Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother\'s Day!


My List

Folks, I saw this on another blog. I would link it but I can’t find it again. This blogger wrote a list of 100 items about him and his life, his history and some just random stuff. It was pretty impressive. For the record, I am beginning this on May 7th, 2008 at about 1:15pm MST. I write this in because I imagine that it will not be posted for a few days. This is in no real order of importance, just what comes to mind, I will put it down. Here I go…

  1. I love my wife, Rachel
  2. I love my son, Wyatt
  3. I love my family and friends
  4. I am living in Utah
  5. I was in Sacramento for about 4 years
  6. I didn’t much like it there
  7. I was born and raised in the Tacoma, WA area
  8. I WILL live there again
  9. I attended public school
  10. I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  11. Yes, I’m a Mormon
  12. (not a polygamist FLDS)
  13. I know Jesus Christ lives and loves us as individuals
  14. I know the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ as is the Bible
  15. I worked at Intel for a little while
  16. I thought I would retire there
  17. My training trip to Costa Rica last year dismissed #16
  18. I loved Costa Rica
  19. I served a two year voluntary full time LDS mission in Jacksonville, FL
  20. I cried when Wyatt was born
  21. I almost passed out from hyperventilating when Wyatt was born
  22. I really enjoy listening to Country Music
  23. I used to be a DJ on a small AM radio station
  24. I used to DJ Church Young Adult Dances
  25. I always dream of being a hot shot DJ on a commercial radio station
  26. My internet radio station, XRT-FM is great, but it’s sleeping now
  27. Although the California State Fair is incredible, I prefer the Puyallup Fair
  28. Fairs in Utah are horrible
  29. I drive an ’04 Nissan Altima
  30. I get to trade it in next March
  31. I love car shopping
  32. Car buying is the pits
  33. I don’t think it should snow in April or May
  34. I love driving
  35. My favorite soda is Henry Weinhard’s Root Beer
  36. My favorite pizza is pepperoni
  37. I was disappointed by Cloverfield
  38. The Princess Bride is my all-time favorite movie
  39. Managing a technical support team is hard but rewarding
  40. I lasted 3 months doing #39 before being laid off
  41. I need Rachel
  42. I only get drowsy while driving if my wife is with me
  43. I work 4 miles from home
  44. Riding my bike to work is still a goal of mine
  45. Wyatt is on a t-ball team this year
  46. Mowing my back yard is hell
  47. I am terrified of bees
  48. I want another child
  49. Almost half way
  50. There!
  51. Wyatt is a natural at T-Ball
  52. Watching 5 and 6 year olds play T-Ball is so much fun
  53. Flowers ALWAYS work
  54. I love my Mom
  55. I miss my Dad
  56. I have Mike Wazowski, Lightning McQueen, an Easy Button, and a Rubik’s Cube on my desk at work
  57. I love a good maple bar
  58. Honey and crunchy peanut butter is an excellent combination
  59. I have Type 2 Diabetes
  60. I’m not always careful with my blood sugar
  61. I am very patriotic
  62. I thought I was done being a help desk agent
  63. My eczema flares up when I’m nervous
  64. I love to walk in the snow with the woman I love
  65. I like to splurge on a good dinner out occasionally
  66. I like a really good basic hamburger (not McD’s)
  67. Fry Sauce needs to go National
  68. Utah McD’s does not sell the regular McChicken
  69. Texas Roadhouse is in the top 3 of my favorite restaurants
  70. I don’t like onions but I like how they taste
  71. I drink the leftover milk after the cereal is gone
  72. I get really addicted to SimCity
  73. I am against pills (see #60)
  74. I can’t deal with too much silence
  75. I trust people by default
  76. I’d like to take Wyatt out fishing
  77. I really like to vacuum (something to do with leaving nice tracks in the carpet)
  78. Not so much the same with mowing the lawn (see #46)
  79. I’m pretty funny
  80. I can get very sarcastic
  81. I LOVE the rain
  82. I want to rock and roll all night
  83. And party every day
  84. I would love to see Garth Brooks in concert
  85. I am naturally a very generous person
  86. I want to lose about 100 pounds
  87. WoW does not interest me
  88. We should get a Wii
  89. Dr. House is my idol
  90. Michael Scott is right up there
  91. O’Doyle Rules!
  92. I Love the 80’s
  93. I still have to look twice when I see a full size billboard by the Interstate for the Salt Lake Temple
  94. I need music to survive
  95. I will miss Deborah
  96. My radio station should be back online shortly
  97. Open Source freaks annoy me
  98. A Mac would be fun
  99. One left
  100. I like bread

Ok. Have at it. If you blog, or wanted something to blog about, try this for starters!


