Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
That may look like a puddle, but it was a stream. I think I found the deepest part of that "puddle" as I was crossing through it. I could hear my tail pipe gurgling. Water was up to my knees. I was so worried about falling over because I had my camera on my back. After surviving that puddle I found another one just down the road about another 1/4 mile. I think next time I'll take that left in Albuquerque.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Trolley Square has one of my favorite places to eat a summer lunch. I don't know how many thousands of lunches Jamie Gull and I ate there at Desert Edge Brewery. I loved eating outside there on the balcony pictured above.
Over the years I loved eating there; when I went to school at the U, worked for Airtouch, worked for 3com, and (finally when I could afford to eat lunch out) Schering Plough. When I worked at 3com, whenever it was someones last day I swear we ate there every time.
I loved it because most times you could walk right in and sit down. There really wasn't a bad seat in the house inside or outside. I think they have the best Ruben in the state, and certainly the best Ruben I've ever had. Easy to get to. Parking, I remember that could be a pain, but well worth it.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
CNN Article about his announcement.
Last week here in Northern California two popular radio shows each ran a segment during their shows asking the public like if they would vote for a Mormon. The radio hosts tried very hard to be patient. I think after a while they got wore down by the nuttiness.
The first show I laughed at most of the callers. The second show I got wore down and called in as the last caller. A ton of nut jobs called the show with some crazy reasons why they wouldn't vote for a Mormon: "We can't go in their temples." "They don't believe in Grace, they think they can save themselves." "It says in their Book of Mormon that they can do anything they want to a gentile." "They follow a prophet so if a president was elected he would follow him and not the law."
It was funny to me. 99% of what people stated about Mormons were absolutely false. With the one exception of "We can't go in their temples". To which I say that isn't even necessarily so. It's easier to get in a LDS temple than to get in a lot of other buildings on this planet. Those guys out there in white shirts, ties, and name tags are inviting people everyday. If you really want to go in so badly (which I'm sure you do not, so I don't know why that bothers you so badly) get baptised and go.
The rest of the reasons were as I said very strange, and I have no idea why that would figure into why you would vote for a person or not. Not to mention they were most often wrong. Regardless, they are real issues for people out there even if I think they are bigoted.
One of the things Mitt is getting grief for is his stance on abortion. Which I don't think most people understand his stance. I know I don't. I think in Mass. he said he wouldn't do anything to change the current law. On a national platform I think he has stated he is Anti-Abortion. People call that a flip flop. I don't.
Latter Day Saints generally believe abortion acceptable is limited circumstances. Health of mother, rape, incest, etc. However, that being said I know many Mormons who are anti abortion, but believe in a woman's right to choose. It really is not a black and white issue for Latter Day Saints the way it is viewed nationally. That's why I don't call it a flip flop. Most Latter Day Saints believe in a individual adults right to choose anything he or she wants, however if it affects the overall population in a negative fashion (IE. pornography, gambling) they tend to be pretty hard line against it.
Me, the issue use to be very black and white when I was young. The older I get the more gray I see all over life. However, not too many of my views have changed. I just see things a little more softly if that makes any sense at all. I tend to think in terms of what is going to bring about the most Joy in life. Not nessesary what is easiest, or makes people happy right now, but in the long run what brings about the most joy. That is very hard to see at times in all issues. Very hard.
Friday, February 09, 2007
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
I was talking to a friend in the entry way of the house, she had dropped in to pick up her daughter. She and I were chatting about something when was walking by Hannah started in with:
"Dad....Dad.....Dad....(I give her the pointer finger impling "give us a second")"
She continues "Dad....Dad....Dad....( I once again give her the "ONE SECOND SIGN)
She Persists in an odd soft tone Dad....Daaad......Daaaad. "Hannah hold it!"
I continue chatting she says even more softly Daaaaaaad.....Daaaaaaad....Daaaaad.... I tell our friend "I'm sorry YES?" She say's "XYZ"
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Sunday, February 04, 2007
1) Mountain fun literally minutes away. (Skiing, Biking, Hiking, Snowmobiling whatever my vice)
2) Safe down town. Downtown SLC at 2am is safer than most cities at noon. Don't get me wrong there is scum in SLC, but somehow most of it is outside of down town.
3) The Utah Jazz a short walk, or free Light rail ride away.
4) U of U football and basketball a 5 minute light rail ride away.
5) Temple Square a Block or two away.
6) Shopping, Restaurants, Art, and Music and a thousand other things to do.
I saw this article about the City Creek development. If I were to move back to Utah I'd be putting in a strong argument for this development. I think the kids would love it.
Saturday, February 03, 2007
I remember moving to the Central Valley and loving the idea of no more cold snowy driving days. However everyone told me about the horrible fog. "It will be so thick at times that it will make me misserable."
Well I still enjoy the fog. Call me crazy, but you don't have to shovel fog. After you don't shovel it, you don't have to once again go out and shovel it a second time. You don't have to put salt on it. You won't slide off the road into a pile of fog. It doesn't keep you inside because it's fogging like crazy right now. It's really kind of nice stuff. Not to mention it burned off by 9am today, and it heated up to 65 degrees.
The only draw back is that you do have to slow down when driving in it, and others may not slow down when driving in it.
Suzi went to Utah to see Aunt Annie's brand spanking new baby leaving me and the kids instructions for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Georgia is my Administrative Assistant, reminding me of the many appointments, rules, and chores that are to be completed/ enforced.
For example, Dad don't forget to take a treat to Sam's Soccer game. Dad everyone needs to brush their teeth. Dad we are suppose to pick up Patrick after Sam's game at Rick and Julie's. Dad you need to feed us. Dad don't talk with food in your mouth. Dad we need to get ready for bed. Dad don't change lanes like that. Dad go the speed limit (I don't think those last two were on the list).
Who needs a list when you have Georgia.