Thursday, June 26, 2008
2. 2001 - Mini-Disc player - While I was on a mission I had a cd player which I used to listen to music. I was soon introduced to the advanced technology in Japan. It was as easier to record and share music on a mini-disc player than on a tape recorder, but you had the quality and ease of use that came with a cd player. I used this for the last year of the mission and for four years after I returned home. It was great until it was eventually made obsolete. It became such a pain to find discs, and the battery, though rechargeable, was on its last leg. I sold it on e-bay to someone in Europe who paid me 75% of what I originally paid for it.
3. 2002 - I thought I had a picture of my Toyota Tercel, the first car I ever owned. Even though buying a car doesn't really seam like a toy keep in mind that at the time I lived in Ephraim and I didn't really need a car I walked just about everywhere but the grocery store and Denny's. It was a great little car which on rare occasions I regret that I sold it, but it was a little small for me. I always felt cramped in the drivers seat and it seemed to hurt my lower back. I sold it to a guy from Brazil whom I worked with at the time and he sold it to a Hispanic guy named Felix when he returned to Brazil who still drives it to this day.
I used to drive the Tercel camping, hiking, and exploring. In fact that Tercel probably was probably driven on dirt almost as much as it was driven on paved roads.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
2000 Back Pack
2001 Sony Mini-disc player
2002 Toyota Tercel 1993
2003 Phillips 12 C.D. changer
2004 Jamis Dakar 2003
2005 Mazda 626 2002
2006 Optoma HD70 Projector
2007 Jamis XAM 1.0 2007
2008 Yamaha V-Star 2002
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
A previous roommate of mine was an avid disc golfer but he also had many things in common with hippies not drugs or smoking but he liked drum circles (which can be cool), slack-lining, tie-dye shirts, man-capries made from pants with a pair of scissors, and a few other things that I won't bore you with, but you get the picture.
So I get to a disc golf course, which I was a little surprised even existed, only to see numerous people everywhere at this course. There was a small line to start playing, an most people I saw had form. Imagine a golfer getting ready to tee off. He lines up, makes sure his grip is good, sets his feet, takes a few practice swings, (accurate??) and then is ready to swing. I was, I dare say, flabbergasted. I thought to myself, "self, I know how to throw a frisbee, so whats the big deal, why don't these hippies just throw the thing already and get on with it?" I later concluded that most of them are much better than I and their approach to the game just may give them an edge on me. The course was actually quite scenic as we walked through trees and crossed a river that winds it way through and on the side of several fairways and pins. On the first outing I was fortunate not to have a disc land in the water, however, my friend was as fortunate. When water has a current its a good thing that the discs sink and sit in the water just about where they landed.
After a solid 18 holes or pins of disc golf I found that unbeknownst to me, I had enjoyed myself the entire time and I had not spent one cent unless you calculate the cost of fuel consumption into the cost of an activity. Still gas prices on the rise or not relatively free.
So my friend and I have been disc golfing a couple of times a week and everything seemed free to me until one day... I was standing on the tee of the 7th pin, to reach the fairway you have send your disc across the river; the path to the fairway is somewhat narrow due to trees that line the river. This isn't a big river, about 20 or 30 feet wide and about 3 feet deep. The last time we had played my friend hit a tree and his disc dropped to the river bottom, so he had to get a little wet, nothing bad. I stood there and realized that my friend was to throw first. I a jestful manner I advised him to miss the tree on his opening drive; which advise he took to heart and his disc landed safely on the fairway. I, overly confident in my frisbee skills, made threw my disc and watched it smack the very tree I advised my friend to avoid. I began to laugh at myself due to the obvious irony of the situation, when a bystander waiting at another nearby tee informed me that my disc had not sunk but landed flat in the water and was about to head through some rapids on the other side of a bridge. I didn't quite understand him until I saw my disc disappear into roar of white water never to be seen again. That is not to say I didn't look cause I did. Like an lady who doesn't want to get her pant legs wet while wading in shallow water I entered the edge of the fast moving water with my shorts hiked to an upper region of my sun lacking thighs and without success searched aimlessly in the water for a disc i shall never see again.
