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The Wondrous mind of the Slow Genius


Table of Contents: Prologue………………………………………………………………………..pg. 4 What’s in a Name…………………………………………………………..pg. 5 Personal Alphabet………………………………………………………….pg. 6 Likes/Dislikes………………………………………………………………….pg. 7 Sensory Experiences………………………………………………………pg. 8 Metaphorical Definitions……………………………………………….pg. 9 A Quality Personality……………………………………………………..pg. 10 Color Your World…………………………………………………………...pg. 11 Room Sweet Room…………………………………………………………pg. 12 Personal Metaphors……………………………………………………..pg. 13 Extended Metaphors…………………………………………………….pg. 14 Symbolic Recipe……………………………………………………………pg. 15 The Ultimate All-Purpose Excuse………………………………….pg. 16 Telling Tales…………………………………………………………………pg. 17 Unfinished Sentences………………………………………………….pg. 18 Personal Symbol………………………………………………………….pg. 19 Map of Life………………………………………………………………….pg. 20 A Mysterious Place……………………………………………………..pg. 21 Synthetics……………………………………………………………………pg. 22 A Day in the Life………………………………………………………….pg. 23 These Words Belong to Me…………………………………………pg. 24


In Other Words…………………………………………………………pg. 25 Flashback………………………………………………………………….pg. 26 Remembrance of Things Present………………………………pg. 27 As Time Goes Bye-Bye………………………………………………pg. 28 My Own List of Lists………………………………………………….pg. 29 Cheer Yourself Up!.………………………………………………….pg. 30 Metamorphosis………………………………………………………..pg. 31 Picture This………………………………………………………………pg. 32 Look Who I Look Up To…………………………………………….pg.33 Remembering the Child…………………………………………..pg. 34 One Medium Suitcase……………………………………………..pg. 35 The Perfect Present…………………………………………………pg. 36 Memorable Event……………………………………………………pg. 37 How to……………………………………………………………………pg. 38 Always Say Never……………………………………………………pg. 39 Are You Hungry?........................................................pg. 40 Where I’m From……………………………………………………..pg. 41 Deck of 52……………………………………………………………….pg. 42 The Examined Life…………………………………………………..pg. 43 Annual Report………………………………………………………...pg. 44 Ekphrasis…………………………………………………………………pg. 45 Visually Speaking…………………………………………………….pg. 46


Lessons I Learned After It Was Too Late………………..pg. 47 The Door……………………………………………………………….pg. 48 Advice to the Young……………………………………………...pg. 49 Who Am I?................................................................pg. 50 Rewarding Experiences………………………………………….pg. 51 Valuable Lessons……………………………………………………pg. 52 Future-Fantasy and Fact………………………………………..pg. 53 Epilogue………………………………………………………………..pg. 54

Prologue


Hello. My name is Jericho. It is nice of you to decide to read this. I am a very nice person who is easy to get to know and get along with. I like to go out and have fun. I am very lazy though. That is my flaw. I don’t like to do work. But I am very good at it when I fell like it. I can get a lot done when I need to. I like to think of myself as a slow genius. Slow because I am an A+ procrastinator, but genius because I really am smart. I just let my evil, lazy brain do a lot of snoozing. I am a very funny dependable guy who likes to live in the moment. I don’t like work that is given to me in advance and I have time to do it. Because if I do get an assignment like that, I won’t get to it until it’s too late. I like to go with the flow, but if there is something I have time to do, I tend to wait a little too long. I can’t keep doing that but I will and I don’t mind it. Hahaha. Well I hope you enjoy this little piece of work that I have done for you. Enjoy.


2: What’s in a name? Okay, so my name is Jericho James Yanger. It is not a very nice name to grow up with because it is rather hard to remember. I had to deal with it for a while wishing to change it. But as time went by I grew to like my name because it is who I am. Sure there are other people out there with the same name but I am the only me. I like it because I know who I am compared to all the other Jerichos out there. I don’t really have a story behind it. My parents were just going through names and my mom liked Jericho, so they kept it that. I know my name is also the name of a city in the bible that fell. I asked and they said they didn’t name me after that. I like my name, sure I had to grow into it but it is my name, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.


