May11

alabama tagxedoThis is my tagxedo of the Alabama story.

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My Easter

April6

On Easter Sunday I didn’t have an Easter basket, because I was helping my uncle clean out my great grandmother’s old house across from my house so he could move in. My family and I didn’t have a big Easter feast, and that was the first time in my whole life that I didn’t. When my uncle was cleaning out the house he found an old cork gun and gave it to me, and I was excited because that kind of gun isn’t made anymore. Even though I didn’t do anything special on Easter I still had fun.

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How I’m Saving Energy

March23

Here are some ways that I save energy:

  1. Turning off the water when I brush my teeth 🙂
  2. Taking short showers 🙂
  3. Turning off all electronics when I’m not using them 🙂
  4. Recycling 🙂
  5. gardening 🙂
  6. Cutting the lawn with an energy efficient lawn mower 🙂
  7. Riding my bike all over 🙂
  8. going over to my friends houses, instead of calling them 🙂
  9. composting old food 🙂
  10. Using solar panels 🙂

These are the ways I save energy, and I’d hope you would do the same 🙂

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Four Wheeling in Vermont

March22

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Starting in early spring and ending in late fall Vermonters like to go four wheeling. Four wheeling is mostly riding atv’s, but it can also be jeeping and things like that. When Vermonters are finished hiking or biking they’ll go four wheeling, or at least that’s what I do. Riding atv’s or four wheelers is fun, but dangerous, because the inexperienced rider can flip or roll their four wheeler over.

One year I was bringing a deer out of the woods, and the excess weight caused me to flip the wheeler. Good thing it was winter, or it could have been serious.

Four wheeling is also a faster and fun way to get up a mountain, or down a back road somewhere. Three types of  four wheelers are sport,which is mostly for free style, racing, fast and light weight, and all terrain, heavy and made to go most everywhere. They are also not very aerodynamic. Sport, and racing are smooth and agile.

When jeeping in Vermont you go on old trails and back roads. Jeeping is safer than four wheeling, because there are seat belts and a roof to protect you.

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Alabama story

March19

ALABAMA

“THE BOMBER ALABAMA IS GOING DOWN.  I REPEAT, THE TIN CAN’S GOING DOWN.”  SERGEANT ALLAN MORRISON, THE RADIO OPERATOR OF THE BOMBER ALABAMA, WAS TRYING TO RADIO FOR A SHIP TO RESCUE HIM AND HIS MEN AS THEY CRASH LANDED IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN AFTER BEING PEPPERED BY THE INFAMOUS ZEROES.

“MORRISON,” SAID A HIGH DEMANDING LIEUTENANT, “WE’RE ABOUT TO JUMP.  YOU EITHER JUMP NOW, OR STAY IN THIS TIN CAN FOREVER!”

MORRISON PUT SOME BUNGEE STRAPS ON HIS RADIO, PUT IT ON LIKE A BACKPACK AND JUMPED OUT OF THE BOMB BAY DOOR.  WHEN HE LANDED LIKE A TON OF BRICKS IN THE WATER, HE FELT A PULSE OF PAIN GO FROM HIS SPINE TO THE REST OF HIS BODY.  “JEEZ!  THE RADIO JUST SHORTED OUT!”

“STRAP A GRENADE TO IT AND THROW IT AS FAR AWAY AS YOU CAN.  WE DON’T WANT OUR ENEMIES TO FIND IT,” SAID THE LIEUTENANT.  MORRISON DID WHAT THE OFFICER TOLD HIM TO DO.  IF HE KEPT IT AND THEY WERE CAPTURED, THE TECHNOLOGY WOULD BE IN ENEMY HANDS.

WHEN THE PILOT JUMPED, HE THREW OUT TWO LIFE RAFTS.  WITH A CREW OF TEN, TWO MEN HAD TO SWIM IN THE FREEZING COLD WATERS.  MORRISON GOT INTO THE RAFT AND PADDLED,  AT THE SAME TIME GRIMACING FROM THE PAIN IN HIS BACK.  HE AND HIS CREW SWAM AND PADDLED FOR NINE HOURS.

AT DAWN, THE CO-PILOT, JAMES KENT, SAW A STREAM OF SMOKE OVER THE HORIZON.  “SHIP!  I SEE A SHIP!”  KENT SAW A SIGHT OVER THE WATER, ONLY THE SMOKE WAS COMING FROM AN ATTACK ON AN AMERICAN TRANSPORT.  AS THE TWO RAFTS FLOATED BETWEEN THE WRECKAGE, THEY SAW THAT THERE WEREN’T ANY ENEMY SHIPS OR BOATS NEARBY.  A HALF A MILE INTO THE DEBRIS FIELD THE MEN SAW A SHIP THAT WAS UNTOUCHED BY THE ENEMY AND WAS RESCUING SURVIVORS.  THE MEN IN BOTH RAFTS STARTED YELLING TO THE SHIP, “HELP, HELP.  WE’RE FROM THE B-25 ALABAMA!  HELP!”

“ALABAMA?  WE GOT A RADIO TRANSMISSION FROM A BOMBER ALABAMA,” SAID A CREWMAN FROM THE SHIP.  IT’S GOOD TO SEE YOU GUYS.

“THAT’S US.  WE’LL MAKE OUR WAY TO YOU.  YA GOT HOT COFFEE?” ASKED THE HIGH DEMANDING LIEUTENANT IN THE OTHER BOAT.

“YOU BET!  WE’LL THROW YA A LINE,” CALLED THE CREWMAN.  AND WITH THAT SAID, THE SURVIVING MEN OF THE ALABAMA WERE RESCUED.

FIVE YEARS LATER ON A UNITED STATES NAVY AIRCRAFT CARRIER ANCHORED IN THE VERY SPOT THAT THE BOMBER WENT DOWN, THE SURVIVING MEN OF THE ALABAMA GATHERED FOR A DRINK AND A GAME OF GOLF.  FROM THEN ON, IT BECAME A TRADITION FOR THE CREW OF THE ALABAMA TO GATHER THERE EVERY YEAR TO HONOR THE PLANE AND THE CREW WHO SURVIVED WHEN IT WENT DOWN.

THOSE WHO DIED WERE BURIED IN ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY WITH MILITARY HONORS.

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Dogs

March16

My Grandfathers’ dogs

By: Kody

My grandfathers’ dogs, Storm and Blitz are my favorite dogs. Storm is a black and white husky. She is about as tall as me when she has her paws on my shoulders. When I go to her house she knows, she will run to me and lick me up. Storm is almost two years old and she doesn’t look it.

Blitz is a cross of a beagle and a taller dog, I don’t know. She has been with my grandfather for about five years now; we don’t know exactly how old she is because we found her on the road near my aunts’ old house. When I come over she will smile at me and if anyone else saw it they would think she wanted to kill them, because she shows her teeth, gnarls up her snout, and wags her tail really fast. Her tail is a deadly weapon, because if she is wagging it and it hits you it will probably give you a black and blue.

Even though Blitz is smaller than Storm she is obviously the dominant dog. If storm invades her space Blitz will beat her in a fight. Blitz isn’t a mean looking dog, she actually looks old and cowardly, and Storm looks mean and energetic, but it is the other way around, with the mean, and cowardly thing. Blitz and Storm are dogs with very good personalities.

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