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29 August 2008 @ 05:58 pm
don't break his heart  
The crown of my Week of Suck - during which, for those 99% of you who didn't notice, I had no internet connection - was finding my USMLE results waiting for me as soon as I opened gmail. 188 and 76, people. Behold the fail. Not a actual fail; you have to get over 185 and 75 to 'pass', but by getting exactly three and one mark over in each I've essentially scuppered by chances of working in the US. I doubt they'd even take me for a summer elective with those, not to mention a US summer elective would be about as useful as a Saharan umbrella factory at this point.

But let's not talk about that! Let's talk about bandom boys, otherwise known as: my favourite topic. I so missed picspams and fic during this week that I went off and bought an issue of Kerrang! because they were in it. I showed the smokin' picture to my friends - Ryan's wearing his beads in it, WHAT is hotter than that? - and got the following responses: scruffy (Jon) and scary (Spencer) - predictable - and clubbed seal (Brendon) and little boy (Ryan) - my friends fail at life, in other words. When I asked one of them what his favourite music was, he said 'ragtime.' I rest my case.

Interestingly, after reading the interview, I have a newfound respect for Jon Walker. Actually, it's not that interesting; it's just that I didn't like Jon much before, but I get the impression from this that he's the funniest, has the fewest Issues, and is so chill he became the glue that sticks them together. Which is quite impressive for a half-page interview.

How do you guys feel about some fans believing you're all secretly dating each other?
JON: I think our security guard gets hit on by more gay fans than we do!

GO ZACK.

Then there was a question about what Brendon looks for in girls - it was some kind of daft fan-submission interview - and Brendon blathered on about not really being on the market, etc. Then there was Jon.

JON: They've got to have all their teeth, though.

The headline of the article was: NO, THEY'RE NOT SHAGGING EACH OTHER...

Okay, on the one hand I'm all for male objectification and I think women have two thousand years to catch up on in that arena. On the other, it's still in bad taste to go shoving it in their faces all the time. I never read what's probably now known as Signgate, because it squicked me too hard, but you could argue that those were young, stupid fans. You could also argue that they're a waste of opposable thumbs, but I'm talking here about legitimate interviewers and article writers in legitimate magazines. Sure, Spencer says 'it's just funny for us' and Ryan demonstrates a reasonable understanding of where it's coming from (reasonable considering he had an lj once). I just worry about testing their patience too far - and not just Panic, but all of them. I'll defend to the death our right to do this because we want to, but bringing the actual bands into it? That's just not cool. The funny thing is, if one or all of them were actually to come out, I think no one could justify the current level of prurient interest in their sex lives. Ho-hum.
 
 
Current Mood: depresseddepressed
Current Music: peaceful. the world lays me down (noah and the whale)
 
 
 
peripatetic extemporizations: Brendon hearthatoyona on August 29th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC)
Sorry you're bummed about your results! You could try to do an American program anyway though! Like, I don't know anything about it, but it could be worth a try? You did pass, after all.

Anyway. I'm glad you're back! I sure love those bandom boys, man. That article was mostly okay, but I agree with you about the journalists thrusting awkward dating questions on them. It's just so tactless!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: deerscoradh on August 29th, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
That's what the one friend I told said too. (She was pretty cross at me for being sad when I passed ... people always get cross about that, I can't imagine why!)

Of course we all speculate about these things - it's human nature! But Kerrang! is a music magazine, not a dating magazine. Three guesses as to what they should be talking about...
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trichinopoly ashaldehyde on August 29th, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
sorry about the results :/ *hugs*
btw your tags are the best.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Austen with a bookscoradh on August 29th, 2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
asdjfhlaskjhfslkjhd

Bandom peeps are ACE at coming up with mad taglines. Me, I'm just a lowly follower. ;D
jehnt: spn - sam winchesterjehnt on August 29th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
sorry about your test scores, that's gotta really suck. :(

JON: They've got to have all their teeth, though.

lolol. This reminds me of yesterday at lunch, when a friend and I were joking around about what we found attractive in the opposite sex, and I was all, "they should still be alive!" and he was like, "and have both feet!" Anyway, that answer makes me like this Jon person despite not knowing enough about bandom to know who he is.

