Thursday, August 25, 2016

Voltron Toy

When I was a kid, I stumbled across a bunch of Christmas gifts in my grandparents basement. There was this Voltron action figure among the gifts. I figured it was mine.

I think I was caught snooping around because I got the action figure years later. Or they forgot about the toy, stumbeled across it years later and thought I might still want it.By that time however, I no longer played with action figures.

Bad apple juice

Many moons ago I was at a dinner party. I was one of the last to arrive because everyone was waiting for me and my roommate to show up.

I heard a groan from one of the people seated at the table. I was also getting some bad vibes from her.

Who is this? I wondered and what did I do to get such a reception?

The host took the bottled fruit drink from my hand and passed it around. I noticed they were waiting on the drinks too.

After the bottle made it's way back to me. The lady who issued these bad vibes complained a warning. "There is something wring with the apple juice."

I smiled. That's because it is not apple juice."

"Oh. What is it?"

I wondered why she did not read the label. Surely somebody had to have done so.

"It is white grape juice. With Peach."I calmly replied as I took a sip from my glass. "And it is fine."

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Chocolate muffins

One Friday afternoon I decided to make chocolate muffins. The plan was to deliver them to this certain individual that I liked. We had gone out a couple times. At least once, if I don't recall correctly.

Anyway, after baking the tasty morsels, I put them in a rather nice tupperware thing and skipped over to her house. It was quite the walk out of my way, but thought the gesture was worth it.

She wasn't home when I got there, but I made enough for her roommates so I left them with the person who opened the door. I hoped they would save one for my friend.

I was expecting a thank you note of sorts. A text message, a phone call, or something. I started to wonder if she even got the message the muffins were from me.

By Saturday evening I started to believe she was planning to return the favor or wanted to thank me in person at church on Sunday. Maybe she was making cookies and would return the container full of them.

Early the next morning I ran into her at church . She was setting up chairs. I needed no motivation to help. After about 15 minutes of pleasant conversation, I was dying to know it she got the muffins.

“Did your roommates leave you a muffin?” I finally asked.

“Yes,” she complained. “They were so rich.”

Sorry I made them, I thought. Can I get the tupperware back?

Wednesday, July 06, 2016


As a kid I was always fascinated in Jupiter. I can't pin down why I was so interested. Probably because the giant planet just looked cool. The red spot always draws my attention. What the heck is that?

I recall I had some news paper cutouts of the Voyager 2 probe going to Jupiter. I'm not sure if they were just old or I cut him out from the when the event happened. I don't think I personally cut out the articles, because according to wikipedia when the probe passed by the planet I would have only been four or five years old.

In high school, I started to write a novel where Jupiter was the backdrop. I guess it was a science fiction story without much science.The novel was for a self learning project. It didn't turn out to be that educational, obviously. My excuse is that I didn't have the research tools I have now and I'm sure I got bored with looking up stuff in regular books at a library.

I wonder how things would have been different had I diligently researched this Jupiter subject thoroughly. Oh well, I have got a lot to research now.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Climbing the ladder

The other day I was asked by a recruiter if I was ready to take the next step in my career. Also somebody at work was talking about different careers paths and stages government employees would take. Or should take.

Everyone has heard the phrase climbing the corporate ladder. Basically it means the time and energy one would put into getting a raise, getting a better position, or getting a better job.

In answer to the recruiter's question, I thought, I don't want really want to climb the ladder. In fact, I want to buy the ladder. I want to invest in people that make the ladder.

If the ladder is made of wood, I want to invest in the logging company. I want to listen to the lumber yard. I want to invest in the carpenters who build the ladder. I want to invest in people that make the nails the carpenters use.

If the latter is metal, I want to invest in the factory that assembles the ladder, I want to invest in the minning company that gets the ore out of the ground.

I want to invest in the transportation company that takes the ledders to the different places in the world. I want to invest in  the energy that powers these transports.

Need a new ladder? A taller one perhaps? I can sell you one. Or at least the warehouse or home improvement chain I invested in can.

On top of all that, I want to invest in the companies where people are trying to climb all these ladders.

By all means, climb the ladder. Thank you for doing so.

Thursday, June 30, 2016


I used to collect bugs. I think I was in 5th or 6th grade when I got really interested in the practice. I recall even stopping by the Entomology lab at BYU to get supplies to catch, kill, and display those creepy crawly creatures.

If I recall correctly, I filled up two boxes before losing interest. I’m not sure what caught my attention after that. I’m sure I went through several subjects during that time. I think I even got an accounting textbook too.

Anyway, I don’t mind bugs these days. I just don’t want to see them. I definitely don’t want to touch one. Not even a dead one.

It is fascinating to watch Nature shows on bugs. In fact, today’s trip down memory lane was sparked by a picture of a dragonfly. I had recently seen that these bugs grew up in water and looked nothing like the parent version everyone is familiar with.

Standing in the Ocean

On an excursion I took a ride on a sit down jet ski. It wasn’t freestyle and I could not go where I wanted. I fell behind and was instructed to go faster and catch up. It was a bit unnerving to watch the water fly by underneath me. I thought it would hurt if I feel off at that speed.

After catching up, the leader of the group came to a stop and instructed everyone to gather around. He then told people to get off their vehicles.

I looked at all the water around me and was not going to get off.  I looked back and watched him drop into the water. We all had life jackets on, but his shoulders were poking out of the water as if he was not floating and it looked like he was walking around.

I noticed other people dismounting and standing in the water. I had to try, but I thought about sharks or something else that might find me a juicy meal. Or a tasty snack.

I was not going to be like the one guy.who looked as if had trouble getting on his jet ski in the first place. I guessed he was determined to stay on until being forced off.

I dropped into the water and my feet was touching ground. It was some kind of sand bar.

It was weird to be up to my chest in water and seeing water in every direction, but to be standing in the middle of the Caribbean.

My thoughts turned to sharks again and quickly climbed back aboard my vehicle.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Fun quotes from The Cruise

10 years ago I would have my first cruise. It was a Disney cruise. I have been on several cruises since then, but I think Disney is the best.

I just went on another Disney Cruise. 10 years from now I should go on another. Of course I will go on on non Disney Cruises between that time.

There were a lot of fun quotes from the cruise, but here are some that I can remember.

The Princesses are the Princesses

This was in response to the question if the Disney Princesses had other jobs on the ship.

If the characters on the ship don't have other jobs, they must have the easiest jobs. The crew on a cruise ship probably wort harder then most jobs on land. Some crew members even had more than one job.

The fish that delivers messages

My niece asked me if I knew the fish that delivered messages. I told her no and mockingly questioned if she knew any fish that could deliver messages.

Apparently she was referring to the little place holder by the door where messages could be situated. It had a image of a fish next to it.

If I had the Internet I could tell you

It w rather amazing how many times I wanted to go on the Internet to look something up. They had an Internet connection but I would think I probably would have wasted way too much time looking up stuff I didn't need to look up. I was on vacation! I didn't need to get on the internet.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Linked In?

It is irritating when people I barely know endorse me on  LinkedIn. Do they expect me to endorse them? Who are these people?

And then the other day, I get all these people wishing me a happy anniversary. What Anniversary? What the heck is going on here?

I have not installed LinkedIn on my new phone yet. And I probably won't. What would be the point? I never used the app. The email is annoying enough, I do not need notifications.