Sunday, December 23, 2007

Wayne Rooney

Outside Reading Section 5 Post B

In this section Wayne Rooney talks about his metatarsal injury right before the World Cup, his first trophy and his World Cup dreams might coming true. It was amazing to me that the Carling Cup (not a very top class professional trophy)was his first ever serious trophy and that he was delighted with himself about it. The most important part of this section is where you learn about his metatarsal he got in a game against Chelsea right before the World Cup. "It was in Whalley Range Hospital,back in Manchester after the Chelsea game, that it was officially confirmed my metatarsal had gone."(223)He thought he was out of the World Cup for sue but amazingly after being given a "gel boot" to make it heal faster he found that he would be able to play in the World Cup after a scan on his foot. "Eventually, I got called back, and I was told that my foot had fully healed. It was absolutely brilliant news. I could now start full training."(246)The last chapter is basically about him being in a German hotel preparing for the World Cup and being delighted to be with his England teammates. He is so happy because he knows that he will be able to play in the World Cup. Only a few weeks ago he couldn't have dreamed it was possible but his foot healed and he couldn't wait to play in his first World Cup match. This for me, was the best section so far because it had such happy ending.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Outside Reading Section 5 Post A

1. deliberate(217)-carefully weighed or considered; studied; intentional

2. psychology(221)-
1.the science of the mind or of mental states and processes.
2.the science of human and animal behavior.
3.the sum or characteristics of the mental states and processes of a person or class of persons, or of the mental states and processes involved in a field of activity.

One emerging theme in this section is the more you have the more you have to lose. Wayne Rooney looked like he had it all and was going to lead England to their first World Cup victory in forty years. But that summer he fractured his metatarsal and all his World Cup hopes and dreams went down the drain.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Section 4 Post B

In this section Wayne Rooney talks about things like his thirty million pound deal with Manchester United, his relationship with his teammates and coaches, personal life, his gambling problem and his average day as a superstar.

One of my favorite parts of the section is the part when he talks about his personal life. He talks about himself as a regular person and not some kind of superhero. I learned that Wayne Rooney is not a big tough guy like he is potrayed and is actually scared of the dark and is very lonely at times. You also learn that he comes from a very humble family. His mother, for example, still works as a lunch lady because she refuses to live off her son. "Despite having moved into their new house , my mum still enjoys her work at my old school as a dinner lady and earns 287 pounds a month, insisting that she doesn't live off her son." (pg. 174). I think this very respectable and it shows that Wayne Rooney comes from a good family backround.

One of the sad parts in this section is that you learn how viscious the paparazzi has been to Wayne Rooney and his fiancee Colleen."On that trip, one paper bribed a young man to follow Colleen down the street and at a certain moment, run up and kiss her. It was a total set-up, just to make it look as if she was going out with some lad."(pg. 175)This is just awful. It makes you feel very bad for the Rooney family because they don't have alot of privacy at all.

Section 4 Post A

.envious (pg. 152)-adjective- showing extreme cupidity; painfully desirous of another's advantages.

ambitious (pg. 161)-adjective-requiring exceptional effort, ability, etc.

I think that one emerging theme in this section is that money doesn't neccessarily make you happy. In this section Wayne Rooney is now a multi-millionaire but still feels depressed at numerous times. He says alot in the book that it is people who comfort him the most and not money.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Section 3 of Outside Reading: Post B

In this section Wayne Rooney gets asked to play for the sensational England national team at the age of just 17 years old. Making the youngest person to play for England ever. On the day where he got to meet he is nervous and very exited about meeting his soccer legend teammates. "But it was weird seeing all the famous players like Becks, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Frank Lampard and Sol Campell - people whose faces I knew so well, who were so familiar to me, yet I'd never seen before."(pg.111)". This quote sticks out for me because I watch these players just like Wayne Rooney did and to hear Wayne Rooney, a great soccer player, talk about how in awe he was of these players is inspiring. I think this is inspiring because it shows that Wayne Rooney is a regular guy just like me and that if I work hard I might be able to see these players too. This is the part of the section I really liked. He talks about the joys of playing soccer like meeting the heroes of your youth and plating alongside them. The rest of the section is about things that are bad about soccer. Thing like greed, corruption and hatred. Almost all of these things are about the money in soccer. It pleased me when Wayne Rooney said that he is not one of those people who really cares about money or clothes or contract deals with NIKE. It is nice to know that the things he most cares about are the basic things like family, friends and having fun playing soccer.

