Song Meaning (Fly or Die)

The song that I chose is Fly or Die by Gilles Rocha Fly or Die is a Bass Trombone Solo and is my favorite trombone solo. I listen to Fly or Die when I need inspiration to practice trombone.

Fly or Die starts of with four long and low notes, which I imagine as steps from a monster walking around in a forest. Then it goes quickly into a fast rhythm which I imagine as a person running away from the monster and the monster chasing him. When the song gets slow I imagine that as the person hiding and thinking they are safe. Then the song gets fast for a little while which I imagine as the monster walking by and the person getting nervous that it might find him. When the song slows down I imagine the monster leaving. Then when it gets faster again I imagine the person running away again trying to escape to forest. When the song abruptly stops I imagine that as the person getting killed by the monster.

War of 2068

War of 2068 (Matt)


        I wake up in a hospital bed, with people in white coats all around me. I have needles in my arms leading to a machine I don’t recognize. My left leg hurts but I can’t see it under the blankets. As I try to move the blankets one of the nurses notices me and exclaims “He’s awake!” then she runs off. Everybody is staring at me. Something on my machine beeps and my leg stops hurting. I notice a tube running out of the blanket near my leg and it seems to pumping some sort of liquid. I lay there for what must be at least 2 hours until a nurse comes in with a dolley. The dolley has needles like the one connected to my arm, as well as some new drip bags. The nurse tells me that I was hit by a car, and broke my leg. She says I will be released from the hospital tomorrow. After changing my drip bags and IVs she leaves and I’m left alone. I have a really bad headache so I try to get some sleep. When I wake up in the morning my headache is gone but I realize that I can’t remember anything that happened before the accident, my only memories are of yesterday. I must have hit my head on the pavement. After sometime the same nurse as before comes over and tells me I am allowed to leave. As I walk past the lobby I ask if i have to pay for anything. The guy at the desk asks my name, I tell him Matt Home. He says that the military will cover my fee.

        I walk out of the hospital onto a street bustling with people. The worker at the desk told me to go to the police department to retrieve my things, I can see a building with the letters DPD which i assume is the police department. As I’m walking down the street I notice a TV in the window of a store. It’s headline says “BREAKING NEWS: CUBA ANNEXED BY THE EAST, THOUSANDS OF CUBANS KILLED. I walk up to the TV to see what the anchor is talking about. The sound of the TV is off but the subtitles say “A group of Eastern soldiers attacked  Havana, Cuba last night, killing the Prime Minister.” As I’m watching the TV a group of soldiers walks past me. Just then I realize that I still have my fatigues on. One of the soldiers says, “Didn’t you hear? All troops have been ordered to go to the planes.” I file in right behind them and follow them. When we arrive at the hanger I’m very surprised at the amount of planes. There must be at least 500 transport planes. On the way over I told the guys I was with that I was a new transfer and that I came from Los Angeles. I told them I was a sniper for the special forces. They told me I would probably be with them on the plane. I asked their names, the shortest one was named James, the tallest one was named Wyhatt, and the last one was named Jordan. When we get there the person at the checkpoint asks for my ID. That’s the one thing the hospital kept for me, so I gave it to him. He tells me “Plane 357.” When I get onto the plane James, Wyhatt, and Jordan, are already there. I sit in one of the seats and Wyhatt give us a briefing, he says “We are going to Mexico City to do a recon mission.”

        We land just outside of Mexico City and Wyhatt tells us that we need get to the ridge and see how many soldiers are there. James hand me a sniper rifle and takes one for himself I do remember how to shoot a rifle and it feels good to have something I remember back with me. Wyhatt grabs and assault rifle while Jordan grabs a laptop. I wonder to myself why he doesn’t have a gun. When everybody is ready we head up to the ridge. As we get up to the ridge Wyhatt tells me and James to scan the city. As I’m scanning the I notice a glint off to my right. When I look over I see a squad of snipers. Before I can say anything I hear a crack and James screams. Whyatt runs up to James and tries to help him. I hear another crack and Wyhatt falls down. I get up and run away with Jordan. In the distance I hear a car speeding towards us. I turn around and see a Humvee, I pull out my pistol and take three shots. The driver falls out the side and the car flips. I run up and put the gun up to the passenger who surrendered immediately. Me and Jordan drive back to base and tell everyone what happened. The hostage got taken somewhere for an interrogation. The Commander wants me and Jordan to change into the enemies uniforms and drive into Mexico City. My uniform is to big for me, but James’ fits him perfectly. We drive down the hill to Mexico City and right into the gates, we didn’t need authentication or anything. I look back up at the hill and that sniper is still there. I don’t want to look at him too long or I would arouse suspicion. Me and Jordan go park our car and walk around the city. At the center of the city we find a watch tower which we climb. When we reach the top we look at the border wall. Jordan sees it first, a part of the wall is being built. We climb back down and go back to our car. We look in the back and locate the C4. luckily for us nobody is working on the wall. We place the C4 and get out of the city and back to the base as fast as we can.

