When I was a young child, I was friends with the little girl next door. She was a real “know it all.” Since her father owned a construction company, she knew a lot about things that small children usually aren’t that interested in. Permeable paving comes to mind. We were walking one afternoon on the sidewalk outside of her house, skipping and initially having a jolly old time. She asked me if I knew whether we were walking on nonporous or porous material, and I of course had no idea. She laughed at me and told me I was stupid for not knowing what kind of paving was on my very own street. I had never felt so dumb and uninformed before in my life. Of course, I was only seven years old at the time. Luckily for me, I lost contact with that little girl when I went to a different middle school several years later.
January 13th, 2016
January 5th, 2016
There’s going to be Star Wars spoilers in here, people. You have been warned.
The Force Awakened was a home run. I don’t think anybody can dispute that. The one thing that tears at me, even after seeing the movie a second time, is the death of Han Solo. It is not so much that he died, but the way that he died.
Han Solo was a smuggler. To me, if he’s going to die, it should be in some kind of epic scenario where he has three different groups of aliens chasing after him. He should die pulling off one last epic con and helping out his friends in the process.
I don’t need a horde of Star Wars brand ambassadors London hunting me down. The movie was great, Harrison Ford was perfect, but in the end it didn’t quite feel right. Han Solo, concerned dad? That just doesn’t ring true to me.
November 18th, 2015
When I was younger, we used to complain about how hot is would get during the summer. Then we would go crazy turning up the portable fans as high as they would go! Luckily, we do not live in the twelfth century any more. Our new family home is modern and it has a working air conditioning Manchester unit! I know that today this is not a big deal. However, in Europe, many people do not have an AC unit. They suffer through the heat as they have done for decades! I do not know how those people do it! I am dying if it is over seventy degrees outside! I am so glad we live in a country that has an AC unit in each house! I do not know how people in the past put up with it. America is seriously the most modern and convenient place to live in the world!
August 25th, 2015
I know what I have done with all of my trash in the past — throw it away! Hardly ever do we pass by landfills, or recycling centers, and most of us never stop to think that we could recycle our trash. After all, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
Like many responsible adults, I have a few bottles of beer after work, or a glass of wine with my dinner three or four times a week. I usually collect all my trash, throw it in a trash bag, then throw that bag into my garbage can – and that’s the last I see of them.
Recycling these glass bottles can not only save the Earth’s well-being, but can also net you some extra money (depending on your state of residence).
I suggest making use of recycled glass media yourself. Good luck!
August 20th, 2015
It was a gambler’s dream. The lights everywhere, all the promotional girls, the hotel attendants catering to your every need. And, of course, the rooms, completely free and full of liquor. To enter, however, the minimum bet was $1,000. Doug had wanted to go for so long. A professional gambler since he turned old enough, he had saved all his life for this one moment of glory. Proudly, he marched into the atrium like Alexander marching towards conquering the world. “Good evening, sir, please let our attendants take your bags”, said a red-vested man. “We’ll get you checked in and a drink, where would you like to gamble first?” “Blackjack!” said Doug as he handed over his bags and marched proudly over to the table. As the night wore on, the red-vested man realized he was in trouble. Doug, having years of experience, took the house for $19,000.
August 6th, 2015
I was talking with a friend the other day about my aching back. She convinced me to try a form of body adjustment known as thai massage Liverpool. Well, I must admit that I was kind of skeptical about the whole thing. My friend is in to all this new age stuff, but I wasn’t. Still, I thought that I would give it a go.
I checked out a local health spa that was offering a special on the massage. This was a two for one deal. This was my first massage and my first visit to a beauty spa. The massage therapist was kind of small and delicate, but strong. She spent well over an hour stretching my entire body. I could feel my bones popping and almost bending. It was the strangest experience that I have ever had, but I will be back for more next week.
July 26th, 2015
It is a bittersweet time for my husband and I. He accepted a job offer in a new city. It is a better-paying job, and we are excited about moving to another city. However, we are nervous about what the future holds. We are also in the process of selling the home we have lived in for the past 15 years.
Before we put our home on the market, we took the time to fix it up. We spent about $20,000 on remodeling our home. We knew that if we upgraded our home, then it would have a better chance of being sold. We purchased new appliances and porous paving materials.
Even though it hurts to be leaving the home we have lived in for so long, my husband and I know that we will always be a family, regardless of where we live.
July 14th, 2015
One of the most confusing struggles for young people is defining what, exactly, their sexuality is. There is a certain societal pressure to be able to strictly define levels of attraction. Coupled with the complexity of sexuality in general and the difficulty of defining oneself in an environment that is less open towards non-normative attraction, this can make defining sexuality a particularly difficult thing to do.
Many youth are open to experimentation and hesitant to put themselves into the box of ‘lesbian’, ‘gay’, or ‘bisexual’ for a variety of reasons. They might be uncomfortable identifying with that particular part of the LGBTQ community, for example. Although there are different types of gay men and gay dating, this is not necessarily readily apparent to a young person without much exposure to the community who has learned all he knows from watching television.