Bog 10: Topic Selection and First Thoughts

My topic for debate is on minimum wage. I have the con side and I have to argue why minimum wage should stay the way it is. I’m not really on either side. I would like it to go up because when I get a job of my own, earning fifteen dollars a hour, would be really nice. But, I also know the down sides if minimum wage would be raised, so I don’t really have too strong of an opinion for what side I would have to argue for. I honestly did not know all that much about it before looking into it. Really, the only thing I could think of before looking into this topic was that the minimum wage in PA is $7.25 a hour and I knew that depending on what state you are in, it could be higher or lower. When I researched my topic a little, some things I found were that taxes payments would not rise if the minimum wage stayed untouched. Another thing I found, was that if minimum wage was raised to fifteen dollars, it would increase poverty and hurt the poorest areas in the US. Also, work benefits will fall as a result of higher incomes. Honestly, the logical approach I would take it the information I found by just looking it up and what I mentioned just a sentence ago. I think that would be my logical argument. The emotional approach I would do is by saying, so me researchers say that raising minimum wage causes job losses. Also, even though this does not apply to all cases, many of those who make minimum wage are not actually poor. If it is us demanding that minimum wage should be raised, it is going to be us that are paying. The argument is we want people all over to be able to afford a proper meal, but the moment that that money- coming from our wallets, is being used to help feed all those people, that crosses the line. So instead, we make people who employ low skilled workers take it out of their paycheck.

Blog 9: Virtues Experiment

In the very beginning, before I started the experiment, I did not think it was going to be that bad. I thought that I could follow the virtues my group came up with pretty easily. But, oh my god.. I was WRONG. I knew that I had no self control… but actually seeing what that looks like… and being able to visualize what it looks like surprised me a lot. I am definitely going to ramble on here because most of the time, I don’t even know what I am going to say and just usually wing it and hope for the best. So, with that being said, let me tell you about my week. Wednesday was not too bad. I definitely said some stupid stuff that I could have kept in my mouth but most of it was for conversations/ entertainment. You know, that sort of thing. Thursday was a little rougher for me. It also felt off and the vibe was off. It definitely felt like a Friday and the week was dragging. I wanted the week to be over already and for break to start. I was worried about something stupid too and so I had to ask for some advice from my friends. They helped a lot which was nice. One of the nice thin gs about Thursday is that a few of my friends and I were planning on doing gift exchanges on Friday. But, like everything, I waited to do it last minute… just like this blog. But even though I had to cram everything in last minute with getting their gifts around, I enjoyed doing it. For their gifts, they all got cookies that I baked of, and that is where it started going down hill for me. I had made a few dozen and then gave a little pack for my bus driver. That made me feel good, but I ate a lot of cookies that night when I baked them off. I mean, don’t get me wrong, they slapped, but I definitely violated temperance that night. I felt good about Friday, but when I looked down at my chart, I noticed I violated a ton compared to the last 2 days. I was shocked because I felt good about that day. It was the last day before break, plus a half day… but I ended up violating around five more virtues then the other days! Sunday and Monday were not too bad other than, of course, temperance and industry.

I noticed that I am an extremely unorganized person and that I can not keep my stuff organized to save my life. I would look around on my desk or my room, and it would be clean one minute and gross the next? I had to clean up a couple of times, but I guess I would let things pile up and then ended up cleaning things up once again. Cleanliness was by FAR the easiest one to follow; easy money. Staying clean and keeping up with proper hygiene take almost no effort and I was NOT about to marinate in my own filth. Over all, even though I definitely failed the experiment, I didn’t think it was that bad and I can see why Franklin did it. Anyway, that’s that. I’m turning this in very late but what’s new.

 

Blog 8: The End of Poetry

 

My first impression of the poem, The Dodo’s Conundrum, was wack at first. When I first read it on my own, I didn’t understand it at all. I was confused by the meaning/ point behind the poem. Since I did not understand it, I obviously did not like it. I had to read it a couple more times to start getting the hint of what it was trying to say. Also, watching the little short film in class was helpful when trying to think of what the poem was trying to say. What I got from the theme is that no matter how hard you try, some times things won’t work out as planned. The author built up this perfect, little world. I think they were searching for control that they could not seem to get in the real world. His little world that he made up is so clean and uniform compared to the messy, sloppy free verse which is there to represent the real world. The sound and sense questions were not easy to answer in my opinion. Well, the very beginning was hard for me to come up with answers because I was still figuring out what was c=going on in the poem and what it was trying to tell. But once I figured out kind of what it was talking about, t was not too bad answering the questions. I thought it was harder to questions from this poem compared to Eldorado. Just like Eldorado, I felt bad for the character, this time a dodo instead of a knight. You try so hard for something you desire and crave so much, but in the end, will always fall through

