Kareem's Memoir & Bio

1981

Welcome to Washington State 
Even after the excitement of the eruption of Mount St. Helens, my family decided to move to the state of Washington. Our house was a cute, little, single-storied yellow home located in the city of Grandview, My houseWashington. Not only was Washington known for its Golden Delicious but our town was located in the Yakima Valley which yields one of the largest grape wine production industries. A dirt covered road and an irrigation canal separated our backyard from an apple orchard. We also had a stunning view Mt Adamsof two snow-capped peaks of the Cascades, Mount Adams and occasionally Mount Rainier. On clear mornings, their white boldness stood out against the crisp, blue sky. I could also recall some evenings, when the setting sun cast a rosy hue on these volcanic cones, making them look very much like a scoop of strawberry ice cream.

Watchamacallit candy bar entered its fourth year and while I didn't eat a lot of candy, this candy bar was certainly one of my favorites! I remember the commercial well.

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Walking to school 
We lived a few blocks from the local elementary school and a farm. As my sister and I walked to school, we would pass by a farm. This farm fit every sense of the classic farm scene: a red barn with huge barn doors, huge bales of hay, bulls, chickens, roosters, horses, and a tractor. All that time, we had passed by that place and never saw any people there.

One morning when my sister Alexis and I were walking past the barn on our way to school, we unexpectedly ran into Saint Bernard dog. Both of us froze in fear. We couldn't figure out how to get past the dog and continue on to scCujohool. It seemed to block our only path to our school which was just a block away. Both us had visions of scenes from the Stephen King movie Cujo.

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This was Cujo in our midst. It was drooling and appeared disoriented just like the rabid Saint Bernard in the movie. We stood in place as it just seemed to pace around us. But before long, it became very obvious that it was not being aggressive at all. It was just tired and wanted someone to pet it. We became less terrified and eventually began to pet it. Then just as quickly as it showed up, it turned around and continued on its way. So, we continued on our way, feeling relieved that we weren't going to become Cujo food.

Here chick, chick..
One afternoon, I was walking home from school and decided to stop by the farm. Normally, I would pass by but today was different because of something I saw. There, on the ground, at the base of a section of fence Roosterwas a group of little fluffy chicks. They weren't scurrying in any type of hurry, which was in my favor. I thought for a second, that I could actually go and pet at least one of the little chicks. I certainly couldn't resist trying. I tiptoed slowly toward the fence where they were gathered and got down on my hands and knees. I was only a few feet from them but unfortunately most of them made a dash through a hole at the bottom of the fence. A few chicks were not fast enough allowing me within just a few inches of being able to touch them. Suddenly, my peripheral view caught movement of an image from just behind me. It let out a loud shrill and came charging directly toward me. It was a ticked off rooster! I panicked and tried to run away but fell. As I scrambled on the ground, I quickly crawled to standing position and jumped to a sprint. I ran straight home, never looking back.

Fishing 
I went fishing with my grandpa almost everyday. I enjoyed "worming" the hook to catch Bluegills and Crappie. I love fish.

Snow! 
While I was in school, I experienced my first snowfall. It happened when I was standing on the playground. For the few minutes that it snowed, I was truly bewildered by the snowflakes. When they landed on my black jacket, the snow looked very much like the white down of feathers. I was truly fascinated by watching the snow falling. When I wiped the snow off my jacket, it would virtually disappear as it quickly melted by my wiping hand. The flakes just floated effortlessly in the air.

More TV! abc friday night movie
My sister and I enjoyed watching televsion. A couple of our favorite shows included Solid Gold

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and Different Strokes. My mother and the rest of us would watch Hill Street Blues on the weekend because it was more of a serious nature kind of show. Channel 2, our local TV station also continued to air children-friendly shows. On Friday nights, ABC would feature a special movie such as The Wiz, Arthur, or Jaws on something called The ABC Friday Night Movie. Here's the memorable ABC Friday Night Movie Theme

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President Reagan shot 
It was an overcast day while I was in school; it was March 30. I was in the halls, walking back to class from Reagan shotthe main office. I noticed that nearly every classroom had a portable radio or television playing loudly. Something had happened. Something was not right. When I arrived in the class, the teacher had the students sit down at their desks. Just then, the principal made an announcement over the intercom that President Ronald Reagan had been shot. Teachers looked stunned and upset from what had happened. Later that evening and for weeks, we watched the video of President Reagan walking and waving as gunfire suddenly erupted. Reagan was shoved into his

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limousine. We saw this video clip over and over again. Later it was learned that Reagan was indeed shot and the round had apparently stopped just inches away from his heart.

 
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