S: A Complete Story of the Life of Jack Gayner
FC: A Complete Story of the Life of Jack Gayner By Jack Gayner
1: This book is dedicated to Steven Crom for enriching my life through his kindness. Without him I wouldn't be where I am today.
2: Irony | When we play sports like basketball in gym class, I can feel the irony in the air. This is because I am currently 6' 1" tall, and the worst basketball player I've ever seen. Most people would use my height as a key advantage in the game. Instead, I waste the gift with my lack of coordination. When I go to shoot the ball, I figure my best chances of scoring would be from directly in front of the basket. Nope! Just like the Raven's kicker, I'm far left. Dribbling the ball for me is like solving exponential variables for a 3rd grader; amusingly painful to watch. Rather than put my height to use, I waste it reading and playing music. The last time I used my height was to get the flour off the highest shelf for my mom. So, if you want to win an NBA tournament, I may not be that helpful. But if you need help reaching something high up, I'm your guy.
3: And... I miss.
4: Setting | My life has had many settings. I was born in Rochester, Minnesota on May 6th, 1998. I then moved to Cincinnati, Ohio soon after. By the age of one I had settled into my final home in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. Aside from my home, I have plenty of other favorite settings. Neato Burrito is one of these places. My friends and I will spend hours sitting in the booths, grazing on delicious burritos. We discuss everything, from religion to politics, all while enjoying the dusty atmosphere and the company of the grimy staff. These settings make me who I am today.
5: Static Characters | Some people in my life can be described as static. For example, my dad is a very static person. All my life, he's been the same; tall, strong willed, and focused. His personality hasn't changed in all the years I've known him. Another static person in my life would be Nathan White. I've had plenty of meaningful experiences with Nate, and throughout them, he hasn't changed a bit. He's still that joyful, athletic little child. These people's unchanging nature means that they can be described as static.
6: External Conflict | I've had many conflicts in my life. One of the most prominent is my struggle with Steve Crom, who is pictured below. When I'm innocently strolling down the hallways, I'll spot him. I make eye contact. All of a sudden, he's atop me, in an attempt at intimidation. Shoving me into a locker, he repeats his mantra. "You got a problem, kid?" I look him dead in the eye and smile. He gives me one final shove and walks away, looking back to make sure that I'm still not making eye contact. Another example of a conflict is when I was casually biking past WIllow Park. Steve was in
7: his car - a beige Honda CRV - when I rode past. The window was open, and I made eye contact with him and said hello. He veered out from aside the road and came after me with the intent to kill. I quickly swerved between in between two parked cars, where he pulled up beside me and began exclaiming curses. Steve Crom is definitely an example of an external conflict.
8: Climax | The one point in my life that I would consider the climax is the time I spent on a cruise, two summers ago. The first day, I met four boys that were around my age. We became the best of friends quickly. After the first afternoon aboard the ship, we were inseparable. We stayed awake until 3 or 4 am every night, roaming the ship and eating the boundless ice cream. During the daylight hours (which we slept through, for the most part) we swam in the pools and ran through the halls. New friends came and went, but our group stuck together. That week was the climax of my life so far, because it was the longest time of high-concentration of fun I've ever had.
9: Dynamic Character | When I think of someone who's changed a lot in my lifetime, I think of my little brother. When we were both much littler, he was spastic. He would run around with an uncontrollable amount of energy. He had a quick temper, which caused plenty of fights. Nowadays, he's more relaxed. Even though he still has far too much energy, he doesn't show it. His temper has cooled, so there are less quarrels between us. These changes give him a dynamic personality.