Since I lost that disc there have been a couple of close calls on other discs being whisked away in the river but we have been more attentive and acted a little faster and have been able to prevent other losses until a couple of days ago, my friend was throwing at the pin from about 50 feet, over shot the pin and lost another disc in the water.
Long story short, disc golf is free once you have your discs and as long as you don't loose your discs in water hazards or in deep weeds.
Now I really enjoy disc golf, I don't think I look as crazy as most of the people who play, but perhaps with time I too can let my inner hippie out.
Friday, April 18, 2008
I for one have been actively into mt biking for going on three years now and this was my first trip to Moab. In past years I have unsuccessfully tried to get a friend or two to journey to mt bike Mecca with me. A group of people had planned a trip to Moab and I jumped at my chance to enjoy the world famous "red rock."
In order to obtain maximum enjoyment I knew it was important to get another person to go riding with me. I contacted all of my mt biking friends and all of them wanted to come, but for one reason or another were unable to make it. As I had done in the past when I had no one to ride with I decided it was necessary to introduce another person to a hobby I have come to love. Since I live with John he was an easy target and I new he felt bad for me on account that I was so excited to bike and as of yet no one was willing to join me. As you can tell from the picture John did mt bike with me in Moab.
Even though I had never ridden the infamous "Slick Rock" trail I have heard many tales from those who have. I new it tried even the best of riders and I chose not to disclose this to John. We embarked on the trail and things were a little rough to start out with. John was rediscovering how to ride a bike on a some what unforgiving surface of jagged red rock. As we climbed on hill after another and weaved from ridge to ridge I began to feel a great amount of satisfaction. Not only had the two of us ridden where several Moab patrons only reach on motorized vehicles, but John had expressed on more than one occasion that he couldn't believe how much fun he was having despite feeling physical fatigue and saddle sore.
We had reached the just over the half-way point of the trail and we actually started to pick of the pace. The adventurer within John had begun to push fear aside and he began to let go of the brake lever. We covered 3 or 4 miles in a fraction of the time it initially took us to cover the same territory.
As we sat on top of the highest ridge the only signs of civilization you could see were jeeps and off in the distance doing there thing. As we made our way back to the trail head we stopped a few times to enjoy some fine pieces of machinery climbing what seemed impossible terrain. We didn't see any jeeps roll, but I think I saw a couple of truck bumpers destroyed in the vast red rock back country.
We rode on Friday and a little bit on Saturday and then we drove from Moab to Logan to attend a concert featuring MxPx. This concert was amazing. I tried to take a picture with my phone and it turned out to be nothing but a blur with a streak or two of light in it. At some point during the concert I got lost in the moment and the hour plus of intense concert happenings seamed to end in a matter of minutes.
Although I don't have a picture to prove it on two separate occasions, I'm not even sure how it happened, the lead signer and I pounded fists! Both times, it seems, right before and after I was kicked in head by an innocent body surfer.
The Weekend of Wonderment ended with a night at Angie's restaurant in Logan and I consumed four large glasses of water and a Belgian waffle smothered in strawberries and whipped cream.
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
I had never seen this guy before, but apparently he's pretty popular and is a doctor on Grey's Anatomy. I haven't heard his voice, but I guess my only concern is can he do comedy and action? It would be imperative that he be entertaining and capable of performing the majority of the stunts I have personally accomplished. Also, it's important that he look good with a mustache, cause I know I do.
