Monday, April 27, 2009

Amy Winehouse

Currently, in Health class, we're learning about drugs. I had to do a project on a celebrity and their history with drug use, so naturally, I chose Amy Winehouse. Most teenagers today are aware of the different types of drugs, their overall effects, and unfortunately, how to get them. I had no idea I would learn so much new information as I was researching about Amy's drugs. I learned the most about heroin. For example, I always thought heroin could only be injected. Apparently, most people inject it because it produces a high faster than any other method, such as smoking it or "chasing the dragon". This brings me to another fun fact, heroin is so strong that it can be heated up and inhaled, producing the same high, which is known as "chasing the dragon". Also, some of the pictures I found were pretty traumatizing. Someone I knew actually died recently of a heroin overdose. My uncle's nephew, who I'm related to by marriage, got so addicted to shooting up heroin, that he became dependent on it. He shut out everyone in his life, and it was almost like everyone was just waiting for something to happen to him. He was only 19 years old, and it's sad. Drugs are an epidemic that are taking over our youth, and honestly, something needs to be done about it.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

What would you do?

"What would you do if I.. uh.. totally.. uh.. trotted to that door?" says Kyle Cease in one of his funnier and more recent comedy routines. Now, I love a good laugh just like anyone else, but I'm also very into stand-up comedy. I must say, though, that Kyle Cease really pulled ahead in the race. He isn't as well known as Dane Cook, but he's definitely a rising star. His talent extends further than just writing jokes and standing on a stage reciting them. He incorporates facial expressions, movement, and jokes on the spot. Depending on how the audience reacts, he can immediately come up with a quick and hilarious response. I can honestly say that when I'm feeling down, I know immediately who to go to. My friends and I recite Kyle Cease jokes again and again, and they never become old or overused. The best part about him is that his comedy relates to his audience on a personal level. Most of what he talks about is applicable to an average person's everyday life. At the same time, his jokes are incredibly unique and his humor is slightly different from standard humor which makes him that much better. Kyle Cease is a gem, but don't just take my word for it. Here's a clip of his "what would you do" joke, and don't say you weren't warned. Enjoy.