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Canterbury Tales Prologue Summary
clear summary of prologue using animations that help to understand the general idea of the story and how it began

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http://www.smithsonianjourneys.org/blog/2010/09/13/geoffrey-chaucer/
Very interesting facts that many people do not know including myself who has looked up his biography.

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Terrell Smith
Mr. O’Brien
10/22/13


The Deadly Banana

My vacation began in Brazil when I landed in the beautiful tropical savannah of Rio de Janeiro. As being the second largest city in Brazil behind Sao Paulo, the streets were crowded and the delightful smell of feijoada lingered. My taste buds were soaring as I was ready to try one of the most famous dishes in Brazil. From the intricate designs of the favelas to calm clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Brazil seemed like the perfect place to live. Although I was starving as I drooled over the Brazilian style meats and fruits, I knew that there was an adventure for my mother and I that we would enjoy.
We began our adventure with travelling to the famous Christ the Redeemer statue, which towers over Rio. Listed as one of the New Wonders of the World in 2007, this statue was one of the first things my mother and I planned to see. My mother and I were filled with smiles as we began our journey up the mountain. After a half an hour our bodies were tired because the mountain to get to the statue was very steep and it was about 90 degrees and humid. Luckily we remembered to fill our canteens with water that saved us through mountainside. Heavy breathing and numb legs were dragged as our tired bodies finally reached the statue. The long and strenuous hike was definitely worth it. It was a fascinating sight as we look over the city of Rio. I felt on top of the world as we surveyed the city, its people, and mesmerizing scenery. The statue welcomed my mother and I as it stood proud and tall with open arms. To over look the extravagant landscape of beaches and mountains was mind blowing, a sight that I could never forget.
After experiencing this unforgettable view from the Christ Redeemer statue, we unwisely decided to continue on our travels and skip a meal. Making this decision to continue without eating we knew was a health risk but this was the only day we would be able to see the Iguazu Falls. Once again we had to take a long hike to the falls because there were not any paved roads near the Iguazu Falls. Thankfully I still had water but knew that my energy was running low and I would need to eat at least fruit to give me energy. My mother and I decided we would eat once we reached our destination. My desire to eat ultimately motivated me to not complain and continue with a quick pace towards the Falls. 
It was tough making our way through rocky paths filled with steep hills. While hurrying, we wished we brought bikes because it was demeaning to our motivation seeing people ride by us in mo-pads and bicycles. Nevertheless, we kept our heads up and finally reached the falls. Rainbows and mist surrounded the area as the water splashed everywhere. We finally made it to a fruit stand where we would be able to refuel in order to enjoy the rest that Brazil had to offer. I bought two bananas not knowing that one of them would contain one of the most deadliest animals in the world. I peeled the lethal banana and before I go to eat a spider comes rushing out. Due to my athletic like reflexes I smash the little spider. I bring it to the cashier and she screams as she must know something I do not. She tells me to throw it out in a loud screeching voice as if the spider is a monster.  I do what she says and then ask her why she reacted that way. According to the store clerk and what I later find out in the Guinness World Records Book is that the Brazilian Wandering Spider is the world’s most venomous spider. Once hearing this, I stood with a blank stare knowing that my life just flashed before my eyes.

Terrell Smith
Mr. O’Brien
10/22/13


My Hero: Lotion


The first weekend of summer break was suspected to be spectacular filled with tan girls, big waves, and an over-whelming amount of food. Little did I know that a bottle of lotion would save my life.
When I heard the news I was going to Ocean City New Jersey, a myriad of activities raced through my mind while I packed my bag filled with strictly swim shorts and white tees. Mini-Golf, Go-cart racing, swimming, and my favorite, eating at buffets, were some of the many things I wished to do in just one weekend. For my family and I we make this trip annually, enjoying each other’s company as we do all of these activities together. With everyone’s busy life of school and work it is rare that we all get together and spend time with each other, so we always take advantage of this weekend filled with laughter and love.
The suns out and so are the guns(muscles) as my cousin’s and I stroll out to the beach. With each step, anxiety increases as we cannot wait to feel the unforgettable sensation of the waves splashing against our body. Before the fun begins it is essential that we stop at the nearest store to buy accessories such as glasses and hats. At least one of us usually buys a buggy board knowing that none of us knows how to use it. My oldest cousin who you would think would be the smartest of the group, shows that he is actually the least intelligent when he buys a hat that delays our beach adventures. He buys a hat that takes about an hour to make, the store clerk tells us because of the spray paint. Due to his creative imagination he gets a hat that says only “Quinn” on the front made of what he describes as “cool” letters. Instead of rubbing our feet in the smooth and gentle sand, we walk around aimlessly looking for something to do, although he have already eaten and spent most of our money in the store. Finally after an hour goes by because of a hat, we begin our path toward the beach. 
Not able to hold in my anxiety I sprint towards the beach ahead of my cousins. Without looking back, I find a spot near the tide and lay my hat and glasses down and dive in the ocean. The chill sent a spine-tingling sensation down my back as I enjoyed my first splash into the waves. The perfect combination of the hot sun and the chill waves made me forget about all troubles in life, as I floated to the rhythm of the waves. Rocking back and forth, I noticed my cousins just arriving to the spot where I laid my items down. “Terrell come get Sun Screen lotion!!!!”. These words I never thought would save my life. Minutes later after I departed from the sea to spray on sun screen, there was a shark warning, because a shark reached shallow water and ultimately had washed up where I had been swimming minutes before. I realized that I could have been that shark’s lunch if my cousin would have never called me over to put on sun screen. That shark was swimming where I was and it was a miracle I had not been attacked. If it wasn’t for CopperTone sun screen spray I would not be hear today. That lotion saved my life and I will forever use that lotion whenever I visit any beach.

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