Section 3 of Outside Reading: Post A

. apprentice (pg. 103)- a person who works for another in order to learn a trade.

. incentive (pg. 113)- n. Something, such as the fear of punishment or the expectation of reward, that induces action or motivates effort.

. An emerging theme in this section is trust only ones that are closest to you or you will be history in no time. When Wayne Rooney was just starting out in soccer, he got ripped off many times because he was so trusting but he learnt his lesson.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Debate Post

. School team debates
. School team debates usually occur in school auditoriums or in school theater.
. The purpose school debates serve is to learn how to debate or to express your opinion about a certain subject in an argumentative way in a educational way,
. Yes it usually does help arrive at a better decision.
. The debate is usually structured with rules, time limits and such.
. It usually make the decision making process more difficult mentally because there is a lot of pressure for time, competition and lack of experience debating.

. Civil Court debates
. Civil Court debates usually occur in civil courts (hence the name)with a judge.
. The purpose of civil debates is usually to decide how much money someone owes another person when they do something bad to them with evidence.
. Yes it does help arrive to a better decision usually but sometimes it doesn't (like in the movie Civil Action).
. The debate is structured because it has rules and sometimes has time limits also.
. It makes it difficult to debate sometimes because they have to remember all sorts of rules and have to really think about what they say because a mistake can hurt his/her case.

. Criminal Court debates
. Criminal Court debates usually occur in courts with a judge.
. The purpose of criminal court debates is to decide whether or not the criminal is guilty with evidence.
. Yes it does help arrive to a better decision usually but sometimes the criminal is innocent when he is really guilty or vice versa.
. The debate is structured with time limits etc.
. It makes it difficult to debate because there are many rules and you have think about what you say or it could hurt the case.

. Sport debates
. These debates can occur all over the place like in cars, lunchrooms classrooms etc.
. The purpose these debates is to decide who is the best sports team, player, coach etc.
. Usually it helps arrive to a better decision but often it comes down to who is th best debater on these sort of things.
. This type of debate is unstructured because it has no rules.
. This can effect the decision making process because anything can be said no matter how outrageous or inappropriate (like saying that the Vikings are the best team in the country.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Section 2 Post B

This is a section that really relates to me. It relates to me because it is mainly about Wayne Rooney's early teenage years. In this section he talks about things like young love, his soccer success and just normal things that he would do as a teenager. One of the things I found interesting was that he would things just like me when he was my age. He would do simple stuff like going to movies with friends, play alot of soccer and watch alot of TV. This section also shows that he is not perfect and does make bad decisions. I found this out on page 61: "During that difficult year, I seemed to develop a terrible temper and found myself getting into lots of fights on the pitch. If I made a mistake, I would throw myself into a tackle and commit a foul, or if some bigger older lad on the other team was trying to rough me up, I'd react and punch him one."(61). This ,to me, shows the bad side of Wayne Rooney who has been known in his later years to react violently to things that occured on the pitch. This happens to me sometimes too. When I'm playing soccer and I miss a tackle or make a mistake I get angry at myself and also at the opposing team. So I would be a little to rough for the referee's liking and would get a card. I remember watching one game Wayne Rooney played a few years ago where he got into a fight with his own teamate in the middle of a game. For me, that is a little to outrageous but it is understandable. Sometimes I get really frustrated with my teamates and yell at them in the middle of the game.

Section 2 Post A

. "Osgood- Schlatter Disease" (61)-Osgood-Schlatter is defined by a characteristic soreness and swelling at the tibial tuberosity. It usually originates in those between the ages of 10 and 15 who are both physically active and in a "growth spurt". If unresolved it can be painful, of long duration, and have permanent detrimental effects both on the bone, as well as on a young athlete’s potential for both immediate performance and future college scholarships.

"Assessment" (58)- 1. The act of assessing; appraisal.
2. An amount assessed, as for taxation.

.One emerging theme in the book is to not let anyone judge you for being to small or different and if they do prove them wrong.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Section 1 Posts A and B

Post A
. rosette (pg. 31)-a rose-shaped arrangement of ribbon or other material, used as an ornament or badge.
adjudge (pg.40)-to declare or pronounce formally; decree.

