Le end of the year



My 8th grade year, the last part of the fenn saga. I think when i leave fenn ill look back and say “Darn, if I had said that one thing I would have won that argument with Max Triano”. In all seriousness the thing that I think I will remember most is my friends. Max, the big brain philosopher of our time, its like he downloaded all of wikipedia into his brain. Eli, By far the dankest, an epic gamer, leader of “The church of Big Chungus” and member of “THE_PACK”. His memes are pretty good and alwasy make me laugh, no matter how mind nummingly stupid and brain dead they are. And last but not least, Panaha. He is always very kind and nice, i can't think of any mean/rude thing he has said. While being kind he is no pushover yesman, hes got his own opinions and beliefs (which are always solid and justified). Panaah is so down to earth and chill, its like he is unable to be angry or upset. If there is someone to be jealous of its Panaah. Comparing me from september and me now I think there is quite a difference (Not counting covid 19 PTSD). Firstly, I have developed some new hobbies (Airsoft and Sound Design). Secondly, i feel that some skill that i need to work on previously, ( R E A D I N G  and W R I T I N G) i have gotten better at (Getting .000000001 % better counts as better). Third, expanding my friend group and being a better friend in general.

. And lastly, I almost accidentally committed arson in my backyard. What i'm looking forward to in my 9th grade year is simple. I want to make new friends, get better at the things im bad at, and mostly just learn new things.


Outside

05/13/2020

 

Outside is pretty alright. Aside from the fact that human interaction can kill my mother and father by extension screwing me and my sister over. But with that aside my town is alright. I can't really smell anything because my nose is plugged up due to allergies and i can't really hear ether, so i'm mostly relying on what i can see. We live by a park that is next to a swampy forest. The park is very green clashing with the strong blues and greens  of the play structures. Now days the park is devoid of people, with the exception of joggers who jog along the path to and from the park. Being the coolest person in human history I decided to go towards the swamp. Right now its abnormally quiet so my ears start to ring taking away from the experience. Walking along the wooden bridges that span the swampy area of the swamp, i can see many dead trees slumped over in mud. Oddly enough i spot my first animal, a squirrel. For some reason it was in a forest/swamp, i guess acorns now growing the swamp or something. As the bridge turns into gravel which leads into the forest i decided to head back home. Outside is overrated. 


Quarantine

It really isn’t that bad, 

being confined to your house in the rainy springtime.

 

You might view it as being trapped. 

Well is that really true?

 

Literally yes, but is that really bad? 

You can’t go outside in the rain anyway. 

 

It’s cold and rainy and you get soaked 

if you’re not wearing a raincoat.

 

Looking out the window

Everything looks dreary and boring.

 

There aren’t any cool animals or interesting plants outside

And everything looks gray and bleak. 

 

Now maybe if it was a sunny day 

there would be.

 

But you have to look on the bright side. 

Even if you’re stuck inside there are a ton of things to do.

 

Maybe you could indulge a new hobby, like birdwatching

Or read a book about taking over Albania.  



But some lunatics choose to go outside, I do not understand that. Why, there is almost nothing to gain (aside form COVID-19). 


Richard "ninja" Blevins's fashionable tyrannical takeover

Prompt: Blah blah make a fashion trend in one month, somthing how do you do this?????????//?????/????????///?/???/???/?

 

Firstly my new fashion trend:  Ninja (Fortnite)

~~What it looks like~~

I believe that this gentlemen has already got the right idea (That's ninja). The trend would involve having turquoise hair, specifically the color hex of #08CDFF. Then with this dyed hair they would have short hair held up with a "Official headband of Ninja x Redbull".Next, The shirt, literally anything from the ninja merch shop will do (His merch: https://ninjamerchstore.com/). After that, levis jeens (It took me like 30 minutes to find that info since he never stands up). and finally the shoes, adidas is coming out with Ninja yeezys, so get those. 