3: Personal Alphabet A-assertive

N-nice

B-brilliant

O-optimistic

C-charismatic

P-productive

D-determined

Q-questionable

E-energetic

R-rebellious

F-fantastic

S-sweet

G-gorgeous

T-trustworthy

H-hot-headed

U-unbelievable

I-insecure

V-vigorous

J-jolly

W-wild

K-keen

X-x-tatic

L-loquacious

Y-youthful

M-manly

Z-zany


Prompt # 4: Likes:

Dislikes:

1. My girlfriend

1. School

2. Anime

2. Homework

3. Manga

3. Teachers

4. Italian food

4. Waking up early

5. Chinese food

5. Being sick

6. Video games

6. Politics

7. Hunting

7. Reality shows

8. Archery

8. Twilight

9. Movies

9. Annoying people

10. Youtube

10. People who act tough

11. Cooking

11. Stuck-up people

12. Hiking

12. Flies

13. Camping

13. Mosquitoes

14. Swimming

14. Running

15 Family

15. Gangs


5: Sensory Experiences Seeing: -Sun setting -Birds flying Tasting: -BBQ right off the grill -Salty water Hearing: -Kids running around laughing -Music playing from the phone Touching: -Sunburn -Cold sea water Smelling: -Aroma from the food on the table -Salty sea air These are the experiences of when I was at the beach for my uncle’s birthday.


6: Metaphorical Definitions 1. Love is a warm hug from someone you care for. 2. Peace is sitting in front of the TV with no distractions. 3. Happiness is eating food that tastes amazing. 4. Sadness is hearing that your dog died. 5. Surprised is seeing someone you knew a long time ago show up. 6. Calmness is seeing everyone sitting down and being silent. 7. Excitement is going skydiving. 8. Pleasure is smiling without a reason. 9. Loneliness is sitting in a dark room. 10. Fear is seeing someone you love acting strange.


7: A Quality Personality Imagination He wakes up to a great morning. Everyone is tired, but not him. He wakes up not being sleepy, but being ready. He waits for the day to start and for the wonders of the world to reach him. As he waits for breakfast, he imagines he is a flying lion stalking the butter-jam toast zebra, waiting for it to get in range to attack it. He gets his meal and the lion is satisfied. His parents look at him and smile. After, he goes out to play. He goes to his cardboard castle. But something is different today. Today he sees a giant dragon attacking! “This is bad. I need to do something,” he says. So he does what any king would do, he becomes a super hero king! He rushes to battle with his sword and energy blaster in hand. When the dragon sees him, he roars and lets out a bubble breath attack. The king swings at all the bubbles and barely makes it past. Then the dragon swung its tail and gets the king in the tummy. The king fell. Seeing this the dragon threw a dangerous leaf ball at the king. The king shot at the ball with his blaster, but it ran out of ammo. So he quickly gets up and charges up his Kamehameha wave. When he shot and destroyed the ball, the dragon lunged at the king. The king was in trouble because he knew he couldn’t take a tackle from the dragon, so he did the one thing he knew would stop the dragon and end the fight. He, with all his might and breath yelled out, “SIT BOY!” and the dragon stopped its charge and sat down, wagging its tail. “Good boy buster.” His parents watch through the window and smile as they see their little boy play with his very big dog.


8: Color Your World The night a calming element of blue It is a dark yet beautiful shade The only blue that can calm anyone after a hard days due A color that is in need of little aide A color I have fallen in love with The only blue of its kind Spanning the entire worlds width Able to calm my weary mind Hiding its brilliance from man’s lights As if it were a timid child Only glowing in the open sky of the night Where it dances happily with the brightest smile This is the blue that must be earned to see Because the world of man cannot see it like me


9: Room Sweet Room Ok so first is that my room is a very neat room unless I am under a lot of pressure from school or my family. I don’t really like to sleep in a messy place, but my room does belong to a boy so it is a fairly messy place. I have a shelf full of things that are my personal belongings that no one is allowed to touch. I have a shelf that is full of things that are Japanese in nature. That is because I have always liked Japan and wish to go there. I keep those items to remind me of why I work myself so much. I have a shelf full of old records. It shows that I love music a lot. Not just modern or American music, but all kinds of music from whatever time and place. I don’t have a record player, but I will so I can listen to the records. One shelf is full of books because I love to read. It is mostly fantasy and adventure novels because those are the kind of books I like. I have a dresser that has a lot of magazines on them. I keep the magazines because I like the articles it has. I have a giant rainbow slinky because it is fun and I like to have fun. I have my laptop that is out because I like to go on the internet. I have many things that are associated with having fun because I do like to have a good time. I do not like to do a lot of work because it is not who I am. I am a very simple guy who appreciates a good time.