        When we get back to the base we tell the captain what we saw. He tells us to leave so that he can plan. An hour later we get called back into the captains room he tells us his plan. We are going to send three unmanned tanks over north hill to draw all the attention. Then a small squad, which me and Jordan will be in, will come in from the southeast while other troops will shoot into the city from the west hills. Me and Jordan agree with the plan and we head off to form our fifteen person squad.

        Our squad is hidden from the sight of Mexico City. Our three tanks come over the north hill. All the troops in Mexico City attack our unmanned tanks. I blow the C4. My squad storms the city from the Southeast while the rest of our troops come up one the west hill and barrage the city. I hear that familiar crack. One of my squad members fall. Two more cracks to more troops fall. I look up and see the sniper from before. More cracks. I take aim. Another crack. I shoot, and hit one of them. The other soldiers get up and drag him away. When I look back down I see that we have lost half of our troops. No time to worry about that now. We run straight through the hole in the wall. Jordan and I lead the way to the captains home. None of the troops are near us, their all attacking the tanks, and the people up on the hill. We break into the house catching the bodyguards unaware. We take out the guards and take the captain hostage. We make the captain tell their troops the cease fire. After a minute all fire has stopped. As we walk out the door a messenger runs up to us and says that me and Jordan are needed Nebraska. and that there is no time to waste. Someone takes the captain from us and we run to a helicopter just outside the city. The messenger tells us that while we were here there was a battle going down in D.C. and that the eastern dictator has been shot and killed. We are wanted at the border to negotiate a peace treaty.

        When we arrive at the border we go into a small concrete building which looks something like a bunker. Inside the building is a room full of suits. Someone working at a desk in the corner comes over to talk to us. He says “You guys must be the people going to the border. These suits will increase your endurance and have jump packs built into them.” Me and Jordan change into our suits. They make me feel like I can run forever, and the jump pack makes me jump much higher. The worker wishes us luck and we head off for the border. Luckily we are right next to the border and we only have to run for and hour. The border looks terrible, barbed wire everywhere, bullets, guns, burnt trees, grenade craters. We get to the border which is a big ravine, nobody is there yet. Then in the horizon we see a person running. He is wearing blue which is the east’s color. When he arrives I activate my jetpack and fly to the middle of the ravine. We meet halfway across and he says, “The United States of America requests that we return to the state of being one nation.” I respond saying “We accept your request and will reunite as one.” We run back to Denver to deliver the news, that guy looked oddly familiar.


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My Nametag

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This is my name tag, it shows my 4 largest intelligences. My highest intelligence is Musical/Rhythmical. I represented that with a trombone because I play trombone and a bass clef because that what the trombone must often plays in. My second highest intelligence is Bodily/Kinesthetic. I represented this with soccer and sailing because those are my favorite sports. My third highest intelligence is Intra Personal. I represented this with a brain and no talking because I like to keep to myself. My fourth highest intelligence is Logical/Mathematical. I represented this with math symbols because that´s what you use in math.


Cheesecake Factory Review

Cheesecake Factory Review

Most people go to the Cheesecake Factory for the cheesecake, but I go to get the pasta that they make. In my opinion they make better pasta than the Spaghetti Factory.

The Cheesecake factory opens at 11AM and closes at 11PM. The service is good and it takes about 30 minutes for the main course,,\ but you get free bread and you can order appetizers. The Cheesecake Factory is averagely priced with an average of $13.00 for a dish and $8.00 for a slice of cheesecake.

The Cheesecake Factory serves over 250 dishes. They serve pizza, hamburgers, steaks, seafood, pasta, sandwiches, and even breakfast which has omelettes, french toast, eggs, pancakes , waffles and more. They also have a SkinnyLicious menu where everything is under 600 calories. My favorite dish is the four cheese pasta which has Mozzarella, Ricotta Romano and Parmesan cheeses, on top of penne pasta with marinara sauce. I also like the margherita pizza they make which has drops of mozzarella cheese and basil. Image result for 4 cheese pasta cheesecake factory

The Cheesecake Factory has 37 different cheesecakes from the Mango Key Lime Cheesecake to Adam’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple Cheesecake, and from the Ultimate Red Velvet Cheesecake to the Caramel Pecan Turtle Cheesecake. If you don’t want cheesecake they have other desserts like ice cream, tiramisu, and cake. My favorite cheesecake is the Ultimate Red Velvet Cheesecake which is a chocolate cheesecake with white chocolate frosting. The Key Lime Cheesecake is my second favorite which is a lime flavored cheesecake on a vanilla crumble crust.

