FC: MUGWUMP | By: Kurt Means
1: Table of Contents Letter of Introduction-page 2 Prologue-page 3 Reporting Shadow-page 4 My Domain-page 5 The Heart of the United States-page 6 Funky Food-page 8 My ABC's-page 9 What a Wonderful Dream-page 10 My Similars-page 11 Figs-page 12 Television page-13 | 1
2: Dear Reader, My name is Kurt Means and a freshman at Lutheran High School, and I will be graduating in the year 2013. My favorite class is Geography because I love learning about the world around me. My least favorite class is Math because I find it very difficult and tedious. As far as my home life, I live with my parents and my dog Brit. I hope to go to a good college and study law. After that I aspire to become a successful lawyer. Sincerely, Kurt Means
3: 3 | MUGWUMP Mugwump is a person who is unable to make up his or her mind according to Webster's dictionary. I am Kurt Means, and I am a mugwump. Many people don't know this about me, but I have a hard time making up my mind about things. This is especially true when I am worried I am going to hurt someone's feelings. I often try to ask people to decide for me, or to help me decide. This is something that I hope one day I can conquer. I chose this word for my title because while I was working on this project, I had a very difficult time deciding what things to write. Now that I have decided, I will show you writings that I have written and that are about me to express my feelings. Enjoy!
4: Reporting Shadow If I could relive one day, I would pick the day that I shadowed a newscaster's at KSAT 12. I got this great experience by emailing a newscaster and asking if I could go to the station and visit. She emailed me back saying that I could come. I had to get up at 2:00 am to make it to the station by 4:00 am. I toured the station for about an hour until the news was broadcast at 5:00 am, and it lasted for two hours. The newsroom was very busy, but all the newscasters were very nice and taught me a lot. The reason I would like to relive this day is because it was a lot of fun, it taught me a lot, and it was always something I had dreamed of doing. Going to KSAT 12 gave me a very good inner happiness and reliving this would bring back that feeling. | 4
5: My Domain My room represents me very well. It is medium-sized and not too big. It has the colors blue and beige which are calm, and they represent me very accurately. There are a lot of pillows on my bed which portrays that I like to be comfortable. I am a hard worker, and to show this, I have a desk in my room. I also have a television because I like to watch it while I work. I have a computer that shows that I like to surf and research on the internet. The most important thing in my room is my black chair. It is a place where I like to sit and think. | 5
6: The Heart of the United States The White House was designed by James Hoban in 1792. It gets its name by the color that is painted on the stone, which is white. It houses the president and his family in Washington, D.C. I really like theWhite House because it is one of the most beautiful building in the world. One of the things that makes it so beautiful is its manicured gardens. The gardens have luscious green grass and colorful flowers. I would love to live in the White House, in fact, I would love to be the president of the United States some day. I have always liked politics and plan to study Political Science in college. I hope that one day I can use that degree to work my way up the political system and to one day become the president. | 6
8: Funky Food I love Sushi. It is a Japanese food, usually raw fish, that is wrapped in rice or seaweed. It is served with different kinds of raw vegetables and sauces, and one must eat it with chopsticks. It is available in most Japanese restaurants all year long. Usually native Japanese people, with a great skill of preparing Sushi, make the meal. The traditional food that it is served with is rice and or noodles, along with ginger and wasabi. My favorite part of eating sushi is dipping it into salty soy sauce and enjoying it with a good bowl of steamed rice. | 8
9: My ABC's american black cloverfield determined energetic facebook gracious holister initiative joker kurt Lutheran high school mexico city neat obsessed people quiet radiant sushi taekwondo unique violet world geography xochomilco yellow zebra | 9
10: What a Wonderful Dream If I could have any car I wanted it would be a Mercedes Benz 500. I would love it to be the color black. I would love the interior to be black leather with a maple wood finish. The dashboard should have a GPS system and a HD surround sound stereo system. The door handles should have a fingerprint pad to unlock the door. It should include a sunroof and personalized rims. I would like my parents to get a 2011 edition. I would like to drive it everywhere I go and not let anyone take it from me. The responsibilities I would have for driving this car would be paying for my gas, getting the car washed weekly, getting it inspected, and getting the oil changed when needed. | 10
11: My Similars Animal-Cheetah Car- Mercedes Article of clothing- Jeans Day of the Week- Thursday Food- Sushi Color- Black Movie- Cloverfield Fragrance- Jake Type of Building- Skyscraper Plant- Rose Musical Instrument- Piano Geometrical Shape- Square Piece of Furniture- Dining Room Table Song- In My Head Season of Year- Winter Television Character- Mr. Incredible Cartoon or Comic Character- Charles Gibson Appliance or Machinery- Washer Natural Phenomenon- Earthquake Word- Mugwump | 11
12: Figs ~ Get a basket. ~ Put a paper towel in the basket. ~ Pick the figs. ~ Sort through the figs, the hard ones are bad, and the soft ones are good. ~ Wash the figs. ~ Dry the off. ~ Refrigerate for twenty minutes. ~ Carefully peel the figs into four sections. ~ Scoop the meaty part out and eat it. ~ Wash your hands. | 12
13: Wise Knowledge Recently I went on a trip with my grandmother. We talked a lot about life and she taught me a lot about life. She told me that there would be a lot of people in my life, but that not everybody would be important. I would soon learn who would be important. She told me that there would be a lot of things in life that I would not want to do, but they would make me stronger. She also shared that a lot of opportunities would be available to me, such as meeting new people and going to new places. Her advice was to take advantage of these as they would also help me grow. She said that there would also be a time for everything. She also mentioned that life would feel meaningless at on time or another, but we should learn from all our experiences. We have always been close, but I felt that at this time, our relationship had gone to a different level. I am grateful for all these moments because she has shared her life experiences with me. I will always remember these times and hope that one day I will be able to share them with my own grandchildren. | 13
14: 13 | Television I am an only child. I have no brothers or sisters. The only thing close to a sibling is my dog or my cousin. Throughout my life my house has been very quiet, and it has always bothered me. I never liked my house to be quiet. The reason my house was quiet is because the only people that were ever there were my parents and I. When I would play a lot of the times, I would have to play alone and because I had to play alone I was quiet. It was always very quiet until I found the television. When I found that it was like my problem was solved. It brought a pure sound, and a clear picture. I didn’t have to worry about the house being so quiet. I would turn it on even if I wasn’t listening to it. I did it so I could just hear noise and see motion. It comforts me, and when no one is there the television is.