"This I Believe..." By Allie Sailboat

Through my lifetime, I have learned to accept my uniqueness and encourage others to be more unique. For when you stand out, you become noticed, and that is what gets you further in life. I believe that it is some form of ailment that makes you more of an individual with a better understanding of life. Why are you still living? Because of the sickness you may have, you appreciate life more, and it makes you a stronger person.

At age 4, I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, or JRA. It is a disease, which affects the joints and the immune system. It’s extremely common amongst the elderly. However, society doesn’t recognize the fact that many children are diagnosed. It is one of the worst things a child could experience. My knee was the size of a softball. On an average day I would crawl, and on a “good day” I would limp. I didn’t have too happy of a childhood, but I made the best of it. I didn’t have much of a life. I was always either on bed rest or here and there at doctors’ appointments.

Even now, I don’t have too much of a life. The Arthritis ate at my immune system. So I get sick really easily, and when I get sick I get really sick. A common cold for a healthy person usually lasts a few days to a week and is mild. As for me, it lasts a whole lot longer and is two to three times as bad. The school used to have to warn me when there was a virus going around. They would call me mom, and she would keep me home. Something such as the flu can hit me twice as hard and can cause pneumonia, which can kill me knowing my uncle died from it. My uncle was healthy. So I would most likely die.

It eventually traveled throughout my whole body. I couldn’t do everyday activities in which “the normal ones” took for granted such as writing, turning sink faucets, and even giving thumbs up. I still can’t put my thumbs up. They want to perform a surgery to stretch my tendons, but I don’t want to go through with it because I don’t want my hands to get messed up even more because my immune system is so bad that I don’t heal correctly.

I always felt like I was an inconvenience to people when I would flare up. I felt like I was high maintenance to the people around me. Knowing they had to take care of me; knowing that I was an obstacle for them; that they had to slow down so that I could keep up with them. I was always called “the slow one”. I hated the fact that people had to write for me. I wanted to write my own papers. I used to get so frustrated. I still have some trouble, but I can handle it when I need to. It’s not as big of a deal to me now.

I hated elementary. The other students treated me as if I had AIDS (no offense to those of you who have it. I’m sure you know what I mean). They all thought I was contagious and that they were going to end up walking like me. They didn’t want to limp around and look retarded. I didn’t either. I still don’t think they had any right to treat me they way they did though. Every other day at recess they would throw me into pricker bushes. Then on top of that, this fugly fat kid threw me into a pole once, and I still have a small chip on my front tooth. Most of it’s filed down now, so it’s not noticeable. I hated being called “the girl with arthritis”. I would be walking down the hallways, and they would run from me. I was just as normal as them. I just had swollen joints.

With my immune system as bad as it is now, I’ve missed 30 days of school all with in the first semester. It made me sick how the assistant principal told me to just give up and stop coming to school. He called me a hypochondriac. How can I be a hypochondriac if I was in the hospital for a week with Pancreatitis? I have no clue how that one was caused, but it was dreadful.

In the same day, my one teacher told me that I was mentally ill in front of the whole class all because I asked if I could go to the nurse’s office for an ibuprofen due to arthritis pain. She told me that because I didn’t understand the work I couldn’t go. I even said something to her about how she doesn’t understand, and that she doesn’t know how it feels to have what I have. That’s when she called me mentally ill. Instead of people saying how messed up it was, they laughed. I was balling when I walked out.

I went to the assistant principle afterwards. “Yes, I was wrong, but I honestly cannot disagree with her. After all, you are a hypochondriac.” He told me, “Why do you bother coming to school if you are going to be supposedly sick all of the time, and miss so much school. All you’re doing is failing. Why can’t you just home school?” Basically he was just telling me to give up. My mom and I could’ve sued the school for both of them that day. It was pretty messed up.

Speaking of lawyers and lawsuits, social security doesn’t recognize JRA as a real disease. Therefore, JRA isn’t covered. We’ve tried several layers and wasted so much money trying to get SSI for my JRA, but no one would take our case. So we just gave up. I really wish it would be recognized, because I highly doubt I could keep a job due to being so sick so much that I’d be missing too much work, and I’d get fired.

I would love for it to be recognized by everyone. Not just SSI offices. I want the whole world to know how bad it really is, but how normal these children are. I want them to see that just because we may limp a little or do certain things differently to find ways to function doesn’t mean that we’re any different than they are. We’re not weird people. We’re just extremely special and unique. I would love for people to stop asking such ignorant questions. I want to put an end to all of this ignorance. If they were informed about it, they wouldn’t be so ignorant, and they would understand more.

That’s why I want to create a foundation named JRAF (Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation) to raise money to find a cure for this so that children won’t suffer anymore. I want to have Gino Giraffe as a mascot for JRAF. I want to run benefit shows and events for it too.

