As some of you may or may not know, it is around that time of year where Bauer hockey releases a new stick. This is very important to many people. Myself, I have been using Bauer sticks since before I can remember and I feel that there is just something about them that puts them above all others. Anyways, Bauer has three lines of equipment, Nexus, Supreme, and Vapor. This years stick, has come out of the Nexus line, which is interesting for me because, I have never used a Nexus line stick before. I ended up having two Nxg's (the Nxg is the supreme line from two years ago) and then getting an Apx 2 this past year (the Apx 2 is a Vapor line). Anyways, i have heard great things about the nexus line but have never actually used a stick that was in the Nexus line. So, the Nexus 8000 came out a few days ago and I went out and got one, like a lot of other people have also, and, I can say that I really am a fan of this stick, it has nice, mid kick technology, and is also very light, and very easy to work with. The only other thing is how long will the stick last, will it lose its pop soon, or will it keep it for a while. Overall this stick is great, some would say one of Bauers best.
The possibilities down her in Marco Island, Florida are endless. My friend’s dad ended up having a business partner, who he happened to be very close to, living very close to the resort that we were living at. As a little Easter surprise, his client rolled up in a Ferrari 485 Spider, and in a way sort of rented it to my friends dad, my friend, my dad, and I. The problem was, there were only two seats in the car.
This car is absolutely beautiful on the outside, its sleek red paint job, and the massive engine behind the two front seats. This is by far the coolest car I have ever seen; I fell in love with its looks as soon as I saw it. If only the car drove as nice as it looked. At first, it was amazing, and I did not notice anything. It wasn't until after the ride that my dad pointed out many things wrong with this car. The first thing is, that great big engine behind those luscious leather seats, is actually really loud. I loved the sound of the car, but you could barely even here the driver right next to you. Also, another thing that I didn't notice but my dad did was, you end up feeling every single tiny bump that is on the road. I never really noticed it but my dad did, it could have been due to the speed, but who knows. Also, according to my friends dads business partner who rented/lent us the car, it is extremely high maintenance, my understanding is that these cars break down incredibly, and I can only imaging how astronomical the repair bills would be. I wonder if multiple might even cost as much as the actual car itself.
The man said that he was thinking about selling the car, for maybe a nice Mercedes or something, because he could not deal with the time and extreme amounts of work it took to take care of that car. Also the cost of the car must put a dent in the wallet. But nevertheless, I still though that the car was amazing, I mean, come on, its a Ferrari, who wouldn't want to own one if the could or drive in one. My friends dad said the he actually liked driving in his own car better than the Ferrari when it came down to what kind of felt better, not including looks. My father disagreed. But, I am leaving Florida on Tuesday, which is kind of sad, because I have done so many awesome things in what has felt like such little time.
Easter, The time where you celebrate the day when Jesus Christ was resurrected. Also a time when you’re whole family can come together and dine, and maybe go to a service. This is funny to me because, every year of my life besides this year, I have gone to a service and then gone out to eat with my whole family. But, this year, I will not be doing either. The resort doesn’t provide a service, and, I have no other family here to eat with. But, I will be eating with some of the family’s rom my town that came here with my family. But, it is still something. So, I would like to wish everybody a happy Easter, or Passover. Also sorry for the short is posts, it can be hard to find a time to write them here at Marco Island.
Its only been about a day since I have arrived here in Marco Island Florida, and I have already done so many new things, and also learned many new things. Apparently, the laws of Florida state that you have to be 18 to ride jet-skis that are resort provided. In most other places it is only 14. I find it funny that, in Florida, you can actually legally drive a car, and also legally own a gun, before you are allowed to drive a jet ski without permission. My friends and I still got to jet ski but we had to pass this weird boat exam first and also sign a waver that stated if we died or did something stupid that it wasn't the resorts fault. The waver also recommended that we did not do anything reckless on the jet-skis. Which was pretty hard to do. But I do kind of find it funny that you can drive a car, and own a gun, before you can use a jet ski without adult permission, and also without passing the exam. Also, that in other states, you normally only have to be 14. Except Hawaii, where you are required to be 16. I wonder what the cause for this large age requirement in Florida is. I wonder if there was like an incident or something that caused this large age requirement. Anyway, I have still done so many things and cannot wait to find out what will happen during the rest of this vacation.
It’s that time again, the day before every vacation where you have to sit down, and go through all of your clothes and pick out which clothes that you would like to bring on your vacation. Then, putting them all in your bag and then preparing more for your trip. I wish I could pack as fast as I had just explained it. Lets face it, packing bags is a hassle and it is not very enjoyable. But, I do like thinking about my vacation while packing, like for almost every article of clothing I usually like to think about what I would use it for. Like while I packed a bathing suit, all I could think about was how my family had already booked some jet skis for my friend from my town and I to use, also I though about fishing, and also maybe even deep sea fishing, also, if we visit the right beaches, surfing, also just swimming. Wherever the ocean brings me. Then, a nice pair of shorts, Vineyard Vines, visioning the perfect, luscious grass of the golf course, even though I am not the best at golf, I still might enjoy doing it. Then, playing pool outdoors by the beach, hanging out in the hotel, again, whatever I could possibly want to do, at my fingertips, waiting for me to grab it.
