Tradition Turned Dirty

In: English and Literature

Submitted By rolltide222
Words 603
Pages 3
Tradition Turned Dirty The old neighborhood was nearly unrecognizable.
There were no limitations set this year for our annual rivalry of destruction between the city and county of our town. We always referred to it as rival destruction but it had always been clean fun before this year. It had never led to such destruction in the years past. The old neighborhood versus the new neighborhood was a tradition that always resulted in vandalism but nothing to the nature of what we came back to in our inner city neighborhoods the morning after our festive night. The rivalry turned down right dirty and immoral.
Rivalry week, as we called it, was the week leading up to the very special Friday night when the Valdosta High School Wildcats would take on the Lowndes County High School Vikings. The students of Valdosta High, which included me, were referred to as the “old hood” and students of Lowndes County High were the “new hood”, since their county suburbs were freshly constructed. People that aren’t from Lowndes County would wonder why some high school football game be so special, until they witnessed this crazy, exciting annual event. Our town’s high school students wouldn’t revolve a whole week around this one night unless it was truly a big deal! Even so, we were afraid that after this particular year, our “big deal” tradition would forever be put to an end.
The Thursday night before the big game, our crew of Valdosta Wildcats set out to seize some seriously planned fun of vandalism. We all dressed in black to disguise as we swarmed the houses of our county rivals. Stocked up on toilet paper, silly string, paint guns, forks and of course, window markers, we were in action. After only having our fun with a few houses, Viking parents started coming outside to get into their cars. We had no idea what was going on so of course, with the ever so fulfilling rush of…...

Similar Documents

Landscape Turned Red

...pre-eminent American historian specializing in all facets of the Civil War. He graduated from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio and was an attendee of a journalism seminar at Radcliffe-Harvard. As a novelist, he has concentrated on the military history of the Civil War, primarily focusing his works on the battles involving and leaders of the Army of the Potomac. He was formerly employed as an editor for the Educational Department at the American Heritage Publishing Company. Sears currently resides in Norwalk, Connecticut. Some of the other books he has written on the Civil War are Gettysburg, Chancellorsville, To the Gates of Richmond: The Peninsula Campaign, and George B. McClellan: The Young Napoleon. However, it is his novel, Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam, that we are concerned with here. It is a fantastic book detailing the battle of Antietam or, as it is sometimes known, Sharpsburg. The diplomatic undercurrent of pending support for the Confederate cause from cotton-dependent nations such as Great Britain and France isn’t a factor to be overlooked. Leaders from both sides understood that involvement by either country on behalf of the South would considerably alter the outcome of the war and create an intricate foreign relations web for all parties to maneuver through. Sears proposes that North and South sought a distinctive military victory to influence overseas governments weighed their options. Sears uses language that most all of us can understand, and......

Words: 2808 - Pages: 12

The Dirty Heads

...Shayna Robledo October 9, 2012 Music 290 The Dirty Heads A few weekends ago, on September 28, 2012, I attended The Dirty Heads (TDH) concert. The concert took place at Senator Theater. The doors opened at 7:30 PM and the concert started at 8:30 PM. The Dirty Heads has a full band. This means that they had a percussionist (Jon Olazabal), a drummer (Matt Ochoa), a bassist (David Foral), a vocalist/guitarist (Dustin “Duddy B”) and a singer/song writer (Jared “Dirty J” Watson). The style of music that they play is reggae with a mix of hip hop, ska punk, and So Cal style. They were the main event but Pyrex and Ease Up also performed during the concert. During the concert, TDH performed a number of amazing songs. My favorite four that they played are as follows; 1. Cabin by The Sea: This was my most favorite song that they played. It is a very mellow and relaxed song. The song is all about having the time of your life by the sea. It’s about relaxing and being yourself around your friends. It’s about expressing yourself and completely being at peace. It paints a picture of a fun night at the beach with your friends and completely being happy. I love that it kept repeating, “Our friends are all around and the storm was an ocean, they say we look better in a black and white photo”. To me, this truly expresses that you don’t have to worry about your troubles at the moment, just take a step back to admire life and have fun and remember it. This song is all......

Words: 1319 - Pages: 6

The Dirty Vole

... Ki Tin Fong (Jimmy) 822853883 GS220 Assignment: Summarizing a Text The Dirty Vole George and Martha are husband and wife with 4 children. They live in a valley full of corn and bean fields. Their future look promising but both the parents are unfaithful to each other. George and Martha are like mice. Mice don't marry or stay faithful. Their definition of bright future is just mating and have babies. Researchers have studied rodents for over 25 years and learned that their mating behaviour and family values are not very different from humans. Rodents usually prefer to mate with one partner, but when another female comes, 50% of the males will deviate. It is in their nature. A sociologist at the University of Washington claims,” We're not an animal that finds it in our best interest to screw around,” but studies shown that at least 1/3 married people cheat. The feeling of love and lust are not always parallel. Sometimes they run off in different direction. Our brains have evolved this way over millions of years. Lowell Getz, a retired professor of University of Illinois, was the first person to discover that voles were monogamous. He started his study in 1972. He set traps to monitor and tag the voles. Getz wanted to learn more about the animals so he contacted Sue Carter, a lab scientist. Carter studies how sex hormones influence behaviours. 2 hormone called Oxytocin and Vasopressin bond male and female and mother and babies. Vasopressin found in human male...

