Surviving Without Junk Food
Tenth graders at
Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida, recently
got a challenging homework assignment: go a full 24 hours without TV,
telephone, junk food or music, and then write about it. Two students
shared their experiences with Extra.
Survivor: 24 hours without Music
By Adrean Cummings
the U.S. Constitution citizens are granted some basic rights: freedom
of speech, religion, assembly blah, blah, blah. Unfortunately, theres
nothing there about the freedom to listen to loud and obnoxious rock
n roll. There really should be.
For many students, music is a vital part of their everyday lives. "
I, dear readers, found out first hand just how important music is to
teenagers on Sunday, Feb. 3, when I tried to survive 24 hours without
Imagine yourself stranded on a desert island and the only way to survive
is to form pathetic alliances with people you hate. You feast on rice
and fried rats day in and day out. Occasionally there is the prized
can of dog food but really, who wants to imagine something that peaceful?
subject to the loss of the one thing you love the most? Food? Clothing?
Shelter? No. Music
for 24 hours. Me, the Aerosmith fanatic
music for 24 hours.
to Napster.com most of the music downloaded on the Internet is downloaded
by people 13 to 18 years old. Does that prove something? In the world
of teenagers, music is the next best thing since sliced bread. And Sunday,
I would have traded the world for a slice of that bread.
The air that would usually be filled with the sweet sounds of Aerosmith
or The Ramones was dead silent as I looked at my buzzing alarm clock.
I didn't even know the thing still worked until the night before and
at 6 on a Sunday morning the last thing anyone wants to hear is an incessant
numerous things at the clock I reached for it... A cigarette? No, a
habit even more addictive, my radio remote. Then I remembered and with
a sigh returned to sleep for three more hours.
There's only one thing worse than going to The Cheesecake Factory when
you're on a diet. Seeing Aerosmith on MTV2 when you can't listen to
music. You want to talk about willpower? Jenny Craig's got nothing on
By 3:45 that afternoon I was mad enough to kill and bored out of my
mind. Father forgive me, I asked my mother if she had any clothes to
Have you ever been
so bored that you offered to do work? Thats what I thought. I
would have gladly gobbled a fried sting ray in exchange for just one
riff from "Bonzo Goes To Bitburg," but the matter was decided,
there was to be no music for today.
I guess you could say that I cheated, though I didnt mean to.
Honest. I was watching the previous weeks episode of Ed and, well,
I listened to the Foo Fighters. I have willpower, yes I do. Just not
all the time.
So how did I survive? Honestly, I have no idea. But Ive got one
bit of advice: Dont ask me to do it again.
And you thought eating fried rats was hard.
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