It seems that this year, I have gotten pretty lucky with vacations. As some of you may, or may not know, I have a sister who is in Wayland public schools. Well, it appears she has drawn the short straw in a way this year because, during my March vacation, she did not have vacation, and my parents did not want to pull her out of school so our family could go on a trip. But, now, she has vacation coming up next week, but my parents would like to go somewhere for vacation, because I already would have Monday and Tuesday off. They hand decided to leave this Thursday morning, and take the family to Marco Island, in Florida. They are making me go to school for an hour or two, before I have to leave for my flight, which I disagree with. But, anyways we are going down to Florida, and I am so psyched to actually go somewhere that doesn't still have snow on the ground. But, of course I will still be posting journal entries, giving updates on the trip.
I think, as a student, that weekends should be extended by one day. I mean, doesn't every student? Just one extra day off, and everybody would benefit from it. Everybody would be able to get a little more of their work done, which leaves them less stress to complete it all on just the two weekend days. The problem with two days is that, I don't know if it is like this for everybody, but for me, i barely have enough time to do all of the un-school related things on the weekend let alone add more hours of homework to the equation. When you add that, you officially have no time to do anything on the weekends, half the time, I have to do homework before school on Monday, and when i don't finish that, i try doing it during recess, and when i cant finish that, I have to try and finish everything in my study hall, and sometimes even that study hall isn't enough time to allow me to finish my weekend homework. Also, if you add another day to the weekend, that is less days in the school week, which also can bring down stress levels a ton for students who are struggling to finish all of their work during the week also. I look at weekends as a time to relax during the week and attempt to take a break from school, but still, school dominates my weekends. The extra day would also serve as a day to gain that relaxation that everybody craves during the school week and the weekends, but never comes.
It feels like this mid term has come much faster than another this year. It was probably due to the fact that we had vacation as a substitute for school and about the first half, of the first half of the term. But, now we only have about half of a short term left in school, and it feels like this year has gone by so fast. Going back to the topic of midterms, I like the midterms, because when I get my midterm grades, they show me what subjects I need to step up it, and improve my grades in those subjects. I also feel like once Final exams are over, so is the school year, after them, all the work stops pouring in, and before you know it it's summer.
Have you ever been so close to some people, whom you may have only known for a month or so, but you are already risking your life for them on the battlefield? Welcome to a day in the life of a soldier on the Western Front. In this gruesome war novel All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque, there are many themes portrayed. The one that affected me the most was how young some of these soldiers were, and also how the war would tear holes in people's families. Another thing that comes to mind when I think of war is what will you die for? Are you willing to die for your country and or for your cause? If so, why are you willing to die for it? Are you trying to prove a point? What do you die for? What do you kill for?
You first meet all of the characters from a German platoon during World War I. They all have different personalities, but most of them share one. Most of the soldiers are in their late teens or early twenties. Except for one, who is in his forties. All of them have known each other for a short amount of time, but yet, they are willing to fight, and to die together in this war. I wonder if the reason they became so close to each other was because they were fighting for their lives together. They need to know that they can trust each other in this war; they need to know they have a friend. This piece affected me in a way that I feel I have not experienced before. In other war novels I have read, they were great books but they were different than this book. In this book, you get pulled in right away because the first chapter pretty much introduces all of the characters to you. It makes you feel like you were a new recruit in this platoon and that they were the ones that you would be fighting and living with. But, still, these questions linger. Why do we fight? Why do we kill? Is it a part of who we are, are we born killers, or are we shaped into killers? Or, maybe we are just forced to be killers. But, on the battlefield, you do kill with a cost. Every soul you take on the battlefield there is a chance that somebody else will claim yours. But is that really the cost you might pay? Or is the cost just that every time you claim somebody else's soul, it warps your own.
The season is almost here, the time where you come together and cheer on for your city, or in some cases your team. The NHL playoffs are almost among us. I regret to say that the Boston bruins are not my favorite hockey team, but that does not mean that I am not going to be happy if they win the Stanley Cup, they are still my city. But, on the topic of the Stanley Cup, I believe that the Boston Bruins do have the best chance of winning it this year. This past month or two they have been unstoppable during the regular season. I believe that they were only defeated once in the past month and it was a close game it went to a shootout. (Feel free to correct me if I am wrong.) But, I do not feel that all of that momentum will diminish, I believe that it will carry on into the playoffs, creating and great chance for the bruins to win the Cup. If you are reading this, feel free to comment your favorite team or also whom you think may have a shot at claiming the Cup this year.