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A Brief Moment of Pride

Posted by  $  SarahMontalbano 2 years, 8 months ago to Books
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I'm now in eleventh grade, and last year was my last chance to enter the Anthem essay contest. I did so several months ago and forgot until a few days ago, when the email came in.

Third place! (Granted there are 10 3rd place winners, but still cool.) Earned a pretty penny for my essay, and a free book. I chose The Fountainhead, to replace my torn up copy; the rest I already have.

Now it's time to tackle The Fountainhead essay. ;)


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  • Posted by  $  allosaur 2 years, 8 months ago
    ???What????
    I didn't know we had this kid in the Gulch!
    A good kid. A smart kid.
    A kid who does intelligent things she can be proud of.
    We need more of those.
    So does this country.
    Sarah would be safe in my Jurassic Park paddock.
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    • Posted by  $  2 years, 8 months ago
      I've been here for a while, allosaur, but I don't remember if I've actually talked to you- I always enjoy seeing your posts though. Thanks for the compliments. It means a lot coming from someone like yourself.

      I think, next time I stay in Jurassic Park, I'll camp out in your paddock instead of the velociraptors. Last time was a fiasco.
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      • Posted by  $  allosaur 2 years, 8 months ago
        Yeah, those too smart for their own good Cretaceous Period velociraptors ain't even from the older Jurassic Period with me the top predator of that time.
        But have you seen an allosaurus in Jurassic Park movie?
        No-no-no!
        I'm being discriminated against, I tell you!
        Discriminated against!
        Slighted in the worst kinda way!
        Oh, boo-hoo-hoo!
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        • Posted by  $  2 years, 8 months ago
          You poor thing! We'll file suit right away! Most of the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park weren't from that period. But somehow Cretaceous Park doesn't have the same ring to it.
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          • Posted by  $  allosaur 2 years, 8 months ago
            Maybe I should sue writer Michael Crichton, who ignored Allosaurus in his first two (maybe the only books) Jurassic Park novels.
            He lifted The Lost World title off a previous novel and a silent movie in which an allosaur was called a "pest."
            He also renamed "Eaters of the Dead" written by a medieval Arab (that I read during the 60s), retitled it "The Thirteenth Warrior," and passed it off as his own work.
            You may find it amusing to scroll through the flick in which Allosaurus beat T-Rex for appearing in a movie. Jurassic rock layers may be older that Cretaceous, but allosaur fossils were also dug up first.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7vcK...

            Allosaurus did not walk so upright as did T-Rex in many a movie.. It was during the 80s that paleontologists figured out that theropod carnosaurs were tail-balancing teeter-totters.
            The Jurassic Park movies got it right.
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            • Posted by  $  2 years, 8 months ago
              My brother is a huge Jurassic park fan. I haven't read the books, but he has; i can't wait to tell him this!
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              • Posted by  $  allosaur 2 years, 8 months ago
                Due to some reading tonight, my memory was jogged and I thought of you.
                You have something else to tell your brother.
                Sir Arthur Conan Doyle penned The Lost World on which the 1925 silent movie was based.
                Before he wrote that, he completed his Sherlock Holmes series of mostly short stories.
                I read some if not most of those stories in a hardcover book I bought during the 70s.
                I know I did not read them all because Sherlock's arch rival Professor Moriarty was not in any of them.
                Click the link and scroll down to find The Lost World mentioned under "Other Works."

                https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_...
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  • Posted by wiggys 2 years, 8 months ago
    Very refreshing to see some youth on the forum. now if she can get the other 9 3rd place finishers as well as numbers 1 and 2 to come on board. it would be interesting to see how the see things today.
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  • Posted by Herb7734 2 years, 8 months ago
    Thanks, Sarah. You give me throat-lumps. Keep it up and you may wind up being one of the persons who turns humanity in the right direction. Right now, we really need you and more like you in order to become what humanity should and could be.
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  • Posted by  $  dukem 2 years, 8 months ago
    By the time I read this, everything I wanted to say has been said. Congratulations on being one of the people who will help steer things in the right direction in the future, and your earlier promise when you first started contributing to the Gulch has been superseded by all that has come since.
    May you have a brilliant, satisfying, and complete life.
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    • Posted by  $  2 years, 8 months ago
      Thank you, dukem. I will keep that promise as long as I'm here in the Gulch, and do my best to steer my peers in the right direction. I can't do a lot alone, but with the encouragement and backing of the Gulchers I've found it easier and easier to do more. I will, to the best of my ability.
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  • Posted by  $  Olduglycarl 2 years, 8 months ago
    Pass on your successes with class mates, get them interested...I'm afraid that it's going to be up to you guys to help save the Republic for the sake of mankind.

    We are here to mentor that process.
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  • Posted by teri-amborn 2 years, 8 months ago
    Congratulations!

    Oh how I wish that I could turn back time and be introduced to Ayn Rand's thoughts by age 15.

    You are very fortunate.
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    • Posted by johnpe1 2 years, 8 months ago
      I was introduced to her at my age 15, and every day
      I am grateful for the enhancement of my entire life.
      all of a sudden, I wasn't alone, anymore!
      Rand was out there, proving that there were others! -- j
      .
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  • Posted by tkstone 2 years, 8 months ago
    Congratulations Sarah! I would like to echo the sentiments of many here that are beaming with pride at the accomplishments of a strong young women who gives us a glimmer of hope for the future. Helps one to understand the feelings of Dr. Akston. Keep up the good work.
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  • Posted by Mamaemma 2 years, 8 months ago
    Sarah, I for one am impressed. This is a significant achievement. You have been judged as outstanding by your peers, by people who you admire. That's an honor that has been earned, not bestowed. You have a wonderful life ahead of you, and I hope you continue to share in the Gulch.
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    • Posted by  $  2 years, 8 months ago
      That's something I need to remind myself of; even though sometimes I don't feel like my essay was that great, other people thought so.
      I will never lose sight of this community of friends. I'm always happy to see familiar faces like yours. :)
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      • Posted by Mamaemma 2 years, 8 months ago
        Sarah, my guess is that something you said in that essay was unique and important. I do hope you will find out if you can post it in the Gulch for us. I promise you we will learn something from it. Most of us are old-timers, 😁, and ideas of a fresh young mind are precious.
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  • Posted by  $  mminnick 2 years, 8 months ago
    Way to go. The choice of the Fountainhead is awesome. I read it the first time when I was in the 11th grade. I stillhave the old paperback. It is getting rather worn now so I have a Kindle version. Pages don't fall out of that one.
    Good luck with the Fountainhead essay.
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