Monday, March 31, 2008

I'd Eat Anything with Bacon

It's time to get some food talk into my blog..... It's usually all just sports and other stuff that get people all jacked up so I said to myself, "How can I insult anyone talking about food?" Impossible.

Each Sunday that we're home we have "Big Breakfast." It's sort of lame now with just Janae and I and the dogs, but when the boys were home, they lived for Sunday and the always delicious array of breakfast meats, two types of hashbrowns (no typo there), toast, and eggs cooked anyway you like 'em. Wow, I'm getting hungry just typing this up.

Me? I like bacon. In fact, I make this statement: Bacon is so good, I know many Jewish people who eat that's saying something. They will forgo the ham sandwich, a tasty bratwurst or hot dog at the ball game, but wrap anything in bacon, and they will grab for that bacon wrapped whatever-it-is and chow down like a starved pit bull. Me too.

Probably the best bacon dish I ever had was in Tucson, AZ. We were there playing in a golf pro-am a few years ago and we went to this old-school Tucson restaurant right out of the '70's. There were 6 of us and I believe we ate all the bacon the place could cook up and wrap around some shrimp.

Now the problem with bacon, as we all know, is the smell it leaves in our homes. It can linger for hours. In fact, sometimes I think it gets into my suit and when they sneak in a fast Sunday that's not on a "real" fast Sunday (ie. on the first Sunday of the month). I felt guilty yesterday sitting in 2pm church with starved people hovering around me going, "Is that bacon?" I pointed at Janae.



I hijacked the following quote from another blog and want to pass it along as a thought for the day......

To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.

- Confucius

Tomorrow is promised to no one - get your house in order.


Sunday, March 30, 2008

UT Students Copy BYU Honor Code

From KUTV in Salt Lake City: University of Texas Students Copy BYU Honor Code Without Giving Attribution

Does this mean that the coogs will allow the honor code material to be used ONLY with proper attribution, credit, glory, fame, and a percentage of the proceeds ALL going to BYU, or will they allow the Texans to acknowledge their mistake, repent, and move forward using the honor code perhaps as the first step in a missionary process?
It will be interesting to see how this goes down.

Me? I like the U of U honor code.

If you don't know that that code is...

Look it up.

How I Do What I Do

Yup, I picked all 4 teams that made it to the final four.

In spite of some people who questioned my knowledge of college basketball, I sit here tonight fat and happy knowing that the picks I made 2 weeks ago were accurate. Dang, it feels good to me right now.

I got a new church calling today.....Sunday School Teacher for the 14 and 15 year olds. It's funny actually....I was released in the middle of January as the Executive Secretary and was told to "not get too comfy." Now, nearly three months later, the ward posse finally caught up with me. Granted, it wasn't easy for them since we are usually out of town at least 2 weekends a month (plus we don't have an answering machine anymore for people to leave 5 minute voice messages...get over it those who want to leave a did it to yourselves). If I get my wish and convince Janae to hit the "cash in" button we'll move to Utah, have a small ranch, raise chickens (do we have to have a rooster for eggs?), have a barn, lots more dogs, a cow perhaps and have some peace and quiet.....we will probably have to wait for Jake's return from Ecuador, but I can see the future.....and it ain't Nevada. I wanna be a cowboy. Janae only hopes someone can talk me out of this phase sooner than later. Good luck.

The past week had us return from Indian Wells, and then I was in Mesquite for some meetings on Wednesday and Thursday. If you haven't been to our once sleepy border town, it has changed quite a bit.....I'm actually glad to see the growth.

Life is good.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Scary Stuff

Looks like their may be seem truth to the cougar-shi'ite beliefs after all.....

Thursday, March 27, 2008

I'm Back and I'm Angry

I'm back people....and I'm angry.

Okay, let's debate about what's going on:

1. The BYU Dorks (a never-ending saga)
2. Gas Prices
3. Healthcare
4. The War in Iraq

The BYU people drive me crazy. To simply say I dislike them all doesn't adequately convey the depth and breadth of my feelings toward them. They are so out of touch with the world...... You have no idea how glad I that their basketball team lost in the NCAA's! I just hummed to myself, "Praise to the man!" The loss to a lower seed just confirms that their program is inferior. They didn't come ready to fight with flipflops? yeah, but to play? No way.