Before I received the face shot of Eric Dane I had enlisted the help of friend who is more Hollywood savvy than I and he suggested Chris Evans. Personally I don't know if it would really matter and the only reason I even have thought about it because a friend asked I was somewhat intrigued by his choice. Kind of interesting but that's about it.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
On the other hand it was a little harder to discern what kind of shape I was in. Since I stopped riding last October I have gained 5 or 10 lbs and was unable to find a proper winter substitute for my most difficult summer hobby. I decided I would go on a few bike rides around the neighborhood prior to my first off-road excursion of the year. After a week or so of neighborhood riding I would be ready to test my might. (an old mortal combat reference)
I was sitting at my desk at work unable to ignore the beautiful rays of sunshine that demanded my attention. I felt like a kid at school waiting for the end of the school day on a sunny Friday afternoon. I couldn't concentrate, for the better part of the last two hours of the work day I stared at my work unable to make sense of the numbers and graphs I was trying to analyze. It was useless, I was powerless with five minutes left work I ducked out a little early, feeling confident no one would notice. A side note, my boss was taking a sick day and I couldn't help but think of him basking in the sun with a smirk on his face knowing I was working while he was lounging.
I walked home quicker than usual and arrived home about ten minutes ahead of schedule. Upon entering the house I noticed my newly tuned bike, and I knew, I had to go for a ride, but a day suck as this required I go off the street and hit a dirt trail. Fearing my lack, or abundance, of shape may hinder the experience I opted for a shorter trail that was guaranteed to be free of snow.
I hit the trail and rode 3 miles in and 3 miles out. I fared better than expected and was giddy about being speckled with mud from head to toe as there were a couple of puddles that spanned the width of the trail. Upon completion a bit of the mud fell off the bike but if you look close you can see the remainder of the mud that was.
Currently in the area there are only a couple of ridable trails until the snow melts but I'll take what I can get.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
The night started out same as usual, casual greeting and meeting while partaking of delicious food from an old restaurant favorite that has a tendency to put everyone in a nostalgic state of mind. After a quick tell everybody what your doing now a days ect, ect, ect. We began to really get down to business. When I mean business I refer to people testing my memory of events in years past that may or may not have occurred. I consider myself to have a fairly decent memory, but when remembering happenings of 4-8 years ago the details tend to get a little fuzzy for me and I have a hard time believing others remember then so clearly. Many of things I had a vague recollection of or I did not remember at all. There were a few that I remembered clearly but the memories I chose to remember are completely different than that of my friends.
It made me wish that I had done a better job recording my own thoughts and perspectives on certain issues so I could have some hard facts on how things really were instead of just taking other people's word for the things that I did.
Could you imagine if you let other people write your life story for you on a day by day basis? Think about it. Would you trust them to be accurate without adding their own bias into the picture? More importantly would they be able to capture and accurately represent your view points and thoughts? What kind of person could you trust with that type of responsibility? Could you find people to show your true colors, whether sassy, sophisticated, suave, sarcastic, humorous, intelligent, stubborn, stupid, or just plain dazzling.
How different do you think your past might become if you had to take someone else's word, whether you could remember what really happened or not.
I guess it's kind of the same thing as being able to see how you look through other people's eyes. I guess if you got to be the guest scribe for someone else you might really get a chance to take a walk in their shoes.
As I visited with friends I was reminded of my past by several different people. Some tell stories better than other. Some, in my own opinion, tell more accurate accounts of what really happened than others. Some stories were funny and others were serious stories that make you grateful that you made it through.
All in all if your life had many different authors a bystander could probably really tell what kind of affect you had on different people at the same or different stages in your life. You could understand what areas of your life you could improve on.
Anyway, that's just a little something that I have thought about a little over the last couple of weeks. If you think about it, tt might just blow your mind, or make you wish you hadn't spent time reading this.
Sunday, March 02, 2008
This picture shows almost the entire field and the game between downs. Not pictured are the eccentric fans who came in attire reserved for true fans. Which includes their favorite players jersey, black and orange face paint, and orange hair dye. Kim was in charge of the camera so also not pictured are the Harley Davidson Blaze Dancers. I tip my hat to any person who chooses to who has that level of dedication to any sports team. The Blaze ended up loosing the game by one point and I think I saw I like face paint start to run on a couple of fanatic faces. I dared not point it out because any one of the aforementioned could have killed me without much effort.