Words: 310 - Pages: 2

Outdated Traditions

...OUTDATED TRADITIONS There are many traditions out there which are creating a huge calamity in our society. Abundant amount of residents in the society are protesting against these traditions and recommending to forbid them. Like many Halloween is one of the traditions which is frequently discussed in this category. From outside this tradition looks very simple and fun where all the people enjoy with their families by going trick or treat. But is this tradition really like this or there are some downfalls of it? I will explain this topic in my essay and I will also discuss How did Halloween start and if we really need it anymore? Halloween is an old tradition. The word Halloween derived from the Catholic Church. It's also known as All Hallows Eve, but in the 5th century it was known as nothing more than Samhain. The purpose behind it was to celebrate the upcoming harvest and to pay respect to dead people. So why Halloween should be forbidden? The main reason is, that over the past few years Halloween is losing its actual purpose. Halloween these days is considered as costume parties and going door-to-door for trick or treating. No one actually cares about the spirits or the crops. In other words it is being commercialized and subverted. Big business also turned Halloween into a mere business tool. They brand people with their products and rub more money out of them. Businesses also use Halloween as a tool to introduce more of their junk product and advertise it.......

Words: 585 - Pages: 3


...different customs and traditions. My family will celebrate just about every holiday. The most important holidays we celebrate are thanksgiving and Christmas, my family and I do so many activities together and it is so much fun and exciting, this is where we do the most stuff and spend the most time together as a family. On thanksgiving my mom will start to cook the food a few days before thanksgiving has even started she makes stuff like turkey, ham, gravy, stuffing and a whole lot more. The food she makes is so delicious she makes enough food to feed an army literally, she invites a bunch of people to our home and it is a truly wonderful experience, and something that we do it all sit at the table and go around and say what we are thankful for, this is very important to my mom and she really enjoys doing it. Around the Christmas holiday we do a lot of different activities with my siblings and I. One thing that we do is buy gingerbread house making kits and we will have a contest to see who can build the best house and who’s is most decorative. Another thing we do is make our own stockings, my mom goes out and buys plain stockings and buys a bunch decorative stuff and we make our own stocking the way we want. Another thing we do is on Christmas eve is open our presents from other family members and we get to pick one present under the tree from our parents to open early. These are very fun traditions and I enjoy them greatly these are customs and traditions I would like......

Words: 304 - Pages: 2


... I always wonder how traditions have been rotted in people’s minds especially the unwanted ones. Of course, there are some traditions that we all adore like disrupting candies for kids on Halloween’s night, or having turkey on Thanksgiving day; however, many of them are unfaithful and were based on manipulate certain group of the society. Women known to be physically weaker than men, so they were usually their easy prey especially in masculine’s societies. In “Footbinding”, for John King Fairbank, illustrates a picture of women’s abuse of the tenth century in China. Chinese girls were subject to a process in which their feet were bent to make them small “… preferably only three inches long, by pressing the four smaller toes under the sole or ball of the foot” (279). That would allow them to socially fit and be able to get married otherwise they were subjected to disrespect and taunts of the community. That is how women was abused based on tradition was found at first by men. In “Shrouded in Contradiction”, for Gelareh Asayesh, I see another face of women’s abuse. Asayesh was born in Tehran, Iran where women have to wear “hijab”-Islamic covering, so they were forced to wear veil. In both cases I see traditions are being used to manipulate and abuse women as part of the society, which will lead to societies’ destruction as Fairbank says “the talent that one sees in Chinese women today had little chance to grow and express itself. This mad a weak foundation for a modern......

Words: 345 - Pages: 2

Dirty Air

...DIRTY AIR: WHAT WE’RE BREATHING IN. Is the air you’re breathing clean? Out of the 7.1 billion people that are living on this planet, majority of us do not ask the serious question: is our air clean? The answer to that question is no our air is not clean. Our dirty air is causing some of our population to get sick. The main illnesses caused by air pollution are chronic obstructive pathway disease (COPD), asthma and lung cancer. Out of the three diseases, lung cancer causes the most deaths. According to the American Lung Association, lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women. Something needs to be done to clean our air or at keep our air from getting dirtier and to keep more people alive. What people don’t realize is that we are the reason why our air is so dirty. All the activities that we as humans are doing in the world are causing harmful chemicals to be released into the air, and cause air pollution. Cars release burned fossil fuels that are very bad to the air. Theses burned fossil fuels and other pollutants are very large contributors to air pollution. A way that burned fossil fuels being released can be reduced is by their being more distribution of smart cars, which do not require gas. Another possibility is people can stop being lazy and walk instead of driving everywhere. It wouldn’t hurt for some people to get some exercise. Another way we are damaging our air is by the chemicals that are released when an individual smokes cigarettes.......

