Monday, October 31, 2005


All alone in the moonlight
I can dream of the old days
Life was beautiful then
I remember the time I knew what happiness was
Let the memory live again

(From an old Barbra Streisand tune)

Sunday, October 30, 2005

All in the Family

Pictures added for October to All in the Family

Happy birthday KJ!

I have a 15 year old! Ahhhhh! How did this happen?
Yeah, nevermind, and get your mind out of the gutter ;)
But seriously, this sure does sneak up on you.
I must be the luckiest Dad in the world cuz I have an awesome kid for a son. I can't wait to see what he does in the next several years. I know it's gonna be a great ride.
Happy Birthday KJ.

(this is the birthday boy blowing out candles on his birthday 'pumpkin cheesecake'. His choice.)

Friday, October 28, 2005

Crazy Hair Day

Shelby went with the '80's big hair look for CRAZY HAIR DAY at her school.
Tune in next week for Halloween costume pics. Could be interesting...

Wednesday, October 26, 2005


(Thanks to HockeyGuy for the pic)

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Aint she cute!

My niece Courtney!
Our family makes some dang cute babies.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005


In Case of Emergency, or ICE is the latest thing in safety. A paramedic in England came up with the idea last year and the idea is now sweeping through America. Here is how it works. In your cell phone create an entry in the phone book with the name ICE. Put your nearest emergency contact persons phone number and info in this entry. What has happened is that paramedics are finding that when people are hurt and they can't communicate they have little or no way of knowing how or who to contact. Most people have cell phones nowadays so if you do and you put ICE in the phone book the emergency workers will have a quick easy way to contact your loved ones. I think it's a great idea. I hope you all follow suit. Oh, and I also hope no one ever needs to use it!

Saturday, October 15, 2005

ESRB for dummies

A friend of mine has come up with the best way to interpret the ESRB rating system for video gaming that I've seen yet. You should check it out. It's not perfect just as any rating system isn't perfect. This comparison puts the ESRB ratings in line with the MPAA film ratings system. It may make the 'goofy' ESRB system a little easier to figure out. Check it out HERE .

Thanks to Rom for the great perspective

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Chewie the american

Our good friend from Star Wars fame, Chewbacca , is becoming and American this week.
Who knew he wasn't one already!
Peter Mayhew, a British subject, and the actor that played the Chewie role has married a Texas woman and is taking the oath for US citizenship.
He says that whatever he can remember as he recites the oath he'll say normally, "“it will be a Chewie growl for the other parts.”

Hockey is back

RESTRICTED Not appropriate for all audiences

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Shark bait - WOOF!

It seems some fishermen on a small island in the Indian Ocean have been using live dogs as bait for shark fishing. No it is not an urban legend or a joke. It's true. And the French who own the island are outraged! (as a side note, look what it takes for the French to be outraged!) Read the details HERE.
I'm outraged as well. I can't imagine the inhumane actions these fishermen have taken. It is barbarous. Maybe they should be used for live shark bait in punishment.
Now, if they had used cats on the other hand... ;)


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Let me know your thoughts on this new product line. I would love to have your feedback.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

My faith

An interesting article in this weeks Newsweek magazine about the LDS faith. My faith. LDS or not you should read this article. If not, it can give you a pretty good and accurate overview of the history and foundations of the church. If a member, this article will show how we are being seen and talked about currently.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Greatest game


I saw the film, "The Greatest Game Ever Played" this afternoon with my family. It was a fun family outting and was a great movie to take the family to.
I really enjoyed the film but I have to admit that I think Disney has lost a little of the magic that in the past would almost always guarantee a great film. This one had all the elements to it, the compelling story, the underdog, the romance etc. but it just didn't have all the heart I wanted it to.
It was formulaic. My meaning is that you've seen this film a hundred times before. Maybe not about golf, but surely about hockey, or baseball or football. You've seen the, 'father not supportive of his son who then goes out and proves Dad wrong and Dad magically shows up at the end to give his son the thumbs up' film before. This is another, but it doesn't even give you enough of that predictability between Father and son to make your heart throb and tears to form at the corners of your eyes.
I loved the music and I loved how well the filmmakers depicted turn of the century Boston/New England. It was truly stunning.
But at the end of the day I came a way a wee bit disappointed but still glad I saw this and glad that I shared it with my family.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Cricket Spittin

Cricket Spitting I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't read the article myself. It's real. It's competitive. It's Stupid!
People gather from all over the country at least twice a year to compete in how far you can 'spit' a dead cricket.
It's serious business. There are four officials to monitor the accurate and fair play of the competition. There are rules, "The crickets are to be Brown House crickets, weighing between 45 and 55 milligrams." Another rule reads: "Crickets should be previously frozen, then thawed for the record attempt."
Yet another entry into the "People that have waaay too much time on their hands" Hall of Shame.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Little Danish Reindeer

The Danish Air Force is in big trouble. It seems one of their pilots was buzzing a field on maneuvers and one of Santa's reindeer just happened to be grazing there. The low flying jet scared old Rudolph to death. Santa sued and the Danish Air Force had to pay $5000 in reparations.
Sounds like a plot line from a more modern politicized 'Miracle on 34th Street'. You think Hollywood will pick up on this and make a movie?
I can see it now, little Danish girl standing in court in front of a judge. "Santa does exist, cuz you and your stupid Air Force killed one of his reindeer!!!"

PS, and somehow I think they'll work into the plot line that it was President Bush's fault ;)

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Book review: Jesus the Christ

Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage

I have been reading this book for a year now. I finally finished. It is not an easy read. The depth and gravity of the subject matter make it very difficult to read more than a chapter at any one sitting. I really enjoyed reading this book even though I don't normally like my reading any one book to span over more than a few weeks. This was an exception. I am even tempted to start reading it again from the beginning.
This book takes an in depth look at the life of the Savior, Jesus Christ. It is chronological ending with his crucifixion and information/prophecy about his second coming.
Talmage, the author, uses a great deal of reference to the excepted bible sholars of our time. He touches on many controversial subjects where the scholars disagree. He gives his own take on the issues and sometimes leaves them unsolved for a lack of modern scriptural evidence to resolve the issues.
The information in this book is staggering. I learned so much. I can safely say that I know more about my Savior and learned more about him from this book than I gleaned from 40 years of Sunday school and primary lessons every Sunday.
I must admit that it is highly likely that before my 40th year I couldn't have comprehended in any sort of depth what Talmage provides in this treatise on the Saviors life and teachings. I feel so much closer to the Savior and feel that I understand him and his mission so much better. I'm grateful that I finally took on the project of reading this book. Many people will tell you how difficult a read it is and that they never made it through the end.
If you are in a place in your life where you really deeply want to understand your Savior better then I highly recommend this book. If not, well, when you are in that place remember this book and block out a year of your reading to take it on. I promise you will not regret it.