Essay the First
Essay the Second
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Essay the Fourth
The house on
139 Vincent Road in Dedham was sold. It sold to my parents Mary and Arthur. It
was their first house that they bought together, and a first house for our family.
When they bought it they had barely enough money left in their bank account to buy a
bottle of champagne to celebrate their first night in their new house.
They bought the house two years before I was born
and we lived in it until I was three years old. The house was very small. It
was blue with blue shutters. I don't remember much from the house except for certain
ocasions. I remember having my birthday party over there and all my family being
there and sitting on the porch.
One of my favorite things I used to do in the house
would be to hide in cabinet underneath the sink. Whenever I would get in trouble or
someone would be looking for me I used to go hide underneath the sink. That is one
of the only memories I have of our first house. We moved out late 1990 early 1991 to
the house we our living in now.
Our first house was a great example of what it means to be an American.
Get married, buy a house, and start a family. Thats the American dream.
That first house in Dedham was a starting point for a family. It was the place
where I was born and our family began to grow.
Today is my first day at
this place I call the Wilderness. The trees have very few leaves on them and they
are all brown. There seems to be no animals around except for some crows, probably
flying south. There is a big rock. It's gray and about two feet tall and two
feet wide. I was thinking to myself "how old could this rock be, and what has
it been through?" This is strange because I usually dont think of stuff
when I see a rock, I just see it and thats it. This is how we treat elderly
people. We should stop and listen to what they say, because like the rock they are
old and have been through a lot in life. If we just listened to them we could learn
a lot because they have so much experience.
The wilderness was very raw and cold this morning. The trees are
completely leafless except for the occasional tall pine tree. The leaves are
scattered on the ground and seem to be soaked with water. They are not all different
colors like they were in autumn. They are all the same color brown. People try
to wear the same clothes, listen to the same music, and be the same as everyone else.
There's not a lot of different and unique people anymore, most people are followers
not leaders. Just like the brown leaves.
The temperature is a little warmer than usual today. There is still nothing
left on the trees. I walk a little further into the Wilderness and I see a tree that
has fallen down. It is split I half, it seems like it might have been hit by
lightning. The inside of the tree is very clean and a light color brown. When
I'm walking out I see an empty beer can. That is a problem with people, everyone
litters and not everything is bio-degradable. Nature is getting ruined by all this
littering and garbage.
Last night the Wilderness was cold. It seemed to be a
bit moist. I think it could be cold enough to snow right now. It's dark out
and hard to see. I can't see any signs of any animals around. Every time I
have come to the Wilderness I have not seen animals. Except for a few birds flying
south on my first visit. This is like people in some ways. When bad times come
people dessert you. Just like the animals leave and birds fly south when winter
The weather today was extremely cold. The ground is a little damp it seems
from a few minutes of light snowing earlier today. The sun is setting so it is
getting even colder. I see a chipmunk fighting with another chipmunk for what seems
to be a nut or small piece of acorn. The chipmunks are brown with black stripes on
their backs. They have short hair. They are about four inches long maybe 5.
I was very surprised to see these animals out in the cold. These two chipmunks
fighting were like governments today fighting over different lands and going to war.
We cant be going to war like this, more and more people die. Soon war is
going to get worse and worse and weapons will be used that will bring unwanted results
such as nuclear weapons. Soon there will be nothing left of the world. We need
century poet Edgar Allen Poe was a revolutionist during the time he wrote
his poetry in the 1800’s. In the poem “Alone” he talks about Demons and
about passion which had not been done in poetry before this. He also talked
about how he was different then most other people during the time that he
lived in. Poe uses these things to tell a story that has another meaning if
you read between the lines.
This poem was the first time we saw demons in any poem from
American Literature. He uses demons to describe someone who had a bad
influence on him as a child. The demon took shape from clouds in his
description of nature. He doesn’t say who the demon who influenced him was.
“Alone” also made use of the word passion in it. This is
different for Edgar Allen Poe because his usual topic is death. Poe talks
about his passions for odd things that no one else was interested in when he
was a child.
Poe told about his bad childhood. This is the first time we
see any poet tell us about a negative aspect of their life and tell us how
bad their life was. He tells us how since childhood he was different from
all other children. He tells about his sorrows and how what he loves, no
one else loves.
Poe’s use of new styles and techniques makes his poetry tough
to match. If you read deep into the poem it takes on a new meaning from
what the words say. The demon he writes about could be anything from
alcohol to maybe one of his parents. He writes how this demon influenced
him to be different as a child than other children and to have passions for
things that most other children didn’t have. Basically he was an outcast.
Being different is what makes Poe an innovator in American Literature.
The sport of Jai Alai
originated in the Basque region of Spain. The term Jai Alai translates to
“merry festival” in the Basque language and is just one of many “ball and
wall” games, a term used in the region to describe these types of games.
