Everyone knows that America is the land of
opportunity, and that anything can happen in America. Having that in mind
both of my parents and they’re families decided it would be best to move
the families to America.
My mother’s side of the family came to America when my grandparents
wanted to get out of Jamaica. Like every other parent they wanted their
kids to have a much better life than they had. My grandmother was the
first to make the move to America. She left my grandfather and my aunts
and uncles with the idea that she could make some money and send for
everyone else. She had up to a high school education so the only thing
that she really could do was to be a housemaid.
So way that she was making the money was that she was a housemaid,
she was cooking and cleaning trying to save up every penny that she had
earned. She had been doing this for quite some time, and after she had
saved up a good amount of money, and my grandfather in Jamaica saved up
enough the rest of the family came to America. It was very tough on my
grandfather he was raising six girls and two boys on his own. He had to
wake everyone up and make them lunch and walk them to school, then go to
work. When they had reunited in America they had to cram into a three-bed
apartment in mattapan, Mass.
My grandmother continued to be a housemaid and my grandfather got a
job as a carpenter. It was tough but they did it. Both of my grandparents
are church going and they knew that they would make it because of their
faith in God. Now both of my grandparents are retired and still live in
the same house that they first moved into.
My place of
interest is my backyard. It is somewhat like anyother backyard.It has
millions and millions of pieces of grass and dirt and a couple of trees in
it. Everymorning on my way out of the house on my way to school for the
past two weeks I took some time and observed the yard with my five senses.
Henry Longfellow once said "life is but an empty dream! And things are not
what they seem.
Something that I noticed in my two weeks of observing was that most
people did not trat this place with much respect. There was one morning
when i had come out there and had seen a styrofoam dunkin donuts cup on
the lawn. That right there just showd me that someone does not care about
my backyard or our environment. There was a second time that i had
realized that people do not show much respect for the yard was the next
morning when I had come out side I had noticed a plastic bag blowin in the
wind. Then after a while of looking I began to realize that this place
only got cleaned up but once a year.
After some more obersvation I had beagn to realize that this place is
an american one. I thought that this place is an American one because even
thought i may look dirt and look like noone cares about it, there is
someone that does really care about it but they might not shpw it all the
Through observing for a couple of weeks I have noticed some changes
that have taken place. I have been observing the grass starting to freeze
whic ment that there is snow soon to come. there were leaves all over the
place, which ment that fall was pretty much done and it is soon winter
time. Another observation that I had made was animals. there were birds
flying, and I was asuming that they were going south, and there were
squirrels running around gathering food. On my last day of observation i
had noticed that someone might have done a little cleaning up. There were
four piles of leaves and the bags and cups were gone. That showns that
someone does care about this place and it is an American one.
It was a typical Saturday night at the local
Chinese food place when a couple of hungry teenagers came in after a long
day of playing games. Everyone waits out side of the restaurant upon the
arrival of others and everyone walks in together. Two boys were the first
outside of the restaurant and they realized that everyone was taking a
long time. They exchanged a couple of words to each other saying
"Where is everyone" and
"If they don't come soon I'm gonna go in and order my food."
A couple of minutes of waiting outside a little bit longer one by one
the cars started to pile in and everyone was now at the Chinese food
place. After a couple of minuets of waiting around for the food to come
the guys started calling out numbers and the food was ready. After
enjoying the meals for a while and conversations was dying down someone
had gotten up and called out that they had seen a rat run behind the coke
machine. No one believed them, since that person is known for lying, so to
make sure that they were telling the truth one person had taken one of
there spare ribs and put it next to the coke machine. A couple of seconds
later sure enough a rat had run from behind the coke machine and taken the
Everyone had gotten loud and hysterical from seeing this happen and
everyone had run out of the restaurant screaming and yelling things like
"I'm never eating here ever again" and
"That was the nastiest thing I have ever seen."
That was the last time that they had ever eaten at that Chinese food place
and that was the talk around everywhere that everyone had seen a rat and
that that place is dirt and don't keep there place clean.
Walt Whitman, arguably
America's most influential and innovative poet, was born into a working
class family in new York, near Hempstead, long Island. One of his great
poems is "when I heard the Learn'd Astronomer." Some thoughts that had
come to mind after reading this poem was that some things that may not be
interesting to people at first can grow to like new things. The poem was
not long but I was a very well thought out well-written poem and it was
short. It got right to the point. Whitman did a great job at getting that
point across, to give things a chance, to not always follow the crowd, to
do what really interests you. Some people may think that it is not "cool"
to look at stars,but Whitman gives it a chance and liked it. This poem
makes us think and takes what we use in the class and use it in the real
Whitman shows how too much book learning can be bad for the body.
