Monday, December 22, 2008

It's a Christmas Miracle

Well, sort of, it wasn't on Christmas and there may be some debate as to the miraculous nature of the event, but to me it was like a Christmas miracle. Here's the Story:

A few days back, I was coming home from vacation in Panama City, FL.  The airport there is pretty small, and we were sitting and waiting for our plane.  I started looking for a soda machine as I really wanted a Coke.  We found a machine and my brother-in-law was sad because he only had a dollar, and the machine cost was two.  So, I opened my wallet and found four one dollar bills.  I let him have one, leaving me with three.  Plenty for a Coke of my own.

Then I had the thought, "I wonder if my wife would like a drink."  So I asked her.  I was sad to discover that she did indeed want a Diet Coke.  Having only 3 dollars and each soda costing 2 it was looking as though a Coke would be out of my reach.

I purchased my wife her Diet Coke. Then I looked in my wallet, and there were TWO dollars in it.  Extremely confused as to where this extra dollar came from, I purchased my Coke and thirsted no more. 

Now, maybe I counted wrong.  But, that's not what matters.  The happiness it brought to me upon discovering that I was indeed going to get the Coke that I so desired was a miracle to me.  Kinda lame I know.  But it had been a hard few days, and it was just something that made me so happy, I had to share with my 2 blog readers.

I'm going to start putting what I'm currently listening to on the bottom of my entries.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Bad News

In this world of trepidation
Trapped by my imagination
Fearing the aftermath of
A single piece of news

Do we really understand
The entire implication
The sugarless necessity
Of the one I truly love

Above anyone else
I fear my best friend
What she can do to me
With a simple smile

Or the pain I feel
Knowing she's in pain
The immense hurt
Knowing she is hurting

I cry like a baby
But only on the inside
Outside I am cold
Emotionless and mean

A pathetic attempt to hide
Hide from the thoughts
That betray my every wish
Crushing my every desire

Lord I pray to you for help
I'm lost in my self pity
Hoist me out quickly
As you've done in the past

Protect my love this day
From the ills and woes of life
If not forever
Then at least for a moment

Grant peace and comfort
Deliver happiness and joy
Carry her to where
I am too weak take her myself

I may try
But I'm not enough
Be for her
All I cannot

Thursday, November 06, 2008

I guess our president elect is a bigot

It's no surprise that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was all for Proposition 8 in California.  What is a surprise it the huge amount of backlash they've received for saying the same thing they've said for years.  The stupidity of people knows no bounds. 

There are somewhere in the area of 750,000 members of the LDS church in California, but as of 2006, there were 36,457,549 people in the state of California.  That means the LDS populous make up around 2% of the population. 5,376,424 people voted for Proposition 8.  Now if half the people who are LDS in California are eligible to vote and did vote, and did vote for the proposition, that's still only 375,000 votes.  It lost by over 500,000 votes.  So there were 5 million non LDS people who voted for your Proposition.  In other words, it's not all the Mormons' fault. Marching outside Mormon Temples just makes you look ignorant, so knock it off.

The fact is the majority of the country is still against the idea of same sex marriage.  Even everyone's hero Obama was quoted as saying the following: "I'm a Christian. And so, although I try not to have my religious beliefs dominate or determine my political views on this issue, I do believe that tradition, and my religious beliefs say that marriage is something sanctified between a man and a woman."  This is also the second time in 10 years that this has been voted on in California, and the results were the same.  So, find someone else to blame.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Moderate = 1/2 Liberal, 1/2 Socialist

My opinion of our next president?  There have been few times in my life that I've ever been able to say these words, I hope and pray that I am 100% wrong.

Monday, November 03, 2008

The Sad Pumpkin

Every year, I carve a pumpkin for Halloween.  I do a pretty good job and usually take between 3 and 5 hours to do it.  Well my pumpkin this year didn't quite work out for me. 

Here's the story.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

If I may be allowed a mental moment. Err sentimental, I meant sentimental.

I was walking to work the other day and passed this sign in someone's front yard.

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It actually made me stop and take a picture.  I thought it was one of the nicest, sweetest things I'd seen in my life.  I still smile when I think about it.  Call me a sentimental fool if you will.

I then started to think about the luck I've had in finding my perfect other half.  I hurt when I'm not with her.  Her touch is the reason I continue.  I am useless without her.  She is my best friend, the keeper of my heart, the tabbard of my soul.  She is with me in some form wherever I may go.  I am hers.  And I always will be.  I love you, my wife.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Gas prices are down, ridership is up, but we still want more money!!!

