Memorial day weekend

Hello all, we are coming up on memorial day weekend and I am pumped. I am going to my bestfriends cabin in wenatchee and it is super fun. I go there about twice or three times a year so I am looking forward to it.

The weather has been very nice lately and I am estatic we are so close to summer i cant even wait. we have 15 school days left and only 8 of them are full days so that is nice.

In math i have two assignments left, my unit 7 test and math final. My class ends next friday so it is time for me to prepare myself properly for the final scores. I have an 81 in the class so that is a plus. Also, I am taking semester two algebra over the summer so that sucks (sarcasm).

Also I have learned this s much in journalism this year, i am really glad i got to take thiis class. I have become a much bette journalist and thats what i wanted when i sined up for this.

so here I am just had the time of my life in Wenatchee, and it was super fun. The lake was literally 50 degrees, and I jumped in and jumped right out. I went kayaking and there was a current for some reason so my arms are very tired.

now here I am going to camano an island an hour up north. My cousin has a cabin here so that’s really fun. I’m very tired though. Summer will come soon.

The Seattle Boardwalk Rocks!

Hey guys!

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Recently I got a Fitbit, which is a fancy watch that not only tells time, but also tells you the number of steps you have walked in a day, heart rate, how many miles traveled, how many active minutes you exercised for, and how many calories you have burned. You can also use the phone app to set “silent alarms” which when synced to the watch, go off and vibrate on your wrist until you wake up. The watch also tracks when you sleep and tracks the different cycles of sleep that you went through, which is super nifty. I have been enjoying using this watch and in order to reach my daily goal of 10,000 steps, I decided to go on a long walk!

I walked along the Seattle boardwalk, which stretches from downtown all the way to Ballard! This is a beautiful stretch of sidewalk which has a portion for bikers and another portion for walkers and runners. You can choose to travel as far as you would like to along the walk but the whole thing has amazing views of the Puget Sound and the ports. We set out on this walk during sunset time on a warm evening, which was wild, and very pleasant and along the way there were plenty of dogs to observe and plenty of other people exercising.

I highly recommend walking along here on a summer evening, it’s a gorgeous view and if you feel ambitious you can travel along the whole thing into Ballard! I also highly recommend investing in a Fitbit if you are looking to be more active.

See ya next week

A Look at Week 1 of 2017

Hello everybody, Cougar Fan here. Now that we have fewer than 100 days until the 2017 season kicks off, it is not too early to start looking at some of the big opening week match ups.

Alabama vs Florida State

This game is billed as a big one in the College Football Playoff conversation. Florida State will be replacing some key pieces, so it will be interesting to see how they fare in a week one match up with the Crimson Tide. I expect Alabama to win this won, and I don’t even expect it to be all that close. I am not buying the FSU hype.

LSU vs BYU

I am looking forward to this one. I think that BYU may be able to get the pieces put together for a quality win over the Tigers from the SEC. Quarterback Tanner Mangum will finally get his chance to shine after an offseason of starter reps. LSU lost a lot of talent in the draft. This will be an interesting game.

Eastern Washington at Texas Tech

Sure it is an FCS vs FBS match up, but this one should showcase a lot of offense, and it will be interesting to see how the “lower level” EWU Eagles fare against the Red Raiders.

Western Michigan at USC

The WMU Broncos lose a lot of the talent that led them to an undefeated regular season last year, but it will still be interesting to see how Western Michigan plays against a quality team.

Troy at Boise State

Troy could be poised for a big year. The Trojans have a quality defense, and return a lot of talent on offense, which could enable them to make a splash nationally this year. That would have to begin with a win at Boise State in week one.

Appalachian State at Georgia

Similar to Troy, App State returns a good defense as well as a good offense. Georgia has a lot of national hype entering this season. This situation seems awfully similar to the situation of the App State vs Tennessee game last year, and in it the Mountaineers surprised many by taking the game to overtime. App State’s elite secondary will put star sophomore QB Jacob Eason to the test.

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Appalachian State’s Clifton Duck will look to challenge Georgia’s QB, Jacob Eason in week 1

 

Could H.H Holmes be Jack the Ripper?

Hey Guys,

In my H.H Holmes blog post I said I was going to write about a very interesting theory about H.H Holmes and Jack the Ripper, so here it is:

1.) Their Handwriting

A handwriting analysis expert compared H.H Holmes’s handwriting to the handwriting in Jack the Ripper’s ‘Dear Boss’ letter. The expert concluded it was by the same hand. There is apparently a 97.95% chance that H.H Holmes wrote the letter.

2.) Composite Picture that is identical to a picture of H.H Holmes

Scotland Yard used various eyewitness accounts to create a composite photo of Jack the Ripper. The end result looks vaguely like H.H Holmes.

