Thursday, July 17, 2008

Front seat on wheels and other scenery around SLC

Just click on the picture to go to the gallery. And if you want to see a bunch of old pictures of mine (some from way back in the 70's) click HERE.

7 comments:

A Paperback Writer said...

Whoa! Yesterday, I saw either that exact car or its twin parked at a store near my house! And my thought was, "Too bad I don't have my camera. Max would love to see that car." Apparently, I was right. Glad you saw it anyway.
I'm glad you posted something. I've found myself missing our blog conversations this week. (Yes, I know, I haven't posted either, but our comment interactions usually take place on your blog rather than mine, as I tend to read your blog every day and nearly always comment, whereas you read/comment on mine far less often.) Anyway, it's been too quiet in this here part of the blogosphere for a few days, buddy.

Max said...

Yeah, it's been a slow week, been busy trying to get a bunch of photo galleries taken care of. I've got two ready, but another 6 to prepare. Anyway, good to see you're still alive and kicking, and I do check out your blog every day, you just have a lot of literary stuff on there that I know very little about (I know, surprise, literary stuff on Writer's Blog). So don't go getting all feeling left out and ignored just because I don't have anything to say. (um, be sure to add sufficent level of sarcasm and NY Jewish accent). As for the car, you just gotta love something that small. I could, literally, fir it in the trunk of my LTDs as a spare.

A Paperback Writer said...

Maybe you should get one. You know, many cars come with those little toy tires to use as spares instead of full-sized tires. You could get one of those little toy cars to use as a spare instead of a full-sized car when something goes wrong.
(I am visualizing this little red thing strapped to the back of your blue hard top.) :)
No, I don't expect you to comment on the literary stuff on my blog. I just missed chatting with you here. (Plus, I'm just not having a great week, as you will see if you read my latest post.) I realize you may have more to say when I'm doing all my travel posts in the next few weeks.
And yes, I can hear the NY accent in my head, thanks. :)

jannx said...

Hello Max. I just finished looking at your photos. It was nice looking at your photos, it gave me an opportunity to learn a bit more about the Blogger Max in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Comments about the photos:
* The nature photos of Utah were very impressive...I was just about to suggest that you should create galleries with different subjects, but you are already on it.
* Some of the photos were seen before, but most of them were new (to me).
* You should move (if you haven't done so already) the kitchen photo, the blue Hawaii shirt photo, and the high school photos to your "Whose in charge..." gallery.

Questions:
1. Do you still keep in contact with your best friend from high school? Do you know what he is doing now?
2. I didn't understand "Free Wheeler". Group or place (of business)?
3. How long have you lived in your house (with the remodeled garage)?
4. What's a "zip line"?
5. Was that Paperback Writer playing weather person with you?

Thanks again for sharing your photos. I enjoyed the photos. I do have another web site with a few photos of my own. The other web site is more of an (outdated) professional site. I don't have any opinions on that site, so I am a bit more comfortable with having my photos on that site. If you are interested in seeing those photos, just sent me an email and I'll give you the link to that site.

Max said...

Jannx,
I’d love to see your photos. If you want to send me the link, you can eMail it to slim@srossi.net .
I’m glad you liked my photo’s. I took a photography class my senior year in high school, and have been carrying one around with me ever since. I also think I’ll take your advice and add those pictures to my “who’s this” page.
Now, to answer your questions;
1. Yes, I do still keep in touch with my best friend, although not on a regular basis. He’s a psychology professor in Washington state with his wife and two kids, but he has business down here every 6 months or so and her family still lives in northern Utah so we get together every time he comes into town.
2. Free Wheeler Pizza was my first career, before becoming a teacher. I started out there as a pizza delivery guy right out of high school (started a week or two after I graduated) and worked my way up all the way to owning my own franchise down in Utah County. It only lasted six months, for many reasons, but the final straw was when my mother was diagnosed terminal and I moved back to Salt Lake to help take care of her. I started doing their payroll a couple years after starting work there (1980), back in the day when it was all done by hand, and am still processing their payroll to this day.
3. I’ve lived in this house for 15 years now, I bought it the same year I started teaching. I tried to sell it once and move down to Las Vegas (got tired of the politics of teaching here in Utah) but the whole deal fell through and, thankfully, I ended up staying here. I’ve decided the only way I’m moving out of this house is in a pine box.
4. Ahh, the zip line. That was on our vacation down in Puerto Vallarta a couple of years ago. Basically it’s being strapped in a harness hooked to a wheel that runs on a big wire stretched from one side of the mountain to the other. If you look at the picture you can see the wheel in their hands, it’s not very big. They are also in a harness hooked to it which holds most of your weight, so your life doesn’t depend on your being able to hold onto the two little handles. It was one of the most fun things I’ve ever done, dangling from a wire some 600 feet from the valley floor, hitting speeds of up to 50 mph (according to their brochure, the thing doesn’t have a speedometer, but it did get going pretty fast). They started us off on a couple of runs that skirt the side of the mountain, just 10 or 20 feet above the ground, so we could get used to it, and it was a little (lot) scary the first couple of times we went straight across the valley, but when we go back I’m definitely going to do it again.
5. No, that’s another friend from high school doing the weather person thing with me.
Thanks for your interest in my pictures, it was fun reminiscing over them here for you. Any other questions feel free to ask, and I’m looking forward to seeing your pictures..

jannx said...

Hello again Max. Thanks for the clarification and answers to my questions.

Comments:
* A "zip line" sounds like an interesting activity, but one I'm sure I'll never do. 600ft. up on a wire moving at 50 mph does not sound like an activity for the faint of heart (or those with weak stomachs).
* Max. You starting out as a delivery person and ended up becoming a owner of a franchise is a great inspirational motivator for your students. You've shown drive, hardwork, and goals.
* Politics in education over in Utah, why am I not surprised.

You have a very interesting life. Thanks for sharing your photos and your life stories with your blogger fans. I enjoy reading your day to day adventures, projects, and incidents. Thanks for sharing.

Max said...

No problem, I enjoy sharing my experiences.