."I was about average size and weight, but some of the kids in the Everton Under-10's were much bigger than me" (pg.39) This is signifigant quote because because Wayne Rooney had to deal with people much bigger than him his whole life. He was only 16 when he scored a goal in the most difficult soccer league in the world, playing against big and tough defemder when he was a literally a kid.

. I think that one emerging theme in the book is if you work hard and make the right decisions, you can be the best.

Post B
The first section basically describe Wayne Rooney's childhood, his family and his early intrest and excellence in soccer. One of the things I really found inspiring
occured on page 52: "Sadly, some of the kids I knocked around with on the estate became addicts. There's one or two I see now, when I go back- they're still on drugs and look terrible. It was partly wanting to be fit for football, that was one reason I never got involved, and also because I was scared my mumwould find out. She would have battered me, although more likely my dad and uncles." (52). Wayne Rooney is one of those role models who keep you off things like drugs and alcohol because you know that if you work hard and stay off those things you may, someday, be as successful as Wayne Rooney.

I can really connect to Wayne Rooney when he talks about his childhood in England because I was a kid living in England. Things like the English culture and lifestyle of a child is something I am really familiar with and makes this section a very joyful and nostalgic read. In England, when your a kid, the thing to do was buy lots of candy (they call them sweets across the pond)when you got your allowance and hord them for later. When Wayne Rooney recalled these evenings of getting sweets, it brought back delightful memories of myself going to the post office down the road and buying all sorts of chocolate and candy. It great experience reacalling those old memories. It is so difficult nowadays with my busy lifestyle to sit back and think of those precious memories but it is great when I do.

Outside Reading Quarter 2, 2007-2008

Monday, November 12, 2007

Quarter 2 Book Approval

. "Wayne Rooney: My Story So Far" by Wayne Rooney.
. 2006
. 299 pages long.
. This book is nonfiction.
. After reading some reviews on the book the book is supposed to talk about the pressures of being soccer player not only the glory of it. Things like drugs, partying ,gambling etc. It is also supposed to written in the words of an Englishman in the lower middle class with all sorts of English slang. Understanding the slang will be a challenge in itself.
. I chose the book because I play soccer and I know that Wayne Rooney is a very good soccer player so I thought that it would be and interesting read.

Quarter 2 Book Approval

Sunday, October 28, 2007

The Sea Inside Assignment: Post 3

Post 3

Refer to your notes on camera technique, camera angles, and camera movement. What scenes, in particular, do you remember where the film technique underscored meaning and added to the message the director was sending? Describe the shot, its significance, and its meaning in detail.

There are numerous scenes in the movie that use camera angles and technique to underscore meaning and send messages for the movie. During the opening scene they use a particularly long pedestal shot of the beach where Ramon was hurt to show that this is a place of high importance. Many times during the book they use a tilt at a downward angle when people are talking to Ramon to make him seem weak and small in specific scenes. In another important scene, where they show Ramon jumping into the water, they use a dramatic oblique camera angle shown from the top to show that this scene is different and it is a scene. When normal people are talking to each other the director usually uses medium shots but when people are talking to Ramon they use close-ups. This is probably because Ramon is usually lying down so they just show his face and there are people who are talking to him are very close to him. They use a lot of long establishing shots to establish setting like Ramon's house or other locations.

Assignment for The Sea Inside: Post 2

Post 2

Compare and contrast The Sea Inside to The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. What similarities and differences do you notice? In your opinion, which was more powerful?

There are a few similarities between The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and The Sea Inside. One is quite obvious, both of the stories main characters, Ramon and Bauby, are quadriplegics. Another similarity is that there are many people that love the main characters. For Ramon, it is people like his family, Julia and his lawyers. For Bauby, it is people like his father, children and his numerous friends. A final similarity is that neither Ramon or Bauby particularly enjoy life. They are forced to live, as Ramon put it, without dignity.

There are also differences between The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and The Sea Inside. One of the main ones is that in the movie, The Sea Inside, Ramon has the ability to talk and in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Bauby is unable to talk and is only able to communicate through blinking his left eye. Another difference between the two stories is that Ramon makes it clear that he wants to die and Bauby doesn't really say much at all about him wanting to die. A final difference between the two stories is that they have two completely different plots. Bauby's story is basically about his memories, dreams, and daily routines as a quadriplegic and Ramon's is about him trying to get the right to die.