10: personal metaphors 1. If I were an animal, what kind of animal would I be? I would be a crow. The reason is because they can go anywhere they want to and are incredibly smart animals like I want to be. 2. If I were a car, what kind of car would I be? I would be a Jeep. They are very reliable cars and are very strong like me. 3. If I were an article of clothing, what kind of clothing would I be? I would be a jacket. They are very comfortable and they protect you from the cold, like me with how caring I am. 4. If I were a day in the week, which day would I be? I would be Saturday. It is the day when you don't have to worry about anything and can relax, like me every day. 5. If I were a food, what food would I be? I would be a dragon fruit. They thrive in harsh desert like environments and taste amazing, like me when I am under pressure and come out better than ever. 6. If I were a color, what color would I be? I would be blue. It is a beautiful color, but is often said to signify gloominess, like how I feel almost every day. 7. If I were a movie, what movie would I be? I would be the movie "Hobbit." It is a movie about someone that must go out on an important adventure and is scared to, but still goes. It is like me when I am ready to finally leave my home. 8. If I were a fragrance, what fragrance would I be? I would be the ocean smell. It is a calming and relaxing smell, like me, calm and relaxing. 9. If I were a type of building, what building would I be? I would be a hotel. It is a place where people can relax and have fun for a little bit before they have to go back to work, like how I am. 10. If I were a plant, what plant would I be? I would be sea weed. It just stays in water and floats. It is a lazy plant, like me a lazy person. 11. If I were a musical instrument, what instrument would I be? I would be a saxophone. It is a nice looking instrument that sounds amazing, like how i choose to look and sound at times. 12. If I were a geometric shape, which shape would I be? I would be a circle. It is a shape that is able to keep rolling no matter what gets in its way, like how I move on no matter what happens to me. 13. If I were a piece of furniture, which one would I be? I would be a couch. It supports friends and family no matter how much sit on it, like how I help the ones I love even if they treat me badly. 14. If I were a song, which song would I be? I would be "Alone Together" by Fall Out Boy. It is a song that tells about a group of friends that want to leave all the crazy things behind, like how I want to leave the island. 15. If I were a season of the year, which one would I be? I would be spring. That is the season that warms winter and is when everyone has fun. I like fun so I like spring. 16. If I were a television character, who would I be? I would be Dean Winchester from "Supernatural." He is strong, fearless, and dependable like me when I need to be. 17. If I were a cartoon or comic character, who would I be? I would be Pinkie Pie from the cartoon "My Little Pony." Because she had a hard life but she was able to move past it and is the happiest character in the cartoon. I want a life like that. 18. If I were an appliance or piece of machinery, what would I be? I would be a light. It brightens the dark to aide people, like me helping friends in tough times. 19. If I were a natural phenomenon, what would I be? I would be wind. It is able to make people happy after a hot day, like how I can calm someone down if they are mad.


20. If I were a word, which word would I be? I would be "happy." It means to feel good about something. I am always happy, even on bad days.

11: Extended Metaphors 1. If I were an animal: I say that I would want be a crow because I want to be free. I like how the crow is free to go and do as they please. They are despised because they are thought to be evil for their color and aggression, but that is what I love about them. They are great and magnificent creatures but everyone fears them because of how they look. They are misunderstood like me. They are incredibly and surprisingly intelligent like myself where I surprise even myself at times. I love how they are like me because they are also aggressive when they feel threatened. 6. If I were a color: I chose blue because it is a color that says so much. It could mean happy the brighter it gets, like myself. I am happy when I "shine" bright. It also shows creativity, which I have plenty of. It is often used to describe gloominess which i feel very often. It is also used to show beauty, which I admire so much. 16. If I were a television character: I would to be like Dean Winchester because he is a great man. He is fearless like me when the time comes. He is reliable no matter what happened like me for my friends and family. He can be a really harsh person when angered like I can. He is also a very funny person like myself. 17. If I were a cartoon character: I know its weird to say this but I like My Little Pony, and my favorite pony is Pinkie Pie. She is fun to be around like myself. She is very funny. She had a hard life before she became the happy jumpy pony she is now like how my life was. And she is very friendly like me, 18. If I were an appliance:


I chose a light because, like me, they help people when it is needed. They are bright and I am also "bright." People like them and I am very likable. They are also very useful for things, like myself.

12: Symbolic Recipe Friendship Cup Cakes 3 cups of laughter 2 cups of loyalty 4 teaspoons of generosity 2 tablespoons of honesty 3 teaspoons of kindness 1 cup of "magic" (secret ingredient) 1 large cupcake pan large mixing bowl cupcake sheets Preheat your oven at 350 degrees F. Mix in your 3 cups of laughter with your 2 cups of loyalty and 2 cups of water till bright blue. Then add your generosity and honesty and give a good stir for three minutes. After, add your kindness and mix for one minute. Let sit for another five minutes to let all the ingredients mix in with each other then add in the "magic" and give a good stir. Spray your cupcake pan. Fill your cupcake sheets and put in your pan. Place in oven and let cook for exactly one(1) hour. After pull them out and let sit until cooled and enjoy! Must follow instructions or else you'll get baked bads instead of baked goods.


