August 16, 2003
Discovered an absolute surefire way to win an argument with my parents - bursting into sudden, uncontrollable tears. The sympathy it evokes is unreal. Who knew? Not only do they cave, but instantaneously, magically, they’re on my side, and even more unbelievably, they understand. At least for the rest of the weekend. I’m surprised it took so long to figure out. After all it worked long, long ago. All along I’ve been on the wrong track - acting strong, independant, determined, like I know what I’m doing. Wrong! Crying. If it wasn’t for the unintentionalness, it would’ve been pure brilliance.