Sunday, February 26, 2012

6 Things I Saw This Week (I Was Surprised To See...)

1. Free Bald Eagles in the wild standing atop a frozen river
2. Car catching fire along the US 95
3. Overturned billboards along US 95
4. Deep fried Cornish game hen
5. A Callister called to a Spanish speaking mission in S. America
6. The Smart girl married in Hawaii free from the press

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Ode to Joe

It's been forever, but I wanted to write a quick thank you to Joe. He's so great! For my birthday he took me to Lavo, a hip place with giant meatballs, and to see The Phantom of The Opera in Vegas, which was the BEST version I've ever seen. Truly wonderful, I've been listening to the movie soundtrack and singing along since. We also ate dinner at Olive Garden with family and friend which was a blast.

Then for Valentines Day Joe brought me a big gorgeous bouquet of flowers, chocolate covered strawberries and took me to Texas Roadhouse. What a gentleman. He even made me a heart shaped sandwich for lunch that day.

We're living life to the fullest.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Valentines Day

The gifts and activities this year were fantastic--probably my best Valentines ever.

Last year, Julia had to work late and so by the time I took her out to eat the only place open in town was IHOP. We did end up meeting the real Patch Adams while there and then going to a nice look out spot near home.

This year, Julia gave me a bag of presents with different times on them (see photo below). Each except one referred back to a conversation we had where I had mentioned a need or a want. They were very thoughtful. Some were books, donations to a cause or a hammer. I loved it. There was also a love note. She also decorated the apartment with hearts in honor of the holiday.

During work we enjoyed freshly homemade cinnamon rolls. Afterwards we hurried to Zuppas and picked up some HUGE chocolate covered strawberries. Soon, we dined at Texas Roadhouse. We were looking forward to a variety of desert options but Julia was starting to get a head cold and so we called it an early night.

It is a wonderful blessing to be married to Julia. She is loving, hard working, very honest, and thoughtful.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


In 2012 I am thrilled to be voting for a President of The United States of America. For some weeks I've pondered and debated individually, amongst friends and family, and in prayer who to support as well as how to support them (and talk about them). How wonderful an array of choices we have at this time. In fact, I am deeply impressed by how exciting our options are.

1. We can elect the obvious heavy hitter--Mitt Romney. He is a man who is an obvious poster child for success. His choices have sent him right to the top of his career, political fields, and family and religious life. Moreover, he not only looks good but is an established world class expert in turning around deficits. His plan for the economy is already published with charts and numbers.

2. We can re-elect the most politically correct president in the history of the USA--Barack Obama. He is a man who is not only African American but the son of an immigrant (who returned to Africa). He has devoted his policies to ensuring coverage in the most broad sense in health care, mortgaging, etc and has repeatedly leaned toward helping minority groups. He has placed minority leaders in the Supreme Court and has removed multiple distinctions between marriage and "same-sex marriage".

3. We can elect the total wild card--Rick Santorum. He is a man with recent immigrant roots who has virtually no track record of working on an economy from a leadership seat. He is still very young and has not held any leadership positions outside of being a voice in congress. And, although his bill record points to raising debt ceilings and earmarks, we cannot be sure what he would do. He has opposed Pres. Obama's plans and has claimed to be the "most conservative" (something very difficult to pinpoint). And, to reiterate, we just don't have much of a record to go off of on him--would he know what to do, who to work with, and how to accomplish this?

I'm also adding something my dear wife found and showed me which I think helps strengthen the case for Mitt Romney as my choice.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Imagine Dragons Release Major Label EP

Purchase Continued Silence EP on iTunes or Amazon. On a special deal...6 songs for the price of 5.

If you don't know, the lead singer is Dan Reynolds--my cousin. And, I was lucky enough to be the booking agent for the band for nearly two years.

Continued Silence was produced by GRAMMY winning producer Alex Da Kid (Eminem, Rihanna, Paramore, U2) and mastered by Joe LaPorta (Vampire Weekend, Foo Fighters, The Killers, Tiesto). It was recorded at the historic Westlake Recording Studio which has hosted Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, and countless others.

Imagine Dragons have won four back to back battles of the bands, released three other EPs, and performed with multiplatinum and rising indie stars including Weezer, JET, Blue October, Interpol, Foster The People, The Temper Trap, Neon Trees, O.A.R., and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Family + Nevada

This week several wonderful things happened.

My brother W and his wife K had their first child on Feb 1st. She is a beautiful and very healthy baby. I've waited years to be an uncle--my cousins and both best friends growing up had older siblings and nephews and nieces while we were still young. Accordingly, I've looked forward to this day a very long time. It's a miracle and her parents are enamored. I'm looking forward to seeing her grow and playing with her.

On Thursday my dad had surgery on his rotator cuff in his shoulder. Shortly after the surgery he called me three times to express his comfort and safety. It is probably because I teased him leading up to the surgery and quoted Psalms 23. I've saved one of the messages on my phone because it was so funny.

The next day I rode down to Vegas to go to the caucus. We went to the caucus in the morning on Saturday with several good friends. Then we went to breakfast and ran into my cousins, the Reynolds, prompting the inevitable thought--family must think alike. In the evening we attended the victory speech from the Romney campaign at the Red Rock Hotel and went to see the movie Red Tails. I can honestly state that I have never seen Nevadans more thrilled and unified in an effort before in my life.

The Pace of Life

Here are some of the rankings from Robert V Lenie's A Geography of Time: On Tempo, Culture, and the Pace of Life (New York: Basic Books, 1997). Though its probably partly out of date, I think the information is interesting. I saw this published in Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us. Why is it alright that we observe our own pace in comparison to others you may ask...I sure hope to get the most out of time.

Country | Overall Pace of Life | Walking Speed | Postal Time | Clock Accuracy
Switzerland 1 3 2 1
Ireland 2 1 3 11
Germany 3 5 1 8
Japan 4 7 4 6
Italy 5 10 12 2
England 6 4 9 13
United States 16 6 23 20
Syria 27 29 28 27
El Salvador 28 22 16 31
Brazil 29 31 24 28
Indonesia 30 26 26 30
Mexico 31 17 31 26