Links for buying ninjas apparel:

Hair dye: https://www.amazon.com/Punky-Turquoise-Permanent-Conditioning-Paraben/dp/B0015RALII/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=turqouise%2Bhair%2Bdye&qid=1586787161&sr=8-1&th=1

Ninja headband: https://www.amazon.com/Official-Headband-Ninja-x-Redbull/dp/B07SXH21DG/ref=sr_1_1?crid=18JBGCVIQUETH&dchild=1&keywords=fortnite+ninja+headband&qid=1586786338&sprefix=Fortnite+ninja+%2Caps%2C151&sr=8-1

Ninja merch shop: https://ninjamerchstore.com/

Ninjas favorite jeans: https://www.levi.com/US/en_US/search/jeans <-- Any denim color will work

Ninja's shoes: https://www.adidas.com/us/ninja 

~~examples of what this will look like~~

~~Advertising~~

Our main demographic is children, who are the biggest part of ninja's fan-base. Our strategy is to get the kids to have their parents buy them the outfit for them and eventual rope their parents into the ninja clothing brand. Then with all children and married couples  invested in ninjas clothing we start to expand his reign with propaganda. But before we do this how will we get to the children in the first place?????

Our first wave of advertisements is in Ninjas streams, he would shill his merch and that would get a majority of his fans to buy it.

Secondly we would pay schools to put advertisements anywhere possible (this acutely happens). Ninjas main fan-base consists of kids so we advertise where the kids are, and unless the kids parents are criminals (truancy) they are bound to see the ads. Kids would be encouraged to push the merch onto other kids and shun them into buying it (Kina like Jehovah's witnesses but with cloths). Children happen to be very susceptible to peer pressure making this ad campaign a breeze.

Thirdly, we put ads into the media children are likely to watch, and subconsciously each time they see an add will think back to school and how they should buy the merch.

 

~~propaganda~~

 

Ninja merch wearer:Epic

Non ninja merch wearer: CRINGE!!!!11!!!!111!!!!!11!!

~~Social pressure to conform to the ninja clothing brand~~

Now that all of the children and parents are under the impression that the only clothing brand for them is Ninja, we start to use them as advertising themselves. As Ninja stated on the previous streams, he wants those who already like his brand to show it off and make a big deal about not wearing Ninja brand clothes.  We will specifically target "Non ninja brands" and boy cot them. Companies that make products that make things for children will be the first to go (Because the children wont buy it, forcing them to conform or be bankrupt). Then then markets will shift to "Ninja friendly" products, because they can make so much more money if they say they support ninja at very little cost. this will happen because ninja fans only buy ninja products so anyone who says they support ninja will gain costumers for free. But its actual not free, now that markets are forced to support ninja or lose customers, the Ninja fan base grows in popularity as their presents is probably noted on the news or other media. The Ninja fans will stay loyal even if they get bad press, because gamers face oppression daily so this wont phase them. Now with market control the ninja brand will likely asked to do colabs for exposure, granting ninja money. Eventual when ninja gains enough funds through companies and his followers he will but a country (Preferably Albania). Then, he will passively expand his reign through Europe with more propaganda and brand recognition. With control over Europe he will next take over the world.

 

GG EZ -Ninja after taking over the world

 

~~Aftermath~~

Ninja has taken over the world buy using his clothing band to create a cult in which influences the market. This control over the market grants ninja funds, which he uses to take over the world.

 

What will Ninja do, I have no clue, this problem could be solved by you. (jk get trolled)


Corona cringe moment compilation V2

Dear Covid-19, 

Your are now ban for my USA minecraft/fortnite clan because you are terrorizing the USA pls stop

-Fortnite ninja

 

~~What thing do I miss due to Cringe-19~~

-Brazos, I cant go and see him so that's not epic, we do meet up and play games online but its not really the same.

-Hockey, Midgets hockey tryouts were canceled so no one gets to play (The virus will probably persist into spring so it doesn't mater if the tryouts were canceled), Being bared of from Brazos is still by far worse that no hockey.

~~What is my community doing~~

See, it depends what you mean by "My community" this can be interpreted in a couple of ways. 1. My town. 2 My friends. 3 Gaming community (Gamers rise up).

-Town, I have no clue. On my street my mom did this sing along thing where everyone would play a song at the same time and sing along. this happened but no one could hear anyone else so it eneded up being only the speakers that could be heard. My dad working for a speaker company naturally had the best one and everyone heard that, so it was just "Hey guys listen to this song on the speaker my dad has".