I have a love hate relationship with UTA.  I love not having to drive to work.  I love the high seat backs and partially reclining chairs on the express bus.  And I love being able to do anything I want during my commute time rather than just sitting there if I were driving.  But, the way they treat their patrons is deplorable, the way they've organized their stops for the Express Buses and trains is ridiculous, and their Park and Rides don't have anywhere near the necessary amount of parking space.

Here's the latest in their Park and Ride blunders.  I got to my stop, and got off the bus the other day only to see two Transit Police Officers arguing with angry people.  The reason:  

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That's right, they'd ticketed every single person in the lot who was not parked in a stall.

Now at first glance this may seem like a "well they shouldn't have parked there" situation, but, where else are they supposed to park?  The lot is extremely small, especially when you compare it to the temporary lot that they were using before that many had become accustomed to. Plus, take a look at this photo:

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There are no painted curbs, no signs, nothing to tell these people that they shouldn't be parking there.  The really really sad thing is that there is really no other way to get to this Park and Ride lot than drive.  It's next to the freeway between an overpass and a mill.  No one lives within a quarter mile of this thing.  There are no busses other than the express busses that stop here, so busing to the stop is completely out of the question (hence my calling the stops ridiculous).  I just don't understand what they expect people to do instead.  But I'll tell you one thing, I've never been happier that I walk to the bus stop, even if it is pretty far away (about 1.5m).

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

You tried your best, and you failed miserably. So the lesson is...never try.

I've been taking piano lessons for about 9 months now, and I tell you what...the level that I want to play at might be a little bit loftier than I once imagined. To give you an example, the video below is of one of my very favorite classical piano pieces, and I want to be able to play it as well as this guy plays it.




I want to be able to play this song so extremely and horribly badly that it hurts me to think that it's going to take me 5-10 years before I'm able to get anywhere near to that level. So, inspite of myself, sometimes I wonder, as I'm struggling through songs that kids half my age are playing with ease, if it's all worth it. Then I just listen to Rachmaninov whisper into my ear through the power of that song once again, and it gives me new found inspiration and gusto.

One complaint I do have though, why is it that most classical pieces aren't given real names? It seems like in order to identify a classical piece, you have to know the dewey decimal system or something. For example, the song above is called Prelude Op.23 No.5 in G Minor. What the heck does that mean? I'm sure there's a very good reason why they're named like they are, but I think Beethoven got it right. Moonlight Sonata...Fur Elise, everyone knows these names. You tell people "I want to play Rachmaninov's Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G Minor" and unless they are real classical music buffs, they'd probably just stare at you. But hopefully someday I'll be saying "I'm now going to play Rachmaninov's Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G Minor." On that day, I hope to be able to make this song as unforgettable for someone else as it is for me.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Some candles should remain hidden under a bushel

My wife and I are big fans of Josh Groban.  I myself really enjoy singing so to hear someone sing as well as him makes me happy and I also can understand how difficult it can be to sing at the level that he does.  I consider him to be one of the most talented male vocalists in the world.  So naturally I was kind of excited to see him perform on the Emmy awards.  That was actually one of the only reasons I was watching the show.  Unfortunately, he didn't perform one of his amazing ballads or anything of the type.  Instead, he sang a medley of TV theme songs which I thought was a horrible horrible waste of his talent.  What do you think???


This is him singing with Sarah Brightman...one of my favorite duets ever.

 

This is him singing at the Emmys...one of my most detested performances ever.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Who would you pick from the cream of the crap?

It's September 11th today.  Seven years ago terrorists pulled off the worst attack in the history of this once great nation for reasons that most people don't understand.  Has the world gotten better since?  Debatable. Are we safer now? Probably not.  But, is it a whole heck of a lot more inconvenient and expensive to travel?  Oh yes. Well at least something changed right?

As I sit and think about the events of that day and what has happened in this country since, I can't help but feel a sense of great fear for what is to come.  The world has moved from black and white to this giant gray blob where no one seems to know the difference between right and wrong anymore.

Now we are moving into a new era with a new "leader" to vote for,  and once again, rather than giving us worthwhile choices, we are having to pull our hair out to decide who would be worse, and to vote against, rather than who would be better, and to vote for. 

