Aug 302011

Tasha and I hiked Timp. I took my little FlipVideo and took some moving pictures. The video is 11 minutes long so it’s not for the faint of heart. Its also not very good, but I’m claiming the rookie break. 🙂

You will want to pay attention to Tasha’s outlook on life. You can see she starts out super excited and gets more and more tired as we walk. By the time we summit (6+ hours) She is whupped. 30 minutes later after we have slid the glacier she is glowing with excitement. It was fun, we’ll do it again.



 Posted by at 9:07 am
Aug 192011

I saw a reference to this whilst browsing UteFans this morning. I’m not 100% certain, but I hope it is meant to be funny. It was so well done that I almost think he might have been serious, but that’s a bit of a stretch. Anyways, I have to admit it was very well done and full of some great lines. Here are my favorites:

You’ll likely fly into Salt Lake City, but if I were you I would stay in Provo where there is far less gangs and violence, and where there are some great places to eat and shop.

Less gangs and violence. Ya, ’cause SLC is just downright dangerous.

There’s a Comfort Inn on University Pkwy in Orem that I would recommend. Pool, exercise room, nice lobby. It’s a bit pricey, but it comes with a pretty good continental breakfast (with waffle iron). So, for me and my family (8), it makes more economic sense to pay a few more dollars at the hotel and get a free breakfast rather than skimp on the hotel and end up dropping a 20 spot for my family’s breakfast.

He doesn’t come out and say it, but my guess is the family of 8 are all in the same room. He does however, come and and say he is feeding his family of 8 breakfast for $20. That’s pretty impressive. Based on my math that’s $2.86 per person if we assume child 6 is still a baby. That’s an egg muffin plus tax at McDonald’s. Livin’ large in Provo.

Just an FYI, Orem and Provo have the 2 biggest malls in the entire county.

Yeah — that’s something to brag about. Even better, it is so untrue as to be laughable. I found a couple of organizations that actually track that stuff and neither mall even makes the top 100. Awesome funny.

There are 2 Cosco’s in the valley (Orem and American Fork). You are supposed to be a member to shop there, but if you wait for a big crowd and just walk through briskly, they usually don’t stop you. I enjoy window shopping there, and on Saturdays there are food samples galore. I’ve been known to walk out the doors having spent $0 yet absolutely stuffed and content. Thay also have massage chairs on demonstration in the furniture aisle, which makes for a very nice, relaxing 30-minute power nap.

I don’t think I even need to comment. Wow.

Orem has a Super Target.

I like Target, but this level of excitement over the location in Orem leaves me to think that the author has never left the happy confines of Utah valley, otherwise he would know that there are almost 1400 target stores in the US. Yeah, we’re cool because we have a “Super Target!”

Best value in town – hands down – is “Chuck-A-Rama”. This is the nicer, classier brother of Golden Corral. I would especially recommend this if you’re coming a few days early, as Thursday is “seafood night”. Think…All-you-can-eat fried shrimp, fries, tuna patties, seafood salad, etc. and like 100 soda-pop options to pick from. Not to mention the ice cream dessert-bar. They charge your kid according to age, and we’ve never been ID’d.

I added the italics because that is far and away the best part. The only thing better would be if he had told us the number of years he subtracts from each kid so we can know what the safe limits are. Of course if he is consistent he’ll have to tell the cashier that the baby is -1 year old, right?

There’s a furniture store called RC WIlley that often provides FREE hot dogs and drinks on Saturdays. Soda is usually a bit flat, but the dogs are as good as any place, and again – FREE!

Priceless. Of course for some of us, priceless and free have the same meaning.

Trafalga also recently added an AMAZING fun center in Lehi. Lazer tag, carny rides, bumper boats, slick track – you name it. And they’ve gone to great lengths to give it a “Disneyland ambiance” by adding things like the Statue of Liberty and Mt. Rushmore. Five GIANT stars.

Having never left Utah Valley he only knows Disneyland from what he’s seen on TV so it does seem pretty similar.

There’s awesome tailgating all around LES. Mostly potluck, so plan to bring a jello or casserol to share, and plan to mooch off others also.

There is no alcohol or caffeine allowed anywhere on campus…don’t even try to smuggle it in. This isn’t the University of Utah!!

Those two lines so go together. I do have to agree though, I’ve never seen a casserole in the U tailgating lots and you can actually buy a Coke in the stadium!

There are many more gems in the post, make sure to click through to the original. I’m am standing in awe at the many subtle levels of genius in his post. I think he got the level of sarcasm so close to the edge of real that many readers will think it was really real. I don’t think he posted anything offensive to BYU fans, but instead was able to poke fun at the stereotypes and come up with hilarity.

On the other hand, he may have meant every word making it even more funny. Either way, enjoy!

 Posted by at 11:11 am
Aug 172011

I saw this posted again today somewhere else. I think I’ve shared it before, but it’s good enough to go as a repeat. Enjoy!

Thinking of taking up aviation? We recommend familiarizing yourself with the following:

  • Every takeoff is optional. Every landing is mandatory.
  • If you push the stick forward, the houses get bigger. If you pull the stick back, they get smaller. That is, unless you keep pulling the stick all the way back and it comes off in your hand. Then they get bigger again.
  • Flying isn’t dangerous. Crashing is what’s dangerous.
  • It’s always better to be down here wishing you were up there than up there wishing you were down here.
  • The only time you have too much fuel is when you’re on fire.
  • The propeller is just a big fan in front of the plane used to keep the pilot cool. When it stops, you can actually watch the pilot start sweating.
  • When in doubt, hold on to your altitude. No one has ever collided with the sky.
  • A “good” landing is one from which you can walk away. A “great” landing is one after which they can use the plane again.
  • You know you’ve landed with the wheels up if it takes full power to taxi to the ramp.
  • Never let an aircraft take you somewhere your brain didn’t get to five minutes earlier.
  • Stay out of clouds. The silver lining everyone keeps talking about might be another airplane going in the opposite direction.
  • Reliable sources also report that mountains have been known to hide out in clouds.
  • Always try to keep the number of landings you make equal to the number of take offs you’ve made.
  • There are three simple rules for making a smooth landing. Unfortunately no one knows what they are.
  • You start with a bag full of luck and an empty bag of experience. The trick is to fill the bag of experience before you empty the bag of luck.
  • If all you can see out of the window is ground that’s going round and round and all you can hear is commotion coming from the passenger compartment, things are not at all as they should be.
  • In the ongoing battle between objects made of aluminum going hundreds of miles per hour and the ground going zero miles per hour, the ground has yet to lose.
  • Good judgment comes from experience. Unfortunately, the experience usually comes from bad judgment.
  • It’s always a good idea to keep the pointy end going forward as much as possible.
  • There are old pilots and there are bold pilots. There are, however, no old, bold pilots.
 Posted by at 9:01 am
Aug 022011

Read the story here.

 AptiQuant stressed that using IE doesn’t mean you have low intelligence. “What it really says is that if you have a low IQ then there are high chances that you use Internet Explorer,” said AptiQuant CEO Leonard Howard, the BBC reported.

The original PDF is available online, but it is super duper dense. It does appear that if you have a lower than 100 IQ there is a good chance you’ll be using one version of IE or another. On the other hand, the fact that you are using IE doesn’t mean you are an idiot.

Does it? 🙂

Another story here. And here.


 Posted by at 1:03 pm