13: The Ultimate All-Purpose Excuse Well ma’am I have a very valid reason for being late today. I was on my way here when all of a sudden I was beamed up to an alien space ship that asked me to help them win a war that has been raging on for years. I couldn’t say no so I went with them. When we got to their planet I was fitted with armor that would keep me alive while fighting. It took a while, but I finally got to the leader of the opposing forces and I slew him. Then they brought me back and beamed me back into my car. I was still on the road when all of a sudden a hole opened up under me and I fell through. As I was falling, I quickly got out of my car and jumped out onto a ledge that I saw. I had to go through a tunnel that was infested with big man eating bugs. I had to fight my way through them and claw out of the ground. And after, I ended up in a bank that was being robbed. I had to help the hostages get out then take out the robbers so the police could get them. I was almost in the gate when I got nabbed by kidnappers. They tried to take me with them and ransom me, but I fought them off drove the car outside of the gate and called the police. I was just outside the door, when I saw a giant rhino running at me. I had to move out of the way and lead it out of the school grounds. I got it out where I tired it out by dodging all of its charges. After, I went to it and calmed it down to see it had a thorn


in its side. A BIG thorn. So I pulled it out and called the authorities. Anyway, that’s why I’m a minute late.

14: Telling Tales Growing up for as long as I can remember I have always heard this story. When I was a baby, my dad's youngest brother, Uncle Jess was always so excited to see me. He would always want to hold me, play peak-a-boo, and feed me. Basically it was like I was his bo boy or favorite because I reminded him of himself. Because I was a chubby and playful baby. So the story goes like, it start off it was an afternoon and they were having a BBQ. My mom was carrying me and I had just finished eating. And as my mom was carrying me to the area everyone was at my Uncle Jess saw me. He ran to my mom and took me from her. And he was holding me playing with me. So he had picked me up over his head and was looking at me laughing so I would smile. Then they said that at that very moment I burped up. And at that very second my Uncle Jess had his mouth open. And I think you can put two and two together, but if you can't I burped up and it went into his mouth. And from that day on my family say's that is why me and my Uncle Jess are so close.


15: Unfinished Sentences I usually worry about... losing loved ones. I couldn't deal with that. If I had lost someone close and dear to me, I would break apart. I feel angry when... someone hurts anyone I care for. I can't hold back my feelings when I see a loved one get hurt. I just want to hurt the one more than when they hurt my loved one. I'm moody when... someone says something to me that hurts my feelings. I tend to get really moody because of that. Especially when it comes from someone I care for. I'm happiest when... I don't have anything to worry about and can relax. When I have work or chores to do, I really stress out. So on days I don't have to work at all, I am happiest. I feel confident when... I have done something right. I feel like I'm doing great when I do something and it turns out to be right. So it is an amazing feeling when I just guess and it's good. I feel frustrated when... I have to do work. I don't like to do work at all. So when I have to do any work I get a little upset. I am depressed when... I know I have done something wrong. I feel guilty when I have done something wrong and I get depressed. It is something I have always had. I am comfortable when... I am relaxing. I like to be able to sit in front of the T.V. without having to worry about anything. That is what makes me comfortable.


I feel nervous when... I am about to try something new. When I am about to do something different, I get really scared. I am just like that until I try it, then I'm fine. I feel sentimental when... something very sad happens. No matter if it's a sad scene in a movie, or someone dying. I am a very sentimental guy.

16: Personal Symbol There is a necklace that I have got one Christmas. It is special because it came from my uncle who has been there for me a long time. He is the one I can turn to when I need to talk to someone. He was there when I was sad or bored or just wanted to hang out with. I have always considered him as my second father. He gave me one of his old necklaces that I had always liked. As I opened up the present and saw it, I was very happy. I got a very special gift from my uncle whom I love very much. I wore it for a while but then it got caught in the fan one day. I want to go get it repaired, but I don't know who to go to. I loved that necklace and I was so mad at myself when i damaged it. I still have it, but i don't wear it. Not until I go to get it repaired.


17: Map of Life First, I was born. Then I was starting to gain knowledge. I started to be able to walk and talk. I was starting elementary school. I was in the honor choir for three years. I went on to middle school. I met Ryan, a very good friend. I was in band for three years. I performed for band in those three years. i was in the Guam Territorial Band for one summer in middle school. I went onto high school. I was in JROTC and did a lot of activities for it. I was in marine biology and did a lot of activities for the class. I am in 12th grade and waiting to graduate.