-Friends, Playing games online or talking over discord (AKA Skype but better)

-Gamer comunity, gaming

~~What do I miss at school~~

To be completely honest, nothing. Everyone and there mother misses their friends, that's a given but aside from that online schooling dose everything better. 

Pros of Normal school

-I can physically see things and ask question in the moment

-friends

Cons of normal school

-lessons are slow and i have to digest things at the speed of the lowest common denominator 

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Pros of epic school

-I can go as fast or slow as I want

-I can still ask questions in real time in zoom classes 

-NO SPORTS

-NO ASM

-I can game at recess 

-Lunch can be whatever I want 

-Shorter school hours/lessons 

Cons of epic school

-With classes having more homework, that means I have latin homework (we usualy dont have that). Usualy in class she makes us read some things in latin and every one gets their turn, we can raise our hands if we want to go, remember that. So i read 10 turns ahead of the class, then when we are reading that part I raise hand and read it. Since i am ahead of the class i have time to look at the back of the book and get all the words. And in the off case i cant read the thing she usualy spoon feeds us the answer. When we dont read we do a weard conjugat thing that you look at the front of the word and coppy the end of another part, then slap them together, the book is usualy my tool to do this task. But now that changes,due to my latin skills being on par with a new born baby who can talk yet, I have no clue whats going on. Even with my weird tactics i still have trouble figuring out what im meant to do, and since I have no idea what to do I cant check my work. so the class has devolved into "Colin pls help i dont get it". (Now that ive stated this here Miss libby is probably gonna crack down on all of my strategys that i use and ill actually have to learn, (which I try to do but cant no matter how hard I try)).

 

TLDR: new school good, latin bad

 

 


"The automatically refiling bowl"

Prompt: shorturl.at/hwzM1
PSA: Mr.Irwin this is satire I was advised to give this disclaimer to ensure that you do not think i'm clinically insane 

Its a usual day, get up at 1 am , eat 3 atoms of food and spend the rest of my time gaming. But then it hits me, "How could i have been so foolish" i exclaimed. I had forgotten to take my yearly shower, an event in which prevents me from smelling so awful that my mother would stop paying the electric bill (a fate worse than death). As is common knowledge G a m e r s don't shower, as that would take up precious G a m i n g   T i m e. As i return from my annual 3 second shower,i spot a note on the island in the kitchen. This presents a heart wrenching ethical dilemma.  Option 1: ignore the note and continue sprinting at mach 1 to get back to my PC and game, to preserve as much G a m i n g  T i m e  as humanly possible. Option 2: Take 5 seconds to read the note in hopes it could be useful, because why dose 5 seconds even matter right? Easy, option one.

One year later: Its the day of the dreaded shower, I pull my body reluctantly up the stairs and into the kitchen, i spy the note accompanied by the bowl. I continue on as if nothing had happened, I commit to the dreaded deed simpletons refer to as a "shower". 1 second into my 3 second shower i notice the lights go off, engulfed in shock I ponder. In my incomprehensibly large brain I think, "The shower definitely is not the root of the problem, because i'm doing that now". While comprehending the very existence of the universe itself I conclude " It is entirely irrelevant considering i don't care about the state of anything that doesn't  involve G a m e s". At this very moment I come to the soul crushing realization, " The power must be out, meaning that i'm unable to play G a m e s". Crushed by this realization I consult my last two brain cells.

Brain cell 1: No V i d e o g a m e s, what ever are we meant to do.

Brain cell 2: remember that one history lesson in history class 7 billion years ago, back in 2020, about the guy who didnt play V i d e o g a m e s. I presume it was in the middle ages?

Brain cell 1: Lag sorry uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, say that again. 

Brain cell 2: history class 2017, cring nae nae babies who didn't have V i d e o g a m e s. 

Brain cell 1: Ah yes class on December 8 2017 1:30.98437864098 clock, Lesson on the time periods where V i d e o g a m e s didn't exist?

Brain cell 2: precisely!

Brain cell 1: I do believe they enacted activities known as "Not V i d e o g a m e s", honestly horrible stuff on par with that singular time GamingGrampa47 Died in Fortnite (Disclaimer: GamingGrampa47 has only died once in fortnite to Tyler "Ninja" Blevins when GamingGrampa47 laged alot causing him to lose ). 