Though I wish I had never been diagnosed with this, in a way I’m kind of glad I have had it. It makes me appreciate life more, and it makes me a much stronger and kinder person. I can’t imagine whom I would be with out it. Would I be as brave? Would I be as determined as I am? Would I be as nice or would I be heartless? I ask myself these things all the time. Then I realize that I have my answers. I wouldn’t be as brave, determined or kind. I realize how unique and special it really makes me. I know it will always be a part of me, and I couldn’t picture myself with out it. I am Allie McKay, I have JRA, and I accept it.


LMAO @ Sponge Cake Recipe ! =D

Okay guys,
what do you notice about this recipe?

Always the Best Sponge Cake Recipe

1 cup
4 Tb
1 cup
1 tsp
Eggs, separated
Cold water
Sifted cake flour
Baking powder

Whipped cream
Sliced strawberries

Oven Temp ~ 325° Baking Time ~ 30 Min.
Pan Type ~ small angel food pan

Preheat oven, grease a small tube pan.

Beat egg yolks and sugar together until very light. Add water. Sift together flour and baking powder. Add to batter. Beat egg whites until stiff. Fold into batter. Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake. Cool completely and invert onto cake platter. Prepare whipped cream and strawberries. To serve, slice cake in half and fill with half the whipped cream. Top with remaining whipped cream and strawberries.

I don't recall egg whites getting stiff when you beat them. However, I do know of something else you can beat until stiff. Whipped creme comes out and tops it too! XD


Mustaches && Tophats by Niki Carpetmuncher. <3

mustaches oh yeah mustaches
I'd love to have a mustache
mmm mustaches oo oh!

mustaches are cool,
mustaches are great,
when you go swimming in a pool,
your mustache drips down your face,

mustaches... oh yeah mustaches,
I wish I had a mustache,
mmm mustaches...

you go shopping all the time
because your mustache is mighty fine
you got a tophat too,
your ice is so cold it gave me the flu.

mustaches... oh yeah mustaches,
where is my mustache ooo,
mustache mustache,
break it down,
can I get an M. a U. with a S. T. A. C. H. E.
can I get an M. a U. && a S. T. A. C. H. E.
mustahce, mustache, mustache, mustache,
tophat, tophat, tophat, tophat, tophat,
why do you have a mustache?
I got a tophat,
you want a tophat?
that's too bad 'cause you have a mustache
&& no tophat. [=
Delicious flavors the whole family can enjoy!


My Best Friend Jobo! <3

Dear Jobo,

To befriend is an honor
Where I'd be without you is what I tend to ponder
Of the things you do and say I could never become fonder
It's your geniousness I envy
I can't imagine where I'd ever be
With out my best friend who is always there for me
To speak to of worst and best
The infinately positive thoughts I think of you can never be compressed
So this letter shall be my endeavor to express
There are no other ways to simply define
No steps in a choreography
No lines in a song
No pages in a book
No adventures which are long
There is no other way
To simply say
That you are my best friend
That you'll always brighten my day!

Love Your Best Friend,
ALL!E. <3

© 2008 Alyson McKay


A poem by ALL!E.♥

Skipping through these flower fields
I think of how amazing you make me feel

I lay in the grass gazing at the stars
Thinking of how beautiful you really are

Here I sit under this big tree
I ask myself if this is the happiest I could ever be

Swimming in this dark empty pond
I try not to drown at the thought of you being gone.


This was written for Sean Douglas Decker.

07.24.2007 - Special Airport Day


NAMME Bright Moments Questions: Talent. ♪

In my journalism class, I have to write about the development of minority media. So I went to the site for NAMME (National Assotiation of Multicultural Media Executives) and I came across this list of questions in the Bright Moments section about talent. I found the questions as well as my answers to them to be quite clever and interesting and I thought I could add this to my creative writing portfolio.

My Talent: Dance. ♪

Q: What percentage of time do you use this talent?

A: Infinity percent!

Q: What percentage of time would you like to apply it?

A: I don't think it's possible to apply anymore than I do.

Q: How are you likely to feel if you draw on it more often?

A: You can't draw on dance. I believe dance is a form of drawing if you really think about it. The way you move makes pictures. It all depends on how you move and to what kind of music you are dancing to. Each dance has its own meaning. You can become a totally different person in a dance. It's really just a form of acting. It's a visualisation.

Q: What happens when you underutilize it?

A: I'm weak for a little while. I have to do double my work-outs to gain my strength, balance and flexibility back to keep my dances and choreographies clean.

Q: How can you use your talent at work in a new way?

A: I want to do something with dance. Whether it's a Knicks City Dancer, a Vegas showgirl, or something to do with Broadway. I'm trying to get a crew started right now.

Q: What do you need to do to make it happen?

A: Just keep dancing, and get better at it. I feel more and more determined each time I watch those dance movies. I see them dance, and I feel I need to be better. I'm extremely competitive when I watch them. Sometimes it's to the point where I don't want to watch it.

