Blog 10

My topic for debate is abortion. Con of abortion to be specific, which is my personal opinion as well. I think abortion is wrong and is the killing of an innocent child. Their chance at life is completely taken away and they have nothing to do about it. By definition it is murder,”the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another”. There are only 2 circumstances I believe an abortion should be allowed, which include the mother’s safety or incest. Other than these 2 circumstances I think abortion is terrible and should be completely illegal. They are children and were blessed with the gift of life and it is taken away from them. Off the top of my head I know a little about abortion. First I know an abortion is the termination of a pregnancy. I know it is legal most places in America and that there are different types of abortions too. Along with abortions at different times of a pregnancy. Off a basic google search results include different protests,both pro and con, different laws regarding the subject, as well as Planned Parenthood things. I plan to approach the logical side of the argument by stating the facts that as soon as the sperm penetrates the ovum(egg) a new entity comes into existence. Zygote is the name of the first cell that forms at conception. The zygote is composed of human DNA and other human molecules therefore a living human being by nature. It is also quite clear that the earliest human embryo is biologically alive. It fulfills the four criteria needed to establish biological life: metabolism, growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction. This is just some evidence I will use along with much more to state the facts logically that abortion is the killing of an innocent human being. I will approach the ethical side of the argument by stating it is murder which is wrong by literally everyone standards. Lastly, I will approach the emotional side of the argument by stating its the killing of a mothers baby, would you like to have your life taken away with nothing you can do about it, taking away this child’s chance at life, etc.

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Blog 9: Virtues Experiment

Going into this experiment I knew it would be a struggle. No one can be morally perfect. No one has ever and no one will ever. Except Jesus Christ. What I did was just live my life how I usually would to see how good it went. So I knew it would not be good and it was not at all. “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”- Vince Lombardi. I’ll start with temperance, I broke this one quite a lot. Everywhere from not getting enough sleep, eating to much, not eating enough. Also some times in which I had to much fun. Liability is next, throughout this experiment this was one of my best ones. I did not break this one once. I am very self aware of myself and know if something is my fault or not. Next is frugality, this one wasn’t terrible at all. I had about 2 occurrences in breaking this. They were either me spending my own money on food or washing my car. Next is industry, this one wasn’t great. I didn’t have much responsibilities because it was break. But I did have some assignments due. This is where I broke it. I wasn’t on top of my work and didn’t know that the persuasive writing/speaking was due when it was. Which I should’ve known because I should’ve checked. But I didn’t and I was late on turning it in. Resolution is next, this goes along with industry. So I did not do great either on this one. I broke it when I didn’t turn my assignment in on time. I let my mind wonder and not complete it on time. Next is tranquility, I did great on this. I never sweat the little things, I look to the bigger picture. I also know whats best for me as well. Next is enthusiasm, I did great with this as well. I am usually always happy and am optimistic so I didn’t have to do much to do good on this one. Sincerity is next, I did good on this one as well. I am pretty straight up so this was easy. Next is humility, this one was easy and I did good on it. I never usually boast about anything I have. I do not think there is a point in it. Next is prudence, I did absolutely terrible on this one. I did not develop any good habits over the break. Mostly only bad ones. From eating bad, being lazy, and much more. Order is next, I did not do to bad on this one. I kept time for everything and it all worked out. Next is silence, this one wasn’t to bad either. Mostly everything I said added to a conversation in a good manner. Justice is next, this one was good as well. I didn’t have any altercations so I didn’t mess up on this one at all. Moderation is next, this one was awful. I took nothing moderation at all over this break. Lastly is chastity, I did not have sex over break so I did not break this one either. So overall it was not great at all for the whole experiment. But I knew it wouldn’t, there is just certain ones I need to work on.

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Blog 8

My first impression about the poem is confusion. It makes no sense to me at all. I do not like this poem either. I like poems straight to the point, there is no reason to hide the meaning of the poem. It is way better for everyone when the meaning is clear as day. In regards of the theme all I know so far is that someone is building their own world different then reality. The theme may have something to do with making the best of your situation but I am not totally sure. Some questions I still have are who is this story about? What deeper meaning does this model world have? Does this poem represent something? Does this poem apply to me or my peers? These are just a few questions most of the story is very confusing to me. The questions asked in sounds and sense were much harder for this poem than “Eldorado”. Eldorado made much more sense and was easier to interpret than this poem. Writing poetry has not affected the way I read and analyzed this poem. I still hate poetry and find it pointless therefore I do not feel the need to evolve my skills on reading and analyzing poetry. This will be one of the last times in my life I will read poetry. So after high school it is out the window never to be done again. I will most likely never switch my opinion on poetry it is set in stone.

