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A Much Anticipated Post

(April 27th, 2010)

Dearest Planet Earth, our exotic and beloved home,

I had a ball celebrating this year’s Earth Day with the annual feature-length film by Disneynature. I have found that it is a tradition to go with my friends each year to see nothing more than landscapes and animals on planet Earth. I treated myself to the film, Oceans, which came out on Thursday and was rather impressed. My friend interested in Zoology pointed out the names of sea creatures mentioned and kept me fed with random facts throughout the film. Even though the film did not have a distinguishable plot, line of characters, or special effects, all I can say is that the visuals truly capture your eye  and keep you attentive to this documentary. Every once in a while we would feast our eyes on the impressive feat of a whale or dolphin shooting out of the depths of the water or gasp at the ocean-floor-dwellers devouring their innocent prey. We would laugh at the penguins sliding on the ice into the antarctic waters or stare in awe as the baby sea turtles slowly dug their way to the surface of the sandy beach.  There was some brilliant footage of certain parts of the ocean that I never knew existed. It is such a vast area, and there are probably parts in the dark depths that man has never travelled. I wouldn’t say that I am that interested so much as to watch the entire volume of Planet Earth CDs by Discovery, but I just feel that every Earth Day we should treat ourselves to a little piece of the grand world that surrounds us and understand the power of protecting the environment and promoting life of all living creatures. Just like almost every nature documentary, Oceans talked about how pollution of the waters  has disrupted the lives of innumerable sea-creatures. It was rather sad to see a transition from crystal clear blue ocean to rusty, dirty pools of trash. At one point it showed a whole shopping cart on underwater on bed of sand. I mean, really, of all things? It would be rather nice if humans could just get along with this other parallel dimension. For a small segment at the end of the film, it showed a scuba diver approaching an innocuous shark swimming freely through the water. The diver followed the movements of its tail in a peaceful way as to not frighten it and kept up for it for some time. Such a bond between man and shark clearly shows how people can come closer to animals and stop abusing them.

Ever since the end of winter break, the focus of junior year has been on achievement in the upcoming test: the ACT. So far I’ve gone to classes for the five sections, just so that I can work for a higher score. We’ve taken a practice five-paragraph essay twice in English class. This test is just looked upon so seriously: it decides the level of college that you get into and decides the direction of your life. The intimidation starts with the fact that juniors have to sit in a room for five hours with one twenty-minute break in the middle. Electronic devices are denied entrance; not even a book or a snack out in the open.  The test alone is not even built to finish on a humane level. Having to look down at a bubbling sheet for hours, the neck gradually starts to suffer from such pain. The rather mind-numbing part, the essay question, is right at the end: the last thing that one wants to think about at that point of the test. The reading section is what I am mainly worried about. It is preposterous that the test only supplies thirty minutes to complete four readings and answer questions on each, in no particular order of difficulty or appearance in the reading. My weakness of reading fights against me in this test. Luckily my strength in mathematics helps me a bit. The math section is not only simple, but actually enjoyable. I finished the practice test with plenty of time to spare since I viewed each question as a puzzle or brain-teaser. Well, this test is tomorrow and I hope to say that I feel ready for it. Sleep and a healthy breakfast is what every adult has to tell you to do the night before, so I will definitely strive for that. I just hope my brain can deal with the intellectual burden that the ACT forces upon everyone.


I discovered something rather new this weekend: the intense flavor and texture of a homemade pizza. A couple of months ago a new pizza delivery service, HomeMade Pizza Co,  was erected in our neighborhood. Without a doubt, they have a unique style of preparing dishes. The company pools all the dough and toppings together and allows customers to cook pizzas from home in the oven or on the grill to truly press the title of “freshly baked”. This literal interpretation becomes profoundly visible when this bakery-fresh delicacy arrives at the dinner table. Beforehand, the customer is given a variety of options on the structure of their pizza: from breading to cheeses, sauces, and toppings to spices. It is now perfectly acceptable to call this a finely crafted piece of art, suited to the consumer’s taste. I absolutely loved the first time I tried my own. I decided on a sausage pizza with basil and oregano spices; I could already smell the sticky dough brim when I tore the plastic wrap off. Overall, this pizza has a natural taste, unlike the greasy fast-food pizzas from places like Dominoes or Pizza Hut. The bread is just like heaven: it is nice and fluffy inside, feels and tastes fresh on the outside. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to any pizza lover, since the restaurant gives you the freedom to experiment with different flavors. Their website is located here.


Eco-Friendly?

The reason labor-saving devices are made is so that we can all be lazy in a cheap, quick, and easy manner. You would’ve thought inventors would stop at an automatic paper towel dispenser for restrooms. It’s quick and easy to use, and any restroom-goer can enjoy that the machine is fully dependable. Probably the largest crack in the development in labor-saving devices is the fact that we are all going eco-friendly. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with caring for the environment, but when it gets in the way of our laziness: that’s where the fight ought to begin. Automatic blow dryers are popping up in restrooms around the nation, replacing the waste that results from paper towel loss with electrical power.
Imagine being late for a meeting and stopping to use the restroom. You realize that when it is time to dry your hands, all that there is to use is a blow dryer. You stand in front of the little nozzle of hot air for your hands to finally become dry. You become impatient, as it has felt like hours since you first pressed the button and your hands are still sopping wet. Finally, you just give up and decide to wipe the rest on your pants. You exit, ticked-off, ready to enter the meeting in a train-wreck.
I am absolutely sick of using these so-called “labor saving devices”. Instead of spending two minutes in front of these automatic hand dryers, I can just use two seconds to just wipe it on a sleeve and have the air dry it. I am absolutely sick of standing next to this cheap device on the wall of the bathroom, in which I have way to much time on my hand, forcing myself to read the propaganda slapped on every single hand dryer, “Saves trees, eliminates paper towel waste, and maintain cleaner facilities…” gosh, I feel like I’m in a Clorox commercial in which everything coming from that motherly figure voice actually sounds right! “Oh yes, but what about the fact that air dryers spread germs more effectively than automatic paper towels? About how the total number of bacteria was found to increase on average on the finger pads by 194 percent and on the palms by 254 percent? Or how about even the fact that humans are naturally impatient?” Seriously, people. Eco-friendly does not always mean people-friendly.
Oh, and then they continue to enhance this already failed air-drying solution. Now they come out with this dryer that looks like the opening of the human mouth; and people are expected to stick their hands into it! This so called, “Jet Air-blade” is supposed to save more time and energy when drying your hands. Seriously, who would even dare to continue to stick their hand into this machine? It’s like sticking your mouth on the nozzle of a drinking fountain. Who knows what kind of person had touched that before! Even though paper towels may not be the eco-friendly choice, they are still the way to go and hold the popularity of the people.

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