Thursday, November 2, 2017

MAG-er

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Game 6 with my dad was a blast! So fun to feel the energy and see the crowd go nuts as Dodgers won. I wore blue because I wanted California to win, but nothing that said LA (that'd be traitorous). I belted out "God Bless America" with a group of latino guys with tatted necks and faces. Boo-ed with the crowd at Yuli in retribution for his slant-eye mockery of Darvish. High fived every kind of person imaginable on the way out. It felt so American. America is all of us in this great melting pot trying to win. 
Leaving the game, our Uber driver was Uzbek and in his late 20's. I'd been traveling all day and hadn't heard of the recent attack. As we spoke, he shared openly where he was from, how he got here, his religious beliefs, his goals and dreams. He is getting his MBA, marrying an Uzbek girl soon who is in medical school back home. Impressive guy. I hope there are many more like him and less like the other.
Inscribed at the Statue of Liberty is this, "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" MAGA? No. MAG-er. Bring 'em. They are as our fore-bearers once were.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Healthy Spin on Chip-Chop Eggs

Pancakes and french toast too heavy on sugar for you? Try this one:

3 eggs overeasy
handful of uncooked spinach
large spoonful of traditional hummus
large spoonful of ripe avocado
tbsp of parmesan cheese
tbsp of tapenade
salt and pepper to taste

chip-chop it all in a bowl, serve on whole wheat bread. 

Serves one hungry man or two ninnies.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

On Dating



















It takes significant effort to maintain a positive attitude about dating. I don't always stay positive. Some of my favorite one liners about dating are, "Its a losing game, until you win.", "Just pick one, they're all crazy.", and for holiday flavor, "Welcome to the island of misfit toys." Not the most spiritual, uplifting or poetic but they frequently come to my mind. And since this entry has started off on the wrong foot I'll show you a funny clip regarding the importance of marriage. (earmuffs for the sensitive)



Fantastic. Now to change gears completely...What I really wanted to post is a talk that has been solid practical advice for what to do in dating to increase your chances of having a happy and successful marriage down the road. Ask me in 20 years if it works. In his talk, Michael Glauser presents eight key principles gathered from his spiritual insights as a singles' ward bishop and from LDS prophets quotes. The eight principles are:

1. It Is Your Choice
2. Place Yourself in Circulation
3. Develop Effective Communication Skills
4. Understand the Proper Role of Physical Attraction
5. Moral Cleanliness is Essential
6. Work on Yourself
7. Commitment is Required
8. Become a Giver Not a Taker

Each principle has great quotes and ideas attached as bullet points. Its a wonderfully helpful talk and a worthy read for all you fellow misfit toys out there. Here is the link:

Principles for Getting Married

Monday, November 28, 2011

Not According to Plan

I watched Marley and Me over the Thanksgiving break. One of the messages in the movie is that life takes you into areas you don't always expect to go. E.g., annoying dog, miscarriage and career path. Nowhere does the road wind more than in family life.

The Mormon Channel app for smart phones has some good stuff on it. Included are audio series like "The Light of Christ" and "Enduring It Well". I just listened to the latest episode of EIW entitled, "Surviving the Broken Marriage". It made me think of my divorced friends whose plans have been broken and must put together the pieces and deal with the mess.

It seems like the majority of your friends start getting married at the same time and those life events go in waves at certain ages. The last couple years seem to have been the beginning of the early divorce wave and my heart goes out those friends. This podcast interviews a couple that has gone through divorce and made the best out of a bad situation. Here is the link, enjoy.

http://mormonchannel.org/programs/enduring-it-well-episode-29?lang=eng

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Why are cars so expensive?

My engine went kaput today (see pic). I was driving to school and heard a pop and then flopping. At first I thought a tire had blown. But after pulling over and inspecting, I discovered the tires were actually fine but oil was dripping profusely from the engine. My mechanically gifted friend, Matt Valzania, came and found a hole where he thinks a rod punched through. Why did this happen on a car with only 115K miles on it? Because I thought a 2 foot puddle was a 6 inch puddle two months ago. After that fiasco and expensive repair there was probably still residual damage that didn't rear its ugly rod face through my engine until today. I guess the good news is... uh... that the Giants won the world series last year.... and that I don't have chronically sweaty palms... and we don't live in North Korea.

Seriously, the good news is people come and help when bad things happen. Matt came straight over and helped me move the car off the freeway and diagnosed the problem and found an engine for sale that will do the trick. Bobby Lee towed me home. Matt McCallom gave me the name of a mechanic to use...

and as I was typing this all out 50 something year old Francisco (?) knocked on my door with my driver's license which apparently slipped out of my pocket while I was laying under the car. With a thick Mexican accent he explained how his mini dachshund sniffed it out on a walk and - good Samaritan that he is - he was worried about me and drove to the address on my license to make sure everything was ok and return it. I hooked him up with some wild boar meat from my latest kill and a Book of Mormon. Thanks Francisco. Thanks Francisco's weener dog. Thanks Jesus.

Saturday, October 8, 2011