Monday, May 18, 2015

Adventure Guy

               It was a Sunday evening when my grandfather came for his interview (He also told me that this is his second interview , and that his first was about his business, and it was all over in the news letters!) As he came in, we sat at the dinning room table with my mom (Danielle) cooking us something for dinner and my step dad (Dejon) was drilling a whole in the wall for what ever reason.

 Me; Today is April 26th 2015, and today I am interviewing my grandfather. So what is your name?
 Papa; My full name is actually Bradford Grant Cronkright but everyone calls me Pete and have been since I was in grade school, except for my grand-kids, and they call me papa.
 Me; Okay, so what brings you here today?
 Papa; What brings me here today? My truck(laughing). Actually, this was a very important thing to me that I... because I am being interviewed by my grand-daughter I thought that it was very important for me to be here and I'm sorry I couldn't make it sooner.
 Me; Thank you, So what was it like when you were my age?
 Papa; And you are?
 Me; 12 almost 13
 Papa; When I was 12 i got my first horse and I kind of did a  rodeo circus locally, then my horse died so I bought a Harley Davidson . I've been on a steel horse ever since.
 Me; And a Harley Davidson is?
 Papa; Harley Davidson is a motorcycle, the 1950 pan head and it use to be a police bike. My mother didn't know I had it so I had to hide it.
 Me; Did she ever find out?
 Papa; No
 Me; Okay then.
 Papa; I've been afraid of her since I was born.
 Me; So I know that you have your own motorcycle shop for building and repairing motorcycles, so what made you decide to do that for a living?
 Papa; I was actually working for the state of California and I was getting ready to retire and I needed something to do when I retired and it seem how much my passion was for building Harley Davidson's, I decided to start my own shop and it called "Old Skool Motorcycle Shop" because that's what I mostly do is older motorcycles. Since I've opened and I've been open so 10 years now, it seems to be turning up well.
 Me; I know you told me a bunch of stories about the army so what was it like?
 Papa; The army was kind of intimidating at first because military brings you down from who you think you are to what they want you to be. Complaint, using group efforts for single causes, and once you develop that then they put you on a bus, plane, or whatever and send you to a war zone , back when I was in the military and then you do your time then get out and hope your still alive.
 Me; How would you go into the military?
 Papa; When I was in the army I had a draft system, well you didn't have a choice. They sent you a letter and said your up!
 Me; Was it frightening or how did you feel.
 Papa; In the military in the United States  going through training, it was a bit intimidating at times until you got the concept. I think the hardest part was going over seas and then you realized that you weren't coming home again.  Where you able to perform your duties as required by the military and then you watched your back until you hit soil again.
 Me; What generation do you thinking better, mine or yours?
 Papa; Actually I can deal with any of the generations because I am the same age as whoever I'm with so I can relate but when I was raised there was a three digits phone number, it was a party line and you used your phone once a week not every 10 minutes as the meaning for facebook,  tweeter, text message, etc.  If you were late,  you were in trouble. If the street lights come on then you were in trouble because it was too late but we didn't have computers and we only had black and white T.Vs . That's the way I grew up. We learned to except it and it was plenty.
 Me; How was it like in school?
 Papa; School was interesting, it's like you go through school all the way up until high school you kinda personality bucking the system thinking that everything you learned was really kind of non-sense. You left that or I felt that common sense and experience  was more important than learning history.  When all actuality as I grew older, history is the way to learn because if you learn by other actions, mistakes , accomplishments that your just that much further ahead. I didn't really get into school until I got out of service and went back to college and learning was a whole different aspect. At that point I wish that I had fet the same way about learning when I was in highschool. I think I would've learned a lot more if I did.
 Me; How did the teachers act?
 Papa; They were very strict, corporal punishment was in effect at that time so if you were out of line n you got a spanking or pushed against the wall many times. Slapped with rulers across the hand crossed, back, smack in the head so it looks like beard intimidated opposed to what they have now where you're trying to talk to a person and calm them down and relate to their level so you can get them to crop rate with the class. when I was in school they slap you on the head and said straight out, but which is better actually I thought somewhere in between.
 Me; I want to thank you for coming and doing interview.
 Papa; It was my pleasure.
 Me; By the way how old are you?
 Papa;66-67 but act like I'm 21 and I have a sense of humor which gets me out of a lot of trouble sometimes because I am very bad at hearing and hearing things and respond and its nothing what was said.
 Me; OK well thank you very much.
 Papa; Your welcome.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

"Dit" on out of here

        The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had by Kristen Levine, is one of the best book I ever read. So far it talks about a a boy named Harry but everyone calls him Sit.  He got his name when there were these older boys and they were retouching rocks and he was like Dit out of here , so that just made his Nick name but everyone has a nickname in the small town. He has 9 other siblings and hard it is being one of the one that's always being forgotten in the family, his father is always forgetting about Dit. He lives in a small town in Alabama. Every year they get a new postmaster and this year there were supposed to be a postmaster and his son but things got a little changed and it ended up the postmaster and his wife and daughter, Dit was really upset at the fact it was a African American girl named Emma, she was really girly girl who likes to read books,stay neat and tidy, and didn't do any sports for that matter. So we'll just have to see how this all works out.
          So far I think this is a really good book because it's very interesting and it's not about animals or anything fiction, it's a possibility that might of happened in the past when the slaves just became free and the whites were still very judgemental and racist.
          I think that soon Emma and Dit will become amazing friends or even more then that but you never know what can happen. I also think that everyone will hopefully soon stop calling them niggers and just call them by their names that they were given when they were born. And finally I think that Dit might even be noticed by his father when he starts talking to Emma's.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Life of a Songwriter

