Tuesday, June 3, 2008

East Flatbush

East Flatbush
East Flatbush is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. The exact borders of it are up for debate, however there are some that most people agree on. The northern border is roughly at Empire Boulevard and East New York Avenue east of East 91st Street, the southern border is in the vicinity of the LIRR Bay Ridge Branch, the eastern border is roughly at East 98th Street and the western border is roughly at New York Avenue.

The dictionary defines "the hood" as a poor area or estate within a city or town, associated with gangs and crime. Term seems to stem from African-American slang although it has crossed over into mainstream language through the media. However to me the hood is the place where i grew up and still reside. "The hood " does get a lot of negative connotations from people and the media, but there are many aspects of the "hood life" that are positive.

I live in East Flatbush, and I love the place that I live in. There are some aspects of it that can be called negative, however there are also many positive aspects of my neighborhood. The people in my neighborhood are all caught in a struggle for survival. The poverty level for this area is 16%. So in this neighborhood people do feel the need to fight for and to protect what they feel is theirs. Another negative aspect of this neighborhood or any hood for that matter is the fact that people get bored easily and can do random things for fun. For example one summer my cousin and I were outside hanging out when we were approached by a group of five girls. They then started to press my cousin telling her that they wanted to fight her. My cousin and I had never seen these girls before in our lives. However there was no talking out of this situation, so my cousin and I fought the girls, and since there were more of them, they obviously had the upper hand and ended up winning the fight. If the people in our area had more things to do, I think that there would be less problems like this in the area. However the problem will never be fixed fully unless the poverty in the area is gone.
Even though there are those negative aspects, there are many positive aspects also. The people in the area can be very kind and sharing towads you if you can make the connection to them. If you make friends with someone, it can be almost guaranteed that they will have your back for life. The families also like to bring their kids up together, so you know that someone will always be there for you if something happens. Another positive thing about East Flatbush is that there are a lot of good restaurants in the area that sells food that comes from a country where you might be from, for example Jamaica or India. East Flatbush has a large West Indian population so I feel that it has more culture than other areas. Even though people may say this neighborhood is bad I feel that it is a great place to grow up because it can teach you lessons for later on in life, like knowing how to take care of yourself so none can make a fool of you. I love my hood, and I dont regret growing up or living here.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Carlos Gomez

- Gomez was the youngest player in the National League at the time of his debut. He was only 16 years old.
- In 2006 he won the Sterling Award which is for the best player on the Mew York Mets team. He also finished 2nd in the league that year.
- Gomez is considered to be a five tool prospect player. A five tool prospect player is someone who excels at hitting for average, hitting for power, base running skills and speed, throwing ability, and their fielding abilities.

- December 4th, 1985- Carlos Gomez was born in the Dominican Republic
- July 27th, 2002- Gomez signed as an international free agent with the New York Mets at the age of 16.
- 2006- Gomez played for the Double A Binghamton Mets in the Eastern League.
- 2007- Gomez started the season playing for the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs.
- May 13, 2007- Gomez made his Major League debut by filling in for Moisés Alou, after he sustained an injury.

Carlos Gomez hasn't had the chance to build his legacy yet since he hasn't been playing in the Major League for very long. However Gomez does have great potential and I believe that he will have a great legacy in a couple of years.

Carlos Gomez is not currently participating in any type of activism.

Carlos Gomez has had to face some challenges in his life. He has had to fight for everything that he has because he was from a different country, and i can only imagine how he must have felt when he first came to this country to play baseball. Another challenge he had to overcome was people doubting his playing capabilities because when he started he was so young.

Citation- "Carlos Gómez." Wikipedia. Wikipedia, 2008. Answers.com 05 Mar. 2008. http://www.answers.com/topic/carlos-gomez
picture- www.nytimes.com

I learned that you have to be determined in order to get what you want in life. Gomez didn't immediately become a big famous baseball player but he kept with it for a number of years and he is slowly on his way to becoming the person he wants to be.

Monday, March 3, 2008

the why question

Why did dinosaurs go extinct?

There are many theories as to why dinosaurs became extinct. One of the most famous theories is the one that blames an asteroid for the extinction of the creatures. another theory is that there was a big flood that came and drowned the dinosaurs. Another theory is that there was a change in the Earth's atmosphere that effected the dinosaurs breathing patterns. There are many more however these are the one's that are most popular.

The experts on this subject are called paleontologists. A paleontologist is a scientist who studies paleontology(learning about the forms of life that existed in former geologic periods)mainly by studying fossils.

The pros of knowing what actually happened is so there can be one set idea/reason for the disappearance of all the dinosaur species. Also another pro is that there aren't any dinosaurs around today that could possibly cause humans harm. However this can also be considered a con because we can experience these majestic creatures for our selves and are only allowed to dream and imagine about what they were really like.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech December 10, 1964 in Oslo, Norway

"I accept the Nobel Prize for Peace at a moment when twenty-two million Negroes of the United States of America are engaged in a creative battle to end the long night of racial injustice. I accept this award in behalf of a civil rights movement which is moving with determination and a majestic scorn for risk and danger to establish a reign of freedom and a rule of justice. "

"I think Alfred Nobel would know what I mean when I say that I accept this award in the spirit of a curator of some precious heirloom which he holds in trust for its true owners -- all those to whom beauty is truth and truth beauty -- and in whose eyes the beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace is more precious than diamonds or silver or gold. "

This speech was important for American History because it shows that people were slowly starting to come together in this country.

What is your opinion on this speech?

Would you have supported this speech?

Do you feel that this speech was an important part of American history?

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

skool bites

i don't want 2 be here right now. i wish i was home playing guitar hero haha............nah seriously.