In Arena football there are so many touchdowns that the excitement spawned by a touchdown quickly looses its flavor. If a team doesn't score at least 50 points they are pretty much guaranteed to loose.
To me Arena football is like real footballs little brother. The players are smaller and have changed a few of the rules. From a distance you may think the only difference is one is played outside while the other is played inside. However, you will quickly realize that even though the basic concepts are the same there are several noticeable differences.
In the future I may watch more Arena football, but I don't ever think it will entertain me to the same extent as real football.
Friday, February 29, 2008
I was quite surprised to say the least. I opened the box and there was on piece missing from the pizza, which was replaced by 3 still warm trademark Olive Garden bread sticks. It really was a beautiful site. If I was capable of tears I just might have shed a few.
Several times I have been patron the Olive Garden and experience quite a diverse selection of foods, but this is the first time I have ever even seen an Olive Garden pizza. If by chance you are a fan of the pizza food group as myself and have yet to experience an Olive Garden pizza I would definitely suggest you give it a try. I would not say it is the best pizza I've ever had, but it was one worth noting.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
As I did not have much time before I needed to leave for work I promptly set my anti-virus software to work. When I arrived home from work approximately 9 hours later the initial scan was not yet complete. It took 11 1/2 hours to scan my computer to locate all of the aforementioned problems. Once all the problems were located it software took 4 hours to remove the viruses. After over 15 hours of my computer running my anti-virus software was unable to remove 2 of the viruses and one of the worms.
I was at a total loss as to what to do. I computer savvy friend of mine told me it would be in my best interests if I just saved everything I could on an external hard drive and completely re-format my computer. So that is what I did. If you haven't ever done that before, it take about 8 to 10 hours to delete your hard drive and then another hour or two to load all your software and saved files back onto your computer.
So I spent the majority of my Friday and Saturday dealing with computer problems. I guess the bright side is that as far as I know there haven't been any e-mails sent from my accounts to people as a result of the viruses.
Friday, February 08, 2008
As a result I thought, maybe I'll start taking the stairs, then I found out that you need to have an access card to even enter the stair well because they don't want vagrants spending the night in the building. Which by the way happened a couple of times last week. Some guy was spending the night in the mens bathroom on the 17th floor. I don't think he was doing any harm, just a little hard on the nose and eyes from what I was told.
Long story short, you never know when the elevator your riding in could send you into a 6 story free fall and either give you a cool war story to tell or possibly cripple you or end your life.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Sometimes I find it somewhat hypnotic, why, I don't know. Once in while when the weather is pleasant I think it would be quite satisfying to do such work and in the future to be able to point to buildings and tell family and friends that I helped build that building. There are a few houses and restaurants in the Salt Lake area I have helped build or remodel but they are few in number.
I only have one window in my office but if look out the other direction I get view which includes most of the SLC Temple and most of Temple Square. It's a pretty good view, considering its my first full-time job out of college.
Sunday, February 03, 2008
For roughly the past year I have a owned a projector. I have not had a quality screen on which to watch the output of said projector. Since I was in college and dealing with mediocrity the norm I was content to project movies, sports, and other programming on a white wall, which produced a glare in the middle of the picture, or a white bed sheet pinned to a wall with thumb tacks.
Being a recent grad school graduate I decided it would be advantageous in upholding the esteem of my degree if I did not profess a bed sheet hung on the wall as a movie screen.
Since purchasing a manufactured screen from a store or off the internet would cost me money my greater judgment forbid me to spend I had to find another avenue. I decided I would revert to the natural instincts of man and build one from scratch with my own hands and sweat.
Notice saw below is worn and used and on the front there is a piece of metal wire that shouldn't really be there.
I started this journey by collecting some man tools: tape measure, stapler, circular saw, power drill, and a power sander. I took some measurements and when off to the 1 of 2 man emporiums; you may know it as The Home Depot. I do not necessarily prefer Home Depot over Lowe's, its just where I went.
