Anger

Today in English class, we made a list of things that make us angry.  Everybody feels anger at one point or another due to different stimulus, but how we deal with this “anger” is what is important.  Anger can be expressed in many different forms including annoyance, resentment, irritation, etc.  After we all finished creating our lists, based on different categories, our teacher asked us to pick one of them and write what we could do to counteract it.  I think that this is a very practical activity to deal with our problems.  I never realized how many things annoy/anger me until I created my list.

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California vs. Other States

California.  The land of sandy beaches, great weather, hot women, and many other wonderfully cliché things.  It is also a land of tragedy and despair. In this article I’m writing the basis to compare the state of California to others like Arizona, Nevada, and Washington.  Those comparisons will come in accompanying posts.  California is the land of high taxes, illegal immigration, high unemployment, skyrocketing poverty, under-performing schools, street crime, violence, high cost of living… should I go on?  If I did I could probable continue writing for a whole thousand pages!

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Mother Nature and Golf

Living in California has always produced a high chance of earthquakes, but this week has been crazy.  Three earthquakes have rocked southern California in the last week.  Two of which were in the last day.  One last night, and one this afternoon.  Although they were not very intense and didn’t produce any major damage, people are beginning to worry about “the big one.”  Geologists believe that every so many years, the San Andreas fault line is due to have a big earthquake.  We are overdue for this big earthquake and many believe that it could occur at any time.  Be prepared!

Because I was golfing during today’s earthquake, it got me wondering about natural disasters affecting golf tournaments in the past.  I know that in the event of lightning, play will be postponed due to danger.  Not the best idea to be walking around with metal sticks during a lightning storm.  With some research, I found two instances where mother nature produced disastrous instances for golfers.

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The Count

This week in English class we have started a new kind of Socratic seminar called BRAWL.  During the BRAWL, the class breaks into teams of four which work together throughout the BRAWL.  At the beginning of the week, each student submits a question based on our reading (The Count of Monte Cristo) and our teacher selects the best questions for different categories of analysis.  The questions are broken up into theme, organization, specific, unusual, comparison, etc.  Then, each team works together to answer the questions as best as they can and on the day of the BRAWL, one person from each group is chosen to represent the team.  These “tributes” are then grouped in a circle in the middle of the class and a random question is asked to each.  As the questions are swirled around the circle, the others can chime in to get points for their team.

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Why do bad things happen to good people?

“Why do bad things happen to good people?”  “Why did this happen to me?”                                                                                                    These are questions often considered by many when something doesn’t go their way.  I personally have been having a pretty rough week with a lot of things not going my way.  I received a detention for no reason, did poorly on my tests, and my teacher lost one of my labs, dropping my grade 6 percent.  Also, I had three golf tournaments in the last three days and I was not particularly happy with my performance.  Man am I exhausted.

Last week we began reading “The Count of Monte Cristo” in English class and so far it is a fantastic book.  One of the major themes exhibited through the book is closely related to bad things happening to good people.  The main character, Edmond Dantes, is a great guy.  He’s young, has just become captain of a prestigious ship, and is about to marry a beautiful women.  But he gets caught up with some bad people who are jealous and envious of him, causing him to be put in prison even though he is innocent.  We later learn that two of his friends who were also very “good” people have had miserable lives since Edmond was put in prison.  They are verging on bankrupt, living in poverty, and have lost their reputation.  But, the people who betrayed and framed him, have been extremely successful since he was put in prison and are now wealthy and powerful.  This caused me to think,” Why did all of these bad things happen to such good people?”

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