Saturday, April 30, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
Ok, so the laugh’s on me. (You should read the post right before this for this to make better sense).
I woke up this morning, flipped on the TV, tuned to my favorite morning news show (the lesser of all the vacuous evils) and prepared to lay down on the couch, coffee cup in hand and enjoy my usual morning routine.
Not so much. My favorite station happens to be the one televising the royal wedding live. Lucky me.
But I did find out one interesting thing as I was watching it to see if it was just a segment on the news. I tuned in just as the bride and groom were showing up. First glimpse of the royal party.
Which means that all those who got up at 2 AM lost those 3+ hours of sleep for the sake of preliminary activity. I got my usual sleep and could be watching the good part right now if I wanted to.
Who did get the last laugh?
To all of you out there watching the latest Royal Wedding live and as it happens, I say:
I’m still snoozing it in my nice comfy, warm bed AND, (if I gave a crap), I’ll still be able to watch the whole thing, over and over and over … again, on the news, on somebody’s blog and on YouTube.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
For this theme I decided to go take a walk around the city by my house, there is a set of city benches that have always fascinated and confused me. I’ll get to those later, but I’ll start with some of the other sitting spots I found on my way.
The creek that runs through Sugarhouse Park, that I wrote about here, goes under 13th East and comes out to go through Hidden Hollow and a small shopping area before going under the city again. Hidden Hollow is the victory of a group of kids from the elementary school nearby. By now they are probably seniors in high school, but at the time they fought to get the city to purchase the property, they cleaned it up and helped plan it out and name it. They also convinced the city to require the developer of the shopping area to keep the water flowing above ground, for the most part, as it weaves it’s way through. As a result you can sit in the outdoor seats at several of the restaurants there and listen to the water flow.
When I first saw one of them, while driving down 21st South, I imagined people falling asleep on them and missing their bus. But when I went to sit on one to wait for a bus I realized they’re made of concrete. Not fluffy. Not comfy. Instead, hard as rock. And when I sat on it, I discovered that it was quite uncomfortable. Talk about a let-down.
I had walked past these benches (there are two of them on opposite sides of this building) many times, and until this theme, I had never looked close enough at them to see that their purpose is not just for sitting.
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Friday, April 22, 2011
It’s not an official holiday, yet. Theoretically, in 365 years it will be, but not yet. Yeah, it’s a Star Trek thing, Neelix thinks it up in one of my favorite Voyager episodes (Kate Mulgrew drives a ‘71 Ford LTD Country Squire in it) and I kind of liked the idea behind it.
“An evening of reflection in honor of those who had come before.”
So, here’s to my parents, grandparents and all their grandparents before. Without you, I wouldn’t be here.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
If it warms up quickly we will have floods the like of which prompted then Governor Scott Matheson to say to the press “It’s a hellova way to run a desert.”
I went over to Sugarhouse Park yesterday and got a few pictures of the pond, which is several feet above it’s banks right now. To this first picture I just have to say “No kidding?” (Click on it to see what the sign says):
So, as bad as I want the warm weather to get here soon, I do hope that the weather warms up slowly. That way the snowpack, which is around 150% of normal, will have time to melt off without overloading the rivers and streams that go through the cities along the Wasatch Front.
You’ve probably seen this before:
It’s one of those funny test answers I’ve seen several times floating around the email world.
Recently my step-mom told about a test answer she saw in a college anatomy class. I don’t remember the exact wording of either the question or the answer, but you’ll get the idea anyhow.
Q: What are “gonads”
A: Roaming tribes of humans, but I have no idea what this question is doing in an anatomy test.
College students are supposed to be taught to think outside the box, but frankly, I think that a little too far out of the box.
P.S. – My step-mom really isn’t evil, we just call her that because she used to leave messages on our voicemail like “This is your evil step mother, just calling to see if you can come up to dinner Saturday”.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
If I find out what it’s all about, you’ll be sure to hear.
THIS IS A VERY TOUCHING STORY, VERY HARD TO READ, ABOUT TWO BROTHERS WHO WERE SEPARATED AT BIRTH. IT'S A STORY OF LIFE & DEATH, AND THE CRUEL TWIST OF FATE. IT'S CERTAIN TO STIR YOUR HEART AND TOUCH YOUR SOUL. THIS EMAIL IS ONE I COULD NOT ERASE BEFORE SHARING WITH MY FRIENDS.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Seriously folks, it’s the year 2011, why should I have to remind people that they are not supposed to smoke around the gas pumps? I asked this lady to get away from the pumps with her lit cigarette today, and her response was “well, can I smoke in my car?” I should have said “No, Federal law prohibits smoking anywhere near a gas pump.” Or even “Yeah, as long as you keep the windows up.” But it was one of those cases where a response completely dumbfounded me and all I could say was “Just stay in the car.”
On the funnier side I found this inside the car wash. Every month or so we have a service that comes out and power-washes the parking stalls, driveway, around the pumps and inside the car wash. They use high pressure hot water to get the stains out. Whoever came this week got creative and left this picture in the car wash.
I don’t know if it is supposed to be a self portrait, or someone he knows, but we’re now calling him the “Powerwash Picasso”.
I was cleaning up the office the other day and came across an old filmstrip that must have been from a high school Driver’s Ed course. It was made in ‘78 or ‘79 for the Motor Vehicle Division of the Utah State Tax Commission. All I have are the pictures, no dialog that is supposed to go along with them, but one of the pictures simply said “Registering your vehicle”, so my guess is it had to do with, well, registering your vehicle. One of the slides was taken on 3900 So and Wasatch Blvd, right by the Olympus Hills Mall. I was up in that area yesterday, so I decided to get a current shot from the same spot. Here are the before and after shots:
At some point this summer, I’m going to try to recreate as many of the city shots as possible both from this filmstrip and ones I took, circa 2011. So, expect to see them on here. If you want to see the filmstrip in it’s entirety, you can go HERE to see it. Use the scroll bar on the right side of the projector screen to scroll through the pictures.