Monday, August 27, 2007

A Turn of the Page

I'm pleased to announce that I have recently accepted the position of Director of Web Development at BookWise & Company.
My time at FranklinCovey was short but very busy and I learned a great deal. I will greatly miss the people I worked with at FranklinCovey. I feel I created some lifelong friends in a short period of time.
BookWise is a startup company that has been around less than a year and has seen tremendous growth. If you want to know more about what BookWise does you can follow the link above. I am fortunate to be one of about 20 people creating a unique Book company that promises to give tens if not hundreds of thousands of people the opportunity to be a part of the "Best Home Based Business in the World."
I was recently reminded that my late Mother was a voracious reader and always had a large stack of books next to her reading chair. As I reminisced about this I turned to the table next to my easy chair and realized I have a stack of 6 books waiting to be read. I have followed in my Mother's footsteps without even realizing it. Now, I get to work around books and authors and book lovers every day. I am excited about it.
I dedicate my everyday work now to my Mother's memory and all of you out there that have a stack of books next to your chair.
Now get reading!!!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Bronco Speaks

A friend sent me this link to a new video by Bronco Mendenhall, the head coach of the BYU football team. It is very good and it doesn't end how you think it will.
Watch it HERE.

The 'A$$' family

I may have posted this before, but I just found it in my email and it made me laugh out loud!!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Jokes of the Day

Sometimes I am sent jokes in email that make me laugh hard. Today was such a day. So, I am sharing.
Thanks to 'Remoh' for the forward!

In Richardson , Texas State Trooper was running radar. He had a perfect
spot to watch for speeders, but wasn't getting any. Then he discovered the
problem. A 12 year old boy was standing up the road with a hand painted
sign which read "RADAR TRAP AHEAD!" The officer later found a young accomplice
down the road with a sign reading, "TIPS" and a bucket full of money.

(And we used to just sell lemonade!)

A motorist was mailed a picture of his car speeding through an automated
radar post in Plano , Texas . A $40 speeding ticket was included. Being
cute, he sent the police department a picture of $40. The police responded
with another mailed photo of handcuffs.

A young woman was pulled over in Austin , Texas for speeding. As the TX State Trooper walked to her car window, flipping open his ticket book, she said, "I bet you are going to sell me a ticket to the Texas State Police Ball." He replied, "Texas State Troopers don't have balls." There was a moment of silence while she smiled and he realized what he'd just said..He then closed his book, got back in his patrol car and left. She was laughing too hard to start her car.

First Day at Lincoln Academy

It's that time of year again! Summer is over and kids are headed back to school.
Shelby is starting her first year of Junior High School! We are trying out a Charter school near our home after a couple of weeks of in depth research of the local charter schools by Mom. It is called Lincoln Academy. Of course as most Charter schools do they require uniforms.
Here is Shelby in her uni ready for the first day at her new school and ready for a new adventure.
Isn't she cute!!!!???!!!!

Saturday, August 18, 2007


It was family reunion time again today. Each year the 'Clan Cunningham' gathers in or near American Fork and reunites.
This year was especially momentous. My Father pulled off a huge coup and got a real scottish bagpiper to come and perform for us. It was AWESOME!!! I love the bagpipes.
Here are some pics from the occasion.

My sis Raquel, of Fille deTulipe fame, and my wife Michelle were in charge of kids games. Raq pulled out all of her scrapbooking crap and went to town. I'll let her show off more on her blog ;) Here is a pic of Raq and the gang of relative kids having a great time.

One of the cousins is shown here explaining the parts of the traditional scottish garb. He is showing off the Cunningham tartan. He comes dressed like this every year. It's kinda fun. I'm thinking about doing it too but I'm afraid Raquel will choke to death from laughing so hard.

It's a family reunion so of course there have to be old people ;)

I finally did it! I played the bagpipes! I can now cross off #23 on my 'Life's Ambitions' list. It is much much harder than it looks. I almost passed out.

Of course KJ had to try it too! Now I can cross off #483 on my Life's Ambitions list. "I want to see my son play the bagpipes".

Friday, August 10, 2007

Apple and the Enterprise

I don't normally make a habit of 'republishing' others blog posts but I ran across an excellent post this morning that explained something very well. Click HERE to read the entire post. The post explains well why Apple does not 'go after' the enterprise market. Enterprise market being defined by the poster as
"In the enterprise market, you must sell to the business as an entity, usually through an IT department whose job it is to manage technology products and services that are actually used by everyone else in the company." This definition is as opposed to the opposite of enterprise or 'direct to the consumer.'
It explains well why most PC desktops are giant smoking pieces of pooh. (Yah, go ahead, disagree with me. Whatever.)
When asked why Apple doesn't offer giant smoking pieces of pooh, Steve Jobs simply explains,
" There's some stuff in our industry that we wouldn't be proud to ship. And we just can't do it. We can't ship junk. There are thresholds we can't cross because of who we are."
That about sums it up for me.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Elbow, elbow, wrist wrist wrist

Shelby got to ride a horse in a local parade this morning. It was very exciting. She has been going to a local group for therapeutic horseback riding this summer.It is called 'Courage Reins'. It is for kiddos that are special needs, disabled or who have gone through traumatic injuries. It has been amazing to see her learn how to care for a horse and to actually ride it, not just be led around. We thought she would be riding on the hay wagon with other kids in the group for the parade but when they came by there Shelby was on 'Casey' the horse. She even had the waving thing down, very cute! Oh, and Shelby wants me to make sure you see that she has her pink boots on.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Bourne Again

***Spoiler Alert***

Went to see Bourne Ultimatum today. It was great. It totally fed my need for a good, fun movie. I was totally enthralled from the first frame till the last. I know that it seems they left the ending wide open for a possible fourth movie but I hope they don't do it. I think this film can totally stand on it's own to end the trilogy. Many of the 'loose' ends were tied up and it didn't feel like a rush to get them all tied up. (unlike this summer's 7th installment of the Harry Potter series where all the loose ends and red herrings had to be crammed into 700+ pages)
There have been articles and talk recently about who would be the best between 'Jason Bourne' and 'James Bond'. I think that is silly, they are two totally different characters. Jason would win hands down in a fist fight but Bond would win if he had access to his gadgets. I think the question should be which characters films win the female beauty pageant. Heh heh, Bond wins this one hands down. Don't know why I went there, I really don't.
Anyway, back to Ultimatum. I think this final (hopefully) installment may be the best in the series. It is definitely better than number 2, but might have had too many moments in common with the first film. I found myself saying, "didn't that happen in the first film?" one too many times. But, I quickly overcame those thoughts when the action ensued. The fist fights were excellent, although this shaky camera fad has got to go! The vehicle chases were superior and make me want to go again so I can catch anything I missed.
The best line of the movie is when a CIA agent is radioing their chief and says, "he drove off the roof!" and the chief replies, "WHAT?!?" I guess you have to see the scene but it was awesome.
It wasn't any rougher sex/violence wise than the first two so I highly recommend you take your older kids and make a family event out of it. Some of you might chide me for saying that and even hinting that this is in any way a 'family' film. But after several years of watching the DVD's of the first 2 films with my wife and kids, the Bourne movies have become a family hit and a lot of fun to watch together. And, no, I don't think this will entice my 17 year old son who is on the verge of obtaining his drivers license to drive the family car backwards off the top of a parking garage. But, I could be wrong ;)