Whitman expresses this in a passage, "How soon unaccountable I became
tired and sick." This sets up the contrast between inside and out, and
emphasizes the balance needed between school and the real world.
Whitman uses free verse to take the emphasis off of the rules
learned in a classroom, "till rising and gliding out I wander'd off by
myself." In that pasasage he's talking about physically learning his
poetry maker in depth from the established rules of writing.
Probably having gone through the same things and most kids go through
while growing up, Whitman reminds us of he value of individual knowledge,
"look'd up in perfect silence at the stars." It is only as individuals
that we learn the true value of astronomy and the mysteries of the world.
The poem "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer" is a very well
thoughtout poem that did not necessarily follow the characteristics of a
normal poem, but it was still a great poem. The little lesson in that poem
is that you should not knock on something if you have never tried it
before. You may end up liking it.
Sport is commonly thought of as a game in which a
person is physically active and often is competing with someone else.
Skiing is estimated to be between 4,000 and 5,000 years old, it is said to
be founded in Scandinavia. The earliest skis were made from the bones of
large animals and were strapped to shoes with leather thongs. (Compton
learning) Not until after the Christian era wood was used. Skies were
first used in warfare in A.D. 1200 in the battle of Oslo, in Norway. King
Sverre of Sweden sent scouts out on skies to capture the enemy. (Compton
People of all ages in nearly every country where there are mountains enjoy
skiing. It is one of the few sports that enable people to move at high
rates of speed without any power involved. Skiing is one of the fastest
growing sports in the world. It attracts an estimated fourteen million
active participants in the United States alone. (Compton learning) Each
year thousands of beginner’s tryout this sport and become big fans.
Anthony Garcia, a former CM student and a professional skier and is
getting paid at the age of 18 when he wins tournaments says that “skiing
is a easy sport that anyone can try it out, but to compete at a high lever
you need to practice everyday.” Anthony tries to get out on the slopes
whenever he can, but a typical day of practice for him would last about
two hours. Practice makes perfect. Like Garcia said that the only way to
get better is to keep on practicing, to get better at anything you have to
practice in order to get better.
Recreational downhill skiing is the most popular form of skiing and is
growing by the day. There are, however, variations of the sport, which are
also popular. Some of these have been organized into competitive
categories. Each requiring special skills and equipment.
Ski jumping is probably the oldest form of competitive skiing. In this
event the jumper slides down a track and then leaps off of a takeoff
platform. Jumpers are judged on the distance covered, body control, and
style. Another is downhill racing. This is the most dangerous of all the
skiing events. It consists of skiing from the top to the bottom of a
prescribed course by the shortest and fastest route possible. The slalom
is a form of skiing competition in which a skier must descend a course
made up of a series of gates. The final event is cross-country races. It
tests a skier’s endurance. They are held over natural terrain and include
uphill, downhill, and flatland skiing.
Greg Goldman a amateur skier has only been skiing for a couple of
months but says that “I am enjoying it, and every chance that I can I
tries to go to a mountain and ski” skiing is a fun and upcoming sport that
such people as Greg got addicted to do and it doesn’t take much skill to
do like playing lacrosse.
Jason Sobel a local Milton writer who also writes for the ski teams says,
“he has enjoyed the sport of skiing for a long time and participates in
skiing races when he has the chance to, and it is great to see a lot of
younger kids starting to get involved in skiing.” It is better for the
sport of skiing for the younger generation to start to get involved it
insures people that skiing will stick around professionally and at the
amateur level for a long time.
Most Americans want to make money. In sports whenever something comes, the
American way to look at it is how to make money off of it. Skiing is a big
business and ranks with golf in sales of equipment, clothing, and
accessories. It is estimated that in the mid 1980’s skiers in the United
States spent more than 650 millions dollars every year on equipment alone.
(Compton learning) Most sports that are popular in America are because
they are accessible and everyone can do it. For example, basketball,
everyone can play it and you can find a hoop almost anywhere. Americans
like to be the best in everything so if something new comes along we have
to conquer it and be the best.
The lack of popularity of skiing in America has to do with popular
American sports being fast-action, contact sports. Two examples of that
would be football and hockey, two very popular American sports and there
is a lot of action going on in both of them. Americans have a short
attention span so if there is not a lot of action going on in the sport
than Americans will get board and not want to watch anymore. Damage and
violence are exciting and keep your attention span. That is why the most
popular type of skiing is downhill racing.