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3.) London Connections

According to census records, H.H Holmes had a residence in London and there is no record of him in Chicago in the winter of 1888 when the murders happened. He tried to sell a corpse to a hospital and someone placed  a complaint in the area of London.

4.) Holmes’s Medical Knowledge

Holmes since childhood preformed medical surgeries on animals and got a medical degree. Police think that Jack the Ripper has to have medical knowledge since he removed the wombs from the women that was a very precise surgery.

5.) Proof in Holmes’s Diary

Holmes wrote descriptions training someone to carry out the murders so he could kidnap and murder women undetected.

 

Donald of Arabia….Get it? Like Lawrence of Arabia. He also went to Israel

This week President Donald (J) Trump, went on his first overseas trip. This comes at a convenient time for Trump as the past two weeks of the Trump presidency has been mired in several controversies. Trump first visited the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. There he helped finalize an arms deal worth over $100 billion. The Saudi King, King Salman gave Trump a warm welcome. Trump made a speech about fighting extremism, and the Saudis opened a center targeting extremism.

Next Trump headed over to Israel to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Tensions have risen between the close allies due to a international gaffe created by Trump. While meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister, he discussed highly classified info gathered by Israeli intelligence. Not only does this info compromise the source, it also dilutes the trust that the Israeli spy apparatus has for the United States. Trump brought this up in a speech while standing next to Prime Minister Netanyahu, creating an awkward situation. After Israel, Trump then headed over to Rome to visit the Vatican. It has been reported that the Pope gave Trump book on climate change. sly. Trump will now be heading to Brussels for a meeting with the other members of NATO.

Meanwhile, Trump has left behind political firestorms created by his firing of FBI director James Comey, asking Comey to cancel his Russia investigation into the campaign, and also by giving classified information to Russia. Unfortunately for Trump, the firestorm will still be here, raging, even if on a back burner for the time being.

Major Environmental Fund Contributors

Hey Guys,

Lucky for us, it seems as if today’s million and billionaires are taking more of an interest in the environment. It seems as the state of our planet gets worse, the more people are willing to fund efforts to support environmental groups and research. Below, I’ve listed the top 3 contributors to environmental efforts today. Hopefully, more and more people will get involved before it’s too late.

Nathaniel Simons

Simons is the leader of the Sea Change Foundation, one of the biggest funders in climate change and energy space exploration. Simon’s, son of mathematician James Simons, the created Renaissance Technologies, uses the funds from his father’s multi-billion dollar company for his foundation. In 2012, it was recorded that the Sea Change Foundation gave out $55 million to research in areas such as climate change and new energy sources.

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Tom Steyer and wife Kat Taylor are both major environmental philanthropists.

Tom Steyer

A retired California hedge fund billionaire, Steyer aims his activism towards fighting and exploring the issues of climate change. Since he became a philanthropist, Steyer has been a dominant force in changing the politics of global warming. Both Steyer and his wife have contributed large grants and sums to environmental research groups. In 2012, the couple established TomKat Charitable Trust, a grantmaking company committed to supporting environmental studies.

David Gelbaum

Out of all three, Gelbaum has definitely donated the most money to environmental causes. Gelbaum contributed  200 million alone to the Sierra Club and another $250 million for land conservation in the West. However, Gelbaum generosity has caused him to lose most of his fortune from his successful Wall Street investments.

A Weekend on Alaska (5/26)

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My attempt at drawing a window to make up for the lack of one provided for me

My attempt at drawing a window to make up for the lack of one provided for me

This weekend I flew down to Orange County in California on Alaska Airlines. The relatively quick flights took place on Saturday morning and Monday night. The flight time is just over two hours with extended block time for delays while on the ground.

On the flight to Santa Ana, my flight departed at 6:20 am which meant a very early morning wake up for me. The trip to the airport was very easy and security took a total of 3 minutes due to TSA PreCheck. Once on board, the flight was very easy, especially due to the fact I had free WiFi for the day, kindly provided by GoGo In-Flight Entertainment. The only issue with the service was that on the first drink run, the cabin crew missed my row completely and we did not get served until the crew made a second round. To make up for this mistake, we were offered free drinks or food, to which I gratefully accepted a nice breakfast. All in all the flight was very easy and up to par with the rest of Alaska’s flights, minus the fact I had no window.

The return was just as easy, with security taking even less time than in Seattle. The only issue was the late arrival time into Seattle, scheduled for 10:05 pm. Due to this late arrival time we were parked at a gate with no jet bridge and deplaned via a single ramp located at the aircraft’s main cabin door. All in all it was a good flight and a good experience on Alaska Airlines.

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See ya next week!