After the inner tumult is resolved the 2 remaining brain cells I have left decide to take part in "Not V i d e o g a m e s". With the discovery of this revelation I began to do what I couldn't previously. My contemplation had caused me to surpass my usual showering time. I had spent 4 seconds apposed to the usual 3. upon realization of this fact I dart out of the shower, get dry and redress my self. I slowly descend the stairway leading into the kitchen, with the lights out it would be stupid to sprint down the steps in my usual fashion. I survey the environment in a way I hadn't previously. For I had no reason to before, I had a sacred job to destroy noobs in G a m e s, but what now? Then I remember the note, I glance at the island in the kitchen and retrieve the note. The note states "What ever you do, specifically do not, I REPEAT  DO NOT, pick up this bowl and think about anything that is not money or illegal. How peculiar. I pick up the bowl, with the intent to use it.

I remembered back to the note "Bla Bla Bla cringe no money or illegal stuff". FOOLISH NOTE, LAWS ARE DEPENDENT ON WHERE YOU ARE. I then wish for a plain ticket. I then go to Logan airport travel to board my plane to Armenia. It was a pretty epic flight i played fortnite (I previously downloaded the whole internet so free wifi) and got an epic victory royal against all of the fortnite streamers (Ninja, Tfue, myth,DrLupo...etc). I broke the world record for most kills in a forntite game (99 kills) it was prey epic but kinda meh overall, everyday thing for an E p i c G a m e r. I Final had reached Armenia, I grab the bowl clutching the sides excitedly for had traveled here to do. I wish for a permanent marker. You see a minor cant purchase a permanent marker in the us, but in Armenia its fine. With my marker in hand I return to my airport, hopefully the TSA would let the marker slip past, right? I was mistaken, the Armenian TSA was extremely thorough (Almost on par with Albania) they checked every molecule. literally dissembling the very fabric of the universe to make sure everyone had appropriate baggage. I am sweating profusely, surly they wouldn't mind? They did mind, the TSA all turn and look at me as one pulls out the marker. They state "Whats this", I smugly reply "A smoothie" (Refrence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlY_BV1tMFs). He takes me into his office to begin an interrogation, the room is small and cramped with dull grey walls. He begins, How did  this marker? I reply "I need to go to the bath room, ill tell you when i'm done". He gratuitous lets me go, but he didn't know I had my marker. I began to scrawl everything related to gaming I could think of. Ninja, no scopes, controllers < mouse + keyboard, breathing, not sleeping, blinking and headphones, I had all. The airport immediately went into lock down, the loud speakers screamed "GAMER DETECTED, LETHAL FORCE ADMINISTERED". because as is common V i d e o G a m e s cause violence, therefor making G a m e r s deathly dangerous. I took full advantage of the situation, I began to sprint as fast as humanly possible, out of the bathroom, past the TSA, do a backwards long jump and clip into the plane. (Backwards long jumping is a speed running strategy in super Mario 64, where Mario long jump backwards and can gain infinite negative momentum which allows "clip" AKA go through walls). Now aboard the plane I had nowhere to run, i couldn't clip though the wall, there wasn't enough space to jump. I was forced to turn to stealth, This in mind I had only one option. READING A BOOK, this would allow me to go unnoticed by the TSA because they know G a m e r s  don't read books. I was unable to read my self so I had to pretend to and turn the pages every 50 or so seconds. After what felt like hours the person siting next to me said "That safety pamphlet must be very  interesting". I ignored this comment, i continued "Reading" my book. The flight attendant said something along the lines of "Something something cringe put your tray tables down and turn off everything electric". I did as instructed and returned my book the seat pocket in front of me. "i feel bad for people with pace makers, the airlines sure are strict" I thought. The plane lands with a lurch and a rumble as we glide to a halt. The attendant stands up and calls the first class to exit the plane, then business, and lastly coach (that's me). When all the passengers exit the plane and fluid into the airport I realize something, this is Albania. I beg the flight attendant for information about the next flight to the USA. then I remember the bowl. I think up every I had ever thought of im my whole life to find something that could help me. A working McDonald's ice cream machine. As this though pops into my brain I think to my self "I'm like 80% sure if I wish for this using the bowl it will probably explode destroying the entirety of Albania due to its shear illegality". Wile the possibility of destroying Albania is tempting I opt for a decision that would not result in my death. I ponder again, thinking more elaborately. Another idea, make the bowl divide by 0 and cause a singularity then use that to get home. I wish for the bowl to divide by 0. The bowl dose this and creates a rip in space and time. It looked like a pitch black oval, the sides clean and sleek dark blue. I nervously step through the rift. Surprised, I seemed to be back in my home, in the kitchen where the "adventure" had begun. 


