The Shadow

This reading didn’t impress me much but must say still see noir there! You’ve got the crime, murder and drunks present. Definitely sultry and noir materials. I found it to be a very twisted plot in this script and not sure I like readings like this. A lot of he said/she said going on in the twists and the lack of activity made the Shadow seem to be just that a shadow you can only think is there but when you turn to look it’s gone! After spending about seventeen days out to sea no food or water and to have them just “part ways” once they got back to land is a little strange as I thought there would be connections and a thankfulness for everything each did to make it back but instead it wasn’t anything like that.

Postman Always Rings Twice

Oh my, I must say I had to keep reading I couldn’t put it down even with the fast pace in how things were happening. Noir is seen here as it is black, full of crime, and of course there’s dames involved. Boy talk about tropes, he wrote “but she had a sulky look to her, and her lips stuck out in a way that made me want to mash them in for her”. First I thought he was going to punch her in the mouth talking like mash. Crazy how it turned out to be a “passionate” type word. I never saw it coming. I truly don’t get the title based on the storyline even though I have tried to put them together. It was very interesting and good thoughts on the crimes they committed. The ending was really not expected as I thought they would live happily ever after and have their child, not death which seemed to be what they deserved for all they had done. And then for it all to be blamed on him, that note in the register like WOW!


The Killers

Very interesting story, of course not written well once brought into this day and time nor is it appropriate. However, back in the day it was acceptable and the way it was back then. One trope is where he keeps calling him a boy when in fact they were grown men. Max and Al are clearly represented as pure evil. There description alone leads one to believe describing the derby hats and trench coats which are both good representations of noir. Nick clearly doesn’t make much sense of evil or why there is evil!

The Killers Alternative Ending

Nick left the lunch counter, out the door on his way to see Anderson. Nick never looked back and headed straight for the Hirsch’s rooming house! Behind the tree he never noticed the two dark figures in their overcoats and derby hats. There the waited to see who left the diner and where they headed. After Ms. Bell and Nick headed up the stairs they quietly crept their way in and Ms. Bell appeared. “What you fellas doing here who you need to see?” Ms. Bell didn’t like the looks of the men. Al grabs the old woman and says “you better be quiet or I’ll take you out”. He takes her in the other room and yells at Max “it’s all up to you now”. Max quietly says back “you need to be quiet” as he notices Nick coming down the stairs and he hides in the room behind something. Nick exits the door and Al comes out dragging the old lady. Max says “where is he” Ms. Bells says “who”; Max “you know who” and Al says “oh a bright girl now” and looking at one another they both say “the same guy you took Nick to see don’t fool with us”. She resists because she knows especially since she didn’t like them when she first saw them. They quietly creep up the stairs and Max whispers to her “tell him your hear and need to talk to him” And before he could even answers Al throws the old lady out of the way and they both enter and Max is firing his gun at Anderson. Max says “we got him” and they walk away like nothing happened.

Brick Houses – What’s in a Name?

What’s in a name you ask? Usually there is a meaning behind the name. If you google your own name you can find different meanings of your name. I learned at a very young age that anything you do is important and needs to be done well. One of my favorite teachers in high school Ms. Bullock taught us accounting. She always said “accounting is like building a house, if you miss one brick the house comes tumbling down!” I have applied this saying to almost everything I do in life. Be good, be good at it and always give it your all! It shows in many different aspects of life how her analogy can fit. Even children, if early on you miss teaching them something (a brick) simple like manners, accountability or morals guess what your children usually end up in trouble or doing things they shouldn’t. Even the courses I take I still apply this to them and know missing classes or assignments makes things come tumbling down. The name “Brick Houses” for me means giving it my all and building a strong foundation that will last well into the future. Why go half stepping when it’s for your own goals and life. My picture of the turtle carries his “brick house” on his back and still fits this scenario because it is always a heavy load to keep the pressure up on a constant moving target. I believe this has helped me through the years to accomplish what I have in life.

