Friday, September 29, 2006
Thursday, September 28, 2006
I found this video browsing on YouTube the other day. I think that it is simply fascinating, but others that I've talked to who have seen it think that it is a little bit creepy. The video is of a guy that took pictures of himself everyday for 6 years and then put them together into a movie. The music is pretty cool too. Alison thinks it' a mix between the credits music from The Truman Show and a Radiohead song. Without further ado, I give you the much anticipated movie:
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
I told him and my coworkers that because I had been outed, that I would have to delete half of my blog because I was mainly writing trash about them. Lucky for me that wasn't true. Just goes to show that if you are going to sign your name to something on the internet, then make sure that it will never show up to haunt you in the future.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Monday, September 25, 2006
She is a little jaundiced and so she has been under the special lights for the last couple of days. Hopefully, she will have improved enough by tomorrow to not have to lie under them any longer.
Sunday, September 24, 2006
The Utes started off the Mountain West Conference Season on the right foot yesterday. They lost to the Aztecs last year at home and this year they were out for revenge. In short, they got it. They started off scoring the first touchdown but San Diego State answered with Eric Weddle missing coverage and giving up a rare touchdown. This made him angry and he showed why that was bad news for SDSU.
Utah then went on a tear and their defense played exceptionally well, forcing 5 turnovers. Weddle had 3 interceptions and returned 2 for touchdowns. Ratliff (the quarterback) didn't have the greatest stats for the game but he began looking better and better as the game went on. It was his best game from the running point of view.
Mom, Dad, Rachelle and Shelby all came over to our aprtment to watch the game because they don't yet have the Mountain. Hopefully they'll get it soon or they'll be driving down here for more games. San Diego State has yet to win a game this season. Next week will be a real test when they take on #22 Boise State at home.
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
They finished the game with a total of 6 turnovers and less than 100 yards offense. Even I, as a Utah fan, felt bad for the Aggies and was hoping that they would at least make a good play sometime. They did get insied the 10-yard line once, but the runningback fumbled the ball and, of course, the Utes recoverd. So now Utah has 2 wins over extremely weak opponents and 1 loss to a very good UCLA team.
What that all comes down to then is that we have no idea how good or how bad Utah really is. We know they aren't horrible, Utah State is horrible. That makes this weekends game against San Diego State pretty important for the Utes. Many people consider this game a patsy, but I'm still not sure how good Utah is. Either way, it will be a fun game to watch.
Now BYU on the other hand, they should be 3-0, but instead they are 1-2. If they would have made it through the first 3 weeks with 3 wins, they would be ranked and their game against TCU (#16) would certainly be a big game to watch. In my opinion, David james said it best here (Top 10 Reasons BYU Lost to Boston College).
In other news, Ada is now more than 8 weeks old. She is smiling a lot more and will follow you around with her eyes as you move about the room. It's fun to have her more attentive to our movements and more responsive to our cooing. She is certainly a doll.
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Utah got their first win of the year over the weekend. Granted it was over a Division II school, but they certainly needed the practice. The Utes looked really good during the game and were able to put together a handful of good drives. My only gripe is that they didn't put Grady (back-up quarterback) into the game until almost midway through the fourth quarter and by then it was too late to allow him to make any passes (I wanted to see him throw the ball). Anyway they can get it, it was a good win for the Utes.
Monday, September 11, 2006
5 years ago, I was living in Voronezh, Russia. I was about in the middle of my two-year mission for the LDS church. Because we did not use the internet, watch tv or read the newspaper, everything that we ever heard came from word of mouth.
My companion at the time was Elder Jackson from Arizona. He was also our district leader. At about 6:00 pm (Voronezh time) we went to a small indoor pool to meet with the owner to see if we could rent it for a baptism. We met a branch member (Anna Tichinina) there because she knew the person that we needed to talk to. While Elder Jackson and Anna were renting the banya (pool), there was a tv on with the sound turned down. The television kept showing pictures of the burning World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the White House. I had no reason to think that it was anything but a made for TV movie. I wasn't paying the closest attention to the TV because I was studying some Russian words that I was trying to learn for the day.
Once the banya was rented we went with Anna to her family's house for family home evening and dinner. I don't remember anything unusual about our visit that night. When we returned to our apartment that evening and were preparing ourselves for bed, the AP's (Assisstant's to the President) called and told us that there had been terrorist attacks in the United States. We were told only the most basic details and that anywhere from 10-50,000 people had perished.
It was quite some time before we knew that the number killed was actually quite smaller than that. What a relief. That night, Elder Jackson and I prayed, cried and prayed some more. We prayed for our families, humanity and the families affected by the tragedy. It was one of the very few nights that I was not in bed by 10:30 (as I was supposed to be). We stayed up late talking to each other and writing in our journals.
The next couple days we were not allowed to proselyte and for more than a month after that we were not allowed to wear our nametags for fear of retribution and anti-Americanism. We did not notice any specific threats or problems because of the attacks.
I still pray for the families and for humanity. I wish there was a way for us all to learn to get along and live peacefully in this beautiful world.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Well, Utah lost over the weekend to a fabulous UCLA team. The game was at the Rose Bowl (I was there! - more on that at a later date). The starting quarterback for the Bruins was Ben Olsen, who actually went to BYU for a year before leaving on his mission. When he returned, he snubbed the Cougars and signed with the Bruins. After seeing him play, I'm sure that BYU wishes they had him for next year because, he was amazing
Utah on the other hand... They managed to only convert once on third down, going a dismal 1-11. They had one really good drive at the end of the first quarter, and to build on that, Kyle put in a different quarterback. Call me crazy, but it sure felt like a momentum stopper to me.
It was horribly hot at the game and maybe the heat affected the team in some way. I'm not sure. There were probably 8-10,000 Utah fans there though, easily, 15-20% of the people there. The good news is, UCLA vs. Utah in Salt Lake City next year. I'll be there!