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The House Of My Dreams – an essay with notes that illustrates both how such a paper might be outlined and the finished product after composition

The House of my Dreams

The day after I win the lottery, I would begin to design my dream house. I would build it on the barrier Island, Perdido Key, on the Gulf of Mexico in Northwest Florida to take advantage of warm winters and mild summers.

I would build my dream house in the shape of a saucer, a 360 degree saucer shape with a slight top bulge to accommodate living space, but thematically, it would look much like a classic UFO. I would sink steel beams for the foundation at the center, raising the main structure 12 feet into the air. There would be both an elevator and spiral staircase allowing access, and an opaque barrier for privacy enclosing them within that enclosure would also be hookups to utilities, leaving the look very clean.

The inside would be 2000 sq feet of open concept single room luxury with a riser at the southeast leading up to a faux cockpit for viewing sunrises and the sea. A media center at one geographical edge would be sunken with couches to accommodate up to 10 people to big screen TV and stereo pleasure. A kitchen area would be molded into the wall, featuring cabinets and cooking appliances keyed to a futuristic decor that simply says, “Starship” to visitors.

Bedroom accommodations would be on risers opposite the cockpit area with railings four feet high for privacy and the bathrooms would be enclosed completely.

A balcony molded into the superstructure of the saucer would face 180 degrees of sea and land, but mostly sea. From ground level it would not be detectable by casual glance. A molded stairway would lead to a “Widow’s Walk” at the very top of the saucer, with a 360 degree view for telescope viewing. Molded also, it would be undetectable unless people were there.

Construction material would be smooth and the design would be aerodynamic to the lowest possible drag coefficient for best safety facing Perdido Key’s vulnerability to hurricanes.

Finally, I would commission the construction of a mailbox shaped like a standing Roswell alien. This would be the signature piece to a driveway that leads to a humvee parked under a shiny white UFO.


Outline and pre-composition notes

1) where would you put the house and why?

2) What shape, size, special accommodations would accompany your house IE: # of rooms, bathrooms, billiard room, home theater room, special porch etc.

3) landscaping, gardens, tennis courts, a motocross track, 20 car garage for cars, special dock for big boat, security fence, bomb shelter, outdoor pool shaped like a coors can, whatever your imagination can conjur.

4) furnishing the house, antiques, modern, lazy boy, big TV, killer stereo, weight and fitness center, all to your taste.

Of course the house being a dream, you can feel free to indulge your imagination but exercise caution as to logic and back up each spotlighted fantasy with a practical application.

Finish off the fantasy house with a fantasy mailbox in the shape of . . . something you really like, guitar, Pam Anderson, Humvee, something reflecting you as an individual.

The capriciousness of the mailbox will add humor to your ending and nail down that elusive “A” from even the toughest prof.

Don’t be spartan, be lavish and put your heart into the paper. Teach will see that and award big points.

My Vacation to Puerto Rico

I thought going to Puerto Rico would be a great trip and get out. Puerto Rico is located in the Caribbean Sea. Puerto Rico has long bean known as one of the most beautiful islands and one of the most popular tourist attractions of all the Caribbean islands. Its rugged mountains colorful plant and beautiful seas and sunsets that ripple of the setting sun is known to be one of the most beautiful sits is very popular. Puerto Rico a part of the united stats government is about 1000 miles away from Florida. Once a very poor farming country but now has many fine hotels new factories and store. It cost me a total of 200 dollars to get from San Jose to Puerto Rico both ways flying middle class. And when I got there I took a short cab ride to my very nice but affordable hotel witch total a 250 dollars per night. Witch had a pool an exercise room. Fantastic food. End of day 1.Puerto RicoPuerto Rico is heavily populated about 2 500,000 people live there. The original inhabits were Carib and Arawak Indians. About 30,000 were there when the Spanish discovered the island. The settled there and started colonies. Day 2 when I woke up I decided to go to the Brass catis bar and grill where they saved the best pancakes I have ever had. After that I decide to go to Balnearios beach it was a family beach and there were many people but they did not interfere with my great time. I went bogie boarding and I was catching some great waves. For dinner I ate at the aji is very good crab and shrimp. After that I went straight back to hotel and passed out I was tired. Day 3 I decided I would go study some of the most interesting art at the Ponce Art Museum. Some art. A lot of it was over a thousand years old. Mad by the indigenous people of Coasta Rico. Day 4 I wanted to see San Cristobal Canyon. The San Cristobal Canyon is located between the towns of Aibonito and Barranquitas. It is the only canyon in Puerto Rico. It is nine kilometers long. Through it flow the Usabon and Barranquitas rivers. There are several ponds at the bottom, intense vegetation, several falls and cliffs with carvings that look like human faces. I thought it was very interesting. Spanish is the Language of Puerto Rico but English is required to learn. Purto Rico.

