On September 24, 2001 I was
talking to my father in the kitchen for quite some time. I brought up the
question of where did our family came from? He said that he only knew
about his family so at that point he told me. I was just to get told about
how my family came about it was weird not knowing until I was sixteen so I
was very interested in what he was just about to tell me. He said, my
grandparents came to America from Germany.
When they were leaving Germany they had to get represented from someone
over in America that was my uncle and aunt that I never saw or knew of,
because they died before I was born. Once they represented they were
allowed to come to America. On the way over they had two sons already my
Uncle Detier and my Uncle Ralph, which are still alive today, and I see
both of them around the holidays. My father said that his mother was
pregnant with him on the boat ride over and he was born in 1954 so this is
when they must of come to America.
As soon as they got to America they had to learn English it was tough
but they got through it. Awhile after my Grandfather started a
construction company called Koenig Construction. That lasted many years
then failed in the early 90’s but all good things come to an end sometime.
While it was in business my uncles and my father worked for the company. A
short while after my Grand mother died I know this because I was old
enough to remember it. My Grandfather is still alive today at the age of
76 living in West Roxbury in a two family house with my Uncle Detier.
When I heard this I was amazed at all the accomplishments that my
grandparents had done through their lives. They had to cross a vast ocean,
learn English, find jobs, and also take care of three kids. With all that
they had to go through they did a superb job for that I look up to them
for all their knowledge and their hard work that had to be done to start a
family in a country that they knew nothing about.
Thoreau said “I am a monarch of all I survey
my there is none dispute.” In the few that I surveyed my tree across the
street was just doing it’s normal fall routine, but until I showed up
there every day it seemed to me that nothing out of the ordinary ever
happened. Of course leaves fell and I saw that I don’t know if any other
person did, since it was not a very pretty tree. I got to enjoy this tree
over the two weeks see the leaves fall and eventually die, in the hope
that the tree would come back in the spring, but if I was the tree I would
not want to come back in the spring since no one ever even walked by it
nor did any child play in the leaves.
The tree I surveyed was a crab apple tree, which was there since
birth from the information that I got from my mother. For it never changed
since I never looked at it until I was old enough to then I wouldn’t play
in the leaves since I had my own to play in. Now that I am to old to do
both, the only time that I ever look at the tree is when I am walking home
or playing catch with one of my brothers. It is disappointing since in the
fall it is putting on an art show, in the winter it looks nice with the
snow covered branches, in the spring with all the green pollen and tiny
apples and in the summer with the nice green leaves and crab apples. I
wished I had a little more time like I did when I surveyed.
When I surveyed it was the fall, the leaves covered the street and
the two mailboxes next to it. Many animals used the leaves for nesting
since I saw squirrels scurrying back and forth the leaves and the apples
for food. My neighbors usually take walks but I don’t one person walked by
when I was there, if I recall I didn’t see many cars either. I don’t know
if was because of the tree or it was just a coincidence but it was weird
that I saw nothing but animals, and no people.
Americans all over enjoy a beautiful tree but to me I don’t think the
enjoyed this tree. But everything in America is American from the tiniest
organism to the tallest and smartest creatures, which even include a tree.
So even if was neglected it is still American, it’s was probably and still
home to many creatures. I believe that with out trees we would not be here
we depend on them for fresh oxygen and they depend on us for carbon
dioxide. Trees are homes and sources for paper, oxygen, fire and a place
just to have fun in.
During the school year fun comes at a rarity in the
classroom but Friday students's make their own fun wherever you go. At
Catholic Memorial students do nothing, they do as little as possible to
get by for the day. They even hardly listen to the teacher. They do this
since it is the end of the week and normally there is not any test or
quizzes on Friday
On this one Friday these two kids went to school like normal, not
caring one single bit. They started out like normal in homeroom Jeff half
a sleep and Jim trying to catch up with last night's homework. Since Jim
and Jeff haven't had a day off since there school is to cheap they made
one excuse of a Friday to be one. As it was Friday they needed to talk
about the weekend plans, like always Jim needed to know what the plans
were so he started out and talked to all his buddies. Jim didn't even
talking to Jeff since He doesn't wake up to third period any way.
So Jim went to Jeff and said, "what you want to do tonight" Jeff
replied "don't know yet maybe see a movie, you" Jim said " that's cool"
But through out the day they did nothing to get ready for tonight but as
they were heading into English after math for last period they said the
usual " Yeah Right" in unison. The teacher replied, "thanks for joining
us" since the bell rang already and he started out with vocabulary. He
said turn two page 121 and as Jim and Jeff said, "Who Cares" as usual to
every at C.M. As they finished Vocabulary the 2:20 bell rang and they were
out in a flash before the teacher could say, "time is up" and Jim and Jeff
started there weekend with a little "Who Cares it's the weekend" and a
"Yeah Right" to school.