For me, The Sea Inside seemed to be more powerful. I think it was more powerful because you got to see what Ramon looked like and hear what he sounded like. You got to know what his surroundings truly looked like and to see what the people he interacted looked like. In The Diving Bell and The Butterfly, you never got to truly picture what everything was like and to truly experience what was going on. That is why I found the The Sea Inside to be more powerful because you got to see everything and feel like you were there with Ramon.

Assignment for The Sea Inside: Post 1

Post 1

What is your general reaction and response to the film? What do you think of Ramon's request for assisted suicide, the court's response to him, and his eventual actions? What do you think of his friends who agreed to help him?

My general reaction to the film was that it was very sad. The film was filled with such tragedy and pain not only of Ramon but of his family and friends who support him. Ramon 's desire to die was was killing Ramon's family because they all loved him so much. There are many scenes in the movie that could make you cry. Scenes like when Ramon is saying goodbye to his nephew or when he actually kills himself. There is one scene that I find particularly sad, when Ramon's lawyer speaks to Julia by the beach. Julia is a completely different person than she was before. She doesn't remember anything, not even Ramon and she looks at the lawyer, looking very confused. This to me is very sad because it was so awful how she didn't even remember Ramon who was a huge part of her life and to see the astonished look on the lawyer's face when she realizes that Julia has forgotten Ramon was one of the saddest parts in the movie.

My response to Ramon's request for suicide is that if I was like Ramon I would probably like to die. He puts it very well when he says that living as a quadriplegic is like living without dignity. I don't feel that there is much wrong with his request because he is a smart man and he truly wants to die and has been waiting 28 years to die. I think the court's response to his request was a wrong one. I understand that it was illegal in Spain to commit suicide or assist in suicide but I think if they let Ramon speak they would have let him kill himself. If they would have let him speak they would have found how smart and mentally stable Ramon was and that might have changed the courts eventual decision. I think his eventual actions were a last resort and I think Ramon did his very best to make sure that nobody got sent to jail because of it. I find it very sad how Ramon had to wait in pain for 28 years and that his last resort for suicide was something he could do all along.

I think that his friends that assisted him in suicide did the right thing as friends. They could see that Ramon wanted to die very much and they gave him his wish. I think it was very risky because they could of all gone to jail for a long time.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Outside Reading: Final

Post 1: Summarize your final part of the book.

At the beginning of chapter 20, the climbers make there way down to camp 2 where the conditions are much warmer and bearable to the climbers as on higher up on the mountain. They organize a helicopter to pick up Makalu Gau and Beck Weathers which is very difficult because the icefall is very dangerous for helicopters. The helicopters ends up picking up both of them safely though. Krakauer begins to feel very sad towards the end of the chapter when he truly begins to realize all the friends he had lost up on the mountain. At the beginning of chapter 21, the climbers descend to base camp wher climbers with the worst injuries are taken to hospital by helicopter. Hours later, the group travels to Namche Bazaar where they get a flight on an old airplane to Kathmando where many Japonese climbers ask them about the death of Yasuko Namba which was big news in Japan. Some of the questions Krakauer couldn't answer because he was too emotional. Doug Hanson's family meet Krakauer at the airport and Krakauer gives them Hanson's belonging's and is to emotional to say anytrhing to them at all. Krakuer blames the disaster moslty on the arrogance of inexperienced climbers whose mistakes on the mountain would end up fatal. Krakauer ends the chapter and the book by describing other disasterous expeditions where climbers suffered from mostly alltitude sickness or by being caught in a storm and died.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Outside Reading :Week 5: Post 2

Post #2: Summarize part 5 of your outside reading memoir book. Also, write a personal reaction to the reading of part 5 that is 200 words or more.

