Administrator of Upper Canada, Isaac Brock
October 12th, 1812
Irving and William Brock
Dear brothers, I write this letter to you as I fear these moments may be the last I have for some time. The Americans still attempt to take our land here in Upper Canada however the men fighting on my side have proven to be strong, stoic. Many fresh faced settlers have taken up arms and joined the ranks as we march towards fight after fight, let me tell you their faces don’t look so fresh anymore. I wont bore you with battle tactics, (partially for risk of the enemy getting hold of this letter once it’s out of my hands) but I will tell you that my soldiers and I have a fight in front of us. It has been some time since the Americans have attacked us, some time since Prevost ruined my plans to bring the fight to American Soil and I know it’s only a matter of time before this standstill I see ourselves in ends.
Currently my men and I rest at Queenston Heights. Our defenses are weakest here and I can only assume the enemy has been made aware of this. It is only a matter of time before they attempt to take Queenston, only a matter of time before they find a way across the Niagra River; I just hope that when they do, their forces are not veterans, as very few of mine are.
We may outnumber them, even outgun them but when it comes to experience it seems we are nearly evenly matched. The only aspect that may, just may give us an edge is our voice. Over time we’ve built a strong defense, we being the whole of Upper Canada. Fur traders, settlers, explorers, we’ve even managed to work alongside a few native Indians. I spoke of one in my earlier letters, Tecumseh but I wish to change my opinion on him now. It has been some time since I’ve seen him, but I can still remember the first words he spoke to me. “This is a man.” Before I thought as my commanders thought: that he was simply a means to an end, but now I see it differently. In a strange way I’m almost honoured to have fought alongside him. I just wish he got what he deserved.
Time is drawing short, for I too should get rest on this night, but a few more words should do little harm. I know it’s been some time since we’ve seen each others faces, and I can’t help but think it’ll be some time more before that chance arises again. Upper Canada and it’s diversely populated defense force needs me. While my home may no longer be with you, overseas, I still miss what we had there, I still miss you. Treat each other well in my absence, and remember the Americans might draw first blood, but they wont draw last.
With love, your brother: Isaac Brock.
So I’m sure a lot of you have heard of this rather dapper looking man, or at the very least have heard the name Harry Houdini, but I feel like when it really comes to this persons life, not many really know a whole lot. I’m going to go right on ahead and just skip past the whole ’eminent came too quickly’ and the similar ’eminent already?’ parts of my posts to get right into the cold hard facts.
Houdini isn’t actually his real name, his real name is Erik Weisz and if you want to be really technical about it, he was never actually a true magician. He was an escape artist, with great amounts of ties to stage magic, both because of those tricks he used to fill time before his escape finales, and because of his clever talent when it came to exposing tricks of magicians of his time. More about him, he’s originally from Budapest, Hungary. He did a lot more than just magic, in fact he was actually a writer, who wrote the odd fiction novel, and a large number of books/articles that targeted his direct entertainment competition. He also, in his later years bought a movie producing company.
As for why I chose Houdini as my eminent person this year? Well, I have more than a few reasons. The first, and probably the biggest is the fact that later on this year, I plan to do magic for the In-Depth project (assuming of course I can find a mentor) so I figured it wouldn’t be terrible to introduce myself to the vast realm as early as I possibly could.
I also find that Houdini was really able to not only set his mind on his goals, but to be an excellent multi-tasker, both in life as an overall aspect, and in smaller, more specific situations as well. I feel like I as a person could greatly benefit from building both those aspects in myself.
I know personally from last year that eminent can be a pretty daunting task, and although I’m currently still looking at the project like this
I’m hopeful that this year I’ll not only be more motivated to do well in eminent, but that I’ll actually be able to properly manage my time, in order to do it all according to due dates as well (unlike last year, and unlike this post). SO I know I’m not exactly off to a great start with this particular project, but I still really have to say, I’m looking forward to Night of the Notables this year. Breaking out of handcuffs, on stage, in front of a bunch of alumni, teachers, and parents, while doing a speech? Sounds fun….
In closing, I have a lot of work coming up with this project, and I know that but I’m still looking forward to it all. I feel like I had a decent eminent person last year, but I definitely can already tell I’m going to be more fond of Mr. Houdini here. Maybe that’ll be all it takes to actually keep me on task. Either way, and no matter what happens from here on out the TALONS Eminent project has finally begun and I feel like that’s something to cheer about.
Now, lets get to work.