The story that is the oldest known in my families heritage is when my
grandparent had met. When my father told me to ask his mother and father I
thought that it would be a good idea. I went to my grandparents house and
asked them if they could tell me how and when they had met. My grandmother
was more than happy to tell me but my grandfather didn’t feel the same
way. The firs thing that they asked me was “ what is this for” and I told
them it was for English class and then my grandfather was more than happy
to tell me whatever I wanted.
The first time that my grandparents had met was when they were
children. My grandmother thought that he was crazy and weird. My
grandfather didn’t even pay attention to her. They saw each other every
day because they lived right down the street from each other. As they got
older my grandfather started to get strong feelings for her but she still
thought that he was immature.
Then after high school he went into the service and it had changed him
completely. He was still smart as a wipe and now mature and knew what he
wanted in life. When he returned home he still had feeling for my
grandmother. Then he asked her out and she had said “yes”. That made him
the happiest man on the face of the Earth. They have been together ever
since and they still love each other as they did when they were younger.
Even when two people are complete opposite children when they are
younger they can grow up in a certain amount of time and fall in love.
This can still happen today because some girl can think that you are the
most immature kid one day and the next she is falling in love with you the
that I had chosen to observe is the kind of place that not many people
even know it is there and might even drive by it three or more times a
day. This place was once a place that was filled with flowers and bushes.
It is a large plant pot on a traffic island that is located in the middle
of Mill Street in Randolph. Imagine living in a house for so many years
and not even know that there was a huge water stain on your ceiling and
you walked by this stain so may times and not even realize that it was
there. That is how people just drive past this traffic island and not
even recognize a large plant pot with no plant in it.
When I first walked by this flower pot and saw how bad it looked it
almost looked like I was looking at a dump where people throw their
garbage. Around it there was wrappers and paper cups. Inside it was more
cups and a lot of cigarette butts. The inside of it reminded me of an ash
tray. Every time I see a person throw something in it I want it make them
pick it up and maybe have them clean out the whole pot but I never see
anyone do it when I am standing there looking at all the different things
that have happened to it after twenty four hours.
While I am standing there each day I could smell the women across the
street baking something. Whether it be cookies, pie or the barbecue. It
always smelt so good while standing there writing down all the different
thing that had happened. Sometimes people that were walking bye would ask
me what I was doing out there in the middle of the road look in and around
such a pitiful sight.
When you think of a traffic island you would think that flower pot
in the middle of it would be in good shape. But it is the exact opposite,
it is completely empty of flowers and full of sand. Also down the side
there is a crack that has made the whole pot useless. When it rains the
water and sand runs out the crack and sometimes makes it worse. It is at
that point that it is not fixable which is a shame because someone could
have really made something of it.
I have just gave up all hope for this spot. It just seems to get
worse and worse and never seems to get any better. This just shows how
much people care about there surroundings. I would think that people
would want to make something of the town that they live in. But I guess
that people just don't care and would just worry about themselves
and not the things around them that some people did take the time to make
this town look good but people today just don't respect what other
people have done.
On a warm Sunday morning Shawn had waken up around
nine AM and was really tired. His mother had yelled up to him to see if
he was up and he cried out "Yes Mom" and got out of bed. When he put both
feet on the floor he noticed that it was wet, without even hesitating he
screamed out "Peter". Peter came as fast as he could when Shawn called
him. Shawn asked, "what is all this water do in on the floor. Peter said
"I don't know". Then suddenly Shawn realized that there was a leak in the
ceiling. This was the beginning of the worst day of his teenage life.
When Shawn finally got dressed and went down stairs he had sat down
while talking to his mother and bit his tongue. At the same time Peter
was walking out of the kitchen, when he trip on the dog and screamed out
"look out" and suddenly he spilt his cereal all over Shawn. Then he went
upstairs to get showered and changed .
Suddenly Shawns boss Rick from work had called and was wondering
where he was because he was supposed to be a work at nine o'clock this
morning. So he hustled to get dressed for work when he could not find his
work shirt so he frantically asked his mother where it is and she said "it
is in the bottom of the laundry bin". So he squirted it with some cologne
and went to work.