I purchased 1x2 boards and the necessary brackets and quickly returned home. With my shirt off and my sweat glistening on my chest I cut 45 degree angles in the boards and proceeded to fasten them together with metal picture frame brackets.
Once I had the a good sized wooden frame put together it was time to try and find a material worthy of becoming the face of my home entertainment for years to come.
I asked the people at home depot if they had anything worth of the type of responsibility mentioned above. They told me I was crazy. I looked deep within myself and realized that this finished project was important to me, so swallowed my pride and lost a few man points and I went to a fabric store on my own looking to buy fabric. I had no idea what I was doing there or even what I was looking for let alone where in the store to look for it. Finally after talking to a person or two I decided on a piece of fabric I deemed adequate. I vacated the store as quickly as possible.
Once I had the screen home I took a stapler, whose use is mainly to staple insulation into walls of homes, and I began to fasten the screen to the wood frame I had previously constructed. After a good deal of time the screen was finished and all that was left was attaching it to the wall.
Now the screen is completed, attached to the wall and with 5.1 surround sound aiding the projector and the screen I am able to provide the Ultimate Home Cinematic Experience to others and myself. Watching movies with this set-up is almost as good as being in the theater.
Here is just a preview of what it looks like in action. The picture is of a TV commercial and is even more clear and crisp when watching movies or HDTV. It really is more spectacular in person, so anyone who wishes to share in the delight of the ultimate movie or TV viewing experience, feel free to give me a call or just come over. If there are any other developments I will let you know.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
After a life time of accepting what was provided for me I have finally taken the plunge and purchased the nicest bed I could ever hope to sleep on. I purchased a king size Bragada bed off of the internet. The Bragada web-site claims to have been in business longer and has the same memory foam as Tempurpedic, but happens to cost less.This bed is as wide as it is long. I still have yet to purchase a set of king size sheets due to a healthy dose of lazy. So for the time being I've placed a flat sheet down over the left portion of the bed and then use another flat bed sheet between myself and the blanket. I have been to the store a couple of times with the mission of getting some sheets. To this point I have been very disappointed with the local Wal-Mart.
I also became keenly aware that any blanket I possessed would be less than adequate to accompany my lavish king size commodity. Since it has been such a long time since I have bought a new blanket I decided to try and make the decision easier until and I asked my mom if she would make me a blanket for my bed. Little did I know that she would make me go to a fabric store and select fabric for said blanket. Did you know that roughly 80%-90% of fabrics in a fabric store have flowers on them? Who knew? After several minutes of aimlessly wandering through the isles and sifting through a myriad of flower patters I was able to find something that didn't have flowers and wasn't boring as my mother deemed most un-flower patterns. My wonderful mother has not yet finished this king size quilt yet, but it should be pretty sweet.
With this bed I sleep better at night in comfort like I have never thought possible. Memory foam took me a couple of days to get used to, but now I wonder how I ever lived without it.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
I live down town about 2 blocks north west of the conference center. Since I work down town at Zions I walk to work every day, sometimes twice a day due to forgetting to make a lunch or forgetting my wallet. It takes about 15 min for me to get to work, the best part is no matter what the weather and no matter how many people get in accidents my commute to work does not change. However, I will say that since its been below freezing just about everyday when I go to work that walking isn't always as nice as it may seem.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
I had something ripped away from me without any notice. One of my most prized possessions stolen leaves a pain that would be difficult to reproduce. For over a day now there has been a pit in my stomach, as well with a sense of longing. In the next year or so I was planning on replacing my current bike with a new one. I understood that the bond I have with my current bike would be broken at some point in time; but not now, not like this. That was an issue to be addressed in the distant future. There were so many more big decisions I thought I would have to make before I seriously considered a new bike. It’s been one day and I have had several moments of weakness were I stop what I’m doing and find myself lost in a nostalgic moment of the way things used to be; the different trails I rode, the awesome jumps I landed and the crashes that left me with a few extra man points, a scar or scab, and a story to tell. Now for the first time in my life I feel somewhat vulnerable. Anything in my life whether I hold it dear or not could be dashed to pieces or ripped from my grasp at any point and leave me without direction. Several times throughout the day when I see other bikes or when something reminds me of my bike I want to curl up in the fetal position and weep for a hope of better times to come.