The beginning of section 5 of Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer innvolves the day after the horrible storm. Krakauer asks numerous climbers about who they might think are dead or missing. When he talks to Steve Adams he finds out that the guy he thought was Andy Harris last night was actually Steve Adams. This horrifies Krakauer because he had already contacted Harris' girlfriend saying Harris was fine and also that Harris was his good friend and is probably dead. Krakauer then goes onto describe the story of Rob Hall and Scott Fischer who were stuck on the mountain the night before. They are both stuck in the mountain in the storm without oxygen and are to exhausted to move. There are two search parties sent out to look for them but they are unsuccessful. They both end up dead. Krakauer then goes onto describe the story of two Japonese climbers and two Indian climbers. The Indian climbers were stuck near the summit without oxygen and to exhausted to move in the storm when two Japonese climbers walked right past them not helping them in any way in order to reach the summit. Krakauer then moves forward to the day after the storm again. Realising that most of his fellow group members were dead he goes searching for bodies with a group. Amazingly, they find two climbers that are still alive but are in critical condition, Beck Weatthers and Namba. Hutchtinson, a member of Krakauer's group decides that they are in an unfit state to descend and to leave them there and send help up there later. That night though something amazing happens. Beck Weathers thought to be dead by then, summoned the energy to descend to camp four in the middle of another terrible storm. Krakauer,in awe, and other group members give him lots of coffee and blankets. There is a storm that night far worse than the one on the night of the disaster that rips Weathers' tent to shreads. Miracoulously, she is still alive in the morning (the storm was so loud that nobody could hear him screaming.

The two things I really reacted to in this section were the Japonese climbers ingnoring the Indian climbes and when Beck Weathers summoned energy to descend to camp 4. When the Japonese climbers left Indian climbers while they concentrated on climbing the mountain, I really thought that was the saddest part of the book. It shows that people can be so selfish and evil at times. All those climbers cared about was reaching the summit, if they had any bit of goodness in them at all they would have those other climbers. It really angers me when people do things like that because I can't stand selfish people.

The other thing I rally reacted to was when Beck Weathers returned to camp 4 against all odds. It showed me that Weathers was a person of great mental and physical strength and I really respect those qualities. Also the shear amazingness of it all . Most of the climbers thought that she was going to die in a few hours they didn't even consider Weathers moving at all let alone walk all the way down to camp 4. I love stories like these because they are real and show you that physical and mental strength can you through some pretty tough situations.

Outside Reading: Week 5: Post 1

Post #1: Read two other students' blogs and comment on their blog about their level of insight in regards to their memoir, their blog in general and also something they could improve upon. If two comments have been submitted for a blog, go on to a different blog to comment.

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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Outside Reading: Week 4

Post #1: As we did in class with The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, find one or two quotes from your memoir that you find compelling or telling of the tone of the story. Write the quote in your post, attribute it to the author, cite the page and the title of the book. Next, explain why that quote is so important to the book and struck you as so important.

"At 29,028 feet up in the troposphere, so little oxygen was reaching my brian that my mental capacity was that of a slow child. Under the circumstances, I was uncapable of feeling much of anything except cold and tired" Page 6 of Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer.

I think the quote is so important to the book because it shows that it is so hard to get to the summit of Everest that when you actually get there you are to tired and exhausted to celebrate or even feel good for a few minutes. I think this quote truly shows you how hard it is to reach the summit of the biggest mountain in the world. I found it really hard to believe that Krakauer didn't feel particularily grreat under the circumstances. I would normally think that reaching the summit of Everest would be one of the best feelings in the world.

Post #2: Summarize part 4 of your outside reading memoir book.
In the beginning of this section Krakauer's group makes there final accent from base camp to camp 2. They spend a sleepless night there before ascending to camp three and later on camp where a large crowd of well over fifty climbers have set up camp. Then the day comes to climb the summit. Krakauer reaches the summit before many other climbers but is to exhausted to feel really good about it. As he descending he sees that he is running out of oxygen and he is constantly frustrated by the traffic jams of climbers that slow him down on his way to camp 4. Andy Harris catches up to him after he reaches the summit and Krakauer points out to him where camp 4 is. By now the weather is awful and with many climbers running out oxygen, there fait looks dim.
Stuart Hutchinson goes out to bang pots together to help climbers find there way to base camp with the low visability of the storm but few turn up. In the end some climbers die less than one thousand feet from base camp.

