Our Time in Washington D.C.

Dear Jerry,

I recently arrived home from One Room’s second trip to Washington D.C. My classmates and I had another wonderful time in our nation’s capital. Many of us thought that last year couldn’t be topped; but I believe it was. This year was full of surprises, brand new experiences and many sights and sounds that we know and love from last year. In today’s blog I will do my best to narrow down my highlights of the trip. 

First, I must say that it is impossible for me to choose my favorite part of the trip because I enjoyed all that we did so much. I truly don’t know what the best part was in my opinion. With that said, we did so many awesome things! The National Spy Museum and the National Museum of African American History and Culture were just two of the new things we did this year. Both were very fun and interesting. Another brand new experience for many of us wasn’t a museum or exhibit, but snow! My siblings and I got to see it for the first time. On our last day there, we got to have a big snowball fight and made a unicorn-pig snowman (it had an even longer title which I am unable to remember). There, of course, was the National Air and Space Museum which we went to last year but it is so amazing we had to do it again (if you can’t tell, that’s my favorite museum). Even there, we did something new. Adam Gillispie and I got to do the fighter jet simulator for the F-4 Phantom II. I was the pilot and Adam was the gunner. We got the rating of ace for shooting down eight aircraft. In the end, one of the great parts of the trip was just being back in D.C. I’m so glad I was able to be a part of this trip again and the memories we made there will have a lasting impact for years to come.

Until next time,

Stephen

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Current Event

Dear Jerry, 

We’re going to take a dive into a current event today. When I hear those two words, I can’t help but think of President Trump. I’m sure that I’m not the only one who has that problem. Seeing as the chances you’ll hear every news channel reporting something related to him is astronomically high, it’s pretty simple to have this predicament. You would think that when I am assigned to blog about a current event, I’d choose one that has nothing to do with President Trump. There you’d be wrong. That’s exactly what I am blogging about. Apparently I can’t escape the craze the media has with him and every breath he takes either. 

On Tuesday, President Trump will make his first address to a Joint Session Congress. Press Secretary Sean Spicer says that Trump will push a “bold agenda” in his biggest speech since his inauguration. Spicer also said that he will touch on “public safety, including defense, increased border security, taking care of our veterans, and then economic opportunity, including education and job training, health care reform, jobs, takes and regulatory reform” in the highly anticipated speech. If the fact that he is speaking isn’t controversial enough already, it certainly will be now. Trump’s goals of the speech are said to strike a balance on the challenges ahead as well as reflecting a tone that focuses on the American spirit. 

Such a speech seems reasonable and expected. Although, judging by the way people have reacted so far to Trump’s young presidency, it is garunteed to be contentious. I wouldn’t be surprised if several congressman disrupt the speech at some point because they disagree with something Trump says. Regardless on whether or not you agree or disagree with him, he is our president; the least you can do is listen to him. You can oppose his stances all you want, but at least respect his position. Either way, the speech, and the response to it is going to be interesting. Sorry about adding to the noise with more Trump-mania.

Until next time

-Stephen

Marvel vs. DC

Dear Jerry, 

    There comes a time in the course of human history one must answer the question: Which is better, Marvel or DC? This topic has been disputed for years. Countless debates on this issue occur whenever the idea of superheroes comes up. Die hard fans on both sides rant for hours trying to prove their side to be the better one. This answer-less question is among the greats of controversial subjects such as Dogs or Cats, Apple or Samsung or Star Trek or Star Wars. This never stops people from trying to beat other opposing views into submission. This entire topic is opinionated, so it is impossible to answer. Instead, we just get to argue about it.

    The most reasonable way to dispute this topic would be to simply talk about the characters. The problem with this is that DC fans will almost always say, “DC characters are more original; thus, making them better.” Yes, it’s true, many Marvel characters were made after DC’s and resemble them as well. But you also must remember that DC started five years before Marvel. The creators of Marvel saw that comic books were going to make money so they decided to enter into that field. They saw what worked and ran with it. It’s a good example of competition on the market. Of course, some characters are going to be similar since DC started first and basically was the “model” for the heroes. Also, in many cases the characters just look the same and have similar roles, but the writing and character development are different. Saying that DC is better than Marvel simply because it’s more “original” is like saying Ford is better than Chevrolet solely because it came first. Once Marvel and DC both became popular, both companies “copied” ideas from each other. 