Comfrey Craze

Comfrey, or more specifically; Symphytum officinale, is a pretty unassuming herb. But it is gaining huge traction among organic farmer and gardeners due to its great versatility. It is a low, bushy herb that prolifically grows more leaves everyday. This plant its gaining a reputation because of how amazing it makes as a companion plant or as a part of a compost blend. It produces large tuber like roots that will grow down in soil up to six feet deep! But because of this depth, the plant pulls rich and valuable nutrients from the deep soil, feeding nearby plants as well. But more often, comfrey is harvested and is used as a compost ingredient or compost activator. Its deep roots help it accumulate tons of nitrogen into the leaves, and plenty of potassium, which are vital for nice flowers and bigger veggies. Comfrey leaves can be added to a compost heap, its abundance of nitrogen help with feeding the microbes and helps keep the heap warm, accelerating the compost digestion. Or comfrey leaves can be rotten down into a liquid, and after diluting, it can be turned into a compost tea that can be sprayed or fed to other plants. Its biomass can also be layed down on medium to create a mulching layer that boosts the amount of potassium and nitrogen in the top soil.

There is so much more to this plant that I dont have the space to write about, but please before reaching for bagged fertilzier, consider using plants alone to do the feeding of other plants.

Plant and Prosper!

Lifelong Organization

Hello all bloggers! I thought we could explore another organization today called Lifelong. Lifelong delivers food, housing, and health services to people living with chronic illnesses, including HIV and AIDS. They say on their website, “Lifelong’s team of skilled staff partner with clients to overcome obstacles like poverty and food insecurity that stand between them and their best possible health. Each person arrives with their own set of strengths and challenges, and needs care that is just as unique. We are here to help and serve individuals in King, Snohomish, Skagit, San Juan, Whatcom, Cowlitz, Wahklalkum and Island counties. What makes our organization unique is not our services, but how we deliver them. We discovered that for someone to overcome barriers to health, our staff needs to meet them where they are in life. Instead of just checking boxes on an intake form, we truly listen. Case managers identify what basic needs aren’t being met, whether that’s safe housing or reliable transportation to doctor’s appointments, or access to healthy food. Our kitchen cooks nutritious meals that cater to someone’s specific illness, and then hand deliver them to doorstep with a smile. We understand that successfully battling an illness or recovering from a hospital stay is near impossible when you are medically fragile, low-income, and lacking a support system. For 30 years we’ve worked to fill that gap of individualized care so that people can achieve their best health – their best possible life.” Lifelong has customized care for all who need a little help during life. You can get involved and volunteer with this organization like my friend Izzy is or you can donate. Lifelong’s volunteers have played a vital role in helping the organization provide quality care and services to their clients. I would suggest checking out their website to discover more about them and ways you can help out. Thanks everyone, see you next week.

Lifelong is a community health organization committed to empowering people living with or at risk of HIV and/or other chronic conditions to lead healthier lives.

Lifelong is a community health organization committed to empowering people living with or at risk of HIV and/or other chronic conditions to lead healthier lives.

Relay For Life

Howdy everyone! I know everybody in the State of Washington enjoyed the weather brought before us today. I walked a fantastic hike in PE and then after school went running with my older brother around the neighborhood. I have to say, if you truly live in the Pacific Northwest then you know what it means to take advantage of bright sunny days. I’m glad I had the time today to stop and enjoy nature and also simply be outside. Speaking about involvement outside, this weekend I’m participating in Relay For Life again for my second year in a row! I had so much fun with my group of friends from last year that we decided to turn out again and raise money for a cause! Our high school holds the event every year on the track field and we just walk for hours and hang out. Before the event, you raise money as a team and set a goal for yourself of how much you want to fundraise. Relay For Life is not only a fun event to attend with friends but also meaningful. The American Cancer Society runs Relay For Life and the event is life changing in the sense that we fundraise for cancer patients and survivors. It helps communities across the globe fight back against all types of cancer. On their website they mention, “1 in 3 women and 1 in 2 men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. One of those people could be you or someone you love. When you join a Relay For Life event, you’re helping the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking research, crucial patient care programs, and education and prevention information. When you Relay, you help save lives.” My group of friends and I find this event by far one of the most meaningful times to give back to all those suffering or all who have suffered from some sort of cancer in their lifetime. I would suggest anybody and everybody to get involved with a Relay For Life event near you because we all want to find a cure to end cancer permanently. Have an awesome weekend everybody and enjoy the sun while it lasts! I know I certainly will!

150 million dollars raised went to groundbreaking cancer research in the year of 2015 and 316 thousand rides were provided to and from cancer treatments. When communities come together, we can help save lives and celebrate life everyday.

150 million dollars raised went to groundbreaking cancer research in the year of 2015 and 316 thousand rides were provided to and from cancer treatments. When communities come together, we can help save lives and celebrate life everyday.

 

Chelsea Wins the League!

