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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Old MacZuTroy Had a Farm

Old MacZuTroy Had a Farm
So my stake has a big farm.  Actually the church owns a really big chunk of Saratoga Springs and it’s all farmland.  But they have this small strip of it that’s probably about 10 acres or so that they set aside for the wards.  Each ward is in charge of what they do with their lots.  Our ward this year just announced that anyone t [...]

Do You Know Who You’re Sitting ...

Do You Know Who You’re Sitting Next To?
Bill gates posted a really interesting picture to Twitter today.  http://twitpic.com/4cc7up.  Take a look at that picture.  Here’s the richest man in the world (depending on how his stocks are valued compared to Warren Buffet and the Walton kids. And that guy in Mexico) and he’s just sitting on the ground with a bunch of people wh [...]

Shaping up… Again

Shaping up… Again
1 year ago I started my own made up diet/weight control program.  Basically it was just this: No eating after 6:00 PM. That worked well for about 3 months. I slowly lost about 10 pounds.  Then I plateaued. Until August I didn’t lose any more weight.  Not until I tried a handy little iPhone app called LoseIt. LoseIt helps you set goals a [...]

Looking at Money a Little Different

Looking at Money a Little Different
Every Penny Counts My wife and I have been struggling to recover from the debt we incurred when we closed down a business venture a few years ago.  We were starting to think we weren’t going to be able to make it. Then about 3 months and 6 days ago were were given a tough choice to make.  We could either settle our single largest acco [...]

Where’s the “So What?R...

Where’s the “So What?”
I had a professor in college that was always telling us to find the “So what?”.  When we wrote a paper, it had to have a “so what?” or he would make us start over.  I have really tried to make that a part of my communication because I have the tenancy to make a story longer than shorter, to ramble on little bit, to giv [...]

What Is a Family?

What Is a Family?
From my 4 year old: A family is kids and parents… That love each other… And eat food.. And breakfast… when they wake up in the morning.

Book 23 – Good To Great by Jim ...

Book 23 – Good To Great by Jim Collins
A few months ago I posted that I one of the goals in my bucket list was to read 1000 books.  And well, I promptly stopped reading.  Shame on me. See, I have the tendency to get busy working and living and forget my goals sometimes.  Just to be fair though I am doing pretty good on my goal to practice golfing. I even took Jonathan out for 9 ho [...]

My Kids Love Doing Their Chores

My Kids Love Doing Their Chores
I have 3 kids, a 4th on the way.  Jonathan is 10, Cari is 8 and James is 3.  Normally getting ready for bed is like most households. There’s some instructions given and then ignored. Then there’s some voice raising and a little more voice raising until one or two of the kids comply.  Then there’s some yelling and some half e [...]

The Cycle of Life to a Pre-schooler

The Cycle of Life to a Pre-schooler
I like to point things out to my kids when I drive like my dad did with me when I was a kid.  He always had this uncanny ability to see 14 deer hiding in the scrub oak as we cruised down the winding highway a little faster than we should have been.  “Where?” was usually the response. I have no idea how he managed to see them and s [...]

Thank You; a Pet Peive

Thank You; a Pet Peive
I appreciate courtesy when speaking with people.  And when communicating in something other than speech for that matter as well. I like when I see someone allow someone else to merge on the freeway or when someone holds the door for another person.  Bet there’s times when courtesy becomes a discourtesy. If you are entering a traffic cir [...]

Life Goal 17 – Read 1000 books

Life Goal 17 – Read 1000 books
I need some help.  I have started working on my list of Life Goals.  Things I want to accomplish before I die.  If I accomplish 10% of them I’ll consider it no small feat. One of them is to read and catalog 1000 books.  And no, Dr. Suess books don’t count.  (To bad, I could be up to 7 already.) So if I read at least 25 books/year [...]