Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Plum Plum Pickers In class essay

           In the first two passages of "The Plum Plum Pickers", Raymond Barrio suggests that under certain conditions, man can have animal like qualities, and he suggests this because of how Manuel "operates" while working in the intense heat picking apricots.
           It's extremely hot out, and Manuel is working and starting to feel like he's an animal. He feels trapped in the rows of apricot trees, and he's sweating, tired and needs a break. He gets a drink from the water tank, but he doesn't drink it like a "human". Instead, he takes long enormous gulps of it to try and cool his "animal-like" body, until he has his lunch break.

         During his lunch break he tried to regain some of his humanity back, by trying to eat his lunch and relax in the shade a little. As some of his humanity came back to him, a beam of sunlight hit him right in the face. His body made him black out, fighting whether or not if he's an animal or a human being, and it caused him to knock over the bucket he was filling. when the supervisor came over and yelled at him, he regained conscience, and remembered that he was a human being, and did nothing to even try and fight back, or protect himself.  

College Essay

When                         When  I was six years old my father had bought me my first race-car game. After playing the game for quite some time, I realized that I had started to become strongly interested in cars, and learning how they work. My father himself had been repairing and fixing cars and trucks almost all his life, and because of him, I was given the opportunity to be able to learn and have a much greater understanding of how to repair and maintain them. I first started by just watching him do the work, and when he had asked, I would go and fetch the tool that he needed to use. It was amazing to watch how he would be able to take something apart and get the vehicle to run much better than it did before. He had taught me how to diagnose and troubleshoot problems, and how to “properly” fix them. To this day I’m starting to be able to learn how to watch for problems, and be able to know how to fix it.
Before I began my freshman year in high school, my father had started to let me do some of the work myself, so I can gain experience. I started out with simple work, like changing the oil and oil filter, changing brake pads and rotors, and jacking up the car. , I was starting to become a mechanic. From learning to change the oil and filter, and changing brakes, he started to let me do other things as well, like doing a basic tune up, changing tie-rods, ball joints, and other parts in the steering and suspension in cars. I also started to learn how to change and clean batteries, change starters, alternators, check fuses and relays, and replace them. As I started doing some of the work, we were able to get the job done a little quicker than if it were just he by himself. But the time that we get the job done in also depends on whether we run into any problems. There were a lot of times when we would run into problems, whether it is a tool we forgot, if it were the right part, or if a bolt snapped, or we stripped the head of a bolt.
Over the summer, we had a car that needed hub bearings, and front brakes done on it. When we got it all apart, we found that the hub itself needed to be replaced. That part we needed is something that had to be ordered from a dealership, or found in a junkyard. Luckily we found one in a junkyard, but then we had to go to somewhere else to get the hub bearings compressed to the hub. All of this took almost a week to do, but the job was done, and the customer was happy with the work. We then had another car, not too long ago, that needed a water pump done on it. We got the water pump out no problem, but it took us a while to figure out why the fan blade would not come off of the pump. We found that not only did the water pump need to be changed; the fan blade needed a new fan clutch. To do this it took us a couple of days, since we needed to order more parts, but we got the job done, and got the car back to the customer.
            These experiences with my father have helped me become a good auto mechanic. Because of that, I want to go and pursue my goal of becoming an ASE certified mechanic to work on cars and trucks. So not only would I just work on customer cars, but also on my own, and my families. I know myself that I will become successful, because I enjoy working on cars, and I also enjoy making myself and others feel happy, and to also give them my word that I will do the best to my ability to fix whatever problem they have.

Friday, October 1, 2010

In Class Essay on "Landscape with the fall of Icarus"

In "Landscape with the fall of Icarus", William Carlos Williams suggests that no matter what time period you are currently at, there will always be some unknown factor that could easily take your life, by using irony to portray Icarus's death. At the beginning of the poem, Williams said that " When Icarus fell, it was spring." Spring represents a time of Blossom and growth, yet in Icarus's situation, death.

500 word description of "Landscape with the fall of Icarus"

In Pieter Bruegel’s painting “Landscape with the fall of Icarus”, I see a large variety of different colors that are arranged in specific orders so that they create an image of what they represent. There is the sky in the background. It is a large space made up of a green color with somewhat of a bluish tint. The clouds are made up of a faded white that swirl, and almost blend in with the green bluish sky. There is also the sun, which is made up of a bright yellow, which reflects in the sky, and also reflects in the calm, cool blue greenish ocean where boats of all sizes sail in and out of a harbor next to a city. The city seems large with small-medium size buildings, and there is one large building that sits near the edge of where the land and water meet. In the far distance to the right there is a blurry vision of a mountain range that ends near the right middle of the picture. Just a little to the left of it there is a small almost flat island. In the middle of the sea a little bit away from the city, is a large lone gray building, which looks as though it had been sitting there for a long period of time. In front of the gray building, is an almost “cave like” entrance. Also in behind the building are trees, with dark green leaves. Next to the building in the air is a black bird flying low next to it. In the foreground there are men at work. There is a man with a plow attached to a horse, plowing a certain space of land to maybe plant crops. He is also plowing in a curve He also holds a whip to get the horse to keep moving, and move in the direction he wants the horse to move in. Next to the man sitting on top of a smooth rock, is a satchel and a sword in its holder. Behind him, are a couple of plants that kind of look dead, with their roots sticking out of the ground. To this mans right, there is another man holding a rather large stick and some kind of bag on his back. The man is tending sheep, in which a majority of them are white, and there are only three black sheep. That man is staring in the sky as if he found something up there that had interested him. In the foreground at the bottom right, there is a man sitting near the ocean leaning forward as if he were trying to reach something. There is also a large sea turtle going for a swim at the surface of the ocean. Just a little away from the turtle, there is a person who looks as though they had just fell into the water head first, and the only thing that you can see left of him, is his leg.

Ovid D.J

How could you change the laws of nature, and why would you want to change them?
Where could Daedalus get twine and wax, if he is in some sort of prison?
What if Daedalus flew too high or too low?

Letter about Myself

Dear Mr. Gallagher,

                              My name is Joseph E DePrato Jr. I was born in Cambridge on April 17, 1993, and I lived in Somerville until I was four months old, then my family moved to Malden. I have lived in Malden throughout my whole life, and I had attended elementary school, and middle school at Beebe. Now I have passed three years of high school and I am here with you to finish my last year.