This event calls us. In fact, I don't know why I have never checked out Whatcom Reads! before. The specific event I am talking about is not just reading Sherman Alexie's latest book, but going to see him speak on Friday, March 19th @ 7:00 p.m I'm going to go, it's free, he is from Baum's home town, and he is speaking in the Orca Auditorium (@WCC). So, to get us in book club spirit (I'm just as excited for the meeting on the 28th as K-Rafty) I think this would be a grand ole time.
I'm crazy excited for the first BL meeting in forever!!! I will post my address via facebook for the event, when I feel like typing more. Also, I just looked through last years ski to sea photos and they are awesome....but is this thing still happening? I have a kayak in case someone wants to do that leg....maybe me. Are we ski to seaing?
PS, Kelly sorry I didn't send you a Norway package...expect something very cool and knit that you would have used in the frigid north, had you recieved them...but now you will get them when you get back.
This is the book I chose to read for the next meeting;
I am excited to read this book (and am anxiously awaiting it to arrive from (the) Amazon. I am excited to see what the race was all about and who inherited what.
I am also very excited for this next meeting because I want all of my friends who drink to be together again. I feel as if I don't have many drinking friends around town anymore and well, I like to drink and I really just can't drink alone. I also don't know how many more times I can be at the Beaver and hear 'Shoop' without one of you there. It makes me cry everytime.
Also, what the H is going on with Ski to Sea? I am training right now (for what event, I have no idea) and really like the idea of doing 'Mostly Sober May' again. Did I also mention that I like the idea of getting first in the book club division for the second year in a row?
Seriously. Maybe Grandma Betty can be part of our team this year ?
I'm reading through student responses to prompts about Obama. The goal was to write an organized paragraph and blah blah blah. Not important to you. What IS important to you is how precious these English Language Learners are.
--- Prompt: Barack Obama's father is an African and his mother is a White American. How do you think Obama's unique background will affect how he leads the United States? Well, I don't know if it will affect how he's doing his job as a president, cause colour doesn't matter, right? And if the american people worries about rasism and stuff, I think they could take it all easy. A president should not dudge people in order of wich colour they are, not even if he og her is the oposite. ---
Yes, "dudge." And "og." "Og" means "and" in Norwegian.
Also, how smart is this kid: --- Prompt: Barack Obama has claimed to want to remove American troops from Iraq within the next few years. Will this help or harm Iraqi citizens? Why?
Obama has stated that he wants to remove or decrease the amount of US troops currently stationed in Iraq. This question leads to dividing people in two groups: the ones who support the removal, claiming that this will decrease terrorism and hep the Iraqi people establish a functional government, the other ones claim that the removal of the troops will increase the number of terrorists and that there will be chaos. Personally, I don't know, but I slightly support the ones claiming that the soldiers should stay, to prevent chaos and a coup de tat. ---
Oh, yes. I could totally write something that sophisticated in a foreign language. Especially when I was 16. No problem.
And finally, this gem: --- Prompt: Many say that Barack Obama was the first president (and presidential candidate) to use the internet as a powerful tool in a campaign. How did Obama's use of the internet help him win the presidential election?
During the campaign Obama used the internet as a tool to attract voters. Many people say he's the first president to take advantage of the world wide web. It wasn't always serious "commercials" for the campaign,"Obama Girl" collected a couple of thousand voters by showing a picture of Obama's bare chest, and herself in a bikini singing "I've got a crush on Obama." Yes we can, a collection of well known American celebrities made Obama's speech into a song with hundreds of thousands of views at Youtube. So yes we can. Yes we can use the internet. So can Obama.