Q: What activity can you do in your free time that will strengthen of polish that talent?

A: Lots and lots of stretching and push-ups. Oh yes, and sit-ups. I do 600 sit-ups in a set per day, and 20 push-ups as well. My goal is to be able to do atleast 40 push-ups with-in the next month or so. I hope I can reach it.

Q: Who can help you gain further insight about your ability?

A: All of my instrustors and my friends watching me who want to see me get further with it.


My Political Views

I honestly don't care about politics. I know I sound ignorant, but I really can't stand them. They piss me off. However, I do support Obama. That is because I am for the democratic party, and because McCain is really ugly, and I don't want to have to look at him. EW!

I want a democrat as our president because they're not as uptight, and they don't do retarded shit. They actually make sense unlike republicans. The only thing I don't like about the democratic party is they are more leanient towards immigration. I believe the economy would be much better if at least 3/4 of the immigrants would go home. If there weren't any Mexicans here, my dad would have a REAL JOB such as the drywall he had been doing since the age of 19 rather than CHINESE FOOD DELIVERIES! I hate the fact that the Mexicans took my dad's 20-30 dollar an hour jobs and did them for less than minimum wage, and did a horrid job at it. Not only do they not even have the descency to learn English, but they're extremely disrespectful. They are pretty much invading, and it's ridiculous. They should all go home so that my mom can have disability and my dad can have his jobs back, and we can live comfortably.

That is the only disagreement I have with the democratic party. They need to seriously crack down on immigration.


Creative Writing Survey Thingy! <3

Q: What would happen if you could fly whenever you wanted? When would you use this ability?

A: Player, I'm already fly! lol. If I could fly wherever I wanted, I'd fly up into the clouds and sprinkle a lifetime supply of cookie dough in them so that the lightning would bake it, and it would rain and snow cookies.

Q: What would happen if there were no televisions? Why would this be good or bad?

A: I honestly could live without TV. I think if there weren't TV, people wouldn't be as fat. However, I love watching my rap videos and Sex and the City.

Q: What if all the streets were rivers? What would be different?

A: We'd all be on sailboats! We can ride on Nessie. The streets would freeze in the winter, we'd ice skate and take ice mobiles, and we would put ice skates on polar bears and ride them!

Q: What would happen if people never co-operated? Why do you think it's important to co-operate?

A: I'm pretty independent. Therefore, it wouldn't be much of a problem for me. Then again, it's not just a matter of people working together, it could also be someone helping someone else. I wouldn't be where I am today without my parents working as hard as they did to get me where I am. Without them, I'd be nothing.

Q: What would happen if it really did rain cats and dogs?

A: Wouldn't that be painful? I don't wanna to get scratched. I love kitties and doggies and all, but I wouldn't love them after that. It would hurt them too from the impact.

Q: What would happen if animals could talk?

A: That would be amazing. I talk to Mr. Leno all the time, and I always wonder if he understands. He probably doesn't but who knows. Just because dogs don't speak our language, that doesn't mean they can't hear it. I'm sure they pick up things we say. How else would they understand commands we teach them? If he could talk, man he would have a lot of crap on me hahaa.

Q: What would happen if everyone wore the same clothes?

A: I would absolutely hate that! I already can't stand the fact that people can't be individual and base their lives on what the media and over payed designers tells them. Whatever the media or designers say, I do the complete opposite. I love my bright neon colours and my giant shoes and hair, and my over accessorizing. The brighter the better. I hate having to blend in with society. It would make me sick.

Q: What would happen if you threw a piece of trash on the ground? What if everyone did?

A: I don't litter. There's no class there. Plus, you're killing the environment. I think of the penguins and polar bears when I see that with the whole global warming thing going on.

Q: What if you could walk up walls and across ceilings?

A: I already can! I'm a ninja!

Q: What would happen if you grew taller than trees? How would this change your life?

A: Eweee. That would be disgusting. I hate the fact that modeling agencies want girls to be at a freakishly manly 5'9" and higher. It's so ridiculous. I think smaller people have more of an advantage. Short with a nice healthy figure. You don't want to be skinny. That's really gross, and guys don't like that. So to put it all together, being as tall and slim as a tree is groos, and extremely unattractive. I love my big booty and being shorter than everyone else. It's cute.

Q: What would happen if there were no cars, buses, trains, boats, planes? How would this change your life?

A: It wouldn't change my life. I never go anywhere to need one anyway. I'm in Florida. If I were in New Jersey, I would at least need a train. However, I think if anything not having those forms of transportation would change the arctic life. It'd be much better for the animals in the arctic to not have all the carbon monoxide and other fossil fuels polluting the earth.

Q: What if everyone lived underwater?

