I just ran/walk a 5k for Best Buddies this past weekend. Best Buddies is a charity that helps people with intellectual disabilities. It was at a different location this year because of the government shutdown (it’s usually on the National Mall). So this year you had to do two laps to finish the 5k.
I had to watch two kids while doing the walk/run. That was not an easy job. One kept on running off and the other looks up to me so he stayed with me. After the 5k we saw Kevin Spacey, the Wolff Brothers, and Capital Cities sang.
They raised $2.5 million at the event. If you want to help raise money or you want to learn more go to www.bestbuddies.org.
When my family and I arrived in Japan we went to the Shangri la hotel and had room service. The next day we went shopping, and we went to the Pokemon Center and Tiffany. That night we went to the U.S.-Japan Leadership Program reception. The next day we went on the Diet tour, then the fish market and we got shaved ice there. We ate lunch at a sushi place with the rest of the U.S.-Japan Leadership Program group. We also went to the Nezu Museum and then we went to the ANA hotel and rested there for a bit. We had another reception that night and it was fun. I got to see my old friend at the receptions. He doesn’t speak English. My family and I had to leave the second night to go to Hawaii so we left early from the reception. We had a great time with the U.S.-Japan Leadership Program and we hope next time will be better.
My family and I went to Hong Kong Disney. We had to go on the MTR to get there. (MTR is Hong Kong’s metro.) We arrived a bit early so we could beat the crowd. When we got in the park we went to Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger spin. When it was 11 A.M. we got a guide to the park. The guide was great and with the guide we got to go to the front of the line. We got to go to Space Mountain, the high speed space ride RC Racer ride, the Stitch Encounter show where I talked to Stitch, Autopia the car ride, and I also got my own Student I.D. for Monsters University. We had our tour guide until 6 P.M. We also got to see the parades. It rained a lot while in Hong Kong Disney but otherwise it was great. We also got to ride Mystic Point. Mystic Point is about when Mr. Mystic brings back a magic music box which can bring any inanimate objects to life. Sadly his traveling monkey Albert activates the box. There are many different rooms like the China room, and the tiki room. We also got to go on Grizzly Gulch. Grizzly Gulch is just like Big Thunder Mountain. We had the best of times at Hong Kong Disney.
I just went to New York City for the Forth of July with my friends Benjamin and Isabelle and it was fun. We went to F.A.O Schwarz and we went to Central Park Zoo where we saw some penguins, red pandas, and a polar bear. We went to some of the best restaurants in New York. We went to the Modern, Jean-Georges, and North End Grill. At the North End Grill I had the fried egg with tuna tar tare, the beef tenderloin, and the German chocolate cake. At the Modern I had the poached egg with truffle, the skirt steak, and the raspberry and the strawberry sorbet and the chocolate cart came. (We got a plethora of chocolates.) At Jean-Georges I had the yellowfin tuna ribbons, the roasted saddle of lamb, and then the four dessert topics (strawberry, rhubarb, cherry, and chocolate). My favorite restaurant was the North End Grill. We saw two musicals. They were Cinderella and Pippin. I didn’t quite like Pippin because the plot was confusing to me, and Cinderella was great because it was super funny and it did not have a confusing plot. On Fourth of July we saw the fireworks at Chelsea Piers and the fireworks were great. We also went to the Cloisters where we saw the famous Unicorn tapestry. We also got to Dylan’s Candy Bar, and that was really fun. Dylan’s Candy Bar is candy heaven because it has so much candy. I bought orange gummy bears, green apple licorice, nerds, and fun dip. Overall my family and Benjamin and Isabelle and their parents had a great time.
I just came back from my boy-scout camp. My dad drove the RV we rented and it was huge–it had a shower, a fridge, and a bed. It took us three hours to get to camp. I got to shoot rifles and shoot some arrows. My favorite part was shooting the rifles. We had okay food, but I have had better food. We had tacos, spaghetti and meatballs, and we had French toast. I really don’t like sleeping in the outdoors so it was uncomfortable. I don’t like bugs and that made the outdoors so it was uncomfortable for me. I had to put up with some crazy kids. Even though I had to put up with the crazy kids, I got my swimming merit badge, my pioneering merit badge, and my cooking merit badge. I heard there was a shotgun merit badge, a life saving merit badge, first aid merit badge, and an environmental science merit badge. My troop got to do the polar bear swim, where you swim in the morning, and we got to do the pirate breakfast where we got to eat breakfast on the canoes and kayaks. We had sermons by my friend, and he was amazing. My troop also saw a copperhead in our camp. I missed that though. We also had a bear at our camp and the camp staff tranquilized it. We didn’t get to see that though. We had so much fun at camp, and I realized that at the very end.
I just went to the Children’s ball and it was fun. The Children’s ball raises money for Children’s National Medical Center. I had my friends come and we had a blast, we ate and we sat on chairs with levers that makes the chair go down and we played on those (Johnny English style). We talked and saw this little video about the Multi Crystal Bear. We stayed and watched the action and they sold almost everything they could sell at the auction. We saw a little video about a poor kid who had cancer, I don’t remember what cancer it was but I know it is cancer. He also came and led the auction. Everyone had a great time. I gave everyone iPod nanos and that made everyone even happier. When we left, one of my best friends came with me for a sleepover, sadly it was not that long. We had such a great time, here are pictures I took and others took. More photos coming soon!