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Immigration Rant

I met a bunch of migrant workers this week.  Some of them legal, most not.  The ones that are not here legally are very interesting.  They speak about their legality in a very matter-of-fact way.  They know they are here breaking the law. They don’t try to get a driver license. They don’t try to get auto insurance. But they drive [...]

The Best Form of Customer Validation ...

I hate working on my own car.  I grew up pulling engines, repairing transmissions, replacing all kinds of dirty greasy parts. I’m glad I did and that I still remember how. But I really can’t stand it.  I don’t even like to check my own oil. However, I really hate getting ripped off by dishonest mechanics too so I still do a [...]

Moving to a New Home… Again

Moving to a New Home… Again
I’ve been thinking about moving to a new host for quite some time but the cost in effort  has always seemed to outweigh the costs of just keeping it where it is/was. Well my wordpress install got hacked on the old host and I managed to use my entirely monthly allotted bandwidth in 3 days.  I guess that costs of keeping it in place have [...]

Garlic Shrimp with Peanut Lime Sauce

Garlic Shrimp with Peanut Lime Sauce
Get grilling this weekend. Here’s a great recipe to get you started. TAG IT/SHARE IT/LIKE IT! GARLIC SHRIMP WITH PEANUT LIME SAUCE ¼ cup peanut oil ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce 3 tablespoons unsalted peanuts ½ teaspoon grated lime zest 2 tablespoons lime juice 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh basil lea [...]

Good Connections

Good Connections
You’ve read 3 Cups of Tea. Right? Greg Mortenson (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Yeah, good. So you should also follow Greg Mortenson on Twitter. I did.  Today he asked a question that was perfect for a wedgie. Yes, a wedgie.  A wedgie is a short poll question that can be tweeted and voting can be done just by clicking one the links in the tw [...]

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake
I just discovered that Pinterest is full of horrible pictures of pumpkin cheesecake.  Come one people, it’s not that hard. Here, look at this one.  I took this with a 5Mpx Canon Powershot about 5 years ago.  Just take 2 minutes to make the plate look presentable.   Here’s a couple tips. Make sure the cheesecake is very cold [...]

Rain in the Summer Time

Rain in the Summer Time
So for the trip down to Florida I burned a bunch of MP3 discs.  I didn’t have time to really think through them or sort out what order things were in.  So every time a new song would come on it was a little bit of a guess what it would be.  Most of the time I had no clue. And quite often a good song would come on that I hadn’t hea [...]

I Have a Truman Again

I Have a Truman Again
Yes, it’s true. Truman Pratt is coming back to Utah.  Some of you may remember Truman from such episodes as Aug 20 2005, and A Sad Sad Day. I remember Truman from the times he has saved me tons of money is car repairs and advice.  If you are current on your past events you know that Truman has been out of the state for a few years.  Wel [...]

The Bad Dentist

The Bad Dentist
You may remember that I have had dental work done in the past. I have been going to the same dentist for over 10 years. And I was really happy with him. Mostly because I hadn’t really thought about it or compared dentists now that I think about it. A few years ago I started have issues with crowns breaking and fillings falling out.  Whe [...]

Travelling

Travelling
So I haven’t blogged much for the last year or so.  I’ve been really busy.  Wait that sounds familiar. I think I’ve said that before. I am tempted to try to get all caught up in one post. Ok, not really tempted because that’s just insane.  I could alternate posts with “what’s new” and “what has [...]

A Letter to my Daughters (not written...

A Letter to my Daughters (not written by me but still awesome)
Posted to Facebook by a friend of mine.  Originally written by an unnamed friend of hers. “One of the most important qualities that keep a marriage healthy is emotional availability from both partners. Find someone who is available to you emotionally. Find someone who likes to do what you do, but also who you can talk to anytime. Find s [...]

The Countess and the Impossible

The Countess and the Impossible
No one in our Utah town knew where the Countess had come from; her carefully precise English indicated that she was not a Native American. From the size of her house and staff we knew that she must be wealthy, but she never entertained and she made it clear that when she was home she was completely inaccessible. … The Countess always carr [...]

Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend
Ok, so it’s been a little while since I blogged.  Honestly I have kinda felt like there wasn’t much to blog out.  But then a few weeks ago I signed up for Startup Weekend Salt Lake City.  The event was last week and I’m still on a high from it.  I haven’t done anything that cool in years.  I’ll definitely be goi [...]

Peppers

Peppers
We got a little excited about growing our own peppers this year.  I picked out some really nice looking Anaheim and Serrano peppers that I figured would make some good salsa.  We planned two 20 ft rows of peppers. That should be enough right? But we didn’t plant any bell peppers.  I don’t know why, that’s what we buy the mos [...]

Cycles

Cycles
So I started Cycling.  I’ve wanted to do it for quite sometime.  This summer I made the goal to get started and not more than 2 weeks later MonaVie announces that we’ll be putting together a team for the ULCER this year.  I figured, “Hey, this is a heck of a way to kick it off” and I signed up.  The ULCER is next week [...]

I Rent and I’m Proud of It

I Rent and I’m Proud of It
This is not my house, but it's close. If you recall way back in Oct of 2007 we decided to sell our condo and not buy a house.  I remember how hard that decision was. I didn’t want to be “a renter”.  But I had enough good sources telling me that buying a home in 2007 was a bad idea.  It’s easy now to look back and [...]