Sunday, December 23, 2012

Summer Vacation 2012 Day 2

On the morning of the twelfth of August, we left Sequim and headed to Forks. On our way there, we stopped in Port Angeles and drove on the Ediz Hook spit. When we left PA, we drove to two seperate water-falls. First Marymere Falls and then Solduc Falls. It was a long hike to get to them, but it was really pretty once we got there.

A crane or similar bird looks for food on the spit
A United Staes Coast Guard helicopter in PA
Part of Marymere Falls
Solduc Falls

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Summer Vacation 2012 Day 1

A hot air balloon in George, Wa

I'm so very sorry that these posts are so far behind. I've been terribly busy. As I wrote in my last post, my parents and I went to Forks, Washington. It was a good trip and I think I took way too many pictures because of my fancy new Nikon D3100 DSLR camera. But I'm learning how to be hard on myself to delete the bad ones or the ones I know I won't put in my photo album. So in memorium of the trip I took to a small place in the heart of the Olympic National Forest I will be putting pictures on here from each day of my trip! Let the journey begin!

A speed boat, I think, in Seabeck, Wa

A lily at a restaurant in Sequim, Wa

Monday, August 20, 2012

Summer Vacation 2012

Just last Saturday on August 11th I took my annual summer vacation with my parents. We traveled to Forks, Wa. The land of Twilight. You know, the books by Stephanie Myer. But that is not the reason why we went, although I did by some Twilighty things. We went to have fun, to see some gorgeous green forests in the Olympic National Forest, to relax a bit before I go back to school and become a senior.

I only have time to post one picture, but it's amazing. On the 15th of August we went to Rialto Beach to watch the sunset. It was gorgeous. I took fourteen pictures ever five minutes and it was so cool to see the sun setting further and further into the ocean and the horizon. When I got home I put all fourteen pictures into a collage from this website. Plus I added a couple other pictures from Rialto to fill in the last two squares. So here it is!

Sunset on Rialto Beach

Monday, July 23, 2012

Put Down ur Phone b4 It’s 2 l8

I was trying to put this in the local paper but that didn't work out so here it is:

These days the airwaves are constantly lighting up with text messages that are filled with “lol”, “omg”, “brb”, and a whole plethora of other shortened words and phrases that most adults never understand. And they have so many features that they rival a computer most of the time. All of these things about cell phones are amazing regardless of your age. But sometimes cell phones can be a dangerous thing, especially if you’re texting while driving.

Don’t believe me? Well listen to this. According to a 2009 report from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, “Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field”. Those numbers could’ve changed from 2009 to now but it’s still something to think about. Driving distracted is not a good thing. It’s highly dangerous and I’m pretty sure that you don’t want to get into a crash and possibly total your car; all because you were texting while driving.

Here’s something a little more recent to think about. A report from a few years ago from the American Automobile Association and Seventeen Magazine states that “An online survey of 1,999 teens ages 16-19 found that 86% had driven while distracted even though 84% know it’s dangerous.” Teenagers really are smart people most of the time and they know texting and driving is wrong. Yet some do it anyway and that’s one frame of mind that’s not safe for the roads.

In Washington State it is prohibited to talk on the phone while driving and I see people texting and talking on the phone while driving all the time including students from my own school, which I find extremely sad. Teenagers should keep in mind that they could pay a hefty fine for using their phone while driving. The more deadly consequence of a teen using their phone while driving is that they could get into a crash and get seriously injured. Or they could die. Harsh to see I know, but dying at this young of age is not something that can be taken lightly. It can cause friends and family heartache and sadness for a long time.

If a teen can’t handle not using their phone in the car, there are some helpful tips to reduce the number of distracted driving. Aptly named, the website recommends several good tips that both teens, and adults, should use. One of these tips is that once you’re in your car put your phone in a place where you won’t be tempted to look for it, because then you wouldn’t be using it. Another tip is to pick your favorite app and download it before you start driving and forget about it so you can focus on keeping your car on the road.

Texting is really fun, but doing it while driving is a serious safety hazard; not only for the person texting but also for the other drivers and pedestrians around them. So think really hard about your phone and make a healthy decision on whether or not it belongs in your hands while you drive.

Monday, May 28, 2012

The Sexiest Things

Let me let you in on a little secret. The sexiest things in life are not actors with large sums of money or those dumb bras from the Victoria's Secret commercials. So the magazines get it wrong all the time when they come out with annual issues announcing the sexiest man alive for the entire year. In fact, the sexiest things are not even people. And using the words "sexy" or "sexiest" is not even appropriate. It's disgusting. Things are not sexy. They are beautiful. And if you want to find something beautiful, go outside. Watch the sun rise, or set. Take a drive to the river or an ocean and just close your eyes and listen to all the sounds. Or if you want something more peaceful, go outside when it's really dark and lay on the grass and stare up at the stars. Finding something beautiful in this world of ours is actually quite easy if you stop looking at actors in magazines. But if all you do is look at actors in magazines or those bras that have no significance, you'll be blind.

Friday, February 3, 2012

What is Quality?

