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Saturday, July 26, 2003

introducing 4 new members in my room.
1) xiao qiang,
2) xiao ming,
3) xiao liang,
4) teddy.

xiao qiang, xiao ming n xiao liang r cockroaches while teddy is a rat.

we r one big happy family

with age, comes added responsibility

i dread growing up.

can i run away?

pretty please?

*stretches hand out to anyone.

Tuesday, July 22, 2003

Catch 22 -- joseph heller

'cant u ground someone who's crazy?'

'oh, sure. i have to. theres a rule saying i have to ground anyone whos crazy.'

'then y dont u ground me? im crazy. ask Clevinger.'

'Clevinger? where is Clevinger? u find Clevinger and ill ask him.'

'then ask any of the others. they'll tell u how crazy i am.'

'they're crazy.'

'then y dont u ground then?'

'y dont they ask me to ground them?'

'bcoz they're crazy, thats y.'

'of coz they're crazy,' Doc Daneeka replied. 'i just told u they're crazy, didnt i? n u cant let crazy people decide whether ure crazy or not, can u?'

Yossarian looked at him soberly and tried another approach. 'is Orr crazy?'

'he sure is' Doc Daneeka said

'can u ground him?'

'i sure can. but first he has to ask me to. thats part of the rule.'

'then y doesnt he ask u to?'

'bcoz hes crazy,' Doc Daneeka said. 'he has to be brave to keep flying combat missions after all the close calls he's had. sure, i can ground Orr. but 1st he has to ask me to.'

'thats all he has to do to b grounded?'

'thats all. let me ask him.'

'n then u can ground him?' Yossarian asked

'no, then i cant ground him.'

'u mean there's a catch?'

'sure theres a catch,' Dan Daneeka replied. 'Catch-22. anyone who wants to get out of combat duty isnt really crazy.'

theres only one catch n that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers
that were real n immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy n could b grounded. all he had to do was ask: n as soon as he did, he wld no longer b crazy n wld have to fly more missions, Orr would be crazy to fly more missions n sane if he didnt, but if he was sane he had to fly them. if he flew them he was crazy n didnt have to: but if he didnt want to he was sane n had to. Yossariam was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clasue of Catch-22 n let out a respectful whistle.

'thats some catch, that catch-22,' he observed.


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