A.) Dave Marsh uses characterization of his house and surrounding neighborhood to get us a real life picture of what it is like to live next to a major car factory that puffs out thick black smoke from large smokestacks, or the "rust-red dust collected on our windowsills". He also uses characterization of the business man who approached his house to let his family know that GM had bought all of the surrounding neighborhood. He mentions how his father grew up on a farm and like everyone else, worked in the factories to make their money, so it was strange to see a man wearing a suit and tie in Pontiac, Michigan. to me, his writing was most engaging at the beginning when he is giving us the setting and a little background of the town he lives in. "Pontiac was a company town, nothing less. General motors owned most of the land, and in one way or another held mortgages on the rest." this leads right into why I found the characterization of the business man so important. It gives us the reader a clue as to how little power the people had with the factories being so close and living on land they owned.
B.) logic, a young and famous hip-hop/ rap star actually called me on my cell phone at about 1:30am. he had just released his freshman album and tweeted that if you emailed him a copy of your receipt and your phone number, he would call you. He did just that. logic's story goes from section 8 in west deer park, Maryland to fame and multiple houses in the hills. I had watched this come up ever since i was in 7th grade, and always admired his work ethic and passion to make a better life for himself and the people closest to him. I used this story when i was at my lowest lows and my highest highs. his story made me feel like I could do anything if I put my nose to the grindstone. i told him almost every single time his story became a huge impact on my life. I still remember exactly what he told me "Nick, i know you have probably heard this 100 times, but you can truly do anything you want to. everyone is special in their own way." He left me with one short but powerful message. "I want you to remember this for me. How can the sky be the limit when there are footprints on the moon" and he wished me good luck, and said goodnight. To this day I use what he said to me as fuel for the fire that keeps me doing my absolute best at everything a attempt.