On his way to work he realized that he had forgot his wallet which
contained his punch card. When he walked in his Rick started to
give him a hard time and asked him "what happened" "why are you so late"
Shawn replied "don't ask, please". Shawn got right to work making the
sandwiches. After about an hour or so his cell phone began to ring it was
his girlfriend Terry. She asked him "why haven't you picked me up yet"
Shawn replied "what" Terry said "don't tell me you forgot already. Shawn
all of a sudden realized that it was there one year anniversary and it
completely slipped his mind. He told her that he was working till 5:30
and that he would be at her house around 6:00.
When he turned around to start working again he saw that Rick was
right behind him. Shawn replied "I'm sorry it was my girlfriend". Then
started to tell him the story and there was no way in making Rick
understand what was so important because he was gay. Rick told him to get
back to work and to turn off that cursed phone. Then he went back to
making the sandwiches and came to find out that he had 8 orders to finish
in less that twenty minutes. All that he could say is "I'll never be able
to finish all these orders by myself". Some how he finished them and he
made it through the rest of the day without any problems.
When he left work he went to look for his keys and then opened the
door. When he got in he realized that his gas tank was as empty as a bank
on Sunday. The nearest gas station was three blocks away. He reached
into his pocket for his cell phone and it wasn't there. He started to
panic. Then he ran back inside the store and looked around and it wasn't
there. He went back outside and saw that he had put it on the roof of his
car. He called his mom to ask him to pick up the gas tank from the garage
and get it filled . By the time that he got the gas in his car it was
already 6:45. Shawn couldn't believe it. He immediately called Terry and
explained the situation to her and she had a hard time believing him.
When he got home he took a quick shower and got dressed. He drove up
to the gas station up the street and got some gas. Then he stopped at a
flower store and got a dozen roses and a large bow of chocolates. By the
time that he had got to Terry's house it was 7:30. When he knocked on the
door she answered the door and saw all the things that he brought her and
forgave him right away. This was the happiest that Shawn was all day.
When they finally picked a place to go out for dinner it was about
8:00 When they got to the restaurant they were seated right away. While
looking at the menu's for a little while a waitress had tripped on a loose
rug and dropped a whole tray of food and drinks on Shawn. The waitress
immediately said "I'm sorry" Shawn replied "it's all right don't worry
about it. But when he turned to look at Terry she was in hysterics and
nearly fell out of he seat. So they had decided to end the night at about
9:30 and Shawn couldn't help but look back on this day and laugh.
Oliver Wendell Holmes I find to be
quite an extraordinary poet. In this poem he brings out the true meaning
of patriotism. He had shown people that this battle ship later to be
called Old Ironsides was a great part of American history. He was a
Boston native and he knew how important this ship is to the people of
Boston. It was only right that he bring out the true character of this
marvelous ship in a poem that explains it in such detail and really gets
the reader to think how incredible this ship really is.
The poem allows the reader to get a real image of what this ship was
really like so many years ago. A quote that really show how old it really
“Ay, tear her tattered ensign down!
Long has it waved on high,
And many an eye has danced to see
That banner in the sky;”
This was said because this ship has done so much for us in the past that
we owe it to ourselves and to the crew that died and survived to keep it
intact and honor it for what it has done for us as Americans. This is
such a historical ship that not only the ship should be honored but the
crew as well.
The crew was what made this ship such a success that they didn’t stop
to rest until the battle was one. They never gave up because the ship
never gave up on them. The men on board fought just as hard as the ship
except some men fell but the ship never gave up hope. A quote that shows
this is “her deck, once red with heroes’ blood,” this showed that the men
that were killed were the real heroes because they were willing to put
there lives on the line to win the battle.
The poem ends with such strong and touching words that makes the
reader put the poem down thinking about these men that fell and how much
of an inspiration this ship must have been to this crew and the people of
its present time. This inspiring quote is as follows,
“Set every threadbare sail,
And give her to the god of storms,
The lightning and the gale!”