    Even though DC fans may pull out their “original” card, I still believe that characters are the main way to decide which of the two is better. No matter who came first, if the storyline is not good, the character is usually not good. Just like the example I gave with Ford and Chevrolet, it doesn’t matter if a car was made first or not; what people really want is a good, working car. I personally like Marvel more. I think that the characters and the way the comics are written have a special touch to them that make them great. Stan Lee wrote almost all of the popular Marvel comics, that’s probably why. But in today’s day and age, many people don’t focus on the comics because we now have the movies. Let’s face it, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is on a whole other level than DC’s. When you think of superheroe movies you think of Captain America, Iron Man and The Avengers. More recently, Marvel has taken many lesser known superheroes and have given them their own film. Marvel has taken advantage of the silver screen incredibly well and rarely dissapoints.

   In the end, this entire topic is based on one’s opinion. If you like Marvel, that’s great. If you like DC, awesome. It’s not like you’re prohibited from liking both either. I, for instance, think DC’s Batman is an amazing character with great depth. I also love Marvel’s Captian America and think he’s the greatest. Superheroes are cool; if they weren’t, this blog post wouldn’t exist. We should enjoy them for what they are and be happy we have them.

Until next time,

Stephen 

    

    

New Year’s Resolution

Dear Jerry,

It is amazing to think that January, of 2017, is almost over. This first month of the year has been jammed pack with plenty of crazy occurrences. Most notably, Donald J. Trump became president of the United States. Just about everything you see in the news these days has something to do about him. Instead of adding more noise to all of that, I get to tell you about my resolutions for this new year.

The main resolution I’ve made for this year is to read through the entire Bible. I am going through the New Testament first and I’m currently in Acts. I’m not sure if this counts as a resolution, but I’m hoping this year I’ll be able to get somewhat of an idea of what I would like to do in terms of college, degrees and what not. Other than those, I don’t really have anymore.

I have never been the kind of person who makes resolutions every new year. I don’t really see the point to them. Why do we always have to set our new personal goals now? Why don’t we constantly set new goals so we challenge ourselves all throughout the entire year? Now, I know there are some people out there that make these massive “to-do” lists every year. Awesome. That’s pretty cool and I’m glad you enjoy it, but for me, I like to set goals when I find them in the year. In the end, you do you. If you like making tons of resolutions, go ahead. I will remain content with my two resolutions and make new goals as I go through the year.

Until next time,

Stephen

Blog #5

Hey Jerry!

With November coming to a close, National Novel Writing Month closes as well. For many, this is a time of great celebration. Some rejoicing because they finished their novel, others praising the fact that it’s over. As for me and my novel, let’s just say it’s not done. My story this year is not completely drawn out. All I know was that my main character ends up at a galactic space academy. He does not want to be there whatsoever, so he tries his best to get kicked out. Unfortunately, things don’t end up going as planned.

So, in honor of NaNo (and it coming to an end), here is an excerpt from my novel.

I let out a sigh as I stood in front of the academy. Alright, I thought to myself all I have to do is make a fool of myself, get kicked out and go back to my normal, daily life. Never have I wanted to screw up as bad as I do right now. I almost feel guilty. But think of all the work and responsibilities I’ll have if I actually try.
The classroom’s door read Tri-setular Astrophysics. I laugh quietly to myself. Failing this may be easier than I thought. I entered the classroom expecting the professor to be in the middle of his lecture. Instead, I stood gazing at an empty classroom. I looked at my watch. Class should have started twenty-five minutes ago. There was a large clock hanging on the wall behind the podium where the professor would stand. The clock read 8:10. “What?” I said in disbelief, “Can’t be.” I checked my watch again. Of course… it was broken. “This is just great.” I started to think of a way to still be late. Oh, I know. I’ll just go get something to eat and then come back in when I originally wanted to. I headed back towards the entrance and opened the door to find Professor Johnson standing right in front of me. “Well good morning! I’m happy to see you here prompt and early.”

