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My best friend and I have been friends since elementary school. We do almost everything together and always have fun together even if we are just running errands together.  We are very similar and we share similar opinions on many things. Which makes it very easy to get along. We do not go a day without communicating with each other even if it's just through texts. We have a very close friendship and can tell each other anything and everything. We can even just look at each other from across the room and know exactly what we are thinking. We have gone through a lot together and our friendship is becoming stronger each and everyday. I am sure we will have a lifelong friendship! 

 
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One of my most favorite events in the summer is the Wilton Tent sale. The tent sale is when Wilton sells a bunch of their items at a really low price in a giant circus tent. I love to bake and decorate cakes and the supplies can be rather expensive. It is nice that they have a sale when you can buy pans for less than 5 dollars and piping bags for a dollar. The tent sale can become rather hectic and crowded however, especially if you go on the weekend or on the first day. There are long ailed with boxes on tables filled with all different kinds of goodies. It's quite annoying when people go the opposite direction in the aisles against the flow of the people. People actually use their carts as battering rams and run into you if you are in their way. It's intense! But definitely one of my most favorite things to do in the summer.   

 
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No no no! It is definitely not easy for me to adapt to change. I think I am a traditionalist kind of person and I like things to remain how they are and how they have been forever. My family has a lot of traditions especially for holidays. It is really hard for me not being able to do some of these special  traditions that we have been doing ever since I can remember because my brothers and I are growing older and finding time to do them in our busy schedules is becoming more difficult. I do not like things to change and I try to keep them the same way as much as possible. For example, every single Thanksgiving for as long as I can remember I dress up as a pilgrim and help my mom cook Thanksgiving dinner. This tradition has not changed yet and hopefully it never will. When I have my own family, I hope that this tradition continues.  Change is very hard for me to adapt to and it usually takes some time for me. But I know that when things change there is room for more traditions to be made. 

 
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Using credit definitely encourages people to live beyond their means. I think some people use credit cards more often because it gives them a little bit of time before actually having to pay for things so they can put it off for a little bit. However, this could get you into even more trouble because people could be late on a payment and then have late fees and it just keeps snow-balling into more and more fees until they are definitely in trouble. I also think when you are using credit cards you do not actually have a sense of how much you are actually spending since you cannot see your money going away. Because of this I think people do not keep track of their spending and are less aware of their finances when using credit. Credit cards are very dangerous!!!

 
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Christmas is such a festive time of the year- especially with all the Christmas carols constantly playing, tasty desserts, and of course Christmas lights strung around everything. However, in my opinion, in recent years the beauty of these Christmas lights has been decreasing due to the push of LED lights. People claim that these lights last longer than traditional lights and are more energy efficient. I believe these LED Christmas lights do not posses the traditional look of regular Christmas lights. For example, Colored LED Christmas lights have a majority of blue and green lights which seem very cold and neon. Traditional colored Christmas lights, on the other hand, contain many colors like red, pink, blue, green, yellow, and orange. These lights have a bright, warm feeling to them which put everyone into the Christmas spirit! Even the so-called white LED Christmas lights are more like silvery-blue and are very cold looking. These LED lights are not only a problem during the holidays, but they are also a problem all year round. Even the government is trying to push consumers to buy LED energy efficient light bulbs... Who are they to tell me what light bulbs to buy. It's bad enough they are trying to control what we eat. Again, these light bulbs give off a cold- blue light which gives a room a very industrial feeling. I saw a recent commercial that was advertising these new Reveal light bulbs. They claim these light bulbs look like natural sunlight. Why would you want your house to be illuminated by the high-noon sun at seven in the evening?? I think the warm glow of a traditional light bulb turns a house into a cozy and familiar home.