Words: 368 - Pages: 2


...fallecido. Para concluir, las tradiciones constituyen una gran parte de la cultura hispana. Como hemos visto con la celebración del Día de los Muertos, que sólo es una pequeña porción de estas tradiciones.  Es increíble ver lo lejos que ha llegado desde sus raíces en México hasta las raíces que han hecho en las ciudades y pueblos de todo el mundo.  Es mi esperanza y mi deseo de que no nos olvidemos de las tradiciones, porque en una medida ellos nos definen.  Ellas traen buenos recuerdos de tiempos pasados, tiempos que nunca podremos recuperar, pero podemos revivir a través de nuestra fidelidad a la tradición. Bibliografía (1) "WordNet." (1) Http:// Princeton. Web. <(1)> (2) Budd, By Jimm. "Mexico Celebrates Life." Mexico Celebrates Life | Day of the Dead in Mexico. Web. 08 Sept. 2010. <>. Aplica a 2,3,4,5 (3) "Day of the Dead Food." Arizona Local News - Phoenix Arizona News - Breaking News - Web. 08 Sept. 2010. <>....

Words: 891 - Pages: 4

Dirty Dancing

...Dirty Dancing ENG225: Introduction to Film Instructor: Michael O'Donnell August 27, 2012 DIRTY DANCING Dirty Dancing came out in 1987 and they didn’t have the technology they do today to make it fancy, but they didn’t need to. It was supposed to show the transition of a girl becoming a woman by falling in love with someone no one saw as her equal, according to society. Although the movie was made 25 years ago, it still brings a good message to the audiences that watch it. It has become a classic movie that no amount of technology could change. It takes so much to make a movie, and no one realizes it, but in this paper, it’s going to analyze what made Dirty Dancing become such a classic movie. Storytelling The narrative structure of the movie is told from Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman’s point of view as it was the summer she fell in love. The storytelling in Dirty Dancing is told in chronological order because she sees the dancers, wants to be one, then the female dancing lead, Penny Johnson, became pregnant. Baby fills in for her and Johnny teaches her dance in her place. The story takes place at Kellerman’s country club where she goes on vacation for the summer with her family. The conflict in the story is that Baby comes from a respectable family and falls in love with Johnny, the dance teacher, and Baby’s father does not like Johnny because he believed that Johnny got Penny pregnant and then moved on to be with his daughter. The conflict is resolved when Robbie, the......

Words: 2218 - Pages: 9

Purifying Dirty Water

...the sedimentation from the water, the second to last process is taking place which is the filtration phase which pushes the remaining particles through filters of sand and charcoal. Filtration reduces the water by about 90 to 95 percent. The last process phase is disinfection. During this phase chlorine is added to kill any living germ or bacteria. After its disinfected the water is tested safety and released to the plant for safe consumption. Upon closing I have discussed with you the statistics of non purified water and the steps it takes to purify. This may seem much to us in the United States but somewhere in the country someone is still drinking unpurified water today. Lets gets this word and steps out and stop the consumption of dirty water. Please be sure to follow everyone of these steps correctly pretreatment, coagulation, filtration, and disinfection to have safe and drinkable water....

Words: 351 - Pages: 2


...Tradition Humans are creatures of habit. We settle in to various different forms of routines and ideas that shape how our lives operate. These habitual actions and ways of thought are passed from generation to generation as traditions. Parents bestow their knowledge on their children who eventually do the same to theirs. On their journey from generation to generation, these beliefs, values, and practices develop and change. Each generation adapts the traditions they inherit. Some choose to discontinue or modify traditions they were brought up with while others stay steadfast to what they know. The traditions present in my family have shaped me and my sister to be the people we are. Our family dynamic revolves around the places we go, the things we believe in, and the people we interact with. My family has a number of traditions that we have inherited as well as many that have been started internally. Most of the traditions that have played a role in my life focus on repetition of an event. When I first thought about tradition, the classics came to mind: Christmas, Thanksgiving, meals with extended family, and so on. These mainstream traditions definitely played a role in my life like they do many people. These holidays and special occasions offered a time to connect with cousins and relatives, celebrate an event or time of the year, and grow tighter as a family. I fondly recall Christmas Eves, Thanksgiving meals, and birthdays. These societally designated traditions......

