Saturday, September 15, 2007

One Heckova Storm

Didja see that storm last night? According to Adele it was raining so hard down in Holladay that she didn't even dare run out to her car. Up here in Sugarhouse we didn't see even a drop. But I did see some reallt great sights. The sky was lit up a bright orange from a combination of the falling rain and the sunset. I ran over to Sugarhouse park to get some pictures (you can see them here). It was awesome, I even caught some lightning on "film". Today, there was a street festival at 9th & 9th. (Oh, that's 9th South and 9th East, for those of you who are not "in"). Walked halfway up 13th East, hitched a ride on the bus the rest of the way, then walked down to 9th East. Went to the Barbacoa there for lunch and ran into 3 Granite High students working there. Hung around for an hour or so and then walked back up the hill and rode the bus home. I love having my UofU UTA free pass! It was a great, relaxing day. (See the pictures here). And the good thing is that I now have Monday and Tuesday night to do my homework. Mindy (the manager at Chevron) got me off the schedule already. Which is really cool, 'cause I really didn't want to do my 2 weeks, but I expected I was going to have to, so this little surprise was a welcome one. This means that as of now, I'm working only one job, and going to school. Way cool.

7 comments:

A Paperback Writer said...

I only saw the beginnings of the storm, as I spent most of Friday evening up at Sunset Lawn at the viewing (see my post for Friday). As you've probably gathered by now, my former student (Shanna Hopkins' daughter) died of cancer last week.
Anyway, I'm glad you caught the cool celestial fireworks show on "film."
I'm also glad you're no longer working at Chevron so you have time to do things. I'd still like to go for a ride -- if your younger wife will permit it. You'll have to check with her first, I'm sure. (Yes, I know: older wives are supposed to have seniority, but we all know it's all about hormones, and thus the younger ones win out.)
And congrats on being secure enough about yourself to go to a street festival on 9th and 9th -- the PRIDE part of town. I know you're no homophobe, but it's always nice to see a straight man who's not threatened by such a gathering in this city. (I, of course, probably had lots of friends hanging out there, but I was at a funeral.)

Max said...

I had heard, in a not so nice way I'll tell you about when we go for the cruise, abour SH's daughter, my heart goes out to her and her family. Which, by the way, it's just fine by the other wives if I go cruisin' with you. There is something liberating and at the same time depressing about having all these "wives" that couldn't care less if I'm out with one of the other ones. And as you can see, this apathy has driven me down to 9th & 9th. I'm considering a trip up to Idaho next time their legislature is in session......
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On the not-so-sarcastic side of things, I actually got some important information while I was there. I was already leaning towards Ralph Becker for Mayor, and not just because I thought the TV show was funny. I will admit leaning towards the liberal Democrat in every election, but I also like to know that there really is a reason for choosing that person. After reading his "Education Blueprint for a Great American City" and talking to his volunteers about his thoughts on School Vouchers (thumbs down) and historical preservation (thumbs up) and other things I can't remember off hand, I am definitly a Becker Fan. I also learned about the Salt Lake City Public Safety Bond Proposal. It'll raise my property taxes about $140 a year, but will build 3 brand new facilities to replace 2 (really 1 1/2) old decaying facilities.
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Anyway, there was a bunch of information I found useful, and the fear of "being seen" somewhere has never worried me, so it was a worthwhile adventure....

A Paperback Writer said...

I like you, Max.
I'll pass along your condolences to Shanna when she returns to work (thurs.).
I've been supporting Jenny Wilson for mayor, but isn't she out of the running now? I'll look into Becker.
Oh, and we need to talk about city council. There's one person there we DON'T want to vote for. (I won't name names since this is public, but I'm guessing you're likely to agree with me on this one.)

Max said...

Yeah, Wilson is out of the running, I liked her too. Had a ton of respect for her father as mayor, and figured that she was worth loooking at as a candidate, but since she didn't make it past the primary election, had to look elsewhere.
As for the council member, feel free naming names, it won't bother me and since open debate in matters of politics is the cornerstone of American freedoms, unless you call him/her a poo-poo head, there's nothing anybody can do about it. But if you would rather, we'll have to get together for a cruise either Monday or Tuesday and talk. Let me know which day is good for you.
And finally, as for the condolences, mentioning my name might not be too good a thing. The circumstances under which I found out about the illlness left a sour taste in my mouth, and frankly gave me the impression that my condolences would not be welcome. Not quite sure what I did to deserve that response to an e-mail simply welcoming everyone back to school, but no response would have been better. Anyway, I'd rather you say nothing.
Give me a call and let me know if either Mon or Tue will work for the cruise in the convertible......

A Paperback Writer said...

Ah.
How 'bout next Monday, since I'm reading this too late for today and Tuesday nights I still go to dance rehearsals, even though I have to do the gentle version of everything because of my stupid back?

Rachel said...

Nice pictures of the storm last week. It really was a beautiful site from Sugarhouse.

A Paperback Writer said...

If you get a second, drop over and read the comment left by Mary Witzl on my blog with regard to your "diet coke and thou" comment. I laughed when I read her question.