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Something Old-Geography Style

Here’s an assignment I completed for my 2014 Geography class. Just-in-case you were in the mood for some information on North America’s geography.

Question One:
Which North American region has gone through the most profound change in the past half century?

The Southeast region is the North American region that has gone through the most profound change in the past half century (143-144).

Why?

In the 1960s the widespread use air conditioning, low-cost air fairs, and a large influx of Cuban immigrants all contributed to the nearly overnight changes that happened in Florida and other sunbelt states. Large companies built new headquarters and subsidiary offices in cities such as Atlanta, Charlotte, Tampa, and Miami-Fort Lauderdale. (144) Another element that lead to the growth of this region was federal money. Powerful legislators continue to funnel money into these states today with about $125 billion more going to western and southern states instead of the northern and midwestern states.1

Question Two:
Which areas comprise the Pacific Hinge?

The Pacific Hinge reaches from California’s border with Mexico north to Vancouver, British Columbia and inward to parts of Oregon and Washington State (145).

Why do we use the term “hinge”?

The term hinge is used to illustrate the connection between the Pacific Rim area of the North American region and the Asian-Pacific countries that make up the Pacific Rim (146).

Why is this hinge important to the U.S.?

The Pacific Hinge is important to the United States because the area is closer to the successful economies of Pacific Rim than any other regions of North America. Being close to these areas helps the U.S. take advantage of new business opportunities (146). It is also important because in any other realm it would be considered a core area (145).

1http://www.apstudynotes.org/us-history/topics/baby-boom/

Whenever you see just page numbers as a citation they are from this textbook: The World Today: Concepts and Regions in Geography (6th Edition) H.J. deBlij & Peter O. Muller

It’s a Place Downstate Called Home

We’ve made it to our new home. We still have to take care of gettng a few odds and ends out of our apartment and scrubbing it clean, but we are here. Our new place is 340 square feet smaller and it’s a challenge to maneuver around all our boxes, but we’ll tame it all shortly, I hope before school starts up in the fall. I have a feeling a lot of our belongings will be donated.

I have 6 weeks and 1 day left of work. It is going to be weird not going to a job, but I am looking forward to it. I am ready to immerse myself in learning and in chasing my dreams instead of a paycheck.

Back to School

I have decided to quit my full-time job and go back to school. My husband, who has been a stay-at-home dad will also be a full-time student. In theory we will have plenty of time to get it all done during the day and devote evenings to our son and our sanity. I plan to
chronicle the highlights and challenges here for all to read and hopefully give everyone a good chuckle.

45 and counting

I have had my 45th birthday. I just ate my last piece of birthday cake. Vegan German Chocolate that I made from scratch. It’s a great tradition that I started a few years back. I went without celebrating my birthday for many years. “Just another day,” I said then, but I changed my mind. In this world of ever increasing ways for someone to die we should all celebrate when we make it through another year.

Last year I invited my best friend from High School over and we watched a concert of our favorite band, Marillion. Brave from Brave Live 2013 Blu-Ray/DVD and my
husband made us homemade pizza. I wanted to do something similar this year, but my son had several snow days my birthday week and I didn’t dare use more vacation days from work. I will get together with her another day.

I was lucky enough to get away for a few hours with my husband and watch Deadpool. Very funny movie, extremely wrong as well, but we all need the funny these days.
So far 45 feels pretty damn good.

What do you do to celebrate your birthday?

Impression 5

There’s a great place for kids in Lansing, Michigan called Impression 5. It’s a science museum where for the majority of the exhibits kids are encouraged to use all five of their senses to have fun. I took my six year old son there yesterday and he had fun playing with the large foam construction blocks. He played with other kids and they all built a two-room house together. There are also dominoes, Legos, a bubble room, and so much more.

There is camera outside pointed at a bird feeder and kids can operate the controls to get the view they want. Cameras are also inside the frog and fish tanks.

The big kids water room is currently under construction and won’t reopen until June 2017, but if you have little ones under the age of 4 there is a great water table for them.
It’s a great open space to spend a day when the long winter days have made home too cramped.

Got a Feeling 2016 is Gonna be a Good Year

New year, new website. I don’t normally start new things on the first of the year due to high failure rate, but I’ve put this off long enough.

I returned to college a year and a half ago and this year my husband has decided to return as well. In about 4 years (he’s going full-time, I’m part-time) we should both be college graduates. So what does one do when already working full-time, raising a small child, and taking college classes? Start a second job as a writer of course.

I love to write on a variety of topics; fiction, non-fiction, poetry, I love it all. I even enjoy writing procedures and meeting minutes at my full-time job. I hope to have a large collection of writing samples on this page by the end of 2016.

Hope we all have a great year.