Slackers: Part II

Well if you’ve read my previous post, “Slackers,” you know that the person I’m writing about is a lazy incompetent fool, and I’m writing a whole second part because many events have transpired in these few short months.  Hope you all are entertained by this!

The slacker.  He is exactly as his nickname sounds, a lazy teenager who does absolutely nothing productive and is throwing away his life.  In my previous post, I’d noted how he didn’t care at all about school and was an overall bad person.  Well this statement has expanded ten-fold.

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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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