China’s one child policy – A discussion

For centuries China has stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences. On the other hand, over the last decade it has plummeted economically. A big factor for this massive downfall is the population of the country. China is overpopulated, at the dawn of this century there were some 426 million people living in China. Today the population is about 1.2 billion. About two-thirds of this 900 million-person increase was added within the last 50 years. In essence, the Mainland China alone contributes to at least twenty percent of the world’s contribution. (Ogilvy 2000:97) The Chinese government realized that something had to be done or they would never be able to prosper as a country. Not at the rate they were heading, that’s for sure. They decided to set up a plan to reduce the population growth. They called it China’s one-child policy. This policy limits a Chinese couple to bearing only one child. (Milwertz 1997:56) Initially, the Chinese government adopted the policy in order to reduce the severe famine that plagued the country. They realized later that it would also help them prosper economically since the overpopulation held them back. The one child policy, although not formally written into law consisted of three main points. Advocating delayed marriage and delayed child bearing, advocating fewer and healthier births, and advocating one child per couple. (Wang 1995:34) Immediately after the policy was enforced, infanticide was introduced. How could a couple murder their child just because it was a female? Gender played a huge role in the Chinese culture. Males were definitely the dominant sex and a family without a male child was looked down at.

The Chinese tradition implied that there must be a boy among the children in order to continue the family. They felt that the males carried the name of their ancestors and they needed to carry the name for the next generation. Therefore, whenever a couple had a female child they reverted to infanticide. They would either abandon the child or even worse, kill it. This way they had another chance at getting a boy. As technologies advanced, they were able to determine the gender of the child before birth and used abortion as a means to eliminate a female birth. These wide uses of infanticide obviously arouse some issues. The sex ratio was totally unbalanced and the infant mortality rate was horrible. Males were completely dominant in China. They did most of the work and were the head of the household. The one concept that the Chinese people are not considering is that in the future there will be far too many males and far too less females. Sure, the one-child policy will reduce the population growth rate, but it might lower to a point where reproduction occurs very rarely. It is understandable though, because the family name is such a big concept to the Chinese and for it to be carried on is very important. (Clubb 1978:15) They take their cultural beliefs very seriously and will do anything to keep their ancestors happy. The fact of carrying their family name on to the next generation cannot be the only reason to kill off their female babies. Girls in China receive far less attention and resources than boys and are deemed an insignificant role in society.

There are always those women that do not really care whether they have a boy or girl, but it is their husbands who force them to abort the child. There have been several cases where a wife has been brutally beaten by her husband just so she would abort her child. (Wong 1995:3) The men take having a male child a lot more seriously than the women. In some cases the husband forces the wife to go into hiding when she is about to give birth. This way no one knows that she gave birth. Then if she has a girl, she can simply abandon it without anyone knowing. A lot of women have decided to apply for refugee status in other countries for fear that they will be forcibly aborted, sterilized and discriminated against. (Ogilvy 2000:12) This always does not work because a lot of these countries in the surrounding area of the country are not as lenient in allowing Chinese refugees onto their land.

A lot of people found it easy to hide their children. Many people had more than one child and did not let the government know. The biggest problem this led to was that the children that were not registered did not receive any medical benefits. It was as if they never did exist. They call this elite group of unregistered children the “black population” and this makes the Chinese government statistics completely off. (Clubb 1978:18) These children are not allowed to go to school, and later will have difficulty obtaining permission to marry, to relocate, and for other life choices requiring the government’s permission. (Milwertz 1997:21)

China’s one-child policy has brought so many problem, that one needs to wonder if it was actually a good idea in the first place. Sure, it lowered the population growth rate tremendously, but the number of infant deaths took over. Women in China are forced to give up their babies and are sometimes beaten. Males are still the dominant gender and have the power of the family name behind them. Tradition will always live in China, and a male child will always be a necessity. The family name must be carried on and the only way to do this is through a male.

This essay introduced Taiwan’s most important animal-the Taiwanese deer.