And how about all the pettiness that is constantly on display by BYU fans, alumni, players and their wives? (Sister Sarah). I believe their blind faith borders on lunacy....In fact, the temple recommend interview should be modified; "Do you feel that BYU sports deserves to win all the time? Even against Notre Dame?"


And these people can balance their checkbook?

I've actually determined that it's the BYU grads in 0ur ward who are the biggest whiners - it's a lifestyle for them. It wasn't a stretch to figure that out. Here's an example: kid get dropped off for mutual, everyone leaves an hour later....kid is left at church....parent is FURIOUS that child wasn't dropped off. Calls bishop. Calls YM President. Hey BYU dweeb, be responsible for your own kids and quit relying on my wife to provide taxi service. I'm sure a letter was sent to Salt Lake if they don't have more important things to do......

I can only hope more members choose to attend other colleges.

2. Gas prices - too high. I say we show the King of Saudi Arabia a couple of gleaming nuclear bombs in the bays of our state-of-the-art B-2 bombers and give them 48 hours to see if they want to lower their prices about 30 bucks a barrel? We go too soft on these ragheads. Yeah, ragheads. We need to make them lowever their prices. In the good old days, we would have just taken the stuff.....we need to be tougher.

Also, I would drill through the head of a protected caribou in Alaska if I could pump some oil. Sure the wilderness is pristine, but it has alot of natural resources. We have to drill people. To hell with the enviromentalists.

3. Healthcare costs money. Deal with it. I am tired of all the whining. Plus my son is going to be a doctor, and I want him to be really rich.

4. The war is costly. The war is about control of the Middle East. The war is about oil. We've been there for 5 years and price per barrel has gone up....a lot. Use the good bombs.....the nuclear ones......that'll get people's attention. I have to think of everything?


Monday, March 24, 2008

Pardon the Interruption

It's been a solid week since my last post. I've revamped my blog a bit - added some tunes, changed around some of the photos, and got a new layout. I love my Eagles, but all the green in the background bothered my eyes and I couldn't change the font size or color.

The week off also gave me a break from all the crap I was getting from my posts after the UNLV/BYU contest, and the comments I made about the ensuing fracas that happened after the game. I find it truly amazing that people were actually disturbed by the content of my blog. To this I would say: If you don't like what I write, then don't read it. We did find a great website last week with jokes about Sarah Cummard - the wife of one of the BYU players who instigated at least one brawl after the MWC title game. I'll post the website when I find it, or at least post a few of the jokes. Someone told me she was banned from the Thomas & Mack arena. Good riddance. We don't need troublemakers like her lurking around our children. And thank goodness all she was wearing was flip flops and not hiking boots when she attacked rebel fans. We are going to laugh about this for a long, long time.

So....the past week had us in Indian Wells, California to watch the Pacific Life Open. This is a great, great tennis tournament that we have been going to for the past 8 years. This year Alec and his wife Tiffany joined us. We had a wonderful time watching tennis, going out to eat, hanging out by the pool, and playing hours upon hours of pinochle. We love that game!

We were also excited to watch UNLV's victory over Kent State in the opening round of the NCAA's. Their ability to hold KSU to a tournament tying low half of scoring only 10 points was quite an accomplishment. Their next opponent was the mighty Kansas Jayhawks who were ranked among the top 5 teams all year so the odds were definitely against the Rebels. UNLV played a tough first half and then were outclassed in the 2nd half - they got beat, but by making it to the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament they went a lot further than most people thought they would go.

Life remains exciting for our family - Jake is in Ecuador sweating like a migrant farm worker, Alec is a junior at the U of U studying for his physics degree and doing math equations that take hours just to complete one of them. Janae and I are trying to figure out what to do with our lives now that no one is at home. Every married couple faces the challenge of the "Empty Nest" and each will deal with it in their own way. Being relatively young and healthy when our nest emptied out, we have a lot of options to consider. We're excitied for the future. We are most grateful for our sons and the joy they have brought to our lives. Alec has a wonderful wife in Tiffany while Jake left lovely Miss Amy when he elected to serve his mission. We hope that the dreams that Jake and Amy have will come true.

It's been a rather dull week people, but I can promise more contentious, funny and sarcastic comments in future posts. I'm just getting my groove back together.

Monday, March 17, 2008

New Blog

Bare with me everyone, the new blog is just getting underway and I'll be adding to it during the rest of the week whilst I am in Indian Wells watching tennis and enjoying the company of my wife, son and his lovely bride.