There you have it! I hope you enjoyed it and are intrigued to find out what happens next even though I don’t really know what happens.

-Stephen

This Election

Hey Jerry!

This year has given us one of the most contentious presidential elections ever, arguably, in the history of our nation. The race between Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton has been absurd on so many levels, but the ridiculousness doesn’t end there. Campaigns for the House and Senate have been quite ugly as well. In the midst of all this, the American people must make a decision on who will be the leaders of our country for the years to come.

I personally have found this election very saddening. It should also be an eye-opener to American citizens. Do we really think these candidates will be a good representation of the United States and its people to the rest of the world? Are we able to trust either of them as president? Why are we putting all of our faith in politicians to fix the country’s problems?

Both candidates have very dubious pasts and new reports are constantly adding to the massive sea of lies and deceit. Sadly, this is what we have to choose from. We must be able to thoroughly examine those past encounters. With the media always feeding us conflicting views and remarks it has become extremely hard to tell what is factual. At the same time, we cannot get caught up in the candidates past and ignore their stances and policies on today’s important issues. After all, we do not decide a president solely judging his or her personal history.

As for who I support… Technically, it doesn’t matter who I support since I am not old enough to vote this year, but since this is the topic for this week I will share my opinion. As a Christian, I believe that the most important attribute to look for in a presidential candidate is their stance on the sanctity of human life. With that being said, I personally think Donald Trump is the better option for president. Hillary Clinton is very outspokenly pro-choice and, if she became president, would make sure that abortion is protected and that Planned Parenthood is funded by the government. That is something we cannot allow. That would be millions more babies killed over the course of her term.

In the end, we must realize that these two candidates are sinners just like us. In God’s eyes the sins we commit are just as bad as all the sins they have committed. The best action we can take right now is pray. Pray for our country. Pray for the hearts of the candidates. Pray for all the voters. We cannot put all our faith in politicians to fix our problems because if we do that, we will always be left thinking, “Why can’t they do this?” or “Why didn’t they fix that?” We need to put our trust in Christ because He is in control and He is the one who appoints the leaders of the world. Through all the ugliness of this election we are able to stand firm knowing that the Lord holds the hearts of the rulers.

Hope you enjoyed this long post of politics.

-Stephen

 

My Interview… with Rebekah

Hey Jerry!

This week we’ve been assigned to interview someone influential in our lives and blog about it. I was going to interview you, Jerry, but I didn’t get any responses… So instead, I chose my sister Rebekah. Here it is:

Why do you think I chose to interview you as my influential person?

“Because you’re cheap and I’m available and you just want to get the assignment done. But deep, down inside, you really do think I am an influential person.”

Can you expound on that?

“Gladly. I am an influential person because I am your only friend. I can always give you wise counsel when you need it, inform you when you’re being dumb and make fun of you for all the things we make fun of you for… like your embarrassingly pale thighs. And I bet that little two year old Stephen, lit up so brightly the day they brought baby me home. From that moment on, he knew he would never truly be alone. He would always have a friend and someone’s pillow to cry on (inside joke).”

You, being an athlete, must deal with the nerves that come before a game. How do you handle them, and do you have any pre-game rituals to help ease you before then?

“What nerves. I don’t get nervous, unlike you who gets nervous over everything. I don’t really have any rituals, I’m already focused and ready to win.

I realize you love food quite a bit. How would you describe your relationship with food?

“We’ve been madly in love for 15 years. Everyday my fondness of it grows stronger and stronger. We plan on spending the rest of our lives together.”

As you can see, the interview was quite unusual. From her making fun of me, to confessing her passionate love towards food, it had its ups and downs. It was very amusing to hear her responses. Though I still wish I could’ve interviewed you, Jerry.  As much as I would’ve enjoyed that, I still had fun.

Until next time.

-Stephen