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Blog 7:Poetry

Poetry has long been studied, written, listened to and read but is not worth it at all. This form of ‘literature’ has little application and usefulness in the real world. Poetry cannot offer anything of value. My feelings about poetry are still the same and always will be. I think poetry is awful to read, write, or analyze. I find it pointless and in no way will it ever better me or help me in the things I want to do in the future. Analyzing it makes no sense to me at all and why analyze it in the first place baffles me as well. I do not care what kind of poem any poem is or what rhythm or rhyme it has. It has no sense to it or reasoning behind it. Everything I want to do or be involved in, in the future has to do with business and numbers thus this makes poetry even further from ever benefiting me. On top of this every poem I have read has not been fun or enjoyable or taught me anything. I have read poems such as “Death of a Toad”, “Thoughts”, and “Eldorado”. All of them still not benefiting me in anyway. “Death of a Toad” was the only poem I found bearable, just because of how simple and stupid it was. It was solely about a toad getting run over by a lawn mower and then dying. Like I said just because of the stupidity and simpleness of it made it not terrible. No matter the topic of the poem it will still be deemed pointless to me. My thoughts on Eldorado are that is is just like any other poem. I do not like it and find no point in it. I do not care about a knight trying to find a city or how long his trip is or how he dies. This simply just doesn’t interest me. My opinion of poetry is set and will most likely never change, ever. Until poetry offers something of value or betterment to me my opinion will always be the same.  Image result for no to poetry

Blog #6

There is a big difference between the initial concept of my short story and the final version of my short story. The Six Word Short Story I picked was, “Nothing would grow there, ever again”. As soon as I picked this one the concept for my short story was for it to be an adventure story. And with it saying nothing would ever grow there again I wanted it to be a big hole in which the main character fell through to the center of the Earth, which would be a giant jungle type world. I stuck with this concept but changed how the character got there from the beginning to the end. At first I did not really know how I was going to make this hole appear and was just going to put it there but then I figured out a way to do this. The way I would do this was by having them cut down trees and then they had to replant them and when they were digging up the stump of one it started forming a hole. Other than this I only hanged a few other things from beginning to end. Such as, more dialogue and more detail. All my changes in my opinion were made to better the story. All in all I like my story and everything about it but one thing I do not like so much is the realism of it. The reading of Devil and Tom Walker helped my story in the way of connecting all the events as well as showing how important dialogue is. The story I independently read did not help me to much just because it is an educational book on real estate. In general I think reading other books can help greatly in writing your own story.

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How to Create Wealth Investing in Real Estate

I think the best element to add into my short-story from the book I’m reading currently would be mood. Since my book I’m reading is all about educating you about real estate and has an educational mood. For example, “Office Buildings-Single or multi tenant building for the use of business renting space rather than owning. This can be a very capital intensive endeavor, requiring the owner to get a long term lease of 7 to 10 years, while managing capital to be invested for new tenants, referred to as “tenant improvements.” Before we leave this section, lets quickly cover the property classes. Property classifications were created to make it easier to communicate among investors and lenders to the quality and rating of the property among themselves. The class can refer to the property and the location. A Class- Newest, shiniest asset and represent the highest quality building in the market. These are generally newer buildings under 15 years of age and contain many amenities catering to white-collar workers. Expect lower cap rates, around 2% to 4% on this asset. This class of  asset wont generate as much cash flow but has the ability to appreciate greatly. Class A Properties are great for preserving wealth, while investors wait patiently for appreciation. This investor has a reduced need for cash flow. B Class- One step down from A and built within the last 20 years. This class caters to a mix of white and blue-collar workers and the property may show a bit of deferred maintenance, but overall, it has a nice mix of cash flow and potential appreciation. Look for returns on cash invested of 5% to 7%, before appreciation. C Class- My first real estate broker defined C Properties as “crap” properties, but loved their ability to generate substantial cash flow. I tend to agree with this candid analysis. These properties are usually 25+ years old and have deferred maintenance issues and are located in more difficult areas as well as needing big capital expenditure investments (new roof, interior remodels, etc.) to remain competitive. Look for cash on cash returns on cash invested of 8% and above on these properties, before properties”(pg 56-58).  I think adding in an educational mood like this to my short-story would be great. I would incorporate this by going into depth on certain topics in the story to enhance the understanding of the story to the reader. Image result for education

How to Create Wealth Investing in Real Estate

There is no physical setting in my book because my book is about the general idea of investing in real estate. But the idea of setting and real estate go hand and hand. The location ,setting, of any piece of real estate is one of the most vital pieces of investing. Cardone empathizes this greatly throughout this book. Since the type of real estate Cardone talks about and recommends is apartment complexes and similar complexes, this makes the market ,location or setting, in which you buy even more crucial in your success. Setting affects Cardone, the author, greatly as well because it is absolutely one of the most important things he has to look at to make a good real estate investment. For example, ” The next thing, is you have to know the market. When I say “Know the Market,” this is what I mean: economics, job providers, rents, concessions, expenses, the growing parts of the market, dying parts of the market, the politics of the city, the home prices in the area, the overall economic condition, occupancy, cost of insurance, flood zones, salaries, crime rates, walk scores, reviews, concessions, credit worthiness of the market, demographics of your tenants, competition, other sales, history of property going back 5 years or longer; everything and more. You should know what the last buyer paid for the deal you are considering, and know how the property operated during the bad time. You must know the existing management company’s work ethic, and service, to unveil opportunities. You should walk the property during the day, at night, and on the weekends. You should also mystery shop the property in person and over the phone”(pg 151-152). Cardone expresses how important the market is in purchasing the right piece of real estate. Out of every detail this is by far the most critical. Buying in the wrong market can completely ruin any hopes of acquiring and building wealth from your investment. It’s all about the setting , setting , setting in real estate. This shows how setting has such a big impact even on my book which doesn’t even have a physical setting.