#18: A Mysterious Place One place I always found suspicious was the dark. Not suspicious like in the bad way, just a mystery. I say that because so many people are scared of the dark. Some also say that it is a place that monsters lurk. It is always said to be a bad sign. I have just always wondered why it is like that. It is always known as an evil thing that should be avoided or trekked with caution. I have been brought up to be careful of it. But what if it isn’t as bad as I have been brought up to believe it to be? What if it is much more docile? Or what if it is much more menacing? I have always been curious. I feel both at ease and afraid of the dark. I go out into the dark of night for comfort away from all the stress of my home. But when out, I don’t feel alone. I feel as though there is something out and about in the dark, cold night wind. It is not just at night, but in the dark corners of rooms and corridors of buildings also. It is in the shade of a forest and jungle that only one who is alone can feel. The feeling of something not of this world that can only be known in the dark. It is uncertain if the feeling is sinister or serine, but it is there. I would like to be able to approach this kind of feeling with ease. I find that it is not the dark that is mysterious but what hides in the dark. What hides itself from us in the shadows is what makes the darkness so intriguing. I see this as one great mystery that I would one day like to solve. I would love to be able to walk through the dark anywhere in the world and feel that I know what is there. I am not


afraid of the dark. I actually find it comforting. But I know that I am not alone in there, and I would like to know what it is that I am sitting in the dark with. I do not fear it, but I would like to know what it is and not offend it. I have always wondered what that world, the world of the shadows, is like. I do wish to find out one day.

19: Synectics 1. Which is wiser? The pen or pencil? I'd say the pencil because it is smart enough to go back and correct its mistakes. 3. Which is smarter? A clock or calendar? A calendar because it shows the time you have to look forward to rather than the time you are waiting for. 4. Which is easier to teach? A question or an answer? A question because it is more open minded than the answer. 6. Which is more fearful? New or old? Old because it is the old how are the most scared to change and they will lash out at the new weather it's good or bad. 8. Which is more difficult? A dream or a nightmare? A dream because it is harder to remember the good things but very easy to remember the bad. 9. Which is braver? An hour or a year? An hour because the year has time to ready itself while the hour it in the now. 11. Which is easier to close? A road or a map? A map because it shows you where to go whereas the road can only take you if you choose to take it. 16. Which is more helpful? A friend or an enemy? An enemy because they will tell you what kind of person you are and that can help you find people who you can decide can be friends.


17. Which is sadder? Seek or find? Find because when you find something the thrill of looking it is over. 18. Which cost more? A home or a house? A house because a home is where your heart is.

20: Day in the Life 6:00, that’s the time he wakes up. Reluctantly, He leaves the comfort of his bed. He goes to the bathroom to wake himself up. Brushing his teeth, washing his face, using the toilet, same morning routine as yesterday. He finishes and goes to the room to get his clothes on. 6:15, he hears the bus. “There it goes again. Just missed it,” he says to himself. “Same thing every day.” After he gets dressed, he goes to look for food in the kitchen. “Nothing again,” he thinks to himself. He leaves his house for school. The same walk as always. He gets to school, says “hi” to his friends and girlfriend like always. He waits for the time to by while in his classes. “School’s over again,” he says to himself. He gets on the bus to go to work. When he gets to his stop, he spends some time with his girlfriend. “5:00, time to go,” he tells her. He starts walking to work. He gets to work and spends a couple of hours there. He finishes another day of work. He calls his sister, telling her that he’s ready to get picked up. She gets there in a couple minutes. “How was your day?” she asks. “Same as always. Boring as ever,” he responds. He gets home, says “hi” to his parents, puts his bag away, and


jumps in the shower. He finishes, goes to get some clothes on, then looks for food. 10:00. He heads to the room to sleep. “I just wish something new would happen,� he thinks before he drifts off to sleep. The next day comes, the same things happen.

21: These words are mine 1. Pain-cause mental or physical pain to. Pain is one of my words because all my life I have been in pain from being hit to being unwanted. I have yet to get over it bur I'm almost there. 2. Fear-be afraid of Fear is an important word to me because I used to be a very scared kid. I still am afraid of things but I am better than i used to be. 3. Conquer-successfully overcome I have conquered so many obstacles in my life so conquer is a special word to me. 4. Trust-firm belief in the reliability of someone I am a very trusting person and a very trustworthy person. That is why trust is one word on this list. 5. Pride-a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one's own achievements My pride is from being able to say that I have done so much in my life so far and I have so much more to do. 6. Respect-a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something I respect only a few people because my respect is hard to gain but when you have it, I will always respect you. 7. Believe-hold something as an opinion My beliefs are my own that is why this word is on this list. 8. soar-fly or rise high in the air. I have been able to soar past my life and all the hardships. 9. Confidence-a feeling of self-assurance arising from one's appreciation of one's own abilities or qualities. My confidence has really grown since i was a child and I'm happy about that.