Hello everyone,

Last Friday, Chelsea clinched the Premier League Title with a 1-0 win against West Brom. Chelsea had been the top team for most of the year and their consistency proved too much for the other contenders. Chelsea came off of a very poor season last year where they came in tenth place, a very low spot for the quality and the history of their team. With a new coach this year they figured some things out and made a few acquisitions to recapture the Premier League Title. Most of the league has two games remaining and the rest of the top teams are battling it out for the remaining top 4 spots and the worse teams are fighting to remain in the league.

The teams that finish in the top four of the Premier League qualify for the next year’s Champions League, which is a huge honor for any club. Chelsea and Tottenham have the top two spots locked, but the other two will come down to the final day. Manchester City currently holds third and unless they lose badly and both Arsenal and Liverpool win, then they should claim the third spot. The fourth spot is a little tighter. Liverpool controls their own destiny as they are one point ahead of Arsenal. Liverpool also plays Middlesborough, who will finish second to last in the table. Arsenal has a tough match-up against Everton, so Liverpool fans should feel good about their chances. However, you never know; some crazy things have happened on the final day of the Premier League.

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A Universal Major: Business

business-1239215-1280x960Hey everybody! TheCollegiate here. I’ve been thinking about different types of majors and minors recently, so I thought that for this week’s blog post I would talk more about majoring in business. A major in business, as the title of this blog post suggests, is very universal. This means that the major itself is generally broad and all-encompassing, but is also very helpful for going into a wide variety of careers. This major is perfect for students who are not sure about what career field they want to enter, and today I’m going to explain why.

The first reason is that a major in business is a gateway to getting a job in nearly any type of industry. You can help run companies, or be a consultant for a company. You may find that you love managing companies and helping them run smoothly, or you may find a new passion by working alongside certain industries and learning what they are all about.

Additionally, a major in business is great for those who have personal hobbies and interests that they want to make a living off of someday. Do you love baking? Photography? With a degree in business, you can own and operate your own bakery or photography studio, and do what you truly love doing every day.

Majoring in business will not only allow you to enter into a wide variety of career paths, but it will also help give you valuable, real-world skills such as financing that you will use for the rest of your life. If you are unsure about what you want to pursue after college, consider a major in business, as it may help you greatly later on.

That’s all for this week!

TheCollegiate

Bright Bryophytes !

Bryophytes or widely known as moss, are odd species of plants are often overlooked because of how greatly they are distributed all over the world, especially here in the PNW. Despite them being rather unpopular in research fields and among people, moss plays a huge role in ecosystems and ultimately the health of our planet. Many people remove moss from their gardens/yards without much thought, just because at first glance they do not really add much, but they are so much more to them than often recognized. I personally think mosses can be a great ground cover or a decorative plant in general, but other than the aesthetic appeal, they can add a lot to your garden and our environment.

First, having a strong colony of moss nearby a veggie garden is a really good deterrent for bugs and animals that like to prey on our plants. Mosses naturally produce bitter compounds that is meant to make predators avoid eating them, but this can also help protect nearby plants. But despite these compounds, moss makes a great habitat for beneficial insects, salamanders, and frogs that ultimately help protect your plants from predators and disease.   More widely known, mosses are incredible at water retention and air purification. Moss can hold entire ecosystems together during dry spells because of how much water they help circulate and store. Moss is also on par with large trees when it comes to cleaning air pollution. They filter air very well and also make great indicator species for air pollution/quality. So if you ever consider ripping out the moss from your garden, please consider the impacts it may have and if it would really be worth it. Or maybe you are like me, and adore the idea of establishing an entire moss garden just for fun, its becoming a very interesting trend!

Plant and Prosper!

Back To Reality

IMG_2441Hello all, as you know my last couple of blogs were pretty positive. I was having a good couple of weeks, it felt weird and I knew it was going to end soon. Well, this is the week where I came back to reality. Now, I am more of the glass is half full kind of guy then half empty. However this week was a battle when it comes to school work.

I was building in chemistry. My grade was climbing slowly but surely and then boom I get a 7/14 on our test thursday. I am not going to lie, that was rough, Now I usually shrug it off and not worry but i was genuinly confused on how i did so bad. I studied for an hour the night before and felt confident. So that was a bummer.

Work this week was pretty awful too, one of our bussers quit and a new busser came on staff. I know what you are all thinking right now, “hey thats great you have a new busser!!!” well not exactly. I was supposed to train him and wow I learned i do not have as much patience as i thought i did. Being a Bus boy is not a hard job to understand and get the hang of. I trained him for three days and he still has absolutely no idea what he is doing. This is testing me but I have to be nice and respectful.

My math final is in two weeks so i have to go hard this weekend and get as far as i can through my last unit before my final so i have time to study for my final and get ready. It is a big portion of my grade so its time to put in the work.

Also – I always wear ankle socks (hence the pic) Anyways, have a good weekend and enjoy the sun!