Also, re: signgate: I saw it. It was AWKWARD. I mean really, really awkward. They're the fans that make us a little bit ashamed to be fans.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: converse prettyscoradh on August 29th, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC)
Unbelievable amounts. And I'll have to TELL people, you know all the ones who got 240? I absolutely did the worst in my class. I don't enjoy being stupid; being clever was my only riff! Wah, etc.

You ... could ... know more. *waggles eyebrows*

I couldn't even read it. You know, too invested and stuff? Yuck.
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fenrir_khanfenrir_khan on August 29th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
I can sorta kinda relate. I needed at least a 13/20 average to pass and I kept privately freaking out about it, substracting and adding to see whether a less than mediocre grade here could make up for an abysmal one there. I am now in complete denial: the results are waiting in the mailbox at home and I am blithely ignoring them. Each and everytime I'm on the phone with my family and they start broaching the subject, I'm all 'DON'T ASK! DON'T TELL!'.

Heh. The fact that you know the security guard's name scares me :p.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: rose petal bowlscoradh on August 31st, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
You are far stronger willed than me! I think I hesitated by all of a millimicrosecond before I clicked the link. I just can't bear to have that hanging over me. I need enough time to deal with the suck of reality. >.>

But Zack is made of awesome!
Lib: Panic Lovelibgirl on August 29th, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
I just worry about testing their patience too far - and not just Panic, but all of them. I'll defend to the death our right to do this because we want to, but bringing the actual bands into it? That's just not cool. The funny thing is, if one or all of them were actually to come out, I think no one could justify the current level of prurient interest in their sex lives. Ho-hum.

I've been having the exact same thoughts. They're more likely to humour the fans to a point, having been there in some fashion themselves, but they've made it abundantly clear that they want to talk about their music and not their sex appeal I think forcing them to speculate and talk about rumours of their own interband relationships is really crossing a line.

I wish people would consider that their own tin-hat antics can conceivably shut down the doors for everyone. :/

btw. re:signgate: I saw the pictures (I think that's what this all referring to) but nothing else. I literally cringed when I say them :( Not cool. It's like they stole their brains from the crew that got the Phelps twins to hold up the twincest signs. :( :(


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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Audrey Hepburnscoradh on August 31st, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
While I admit my own interest in them does cross a line, bringing it to their attention? Let me introduce you to a whole new world of HELL NO. Interestingly, I was watching a beeb programme about '100 most annoying couples', and one was Torville and Dean - annoying because they never got together. People were interested, and speculated, and WANTED THEM TO HAVE SEXYTEIMS, just as much as we think about Panic GSF. It just shows you how NOT new all this is. The only thing that's new is the celebrity knowledge of it. It can't be comfortable, but as it's in its teething stages I guess we all have to roll with the punches a bit.

I couldn't even look. But I got the gist. The gist was bad enough.
Sereniaserenia on August 29th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I'm sorry you didn't get the marks you hoped for. I'm glad you still passed, though, even if just by a small bit.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Austen with a bookscoradh on August 31st, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
Ah, but the bitchy thing is that, having passed, I can't retake it in hopes of a better score. *sigh* But considering I couldn't bear to do it all again, maybe that's a good thing!
oopsoddishly on August 29th, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC)
Argh. That's shit. But.

[a paragraph in which I reinvent cliches like 'everything happens for a reason' and 'you won't even remember it this time next year']

Everything happens for a reason, y'know? This time next year you won't even remember it. In fact, let's say this time in six months. You'll be in a lecture of some particularly gory variety, idly pondering the meaning of life and what colour to paint your toenails as a pre-dinner activity. You'll be this close to deciding on lime green over fuschia, when the door will open to a weedy, seedy-looking college student on an open day visit, clutching a bucket of... eyeballs. He will unfortunately slip on some entrails on the floor, and will stumble in ssssllloooowwww mmmoootttiiiooonnn towards you, bucket tumbling over and over through the air.