And She Lived “Happily Ever After”


She started out of high school and decided to marry and start her family. Two children later that were established with a good footing in elementary school reading and writing well, homework was a breeze for them both she decided to go back to school and get the degree she wanted after high school.

Two and a half years later she was walking with two Associates Degrees from a community college and graduated with high honors.

Life went on and quickly full-time work started – and before she knew it ten years had passed and then another four and a half! Time, time to move on and or up. Her mind needed challenged so she pursued the next level in hopes of sharpening her skills, education and possibly moving up or moving on in the workforce!


The next chapter in hot pursuit not to take as long with this degree but yet still have high honors and work that full-time job! She enrolled in the Leadership and Management BLS Program at the University of Mary Washington! The entrance was grand as the two degrees allowed her to bring in 90 credits and leaves her only 30 UMW required credits to go. Of those credits only 18 credits were core classes and the others were electives.

The first course taken was awesome! She had such an awesome instructor and great assignments. It was tough getting back in the swing of things especially the homework! Course two was not quite as good and neither was the instructor. She just knew her GPA was blown as this course was way over her head! Thank goodness for her years of working experience and knowledge as it pulled her through. She is now in her second semester third and fourth courses and again feeling frustrated. She thought it would get easier as she slid back in and made it through the first two courses so well! She loves a challenge and finds one of her courses very challenging. This challenge builds up her determination and sharpens her abilities. She will achieve with good results! She has to!

As the baby boomers are moving out and retiring upper management is opening up for opportunities. She plans on taking on some of those opportunities. I see goals being met and her moving up the ladder as high as the ladder will take her. And she does well, all the while she participates in the company lottery! Just when she thinks she is as high as she can go we hit for millions! She is off to the beach with a beach house up and down the east coast and becomes a beach bum!!

And the Adventure Continues – Week Two!!

I started this week by viewing the video put out by the instructors. This is a great way to assist students and guide them through what they are going to be doing. I went a little out-of-order but made certain that I accomplished something everyday. Timing is very important and management of your time is even more important. I decided to go out and customize my blog. Simply log in and you will see your Dashboard by viewing the choices down the left side you can do almost anything. I went to “appearance” and selected to customize my blog. I also went to themes to explore them and made some changes based on the selections given and I did a little search for something a bit different. I also ventured in to the plugins (there were three) and added as in the assignment instructions. This was rather easy as you just followed the prompts and then activated them. Updated my “about” page and kept it simple! Low and behold Paul Bond commented on week one and I got to moderate first hand on his comment. That was really easy – clicked a link in the email and took me right there to approve it. It looked like this: A new comment on the post “Barbara’s ds106 Course” is waiting for your approval I have learned a nice feature which is you can start your blog and work on it each day and simply save it as a draft and come back to it. I love this as I can write each day about what I did and then come back in the end and review it add files to it etc. Makes this less stressful than doing it all at once! I have also been working on building my participation by reading others work and commenting. I have been tweeting and responding to tweets. Speaking of tweeting I also took Burtis’ advice and downloaded Tweet deck. Which is interesting as it sets up columns and allows you to arrange the order they are in based on your preferences and check out the tweets of your choice! I also started scoping out The Daily Creates! This was interesting because I was thinking that we would get an email automatically to prompt us for this assignment and then discovered we actually can pick which one you want to do. I missed one but then attempted the cat on a synthesizer in space – no luck there! I couldn’t get anything to cooperate with me. I counted the days left to ensure I would have at least 3 (which is required) still available to me. So I waited until the next morning – by the way great job getting them out there early as I am doing some work every morning, some every evening between my work hours and then pulling it all together on Friday – Saturday! My first daily create (cover your ears!) and the other two below:



January 24 2015

Oh the readings, how interesting I always find them. To think people were really like this and thought it was okay or even normal. The noir really comes out in them especially the Postman Always Rings Twice. I blogged about each one:

The Shadow

The Killers

The Postman Always Rings Twice

I completed the character dossier form online as asked. That was rather simple except for the idea of a character had to be thought out. I was thinking about what could they (Bond, Burtis and Groom) have in their mind that we are going to do with this character. So it had to be something interesting but yet be able to be taken to different levels. The I added some details and posted my Character Dossier – George Bozzo! .