A few items

Hi there. There comes some great benefits from Rachel working at BYU. One really great one is that I can go to school there for free and get 20% off books. I am seriously considering getting back in there now. I am deciding between a Management path or something like Communications so I can be involved with Broadcasting. It has to be undergraduate or it costs.

Another thing is that I love the rain! Being from the great Pacific Northwest, rain was the breath of life. Sure if you live there, you get sick of it.. But deep, deep down, you always love it. I moved to Sacramento, then here to Utah. I will tell you, you really start to miss it. I get the craziest looks from people when I pine for the wet stuff. One of the funniest things I ever heard about people in the Northwest was that they don’t tan, they rust! It’s true. I miss my home in Washington! I miss seeing Mt. Rainier every day that it was clear. I miss my family and old friends. I will make it back there.. oh yes, I will.

Wyatt has his first T-Ball game today. We are so excited for him. I will try to upload some pics and video clips to here or my home page, or both. The one contradiction, I hope it doesn’t rain for the game.

I am working on a very introspective post that I should have up by the end of the week. I’ve seen some bloggers also do this. I don’t want to reveal too much but it should be fun and I will encourage my fellow bloggers to do the same at some point. I also would like to let you know that currently, this blog has about 3,500 hits. The one year birthday is on the 15th of May and I think it would be awesome to get that total up to 4,000 hits by then. Tell all your friends and family about this little blog! Thanks!

Be good, Have a good day and SMILE! 🙂


“I wish you enough”

I got this from my Mom today…

Recently, I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport. They had announced the departure.

Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the mother said, ‘I love you, and I wish you enough.’The daughter replied, ‘Mom, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Mom.’

They kissed and the daughter left. The mother walked over to the window where I was seated. Standing there I could see she wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on her privacy, but she welcomed me in by asking, ‘Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?’

‘Yes, I have,’ I replied. ‘Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever good-bye?’.

‘I am old, and she lives so far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is – the next trip back will be for my funeral,’ she said.

‘When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say, ‘I wish you enough.’ May I ask what that means?’

She began to smile. ‘That’s a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone.’ She paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail, and she smiled even more. ‘When we said, ‘I wish you enough,’ we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them.’ Then turning toward me, she shared the following as if she were reciting it from memory.

I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.
I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good- bye.

She then began to cry and walked away.

They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them; but then an entire life to forget them.


To all my friends and loved ones,

Amazon’s Kindle

Amazon\'s KindleWe bought the new Amazon Kindle. I was really searching for a great idea for a Mother’s Day gift for my dear, sweet wife. Rachel, as many of you know, is a very avid reader. She loves books! Her favorites include James Patterson and LDS author, Anita Stansfield. Instead of going the very risky route of surprising her with this $400 gift, I opted to include her in the selection and decision process. She was thrilled and the sticker price didn’t really shock her too much.

This device has a lot of great features. One that I find most fascinating is the e-ink screen. This is not a regular LCD display found in iPods or Palm devices. It is an electronically controlled ink-based display. It claims to read just like paper. No glare, no backlight, no heat problems. It would even require a reading light to read in the dark, but is entirely visible in direct sunlight! It can hold up to 200 entire books in the built-in memory. It also has an SD memory card slot for expansion. Plus, your online account can also archive your books. It receives the content through Sprint’s EVDO wireless data network (Whispernet), which is free. This is better than wi-fi since it’s available in most places that cellphones work. You can also subscribe to blogs and national and international newspapers. It can, for a small fee, process and store your own documents.

Amazon\'s KindleI can’t wait to get this thing and check it all out. I will provide an update with our thoughts and opinions. It should be here in the next day or so as Amazon.com is currently providing free Two-Day shipping (normally $12). Yes, it’s a bit costly. Yes, it’s a little risky to plunge into something new like this. There are a lot of what-ifs and I am frankly quite proud of Rachel for jumping into this technology with me.