English 20 Essay

This Essay will be about these questions: In Jim Lehrer’s autobiography, what story do I remember the most? What happened in the story? What is it that grabbed me? What did he do that made it grab me? The story that I remember the best… I had two that were real close, but I will only cover one. It is an event from his childhood, and it is about the main theme in the book: buses.

Lehrer’s father had opened a bus company, Kansas Central Lines, and had purchased three buses to run it. Unfortunately, they were cheap, used and unreliable. The one Lehrer rode in was Betsy. Betsy had a problem with her air brakes, and because of the world war, the parts to repair her were unobtainable. This meant that any fix they gave here was only temporary.

There was one instance where one of the drivers was in the bus with Lehrer next to him. They had almost finished their route and were nearing the hotel which was their destination. However, as they got within the city limits, Lehrer noticed something. The driver was not stopping at the intersections! Instead he felt that the bus was going very slowly through and speeding up on the other side. He realized with a shock that Betsy had no brakes! He glanced behind him. Thankfully, none of the passengers had noticed. The driver was sweating like crazy. After another two intersections, the passengers had clearly noticed. They had not panicked or said anything or gotten out their seats. Yet.

There was only one more intersection. But it was the busiest one yet. The driver was not accelerating the bus at all and had not been for the past minute. The bus was going incredibly slowly. But there was no way yo make it across the street before the light turned red. The bus inched forward. The light turned yellow. The bus driver started honking his horn. They came onto the intersection with cars zooming past them. But Lehrer describes it as being quiet and peaceful inside. “There was no screaming, no shattering glass, no screeching of tires. It was like in one of those movies where Jesus is walking through a crowd; silent, impenetrable.” The bus made it across and the driver somehow made a complete stop in front of the hotel. But as they were approaching their destination, Lehrer hollered out from the passenger side seat: “Our brakes are out! Since Valley Center!” Then the panic started. People screamed and shouted and demanded refunds. His mother buried her face in her hands. As they got off, Lehrer’s brother called him “Mr. Big Mouth.” Which stuck.

The reason that this grabbed me was a totally different reason from the other choice story; the one about the pinball machine. That story had a sense of suspense, but it was of a different kind. This is more of an action story, like something to put in a movie. It is thrilling even to read off a computer PDF, and is not likely to bore you. You always want to know what is going to happen next.

This is the story that I can remember best, and I know that is true because I could recite it all from memory. I only had to check the PDF once because I remembered Lehrer saying Valley Forge but I knew that was not in Kansas. That concludes this essay. My next post will be for the business class. It will be on “How can the strategy of going the extra mile help me to attain my goals?”

Business 1 Lesson 15 Essay: Why Is Running My Own Business a Way to Guarantee My Employment in 2030?

Launching a business is a risky move. Most small businesses do not make it for very long. They either go bankrupt or they simply never gain any notice. But a business is one of the most secure ways to make a living. What? Din’t I just say it was risky? Yes. But if you do successfully launch the business, and get enough traffic, you will have a usually steady stream of income to rely on.

That is, for most businesses. Some are seasonal. Sometimes you may run short of supplies. But the biggest advantage is that no one can fire you. Actually, that is not true. A business owner probably gets fired more times than a person in any other profession. Any of your customers can just stop and say “I didn’t like that last product. I’m not buying anything from there again.” But no one person can put a stop to your income, unless your business is not running well.

Added to this is the coming of robots. Yes, they already exist and are not replacing an extraordinary amount of jobs yet. But robots are becoming more advanced every year. Moore’s law is slowing down, but people are looking for other materials to use for computer chips besides silicon. They will take over transportation, filing, court case evidence, and most routine jobs.

But running a business is simply something that a robot cannot do yet. It requires the motivation to start it, the time and effort to work it, and most importantly the managing skills to make sure that it does not crash. I do not believe that a robot can make all the decisions required to run a business successfully. At least they won’t be able to before 2030.

This is why launching a successful business is a way to guarantee employment in 2030 (nearly.)

