This is Sally.

Howdy everyone! My name is Sally “Shot” Winderson and I am going to tell you the story about how I became a Gal of the East through the reasons why I love this place. Well if you ever read my tiny little background at the very beginning of this semester I said I was born in the heat of 1845… well that’s just not true! I was actually born in the heat of 1995 but the rest of me is true! I lived in Tombstone, Arizona my whole life, up until recently, and had a Mom, Dad, and 6 brothers. I was indeed made fun of when I was younger for acting too much like a boy and I do pour a pretty mean whiskey and worked at Tumbleweed Saloon pretty much all my life. I lived in a small cramped flat just above the saloon with my family until I was about 16 and could afford to rent a room across the street. My family thought that I was betraying them by moving out but living with 8 other people was just too much. When I turned 19 I bought a plane ticket east and set out on my journey. I remember the day I was leaving so clearly. It was 6am, the airport was an hour away and my entire family wanted to take me. Our car was too small at the time so my parents drove me and my brothers stayed home to work. I gave each of them a bear hug and told them that I’d send them a ticket once I hit the jackpot. They all laughed and said “Sure ya will Shot, eryone will love ya out there!” Before I got in the car I looked at myself in the mirror. Decked out in dirt covered jeans, worn in boots and a what-once-was-white-now-brown t-shirt. My hair was all frizzy and wild and my scar on my chin from falling when I was seven was as taught as ever. My freckles were coming out of hiding due to being in the sun too long and I was also a little sunburnt. My Mom called from the car and I knew it was time to go. Saying goodbye to my parents was the hardest. I thought moving into a room across the street was harder but this was worse. I was going to a place where I knew no one and had no knowledge of what would await me. I gave them both a hug and kiss and was on my way. That was a year ago today, with a stroke of fortunate events I now attend the University of Mary Washington and am getting my degree to be a school guidance counselor. Every morning when I wake up I see a glimpse of the old me, the freckles, the scar, the frizzy hair. But when I go to class or work I am a new more refined me. I am happy. My hair is sleek and straight, my freckles and scar in hiding and I wear a nice blazer and jeans sometimes if my t-shirt doesn’t cut it. I have never been happier and I want to show you all the reasons why thanks to Virginia and UMW!


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Another reason I love where I live now is the weather! In Tombstone it was always hot and dry and was just not pleasant to go out in. Here, I get all four seasons!

The collage below is not just from UMW and VA but also from travels I have had while attending the school. New York City and Broadway were both where I traveled to during New Years. The black and white “gangster” photo was from spring break when I attended the Arnold Sports and Fitness Expo in Ohio. The picture with me and a friend in snow as well as the one with the time slightly showing, is showing how I have made new friendships on campus. The hiking picture was from a weekend I went up north to go hiking. Not only do I love the east but I have the ability to travel and make friends and that is something I am so happy about!

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While also being able to travel all over I finally can call a room of my own home. The one I live in at school changes frequently but I finally have a place up in Northern Virginia that I can call my own! It’s much more spacious than the little flat I bought when I was 16!


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Since growing up in a small western town was pretty boring, living out here is wonderful. I showed you all the reasons why through different forms of media I learned this year. And here is me, Sally Winderson, signing off on this wild rodeo called DS106.

Sally: The Gal of the East

Throughout this entire semester my character Sally has told you her stories of the West as well as of the East. For this final project I will be telling her story of why she is now officially a Gal of the East. She loves the West and will always have fond memories of it but she see’s the East coast as her home. I will be writing about her past in more detail and how she has changed overtime (her physical appearance as well as mental health). I will then use visual and combine a photo set of 5 photos as to why she left and 5 photos as to why she loves the East. I will make a collage of her new life as well as give everyone a tour of her home all combined in another photo set. Which will also lead into another reason she loves the east – the weather. She may just video how great it is. Then I will end it with the sounds of her day as well as a phone call with her family and their great news via audio. I based a majority of this off of assignments, but will add my own little flair here and there, and it added up to be 25+ stars of work as required. You’ve seen Sally talk about her new life but never like this.

Summertime is finally here!

Just kidding! But there is a new ad up for a new camp out in Tombstone, Arizona! That’s right! Two of the Gals of the West have teamed up to put on a summer camp filled with blasting bullets and having a great time. Sally (aka Shot) and Angus both have teamed up with their saloon, Tumbleweed, to put on a camp that teaches you how to shoot. It has basic gun safety lessons, what ammo for what gun and cleaning care as well as having a couple drinks on the house. This camp is perfect for beginners to experts alike and will sure to be a week to remember (unless you drink a lot, then maybe not so much.) This poster was made using graphics found on google and canva.com.

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This was worth 3.5 stars.

A picture’s worth a thousand words

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For this assignment we were to find a picture of a couple in love and create a back story to it. I just googled a picture for this and the one above was the one I liked the most. Here goes my extremely made up story about them!