How to Create Wealth Investing in Real Estate

My book does not use humor at all. It does not use humor because it is an educational book about real estate. Its main purpose is to teach/inform. The author, Grant Cardone, talks about many things that do not include humor. For example, ” A-Class-Newest, shiniest asset and represent the highest quality building in the market. These are generally newer buildings under 15 years of age and contain many amenities catering to white-collar workers. Except lower rates, around 2% to 4% on this asset. This class of asset won’t generate as much cash flow but has the ability to appreciate greatly. Class A Properties are great for preserving wealth, while investors wait patiently for appreciation. This investor has a reduced need for cash flow. B-Class-One step down from A and built within the last 20 years. This class caters to a mix of white and blue-collar workers and the property may show a bit of deferred maintenance, but overall, it has a nice mix of cash flow and potential appreciation. Look for returns on cash invested of 5% to 7% before appreciation. C-Class-My first real estate broker defined C Properties as “crap” properties, but loved their ability to generate substantial cash flow. I tend to agree with his candid analysis. These properties are usually 25+ years old and have deferred maintenance issues and are located in more difficult areas as needing big capital expenditure investments (new roof, interior remodels, etc.) to remain competitive. Look for cash on cash returns on cash invested 8% and above on these properties, before appreciation. D-Class-The lowest class of properties usually located in cities with lower employment opportunity’s making it more difficult to collect the rent and more difficult to exit but greater cash flow for your trouble. These properties are highly management intensive, and the tenant base is often more difficult to deal with. Investors get lured into investing in these properties due to the low prices, but soon realize they got more than they bargained for”(pg 57-59). This is an example of the what the author talks about and how humor is not included. I think a way that Cardone could inject some humor is when he tells stories of his old investments he should add in any humorous events that occurred.

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How to Create Wealth Investing in Real Estate

The main and one of the only characters in my book is Grant Cardone. He is the author so he introduces himself to the reader. He starts off the book explaining why he wrote the book in the first place. He states 3 main reason why, which are to convince the reader to start investing in real estate that pays, show the reader how to get started buying deals and to prevent the reader from making the same costly mistakes as Cardone. He also states all the great things about real estate and why it is such a great investment. After all of this he explains his childhood and how he has always been fascinated in real estate. The main reason was because of his dad who was in real estate but he died, when Cardone was at a young age. Cardones mother than had to sell it because it was to much for her to handle. He also talks about how he knew how valuable real estate was at a young age. He would research all the rich and wealthy and see a common denominator which was the owning of real estate. I like Cardone he is very intelligent, hard-working and experienced. When he introduced himself at the beginning of the book it made me feel like I picked the right book. He is also incredibly helpful. Cardone is giving the public years of real estate experience in one book. His role in this book is to teach the reader all about real estate and how to be successful investing in it. He does this from his education in the subject and, more importantly, his experience in the real estate field. After all he is one of the most qualified people to educate people on real estate, owning over a billion dollars of real estate across the world himself. Cardone’s personality intensifies the book and makes it more straight forward. He is a very blunt and intense person. This engages the reader heavily. I like an author like this because it makes me want to keep reading. His success in real estate describes his personality extremely well.

How to Create Wealth Investing in Real Estate

I am currently reading a book all about the ins and outs of real estate. It teaches the specifics needed to help be successful in real estate. I chose this book because I am very interested in real estate and want to learn as much as I possibly can on the subject. The author is Grant Cardone a real estate mogul. He has decades of experience investing in real estate and currently owns over 1 billion dollars in real estate. He started from nothing and now is an extremely successful real estate investor. He continues investing now but also has started trying to teach the public tips on investing. The book starts of by Cardone explaining his own first mistakes investing. His first investment was a $78,000 single family home which he put a $5,000 down and financed the rest. He rented it out to two sisters and was $140 positive per month totaling to $1,680 a year, 33.6% return on his initial investment. But eventually the home had many, many problems occurring, from the toilets, termites and even roaches. Then the sisters moved out and Cardone was stuck trying to find a single tenant. This showed the flaws in this type of real estate. Cardone eventually had to sell it and barely broke even. This experience gave him vital real estate experience and showed him he had a lot to learn. He went back and looked at all the real estate moguls at the time and saw what he did wrong. All of them had created such wealth from owning real estate with multiple tenants rather than one. They could have 10% vacancy and still have positive cash flow but if Cardone had one vacancy he’d be negative. Cardone spent the next 3 years learning everything he could about real estate. Over the last 20 years he has walked tens of thousands of property’s and interviewed hundreds of commercial real estate agents. He gained all his real estate knowledge from hands on experience. After those 3 years he was ready to buy his first real apartment deal. He had the courage, confidence and the cash. His first deal was 48 units. Image result for grant cardone