Jon Krakauer

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Monday, October 8, 2007

Homework- October 8, 2007

For me, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly was a very good book. Time and time again people said to me how confusing it was paticularily with his random dreams that are scattered throughout the book. That is one of the things I liked the most about the book. I am a very focused reader. When I read, I go into a zone where I just concentrate on the book. In The Diving Bell and the Butterfly you really have to concentrate. To know that his adventures of being in a Napoleonic battle or being a pilot of an airplane are just dreams. I just had to keep reminding myself that Jean-Dominique was a quadripilegic and it was impossible for him to do these things.

Another one of the things I enjoyed the most about book was its simplicity. There were very few words that I didn't understand. In some books there would be tons of words that I didn't understand at all and it would damage my understanding the story. The one thing I disliked about the book was that the ending was, in my opinion to short. I don't like when books abruptly end with "and that was my story" or "I hoped you enjoyed my story" because it doesn't really leave you anything to grasp onto and say what a great eding to a great book. Overall, I would say this is one of the best books I have read all year and I have read alot. What makes it so good is that it is very well written by a guy who was forced to right by blinking his left eye.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Section Three of Memoir Project: Part 2

1) Write a journal entry post of the entire book up to this point. Discuss the book's strengths and weaknesses in your mind; talk about your feelings about the issues brought up; relate the book to real life and perhaps your own life; make predictions; discuss your feelings related to the book.

This book, so far, seems very good. It has alot of strengths and also some weaknesses. One strength is that is very interesting. There is something interesting on each page which makes easy to read. Another strength is that it is very educational. Every chapter is packed with useful facts and things like science and chemistry. The one weakness I see in the book is that you know what the climax is going to be. On the front cover it says "A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster". That tells you basically the basic plot of the book. That a bunch of people climb a mountain and die while doing it.

My main reaction from the book so far comes from Chapter 8 where Fischer's Sherpa, Nagwang gets sick with altitude sickness. The doctor at basecamp sends people up to help but he refuses any oxygen because he didn't want to tarnish his reputation as a Sherpa. This amazes me because this is a man close to death and all he could care about was his reutation. To me this shows great strength but also great stupidity because living is most important and your reputation doesn't even come close. I feel that this guy should be respected. I showed me that in real life you should always have your priorities in order.

My predictions for the book is that most people of the people in Krakauer's group is going to die from a terrible storm and that there is going to be a shortage of bottled oxygen which will cause alot of problems.

Outside Reading: Section 3; part 1

Chapter 8
In this chapter Hall decides that Krakauer's group should spend a few days at camp 1 and 2 in order to get used to the thin airand how high up they are. Krakauer is one of the first to get to Camp 1 and he finds it really hard to set up camp. After a night at Camp 1 they begin their 4 mile journey to camp 2. The freezing weather turns really hoy when the sun begins to reflect off the glacier. Krakauer then sees a dead body Iof a sherpa. When they reach camp 2 they see that it consists of 120 tents. They spend two nights there and it is very hard because of the high altitude. They then descend to base camp where the doctor gets a message from Ngawang, one of Fischer's. He has come down with HAPE, a form of altitude sickness. They send doctors up to help him down because the only cure for HAPE is to descend the mountain as quickly as possible. When they offer him bottled oxygen, he refuses even having altitude sickness becuse he as afraid it would tarnish his reputation as a good Sherpa. He reluctantly descends the mountain but later dies in hospital.

Chapter 9
In this chapter Krakauer's group goes from camp 2 to camp 3 which is at 24,000 feet. They spend a few days there. When they begin there decent the temperature is 40 degrees below zero. Krakauer underdresses expecting there to be alot of solar radiation. There isn't. Krakauer hands and feet go numb and other members of his group are suffering fom frostbite and other ailements. At base camp everybody is in a bad mood and Hall starts a big argument with the South American climbing team. Everyone hears then about Ngawang's death. Lopsang, Hall's sherpa, descends the whole mountain to see him and then reassends but is completely exhausted.

Chapter 10
In this chapter Krakauer makes another ascend to camp 3 and it is extremely difficult. Krakauer then goes on to describe the mistake of Beth Weathers who decided to climb the mountain in a set of of new boots and had great difficulty climbing. At camp 3 again he develops a form of altitude sickness and is miserable for days with coughing that separated his ribs and an awful headache. At camp 3 they are about 1 vertical mile beow the summit and Hall makes plans to reach the summit on May 10, a very successful and lucky day for summiting Everest.

