On Saturday, I got my application letter from St. Ignatius, and I am very happy because I have been accepted. Now, I have to do a whole other application process that seems very confusing so I can secure my spot for next year. I also have to take a placement test sometime during 8th grade to determine what classes I will be taking my freshman year. On a completely different topic, the Blackhawks won again last night against the Los Angeles Kings, 3-2. This was an important game because the Blackhawks have played 15 games so far, and each time they have played, they have garnered at least one point in the standings. You can get a point in the standing by either winning a game in regulation, winning a game in overtime/shootout, or losing a game in overtime/shootout. The NHL record for getting at least one point in a game to start a season is 16 games. This record was set during the 2006-07 season by the Anaheim Ducks. They also won the Stanley Cup (the championship) that year. The Blackhawks have their next game on Tuesday when they try to tie the NHL record. They will be playing the Vancouver Canucks at home, and if they do not lose that game in regulation, they will try to set a new NHL record when they play the San Jose Sharks at home on Friday.
A few weeks ago, I blogged about one of my favorite shows, Burn Notice. The other T.V. show that I love watching is Hawaii Five-O. This show is about a special police/task force in Hawaii (pretty obvious). The show is on every Monday at 9 P.M., and I am the only person in my family that really enjoys watching it. Every week, the Five-O task force is trying to solve a new major case, and they also face personal problems that can come up during the show at any time. This show is based off of another Hawaii Five-O that was on the air in the 60's, 70's, and briefly in the 80's. My dad really enjoyed watching it as a kid, and now he has the rest of the family hooked on watching the original whenever we can. He has C.D.s for all twelve of the seasons, and we love watching them. My dad, mom, and sister do not like the new version because they say that the original show is much better than the new one.
So, on Friday, I was on YouTube when I saw this video called 10 Million Point Shot Dude Perfect. It seemed interesting, so I clicked on the link. What I saw amazed me. There was this group of five guys who do crazy trick shots, and during this video, Dude Perfect made a handful of crazy shots at an airport, including a hook shot by one of the people in the group while he was in the cockpit of an airplane, and the 10 million point shot was a shot made by one of the guys when he was jumping on the trampoline did a full front flip and while still in midair, made a shot over one of the wings of an airplane. One the side of the video, there was a list of suggested videos all made by Dude Perfect. One of the videos was with Johnny Manziel (who I blogged about a while ago), a video where they were on different indoor trampolines and they were making crazy shots and dunks, and one was where they were making crazy shots on the Texas A&M baseball field. It seemed amazing to me how they could throw the ball so far with that much accuracy, and was by far the coolest thing that I watched that day.
I think that music is one of the greatest advances in entertainment that humans have ever come up with. There are so many different types of music that you can listen to. I love listening to music. I listen to it when I walk Ginger, before school, when I'm doing homework, and whenever else I can listen to it. I am just so addicted to it. My parents have said that it is sort of becoming a problem for me, but there is just so much great music out there, and according to VSauce, we will not be running out of new music anytime soon. I have also started listening to some music that I thought that I wouldn't like at all. One of my new favorite pairs is Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. You may know them from their song Thrift Shop. Even though it is a very good song, they have a lot of other songs that I really like. Their new album, The Heist, has about five songs in it that I really like listening to. One thing about their songs that really separates them from a lot of other rappers is that they sing/rap about a lot of things that most artists don't really bring up in their songs. For example, one of their songs, My Oh My, is about the Seattle Mainers' (baseball team) playoff run in 1993. Macklemore, whose real name is Ben Haggerty, grew up in Seattle. He also has another song, Same Love, that is a tribute to his uncle, who was gay, and he talks about supporting gay rights. Overall, I think that there is so much really great music out there, and I want to try to listen to it all.
Here is a link to VSauce's video "Will We Ever Run Out Of New Music?"
So a few years ago, my dad was watching T.V. and he came across this show called Burn Notice. He decided to put it on, and he liked it so much that he told us about it the next day.The next week, we decided to watch a new episode all together. At this point, it was in season 4, so we had a lot of questions, but we loved the show. Since then, every Thursday at night, we watch the same show. The show revolves around a man named Michael Westen. Michael used to be a spy who worked for the CIA until he got burned, which is the equivalent of being fired, except it is for spies. Another difference is that his life has totally changed. All of his bank accounts have been closed, and he has no prior job listings or references. Essentially, he has turned into a ghost. From then on, the whole story is about how Michael tries to find out about who burned him and why they did it. Also, each week, Michael has a different "client" who has a serious problem, and he has to help them. He also has to encounter his mother, who he has not spoken to in a very long time. He also connects with his brother (his father has died), and the person who first helps him when he gets to Miami is a woman named Fiona Glenanne. She is Michael's former girlfriend. She loves working with guns and explosives, which gets the pair into a lot of problems. Along the way, Michael keeps uncovering new mysteries of why he was burned and it seems that each time he is close to finding out who burns him, it turns out that there is another person/group who had a part in having him burned. I think that this is a very good and compelling show, and that if you like action and drama, then this could be a show for you.