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The cheesecake factory has been in business since 1978 which was 40 years ago. To get to the cheesecake factory you have to drive pretty far because the nearest one is in Seattle but it is worth it especially if you are out doing something and are already near Seattle or Bellevue.


Wave Meme


This meme shows loyalty because it relates to the what the characters that were part of the wave did. If people decided to stay out of the wave they were attacked. If someone did not agree with what the wave was doing and spoke up it would end up really bad for them. Also when they had the meeting everyone except 2 people were there showing that the pressure got to everyone wand they had to join. This meme shows dramatic irony because we know that the wave is so serious that they will attack people but all of the other people not in the wave don’t know that.

Biography of James Armistead Lafayette

Biography of James Armistead Lafayette


Born: December 10, 1760 in Virginia

Died: August 9, 1830 in Virginia

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James Armistead in his



        James Armistead’s parents are unknown although he was born into slavery meaning both his parents were probably slaves. James Armistead lived in Virginia, this might have made him want to join the war because everyone in Virginia was joining the war and he might have pressured to do join also. He was a slave for William Armistead and has no prior education. As a slave James Armistead took care of William Armistead’s plantation in New Kent Virginia.

        With permission from William Armistead, James Armistead joined the Continental Army. He served in Virginia for Lafayette as a spy. He infiltrated Cornwallis’ headquarters acting like an escaped slave. He then became a servant for the general and was able to overhear conversations about British plans and read documents. After he gained the trust of the British he was able to become a spy for the British. This let him feed the British fake information about the Continental Army. He also spied on a traitor from the Americans and gained his trust. He was able to gain enough trust to be invited to the meetings of the British. He was able to leave easily making it easy for him to relay messages to Lafayette. James Armistead did not take part in any wars directly but by relaying Cornwallis’ strategy he had a big part in the war of Yorktown. He joined the war in 1781 and was part of it until the end in 1783.

        After the war James Armistead went back to serving William Armistead. He did not count as a black soldier because he was considered a black spy. Until in 1787 Lafayette assisted him in gaining his freedom. Because of this James Armistead changed his name to James Lafayette. After gaining his freedom James Lafayette moved 9 miles south to New Kent and created a farm on 40 acres of land. James Lafayette married and raised a large family. James Lafayette continued farming until he died at the age of 69.


Extended Resources:



Rockwell, Anne. A Spy Called James. Minneapolis MN: Carolrhoda Books, 2016


Davis, Burke. Black Heroes of the American Revolution. South Hadley MA: The                                                    Odyssey Bookshop, 1976




Slave and Revolutionary War Spy James Lafayette. C-Span. Vince Houghton, Katherine Egner Gruber. C-Span,          28, 2016.




“James Armistead Lafayette Facts.” JAMES ARMISTEAD LAFAYETTE FACTS, American Revolutionary War Facts,


“James Armistead Lafayette (1748-1830).” The American Revolution, The American Revolution, 2016,


Daigler, Ken. “James Lafayette (James Armistead), American Spy.” Journal of the American Revolution, Journal of the American Revolution, 3 Sept. 2017, Editors, Editors. “James Armistead.”, A&E Networks Television, 12 Sept. 2016,


Jessica, Salo. “Blackpast.” Lafayette, James Armistead (1760-1832) | The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed,, 2015,

My Favorite Books (CRR)

My favorite book series is Eragon. Eragon is a series with 4 books. I like these books because it has a big world and lots of characters, but even though there is a lot of things in the world the author explains them and you feel like you know all the characters. The series also has multiple storylines that come together at the end. Eragon is a fantasy book which is my favorite genre because the author can create his own world with different species and lands.Image result for Eragon

In Eragon, a kid named Eragon finds a dragon egg years after the last dragon died. He then brings back the egg and hatches it. The leader of the realm finds out he has an egg and Eragon goes into hiding. A gew years later after the dragon is fully grown he comes out of hiding to create an army to try and take down the leader.

My second favorite book series is called the Moon Dwellers. This series also has good character development and a large world. The series only has two storylines but there are a lot of characters within those stroylines. The Moon Dwellers is a Dystopian Novel. Which is not my favorite genre but it is probably my second or third.Image result for Moon Dwellers book

In the star dwellers the humans are forced underground because of a meteor strike. The move to the underground does not go as planned and there is a lottery to go underground. Taking advantage of the chaos a “President” that is really a dictator takes control and slowly makes life better for the rich and worse for the poor. 100 years later a revolution starts but is easily stopped. The story takes place after the revolution, when there is a small group of people, including the “Presidents” son, try to create another revolution strong enough to overthrow the government.

I would recommend both of these books because they are both well written and very interesting.

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