Covid-19 Cringe

During this time of uncertainty I have been left with one option of activities: V i d e o g a m e s 

A day in the life of an epic gamer™

2 pm: Get up

2.000000001 pm: eat breakfast

2:01 PM: Shower 

3 pm : Get out of shower 

3:10 : Gaming time

5 am: time for bed

[Please keep in mind this is an exaggeration of my actual scheduled]

~~Cringe moments~~

Apparently my parents need to "work" to "pay" for things which causes some conflict with the epic gamer lifestyle. I am unable to scream when lag unfairly causes me to lose, I assure you the only way an epic gamer  ever loses in video games is lag. in addition to my previous point I am also indirectly forbid from playing horror games due to me screaming. In collusion with my previously stated points, I need to be quiet so that I do not disrupt my parents during a call, and god forbid my noise bleeds into my sisters voice calls with her class. 

 

As i mentioned previously, with everyone on the network an awful phenomenon occurs; lag. Lag is the death of all epic gamers, causing ones game to freeze or even worse rubber band. Freezing is alright, this issue usual gets resolved within milliseconds seconds, but rubber banding is a fate worse then death. Rubber banding occurs in games when latency (ping) is high. Players (or yourself) will appear to move in one direction and perform normal, and then suddenly be teleported back several feet where they once were a few seconds ago. 

 

~~Epic moments~~

I played a lot of video games over the break, it was fun. Other details are irrelevant.

 

~~Social distancing~~

Social distancing: staying away from other people 

Social distancing has literally no effect on me, as a true epic gamerI almost never go outside, with the exceptions of hockey (which is over). One time I did go outside, the graphics and AI were awful. Surprisingly I do in fact have friends, which i usual talk and play games with over voice chat. therefor i conclude that everyone who is going crazy over social distancing is clearly already crazy. Its not like a majority if their social interactions and activity are outside of their home, and the social distancing cuts them off from almost every activity they usual frequent. That would be silly, nobody actually goes outside right? 

 

~~Epic moments about new school~~

Today I noticed that the classes were shorter and had less filler, getting to the point quicker. Although the classes today where devoid of actual content i enjoyed faster classes (not because i get more gaming time). personal I like doing projects and this almost feels like a project. When we have projects we have minimal class learning and alot of project time, the free time is the project time in this analogy.

 

~~Cringe moment about new school~~

The only bad experience vie had with this new system is knowing what to do, having so many email its overwhelming. personal i would have just put the classes we will have as an event on fenn.org (yes i know some teachers did this). {edit: they did do this, good on you teachers!} 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The skill of operating a motorized vehicle with the intention of going fast in poor weather

The Art of Racing in the Rain Essay by Nick Durant

 

Essay Question: What does Enzo teach us about our own humanity?

 

Who would think a dog could teach someone life lessons like how to control your own fate and how to adapt to challenges? The book “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein is about a dog named Enzo who does that. Enzo tells the story about helping his owner, Denny, fight through a custody battle with grandparents (Evil Twins) for his daughter, Zoe, after his wife died from brain cancer. Throughout this battle Denny suffers through a multitude of things like false rape charges, not being able to go to his wife’s funeral, not seeing his daughter for a while, a custody battle, and losing most of his money and his house. But despite these bad happenings Enzo teaches us about two important parts of the human experience – self-control and how to deal with challenges.