Business 1: How Does Harry Browne’s Approach to Selling Rely On the Principle Of Service?

What is the Principle of Service?

Harry Browne based his entire philosophy on three “laws”. I think that they are more general rules than laws. First, that all men seek happiness. Brown defines happiness as “a feeling of well-being.” Second, that happiness is relative. It can’t be everything, but it can be a wide variety of things to a wide variety of people. Third, that all actions that a man takes will be for the advancement of his own happiness. Again, I don’t think that this applies all the time, but it is generally true.

Using these “laws,” Browne states that no one is going to to something purely for your benefit. He says that those who are donating money to the poor are not doing it for the poor; they are doing it to produce a good feeling in themselves, or avoid a similar bad feeling. He also says that you cannot really force someone to do what he does not want to do. He claims that if you hold a gun to his chest and threaten to kill him, and he hands over his money, that he is still doing what he wants to do. At least he thinks that it is preferable to getting shot.

And so, Browne says that because no one will do something solely for your benefit, and you cannot force them to do something that they do not want to do, you must offer him a service in exchange for his resources. And so, Brown states that your profits, however much money is put on you ledger, is a record of how much you have served others.

Again, I do not agree with all of this right here, but his process worked for him and many others, and I believe that he was close to his mark. That concludes this essay on the Principle of Service.

Rewriting: A Brother of St Francis

I was talking to my friend some time ago about the feelings I had when I was watching a hippopotamus.  After I expressed my thoughts about the vulgar animal, she said “You don’t like thinking about a hippo? Look at a pig! There is something worth thinking over!” Most people hate thinking about scary things. But it is better to confront your fears than to ignore them. So maybe it would be better today to go watch pigs than sitting in your garden again. Continue reading

The Cambridge Latin 1: After Dinner

After Caecilius explained the truth, all the friends were silent. Soon, all the friends said “Goodbye,” and left the house. They nervously proceeded through the street. No stars shone. No moon was in the sky. The friends heard nothing, because the streets were deserted. The friends proceeded quietly, because they were afraid of the ghost. Suddenly a cat howled. The friends were very afraid. Frightened, they all rushed through the city, because they were despairing for their lives. They were making a strange uproar. Many Pompeians were worried, because they heard the uproar. However, Caecilius did not hear the uproar, because he was asleep in the bedroom.

The Cambridge Latin 1: Decens

After Felix told the marvelous story, Caecilius and his guests applauded. Then everyone was silent and awaiting another story. Suddenly the heard a shout. Everyone but Clemens hurried to the atrium and Clemens stayed.

Caecilius: By Hercules! What is it? Did you hear the scream?

Clemens: Decens, Decens…

Caecilius: What is it?

Clemens: Decens is dead.

Everyone: What? Dead? Oh dear!

(2 servants enter)

Caecilius: Why do you say this?

First servant: My master was coming from your house. The master caught sight of a gladiator near the amphitheater.

Second servant: The gladiator frightened the master because he was brandishing a huge sword. Then the gladiator shouted, “You don’t frighten me, lion, you don’t frighten me! Lions killed my friend in the arena, but you don’t frighten me!”

First servant: Decens was very afraid. “You are insane,” replied the master. “I am not a lion, I am a man.”

Second slave: However, the gladiator fiercely attacked the master and dragged him into the amphitheater. Terrified, the master shouted. Clemens heard the loud noise.

First slave: Because Clemens was brave, he entered the amphitheater. My master was dead.

Caecilius: I understand the truth! The gladiator was Pugnax. Pugnax was a very well-known gladiator. Pugnax once fought in the arena, and a lion killed him. Pugnax is not alive: Pugnax is a ghost. The ghost killed Decens.

February 10 2017 Report

This report will be a significant departure from my usual reports, due to the nature of the events of the day.

Today my dad told me that we were going to a Faith In the Academy conference at Faulkner University. I was not to do my usual schoolwork, but instead to take notes of the presentations. I was however told that we would be there almost the entire day, listening to presentations. Continue reading