Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Into the Temp World

Well, I do have a job lined up, but... it doesn't start until August. What to do, what to do... how about a temp job. So, I started a temp job today. It was absolutely brainless, required minimal thinking. Sad thing is, I bet I have more education than my supervisor and his supervisor... LOL. At least I don't have to think at all while I work. My job starting in August will require a lot more thinking, planning, and etc.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Okay, this is another LOST posting, so again, if you aren’t interested in the TV show LOST, then you are welcome to read older posts about other random subjects.

Okay, so… What did you think about the season finale? This episode (as most do) brings up several questions:

Who the heck are the people that have a boat off the coast? Apparently, they aren’t friendly to the island.

How is Walt tied into this? You were right Danny, Lock wasn’t dead. The island wouldn’t let that happen. I was shocked to see Walt helping him.

What was up with the flash-forward of Jack??? Wow, that was crazy ending!

Whose funeral did Jack attend in the flash-forward? We at least know it was a girl and apparently Jack didn’t necessarily consider her a friend. It was kind of a scary neighborhood where the funeral parlor was at.

Who are the good guys? After watch how mercilessly Sawyer killed that guy, I wonder who the good guys are? Those others that were holding the hostages didn’t follow Ben’s orders and just shot into the sand instead. Sawyer didn’t have to kill Tom. I wasn’t too happy with what Sawyer did.

Where do we go from here? I wonder if Ben and Lock will be able to convince the survivors that these people are bad and maybe they’ll join tribes?? I don’t know. It’s going to be interesting. Apparently, Jack’s life will be more fulfilling if he stays on the island, and there are several people that would rather stay there.

And, we were very upset about Charlie dying. We know that it had to happen with Desmond’s predictions and all, but I think we were being hopeful. He’s been annoying most of the show, but there were moments when we really like Charlie. We like how he became a surrogate father for Clair’s baby.

Oh, and Hurly rocks!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

I saw a news report about a movie that's coming out on June 22 called September Dawn (click here to go to September Dawn's official website), a supposed "historical fiction" that appears to be more fiction than historical. Its about the mountain meadows massacre that happened on September 11, 1857. According to Wikipedia it is directed by Christopher Cain, is described by a press release as fictionalizing the "point of view held [by] direct descendants ... that the iconic Brigham Young had complicity in the massacre, a view denied by the Mormon Church." [Press release (2007-03-26)]

Here is a link to the Wikipedia article about it: There is no evidence that Brigham Young ordered the attack, on the contrary, there is evidence that he order the local Mormon settlers to do nothing. The problem was that the local militia didn't wait for a reply from Salt Lake. By the time the reply came the massacre already happened. No, there is still a lot of controversy over this, especially with a TV movie coming up. If you look at the Wikipedia discussion and history on this article you'll notice there has been a lot of debate. Some believe that the LDS church did a cover up. People are entitled to their opinions, as am I.

What bothers me the most about September Dawn, is that they make some pretty big claims about Brigham Young's involvement that aren't provable. On the website for September Dawn it says, "On June 22, the truth will be revealed". This infuriates me to no end! When you have no evidence for the assumptions you are making then you cannot claim the truth! Just because Christopher Cain is sure Brigham Young was behind this doesn't mean he is! Can Christopher Cain write history??? This movie makes Brigham Young look like an 19th century Osama bin Laden. I'm not saying the massacre didn't happen. It was a sad dark day, but it wasn't directed by Brigham Young. I hope people will realize this movie is not what happened, but what someone believed happened. They say they did their research, but they sure have filled in the holes with some anti-Mormon propaganda.

It is true that the massacre occurred. Yes, these Mormon settlers did this. But I wouldn't say the Mormon church did this. On the Wikipedia discussion page under "Pretty Good Article" this comment is made:
In Iraq, members of the US Military raped a woman and killed her whole family. It was, in fact, an official squad of the US Army. However, they did not operate upon that unit's rules of engagement and did not take orders from the military directing this action. So, I would not say that the US Army raped that woman and killed her family. I would say it was the individuals who did that.
This was a horrible thing that happened, but don't blame the LDS church, especially when the evidence is incomplete or missing.

