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No one is ‘all there’ all the time
Posted April 7, 2006

Nila Priyambodo
Editor in Chief

Many of us watched “Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica” and often thought, “How can someone be that stupid?” Audiences assume it is impossible for someone to mix up chicken with tuna or think buffalo wings are really made from real buffalo.

And after watching this season’s “American Idol,” we also make our own judgments about contestant Kelly Pickler, especially when she makes remarks like “What’s a ballsy?” or “What’s a mink?” in reply to judge Simon Cowell’s comments for being ballsy and being like a minx.

But let’s admit it. It happens to the best of us.

Do not deny it. We have all had our inner Jessica moments come alive.
As for me, they seem to happen all the time. They occur so frequently that I have been dubbed the “Asian Blonde” by my family and friends and my comments are now known as “Classic Nila Moments.”
Here are a few “Classic Nila Moments” that lead the way:

Elevator Confusion

I work on the seventh floor in a commercial office building. The clock hits noon, signaling my time to head for school. I packed all of my belongings and walked toward the elevator. The doors opened and I walked in.

I pressed “7,” but the button did not light up. I continued to press it, a little harder each time. Still the light did not go on and the elevator remained still.

I began to panic, afraid that one of my biggest fears—getting stuck in the elevator—would come true.

A few minutes passed by. I kept telling myself to calm down. I took a few deep breaths.

After relaxing a little bit, I realized that I needed to press “P1,” not “7.” The elevator did not move and the “7” button did not light up because I was already on the seventh floor.

At that point, I was just glad that there were no cameras in the elevators.

The Technical Term

It was about 8 p.m. and I was helping a friend finish her photography assignment. We came across a few problems with her camera so I
enlisted another friend of mine to help us.

During the project, he told me to hold the shutter button on the camera down.

I, however, reply with “Which one? The take–a–picture button?”

Osmosis, Anyone?

I was in my Photoshop class and we were told to take pictures for an assignment. It was optional for us to use a digital camera, so I decided to go that route. After taking several pictures at home, I brought the camera to class the following night.

As others were uploading their photos and starting to work on the project, my instructor asked, “Did you bring the cable?”

I responded by saying, “We were supposed to bring a cable?”

It was at that moment I got remarks from my friends, including “How did you think the pictures were going to show up on the computer? Did you think that if you shook it, it would transfer on to the screen?”

OK, so maybe my nickname is accurate, and maybe I am not always the sharpest tool in the shed—but I am trying to change.

Maybe I can attend a class that will teach me to think about what I say before the words come out of my mouth.

Until then, we should not make judgments about other people before we understand that there is more to them than meets the eye.

Who knows? Maybe one of them is a lawyer or a doctor or even a rocket scientist.

Nila Priyambodo, a senior journalism major, is editor in chief of the Campus Times. She can be reached by e-mail at