Blog 7: Poetry

To be honest, poetry lowkey kind of slaps. When McGarry first announced we were going to start getting into poetry, I was like “ok imma head out” because all my past experiences with poetry sucked. Either I did not understand the poem, the poem was stupid, or I would be bias because I’ve heard other people’s opinions on it and that molded how I looked at poetry. Also, in middle school. I barely remember reading poetry or spending an actual unit/ chapter on it, if anything. When we first started getting into poetry and did the poetry search, I was shocked. I did not just come across 1 or 2 poems that I liked, I found several that actually affected me in some way. The book that I chose that was filled with poems was called ‘Good Poems’ by Garrison Keillor and no joke, I’m actually thinking about putting that on my Christmas list. I was able to find a good number of poems that I really enjoyed. I thought ‘Eldorado’ was ok actually. It’s not one of my favorites that I’ve read so far, but it was not god awful either. I thought it was a little sad and I felt bad for the knight. All he wanted was to find the land of Eldorado and searched for it his whole life, but never found it. It sounded really hopeful in the beginning too, and as you read it, you can slowly see that hope fade away. And even though doing that analysis worksheet was annoying, it really did help me understand the poem better. Poetry is not too bad. There is definitely some rough poetry for sure, but not all of it is rough and hard to understand. I never thought that I would lowkey like poetry and actually be into it. Before poetry was always so forced on us even if we did not understand it. No wonder we did not want anything to do with it. It’s hard to like something when you don’t even know what’s going on. And so, overall, poetry for me is kind of good.

Blog 6: Finishing my story

When I first started writing out my story, I initially planned my story  to take place in Pinedale, Wyoming. I knew that I didn’t want my story top take place in Pennsylvania. I also knew that I wanted my story to take place in a little town. When I first looked up pictures of Pinedale, it was really cute and small. I also had my main characters just getting out of school, and started the actual story in summer break, but then I wanted them to be in a snowy climate. I didn’t want to have to rush my story to try to get through the seasons so I could have a snowy climate, so I decided to pick a totally different state. Since I wanted a snowy climate to start off in, I picked a little town in Colorado called Breckenridge. It looked like something in Hallmar to be honest and I loved it. It had mountains all around it and all the little shops in the town were lit up (during the evening/night) It looked like a winter wonderland and that was perfect because that kind of feeling is perfect for my characters to start off in. I kind of like my story but one of the few things that I do not really like about it is that I feel like it is rushed a bit. I introduced my main characters when they were in elementary school and had to tell their history all the way up to their mid 20s. I always wanted to try and make sure there was a good amount of detail, but did not want to have too much because it would get boring and go nowhere. As far as the The Devil and Tom Walker story goes, it didn’t really affect my story a whole lot. It maybe gave me some inspiration to form my story, but not that much.

IR/ Reading 5

The element I can take from Me Before You and work it into my story is the fact that Will pushes people away when he gets close to them. In the book, Will decides he’s going to run away from his problems because not dealing with them is easier than having to face them. He can’t actually run away because well, he is paralyzed from the neck down, but he takes an alternative way to not have to deal with his situation. I am going to take this kind of ” running away ” idea and incorporate it into my story. I was thinking to kind of base it off of The Office and when Jim ran away to Stamford to try and shut his feelings down for Pam because he could not stand watching Roy and Pam together. In my story, I am going to have ” Pam” and ” Jim” childhood best friends that grow up together. I am going to make the ” Jim” in my story decide to go to a different college than “Pam” to try and shut down his feelings for her because he can’t stand to watch “Pam” fall for another guy. He also does not want to lose the really strong friendship that they have and make things weird and awkward between the two of them. If “Jim” would decide to set his cards all out on the table like actual Jim in The Office did but failed, he would end up losing his best friend and soulmate all at the same time and he is just not willing to take that kind of big risk. I chose this because I am going to try and somehow make some character development throughout the story and thought this could be a good way to get the ball rolling.