I've been putting this post off for several days now because I just wasn't sure how to start it. But now I think I do.
I'm in high school. And sometimes, high school can get really tough and the teachers always tell you to do your best and show quality work. But my question is this. What is quality? What the hell is quality?! There are nineteen different definitions of quality. And because of those nineteen different definitions, an actual definition of quality can't be found. It would be like closing your eyes, running your finger up and down the numbers, picking one blindly and saying "Yep, that's quality!". It just doesn't work that way.

Quality can't be defined by one single thing, because there's too many things that are pegged to quality. In my AP English class at school I recently read an excerpt from a fictional and philosophical book called Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values written by Robert M. Pirsig in 1974. The author, Pirsig, makes his main character reflect on a hiking trip he took with his son. In those couple of paragraphs I remember something that the character said about the mountain that he and his son were going to climb and all the different ways of getting through the mountain.

Pirsig writes about the mountain and how "For more than three centuries now the old routes common in this hemisphere have been undercut and almost washed out by the natural erosion and change of the shape of the mountain wrought by scientific truth. The early climbers established paths that were on firm ground with an accessibility that appealed to all, but today the Western routes are all but closed because of dogmatic inflexibility in the face of change."

The way Pirsig writes about the mountain and all its different paths is how I think of quality. Quality has so many definitions to its name that nobody really knows how to comprehend what quality actually is. Quality doesn't hold the same meaning to me as it does to anyone who reads this post. Just like forming new paths in the mountain, quality has a different feeling and different definition to each and every person. Quality doesn't have a solid definition and maybe that's why kids at school get frustrated when they're told to produce quality work. Because they don't know what quality work is. But maybe having no solid definition will make people stop and think about what they are going to do with their life.

But that is something that I haven't quite figured out yet.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Finals Week

I've Finals Week this past week and this is an essay that I wrote for my American Studies class. We had to write about Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal Program and whether or not it was effective in helping America and how the role that the federal government played inproved or not. I am quite proud of it. Here it is:

In the year 1929 the stock market in New York City crashed and millions of dollars were lost. After the crash, the people of America were understandably frightened and they were looking to President Hoover for help. He helped as much as he could, but the people kept demanding for more and more resources. American’s were almost at their wits end when a new President was elected. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected in 1933 and soon after he moved into the Whitehouse, he started to implement plans to help America get out of its slump. Not only did these plans become known as The New Deal and they helped America get back on its feet, they also changed the role the federal government played.
Before FDR was elected President, as stated above, the stock market crashed. This shows that the federal government took more of a “hands off” approach in how they dealt with businesses and people’s lives in general. Because the federal government did not oversee those businesses as good as they should have, those businesses in turn helped to fill the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) with their money. When the NYSE crashed, all of that money was lost and those businesses were going out of business and were more than likely filing for bankruptcy. Businesses’ filing for bankruptcy does not reflect the federal government in a good way. The federal government should’ve been overseeing those businesses a lot better but they weren’t.

Due to businesses closing down, there were a lot of American’s that couldn’t find work. Before President Roosevelt got elected in 1933, there were approximately twelve million people that weren’t farmers that were unemployed. That is quite a large number. But as soon as he started implementing his New Deal strategies, the unemployment started going down and by 1937 the amount of workers that were unemployed reached approximately seven million. The unemployment rose for a bit for a year before it continued to fall dramatically. Between the years 1943 and 1945, America had seen its lowest unemployment rate ever since the stock market crashed: between six thousand and one point five million people were still unemployed. That is quite a drop from the twelve million people that were unemployed when Roosevelt became president in 1933. The number of people that were still jobless by 1945 proved that the New Deal strategies that Roosevelt had implemented were doing their job in helping America get back on its feet.

Although the President before Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, had the ideas to start the Civilian Conservation Corp, also known as the CCC, it was FDR who came up with the resources to make it actually happen. The CCC provided millions of jobs to young men to make trails in state and national parks and to re-plant trees. The jobs that the CCC provided helped those young men prepare for the future and what was to come.

Another thing that seemed futuristic and some critics called it “militaristic”, was the introduction of Social Security (SS) Numbers. SS numbers were given to each person that applied for a job. With these SS numbers, the federal government kept tabs on the money that got taken out of each workers pay-day. Every year the federal government would look at the workers work history and when it came time to retire, the government would look at all of a persons work history to decide how much money they would get back from the government. It took several years to get the kinks out of this program and it took even more years to give a SS number to a person once they were born instead of when they applied for a job.

Over the span of sixteen years the role that the federal government played improved greatly. Some people appreciated the involvement of the government, some thought the govt. was becoming too involved, and others still wanted more help. The govt. was becoming more and more involved in people’s lives and businesses, both big and small, which is what they should’ve done in the very beginning. The New Deal strategies that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt implemented all those years ago improved America, albeit slowly. So much improvement came to America that some of the New Deal parts still exist today!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

That's a Wrap!

Ok I think these are the last pics of my Summer 2011 Vacation that I will put on cuz they are the best and some of my favorites ♥
Me sittin at a bench while the pretty sun sets

This is beautiful

Snow in the Mountain on the way home! Incredible!

A kite in the sky

Black and white of Cape Meares Lighthouse