The Life Unwired with Ben Combee (unwiredben) wrote,
The Life Unwired with Ben Combee

Decade Old Memories

I was looking through my hard drive, and in a folder called "c:\OldDrives\D_Niven\Ami Pro Docs", I found a bunch of word processing documents that I made back when I was in college. Most of them aren't very interesting, but there are some items that remind me of the person I was then. I found a letter that I had sent to a girl who was coming to Georgia Tech that fall that described my college friends; I thought I was being cute, but reading it now, it's really condescending to them. Another piece was a rough draft of a 'zine that I worked on about myself. There were a few short poems combined with a self-deprecating top-ten list, along with a really lame manifesto, some record reviews, and a "shout-out" section. It was a little like a blog, but all in one big chunk. I guess I was a wide-eyed guy who felt like the world would be changed by my actions, a revolutionary. A lot of the artifacts of my last year of school and my first year in Austin reflect that.

I found an essay I wrote for my Italian and French cinema class, analyzing the film "The Icicle Thief" and how it used the framing device of classic film "The Bicycle Thief" and used it to comment on Italian consumerism. The essay didn't really do that well, but the professor did credit me with comments on how I'd incorporated screen captures into the work to refer to scenes in the film. I've also found a few more items, ones where I thought I was being honest and open, but seem manipulative or petty now. Of course, now I can look at those and know what happened and how they affected people's feelings; when I wrote them, I didn't have the benefit of future sight.
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