Carpe Diem – Seize The Day

I really like this graphic.

The thing is, I hate the phrase “carpe diem.”

Seize the day

Back in college, I had the misfortune of liking this girl that had an evil best friend. The best friend was a big time partier, and at the time, I was not. One day, when I was trying to hang out with the girl that I liked, her evil friend decided to drop by for a visit.

Long story short, the friend wanted to go to Mt. Bonnell and drink some wine, or something. She was the only person that was of legal drinking age at the time. She ends up talking us, and my then roommate, into going to Mt. Bonnell to drink wine because you we had to “carpe diem.”

“C’mon man, you gotta carpe diem, seize the day, carpe diem, seize the day” she’d say over and over again until we all caved.

I knew what carpe diem meant, but my mind kept replacing the meaning of “carpe diem” with “caveat emptor” instead.  The phrase “caveat emptor” means, let the buyer beware.

Off we go to Mt. Bonnell.  We’d been there for about 15 minutes, when the police shows up. We’re all, except for the evil one,  minors in possession of alcohol.

They were going to let us off with a warning, but little miss evil decided to run her mouth to the cops so we all got hauled off to jail.

The next day, when my roommate and I were waiting for the bus after getting released from the city jail, I kept saying to myself, why did I ever agree to go anywhere with that crazy, evil woman.

I never did go on another date with the girl that I liked. I don’t know what, if anything, happened with her evil friend since I never saw her again after that day.

I guess, the point of this story, is that if you’re going to seize the day, you best grab it by the throat. Also, don’t trust short Mexican women with short tempers.

Caveat Emptor.


Rafael is an aviation geek, a consumer advocate, a dad, a multiple personality blogger, a photographer, politically opinionated, a videographer and many other things as well.