My 7th Grade Year

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Posted by Joshua W | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on May 6, 2013

This year at Westridge Middle School. has been an exciting one, from friends birthday parties to school dances, yet also a sad one, from my cat’s death and me missing most of football season.

 

This year started out pretty well, I had a lot of fun during the start of football season, I played center and middle linebacker, and went to a lot of out of school activities but then things started going downhill, first I hurt my back at football practice, which took me out for the rest of football and fall baseball season. Then I got a bad grade on a math test which got me grounded until the next math test, two weeks later.

 

Things got back in shape next semester, I got inducted into NJHS and my grades were doing pretty well then, a few weeks back my cat died. Now I just hope the rest of the year gos smoothly. Two weeks left, yay!

 

 

 

 

 

When the Sidewalk Ends

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Posted by Joshua W | Posted in Misc., Music, Uncategorized, Writing | Posted on April 12, 2013

There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we’ll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we’ll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.

I like this poem because of the melancholy, repetitive, tone and mood of it. I also like it because the man who wrote it has many other good poems. The writer talks about things like ‘Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black’. Which sounds desolate and melancholy.

Credit: Shel Silverstein

Forest

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Posted by Joshua W | Posted in Enviroment, Misc., Uncategorized, Writing | Posted on April 10, 2013

Challenge 5
In the forest many things hide. From graceful doe to sneaky foxes, tiny rabbits to mighty bucks. Anything in your imagination may be behind the dark trees in the forest.

In the forest anything you see can be imagination, such as a small owl’s echoing voice may sound like the howl of a coyote in the night. Yet it could also be reality, such as the silhouette of a prancing deer in the distance.

iPad

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Posted by Joshua W | Posted in iPad, Misc., Writing | Posted on March 26, 2013

A few days ago every body in my grade got an iPad, well almost everyone.

There was already a select few kids, including me, that already had iPads. We either got them from home or got one earlier this year through being in double advanced math, I am the later. That entire day I was sitting there playing games while they passed out responsible use forms, what apps to download, and how to set them up. All of which I had already done.

What I learned through this experience is that being special isn’t always the greatest thing.

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Photo Credit: Joshua W.

Paintball

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Posted by Joshua W | Posted in Misc., Sports | Posted on March 20, 2013

Challenge Number 2

Paintball, the best sport in the world for some, the worst for others.

Paintball at some points is painful, others glorious, and all just plain fun. An example of this was when I was playing a five versus five speedball, when all the cover is symmetrical and made of plastic, and I charged two enemies and dove into the cover beside them while my friends outflanked them.

Another awesome thing about paintball is when you play paintball you have the ability to operate really closely with your friend and put paint on your ‘not so’ friends.
An example of this is when I was playing a sixteen versus sixteen capture the flag speedball and while my friend lit up the enemy I saw a kid who I was not the best of friends with who I lit up with a volley of eat shots to the chest.

Paintball is also awesome because you have the ability to play it all year round I played a game at my friends birthday party last winter, a single match during the spring and my birthday party in the summer. Maybe even a game on a fall weekend

Now that you know as much as I can tell you about paintball you should go play a game yourself. See you on the field!!!

10 People

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Posted by Joshua W | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 8, 2013

Challenge Number 1

Ten people I would like to meet and ask questions to are the following are the following:

Johnny Manziel, the Texas A&M quarterback, and how his life would be different without his parents.

Tony Romo, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback, and how he feels from the insults he’s taking for playing badly recently.

Barack Obama, the President of the United States, and what he would have done if he was reelected.

Michael Dell, the founder of Dell, and what he wanted to do as a child.

Leonardo da Vinci, a “Renasaince Man” and what was his inspiration.

Ussain Bolt, the fastest man in the world, and whta his childhood was like.

Albert Einstein and why he chose to help humanity.

Wolfgang Mozart, a famous musician, who helped invent non church music.

George Washington, the first president of the United States, and how hard it was to be president.

Abraham Lincoln, the president who abolished slavery in the United States, and how much stress he was under during the war.

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The Phantom’s Lair

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Posted by Joshua W | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on February 27, 2013

The Phantom’s Lair, a kingdom of isolation, freedom, creativity, and imagination to some. To others a prison of dark, cold, loneliness, and, and despair. Many of the important scenes from The Phantom of the Opera occur in this mysterious, underground, lair.

When you are first introduced to The Phantom’s Lair it is a kingdom. When The Phantom abducts Christine to it he thinks of it as a reward, for performing so well at the opera. This is also where The Phantom is unmasked, where the mood and tone of The Phantom and The Phantom’s Lair is changed.

The second time you are introduced to The Phantom’s Lair it is a prison. When Christine is abducted by The Phantom the second time it is punishment. The walls are peeling, there is old instruments scattered on the ground all look old and in misuse but the one highlight is the organ and the only noise you can hear is the river.

Raoul helps Christine when she is captured but gets noosed by The Phantom and Christine talks to The Phantom and convinces him to let both of them live and releases them shortly after with the whereabouts of The Phantom unknown to everyone but The Phantom himself.    

In the end Christine shows The Phantom what the meaning of life is not just solitary and that there are other people and The Phantom begins to change his ways and Christine and Raoul end up together and everything is happy ever after.

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Darkness

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Posted by Joshua W | Posted in Books, Misc., Writing | Posted on February 14, 2013

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Darkness can be both a gift and a curse. It can be a kingdom of isolation, freedom, creativity, and imagination. It also can be a prison of dark, loneliness, and despair.

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In ‘Music of the Night’ darkness is shown as a place of isolation, freedom, creativity,and imagination by The Phantom of the Opera and tried to convince Christine to think of it as a kingdom.

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But, in ‘The Labyrinth Underground’ darkness is shown as a prison of dark, loneliness, and despair by the same Phantom who earlier thought of it as a kingdom and now abducts Christine to it as a punishment.

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Darkness, either a gift or a curse. A kingdom or a prison. It’s up to you to decide
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Sick Day

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Posted by Joshua W | Posted in Uncategorized, Writing | Posted on January 22, 2013

This weekend I was sick, being dumped into 30- degree Lake Austin didn’t help much. It all stared New Year’s Eve, I went to a party and one of my friend’s dad was sick, just a cough now, he said. That just a cough apparently led to a sinus infection. After a week I thought I was better and stopped taking medicine. Worst, mistake, ever.

After a week I went canoeing on Lake Austin. I had two friends coming on the canoe with me. The entire time one of them said he was hot and kept pouring water in his canoe and we started sinking, he’s not the brightest of all my friends as you can already tell, and then he yelled and jumped out and it flipped, which wasn’t the best thing for my recovering sinus infection.

I Am The One Who…

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Posted by Joshua W | Posted in Books, Food, Sports, Video Games | Posted on October 7, 2012

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I Am The One Who…

…feels at home breathing in the warm air of summer out in my families ranch in east Texas.

…loves the texture of a used baseball throwing the game winning pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning.

…enjoys the taste of warm fresh barbecue as the juices run down my shirt onto my lap.

…slobbers as I blitz the quarter back right before the ball leaves his hand.

…plays video games hours on end after watching a good game of Aggie  football.

…looks forward to the upcoming science project.

…drinks in the math equations my teacher spews out to us.

…wishes to invent the next big device.

…dreams of living back before the age of technology.

…reads historical fiction diligently as I imagine myself as the main character

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