 

First, Enzo teaches us that even though we cannot control every situation, we can control how we react to a situation. People have choices and some people react with good choices and some with bad choices. Enzo shows us that the Evil Twins (his in-laws) try to control the situation when their daughter learns she has brain cancer. They know they can’t control the brain cancer so they try to control their granddaughter Zoe, which is a bad choice. Enzo shows us this theme in the scene where Denny is going to sign papers that will compromise time with Zoe. He is thinking about fighting the Evil Twins to get all the time with Zoe. But he knows he might lose. But if he gives up some time with Zoe, he will be guaranteed that charges will be dropped and then he will definitely be able to be with her. Denny does not think he has a realistic choice. But Enzo jumps in. Enzo says “I knew it wasn’t Denny who was signing. It was the zebra!”(264-265p). Enzo steals the paper and tries to destroy them with his paws. When that does not work he decides to pee on it. Enzo is telling Denny that he should think about his decision more in terms of outcome because if he were to pick the compromise he would regret it for the rest of his life. Enzo is telling Denny that he has a choice about things and he can control his future despite what the Evil Twins are trying to make him think.  Another example of this is where Denny tells Enzo “your car goes where your eyes go” (94p). This means people end up doing what they focus on. If they look at the wall on the race track that is where their car will go, but if they look at the track they will go there and not crash. Drivers have a choice about what they look at. This is like life. If someone is to loaf around and do nothing, they will end up being nothing. But if they focus on doing something important, they will probably end up doing that important thing. While this makes sense, it is easier said than done, especially when there is rain causing life to slip and slide.

  

Enzo teaches us that throughout everyone’s life there will always be some sort of “rain” that is a challenge. Denny teaches Enzo that every race car driver will have to deal with rain at some point in a race. Rain is a challenge that drivers cannot escape or avoid. Drivers have to figure out how to deal with it.  Enzo described Eve as being his “rain.” He said “I had always wanted to love Eve as Denny loved her, but I never had because I was afraid. She was my rain.” (p44). That is what Enzo tried to do with Eve and he ended up loving her in the end, especially when she was dying. Another example is the constant “rain” Denny faces with money. He is fighting against the twins in court and he needs money to pay a lawyer. When he runs out of money, he had to sell his house. “We rented a truck from U-Haul and called on his friends, and one weekend that summer, we moved all our belongings from our house into a one-bedroom apartment on Capital Hill” (247p.) Denny was forced to sell his house where he lived with Eve and Zoe, which was sad and painful for him. But he faced the challenge and figured out how to get through it. In the end Denny’s money troubles were solved when he received an offer to become a car driver for Ferrari in Italy. All the challenges he went through to get there were painful but worth it.

  

Even though Enzo is a dog, he teaches us some very important lessons about life.  First, Enzo teaches us that even though we cannot control every situation, we can control how we react to a situation, determining the outcome. Depending on a person’s attitude and choices, it can turn a bad situation into a good one. Second, Enzo teaches us that throughout everyone’s life there will always be some sort of “rain” that is a challenge. So people should embrace the challenge head on and work through it, like Denny did. Because of Denny’s persistence, and with the help of Enzo, he pulled his life together, acquired an amazing job and won his kid back in court. It pays to never give up.

 


The skill of operating a motorized vehicle with the intention of going fast in poor weather

The Art of Racing in the Rain Essay by Nick Durant

 

Essay Question: What does Enzo teach us about our own humanity?

 

Who would think a dog could teach someone life lessons like how to control your own fate and how to adapt to challenges? The book “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein is about a dog named Enzo who does that. Enzo tells the story about helping his owner, Denny, fight through a custody battle with grandparents (Evil Twins) for his daughter, Zoe, after his wife died from brain cancer. Throughout this battle Denny suffers through a multitude of things like false rape charges, not being able to go to his wife’s funeral, not seeing his daughter for a while, a custody battle, and losing most of his money and his house. But despite these bad happenings Enzo teaches us about two important parts of the human experience – self-control and how to deal with challenges.

