Business 1 lesson 25, writing assignment

What am I willing to settle for one year from now?   one year from now I will be almost sixteen years old.  I hope to have my learners permit, and should be preparing for my drivers license.  I should be halfway through my sophomore year of high school, and I want to have at least 30 hours volunteering at local businesses.  I will also hope to have started my business (I’m not sure what type of business yet.)

What am I willing to settle for on my 18th birthday?  I should be almost finished with high school. By this time, I will probably have purchased a used car (or truck.)  I would like to have begun studying for a degree accounting during high school (accounting to help me manage my business.)   I hope to be emotionally and financially ready to move out of my parents house.  If I run my business correctly I should be able to afford rent, or a down payment on a house.

What am I willing to settle for on my 25th birthday?  I will hopefully have earned a college degree, probably in accounting.  I hope to have made a down payment on a house and be close to having the mortgage close to paid off.  I will probably be married, and if so, I will possibly have a few kids.  I should be well able to run my small business independently.

English 1: Autobiographies, lesson 20, writing assignment.

Jim Lehrer is a very talented and successful writer.  If someday I write an autobiography I would be beyond pleased if it were even half as well written as Jim Lehrer’s autobiography “A Bus of My Own.”  Throughout the book he shares many stories that had an effect on his life.  The one story that really stuck with me is when he purchases a bus of his own. I have written it here as I remember it.

Ever since Lehrer was a child he was a bus man. As he aged he began to collect bus signs, after his tragic heart attack he began to finish his collection.  Then what he calls “The voice of buses past” spoke to him and convinced him he should purchase a real bus.  One he could play with and take out on little drives.  His wife Kate thought the idea of a real bus was crazy.  She said she knew the day would come when Lehrer would want a real bus, she was just thankful it took this long in coming.

He knew immediately what kind of bus he wanted, a flxible clipper, the bus his father had when his father had a small bus driving business.  He asked some Friends if they knew where he could find one at an affordable price.  He found one, a 1949 flxible clipper,  great condition, great price, the problem was the man who owned it took out all of the seats and baggage racks in hopes of transforming it into a motor home. Lehrer had no interest in an empty bus.  The man that had it happen to have another bus, a 1946 flxible clipper.  The year 1946 was especially important to him, it was the year his father had started his bus business.  A friend of his volunteered to drive him to it.  As he walked onto the bus he got a good whiff of cigarette smoke and mohair,  the smell brought back memories from his old bus depot days.  He liked the bus, he made the deal.  The man showed him how it worked and quickly taught Lehrer how to drive it.

He test drove it around the parking lot.  It was then time to make the two hour drive back to west Virginia.  It was a nice smooth ride, then they decided to stop to fill the bus with gas and for them to get a bite to eat.  After they had eaten and filled the tank with gas, he got behind the wheel and tried to start her up, only the engine wouldn’t start.  Luckily he was near a garage, he went and found a couple of men who were able to get her to start up.  He got back on the road and headed home.  While he was on the interstate he noticed cars flying right by him this didn’t bother him, he had his bus he was happy.  He kept rolling along until he noticed a police car with its flashing lights on approach him, the police man signaled him to pull over, the police got out of his car approached the bus took a peak at the registration papers and then quietly walked back to his car and drove away.  When Lehrer had gotten home he backed the old bus into his barn. His Father’s bus was called Betsy so he decided to call this one Betsy II.



English 1: autobiography, Lesson 15, writing assignment.

In Jim Lehrer’s autobiography “A bus of my own” he discusses his life changing heart attack.  As bad as it was,  there was a bright side.  He changed his unhealthy living habits to good ones. He began writing fiction again.  He decided to finish his bus sign collection, (get all of them).  He also did a sixty minute documentary on heart attacks to offer other people advice and help.

Before Lehrer had his heart attack, he smoked, ate unhealthy foods, and didn’t nap much,  After having his heart attack all of this changed.  Lehrer says that before his heart attack he ate  “like a pimply faced 15 year old” not really caring about the effect junk food had on his body.  After his heart attack he had to change this in order to keep his heart health, the new list consisted of mostly fruits, vegetables, and fish, none of which he really liked.  Before his heart attack he did a lot of smoking, after his heart attack, his desire to smoke was gone.  He also began daily napping.

While Lehrer was still in the hospital recovery,  he put together a couple of  lists, on these lists he wrote a healthy living list, and a life priority list, on the life priority list he put “relax, love, write,” he then thought  if he had five years to live, would he want to spend them doing a 1 hour news report five nights per week?  “Fiction” he  thought he must write more fiction, he did he began trying to write plays, most of them didn’t make it the one that did at the time make it, got a bad review but Lehrer kept on pushing, and became very successful.  Today Lehrer has had nineteen of his novels published.

Lehrer is a bus man,  he was raised alongside his fathers bus driving business in Kansas.  To nobody’s surprise when he was an adult he began his bus sign collection, he would get one here, one there.  While he was recovering in the hospital, he made the decision to finish his collection, (to get them all).

Lehrer, did a sixty minute documentary called “My heart, your heart,” it was a documentary on how people should deal with a heart attack.  At first he was reluctant, but he changed his mind after he received a phone call from a man he barely knew.  The man had just suffered a heart attack and asked Lehrer many question about recovery. he decided he would go on with the documentary, seeing as how it could help a lot of people.  When it began he warned the viewers that they should not mess around heart attacks are serious.  He discussed what it was like, and what to do if you began to feel symptoms.  Later a woman came up to him in public and described how this sixty minute show, had saved the life  of one of her co- workers.  It is very possible that there were many other cases of lives saved.