Jacquel Rassenworth is now a legal adult

While most idiots celebrate their 21st birthday by getting drunk and waking up with hangovers and a DUI the next day, I decided to be a little more responsible.

As in, I spent a good part of the day volunteering at a mental hospital.

While being an adult is a good thing, I realize I now have to take responsibility for my own actions. Which means I have to learn how to adult and stop avoiding responsibilities like most adults do.

I guess it's time to throw out most of my childhood memories while I still can.

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Stale Grapes Network presents The Tuskegee Airmen

Portrait of Tuskegee airman Edward M. Thomas, ...

Portrait of Tuskegee airman Edward M. Thomas, standing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hello everyone, and welcome to another educational piece, as presented by me, Maddy Haroldson. And today, we are going to be learning about the Tuskegee Airmen.

Who are the Tuskegee Airmen, you are asking?

Well, I’m glad you asked, because this story is going to be a great big doozy.

During the days of World War II, preferably in the year 1941 (when the United States declared war on Japan, Germany, and Italy), there was an immense pressure to include African Americans in the military. As in all matters of life, no African-American was allowed to be a pilot.

Until the war, that was.

When a large group of African Americans apply to be in the military, they were trained in Tuskegee, Alabama. Their job was mainly to protect members of the US Air Force, who were fighting the Germans in Europe. The Tuskegee Airmen were known as the Red Tails, for they painted the tails of their planes red and they were very brave and refused to back down in the face of adversity.

In the year 1943, the 99th Fighter Squadron were shipped off to North Africa, where they defeated the Germans and Italians. The 332nd Fighter Group followed suit, attacking the city of Sicily, Italy.

During the war, some of the Airmen lost their lives in combat. Many others were given medals of distinction for their service during the war. History claims the Tuskegee Airmen as some of the best pilots that World War II has ever produced.

I’m Maddy Haroldson, and this was a moment in African-American history as presented by the Stale Grapes Network. I will see you tomorrow for another history lesson.

Stale Grapes Network Presents Black History Month by Maddy Haroldson

English: A large group of African-American spe...

English: A large group of African-American spectators stands on the banks of Buffalo Bayou to witness a baptism. Many umbrellas are present indicating an effort to provide some shade from the heat of the day. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hello, and welcome to The Stale Grapes Network. This month is known as Black History Month, and my friend Maddy Haroldson, will educate you about African-American history and how it affects us today.

And now, I will be turning the Stale Grapes Network over to Maddy for the entertaining. But I’ll be back for irrelevant but true news.

Jacquel Rassenworth Gets All the “A”nswers

Pretty Little Liars (TV series)

Pretty Little Liars (TV series) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hello, this is Jacquel’s friend Maddy Haroldson, and I’m blogging in her place, since she’s not going to be here to talk about the Pretty Little Liars finale.

Anyway, I saw the episode and I have to say that I’m even more confused as ever. I mean, why on earth would Ali’s mom bury her alive? What mother does that to her own kid? Let’s get real here, parents.

Also, we finally get to see part of what happened the night that Ali vanished, and all I have to say is that Mona is going the right way for a total smackdown with Ali. I mean, she runs Hanna over with her car. For someone who’s supposed to be “tight” with Hanna, I don’t think that she’s a good friend.

Plus, she’s still “A“. There’s no doubt about that.

Also, why did they have to shoot Ezra??? That was so unexpected!!! Let the guy live and redeem himself. Honestly, he really needs to stay away from teenaged girls. Aren’t Ali and Aria enough???

Well, if I were Jacquel, I would have given up on the show a long time ago. But that’s her opinion. I myself stopped watching it after Season 3 ended.

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Jacquel Rassenworth on After Christmas

The Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond

The Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Happy After Christmas Day, everyone!

Here’s what happened yesterday:

After I pulled the mother of all pranks on Laurette, I escaped to Abuela’s house and spent the rest of the day there helping her set up her computer. I figured that I needed to start out the way, as Laurette wanted to murder me because of my prank and her parents refused to control her. I can’t wait until I go to college next year and can get away from the family for a while.

Also, I saw the Doctor Who Christmas Special and I’m very sad to see Matt Smith go. I really liked him as the Doctor.

Anyway, dad’s coming to get me so we can do some make-up shopping (because after the prank, dad had to hide all my Christmas presents so that no one can get their hands on them) and then go to the movies with Maddy and Shara. Can’t believe they went to see 47 Ronan without me!