Biography of Jon Krakauer
He was born Oregon in 1954 where he was introduced to climbing as a child. He went to Hampshire college where his love of writing and adventure made a great combination. In 1996 he summited Everest in one of the most disastorous expeditions ever. In 1998 for General-Fiction hee won the Pulitzer prize and also recieved an Academy Award for Literature. His two most famous books Into Thin Air and Into the Wild won numerous awards. Today he is contributing-editor of Outside Magazine and lives with his wife in Seattle.

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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Post 2 of Into Thin Air

10 Loaded Words
1."bed-wetting liberals"
- This phrase is loaded because it gives off a strong emotional feeling. Many people could find this very offensive and myself as a reader thinks that that it gives a negative charge.
- These words were found on page 43 and Krakauer uses these words to describe the political opinions of Limbaughesque on minimum wage.

2. "amputated"
- This word is loaded because it gives off a very strong negative emotional effect to the reader.
- This word is also found on page 43 and Krakauer uses it to describe what happend to Mike Groom in 1987 when he was climbing a different mountain and his toes were so frostbitten that they had to be amputated.

- This word is loaded anything to do with death is usually highly emotional. When a reader thinks of death it usually has a negative effect on them because death is a sad thing.
- This word is found on page 49 and Krakauer uses it when he tells us that 2 of every 500 trekkers who passed through Periche die of altitude sickness.

4. "human feces"
- These words are loaded because they are very emotional. When a reader thinks of human feces it has a strong negative effect on them because they are usually grossed out at the thought of it.
- This word is found on page 52 and describes the filthy village they had to stay in before going to base camp and the what the villagers were forced to do with only four overflowing stone toilets in the entire village.

5. "blood"
- this word is loaded something like blood is emotional. It usually gives an negative effect on the reader because it grosses them out or reminds of them of pain or death.
- This word is found on page 54 and Krakauer uses it to describe a incident that occured on Mount Everest when an inexperienced climber slipped and fell head over heels leaving a trail of blood behind him.

6. "cannabis"
-This word is loaded because cannabis a very emotional word because illegal drugs are highly controversial and cause alot of trouble often among high schoolers. It usually gives an negative effect to the reder because it is illegal.
- This word is found on page 64 and Krakauer uses it when he is describing Scott Fischer who smoked alot of cannabis.

7. "vomiting"
- This word is loaded because it is emotional. When a reader thinks of vomiting they probably think of the last awful experience in which they had to encounter it themselves.
- This word is found on page 82 and Krakauer uses it to describe what he did when he was very sick from altitude sickness.

8. "money"
- This is a loaded word because it is emotional. When a reader hears the word money they probably think of how nice it would be to have alot of it. Therefore, it usually has a positive effect on the reader.
- This word is found on page 84 and Krakauer uses it to describe how he made more money writing at home than he did writing about climbing mountains.

9. "poverty-stricken"
-This is a loaded words because it is emotional. When a reader hears it they tend to feel sad. When I hear the words poverty-stricken I think of homeless people which saddens.
-This word is found on page 89 and Krakauer uses it to describe Earl Denman who very unsuccessfully attemted to climb Mount Everest in 1947.

10. "blood-chilling"
-This word is loaded because it is very emotinal. When reder thinks of omething that is "blood-chilling" they usually think of something that is terrifying. It therefore, has a negative effect on the reader.
- This word is found on page 99 and Krakauer uses it describe Ken Owen's experience of Altitude sickness at Periche.

Short Summary of Section

This section of the book is mostly about the early part of Krakauer's journey to the summit. When his expedition arrives in Nepal they begin their journey to base camp. One there first stops is in a village it is so filthy and disgusting that smell of human feces is permanent no matter where you go. When they get to base camp Rob Hall wants them to get used to the altitude so each day he would take them higher up the mountain and then back to base camp. Tenzing goes ahead of the expedition and then calls Rob Hall saying that he is having trouble walking , breathing and is coughing up blood. Hall knows this altitude sickness so he sends a doctor up there to help him. Tenzing denies having Altitude sickness at all because he is afraid that it will ruin his reputation as a guide. They are finally able to get Tenzing down the mountain and to a hospital with the help of 39 Sherpas. Krakauer goes on to describe Scott Fischer a very good climber and man with good looks and personality made him friends immediatly. He was competing with Rob Hall for guiding clients up the mountain.

