English4 Electronic Journals

Wednesday, October 13, 2004


1. Rybcezynski's "Weekend" explains how over time, the meaning of weekend has changed. Before it used to spelled as (week-end) and now has lost the hyphen. He mentions how the perspective of others about the beginning of the week. We learn that it's Sunday, but when you're asked, you respond that Monday is the first day. It all depends when you have work and school. An extra day off adds to your weekend which could make the first day of the week possibly Tuesday. Also, the activities that are done on these "weekends" have changed. Sundays were supposed to be a religious and relaxing day. A day where families meet and spend time together. Now it has all changed. Many work and do other things such as shopping.

2. In recents times, the weekend is no weekend. There is always work to be done. There really isn't a lot of time to catch up on lost hours of sleep and to be with your family. You may think of the weekend to have free time and leisure, however, many still have to work. For example, I'm unable to attend church on every Sunday because I work. I don't really see my family a lot and I'm loaded with homework. The only free time that I truly have is when I'm asleep. I get to relax and just chill. I'm not saying that I don't have fun and do things on the weekend, because I really do. Unfortunately though, it's not all about fun and "partying."

3. A perfect weekend in my eyes is hardly realistic. Saturdays would be the day that you spend time with your friends. You get to do all the things that you don't usually have time for. For example, go mini golfing or bowling. Right now due to the Halloween season, I really want to go to haunted houses. Then when Sunday comes around, I would like to go to church with my mom (if I'm actually up in time) and then get some food afterwards. I would just like to chill at home and maybe watch a movie and just lounge around my house. Ha....then I wake up. Too bad that I'm always scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays at work. I rarely go to church and I never get breakfast. I still go out with my friends but it's just not the same. If could plan my weekend, I wouldnt have to work on Sundays and I wouldn't work on Saturday nights. That's not the only thing that stops me though. Family events, such as weddings and birthday parties also puts a stop to my perfect weekend.

Friday, October 08, 2004

The Sports Taboo

Males and females average out in mathmatical ability. However, as the study was given a closer look, you learned that boys were at the top and the bottom of scoring. Girls maintained their scores. They weren't sprawled out like the males. This doesn't prove that males are smarter or dumber. The scientists don't see this as a difference in their ability, but as a difference in variability.

In athletics, blacks are seen as better athletes. In many of the running events, the blacks have overpowered the whites. They have always been in the top of the race. Whites haven't made top scores above 23. Also, black people are known for playing basketball. As a study was done, they proved that blacks have smaller hips, wide shoulders, and long legs. Some thought blacks are good at sports because that's the only oppurtunity they have. They are seen as an "image of black retardation." It's not proven that whites are smarter though.

2. I don't agree with Gladwell. He makes it sound like men are better than females and whites are better than blacks. I have a strong belief in equality. Ever since America was created and equality was preached, it never has sank in. In fact, equilitly is still something that people fight for. A long time has passed and the white males have dominance. The white race has done everything to belittle all the minorities. Some of hatred groups still exist like the Klu Klux Klan.

3. Racism is mostly prominent in our political world. Take a look at our list of presidents. Not one is a female and not one is black. When people hear of women running, I've seen them laugh. Some men feel that women can't handle a war. As I see it, men don't want women to peacefully settle a dispute. We are much better at compromising and finding solutions. Women have run for political positions and so have blacks. They aren't given a fair chance though. Once in a while you'll hear on the news or the radio about a black or a women who want part in politics. Has it happened yet? No, because the male race dominates in the electoral college. Now, in recent times, women and blacks are starting to get their chance.