Words: 1059 - Pages: 5


...using (shudder) COMPOUNDS, but I learned that they were specifically made for this program, with zero let-off, and unlimited draw, no sights, and no release aids. This was so that everybody involved used the same equipment, no exceptions. I learned about using a "training aid" called a stringbow to practice proper form. Shooting "3 under" eliminates the string twist many beginning archers experience, and with no sights, the form and release are identical to using any "traditional" bow. What I have decided (my own opinion) is that by passing a love of archery on to future generations, I keep the spirit alive, and the sport will be introduced to many that would otherwise not be exposed to archery, so in essence, I am building new traditions. I don't really care what type of bow you use, as long as it perpetuates the sport, because that is a common element that all my heroes had, they all wanted the sport of archery to be accepted and embraced by future generations. I choose to hunt with a recurve, but now feel that the "Traditional" aspect of my hobby is more related to sharing my knowledge and experience so that others will take up the bow and arrow, no matter the device used to loose said arrow. If they decide they like the "wheels" it makes no difference, but if they enjoy the connection to history I feel, then I will be doubly proud of my contribution...

Words: 580 - Pages: 3

Teenager Turned Mother

...Teenager turned Mother The Biggest Change of My Life Author’s Note: This paper was prepared for English Composition, ENG 102-409, taught by Corinne Rhein. As we grow up, we try to prepare ourselves for the future by making goals for ourselves and by having dreams of what we want our life to be; I always wanted to become a mother. I just never imagined being stared in the face with the reality of motherhood at a young age. I was 18 when I found out I was pregnant. Although I was very nervous I knew this was what I was supposed to do with my life. Fast forward to almost three years later, many aspects of my life has changed by having a child but I believe the aspects that have changed the most have been my spirituality, my mentality and my physical appearance. Spirituality was the first part of me to change during my transition into motherhood. I have always had a strong spiritual background- catholic school from kindergarten to second grade, night time religion classes from third to eighth grade, church every Sunday, praying with my family, etc. -but my belief in God wasn’t nearly as strong as it is now. I was in the hospital ready to give birth when my spirituality was brought to a higher level than it ever was. I recited the saying “this too shall pass” during times that I didn’t think I could take anymore. My spirituality was also stronger when I was told that I had to go in for an emergency cesarean section, where I had my 9lb 12oz healthy baby boy and......

Words: 582 - Pages: 3

Pregnancy During Dirty War

...Pregnancy during the Dirty Wars The Dirty War in Argentina started as a result of economic and political insecurity that ensued from public disorder beginning in 1969 (Chasteen). The Dirty War lasted from 1976 to 1983 and began as a result of a military coup of a government that was put into action during the presidency of Isabel Martinez de Peron in 1974. The purpose of the military coup was to develop a stabilized government by systematically removing leftist activists, seen to be “terrorists” (Finchelstein). The Dirty War involved the systematic kidnapping, murder, and torture of thousands of citizens including pregnant women and children. The Dirty War involved kidnapping, murder, and torture of thousands of citizens that were virtually invisible to the public and as a result called "disappearances”. Captives from all walks of life were systematically tortured, raped and murdered, sometimes drowned and other times buried in mass graves. Approximately 30% of the disappeared were women. Some were abducted with their small children, and some were pregnant, or became so while in detention, usually through rape by guards and torturers (Finchelstein). Pregnant prisoners were routinely kept alive until they had given birth. Hundreds of pregnant women were forced to give birth in secret detention centers before “disappearing.” Subsequently their newborns were given to military families or allies, who raised them with a completely different identity. Many...

Words: 1100 - Pages: 5

Dirty Bomb

...Dirty Bomb detonates at the Mall of America Robert Capponi HSM320 Erik Stone 16 November 2015   Dirty Bomb detonates at the Mall of America A radiological dispersion device (dirty bomb) has been detonated in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota on the day after Thanksgiving which is known as “Black Friday”. Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year and malls and shopping centers all over the country are severely crowed with people taking advantage of sales and special offers on merchandize for the holiday season. A dirty bomb is a very effective terror weapon because it combines the mass lethality of an explosive device, plus exposure to radiation; this device causes mass fear and panic in a population and could have a serious effect on the nearby area and environment. A dirty bomb is a type of radiological dispersion device (RDD) which combines some type of explosive combined with some type of radioactive material. The explosive element of a dirty bomb will produce the most amount of damage and causalities depending on the amount and type of explosive material and shrapnel used. There is usually not enough radiation to kill or cause severe illness depending on the radioactive material; the type of radiation that is used and the amount of exposure to the victims. Depending the situation though a dirty bomb can cause a great deal of panic, fear and chaos, including contamination of buildings and property. ...

Words: 3400 - Pages: 14