It was August 10th, 9:34 a.m., Josie had just woken up. She lived in a small apartment with her boyfriend Ryan, however he was deployed, and had been for a year, so she was waking up alone again. She got up, made some coffee and toast and sat out on the small balcony that over looked the ocean. It was a Saturday and she had nowhere to hurry off to since Ryan was coming home at some point that week so she took off work. It had been a stressful week since each day was passing at the blink of an eye and there was still no word from him or of him. He normally had his phone or his laptop but his phone fell and broke and he couldn’t get in contact with her unless it was through email. Since he had been traveling back to the states he hadn’t been able to talk to her in 2 weeks.

She checked her cell to see if his parents had texted her saying that they were on their way to pick her up and all of them would go to the airport. No such text came, so she went about her usual day. She cleaned the apartment, went to the gym, walked their dog and read a good book. Her best friend Shauna called her and made plans for them to meet up for lunch. Josie was apprehensive at first since she wanted to be home for when she got the text, but it had been almost a week and she could use a little socializing and some good food. Her and Shauna were to meet at the cutest little Bistro in town near a flower shop. It had been Josie’s favorite since that’s where she met Ryan. He was waiting tables and Josie happened to be at one of the tables he was assigned. He flirted but she had no desire to be charmed by him. Eventually he woo’d her enough to go on a date and the rest is history.

When Josie showed up Shauna was nowhere in sight. Nor was anyone else at the Bistro or in the flower shop or anywhere. Josie quickly became concerned and all of the sudden a song started playing from the speaker system at the Bistro. It was her and Ryan’s song, a slow duet of two pianos. It was their first dance at a friends wedding they had attended. Josie heard footsteps and coming out of the flower shop was Ryan with the biggest bouquet of roses she had ever seen. She ran towards him and hugged him, lightly crying into his neck. He picked her up and put her in front of himself and he got down on one knee. He proposed, she said yes, and the picture above was captured by Shauna. It turns out Ryan had been home since Monday but he wanted to propose in a wonderful way. Josie had never been happier and the rest is history.

What’s in Sally’s satchel?

Hey y’all it’s Sally! I saw that one of the assignments this week was to show what’s in your bag so I thought I would show my trinkets and handy things I carry around with me!

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First things first, I’m a bartender so I obviously have a shot glass in my satchel. Ain’t no way I’m leaving home or the saloon without it. This one is special too since it was given to me as a gift my an ol’ cowgirl I haven’t seen in a while.

Then I have a bullet shell from the first gun I ever shot with my Pa and brothers. I kept the shell because it reminds me of the simpler times when I was a child running around my home.

Next is a lighter. I have this in case someone wants a fancy drink on fire. Also it’s great if I get stuck out in the middle of nowhere and need to build a fire and keep warm. It’s happened quite a few times. My brothers like to mess with me to say the least.

Sunglasses are also a must out west. With the heat, dust and the sun, I need to protect my eyes! Plus I make ’em look real nice with my pretty cowgirl boots.

The other two things are lip balm and a nail file. I may not be much of a looker but I do like to keep my nails looking clean and my lips nice and smooth. Plus the peppermint in the lip balm keeps my breath nice and fresh.

I don’t ever carry cash on me just because there are few who have it out for me and the last thing I need is to get ransacked and end up dirt poor f you’re wondering why I don’t have money! But that’s all there is to my satchel!

Vocabulary and Cinematography

For this assignment I watched The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance which was on Netflix. We were then given a list of terms to find and see whether they were in the movie or not. The terms were:

•   selection
•   contrast
•   perspective
•   depth
•   balance
•   moment
•   lighting
•   foreground/background

I found many of these terms so what I am going to do is write the term and what I personally think it’s definition is and then I will relate it back to the movie. I know most of the terms are supposed to be about the movie and the way it was filmed but I did find a few to be applicable to the cast however I will save that for another time. I found that lighting created a type of mood. For example, if Hallie was longing after Tom the lighting would be right on her face and he would be in the dark. Foreground and background were also prominent in the movie, the main characters were always in the front while the others were in the back. Moments were created with lighting as explained above. Also, zooming in on faces when it was serious would create a mood. I don’t really know what selection means but if it’s the selection of who played what and where, that was excellent within this film. Overall this film was great and definitely earned the rating it had on Netflix. It was everything a good ol’ western would be!

First Photoblitz

This is my first photoblitz!

I had a lot of fun shooting these images. Some didn’t come out the way I would’ve liked, but I have to hone in my photography skills again. I uploaded the images to flickr. and then created a Haiku Deck account so the images would upload easily. My haiku deck I embedded would not work though so I had to embed it via Twitter.

 

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I realize they are not all in order however my computer was running awfully slow but here is the list I used!

  • A perfect line. Make a photo of interesting vertical, horizontal, or diagonal lines.
  • Take a photograph of someone holding an old photo of themselves.
  • Your feet, show what kind of day you’re having
  • Someone else’s artwork in an interesting way to make it yours.
  • Make an image that represents hope.
  • Change perspective! Look up make a photo of what’s going on in the sky.
  • Toilets get little respect. Make an interesting photo of a toilet (keep it G rated).