Isabella Hernandez-Luna
3rd period
The Life of a Songwriter

       The information I wanted to write about in music was examples of two peoples life which were Keri Hilson and Beyonce Knowles, while also writing a little of examples of how the music life works and how time and effort people have to do just to sing to others.
        Keri Lynn Hilson was born December 5th, 1982 in Decatur, Georgia. She started her career at the age of 12, but got her first record deal  at the age of 14. She started off in a girls group band called the D' Signe. After high school she attended at Oxford Collage University and Emory University for three years and studied to be an actor. While she was in college Keri worked as a song writer and background vocalist.
        Beyonce Giselle Knowles-Carter was born September 4th, 1981in Hunston, Texas. She started her career in 1997 with her old band Destiny Child. They eventually broke up in 2005 and Beyonce went on her own path and became a singer/ actress with her 1st child Blue, and her husband Jay-Z.  She moved to New York when she was just a few years old with her best friends Kelly Rowland and La Trivia Roberson. 
         Many singers have had some of  their songs written by other musicians like Beyonce has had a few songs written by Keri Hilson when I thought that many singers would either make their own songs or hire a person to do that for them but I guess that many songwriters are closer than I thought. 
         Keri Hilson and many other singers have a very adventurous and busy lifestyle, with having to go on tours and concerts all the time and spending time with friends and family. Many performers have to make the big decision like that to leave everything to make money for their dream. The tours usually take about a year for Keri Hilson but many celebrities can take longer or shorter like an example is Bob Dylan has been touring around the world since 1988.
          All these artist have a lot in common,  they all did something a lot of people don't really try to set goals for themself and became famous and made their dreams come true. 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Giver crisis

    This week I finished reading and watching the movie The Giver and now I have to decide whether the book or the movie was better.
    I think the movie was really entertaining with all the romance and excitement but the book was also fun to read with all the emotions rolling though my head. The movie is good with all the actions but I think I would choose the book over all because the book stays with the way the author thought of it and published it that way with many ideas she did her self but I don't like the fact how she changed the movie so much from the book. If she didn't change much from the book or she changed the book so it went with the movie because that way their not too different from each other. I mean Jonas is a teen instead of an 11 year old turning 12,  like the fact he has always seen colors in the book but in the movie he just starts to see colors with the Giver showing him and him saying that its not fair for the others to not see the amazing things he feels or sees, or the simple fact that Fiona takes care of babies in the nurturing center instead of the elders home  because that was the beginning of Jonas' s stirrings with that place but he already started the stirrings in the movie and etc.
    Also there is many good parts in the movie that there isn't in the book like how we see everyone crying and stop what their doing because they are gaining back all those memories and they stop just in time to not release (kill) Fiona or when they show the video of Rosemary and the Giver playing the piano or Jonas and Fiona sliding down this stair way thing having the times of their life riding down together, and the romance between Jonas and Fiona and how they kiss.
  The book has several parts that made it better like Jonas dreaming about how he wanted Fiona to get in the bath so he can help her clean which started him with taking the pills or Asher and others were playing war and Jonas went in the middle and stopped playing because it reminded him of the little boy in war and then him and Asher and Jonas ends up getting in a big a fight with Asher which kind of ruining their friendship but I don't think I saw the movie.
   The main reason why I chose the book is because I think that if they put the movie a little similar than the book then maybe they could make a few more movies that would be more exciting and it would kind of show how it would be like if we get more and more greedy about are selfs and it shows how difficult it would be without freedom. I know that no one can deal with that because everyone has different options and no one will have there kids just delivered to them and sign up for a wife or husband so I think it might make some people realize that they can't be so selfish or rude about everything.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

beginning of a new life

Ch 10
   Today Jonas starts him assignment as the new receiver when he went to it he road his bikewith Fiona which worked right next to him at the elders home, when he meets the giver he soon realized that they would have to work a lot and learn interesting things, then all the sudden the giver tells him to lay on his stomach the he puts his cold hands on Jonas's back and shows him something. He gave him a memory of something like a memory of snow and come to find out that no one has ever seen snow in the community besides Jonas and the giver.


Ch 9
   Just leaving the ceremony center everyone would step aside to stay away from jonas because he was separate front the rest even his best friend didn't want to hang out with him because know one was expecting him to be anything that big and unknown. I think what really made me wonder was the rules jonas had to follow for his job which was you may be rude, you can't discuss things with anyone about dreams or life , and you can lie. Maybe they might try to get Jonas a new job or he might be really successful with his job.


Ch 7 and 8
   Its time for the ceremony of all ages 1-12 then the release of the elders and now Jonas is going to be a 12 or adult in a way but the strange part is that they are called by there numbers that where chosen by there nurtures , Jonas was not chosen for a job he was selected and everyone was a little nervous because he is the receiver and they were worried about the last receiver and what happened to her , it was so bad that its against the rules to even say her name. I think its a very nerve racking thing to have to deal with everyone staring at you since you have been selected for a job so "honored". I think that maybe he will do what the last receiver did and he will find out what everything has to do to be so greatly honored.