My Hero

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Writing Prompt: Who’s your hero? Tell us a story about why that person plays such an important role in your life.

There have been a lot of people in my life who I would consider heroes, there are people who without me knowing have quietly made a difference in my life, and there are obvious people like my mom who has guided me from the start… and I can’t go without say the many, many doctors and medical staff who have saved me life on more than one occasion. But when I read this prompt I thought of one person, not that I guess in the realm of things he probably didn’t see it as a big deal, but he made a small difference on how I looked at my education. So for this prompt my hero is Todd Fendos.

Todd Fendos was my 6th grade math teacher at Frtische Middle School (Who strangely enough looked a lot like George Michael). That year was a lot of firsts for me, the first time in a new school where I didn’t know anyone, a new city, the first time ever riding in a school bus (my schools were always walking distance) and the first time I failed miserably at one of my subjects…I have always been good student, but this was the beginning of what I like to call my irritation with mathematical sciences. The first half of the year I got 3 D’s so he pulled me to the side and told me that he didn’t want me to fail and he was gonna tutor me after school to help me under stand the topics and hopefully my grades would improve, well the next marking period I got a B… and I continued to get a B until I left his class. It wasn’t until year later that I realized that he went above and beyond his duty to help me and made sure I succeeded in his class.

I often thought of him and his help, especially when I was in math classes in high school and college struggling to understand a concept, and wondered if he was still teaching. And it wasn’t until today, until I got this prompt that I Goggled him, apparently he’s still and education and an artist and is still living in Wisconsin.

So Mr. Fendos, where ever you are, I just want to thank you and to tell you in the 6th grade you were my hero!

And since this is my Christmas post, to those of you who celebrate it Merry Christmas!

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Until Next Time….

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Make it Anywhere

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Writing Prompt: “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere,” goes the famous song about New York City. Is there a place — a city, a school, a company — about which you think (or thought) the same? Tell us why, and if you ever tried to prove that claim.

No, I have never tried to prove that claim, but being a girl who’s lived in a large city I’ve always felt like it you live in one large city you’ve pretty much lived in them all. The only thing that is really different is the people and the landmarks. I will say that moving to Las Vegas was a huge challenge for me, even though both were big cities, Milwaukee is a city that  closes at night and reopens, I was always taught there is nothing good outside at 2am, where naturally Las Vegas is the opposite the city is alive 24 hours a day, and it never sleeps there are always people on the strip and something to do at all times of night…. maybe that’s why I lived far away from the strip in a neighborhood that at 10 was pretty quiet and low key.

I did  say that if I can drive in Las Vegas I can drive in any city in the world (people are nuts there… and even worst in Chicago).. but at the end of the day I think I will be able to say that after living a year in Seoul (that’s the dream) if I can live and thrive there and speak the language then I can truly say, “I can make it anywhere!”

 

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Welcome, Stranger

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Writing Prompt: Think about the town where you currently live: its local customs, traditions, and hangouts, its slang. What would be the strangest thing about this place for a first-time visitor?

With over 200 neighborhoods Chicago really is a city of neighborhoods, and as you can imagine every neighborhood has their own customs, slangs (depending on where you are language) history and hangouts. I think that’s one of the things that makes this city so great. Let’s take a look at how some of them got their names; Bronzeville: This area on the South Side was apparently named by Chicago Bee theater editor James J. Gentry because he said it reflected the skin tone of its residents. Hyde Park: Paul Cornell (Born in 1822 of a distinguished New England family)was a cousin of Ezra Cornell, the founder of Cornell University came to Chicago in 1847. A lawyer and entrepreneur, he became friendly with many of the leading citizens of the rising new town. On the advice of Senator Stephen Douglas, he invested in land south of the city. In 1853 he bought 300 acres of lakefront land–and named his purchase Hyde Park, after the London park.

Bu on to a question, I don’t think the traditions OR slang is more prevalent until you remove yourself from the area and move somewhere else. When I was 11 years old, my family moved from Chicago to Milwaukee, WI and to the average person someone would think that it’s not that far.. true it’s a little over 100 miles. BUT as soon as I got there people instantly knew that I “wasn’t from around here”. The most glaring difference is I came from a place where they called it pop and I moved somewhere that called it soda… walking around Fristsche Middle School and asking for where the water fountain was got me the nastiest glares, one girl actually said, “what you meant to say is where is the bubbler” It wasn’t until I was older that I realized there was a reason behind it…. and it was all about branding.

Back in 1889, a man named Harlan Huckleby designed the very first bubbler. There were other types of drinking fountains in existence, but this design was unique. It had a spout that shot a little stream of water about an inch in the air so people could slurp it up. Eventually this device was picked up and patented by what was then called Kohler Water Works and today is the plumbing fixture giant Kohler Company of Kohler, Wisconsin. Kohler also gave the new product its name and The Bubbler was born. The original Bubbler designs still exist. You can find some near the Wisconsin State Capitol building in Madison.

So there you have it… not only was I infringing on an important part of Wisconsin history…. but it was a major branding faux pas.

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