Tuesday, February 23, 2016


Today I had my first flight stage check and I failed. The ultimate reason was that I stalled during slow flight. It was a crushing blow knowing that I failed not even 20 minutes into the flight. We continued with the test, and I continued to fluctuate my altitude during my maneuvers. The chief pilot described it as a "bad day." Sucks so bad.

Explanatory Synthesis Notes

The topic of my essay is about the gluten free diet trend. In this essay, I want to communicate to the audience why the gluten free diet has only recently developed in the last decade or so, and why they might find themselves encountering a gluten free person or perhaps come across gluten free products when shopping at the grocery store. I first want to explain what gluten is at first and where it can be found. I also want to go into detail about the aspects of a gluten free diet which includes its pros and cons.
My sources for this paper are a novel, a magazine article, and an image. The novel is called Gluten Free Living, and it is basically a guide as to how to live a gluten free lifestyle. This book will provide me with statistics of the number of people who are on gluten free diets and why.
The magazine article I chose, The Great Gluten-Free Diet Fad, discusses a personal story as to why a boy named Sam went gluten free. This will help me communicate to the audience in a way that is personal to someones life. The article also explains the science behind celiac disease.
My third source is a bar graph the supplies percentages as to why people have decided to go gluten free. This image will assist me in providing more information and statistics on the benefits of a gluten free diet.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Explaining _____

Well I first went fishing when I was 4 years old in Galveston Texas. The way I saw it at that time was you would tie a hook to a line of string that went down a pole and wrapped around a rod. Then you would put a piece of shrimp on the hook, push a button on your Incredible Hulk fishing rod, and cast the shrimp out into the ocean. You wait until you felt a fish on the hook and reel it in. I got such a kick out of it that my forearms would be beat red sunburn by the end of the day from fishing so much. Now a days I fish more strategically. I love fishing for bass. Fishing can be done in a variety of different ways. You can fish off shore, on a boat, deep out at sea, and even on ice. There are so many different kinds of weights, rods, nets, and baits you can use to catch almost any kind of fish you want.


I gave up social media and looking at snap chat my stories for lent. It's going well. I thought it would be a lot harder than it actually is.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Pilot Stuff

Helping out my friend James get ready for his stage 1 private pilot oral exam. My oral exam was 2 hours long. James isnt doing so hot right now. 


Got to spend the weekend with my friend Jack. He told me he's getting deployed to Iraq in April. I'll get to see him again in March. Gotta live it up before he goes. 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Reflection on Synthesis Essay

When I first started this paper, I knew that I had a general negative attitude towards social media and cell phones. I didn't like how people would use them while at the dinner table or in class, and I didn't like how I personally feel the need to check my phone all the time. After working on this essay for some time, I realized that I didn't just dislike cell phones and social media because people were on them all the time, I discovered how cell phones and social media take away from important experiences in our life. I believe that they make us feel obligated to do things that generations before us have never felt obligated to do. The main obligation being that it is our duty to share our lives with everyone. This idea of sharing with other people over texts and the internet takes away from our notable experiences in life, because all we are worried about is making sure that other people know about what happens in our lives. I also learned that they change the way we think and feel. After absorbing my sources for this paper, I realized that cell phones can take away from human curiosity and wonderment as well as our own feelings. In my original design plan, I had only pointed out that it was just social media that had caused this issue. After diving deeper into my paper, I found that it was both social media and cell phones that are causing the problem, because we take our cell phones with us wherever we go, and we feel naked without them. I felt that I accomplished what I was set out to do in this paper, as I discovered how cell phones and social affect me and how I truly feel about them. Another reason why I feel a sense of accomplishment, is because I may have changed the way other people view social media and cell phone usage after reading my work.

Saturday, February 6, 2016


At Lake Geneva with some new friends I met at Lewis. Had a ton of fun last night and tonight we got a pajama theme going. Can't wait. 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Blog app

Just downloaded the blogger app. Hopefully this will keep me caught up for all my blogs in my college writing two class! 
I'm trying to prepare for my first stage check ride. It's very discouraging when you see money going down the tube after a bad flight. However, I learn from these bad flights and continue to try to improve, even if the bad flight makes me feel awful for the rest of the day.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

I got my ass kicked last night and this morning, because of this paper I have to write. I wrote about how cell phones and social media are dehumanizing. I'd like to think I did a good on it.

Monday, February 1, 2016

This past weekend was only my second weekend I've ever spent at Lewis. In a word, it was weird. I've had my keyboard for just one week and it's crazy how much better I've gotten. The only thing on my mind right now is getting past my first stage check ride for flight. There's been a lot of review lately which means a lot of money. Dad's not too happy.