10. Beat-defeat I have beaten all of the difficult things in my life so far and i will keep on beating them.

22: In Other Words 1. “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” ― Albert Einstein 2. “Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” ― Albert Camus 3. “Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.” ― Dr. Seuss 4. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ― Winston Churchill 5. “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ― Lao Tzu 6. “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” ― Mahatma Gandhi 7. “Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” ― Marthe Troly-Curtin


8. “Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” ― Abraham Lincoln 9. “Fear will do one thing and one thing only: hold you back” ― Kya Aliana 10. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.” ― Bernard M. Baruch

23: Flashback I would go back to the day I cheated on my girlfriend. I would go back so I could change it. If I could go back, I would punch myself really hard in the face. It was a stupid thing to do. I was just being silly and I did something dumb. So I was just thinking about doing something that would stop me from over thinking, so I cheated. It was the biggest mistake I did. I would do anything to go back and change that. I hate myself for doing that. I want to change that so much. But that is the day I would go back to.


24: Remembrance of Things Present I want to remember my friends and how we did really dumb things. I want to remember how I was so weird and fun. I don't want to forget the fun things I did on the island. I want to remember how happy I was with my family. How we would go around the island and to the movies and had fun with each other. I want to remember all the hardships I had to endure so I can say that I beat them and I can do anything. I want to remember when I was hurt so I know never to do those things that caused me the pain in the first place. I want to remember all the important things I learned in school, because I know I will need them in life. Those are the things I want to remember.


25: As Time Goes Bye-Bye I have a plan already to go off island to start my life. I have had this plan for a long time now, and I know I will have to say good-bye to a lot of people I care for. I will have to leave a place that I love and have called home for the longest time. I will have to say good-bye to my family which will hurt a lot, and I know that there will be no way to avoid it. I will have to say good-bye to my friends. It won’t hurt as much, but it will bother me for a bit. I will have to leave my old life style that I have grown accustom too behind. That I think will be the hardest thing to do. It will be very hard to do that. But to start my life and be happy for myself, I am willing to do it. I look forward to it.


26: My Own Lists of Lists 1. People who have influenced me... my mother, my uncle Jess, my sister, my teacher Mr. Borja, The councilor Dr. Ichihara, and my grandmother. 2. Places that make me happy... are my room, the beach, hotels, school, outdoors, Tumon. 3. Places I would like to go... are Japan, Rome, Italy, Ireland, New York, and WrestleMania. 4. Things in people which I like... are humor, kindness, determination, energy, honesty, confidence. 5. Things in people which I dislike... are cockiness, irritating, mean, trash talking, stupid, and aggressive. 6. Things that worry me... are losing a loved one, not graduating, hurting someone’s feelings, not living up to expectations, a lot of work, and when someone ignores me.


7. Things I would like to know how to do... are fix a car, cook, drive, use a computer better, play guitar, and sky dive. 8. Things that have moved me... are honest people, motivational speakers, moving movies, emotional documentaries, nice books, and feel good" short stories. 9. Ideas that intrigue me...are flying cars, space colonies, time travel, religion, aliens, real monsters. 10. My personal favorites... food, games, internet, books, T.V., music.

27: Cheer Yourself Up! Go swimming with a seal. Eat dinner with Gabriel Iglesies. Get kick out of church. Cause trouble in a department store. Pretend to be blind and stare at people. Go to a club with a friend and pretend we're about to fight, go outside yelling at each other, get in the car and drive away, leaving everyone that came out to see the fight to wonder what just happened. Get pulled over by a cop, then mess around with the cop. Pretend to have memory loss and go to random people and hug them and say "I missed you so much. When did you get back?"


Get a puppy. Get a kitten. Go to Chuck E. Cheese with all your grown up friends and freak everyone out. Watch MY Little Pony. Get into a car chase with cops while driving a doughnut truck. Go streaking at night Laugh out loud in a library

28: Metamorphosis Younger: loose tooth, stick, stuffed animals, sheets, play pen Older: laptop, video games, original, club, open minded When I was younger, a loose tooth was good, a stick was a sword, a stuffed animal protected you in your sleep, sheets were an impenetrable fortress, and a play pen was whatever you wanted.


Now laptop is life, video games are the best, you do whatever you can to be original, a club is the fun places and an open mind is the best thing you can have in this crazy world. I miss the old days.

29: Picture This


lone travelerby wendichen Digital Art / Drawings & Paintings / Landscapes & Scenery

I like this art work. It is very well made. It shows a man going his own way rather than doing what others are doing. It shows an independent man. I like it.

30: Look Who I Look Up To


One is Abraham Lincoln. He fought for freeing the slaves of the south. He gave speeches that inspired so many. He was bothed loved and hated for his beliefs. And because of his determination, there is no more slavery. Another is Martin Luther King Jr. He was an African American that fought so that blacks and whites could be equal. He had inspired a lot of black people to go against the system that the whites had. It was giving black people hope. Because of this, he was assassinated. Another is Steven Hawking. He is the world’s smartest man and he is crippled. It shows me that anyone can do anything. He didn't let is disadvantage stop him. I am very admiral about how this man is a great and well respected figure.