The game is called Jai Alai(“merry festival”) because it was often
associated with festive events during its origin. Jai Alai’s first
appearance in America was in 1904 at the World’s Fair in St. Louis. The
game had spread from Spain in the 1890’s to other parts of the world such as
Latin America, Central America, and Cuba. From Cuba the game traveled to
Florida where it is most popular today. There are many different versions
of the game played around the world. These include versions played with the
bare hand, with a gloved hand, with a strung racket, and with a solid
paddle. There are also one-wall, two-wall, and three-wall versions, there is
also a version played like squash, on a small covered court called the
trinquet. Cesta Punta is the form of Jai Alai played in the United States,
the players use long basket-like gloves to hurl a small, hard, rubber-cored
ball at speeds up to 160mph. This sport is not a highly Americanized sport
nor is it to popular in America, it is mostly played in the Hispanic regions
of the world but has traveled to the states. It is played in Florida and
Rhode Island. There were frontons, the places where Jai Alai is played, in
New Orleans and in Chicago but they were forced to shut down when gambling
on the sport was made illegal in both states. Although Jai Alai is not
popular in America as of right now I think it has potential to become an
American sport because of the high intensity that the game is played with.
It might never become as popular as football or baseball but maybe become
equal to popularity of a similar sport like racquetball played throughout
The rules of Jai Alai are somewhat complicated. Each point
is started by serving the pelota which is the hard rubber cored ball used to
play. The server must bounce the ball behind a serving line, and with the
cesta, the basket-like glove, hurl the ball directly to the front wall so
that when it rebounds it will bounce between lines No. 4 and 7. If it does
not, it is an under or over serve and the other team will receive the point.
Most games are played to seven points. The ball must be caught on the fly
or first bounce. The ball must be caught and thrown in "one fluid motion"
meaning it cannot come out of the cesta or cannot be caught and held before
throwing. The judges will rule juggling if the ball "pops up" or if it is
held for "more than the required time". All three walls are in play - the
red is out-of-bounds. In "Spectacular Seven/Nine" scoring point value is 1
until each team has played once, thereafter point value is double. Like
handball, racquetball, or squash, Jai-Alai players share the court with the
opposition. If a player blocks another's line to the ball on the catch or
to the wall on the return, the judges may rule interference if they deem
that the ball was "playable". The game is played in a round-robin rotation,
usually with 8 teams or 8 single players. In doubles, each team consists of
a frontcourt player and a backcourt player. The game begins when the
frontcourt player of Team No. 1 serves the ball to Team No. 2. The winner
of each point stays on the court to meet the next team in rotation. Losers
go to the end of the line to await another turn on the court. The first
team to score 7 points wins. The next highest scores are awarded "place"
(second) and "show" (third) positions. Playoffs tied scores.
The man that popularized Jai Alai in the United States was
Pedro Mir. He was of Spanish decent and was born in Cuba in 1900. Mir had
a godfather of Basque decent who ran a Jai Alai fronton in Havana. Mir
became a professional at the age of 13 and moved to America at the age of
23. The first American fronton opened in Miami in 1924. It was opened
mainly to showcase Mir's talents. A hurricane destroyed it but was replaced
by the present World Jai Alai fronton in 1926. An American professional Jai
Alai player is Ron McClure from Wallingford, Conn. Before he was a
professional Jai Alai player Ron worked as a change manager at a pinball
arcade and as a laborer unloading huge rock boulders off of train boxcars.
“That was the worst of all” said McClure. “It was really rough work and
makes me appreciate playing Jai Alai professionally. It is an exciting
occupation and I couldn’t be happier with the way things turned out.”
McClure was an American competing in a sport that was dominated by Basque
athletes which was an amazing accomplishment. McClure first saw Jai Alai as
a senior in high school. “I started playing with some friends of mine who
had bought cestas from pro players they knew,” said McClure, “and I knew
right then I was hooked on the sport.” “But I wanted to get serious about
the sport and began looking for some first class training. I finally heard
about the amateur school in Miami and finally moved down here to enroll the
next year.” When he enrolled he was 18 years old which was the maximum age
you could be to enroll in the North Miami Amateur Jai Alai School. As soon
as he enrolled his destiny took root. He developed his skills rapidly and
two years after enrolling he became professional.
After my research I could not find any pieces of
literature written about Jai Alai. I was hoping to maybe find a piece of
Spanish literature if I could not find any American pieces but I could not
I don’t see Jai Alai gaining any more popularity in
America in the future or becoming an American sport. Many of the frontons
that were once open in America are now closed mostly due to loss of interest
and no financial support. The highly popular American trait of gambling
found in Jai Alai is outweighed by more popular gambling opportunities such
as dog racing and casinos. Jai Alai will most likely continue being played
in Florida where there is a large Hispanic population although 5 out of the
10 frontons have closed in Florida. Jai Alai will most likely continue
being played in Rhode Island as well because there are not to many gambling
rivals in the state such as casinos or race tracks.