Reactions To The Section

My one main reaction in this section is about Tenzing. Tenzing, a guide in one of the Everest expeditions goes ahead of his group. Later on he radios Hall to tell himthat he is coughing up blood, is not breathing well and is having trouble walking. Hall knows right away that he is suffering from Altitude sickness so he sends a docter to help him and take him down the mountain. When the doctor gets there Tenzing refuses the oxygen and very reluctantly is taken down the mountain stating that he doesn't have Altitude sickness at all because he is so afraid that will ruin his reputaition as a good guide. This shows me that he cares so much about his reputation and providing for his family that he doesn't reall care about saving his own life. This shows me that he is very brave and although refusing help was stupid, it showed great strength.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Summary of Section 1 of Into Thin Air

The book begins in the middle of the chapter with Krakauer at the summit of Everest. He doesn't notice it to be that great because he is so tired. He sees a few unthreatening clouds in the distance. He then begins his descent with his oxygen tank runnig low. Harris, a member of his climbing group catches up to him. Krakauer asks him to turn his oxygen off so he would have enough for him to descend to base camp. Harris is so mentally impaired that he turns the oxygen all the way up. Krakauer feels suprisingly good for about 10 minutes and then he suddenly feels awful. He then realizes tha Harris turned up his oxygen. He would have to descend fast. He tries to descend as quickly as possible but is stopped by a group of cheering climbers from another expedition. He is frustrated and pushes through them cussing and fussing as he lost more and more oxygen. He finally reaches base camp.

The next chapter switches over to the History of Everest. In 1852, in India , the surveyor general calculated that Everest was the highest mountain in the world. The legend of Everest is born. The book then describes the numerous attempts to climb Everest and that each time was a failure. Then, in 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary, a New Zealander and Tenzing, a native reached the summit. It then switches over to how much loved to climb and about Outside Magazine giving him an offer to climb it which he couldn't refuse.

The next chapter talks about Rob Hall, Andy Harris and the commercializatin of the mountain. Rob Hall and Andy Harris who had both previously climbed the mountain were offering regular people the chance to reach the summit for $65,000 a head. When Sir Edmund Hillary publically humiliates Hall for saying that what they were doing to Everest was wrong he was really hurt. Shortly after, Andy Harris, Hall's best friend died in his arms on one of the expeditions. But Hall kept going.


My main reaction in this section is about something that happened at about the first page of the book. When Krakauer describes not feelong particularily special when he was on top of the world. I understand that he is in pain (with two separated ribs from coughing so much) but I would be so happy not just that I did one of hardest thing in the world but happy with relief. I would normally expect reaching the top of the worlds tallest mountain as one of the greatest feeling in the world but the way Krakauer describes it. It doesn't seem that great at all. It kind of ruined my interpretation of what reaching the summit of Everest would be like.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

1. A link to the essay

2. Author

3. Title
Stress Yields a Sweeter Life

4. One sentence of what the belief is

I believe that an atmosphere of stress and chaos — within reason — brings out my best qualities.

5. 2 examples from the story that showed their belief
Any right-minded consultant would have advised against the exhausting, under-capitalized and dysfunctional venture my garden expanded into. But the work brought rewards.

I believe in managed stress. It sweetens the tomatoes. I like to think it sweetens me, too.

6. 1 favorite passage
I don't know who suffered most early on, me or my tomatoes. The stress was tough on both of us: tomatoes ripening faster than I could pick them, tomatoes exploding beneath the ruthless sun.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

One goal for myself in my softmore year... is to meet new friends. With kids from Valley View being in my environment I want to get to know and be friends with some of them. The Valley View kids seem really nice so far and I know that some them can make great friends. I also want to meet my friends from elementary school who decided to go to Valley View four years ago.
The thing I am most anxious about Edina High School is... finishing the amount of school work that I will be getting. I have heard from all my teachers that this is going to be much harder year academically than any other year. This really makes me anxious because I don't know if I will have enough time to finish my work. I have soccer after school every day of the week for about 3 hours. This takes up a huge chunk of time I could be using doing homework. I know I shouldn't be anxious because tons of kids who do after school activities like me do great. Hopefully, It will all work out.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Hi! My name is Sean