31: Remembering the Child


My mom’s favorite was when I was born. My sisters was when I ran out of a patch of trees scared because I ran into a spider web. My uncle was when I was a little kid and I was chubby.

32. One Medium Suitcase •

My laptop


Three sets of clothes

Some money

My favorite books (2 or 3)

My knife (for protection)

Some snacks

All my videogames I will bring my laptop for both entertainment and to help me get a job. The clothes to change into after each day (I’m going to be at the laundry mat a lot). Money to buy food and pay rent. My books to read (of course). My knife to protect myself. Some snacks for before I can buy food. My games for when I get myself a game console again.


33: The Perfect Present The perfect gift would be productivity. I need that because I am a very bad procrastinator. I need to break that habit. It is a bad trait that I have had for a while. It would benefit my in the future because I would get my work done a lot faster and much more efficiently.


34: Memorable Event My memorable day was when I went to Chuck E. Cheese for my cousin’s birthday. It was a day when my family wasn't busy and they could relax. It was a very fun day because everyone had a good time. We were trying out all the games. I went into the rat wheel thing and I fell and went for a spin. It was a great day for everyone.

35. How to‌


How to get into a car chase. •

First, talk to your friends about going out.

Then go do some bar hopping.

Drink a lot.

Try to drive.

See a cop car.

Panic a lot.

Think about going to jail for a long time.

Start to speed up.

Get noticed by the cop.

Listen for the siren.

Once you hear it, the chase is on.

Start going at a ridicules speed down the road.

Have the cop do the same.

Do this for at least thirty minutes. And that is how you get into a car chase. It also works if you’re just street racing.


36: Always Say Never I never want to go back to GWHS, see my teachers, wake up early for school, and pull an all-nighter. I will never do or see any of these people or things because I plan on graduating. I don't want to be in school any longer than I have to. I want to graduate and move on with my life. I do not want to stay back for another year or half year. I want to leave the island and start a new life. It is a really hard thing to be in high school. I don't like to be in school and I am slowly counting down the days till I am out. I just need to make sure I pass all my classes and then I will be on my way. I can't wait to end school and get off this island. I am so close to the end. I am not going to stop till i get to the end.


37: Are You Hungry? My favorite meal is pasta with alfredo sauce with shrimp mixed into it. I love how the aroma can be smelled from in my room. It is a smell I loved from a very young age. I love how my mom is able to make the pasta noodles taste so good. She adds just regular salt and oil to it but it still tastes amazing. When you cover the pasta with the sauce it is instant heaven. It tastes like a New Year’s party in your mouth. Then you find a shrimp hiding in the sauce. I see it dripping with the mouthwatering sauce and I just can’t wait to eat it. I open my mouth and eat it and I couldn’t help but smile. I love how my mother preps the shrimp with salt, pepper, and butter. She knows how to make it just right. If you pick it up right, it will be drenched in sauce. My favorite part of the meal is how we all get together at the table and tease each other. It is fun to have the family together to eat. We used to play with our food. It was so much fun. This is why that is my favorite meal.


38: Where I’m from I am from a place where tradition is to fish and have fun. Where we are supposed to be loud. A place where there are large latte stones. A place with waterfalls and rivers. I am from this place. This paradise called Guam. This is my home my island


39: Deck of 52 52 was to relax 1 sleep 2 eat 3 sit 4 watch TV 5 read 6 shower 7 go on Face Book 8 go on Tumblr 9 go on Kik 10 go on Twitter 11 go on Instagram 12 go on Whatsapp 13 go on YouTube 14 cook 15 go to the beach 16 go to K mart 17 go to the mall 18 go to ASC 19 go to Tumon 20 go to Proa 21 go to Ninja 22 go to Century Lanes 23 go to Leo Palace

24 go to PIC 25 go to Onward 26 go to Hilton 27 go to Westin 28 go to Niko 29 go to Tony Romas 30 go to Caprisiocha 31 go to the movies 32 go to Merizo pier 33 go to Zen’s Ultra Lounge 34 go to Pentagon 35 go to Porky’s 36 go to Underwater World 37 of wind surfing 38 go diving 39 go snorkeling 40 go fishing 41 go spear fishing 42 go skydiving 43 go Outrigger 45 go to Cold Stone 46 go to Chuck E Cheese


47 go get subway 48 go get McDonalds 49 go Wendy’s

50 go Taco Bell 51 go to the store 52 go to GameStop

40: The Examined Life Good Things

Bad Things

I am very friendly.

I have a tendency to offend people by mistake.

I have a very charming personality.

I can be easily angered.

I like animals.

I hate cocky, irritating, & stupid people.

I am very trustworthy.

It is very easy to lose my trust.