A: We'd all be mermaids! I would be dancing with Sebastian, Flounder, Dori, Nemo, one fish, two fish, red rish, blue fish, umm... oh yeah, can't forget, OLD GREG! I wanna be friends with Old Greg! I'd dance with him and drink Bailey's (...mmm... creamy!) with him, and listen to funk with him.

Q: What would happen if you found gold in your backyard?

A: I think it'd be cool to put gold in my hair like R. Kelly did to his braids. That would be so awesome.

Q: What would you do if a bully bothered you on your way home?

A: I'd go all Bruce Lee on him and roundhouse kick him in the face, and then drop kick him in the nutter butters. Then I'd be gangster about it and stick both my nunchucks and my ninja pole thingy up his butt.

Q: What would you do if you did very poorly on a test?

A: I usually ask to retake it.

Q: What would you do if a friend borrows things from you and never returns them?

A: I'd go to their house, and get it back.

Q: What would you do if you were the teacher and everyone forgot their homework?

A: I'd be offended. I would make them do it in class.

Q: What would you do if you were in the middle of a lake and the boat began to leak?

A: I would curse really loud and then hope to make it to shore in time to where my stuff is safe. However, my "Sailboat" is special. It would never sink. =]

Q: What would you do if your friend had a broken leg? How would you cheer him/her up?

A: I'd bake some cookies for my bestie!

Q: What would you do if you woke up in another country and no one could understand you?

A: That would be so cool. I could talk crap about them and make like it's something nice. I could make them think I love them when really I'm calling them conceited douchebags.

Q: What would you do if you ordered ice cream and forgot money?

A: My cuteness would get me some anyway! =D

Q: What would you do if someone got in front of you in line at the movies?

A: Well, I don't really go to movies, but I will talk about this one time when I was at a Starbucks on 5th Avenue, I was asking my 6 year old brother what he wanted as he sat at the table. There was a small space between me and the rest of the line, and this disgusting preppy blonde lady walks in front of me. I was like "Uhh excuse me missy, I was there..." and she tried to start shit with me. I was just like "Wow, you're pathetic. Can't you see I'm asking a 6 year old a question? So do you mind letting me keep my damn spot? Thank you!" Haha before she could speak again, I kept saying "THANK YOU!" and I wouldn't let her speak or walk in front of me. Man was she pissed. It made my day since that was kind of a shitty trip to the city.

Q: What would you do if only one hot dog is left and neither you nor your friend have had one?

A: I'd be like "Please take that". I hate hot dogs. They're disgusting. I'll pass up horse scrodum, monkey uterus, and all the rest of the leftover slaughter house goodies anyday, thanks.

Q: What would you do if two of your best friends went to the movies without inviting you?

A: Like I said, I never really go to the movies. I really wouldn't care. If they didn't invite me to a show or party, that would be a whole nother story. Then I wouldn't be too pleased with them.

Q: What would you do if you received a present you didn't like?

A: I personally like any gift someone gives me. It just reminds me of how thoughtful they are. I was raised to appreciate everything. So even if I didn't quite care for it as much as another gift, I would still love it because the person thought of me, and that makes me happy when people think of me in a nice way.

Q: What would you do if you promised to feed your pet and you didn't?

A: Unfortunately, that has happened many times. I usually just feed them twice as much. Though when I don't feed them, my parents do. We do it randomly. Sometimes I feed them, sometimes my brother does, and sometimes my parents do.

Q: What would you do if someone told you a joke that you didn't think wasfunny?

A: Oh man, those moments are awkward. I just smerk at them and turn away, or change the subject, or I even start singing something random and get them to sing with me to forget about the awkwardness.

Q: What would you do if you wanted to be friends with someone who spoke no English?

A: I already am. I speak a large amount of Japanese. I have so many friends in Japan. They are the chillest people you will ever meet in your lifetime. I've never met anyone besides me who is as cute and full of life as the Japanese. I think that's where a lot of my personality comes from. Their upbeat, positive and lively personalities inspire me. They're mostly where I get my fruity and bubblyness from. There's never a time where they don't brighten up your day! *^_^*

Main Ingredients:

What's cookin home skillets?
I'm Allie fluffin Sailboat.
I speak a lil Japanese + I've been dancing my heart out since the age of 3.
I've had Arthritis since the age of 4.
I have a doggie named Mr. Leno, + a kitty named Lucky.
I am very poetic + artistic.
I love to play piano + I suck balls at guitar,
but "pelvic thrust" your couch. I will play anyway.
I really want to learn the harp + viola.
I'm working on an acoustic project called The Amity Ship.
I'm considering making it a mini orchestra.
I am very adventurous + I'm going to sail the world!
No one, I repeat, NO ONE is going to stop me or my crew!
I am open minded + pretty much up for anything.
I hope to save the world someday on my journeys!

Bon apitit! <3

You can add me on myspace too.
I'm mad friendly.
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