About me 😀
Howdy! My name is Shane Cook and I attend Lake Travis High school as a freshman this year, 2014. I grew up in the rattle snake infested, blazing hot, culturally diverse land of Arizona. Being surrounded by all of that culture has had a major impact on my life. For example when I was about 4 years old my family decided to take a trip to Mexico as we occasionally do and on the drive back as we were crossing the boarder the boarder patrol guy stopped us as a routine check. As he was checking all of our passports, my little 4 year old self decides to spit out, “Hola!! Como estas policía señor?!” which is translated to “Hello!! How are you mister police man?!”. Speaking of traveling I have been to several countries which include the U.S (obviously), Mexico, Canada, the Bahamas, Italy, etc. The list goes on. I also have been to more than half of the states and gotten souvenirs to prove it.I have lived in Texas since I was almost 11 and have been happy living here ever since. With great ethnic background comes great ancestors (I feel like I ripped that off from Spiderman). I have direct linage to James Cook or he is more famously known, Captain Cook. Also I am also directly related to 2 sisters who decided to marry 2 brothers which eventually became pioneers to explore half of Arizona. To be more spatially correct, Prescott Valley and up to the boarder of Arizona and Utah.
Personally reading Maphead was a love/hate relationship for me which did not give me a chapter that truly spoke to me. Chapter 2 starts off with a fundamental question commonly asked by children, “Where am I?”. Children are all shaped and formed based on the environment that they are in and all have an imprint on the most impacting place, “Falling in love with places is just like falling in love with people: it can happen more than once, but never quite the first time.  Now lets go back to the question “Where am I?”. In order to truly know where you are one must develop what Jennings calls “Good spatial skills..” People that have these sets of abilities are more likely to be a dentist or an engineer because of this advanced spatial skill. A well known study on the brains of London taxi drivers that had passed a test of their knowledge of the streets compared to regular London residents. It had shown that as the cab drivers hippocampi (the brains temporal lobe which is the center of navigation) grew more and more the longer they spent working as a cab driver. Jennings decides to test this on his wife, Mindy. Her spatial skills rant so good…..”I can always ask her which way she thinks we should go at an intersection and then turn in the exact opposite direction.” His family had decided to visit some friends of theirs in Washington, D.C. As Mindy practices for about an hour she finally has the information down, so much that even Jennings looses direction and she teases him because she was correct.
Reading Maphead was truly insightful and was inspiring to me personally to become more “in-tune” with the world’s location and have better spatial skills. Jennings has helped me realize that the world is most definitely bigger than me and that I can understand my bearing (see what I did there 😉 ). I would recommend this book to any bookworms, map prodigies, or fact junkies. Basically my younger brother Logan but anyone else who fits that criteria. On a scale from 1 to 10 I would probably say 7 because the new vocabulary was a little frustrating to look up.