Character Dossier – George Bozzo

I found the writing assignments interesting and it was fun trying to get the 8 points with 3 being related to the character dossier presented earlier. The alternate ending was kind of hard but I made it through! See my blogs below:

And She Lived Happily Ever After

What’s in a Name?

The Killers – An Alternative Ending

Haiku It Up George

Character Dossier – George Bozzo

George Bozzo

"It is what it is"
“It is what it is”

I am George Bozzo (pronounced “Bawzo” not Bowzo!), born back in 1934 February 14th that is in a little town in New Jersey called Newark! I have a wife and one son who I hope to carry on the family traditions! I am the proud owner of two manufacturing companies in and around Jersey. I have done things that I am proud of and some I am not but they had to be done. I’m an Italian – full blooded! These young people and their stupidity get to me all the time and of course always around my favorite dinner lasagna and my wine! But my family is my family and they always come first. My family is my prize possession in this life and nobody, I mean nobody messes with them! You see I grew up very poor, so poor that me and my six siblings all slept in one room and in the same bed! That’s all my folks could afford and I was determined not to live like this much longer! I was going to be better and make things better for all of them and I did! We never knew where our next meal was coming from or when and if that wasn’t bad enough we had to put a quarter in a box on the wall to heat the apartment – that is if we had one! Me, I loved to fish and fishing is where it all began. Fishing on the river bank one day, I actually was having good luck that day and caught several. A poor looking older man was there also and even though there were so many of us at home I felt the need to share with him. Next time I was there when he was – that kindness of sharing paid off for me in big ways. He asked me to run errands for him and he actually paid me to do them! I was loving life and buying food and heat for the family. I eventually dropped out of school because who needs it when I was doing so well. Actually better than my father could do. The errands were getting bigger and more important to him, I could just tell. I was loyal, trustworthy, and very kind to my little old man. My parent’s didn’t need to know anything except that there life was about to get better no matter what I had to do. I became the man that I am today as a result of this little old man. I am dressed to kill and always perfectly groomed. If I must say so myself, I am one tall, dark, and handsome Italian. I’m always smoking to help with the stress and it makes me think better so I just add a little extra cologne under my trench coat and keep on moving. As a “ladies man” you always have to look good and smell good! My little old man provided an apartment for me, I didn’t have to pay a dime. And then, one dark, stormy night the power went out, or at least I thought it did! It was initiation time! Without going into much detail now, the initiation went well, very well as I own and operate not one but two manufacturing companies! You know of course the business with a business behind the business. You got that!

Barbara’s ds106 Course

Week One Summary:

This was a very stressful week ! Working full-time dealing with employee relation issues, year-end reporting, and producing almost 1,000 W2’s here comes ds106! I believe this course was a little more stressful than work was this week! I believe it was the fear of the unknown and entering into an area which is out of my comfort zone. Wait maybe way out of my zone!

I began my week right away reading and clicking on every link I could in order to see what it led to. Then I started on viewing the videos and podcasts and listened with care. The processes started to fall into place as I began to register and set-up, Twitter, my own domain (really my own domain!), adding word press and then more registrations to Flickr, YouTube, and Sound Cloud. This all took some time but I spent time each evening setting them up one by one! I took more time and set up profiles, added pictures, and created my avatar!

I can’t even count the documents I have read, videos I watched, and researching everywhere and anywhere for information. I even watched Bugs Bunny cartoons which I haven’t seen in a long time. By the way loved the three of you in your video! Great job M Burtis keeping the guys in line and on task! All of it was very helpful.

I’ve learned so much already just in one week. Let me share some of what I have done this week – I think this is like building a house – if you miss one brick in the process the entire house will come crashing down. Noir to me is very bleak, dark and sultry. It is more the tone and the mood like someone is just sitting and thinking but yet you know what is going on. Darkness, crime, corruption all with a strong feeling of fear and of course there are always woman involved somewhere down the line. I think of an old cartoon movie “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”

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