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Life of a Cross Country student

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It’s bitter sweet every time I talk about my passion for running and people always say, “You actually like that?” Yes, I do. I love it. Running actually helps clear my mind of all the busy things going on in my life and is an awesome past time. But, besides being a runner I’m also a student. I attend a competitive high school where the classes are vigorous, and the teachers are strict. But, besides being a runner and a student, I’m also a son. I live under my parents’ roof and at home, whatever they say, goes. I have strict parents that have high expectations of me. Home isn’t complete relaxation though. At home I face a lot of chores and do a lot of work. It definitely isn’t easy to balance all the busy things that go on in my life so every hour counts. It requires a precise schedule that must be on time.

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How to Break the Awkward Silence In Group Hangouts

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It happens quite often when I sit with a group of friends, hanging out…but we aren’t really hanging out.. We’re all looking at the screens on our phone. It happened to me once where it was with my cross country team and all we did was sat their staring at our video, or game, etc. I personally don’t like it once I come to the realization of it but I too am guilty of it. It’s at those times where I think to myself, “What has come of this generation?.. What are we doing just sitting here, on our phones, and not having an actual conversation?” That’s when I make my attempt at trying to break the silence.

“So guys, what’s for practice today?..”

“40 minute run.”

“Cool,” I reply, “So….”

At that point I knew this conversation was to heavy to carry and that they didn’t really care to even reply. My attempt at trying to get a conversation going so that we didn’t sit their in silence failed. So, I looked to come up with ways to be able to break the awkward silence in conversations. Here are some tips and tricks for breaking the awkward silence and to get your friends to put away their phones:

Jokes and Riddles!

Jokes and riddles are a great way to get people to stop looking at their phone. When you ask them a question it gets them involved to what you’re saying and think about an answer. They get a laugh out of it, and everyone enjoys. Often times when you start off with a joke, your friends start telling their jokes and a solid conversation is going.

Here are some of my favorite jokes and riddles. Watch yourself, these will definitely make you think…

Q: Before Mt. Everest was discovered, what was the tallest mountain in the world.

A: Mt. Everest.

Q: Mary’s father has 5 daughters – Nana, Nene, Nini, Nono. What is the fifth daughters name?
A: If you answered Nunu, you are wrong. It’s Mary!

Q: fA: Most people will only see three F’s. But, there are actually 6!! Here’s a hint, check the word “oF.” Don’t worry, it caught me to and I almost flipped out.

Show a Video

If you can’t stay off your phone at least use it WITH the group. Do something together like watch a video. If you’ve seen any funny videos or videos that you like, share it with the group. If it’s funny you’ll all get a laugh out of it. My favorite funny video is on the Youtube channel about this soccer play. It left me in complete tears because it was so ridiculous.

Play Games

Another way to utilize your phone in group hangouts if you really can’t stay off it is play an app game. There are a lot of trivia games that can be more fun than you think. It involves the group and brings excitement when the answer is revealed. Also, you can play games like Truth or Dare, or 21 Questions, that involve the entire group.

Here are just some of the many fun activities that you can do to be an icebreaker in a group hangout. I know these awkward moments happen very often for everyone and I hope just these few methods can go a long way.


Nike Air Mag Finally in 2015?!?!

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In the 1989 movie, Back to The Future Part 2, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is seen wearing these futuristic Nike shoes that light up and even self tie themselves. The comedy/sci-fi movie was released in 1989 but the story was set in 2015, which was the future from where the Nike Air Mag would come from. Fast forward 26 years and here we are, 2015. But, where are these futuristic, self tying Nike shoes that Back to The Future claims there to be?

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Indeed they are here and have been here since 2011 when the Back to The Future Nike Air Mag replicas were released. They were almost completely accurate to the ones displayed in the movie with only one thing missing; the self tying function. There were 1500 pairs made and they were auctioned on ebay where the proceeds would go towards the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease Research. Even though these official Nike replicas were very aesthetically appealing, they did not have that iconic self tying function that made the shoes popular. Well, WORRY NO FURTHER YOU SNEAKERHEAD, BACK TO THE FUTURE FANS. They’re coming and 2015 is the year where they were in the movie so 2015 is when they shall be delivered!!