I am very nice.

I can be just as cruel.

I like to go out.

I stay in most days.

I am very gentle.

I can put up a fight when I need to.

I am a caring person.

If you are mean to me, I can be a heartless person.


41: Annual Report I am much better off than I was before. I was a lot lazier. I only hope to graduate from school. I want to progress in productivity. I am a major procrastinator and I need to stop that. Last year I was better than I was a year before, and this year I'm better than last. So I'd say I am better off than I was last year.


42: Ekphrasis

Colors radiant as the world around, Shine with such beauty and fill me with wonder,


teach me to feel open to the world

43: Visual Speaking


THE HARD WORKING MIND

Prompt #44: Lessons I Learned After It Was Too Late. I’ve learned a lot of lessons in my life. One was about my lying. I used to lie a lot. I still do, but it isn’t as bad as before. I would lie to everyone when I knew I did something bad and knew I’d get in trouble. I was caught sometimes, but I was never in too much trouble. One day though, I did something really bad and I lied about doing it. I got hit for it. After that, it got worse. Every time I lied, I would get hit more. So I tried my best not to lie as much, or at least not get caught when I did. Another lesson was about my silly acting. I like to mess around a lot, so naturally I would do a lot of dumb things. I would do anything I thought would be fun. One day, I was messing around and tried to lock my sister in my parent’s room. She wasn’t locked in but the door locked behind her. We didn’t have a key for it. At first, it was okay and we were trying to get in, but as time went by, my dad started to get mad and started yelling. He grabbed the hammer and broke the door knob off the door. He then pushed me while yelling that I was a stupid little kid. So after that I didn’t act as silly as before. Another lesson was dealing with cocky kids. I was in first grade when I got in a fight with a cocky third grader. I was just sitting down and minding my own business and he wanted me to move. I was young and I didn’t want to get in trouble, so I got up and started moving. I accidently bumped him and I guess he thought I was trying to start something, so he charged at me and pinned me to the ground. He was yelling and, me being little and not


knowing what to do, I was scared. After he left me alone I went home. My sister, who was older and was well known for her temper, saw me and followed me with a rebar. She yelled at everyone there and told them to leave me alone. They didn’t bother me after that. I learned to avoid those kind of people unless I can protect myself. I have made a lot of mistakes and I have learned from most of them. I have a long way to go from here

45: The Door 1. When I walk out the door, I want to get as far away from this class as possible. I want to get away from this school and go home. I don't to see this place again for a long time. I want to graduate and not have to see this place again. 2. When I walk out the door, I don't want to come back. I want to graduate and move on with my life. I have learned so much in this class and I am thankful. If I come back that means that I didn't do a good job and I will be upset with myself. I need to graduate to prove to myself that I am worth all this hard work.


46: Advice for The Young I would tell them not to be a procrastinator. If you want to get good in life, don't get lazy with your school work. You need to be a good student and pass to get a living. No good school, no good life. But other than that have fun. Enjoy your life before it passes you by. You should balance it out though. That is the advice I can give you.


47: Who Am I? 1. student- I am a student who is willing to learn and who is striving for more. 2. brother- I am a loving brother who is very supportive. 3. friend- I am there for my friends with whatever they need help with. 4. gamer- I like to play video games. 5. human- I am human so it is expected that I will make mistakes. So don't judge me.


48: Rewarding Experiences 1. Had my birthday at school one day 2. Spent time with my family at Chuck E. Cheese. 3. Went to Cocos Island 4. Spent time with my uncle 5. Went around the island with the family 6. Spent time with friends at the movies 7. Spent time with friends at the beach 8. Hung out at the mall 9. Stayed home from school. 10. Slept in on a school day


49: Valuable Lessons 1. To be honest with the ones i care for. 2. To be respectable. 3. To not start a fight, but to finish it 4. Not to do any dangerous things 5. Not to steal someone else's food from the fridge. 6. To dress presentable always. 7. To not keep anything in. 8. Don't mistreat anyone unless they treat you bad first. 9. Smell good always. 10. You can still bleed.


50: Futures-Fantasy and Fact It looks very great. I am a very successful man who is happy. I have a great job and a loving family. I have a nice house and estate. I am a happy man and i wouldn't have it any other way. I see myself having an okay job. My family is happy and I am also. I am still lazy, but I am not as bad. My house is an average house with an average estate. I am still a happy man. The differences are I am not as successful. I don't have as much money as I did in the fantasy. I can work a lot harder to get my dream job, but I need to graduate. That is the one thing that I need to happen to get to any of these futures. I hope to get either one of these futures because I want a happy future.


Jericho Yanger


Dark complected, deep brown eyes, brown, curly hair, average height and build, charming smile, excellent goatee, square frame glasses,


The wondrus mind of the slow genius