My country Taiwan is well known for its great and diverse possession of animals. However, among this great variety of animals, Taiwanese deer is the most important and unique animal. This beautiful animal saved my ancestors from starvation in their pioneer days, and what’s more, it symbolizes the beauty of my country Taiwan.

When my ancestors first came to the Island of Taiwan, they had nothing except a few pieces of clothing and tools. As they were facing hunger, they caught the glimpse of a beautiful deer in silky beige fur and snow-white spots. Astonished at the sight of such a stunning creature, they appreciated God for bestowing them such a precious gift. The deer saved my ancestors from starvation, and hence, my people worship it as the gift from God. Were it not for the Taiwanese deer, my ancestors would not have survived, and I also would not be sitting here writing this essay.

Moreover, Taiwanese deer symbolizes the dazzling beauty of my homeland—the Taiwan Island. Taiwan has been famous for the name “Formosa”, which means “beautiful”, given by a Portuguese explorer in the1600’s. Its beauty is celebrated worldwide. On the other hand, the Taiwanese deer is widely recognized as one of the most beautiful kinds of deer. It acquires silky fur of the color of cedar, covered by little white spots that spread out like stars in the sky. In addition, I can proudly and positively say the only place on Earth where you can find a Taiwanese deer is Taiwan Island. Every characteristic of the deer matches my beautiful homeland perfectly, and the deer is the best representative of my country.

Overall, although there are various animals living in my country, Taiwanese deer is the most important one as it was the food that saved my ancestors and it represents my country. Unfortunately, this incredible creature now is facing extinction. I genuinely hope by writing this essay my voice can be heard and people will try to save the Taiwanese deer.

Tastes of Cuban Culture.

Taste is universal and local as well: every culture has it own culinary biases, but all cultures celebrate taste. Our sense of taste is born and educated according to the culture we belong to. Cuban cooking is among the most interesting cuisines to be found in the world. Combining elements of traditional Spain with French, African, Arabic, Chinese, and Portuguese cultures, Cuban food provides a powerful link to island memories and traditions.

Most Cuban cooking relies on a few basic spices, such as garlic, cumin, oregano, and bay laurel leaves. The sofrito is what gives flavor to the food. The most common Cuban foods include pork, chicken, rice, beans, tomatoes and lettuce. The Spanish influence is apparent in the use of rice, lemons, and oranges. Yuca is a native root vegetable shaped like a large carrot that can be boiled or baked, and malanga is a large-leafed root vegetable. A common dish offered at Cuban restaurants is carne asada (roasted meat), or puerco asado (roast pork), but nothing better than the home picadillo (ground beef), or arroz con pollo (chicken and rice). Ajiaco is another typical meat, garlic, and vegetable stew. Congri (white rice and black bean mixture also known as Moors and Christians) was introduced by French planters from Haiti.

A typical Cuban breakfast will consist of tostadas and cafe con leche. Tostadas are pieces of Cuban bread with butter. Cubans will dunk pieces of bread into their cafe con leche, as Americans will dunk doughnuts into their coffee. A Cuban breakfast might also include croquets, empanadas, pastelitos, or other Cuban Appetizers.

Lunch will consists of Medianoche (midnight sandwich), consisting of a slice of pork, ham, and Swiss cheese and then topped with pickles and mustard on sweetened egg bread. One may also order a side of fried green plantains called tostones a little too starchy, but I liked them, especially with the shockingly red, slightly spicy Filipino banana ketchup

Dinner will usually consist of a meat, chicken, or fish dish as the entree accompanied by white rice, black beans, and maduros, sweet fried plantains. At times, a small salad of sliced tomatos and onions or avocados might be added to the meal. The meals are followed by dessert, such as the typical flan, a Cuban caramel-flavored custard, or the dulce de leche ice cream and another shot of cafe cubano.

For holidays or special occasions, the one dish that typifies Cuban cuisine would be a small pig, marinated with salt, garlic, and sour orange juice, and then roasted over an open fire, and slowly cooked for several hours. For refreshments, the most typical drinks are the daiquiri and the mojito. Both are made with limejuice and pure cane rum.

To conclude with, Paladar, it should be said, is greater than the sum of its parts. In addition, the most important thing as Diane Ackerman said, “taste suggests something deeper- something unsettling- about the kind of creatures we humans beings are” (37). Furthermore, Cuban food is not only part of my roots, culture, memories and/or traditions, but mostly it is part of my sense of taste.

Works Cited

Diane Ackerman. Mind Readings. Boston, Ma: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2002