Tinker Hatfield, Nike’s chief of innovation, has confirmed they are working on this shoe to be released in 2015, the year they appeared in the movie. Claims have also been made on  Nike’s patent of the self tying lace functionality which they call power lace. Although this is an extremely anticipated events by enthusiasts of shoes and the movies, don’t expect them to be so easily attainable once they’re debuted. First off, the price won’t exactly be cheap for the average sneakerhead. You’ve got to be a major fan to invest in these. The 2011 replicas alone go for hundreds of dollars and in some cases, thousands. You can only imagine how much money the new 2015 Nike Air Mags WITH the power laces will be listed for. Not just the pricing will be a big obstacle, but then you’ll definitely be having  a run for your money. Their are crazy sneakerhead, Back to The Future fans out there who will literally fight for these exclusive shoes when they’re released. Good luck getting they’re fast enough. I predict these will come out of stock FAST

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Although these shoes look very cool with the lights, and futuristic mold, who would actually wear these? Especially after paying hundreds of dollars for it you wouldn’t want a blemish on these treasures. Plus, you’d look like some freak alien with them. Although, you would attract tons of attention and definitely turn heads. Many buy these for display purposes and don’t actually wear them. Some fans even get angry when people wear these shoes. They treat them as if they are artifacts and shouldn’t be touched.

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I for one am very excited for the release of the new 2015 Nike Air Mags. Even though it is highly unlikely that I will ever attain one, I’m excited for the power lace technology. Hopefully with the innovative self tying function already established, Nike will incorporate this cool feature into future shoes.


Book and Movie Review: The Fault in Our Stars

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Yes, I’m a guy and I read this book. And I also watched the movie. And I thoroughly enjoyed it. Go ahead- throw your stereotypes at me and make fun of me. I don’t care. Call me a girl but I for one, enjoyed both the movie and the book. The book was also written by a guy, not a girl.

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Comparing Two Worlds: East Coast vs. West Coast

I live in the west coast so going to the east for me was like stepping into another dimension. Both are so drastically different I could hardly believe I was in the same country. The look, feel, and vibe are just so different from each other. This definitely isn’t a bad thing I mean, it was a great experience. Let me give you the feel of the two:

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How to Play With Fire!!

*WARNING* Be extremely careful when performing or executing any of these tricks. They are very fun when taken very carefully and cautiously. BE SAFE 🙂

Ever since I was a little boy I loved playing with fire. I always got in trouble for it but nevertheless I was fascinated by it. I don’t know what it was but just seeing paper burn excited me. As of now I’m no longer a little kid so I get away with it it a little bit more and I’ve even taught myself some tricks utilizing fire. The first trick I’ve ever learned allowed me to literally hold a ball of fire in my hands.

 

 FIREBALL

This trick requires a cotton ball, and acetone(nail polish remover). It’s rather simple but just takes guts and you can’t bail out when doing it. To do this, you need to take one cotton ball and soak it in the acetone just enough to make it damp. Not to dry but not too wet either. Then all you have to do is place it in your hand, get SOMEONE ELSE to ignite it with a lighter, and voila; you have yourself a fireball. Only thing with this is that you have to bounce it in between your hands. You CANNOT let it sit there for too long or it will burn and get hot. If you bounce and alternate it in between hands then it shouldn’t feel hot at all. But don’t think you can do this with anything. Don’t ball up a piece of paper and think that bouncing it between your hands will make it less hot for you. Acetone makes the fire cooler and more manageable. I recommend doing this above a sink or at least make sure that there is a source of water nearby.