I also wonder about the timing of the production of this movie. This is going to have a great effect on Mit Romney's presidential campaign. The movie was written and filmed before Romney declared his intentions to run for office, but it seems convenient if you want to put a barrier in front of his way. People are really looking at his religion, which is stupid. Just because Mit Romney is a Mormon is no reason he shouldn't be elected into office. People should decide to vote for or against him on the political issues. Yet, how he handles this film will be very important for his candidacy.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Right now I'm waiting for a DVD to finish burning. Lindy and I recently bought Vegas Movie Studio + DVD. Basically, it is video editing software and DVD creation software. We've had a DVD burner for about 2 years, but we had no idea how to use it so it acted as our CD-ROM the whole time. Finally we are starting to create family videos. I would put them on here, but with a dial-up connection it would be ridiculous. (Sorry Jim, none of my new neighbors have wireless networks. Stupid North Davis County folks – Get with the times!)

Anyway, so we made a photomontage for our mothers for mother’s day. We made ourselves a copy. Apparently, Sydney thinks it’s the coolest thing since ice cream. She loves to look at pictures of family members, that and the songs we put on there are songs we sing to her everyday. So, Sydney (even as I’m writing this) is watching the video and shouting out “Nana!” (Savannah’s nickname) to her own baby pictures. All babies apparently look like Savannah. She loves to sing with the music. Usually she’ll get at least 3 words from a phrase/sentence and mumble the rest of them. It’s hilarious to listen to. When the video ends she shouts out “Again!” and we watch the video over and over and over and over. Ha! That’s what we get to do as parents of little children, watch their favorite videos over and over again.

When I went to get Sydney out of bed this morning she was jumping in her crib as if it was a trampoline and shouting “Bounce!” Then she started practicing her colors (red, blue, purple, yellow). She loves to practice colors and numbers. Whenever she sees a number she starts counting and then yells “Blast off!” (too much Little Einstein apparently). Kids sure do make life interesting.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

So, who else is watching Lost? Okay, if you watch and are up-to-date you should read this. If you aren't up-to-date or you don't care then you may not want to read this.

So, what's up with Ben killing off Lock???? Lock was one of my favorite characters in the episode. I missed the episode where Lock killed his father. I guess I assume that he solves his problem. It seems like the only way people can die is if they figure things out and the resolve their main conflict.

I can't believe that they are actually going to get off the island. They are going to want to drag it out for another season at least. We still don't know the origins of the others (apparently Ben isn't really from here), we don't know all the details of the island. And that big black cloud that attacks people.

So, remember the episode (I'm assuming you actually know what I'm talking about , LOL) the episode where Mr. Echo stares down one of those black clouds. Well, if you pay real close attention you seen faint scenes from Echo's past. So, I'm thinking maybe those black clouds are really the characters' past coming back to get them. Of course there is always the theory that all of these guys are dead and in purgatory ( I don't believe that personally). I'm rambeling now. Meh...

Next Wednesday is the season finally. I wonder what questions they are going answer. I assume they are going to bring up some new questions. Is another hatch going to blow? Is Charlie actually going to drown like Desmond said? Err, I can't wait till next Wednesday....

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Day two...

I'm going to attempt at becoming a runner. I'm on day two of my new running schedule. My sister-in-law, Kelsey, had a schedule that is suppose to gradually get you to the point where you can run for 30-45 min straight. I guess a combination of running and walking is the way to go. At anyrate we'll see how that goes.

So, mother's day. We had a dinner for Lindy, her mother (Alice) and my mother. My brother Brad and his wife Heidi came too. We had a good old time. Lindy's dad and I were cooking for everybody. That basically meant I was watching Lindy's dad grill. He's the master and I, the apprentice.

Anyway, I ought to get going.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Here are some pictures of my family.

Little Savannah, our new edition to the family. She's our little angle.

Here' Sydney! She's our little ball of fire. She has enough energy to power several midwestern towns. It has been a joy watching her develop and learn. She's always surprising us.

Savannah kept slowly falling to the left. This was a particularly difficult shot to get. Sydney has decided to call Savannah "Nana". She often asks to "hold her". She does get a little jeolous. When we're holding Savannah, Sydney wants to be held to, by the same person.

This is Savy's blessing picture. The deer-in-the-headlights look is a signature of Savy's.

We spent way too much time trying to get this simple picture of our family. I think this one turned out pretty good.

Getting both children to look good in the picture is unbeliveably difficult. Savannah's falling asleep while Sydney's having a melt down. Errr.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Well, I finally did it. I graduated. I walked last Friday. I took Sydney with me as I walked, she was awesome. I'm done with school altogether. It is nice to be done. I have accepted an offer from Davis School District that won't start until August. I'm trying to find some temp work for the summer. I've been in school my whole life, I can't believe that I'm finally done. Kind of feels weird. Now I get to work for something better than $7/hr. I haven't made that in a while, but it's all good.