Yesterday, my dad took me to see a movie called Zero Dark Thirty. The movie is all about a group of CIA agents who are assigned to try to find and capture a long list of people in Al-Qaeda, all hopefully leading up to Osama bin-Laden. The movie starts on September 11th. Even though it is just a black screen at the start with the words September 11 on it, we can hear background noises of people talking on the phone, trying to communicate with each other, and screaming. As the movie progresses, we see and hear about events that happened in real life, and we see the many captures and interrogations of people in Al-Qaeda. They show different CIA black sites/compounds where they hold these criminals and store information on them. During the story, many American CIA agents and foreign people who are helping the United States are killed. Through all of the killings, the group of agents assigned to the task of finding and killing bin-Laden keep going, and they are able to find enough information and do enough interrogations that by the end of the movie, the group is very close to finding bin-Laden and his second-in-command. To find out how the story ends, I would suggest seeing the movie. It is very intense and it is very sad and depressing at points, but overall, I thought that it was a very good movie.
Saint Ignatius. This is the high school that I am trying to get into. Yesterday, I had to take the entrance exam, which is the first step in a long process of trying to get admitted into Saint Ignatius. The test was four hours and had 298 questions. It was separated into five sections, each between about fourty-five and sixty questions. The test was at 8 A.M. at Saint Ignatius, so I had to get up before six o'clock, which is not the best way to prepare for a gigantic test. It seemed like over 1,000 kids took the test yesterday, which was much more than I thought there would be. Over the next month, I will have to send in many forms and documents, all of which will be examined by the admissions group at Saint Ignatius, and I will find out if I get in by about February 15th. If I don't get in, I will go to Maine South with everybody else, but if I do get in, then I will have to Saint Ignatius every day by about 7:45, which means I would get up before six to get to the train, which I would take to the end of the line in Chicago. Then, I would probably ride a shuttle that takes kids to and from Saint Ignatius every day. It is nice to know that I will know the results in a month, but it is also frustrating that I will have to spend a month wondering and worrying about all of the things that could go wrong to make me go to Maine South. For now, it's waiting time.
This, by far, is my favorite time of the year. As I said a few weeks ago, I absolutely love Christmas. I think that out of all of the holidays, Christmas is the best. Every year, our family hosts a big Christmas Eve party, and about 40 people come every year. We have had people come from Michigan (grandparents), Florida ( mom's cousin), and California (uncle). This year, we will be hosting another Christmas Eve party. If it weren't for the presents, I think that I would like Christmas Eve more than Christmas. Another thing that is great about Christmas is that I get to see relatives that I don't really see at any other time of the year like my Uncle Tim and my cousin Stephanie. My mom always cooks all of the food for the party, and all of the food, including the green beans, taste amazing. There really is not anything that is bad about Christmas. It really is the most wonderful time of the year.
(I will also post a picture of my Christmas tree as soon as I can)
Every year at around this time, an award called the Heisman Memorial Trophy is given out to the most outstanding college football player of the year. This year, that player was a freshman quarterback named Johnny Manziel, a.k.a Johnny Football. He beat out senior quarterback Collin Klein of Kansas State and senior linebacker Manti T'eo of Notre Dame. The one very special thing about him is that he is only a freshman. Before Johnny Manziel, no freshman in the history of college football had ever won the Heisman Trophy. I was very happy that Johnny Manziel won the Heisman for another reason: He beat Manti T'eo. The reason that I am happy about this is that T'eo is from Notre Dame. Since I am a Michigan fan, I hate Notre Dame. Also, there has only been one player to have ever won the Heisman as a mostly defensive player. That man was Charles Woodson, who won the award in 1997 as a star cornerback for Michigan. Michigan won the national championship that season.
Now before I rant, I have to tell you something. I love Christmas. I love all of the music, the decorations, and the presents. It is by far my favorite holiday and I can't imagine life without. As I was saying before, I have to rant about Christmas. Over the past few weeks, I have seen people all around having their Christmas trees up, having all of their decorations up already, and all of this Christmas music playing. By the way, I was noticing all of this before it was even THANKSGIVING. It actually all started around the first few days after the election was over. Seriously, Christmas trees up before Thanksgiving? I like Christmas just as much as the next person (As stated above), but it is weird seeing this big inflatable Santa standing up before we start seeing the big turkey decorations. I don't know about everyone else, but all of this decorating a month and a half before Christmas just does not make sense at all to me.