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My First Half Marathon Trail Running

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  I ran my first half on the trails. Well, I was running at the start. Towards the middle it was more of a waddling trot. At the end it was a spirited walk at times. But I completed it. There is not a DNF next to my name on the 2021 Mosaic Trail 13.1 results page. 2 hours, 38 minutes. 12:30 miles, but who's counting?  My completion is documented, there is historical evidence. That was Saturday. Today is Monday morning. Yesterday, Sunday, I woke up barely able to hobble around. Knees were sore, hips were shaky. It was nothing a little ibuprofen, aspirin, and rest couldn't fix. I'm 30 now, and yesterday I felt it. But today, I feel strong. So strong I'm encouraging you to exert yourself physically in some way. Running, walking, cycling, swimming. Just some way. Why do I advocate exercise? I think it makes my brain fire on all cylinders. I'm just a little bit more sharp, more in tune, when I'm consistently running. And, personally, running has drastically influence

Tesla Motors

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Tesla Motors in 2016: Will Its Strategy Be Defeated by Low Gasoline Prices and Mounting Competition? Evaluate the business processes and strategies of Tesla. Determine which of the five generic competitive strategies best applies to the company. Explain and justify your selection. Tesla Motors is a company that builds luxurious, chic and eco-friendly electric vehicles with innovative technologies. Tesla was incorporated in Silicon Valley in July 2003 by Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning. In February of 2004 entrepreneur and futurist Elon Musk became the company’s majority investor and became chair on the company’s board of directors.   Tesla Motors relies on displaying their Tesla EVs in showrooms for marketing. Tesla Motors has a fairly minimal advertising budget; instead, the company relies on brand loyalty, customers who believe in Musk and the company’s futuristic vision, and word-of-mouth advertising to garner the attention of potential buyers. Tesla sells its vehicles directly

Technology and Remaining Current in the Music Industry

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          Building a career path in the music industry as a songwriter and producer may be an arduous task. Remaining current in the field is necessary to survival. In the information age, the artist is given the task of how to interpret and best utilize new technologies. As cynical or skeptical as an artist may be of the internet and technology, understanding new technology is critical to remaining relevant and competitive in the marketplace. This essay will examine how to remain current in the music industry through new emerging social media markets like TikTok and Spotify, controlling artist’s Intellectual Property through blockchain technologies, and being proactive in music organizations and local communities.             Bob Dylan once said, “I find the religiosity and philosophy in the music. I don’t find it anywhere else” (Gates, 1997). Similar to Dylan, music for me is an escape and has the ability to communicate complex emotions and ideas through sound, lyrics, and music. I d

The Presidio de Bahía

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The Presidio de Bahía.  In 1836 over 420 prisoners of war from the Republic of Texas were executed by the Mexican Army in Goliad, Texas on the command of General Santa Anna. This is referred to, in Texas history class, as the Goliad massacre. The birthplace of Ignacio Zaragoza, the Mexican general who defeated the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862. That’s why you’ve never see a Frenchman celebrating Cinco de Mayo.  -WAM- October, 2021
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Mission Nuestra Señora del Espíritu Santo de Zúñigav was founded in Matagorda Bay in 1722 to uphold territorial claims of the Spanish from the French in Louisiana. The mission was moved twice; first to Victoria, Texas in 1726 after an unsuccessful effort to befriend and assimilate with the Native Americans of Matagorda Bay, then to a safer and final location in Goliad, Texas in 1749 along the San Antonio River. By 1778 the mission was the first and largest cattle ranch in Texas, with over 40,000 free-roaming cattle. The mission also grew crops of grain, fruit, and vegetables. The stone wall pictured is what remains of the original construction finished in 1758. The rest of the church was rebuilt in the 1930s. Much of the original stone was taken freely by local builders for construction of nearby buildings after the mission was secularized in the 1830s. The early failures of the Mission Espiritu Santo was in part due to the missionaries’ failed collaboration and conversion attempts wit

Mission Espada San Fransisco Church

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Founded in East Texas in 1690, Mission San Francisco de Tejas was the first Spanish Mission in Texas. It was a strategic point and acted as protection from the French in Lousiana. After fires, floods, and diseases ravished the mission, it was moved to the San Antonio River in 1731. At this time the name was changed to Mission San Francisco de la Espada. The Franciscan missionaries allied with the Coahuitecan natives of Central Texas and over a fifty year period the hunter gatherers learned European skills like masonry, blacksmithing, and loom weaving as they integrated with the Spanish.   The mission bells would clang 3 times a day as the hot Texas Sun shined down on the fertile lands of the Texas mission. The reason the land was so fertile was because the Spanish built an extensive aqueduct system from the San Antonio River to irrigate the lands for crops like corn, melon, pumpkins, and cotton. The 18th century aqueducts were an architectural feat and are still standing to this day

Mission San Juan Capistrano

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Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded in 1731 by the Spanish Catholics of the Franciscan order to convert Native Americans to Christianity. Although this mission was not as successful as other neighboring San Antonio missions, by 1756 there were over 200 neophytes living in Adobe huts at the mission. The original capilla (chapel) w as built from brush and mud. The building you see today was rebuilt in part by a public works project in 1934 and a reconstruction project completed in 1960s. The church is now a part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.  Mission San Juan Capistrano was not as successful as other Spanish missions in part because lands allotted to the mission were not sufficient for crops or grazing. The mission was also vulnerable to attacks from nearby competing Native American tribes (mostly Apache and some of those feared horse riding Comanche) and was essentially abandoned from 1820 to 1840. There are still ruins from the other buildings and an unfinis