest in the show Kate.  From there they talk about how and why their lives suck.  Once Kate finished singing about how her life sucks you get to hear a fight between a gay roommate and straight roommate and from there on out more and more characters come in to sing about why their lives suck.  Avenue Q is an amazing musical and although it is not family friendly or for little kids, it is a perfect show for grown ups and high school students. The music is fun, the characters are puppets but also have real personalities and are people that many of us can relate to and the acting and singing is absolutely amazing.  Avenue Q is currently playing in many major cities and on tour and a show that I highly recommend.  You can see it in NY and it also has a home in London.  Avenue Q is an amazing show and the song It Sucks To Be Me is hilarious.  Here is the original cast singing It Sucks To Be Me.