 

First, Enzo teaches us that even though we cannot control every situation, we can control how we react to a situation. People have choices and some people react with good choices and some with bad choices. Enzo shows us that the Evil Twins (his in-laws) try to control the situation when their daughter learns she has brain cancer. They know they can’t control the brain cancer so they try to control their granddaughter Zoe, which is a bad choice. Enzo shows us this theme in the scene where Denny is going to sign papers that will compromise time with Zoe. He is thinking about fighting the Evil Twins to get all the time with Zoe. But he knows he might lose. But if he gives up some time with Zoe, he will be guaranteed that charges will be dropped and then he will definitely be able to be with her. Denny does not think he has a realistic choice. But Enzo jumps in. Enzo says “I knew it wasn’t Denny who was signing. It was the zebra!”(264-265p). Enzo steals the paper and tries to destroy them with his paws. When that does not work he decides to pee on it. Enzo is telling Denny that he should think about his decision more in terms of outcome because if he were to pick the compromise he would regret it for the rest of his life. Enzo is telling Denny that he has a choice about things and he can control his future despite what the Evil Twins are trying to make him think.  Another example of this is where Denny tells Enzo “your car goes where your eyes go” (94p). This means people end up doing what they focus on. If they look at the wall on the race track that is where their car will go, but if they look at the track they will go there and not crash. Drivers have a choice about what they look at. This is like life. If someone is to loaf around and do nothing, they will end up being nothing. But if they focus on doing something important, they will probably end up doing that important thing. While this makes sense, it is easier said than done, especially when there is rain causing life to slip and slide.

  

Enzo teaches us that throughout everyone’s life there will always be some sort of “rain” that is a challenge. Denny teaches Enzo that every race car driver will have to deal with rain at some point in a race. Rain is a challenge that drivers cannot escape or avoid. Drivers have to figure out how to deal with it.  Enzo described Eve as being his “rain.” He said “I had always wanted to love Eve as Denny loved her, but I never had because I was afraid. She was my rain.” (p44). That is what Enzo tried to do with Eve and he ended up loving her in the end, especially when she was dying. Another example is the constant “rain” Denny faces with money. He is fighting against the twins in court and he needs money to pay a lawyer. When he runs out of money, he had to sell his house. “We rented a truck from U-Haul and called on his friends, and one weekend that summer, we moved all our belongings from our house into a one-bedroom apartment on Capital Hill” (247p.) Denny was forced to sell his house where he lived with Eve and Zoe, which was sad and painful for him. But he faced the challenge and figured out how to get through it. In the end Denny’s money troubles were solved when he received an offer to become a car driver for Ferrari in Italy. All the challenges he went through to get there were painful but worth it.

  

Even though Enzo is a dog, he teaches us some very important lessons about life.  First, Enzo teaches us that even though we cannot control every situation, we can control how we react to a situation, determining the outcome. Depending on a person’s attitude and choices, it can turn a bad situation into a good one. Second, Enzo teaches us that throughout everyone’s life there will always be some sort of “rain” that is a challenge. So people should embrace the challenge head on and work through it, like Denny did. Because of Denny’s persistence, and with the help of Enzo, he pulled his life together, acquired an amazing job and won his kid back in court. It pays to never give up.

 


T(hi)s I b(eli)eve

This I believe essay 

By Nicholas Durant

 

I believe that messing up is part of the learning process. Being human, we are imperfect, we all make mistakes. What separates people is what we do with those mistakes: learn from them or repeat them. Being a human I fall under the purview of this precept. I am the Elon Musk of mistakes, If mistakes were a currency I would be a bank. But I always try to learn from them. For example, In hockey, I play defense and simply put, my job is to protect my goalie. One of the best ways to do that is by taking the puck from the other team. Early on I would skate directly at someone with the puck and and attempt to whack it out of their stick. This worked for a season, until everyone learned to skate faster and learned how to juke. Then my flawless strategy no longer worked and it turned into a mistake.  It became a free shot on net for my opponent. Then I began to stop and be patient. I would wait for a juke then counter with my stick. My mistake inspired me to improvise and adapt, and in turn prevail. If i had not changed my strategy I would still be making the same mistake over and over. I would be a dead weight on my team, the person allowing my goalie to become a human  puck sponge. Since then I have learned more from mistakes, I am right handed and play left defense. This means I have a disadvantage: pucks on the boards are hard to stop with my stick. After having puck slide by me several times I learned to stop them with my skate. Learning from your mistakes matters because it is applicable to every situation. If you do not learn from your mistakes you will continue to repeat them. Nothing will change. As a famous person once said “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”

 

 

 

 

 

 Conclusion- (How does your belief help you to make sense of the world and yourself?)

 

Just because you initially fail at something does not mean it is impossible. You just need to learn from your mistake and attack it from a different angle. 

            

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