What this mean is that this ship has seen enough battles and that this
ship is know a historical ship of its time. It has been honored for its
accomplishments and now it is time for it to rest for a long time.
In conclusion this poem is truly an inspiring and patriotic piece of
history. I really enjoyed this poem and look forward to reading many more
poems by this author. Holmes really made me think and allowed me to get a
clear visual of all the pain and agony this ship and it’s crew went
A sport in my opinion is anything that can be
considered competitive. Whenever it is a team event or if it is a one man
team. Especially if it involves hard work and determination for the
specific event they are doing. Another way in which I consider anything
to be a sport is if the people doing it or that a one man team is having
fun and is trying their best every time they compete.
There are many different types of swimming as well. The most popular
is probably the over hand stroke. This is when your hands move in a wind
mill formation, while keeping your head above water and kicking your feet
all at the same time. The next is the backstroke. This is when the
swimmer lays on his back and does the same stroke as the hand stroke, but
backwards. The third stroke is the breaststroke. In this form of
swimming the swimmer leaves his hands underwater and uses his arms as if
he had wings. The final stroke is the butterfly. The swimmer is using a
variation of all the different types of strokes. But in this one, the
swimmer goes underwater and comes up fast repeatedly like a dolphin.
The pro swimmer that I had gained information on is Ed Moses. He was
a regular kid while growing up in Burke, Virginia. He had loved to play
many sports such as golf, soccer, baseball, basketball and of course
swimming. But at the age of ten he had quit swimming to play other
sports. “ I played golf, soccer, baseball, and basketball, too, I decided
swim practice wasn’t the activity I wanted to do after school.” Though he
still continued to swim but not in a club through high school. But in his
senior year of high school he had began swimming on his schools team. He
loved golf but it wasn’t going to give him a scholarship so that is why he
went back to swimming. The first time that he had competed after ten
months of training with coach Pete Morgan. In his first meet against
world competitors he swam the breaststroke in 1:02:29 and placed fifteenth
in 1998. This was only the beginning for this outstanding athlete.
The amateur swimmer that I got the chance to talk to face to face was
my cousin Steven. He was a varsity swimmer at BC High School and
graduated in 1999. He had the chance to compete against some of the best
swimmers in the state. He said that “I had a great time being around kids
that had the same interest as me and where just as good or even better.”
He also swam on the same team as a state champion swimmer that had gone
on to compete in the Olympics the following year. As a child he always
loved to go to the pool and the beach. Though he never was on a team or
club till he was in high school he always did it for fun and exercise. He
says that “It always kept me healthy and I didn’t even think for a minute
that something I enjoy so much could be so good for me”. After his first
year of college he gave up swimming because of doctors orders but he still
loves the water and continues to get SWIMNEWS magazine. It doesn’t matter
if it is fresh or salt water as long as people are enjoying it.
The critic that I got information on was a man named Wayne Smith.
He is a writer for news.com.au. He has been writing for them for the
past four years and for those four years he has been a sports writer and
his main topic of choice has been swimming. He loves the sport of
swimming and use to be a competitive swimmer when he was in high school.
Swimming has also become a competitive sport as well. There are
leagues for younger children who enjoy swimming a lot. Also when kids get
into high school there is usually a team that they can be on and is
competitive as well as any other sport. This is a tough sport because you
have to be physically fit and strong to swim for a long time. The biggest
competition is at the Olympics. The people who compete in the Olympics
for swimming are people who swim all the time and it is most likely there
life. But these people are going up against the best and fastest swimmers
in the world.
Before I started writing this paper I thought that swimming was a
joke and something that everyone did for fun. But after writing this
paper I realized that swimming is just as competitive as any other sport.
This really opened my eyes because for some people it is a job for them
and it is adifficult one at that. I enjoyed talking and learning about
these people and hope that they do well down the road. Now I give all the
swimmer I know a lot more respect then before. I now know how hard they
have to work and how physically fit they have to be in order to be a
threat to the others they compete against.