Out of the blue will appear a Tall, Dark and Handsome American Exchange Student. Harry!!!!!11!! He'll use a combination of kung fu, gymnastics and blazing fireballs to knock the eyeballs out of the air, shooting them through a handy window. You'll turn to thank your unknown rescuer...

And at the same time as he says in (American) tones of confusion and wonder, 'Elizabeth?' you'll realise that it's Mr Darcy come to find you. He'll stutter something like, 'May I whisk you off to my homeland? I have lots of money and ill people and Bands That Actively Want To Be Slashed at my disposal!' (Ok, maybe not with the stuttering.) You'll take maybe half a second to think on the matter, then nod in the affirmative.

Three days later, you'll be flying off into the sunset with Mr Rachel and a white coat or two, thanking your lucky stars that you, ahem, 'only passed' those exams six months ago.


In the meantime... *makes cuppa*
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: hipposcoradh on August 31st, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
Obviously I should have reservations (too young to marry, must as feminist stand on own two feet, not as such any Americans in immediate vicinity), BUT I DON'T. And I must admit I have a version of this daydream quite often. More often than ... I should admit, really.

But that was seriously entertaining - mah thanks!
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: For the Roadscoradh on August 31st, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, hopefully this one'll be better. At the very least, it will contain internet!
dirtylaugh: tummydirtylaugh on August 30th, 2008 04:43 am (UTC)
JON: They've got to have all their teeth, though

What a pedantic, nit-picking perfectionist.

Perhaps your Week of Suck will be followed by a Week of Blow? And not the bad type of blow. But cocaine. Arguably, that is a very bad type of blow. And you could sell it and buy lots of pretty things. Or take it. But don't do that.

Now all you have to do is wear your crown and look forward to your new life as a drug-dealing queen. Starting Monday.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: frangipaniscoradh on August 31st, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
I KNOW. I bet he gets that all the time.

That is too hilarous for qualification. I'm just going to sit back and bathe in it's awesomeness for a while. :DDD
spark_of_chaos: coloured cakespark_of_chaos on August 30th, 2008 11:09 am (UTC)
Oh, God, tell me about it. I passed my anatomy with not the highest grade, and I cried over it every time I forgot to not think about it for weeks and weeks. Because I cared really much, because I had studies my ass off, because there were people who had cheated off me on Anat tests for the two years we had it and still got higher results on the final exam... Yeah. Not being the best in something you are accustomed to acing is ten kinds of not fun. :/ Basically, you have two choices - either retake it (can you? will it be costly?), which will kill you with the sheer nervous pressure or live it down, which is what I did and what seems impossible but is really not. But then again, if the score is not enough to carry through your plans for the future, the choice is kinda made...

:sends you chocolate and ice-cream:
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: black catscoradh on August 31st, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
I cannot retake them! You are stuck with the result you get, if you pass. (Also they were nearly 1000 euro, so I don't think I could afford it.) I'm not aiming for Harvard or consultancies or anything highflown - just AMERICA - but regardless, I've made things ten million times harder for myself.

I'm glad your anat worked out though! It was about my second worst subject, and probably always will be. Except maybe paeds, for sheer boredom.

*glomps your icon, nummy!*
mrsquizzicalmrsquizzical on August 30th, 2008 11:33 am (UTC)
sorry about the results. *HUGS*

when the door shuts, go in a window. or something?

i nod at your thoughts re jon and also re the sort of corporate patience with the wackiness of fandom.

*more hugs*
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: treesscoradh on August 31st, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
I decided I shall marry frakkincense's American Exchange Student, just as soon as he snaps into existence. ;D

I think I've succumbed to the Awesome of Jon Walker. Eep.

Edited at 2008-08-31 08:36 pm (UTC)