Blog 5

My idea kind of completely came out of nowhere. I was pretty indecisive when it came to which 6 words I would choose but I was thinking of what I could write about easily and that is why I chose “music came from the abandoned house.” My story is about a kid named Johnny who is committed to Oregon University for football. Being a D1 bound athlete, he is one of the most popular kids in school. Everyone wants to hangout with him and he gets invited to all the parties and other things throughout high school. Johnny is a smart kid, Honor roll student, and a good football player. His family is your average family, church on Sunday, other normal family stuff. His parents don’t mind that he parties, as long as he is being smart and safe. His best friend, Dylan, is someone who likes to party. A lot. Maybe too much honestly. Dylan will party anywhere, anytime, with anyone. He has this “great” idea that he proposes to Johnny. The idea is, since there is an abandoned house across town. Everyone knows about it, since the story is that a murderer from the 1800s lives there. Every time someone moved there, they’d move from that house within weeks. Anyway, Dylan wants to party there. He thinks that it will be a good idea for some unknown reason. Johnny has to think about going or not, knowing that there’s a chance it gets busted and he looses all his big name college offers. He decides to go and he will lives with the consequences of going. So day comes of the party and a good amount of people are there. He doesn’t do much there, he has fun but stays low in case anything suspicious happens and people get questioned or worse: cops show up. Night goes on and cops get called because people heard music coming from the house. Johnny, being athletic and such, runs away. He has to run across town to get home. He somehow makes it home unscathed and ends up being one of the best football players Oregon has ever had. 

Blog 4

I am reading “Becoming Kareem”. So far I’ve liked this book because I like basketball and I also like Kareem Abdul Jabbar as a basketball player too. Growing in the time period he grew up in was hard for him. Racism and religious tension tore his young years apart. It must have been hard since obviously he was African American and was just trying to play basketball. Religious tension, as I said, tore his life apart. College life was rough because of that, and the racist comments were always around since he was such a big name and he went to a big name college (UCLA). After Kareem won his first NBA championship, he changed his name to Kareem Abdul Jabbar. In Muslim this translates to generous/noble servant of the mighty/stern one (meaning god). I am not really a religious person and I didn’t live through harsh racism so I don’t really connect with him like that. In general I think this story is good so far, I have already read books about Kareem before so this book doesn’t tell me much that I don’t know but none the less its still a good book. Its overdue too so thats not good. I broke my foot like 2 weeks ago and it is by far the worst thing to ever do. I am always on my feet so having crutches and one good foot is terrible. I had a good plan too, at least I did before I broke it. I was going to work at the fair and make some money and then go get a job somewhere. Instead I am out 4 1/2 more weeks. Started out as 6 weeks, and if I need a pin in my foot then I’m out another 6 weeks. to make it 12 total weeks. If that happens then I’m out basketball season and that’s not good. I missed a few days because of it and I let myself get behind on some work which is bad, but I will get it done soon. Need it done to pass, cant be ineligible or my mom will be pissed off at me. 

Week 3 Blog

I kind of liked The Devil and Tom Walker. It was an interesting story. It made me think a lot more then most other books. It was kind of weird, with the way he presents the setting and uses it throughout the story. I do not normally read this type of book, I am more of a sports type of book. It opened up new thoughts in my head, and I questioned things a lot more in this short story. I never really ask questions cause sports books are pretty easy to understand, whereas this book had a lot more thought behind it. A lot of things are symbolized, which I do not really think about at all until later then I finally realize that things mean more then just what they are. Sometimes it confuses me cause I don’t think about all of that stuff when I read. I feel like I enjoy books the less I think about it. I have never read a book like this, nothing really comparative to it at all. I feel like if I read more books like this I would have enjoyed this book more, since I would be thinking about that stuff already and more easily understand it. I am not the smartest when it comes to books, the simpler they are, the better. I think Irving wrote the story to prove that being greedy is not good. Be happy with what you have, cause you have more then others. If I had to change things in the story to “modernize” it I would only change the setting to make it more connectable for readers now. If you can connect to the book I feel like you would enjoy the book more then you would if you did not connect to it at all. If we read more books like this I would more easily do the work and question things less. I’d understand everything more since everything would make sense. This story was good, it made me think more, got some gears moving in my head, I should probably read more. Image result for the devil