IR/ Reading Log 4

The author, Jojo Moyes, made setting play a decent role in the book. Like the place and setting we live in, we have to judge our decisions based off of a lot of factors that are currently happening in that time and place. Two of the major things we have to consider before hand are temperature and weather conditions. The setting we live in also affects our mood too. With this being said, if Lou wanted to try to get Will out of the house, she has to plan accordingly. For example, when Lou took Will out to a horse race, she would need to dress and plan accordingly. She would also have to make sure Will was dressed for the weather they were going to be dealing with for that day because she would want to make sure he is as comfortable as he could be. Even when she is walking to the Traynor’s house in the morning, she needs to make sure she has the proper attire on. If it is raining that day, she would bring an umbrella and if it was snowing, she would wrap up in a scarf and hat. Another thing that plays a pretty big part in the story is the actual location. Me Before You takes place in various areas in the United Kingdom. We all know people over there have a British accent, and this plays a huge part in their character. Words that are commonly used over here in the United States could mean a totally different thing over there, and vice versa. If you watched the movie, you could hear the accent very clearly and could be the first thing you notice about them. I never really noticed how much of an impact the setting has to do with the story until specifically asked. If you decided to visit/ move to a different place, you would have to get accustomed to your surroundings. Just like you said in class, even if it is just another town you’re moving to, those people have their own little things that you would have to get used to.

IR/ Reading Log 3

Me Before You does not use too much humor because trying to joke with a paralyzed, grumpy man is not the easiest thing in the world. But, just like a tragedy, there has to be some sort of humor in there to lighten the mood so everything does not feel so gloomy and dark. One way Jojo Moyes adds humor/ comedy in the book and movie is Lou’s sense of style. Like I said before, she lives for patterns and bright colors. She will straight up pair stripes and polka dots together in one outfit and won’t even think twice about it. She is unapologetically herself when it comes to her personality and that shines through with what she decides to wear. Jojo could have made Will’s helper any plain Jane, but that would be boring and you might not see as much development in Will. The fact that Jojo came up with such a character is the part of the humor in the story. I’m not saying Lou is a complete joke and is always acting like a total fool, but she plays a huge role when it comes to adding humor in the movie and book. One iconic example of Lou’s fashion sense adding humor to the story is when she received the bumble bee stockings. It was her 27th birthday and she mentioned before that when she was younger, she had these bumble bee stockings she loved but grew out of them; she couldn’t find them anywhere. Will surprised her with another pair of bumble bee stockings and she jumped up and down with glee. Everyone in the room including her boyfriend, mom, dad, and grandpa looked at them[the stockings] as if they were a joke, but Lou couldn’t be happier. Her reaction brings a smile to every reader which is what Jojo intended to do. If I had to add humor to the book, I would probably make Will slip out of his wheelchair as Lou tried to help him into bed or something. It wouldn’t be meant to cause any serious pain to Will or anything. I’m not trying to cut the last straw on Will. It would probably be when she’s pretty new to the job and not sure what she’s doing. It’s cruel, but also I’m childish and immature and if I read that, I’d probably laugh out loud.

impaired man lying on the floor after falling out of wheelchair

IR/ Reading Log 2

In Me Before You, the author, Jojo Moyes, reveals the character Louisa Clark as a bubbly, joyful, and quirky girl who is not afraid to be herself. For example, Lou’s fashion sense. Lou loves bright colors, weird patterns, and especially bumble bee striped stockings. The items she typically pairs together would be something people would not even think twice about wearing… at least not out in public. Her unique sense of style is matched with her bubbly personality. Before she became Will’s caretaker, she had previously worked at a café called the Buttered Bun where she, well, buttered buns. She worked at that café for six years! Throughout those six years, she would talk to the customers and try to brighten their day anyway she could. Unfortunately, the owner and her long time friend, Frank, had to close the café for personal reasons. This was a huge surprise for her, but Lou tries her best to always have a positive mind set when faced with a challenge. This trait that she has comes in hand with the job she is currently attending to. When she first met Will, he did not have an ounce of joy in his body. The Traynor’s had to go through countless caretakers for Will because he would always find a way to scare them off. Being around people who are as emotionally draining as Will are hard to be around, let alone have to take care of. That did not stop Lou from entering the Traynor’s house with a smiling on her face, even when she dreaded the thought of having to go to work. Will has thankfully gotten a lot better as far as personality goes, and Lou deserves all the credit. So far, I am really liking Lou’s character. Her optimistic point of view really lightens any situation pertaining to Will. She is kind-hearted and down to Earth. She makes people feel comfortable and at home with ease. She does not care what people think about her or her weird choice of clothing. She just seems like a nice person in general and that’s really good for some guy like Will