Well, I’m out.

Jacquel Rassenworth on Nelson Mandela

President Bill Clinton with Nelson Mandela, Ju...

President Bill Clinton with Nelson Mandela, July 4 1993. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today, while I am still at home recovering from the stomach flu (which Laurette will be paying for, no doubt), Maddy sent me an email telling me about the passing of Nelson Mandela.

As we all know, Nelson Mandela spent nearly 30 years in jail because he was fighting against injustice in South Africa. He learned about apartheid and thought that it was unfair and wrong, so he decided to fight the forces of evil and was sent to jail.

After 27 years, he was let go and sent home. Then he ended up becoming president of South Africa. That happened in the year 1994, two years before I was born.

Today, we as humanity must mourn his death and remember the lessons that he taught us, such as the fight against injustice is never easy, but the fight must be fought.

Jacquel Rassenworth on Halloween 2013

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween (Photo credit: Professor Bop)

Finally, I can take a break from talking about Homecoming to talk about Halloween. As you can see, tonight, we’re having a Halloween party at my school in preparation for Saturday’s dance. I don’t know if Shar, Maddy, and Scott are going to come, but they got their own thing going on and they can’t be too bothered to leave home just to see me.

Also, Shirley came over so that we can go see Ender’s Game tomorrow. I’ll let you all know how that went.

So, have a happy and safe Halloween, and don’t steal the candy from your kids. Ok just a little bit; we don’t want them eating too much of it, right?

Well, I’m out.

Jacquel Rassenworth on Homecoming Week

Baylor homecoming parade

Baylor homecoming parade (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Has it been this long since I’ve updated this blog?

I don’t know, but here’s the thing:

today marks the beginning of Homecoming Week, and I don’t know why our school is doing Homecoming Week so close to Halloween. I mean, Shar, Maddy, and Scott already had their Homecoming weeks ago, so why is it that I have to have homecoming behind everyone else?

Anyway, today’s theme is dress as your favorite video game. Well, as we all know, I don’t play any video games, but I did wear my Assassin’s Creed III costume. I’m not making any point here.

I don’t know what tomorrow’s theme is, but I’ll keep you all posted when that happens.

Jacquel Rassenworth on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

English: Dr. Martin Luther King giving his &qu...

English: Dr. Martin Luther King giving his “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington in Washington, D.C., on 28 August 1963. Español: Dr. Martin Luther King dando su discurso “Yo tengo un sueño” durante la Marcha sobre Washington por el trabajo y la libertad en Washington, D.C., 28 de agosto de 1963. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As we all know, today is the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.

Somehow, I don’t know how this can relate to me, as I’m not African-American and my friend Maddy is only half African-American. Plus, I learned that according to a family legend, my grandmother sent Dr. King a scathing letter condemning his efforts to fight for equality for all Americans and saying that African-Americans need to hate the white man for enslaving them and depriving them of their rights. I wonder if she really was serious; no one really had the guts to ask her about the letter.

But instead of anger and hate, Dr. King chose to take a different path, the path of peace and love. I hate to break it to you, grandma, but solving problems with peace does more than just hating a certain group of people because of some mistake that happened years ago. Hate does nothing but destroy people, and do you really want to destroy people just because they’re White or African-American or any other ethnicity?

Maybe we should learn to be nice to each other and stop letting race define us. (I really hope that we can just call ourselves Americans instead of putting our race before the word “American”)

Jacquel Rassenworth on The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

City of Bones (Mortal Instruments)

City of Bones (Mortal Instruments) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Shar and Maddy are going to be GREEN with envy when they find out what happened last night…

Last night, I went to the midnight premiere of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones with Natalie, Sarah, and Marissa and the movie was great! Except I had to listen to a bunch of fangirls going crazy over Jace Wayland the whole time. I can’t stand that guy at all!

Anyway, with that being said, I must confess that I have never read the Mortal Instument series despite the fact that Maddy has gotten on my case regarding the books. (She’s read them now over five times, which is more than I can handle. I mean, look at how many times that Shar had to force me to read Beautiful Creatures! I’m just not a very good book reader, and I spent seven years trying to read the Twilight series!)

And you wondered how and why I’m on Team Edward to begin with, anyway.

Don’t tell me that I can’t watch the movie if I don’t like to read. (Maybe I should, just to do something productive.)

Wait for my full review on the aforementioned books before stating your case.