Now, I mostly try to stay away from politics and things that will upset people in my blog (because it's supposed to be about things that piss me off), but I'm so tired of our two current candidates picking on each other instead of tackling what matters.  Trying to make the other candidate look worse does not make you look better.  How about showing us why we should vote for you rather than why we shouldn't vote for the other guy?  Novel concept I know, but seriously, this has gone past stupid and into ridiculous.  Can't we get past "lipstick" and "he's just like Bush" and into something important?  Don't tell me anymore why the other guy will fail, tell me why you will succeed and how you'll make this country better.  Isn't that what we all want...to better our nation?  If not, then maybe we're getting what we deserve.  A crappy leader for a crappy country.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

A moment lasts all of a second, but the memory lives on forever.

1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember!

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you. If you don't want to play on your blog, or if you don't have a blog, I'll leave my memory of you in my comments. EVERYBODY PLAY! I want to see what memories are out there!

Thanks!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Seagulls Save The Day Again

On my way to work this morning, I was expecting to see either thousands of bugs, like yesterday, or thousands of bug corpses.  To my great surprise, neither bugs nor corpses were anywhere to be found.

I was completely dumbfounded.  Where could they have all gone?  It didn't look as though they had scrubbed the parking lot or anything like that.  Maybe they flew away? But what about all the squished ones I saw yesterday.  Surely there must be some of them around right?  Nope. None.

Then I saw the culprits.  Seagulls fighting over whatever scraps of whatever was left of my green friends.  I was actually kind of relieved.  I didn't know what seeing all them bugs meant.  I was kind of worried about my garden and farmers crops and such.  But, just as the seagulls did when the first pioneers arrived in Utah, they again completely take care of the problem.  So even though they are barely better than flying rats, here's to you seagulls.  Stay hungry!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Bugs!!!

I was walking to the bus stop today like I do everyday, but when I crossed the parking lot of the local supermarket I came across this:
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That's right, thousands and thousands, maybe even millions of little green bugs.  I've tried to look them up on the Web to figure out what they are, but to no avail. The closest I could get was that I believe they are the Order Hemiptera and Family Pentatomidae, but that's the best I could do. Either way, they're related to the stinkbug, and that's not a good thing for local crops if there are this many hanging around. And now I can't get that Pearl Jam song out of my head.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Stupid inanimate silicone chip

My computer that has run flawlessly for 3 years died over the weekend.  Not because it was it's time or anything, but because of something stupid that I did, which makes it extra crappy. 

It's been a long while since I was building computers.  I'm used to processors that look something like this:


You see that little chip in the middle used to be all that touched the heat sink.  But now they look like this:
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All that surface area plus the thermal grease for proper cooling create quite the suction.  So unbeknownst to me, the CPU came out of the socket and was stuck to the heat sink, which it isn't supposed to do.  Unfortunately, the heat sink slipped out of my fingers and landed on the CPU, bending 3 of the pins.  I tried to bend them back, but to no avail. 

Now, because the computer is so old, I'm probably going to have to upgrade everything.  So I guess there is a silver lining.  I'll be getting a better computer.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Some family Pictures

Here are a few photos of my family.

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Piano Hero

A few months back I bought the game Guitar Hero 3 for my Xbox 360. This is a great game, but its steps between difficulties are a little too high for me. I’ve beat the game on easy and medium, but I’ve only been able to complete a few songs on hard.

I started practicing, so that I could get better, which started to bother me, because I don’t want to have to sit and practice in a game, because it really is no fun. Also I got tired of playing the same songs over and over again. I then decided that rather than spend my time doing this, I would take up the piano.

Now if you know me well, you know that I love the piano. It is by far my favorite instrument. We only had a 61 key keyboard growing up that was pretty much a pain to access, so I never took the time to learn to play. I mean I probably could have learned on it, but I didn’t. So now, I’m taking lessons from a friend and former colleague of mine named Zak.

The unfortunate thing is that I still only have a 61 key Casio to learn on, so every time I have a lesson, when I play on a piano with actual weighted keys and a full keyboard, my fingers get tired. After a few weeks of looking on ksl.com for a cheap piano to buy, I’ve decided to go for a digital one. And after obsessing for many weeks now, I’ve decided I want this one, the Yamaha YPG-625.

This keyboard is awesome. It has a full weighted keyboard, and it actually sounds like a piano. It’s got tons and tons of features, including usb connectivity and you can plug a thumb drive into it to record your own songs etc. It’s won a few awards and has had great reviews. So now I’m just waiting till tax return time, then I’ll be getting a nice new piano-ish keyboard. Yee ha. Hit the link above to read all about its features.