I have only two hopes for my bike now and those are that my bike somehow finds its way home or that the new owner of the bike takes care of it and creates fond memories for many rides to come.
Friday, July 06, 2007
That is not to say that people even read my blog, but if your out there I will post for you, and if your not out there I guess I will post for myself or an imaginary friend of some sort. This will have to do for now until I have the capacity for more.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
The Aggies didn't win by a lot, but they won nun-the-less and that's all that matters. Basketball season is just about the only time of the year USU fans can be proud students of their school and be able to back it up with a sports team. Next week at BYU will also be a game worth watching.
Friday, December 01, 2006
I need something new once in a while. Something like going to the Jazz game. Truth be told I get to go on Saturday night for a company party. If only this year at the Jazz game could be half as fun as last year.
Last year I watched a good game with an attractive girl, won a free twelve pack of sprite, got amazing brownies from mama Larsen, and learned that there is a store in Layton that sells "Giant Puppies." Hands down one of the best nights of last year. This year there will be amazing food, an attractive girl and what else is in store for me is yet to be discovered. Only time will tell. One thing I don't think could be topped is my new found knowlegde of the existance of giant puppies.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Lately the concept of time has been on my mind. I have had a lot of thoughts on the subject some are stupid and some I thought have potential to be insightful.
I noticed that I have a tendancy to be somewhat judgemental about how other people use their time. I am judgemental about how I use my own time. For instance I look at a person who is playing a video game and think what a waste of time. Is that because I myself don't really enjoy video games and it would be a waste of my time or becasue I genuinly think video games are a complete waste of time. An activity that should only take place if a person has absolutely nothing to do with their life. Then being the hypocrite that I can be I'll go home and watch TV. I may think of it as a waste of time and I might not. It would just depend on what else I have to do for the rest of the day.
My point is, every little thing we do shapes our lives. If I have a stressful day at school or work I need to unwind a little bit and a good or even a poor quality TV show helps me unwind and prepare myself for what I have to face next. If someone is playing video games they may just being wasting time but they might be escaping the pressures of the world if only for an hour or two.
So is it really a waste of time. If you unwind a little so that you can sleep better or so that you can focus better on goals you are trying to accomplish it may not be a waste of your time. You can do something you enjoy and later when it comes down to accomplishing the important things in life you can really put your mind to it.
I know that for me before I have to do a big homework assignment that I enjoy a good TV show or a Sudoku puzzle. It tends to be a way to build up reserve energy and focus that I can use later when I'm in the middle of a long tedious day at work or a school project. It may look like a waste of time but perhaps in the long run a little slacking off will prove to be beneficial to later performance.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that everyone likes to waste or spend time in their own ways. Your way may seem like a waste of time for me but not everyone enjoys TV or a friendly game of basketball. The things people do have shaped their lives and have made them who they are today. Every experience a person has impacts their life in one form or another. I once asked my brother if he had ever regretted some of the things he did when he was younger that he got in trouble for, and he told me that he doesn't have a single regret. I was baffled. I inquired futher and he told me pretty much what I have just shared. He said that he is happy with who he is right now. Every experience, good or bad, is a part of who he is. In some instances he wished he could have learned some perticular lessons through different avenues, but had his life been filled with different experiences he may not have learned the lessons that are instrumental in how he views life and what helps him make decisions.
Really I don't know why I just wrote all of this but it feels good to express myself even if only a couple of people read it. I think it is important to try and live our lives so that we are happy with ourselves every step of the way. However, if you do make a mistake like I do just about every day, don't dwell on it just learn your lesson. Let your mistakes help you grow as an individual. Spend your time in the ways you want whether others think it is a waste or not.
If by chance you still check my blog on the off chance that I would post something new let me know that you are checking and I will post again hopefully within a weeks time.