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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Finally Finished!

I am finally done with all of my English 102 stuff. I completed my first paper, where I compared myself to Victor, the main character from The lone ranger and tonto fistfight in heaven. I did my second paper on symbols that exist in the glass menagerie. I think I found that paper to be the easiest for some reason. I did my third paper on abortion, and obviously the story I used as my reference was hills like white elephants. I mainly just used the story as the starting topic and then created an essay from that. I then sent my essay to two pro-choice organizations. My fourth paper was about the how the seven deadly sins were interpreted in the movie seven. I did not really like my final paper but I loved the movie.

All and all I am pretty happy to be almost done with this semester. Tomorrow is my last English class at Richard Bland and I am a little sad. I am really going to miss having Mr. Sweeney. But I can honestly say I am not going to miss writing any more papers.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

English with Sweeney

Ever since I have been at Richard Bland College I have had Sweeney on MWF. Next semester is the first time that I will not be taking English. For the past year or so I have started my days with his class and I will truly miss it. I mean how can you not have a good day when you begin with a game of sporcle?! His classes were one of the best things about Richard Bland.

Mr. Sweeney is the only professor I have met that cares more about what you have learned and the experiences you have rather than a grade. If you do the work you will still get the grade, but that is not what is important. I have learned to think this way about other classes thanks to Sweeney. If I get a B even though I wanted an A, I just ask myself if I got a quality education from it.


When I was 16, I really wanted to get a Celtic knot tattoo. I asked my parents if I could get it at 17 but they said that I would have to wait to make that decision when I was an adult. Four days after my 18th birthday I got my first tattoo. It was the same tattoo I had wanted for 2 years. My parents knew I would get it and they accepted that, but other family members were very mad at me. People said they were disappointed in me because I had marked my body.

Now I am 19 and there are a few others tattoos I have been wanting for a while. The only reason I have not gotten them is because I just do not feel like spending the money. Even after my family members made such a big deal about me getting tattoos, I still never changed my perception of them. I do not think a tattoo makes you a delinquent or any less of a person. If your religion forbids you to get a tattoo then that is your decision. But I believe that only your soul is carried to the after life. It should not matter what is on your body because you can not take your body with you. After you die you will be buried or burned. Your energy will be put back into the earth and will be used by the plants. My wish is to be cremated and spread throughout Ireland and the ocean. What I am trying to say is that when you die your soul leaves you body regardless of the ink that is left behind.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Foster Parent

A few weeks ago, my mom started fostering two hound puppies. Her goddaughter works for a pound and there is no room for the dogs so she asked my mom to foster them until the pound can find permanent owners. At first I was so excited because who doesn't love a puppy. I also thought that they would be adopted within two weeks.

The puppies have been with us for a month now and I have grown very attached. I am extremely torn because I want to keep one for myself so bad. What is worse is the dogs and now attached to my family and I don't know how they would do if they actually were adopted. Luckily my dad has started to become attached as well, so hopefully this means we will be able to keep them.

Rocky Horror Picture Show

My second out of class assignment was a live performance of Rocky Horror. I had never seen the movie so I did not know what to expect, but my friend made me wear a fluffy boas so I would fit in. The show plays once a month at the Movieland in Richmond at midnight. So we went in and found out that it was not only a movie but there was a shadow cast. This means the movie is playing while a cast is in the front row mimicking and imitating everything that happens on screen.

To my surprise, Rocky Horror Picture Show is a musical that has crossdressers and other crazy stuff. Some of the actors I knew like Tim Curry. But the show was very funny and raunchy. The show had partial nudity I would say. They would also involve the audience and sit on your lap. I was brought to the stage and spanked with a paddle because I had never seen the movie. I recommend this show if you want to have a great time and laugh your butt off, but don't be afraid to be touched, spanked, whipped and squirted with a water filled dildo.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Haunted House

For one of my out class assignments, I decided to go to a haunted house. My parents know these people that own a house that has been in their family since 1803 and they were doing ghost tours. The house we went to was off of 460 in Dinwiddie. So we went to this house and learned some of the old customs that would be performed when somebody died.

When we started the tour we went to a room and we were shown pictures of an outdoor wedding, and in the photo you see a ghost on the wall. Come to find out, the woman's picture is on the other side of the wall once your in the house. So she was basically standing where her picture was on the opposite side. Our tour guide then told us to be quiet and then asked if the woman was there with us that night. We did not hear anything, but one of the candles started to flicker. The room did not have electrical lights so candles were all over the room, but one candle in particular began to dance in a way. I can not even describe how the candle began to move, its like the fire was shimmering or convulsing. Of course while this is happening all the other candles are being normal. After that we saw some other rooms and learned some history. We even got to go outside and visit the families graveyard. All in all it was a pretty interesting night.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Glass Menagerie

I just finished the reading the play and I really didn't like it. I thought it would have had more of a story to it. I felt the ending was very anticlimactic. The play was so short that I was left with numerous unanswered questions.

The mother was extremely mean and made me very angry. The sister was also very annoying and whined all the time. I can understand why Tom hated living at home. He was the only likeable character that actually made it bearable to read the play.

I wish the author would have given more details about what happened to the dad. I also wanted to know what happened to the characters at the end. I assume that Laura never married and the mother continued to stay crazy. I am hoping Tom was able to become successful. Then again this is a fictional story so I don't know why I am worried about what happened to the characters. But the story was so awful I am thinking of endings that will make it a little better.