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How to have a home with no house payments and no utility bills!

The American dream to me is to be able to do anything you want if you work hard enough for it.  Everyone has a dream, it may be you want to become very rich, become a football player, marry rich, move out of the country, there are many different dreams that people have.  For me, I want to build my own homestead.  A homestead is a “small farm” or the land where you live and are self-reliant.  Some homesteaders raise their own livestock and grow their own crops.  That is what I want to do, and because of the American dream, because of the freedom, I will be able to do it.  This video I linked gives a good idea of what I have in mind for a homestead.  Hearing some of the stories my grandmother told me of the homestead she grew up on, thanks to the American dream, is what caused me to become so interested in building my own.  Her father was a man who traveled to the city during the week for his job, and would come back to the homestead during the weekend to be with his family.  He worked hard, but was living a happy life.  That’s what the American dream is about.

 

That is a different side of the American dream that I did not consider when thinking on that topic. Being rich and famous is part of some people’s American dream but not everybody wants such a complicated lifestyle. For some the American Dream is being self-reliant, having a sense of adventure in life and to quote of Mice and Men “To live off the fat of the land.” Everyone at some time has the dream of going off somewhere in some woods or wilderness for away and being self-sufficient, not depending on anyone, hunting and growing food. It would definitely be an exciting experience and I’m sure you would have many good stories to tell after living that way for a while. There have been many books written about living like this and the idea of living this way fascinates everyone. Living like that was one of the roots of the American dream as many moved west on the frontier to make it big mining or farming. There were no Wal-Mart’s down the street to get groceries. Everything had to be made from what could be found around where you lived. That was how America started and we have always had a sense of adventure.


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Evan C's comment, October 30, 2012 12:06 PM
Owning your own home is definitely a big part of the American dream. Ever since moving west on the frontier Americans have been owning homes and striving toward that goal. A house is a status symbol and represents successfulness.
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Satisfaction-Rolling Stones Lyrics (HD)

From what I have seen of Tom in the book The Great Gatsby he seems to be searching for what he had during his time at oxford when he was very successful at football. Because of this overarching quality that expresses itself in multiple ways I picked Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones for his theme song. “I can’t get no satisfaction” sums up his search for some fulfillment and satisfaction in things that he can buy and acquire. He has everything he could possibly want and yet he still wants more. Even right after he marries Daisy he is on to having an affair with someone else. He has moved all across the country and to other countries restlessly trying to find someplace that will bring him back to the pinnacle of his life that has already happened and can never be reached again. This makes it hard for others to want to be around him as seen in the book he has quite the temper and much more strength than is good for those around him. Those who don’t stand clear can be hurt by him accidentally including Myrtle who gets her nose broken when Tom slaps her across the face over a small disagreement.

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Ten Vehicles to Reignite the American Dream : Discovery Channel

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Continuing the patriotic-post theme begun yesterday with the naming of the most “American-Made” vehicles is a listing of vehicles that reignite the American...

The American dream is first and foremost to make it big, to get rich quick and live a lifestyle of comfort and pleasure. Many people first came to America to start companies and be part of the huge industrial infrastructure that had made this country famous. The pinnacle of this industry, that in my mind reflects all of the American ideals, is the muscle car. These cars were designed in America, made in America and driven almost exclusively in the states. They never caught on other countries, but were widely accepted in the US. Muscle cars reflect American’s pleasure seeking nature and somewhat the excessiveness of our culture. The cars were anything but practical with small trunks, big engines, and seating comfortable for two people although four could most times be squished in. In return for thrilling straight line acceleration that could land you a ticket on any street, these cars gave dismal gas mileage. This was hardly a concern of the average muscle car owner, for during the sixties gas was plentiful and cheap. This concept is in stark contrast to the small lightweight sports cars of other countries that were more purpose built extreme cars, with extreme prices, not for your average driver. These sixties and seventies muscle cars are an icon of the American dream.

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Andrew Hartstein's comment, October 30, 2012 12:03 PM
I agree, when I think of what is great of America, the car industry comes to mind. America's car manufacturing built many great machines.
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Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino admits to affair after crashing motorbike with mistress on the back

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Affair came to light after Petrino admitted Jessica Dorrell was with him in Sunday's motorbike smash in Crosses, KA, that left him with a cracked vertebrae, four bruised ribs and a bruised face.

This article outlines how the coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks football team was discovered to be having an affair with a former volleyball star. He was giving her a ride on his motorcycle when they went off the road into a ditch injuring him but leaving her unharmed. She flagged down a passing motorist to help him, but he still denied having anyone with him. Needless to say finding out about his affair had its fair share of complications with his job and family. In the same way when Daisy was driving with Gatsby and hit Myrtle it sent everything into a downward spiral. Tom’s affair ended in a split second when Myrtle was killed but Wilson wanted revenge and suspected that it may not have been an accident. He started looking for someone, eventually Gatsby to take out his anger on. Daisy and Gatsby never got past this incident and Gatsby ended up paying for it in the final culmination of disappointment when Wilson shoots Gatsby and forever ends the hope of his unreasonable idealistic dream. With the counterparts of their affairs both dead, Wilson being the innocent casualty, Tom and Daisy can move on. Although after what has happened they can never be the same together. Neither of them knew all the details about each other, but they had their suspicions. Nick is the one with the most information but even he didn’t know everything. The crash definitely complicated things for those involved.

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The Jazz Age

In 1920's America - known as the Jazz Age, the Golden Twenties or the Roaring Twenties - everybody seemed to have money.

The Jazz Age was a time in which there were many changes to society especially in the younger crowd. Jazz music became popular and with that people began to dance more and partied more than in previous generations. The older people at the time and the parents of those who partook in the new fast paced culture of the time did not approve of the new way of things and thought new parties to be too much. Women at the time began to dress in a little more revealing manner and would go places alone or even drive cars and smoke in public which was frowned upon before then. This new lifestyle led to the growth of the movie industry and the wealth of movie stars. Before then movies could be famous without the stars being given any notice but during the twenties no one was more famous than the movie stars except maybe the notorious Al Capone. This time was also during prohibition so it was illegal to have, buy or drink alcohol. That did not stop the partiers of the time and bootlegging or making and distributing illegal alcohol became a big business. This was all much different than the decade before.

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Calvin Micheels's comment, October 30, 2012 11:58 AM
The Jazz age sounds very interesting and exciting. It seems like in this time period the culture was really changing compared to what it was before. Without this time period things today would be really different.
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Project MUSE - Limiting the Right to Choose: Censorship of Children's Reading

This article relates the banning of books to something that the Nazi’s would do. It talks about how it was not a bunch of extremists but some average worried senior citizens. They thought they were doing a good thing and at first I’m sure they had good intentions but it lead to a widespread problem that was hard to stop. It in fact took several protests and boycotts to stop what had started in Warsaw, Indiana. Many people believed in the cause at the time. It seemed like a good thing to do, protecting children. Some others though were able to step back and think about the limiting of knowledge and freedom to learn that characterizes America. They saw that while censorship may seem like a good thing to do, when taken too far and or exaggerated it can be harmful and sheltering kids too much will give them a false sense of security a poor perception of reality. Many officials and people involved including, superintendents, teachers, librarians, and board members were threatened and some violence occurred as a result of these events. This finally lead to people stepping back and reconsidering what they were doing and the impact that it would have on future generations.

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