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BREATHE FIRE

This simple trick that requires little skill and practice will let you blow fire like a dragon! All you need is paper, corn starch, a spoon, and a lighter. Roll up the piece of paper so that it is long and not too close to your hands. Use your lighter to set one end of the paper on fire and hold the other end with your fingers. You don’t have to use paper, you can use cardboard or construction paper or anything that u can hold up and will light on fire. The flame just has to be big enough because the flame on a candle would be to small and it wouldn’t work. Next take your spoon and scoop out a big spoonful of corn starch and put it in your mouth. Don’t worry the cornstarch won’t taste like anything but the texture might be a bit peculiar.  The absolute biggest rule for this trick to remember: DO NOT INHALE. DO NOT INHALE the cornstarch at all. It is bad for your lungs if you inhale it so breathe through your nose if you need to. After you are ready with the cornstarch in your mouth, hold the fire up, and blow out! You want to basically whistle the cornstarch out to disperse it. If you try to set the powder on fire when it is all together in a cup, you’ll notice it won’t ignite. But, if you disperse the cornstarch like dust, it will ignite immediately thus giving you the effect of breathing fire. I recommend doing this trick outside above cement or asphalt with someone nearby and a water source nearby as well.

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MAGICALLY “BLOW OUT” A CANDLE

This trick is pretty easy and you’ll most likely have these items at home. Here’s how the effect works: Present a lit candle, seemingly pour an empty glass over the candle, and extinguish the flame. Claim that the glass was filled with magic water.

The trick is pretty easy but just requires some set up. The materials you will need are a candle, lighter, a glass cup, baking soda, and vinegar. Prepare this trick by creating a reaction between vinegar and baking soda. You don’t need a glass full of the baking soda and/or vinegar but just enough to create a quick reaction. The chemical reaction between these two created carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is heavier than the air so it will just sit in the cup. Then, all you have to do is basically pour this carbon dioxide over the flame and it will be extinguished…MAGICALLY! Try it once to make sure you know that it works and you can perform this at a party or in front of your friends to impress them. The most difficult part will probably be the set up.

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Now you have three, cool, new, tricks that you can perform using fire. It’s great for parties, performing to your friends to impress them, or to just do at home if you’re ever bored and have nothing to do. Remember, be careful and make sure you take safety precautions before doing these tricks. Once you’ve got everything set up, you’ll have a great time!


Should You Be Judging Others?

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

You should not be judging anyone. It’s a horrible habit and stigma we have as a society in that we judge people or things upon their appearance to us. This type of thing goes hand in hand with stereotypes and its a hindrance to society and we have to do our best to work towards ridding ourselves of this ridiculous mindset. Judging others without knowing anything about them other than a preconceived appearance just screams out ignorance and we really shouldn’t represent ourselves this way. Actually, it’s almost hypocritical for me to talk about this because I’m guilty to such actions. Everyone has judged without full knowledge at least once in their life and we really should start training ourselves into having a mindset where something like this is unacceptable. You don’t realize this but you aren’t the only one judging. You are judging others thinking it doesn’t matter, while at the same you don’t realize people are judging you and all of a sudden when you realize it you don’t like it. And if you’re here reading this saying you don’t judge others, I’m here to tell you that you’re most likely wrong. You judge without realizing it.

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Mahatma Gandhi

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To me, Gandhi was one of the most inspiring people in history. He was able to persuade and move an entire nation to resistance against foreign rule and he did so with no violence whatsoever. He lived an extremely successful life and fought against colonial rule, racial discrimination, and pursued independence for India. With his civil resistance he got the Europeans to succumb to his demand for independence of his country and restored justice.

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Polaroid Cameras

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What’s the only box from the 80’s that spits out a black card on the command of a button? A Polaroid Camera!

Everyone knows Polaroid Camera’s right? Or at least those square pictures that are spit out from the instant cameras that we’ve all seen before. They’re the cameras that when you take a picture with them an instant photo is printed out from the front. They were quintessential to the 70’s and 80’s and provided a cool way of preserving memories and good times. You just had to click the button and a square card would come out and you would have to wait while the image would magically appear. There are many really cool Polaroids today but, firstly, here’s the history of Polaroid:

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Essentials to go Fishing

hope bassFor those of your who have never gone fishing before and would like to, you’ve come to the right page. Fishing is a fun activity packed with action but, you have to know what to do. You have to be prepared and ready in order to be successful in catching fish.

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