 
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Thanksgiving is right around the corner and Christmas commercials have been popping up more and more even before Halloween. It seems like people may have even forgot about Thanksgiving, which happens to be one of my most favorite holidays. Every year I dress up as a pilgrim and prepare the dinner- I love cooking the food just as much as I love eating it. But most importantly, I love the special time I get to spend with my family. For me, Thanksgiving is all about family. It seems like every year commercialism is pushing Thanksgiving to the sidelines to make way for the Christmas shopping season. Or should I say holiday shopping season, since it is now not politically correct to say Christmas... A few years ago, black Friday meant waking up early at 5 or 6AM on the day after Thanksgiving to get some early Christmas shopping done. But now Black Friday has slowly been creeping closer to Thanksgiving trying to steal its spotlight. Now Black Friday doesn't even start on the true black Friday. This year, stores will be opening up at 8-9PM and even earlier on Thanksgiving day. Just think about the poor people who have to leave their families early on Thanksgiving and miss out on pumpkin pie because they have to work. I know I am very traditional and conservative, but I think this is just wrong. Can't we just celebrate one holiday at a time without commercialism getting involved??

 
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A majority of products and goods we buy and use every single day come from other nations like China and India. Many of our Jobs have been outsourced to these nations and this contributes to some of the economic problems our country is facing. Our unemployment is still high and many people have just given up looking for work and rely on our government to take care of them now. This means that other hard working Americans are providing not only for their own families but also the families of people who have stopped working as well.  At a time like this, we need to be supporting the few companies and factories that still operate and employ in the United States.  I believe it is important to support American companies and factories by buying American made products as much as possible. This past weekend, my mom and I were at the store looking for cheap picture frames. We came across one that was around 3 dollars. Then we found another one that was made in the USA. However, this one cost around 3.50- 4 dollars. Even though American made products sometimes cost a bit more I believe it it worth it. 

 
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Saving money tends to be more difficult for some people than others. I believe it depends on how you were raised. When I was very young, my parents took me to the bank to start a passbook savings account. They taught me the importance of saving your money and working hard. They taught me that working hard and money go hand in hand. The harder you work, the more money you can make. I also learned that you need to think about your future. The future is unknown and you never know what you could run into. That is why you need to have available funds just in case something terrible happens. I believe some people do not take their future into account when it comes to their money. They live in the moment and buy things they don't really need without thinking too much about it. 

 
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Charging per calorie would definitely change the way people eat but I think doing so would cause even more harm than good. While the idea has good intentions, which are to make people eat healthier by forcing them to look into different options, I think this would cause great harm to our economy. Businesses, like McDonald's, have a lot of employees who rely on that job to bring in money to take care of themselves and their families. If a Big Mac cost $13.20, McDonald's would lose a lot of business from people who cannot afford to eat there, which may require them to get rid of some employees who rely on that job for money. If those workers suddenly have no money, they cannot go buy things from other businesses and then those businesses would be in jeopardy as well. Overall, this would just harm the American economy. It could also go the other way, if fruits and vegetables barely cost anything, the farmers who grow them would not be able to keep producing them at such a low cost. This would force the American farmer to shut down their business and get rid of all their workers. At a time when we should be creating more businesses and jobs to help boost our economy, we should not be doing things like this that could do even more economic harm. Also, I do not think it is the government's responsibility to control what we consume. Just like how some people believe women should have the right to control their own bodies when it comes to abortion, I believe we should have the right to control what we eat- even if it is unhealthy.

 
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At times, school can be very boring and you have to find different ways to entertain yourself without making any distraction. I am a big fan of doodling. If you open one of my notebooks they are filled with doodles. Drawings of food when i'm hungry, or trees and clouds, or even just squiggly lines. I once saw something online that was a game, kind of similar to bingo, where you cross out boxes when one of them occurs in class. For example, someone falling asleep, or the teacher saying a specific thing, etc.. You could even make your own version of this game to make it applicable to different kinds of classes. If you Google "what to do in class when you're bored" a million things pop up and it is rather entertaining to read some of these. I could never image myself actually doing what others have done in a class when they were bored.