Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Why haven't you read this yet???

Ok, why isn’t this the most popular book in the world right now?  I gotta say, most books that are “mainstream” popular (Da Vinci Code, Twilight, etc.) in my opinion are horribly written and usually annoying (don’t tell me you think Bella is charming!!!)…so i am AMAZED when a book that is this incredibly written and the plot is flat out unputdownable (yeah, i made that up), that isn’t #1 on all of the best sellers lists…amazed people aren’t talking about it more…

So, what is this book you ask?  It is called “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett.  I know I'm not alone because of the 528 reviews on Amazon, 474 are 5 star…so why hasn’t Oprah stood up on her show and dropped praise all over this thing???  The reviews on Audible are averaging 4.89 out of 5 stars based on 1,048 reviews – for an audio book, that is astounding.

Well, I'm trying to do my part…shoot, I'm only 3/4 of the way through and i can honestly say that if the ending is horrible (like Aliens come to earth and blow it up – mind you, the book takes place in Alabama in the ‘60’s and has nothing to do with Aliens) I'd still say it was one of the best books I've ever read…

So, either go buy it or get the audio book (which, by the way, is the best I've ever heard, hands down, and I've listened to close to a 50 in the last couple of years)…the reading of it – honestly – i feel is going to ruin whatever i read next because it will not sound as good, i can guarantee that…

 

Friday, July 10, 2009

In-N-Out in Utah, Rockies, DC and New York oh my!

Well, it is official – we are finally getting an In-N-Out near me (a block away from my office, might I add) and while looking for a date of completion i found that we here in Orem aren’t the only ones getting one…but apparently they are springing up all over (Draper, American Fork, West Jordan and Layton)…i can’t find proof, but was told yesterday by a friend that the reason they are finally expanding is the owner passed away (it is family owned, so i guess it was the mom) and she had never wanted to have a store that was outside of a delivery “zone” – so the meat wouldn’t have to be frozen…now that she is gone the children are branching out.  While i’m sad she passed away (cause she has all of my respect and more for starting In-N-Out), i’m glad the family is bringing it here…man, i can’t wait!  To quote my sexy wife, “oh great, now we are gonna get really fat!”…apparently she hasn’t looked at me in a while cause i passed that stage about 2,000 Dr. Pepper’s ago!

I’m VERY happy my Rockies are doing well going into the All Star break…i’ve been able to watch several games on TV, but nothing beats being at the game and we were able to catch 2 during the Seattle series and they were AMAZING…it was in the middle of their streak last month and my brother Price HOOKED US UP, as usual, and we had 3rd row behind home plate for the first game and first row between Hawpe and Helton for the 2nd game…

I’ve once again been sucked into Facebook (how can something so evil be so popular???) and found myself looking for a couple of old friends from High School that i spent much of my teenage years at their house in Oregon.  I finally found a site that mentions them and am crossing my fingers that they will respond…they aren’t on Facebook that i can tell (who can blame them), but hopefully they have e-mail :-)

We went on a 2 week trip to Denver, DC and New York that was absolutely incredible and i will have to post some pics of it as soon as i can…i am at a loss when i blog at work because my lovely wife has all of the pics on her computer at home…i do have a few from my iPhone that i will post because, apparently, many of you that read my blog don’t actually read the words but just look at the pictures – how juvenile! :-)

 

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This might look like just mere dirt to you, but it is actually a picture of the dirt at Coors field.  The picture below this is from those seats (last year).  Well, to explain the dirt.  So, i forgot my glove this year and a foul ball was hit down the line and i leaned WAY over the wall to get it (i’m sure you’ve seen this on TV a ton – the guy leaning over the wall to tipping point)…so, i’m leaning way over and lissette is holding my legs.  The ball HITS my palm!  I was sure i had it and when i closed my hands it grazed off my fingers and moved an inch out of reach.  The picture above is the shot of my fingers digging in the dirt and the imprint of the ball just above my left finger drag.  Well, the picture below is of the grounds crew guy that was there (his name is Eric) and he walked over to the ball as i’m trying to get it and calmly picked it up.  i was like, “thanks Eric” and put my hand out as he proceeded to walk back towards first back, placing the ball in a 4 year old Japanese kids hand.  The kids was a MARINERS FAN!  They were screaming for Ichiro the whole time!!!  Man, i got ripped…shoud have brought at least one of my kids – then i’d get a ball!!!

This may be last year, but i swear he is looking at me knowing in a mere 302 days he is going to take a ball away from me and give it to an opposing fan!

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This picture is from my parents mission in DC.  This is one of the Institute students they teach and he is amazing on the piano.  He played upside down, backwards and forwards.  Very impressive.

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 Here are the girls in front of the White House.  So, we had just finished our private East Wing tour and were outside.  The girls saw a group of protestors out front and asked what they were doing so i said, lets go find out.  We walked over together and i was reading the signs to explain what they were doing there protesting.  There were several different groups (lower taxes, Iraq, Health Care, etc) and i was looking at one guys pamphlets about some sort of conspiracy with a judge or something when i noticed the girls were looking at a big poster board of tons of pictures of mutilated children in the Sudan.  They were quite wide eyed and i quickly wisked them over to the fence so they wouldn’t have to see the pictures and like a good parent said, “stand here for a picture in front of the White House and as i’m taking the picture notice they were looking behind me RIGHT AT the sign…man, what a classic move on my part…

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Here the girls are on the bus in DC pretending what they would look like if the bus stopped suddenly and they hit the glass window in front of them.  Ah, the imagination of a child…

 

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K, so this is a picture of a line.  I’m walking downtown New York at midnight, looking for food for my sexy love and myself and see this cart with this line – well, of course i jump in it not caring what food it is, but wanting whatever everyone thinks is good…then on the way back to our room I stop at another guy who’s food smelled amazing – again, not caring what it was – just wanting what smelled good…he didn’t have a line, but my nose knows…

So, i’m standing there with my bag and the guy says, “what’s in the bag” and i’m like, “i don’t know, just some food from up the street” and his friend who was behind me starts yelling, “OH MAN, THAT IS COLD! YOU DON’T KNOW??? THAT IS COLD! SOMEONE GET ME A KNIFE.”  So, i’m not sure what is going on and he yells, “THAT’S THE COMPETITION MAN” and the guy scooping up my food says to his friend, “See, that’s what i’m saying.  That’s exactly what I've been saying.” and then turns to me and says, “why did you get food from there?” and before i could answer he said, “it was because of the line, right?” and i said, “yeah, of course”…so the guy behind me keeps razzing me and the guy scooping the food is talking to his friend about the fact that it is all about the line…line this and line that…so, he give me the food and i take it back to the room…i tell paris, maria and lissette the story without telling them which one was the “line” food (it ends up being they are both Greek)…well, 3 of the 4 of us like the non-line guy the best…just goes to show you, lines don’t always mean grub (except in Japan when it comes to Sushi – we can vouch for a line in Tokyo for sure!)