In Walt Whitman’s
“O’ Captain My Captain” he expresses his love for President Lincoln’s
morals and his judgments as one of the greatest president of our time.
Another great president as of now would be president Bush. With his fast
reactions to the September 11th attacks on our country and with his
determination of his first ideas to go after what he sought which was to
end terrorism in our country. Throughout the poem Walt uses his poetical
expertise to make references to Lincoln and the way Lincoln made great
decisions as president, just as president Bush today and for both of their
patriotism and love of this country.
President Lincoln and Bush both sought prizes one being to abolish
slavery and the other to abolish terrorism. “The ship has weather'd every
rack, the prize we sought is won.” This line from Whitman’s poem “O’
Captain My Captain” is meant for Lincoln but can be used for President
Bush as well since he too is looking to finish what was started on
September 11th for good and never let it happen again as Lincoln with
slavery. The first half of this line represents all the efforts that they
put in to stop the evil in the world, “The ship has weather’d every rack,”
means that all that can be done is being done to accomplish these prizes
of a safe non – harmful society.
The line “Rise up- for you the flag is flung- for you the bugle
trills.” Most represents the people’s reaction to all the soldiers over in
Afghanistan. The words “Rise up” are almost a silent cry to the soldiers
from Americans telling them to keep going and win the prize of freedom.
“For you the flag is flung” represents all of the patriotism Americans
have had and which is coming out even more now. “For you the bugle trills”
is what’s going to happen as the soldiers return home as Americans all
over show their immense happiness that terrorism is almost over and that
all of the soldiers efforts will be remembered always.
“From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won.” Maybe a
month from now maybe a year from now the war on terrorism might be over
and the fearful trip will be done and all of the soldiers will come home
safe and that all of the families will reunite. When this happens we will
all feel like Lincoln when he abolished slavery and won the prize for the
United States of America. President Bush will need to be congratulated and
all of the soldiers as well for their job well done. Patriotism as soared
in the past seven months even though people are treating other people with
more respect now than ever it was still the most frightening day in
Americans lives and soon terrorism will be abolished just as slavery did
when Lincoln persevered and won American freedom.
Human rights have always been tossed around once and awhile, once with
slavery and the most recent terrorism as showed on September 11th.
Although Americans have the will to fight back they even have a stronger
will when we all work together. Unity among other Americans have jelled
the United States back to were we belong on top and believing that we will
be on top as long as we have each other to depend upon. Unlike before
September 11th we used to call people names or even pretend people were
not even there now everyone has something to say and it most likely a
compliment o behalf of the other person.
My sport is racing, such as automotive racing like
Nascar. Much of the sport is done mentally and not as much physical
contact is involved besides the driver and the car. Sport to me is an
activity when you are challenging your whole body at once, and not just
body mind as well. The drivers in Nascar are highly trained professionals
its not like you or I driving down the highway they can reach speed up to
280mph, and they are also going around a track that is designed to be
Much of Nascar is made up of professionals and the reason they are
professionals is that they have been driving since a very young age. They
love the sport they will do anything to keep participating in the sport
that is the most important reason why any athlete is called a professional
they love to play the sport. Jeff Gordon is a Nascar driver for about five
years and he is one of the best he started out young driving at tracks in
his home area. Many of the drivers in Nascar started out young like Jeff
and they will continue until absolutely necessary to stop since they love
All sports have amateurs and critics, rookies as you call the amateurs do
not know as much as the professionals and the critics think they do. But
amateurs in this sport have to be good enough not to get in the way of the
other drivers. This is not like any other sport where the rookies can rely
on their teammates they need to be able to rely on themselves and their
judgments. Critics are no good they believe too much and learn to little
of the sport before the accurately speak out about a sport.
Nascar racing is mostly watched down South, and not so much in the North.
This one reason why it not truly an American sport because not all
Americans watch or really care about racing all though when the big races
come about they sure take interest in it. This sport tells us that America
is not into non - contact or more exciting sports such as hockey or
football. But Americans take interest when the stakes are high and when
something new is happening.
Nascar may not seem as a competitive sport but it is interesting to see a
car driving at 180mph around a turn. The drivers must be able to drive
extremely well and be as if they were driving down a normal road but their
not they have a better chance of die then any other sport since the only
thing saving them if the car suddenly loses control is a seat belt and
helmet when their driving up to 280 mph