November 28, 2007

Section 2: Post B

This section was very surprising. I wasn't expecting the events in this section whatsoever. I found myself in shock while I was reading. I was somewhat confused as well. My confusion is no longer valid, but I still cannot believe what happened. On page 55, when it read: "'Daddy' she whispered. 'He raped me.'" I was blown away. In the preceding pages it seemed as if everything were going smoothly. It sounded like Trixie and Jason were possibly going to get back together, because clearly she was still in love with him and he was beginning to show that his feelings for Trixie had retained. I did not expect Jason to rape Trixie, nor do I want to know why. This section completely caught me off guard, which, in my opinion, is a good thing.

Section 2: Post A

1.) protocol: the accepted or established code of procedure or behavior in any group, organization, or situation. (pg. 61)

2.)interstitial: pertaining to, situated in, or forming an intervening space. (pg. 64)

"Whirling about, he continued to call out for Trixie, and then-in the interstitial space between the letters of her name-he heard Trixie calling for him." (pg. 64)
-This quote shows Daniel's love for his daughter. He went to make a phone call, and when he returned she was nowhere to be found, so he ran through the hospital looking for her. This specific event reminded Daniel of a time when Trixie was very young and he though that he had lost her at the mall.

Daniel and Trixie's relationship is proven still valid after this event.

November 21, 2007

Section 1: Post B

"In none of those scenarios, though, had he ever really considered the though of a boy with his proprietary hand around his daughter's waist might make him want to run until his lungs burst." And in none of these scenarios had he seen Trixie's face fill with light when the boy came to the door, the same way she once looked at Daniel." (pg. 18)

This quotation gives evidence that Daniel (Trixie's father) is beginning to worry about growing apart from his daughter completely. He has had such a close relationship with her in the past, because her mother is a college professor who is gone majority of the time. Daniel worries that since she has a boyfriend now, she might distance herself from her him. He doesn't like the fact that his daughter has a boyfriend now, probably because it's her first, but he knows that he has to grow to accept that she's growing up and his relationship with her won't always remain constant.

Section 1: Post A

1.) queue: a line or sequence of people or vehicles awaiting their turn to be attended to or to proceed. (pg. 17)

2.) cliché: a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought. (pg. 17)

"They had a different relationship, after all, closer than most daughters and their fathers, simply because he was the one she came home to every day." (pg. 17)
-This quote is important, because it describes the relationship between Trixie and her father

Trixie is slowly, but surely growing away from her father.

November 12, 2007

2nd Quarter Outside Reading

- The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult

- Published in 2006

- Fiction

- 385 pages

- It is a New York Times Bestseller

- I chose this book because I read another book by the same author called "The Pact", which was recommended to me by one of my friends, and I liked it. So, I decided that I would read another book by the same author because I liked the first one so much. It also just seemed like a decent book to read. Maybe a little feminine, but what ever.

October 14, 2007

Week 4

Week 4, Part 1



October 08, 2007

Week 3

Week 3, Part 1

1) So, in the beginning Chuck talks about his current life habits, his job, his three girlfriends, and his "epic" journey across the country. He is an editor at a magazine called "Spin" and he has also written a few other books. His boss tells him that he needs to write an epic story for "Spin", but she doesn't know what it is yet. They both decide that he should go on a trip across the country to various locations where "rock stars" have died. He wanted to know why the greatest career move and musician can make is to stop breathing...and what this meant for the rest of us. He travels through New York City, then through Washington D.C., then Rhode Island, and all over the place. On his way, he likes to share stories of his past or memories, per se, to foreshadow or inform the reader about what is going on or what will go on. He also talks about his thoughts and feelings a lot. He has a lot of them, and they never seem to stop. He'll take one thing, and put it into 3 different examples just to get his point across. So far, he's gone to the place where Sid Vicious allegedly killed Nancy Spungen (the Chelsea Hotel), the place where John Lennon was assisnated (the Dakota apartment building), the Basketball Hall of Fame, to the night club where Great White's performance ended as an aflamed graveyard. Chuck has a lot to think about, and a lot of time to think about these things. It seems as if he uses his time well. But sometimes he gets side tracked. I'm still not quite sure about this book.

2) Charles John "Chuck" Klosterman, born on June 5, 1972 in Breckenridge, Minnesota. Chuck is an author, journalist, editor, and columnist who focuses on pop-culture. Mainly music though. Chuck was raised on a farm in North Dakota, and then graduated from the Unversity of North Dakota in 1994. After that he was a journalist in Fargo, then an art critic for the "Akron Beacon Journal" in Ohio. This was before he got a job as an ediotr for "Spin" magazine in New York City (2002). Chuck has written four books; Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota (2001); Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto (2003); Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story (2005); Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas (2006)

September 30, 2007

Memoir: Section 1

1.) In the beginning, Chuck seems to have a very obscure, but yet very clear idea about what is going to happen throughout the entire book. He talks about his thoughts a lot, not so much his feelings though. His boss tells him that she has an 'epic' project for him, but she doesn't know what it is. Somehow, they decide that he should travel across the country for three weeks to all of the different places where "rock stars" died. While getting ready for this long adventure, he seems to get side-tracked by a number of different things. He used three pages talking about the CD's he was going to bring, which ones were essential, how many he actually had in his entire collection, and elaborated on a few of them. He finally gets on the road and takes one of his three girlfriends to her cabin where some of her friends were staying. He then heads to Springfield, Massachusetts, where the band Great White played a show that inadvertently turned into a field of flames and conflagrant carnage. Chuck went into the remains of the venue, which was now a club. He met a man who's cousin died at the show. Thy talked about what happened for a while, and ended up snorting cocaine together. Chuck then, went on talking about his three girlfriends, his life in New York City, his childhood, and other things that had nothing to do with the actual plot itself. Chuck went to a place called China Grove, and talked to a few people that resided in the city. Then he left and headed towards North Carolina. He found a hotel, checked in, and went on a run. On his run, he thought a lot about what it would be like if he were to die on his run. He had it all organized and figured out what would happen if he actually did die. Fortunately, he didn't die. After his run, he showered and went to dinner at the Cracker Barrel across the street from his hotel. He ended up having a very in depth conversation about dreams and being hypnotized by television with his waitress. He seemed to be somewhat attracted to this woman. The section ended with him talking about one of his three girlfriends and thinking about things that he did with her.

This I Believe Assignment...


2.) Wayne Coyne

3.) Creating Our Own Happiness

4.) I believe we have the power to create our own happiness.

5.) #1: "But then I saw their faces. Yes, they were huddling, but they were also laughing. They looked to be sharing a good joke, and suddenly, instead of pitying them, I envied them. I thought, 'Huh, what's so funny?' They didn't notice the wind. They weren't worried about their clothes. They weren't looking at my car thinking, 'I wish I had that.' "

#2: "...I realized I had assumed this couple needed my pity, but they didn't. I assumed things were all bad for them, but they weren't. And I understood we all have the power to make moments of happiness happen."

6.) "I believe this is something all of us can do: Try to be happy within the context of the life we are actually living."

September 05, 2007

Alex's Totally Rad Blog

1.) The thing I am most anxious about at Edina High School is:

I guess I'm not very anxious about anything at Edina High School, because I don't really get anxious often. I also don't really have anything to be anxious about. I mean, it's just a new school year. There's nothing to be nervous all.

2.) One goal for myself in my sophomore year is:

To be as self-less as possible, and to be as politically active as possible. I don't like greed or envy at all, so I try to be as helpful as possible and share what I have with those who don't have what I have. Everybody needs a little help sometimes, right?