Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Jupiter

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

Bugs

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.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

In the Navy

I went to a Navy recruiting office in high school. I assumed they wouldn't take me, and initially they didn't.

I was rather surprised to get a call back a few days later. Maybe there was something I could do.

I'm not sure why, but I like big ships. I m sure I would have been stuck on a small ship and it would no have been a pleasure cruise.

I never found out where I might have turned up. Probably Afghanistan.

The call back was to gauge the seriousness of going on a Church mission.  After I told the recruiter chances were pretty good, I never heard from them again.

I'm too old now, but I often wonder how different things would be had I gone down that path.

I worked on a damage control system a few years ago. I did a lot of R&D work in Visual Basic. I think there is one feature I solely worked on that made it into the final build.

Last I heard the software was deployed onto the USS Ronald Reagan. I thought that was as close as I would get to getting on a carier.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Lessons learned from cartoons

I learned this lesson from a cartoon idol: "Work smarter, not harder."

I'll never be like Scrouge, although I have been called that a couple times. Not sure a money bin is a prudent idea anyway. Even if I could obtain or even would want enough money that could fill an entire building.

After the game

The group of teenages triumphantly trotted home in the February snow. It was cold, but they were wearing shorts. The snow crunched under their feet as they went. They had just struggled in one of the best Basketball games they had ever played.

According to the score, the boys actually lost. But just barely. It was 31 to 30 against another group of teenages. A very good, tall, and possibly undefeated basketball team.

After weeks of preparations, we had expected a victory, but given the circumstances we fared better than anyone could have expected. The next team we met up with was in for a big surprise. The worst team ever was on it’s way to the top.

So we hoped.

As I took the shortcut to my parents house, I started to feel a bit dizzy. I did just play in it's entirety, a very rigorous game and decided I should take it easy the rest of the day. I went straight to my bedroom when I got home.

I was woken up for dinner hours later. I felt a lot better and the aroma of chicken and rice never smelt so good. I slept through lunch afterall.

For some strange reason the chicken tasted like fish, but I was the only one who thought that. I soon felt sick and everyone thought it was food poisoning.

Standard operating procedure was that I took up camp by the bathroom. I never thought much of that it until years later when my brother-in-law voiced his opinion of the practice. Well, he has a lot of opinions. If I recall correctly my bedroom, in the basement, was the only finished room.

Anyway, I remember trying to position myself so I could at least hear my favorite television show, the Simpsons. I was having trouble seeing straight, so I guess it did not matter that the angle from the hallway prohibited a great view to the set in the kitchen.

My parents thought it was the flu until I started to complain of numbness the next day. I could barely walk too. An appointment was made with the doctor and I was practically carried into the office. That was the first and only time I didn’t have to wait in the foyer. I was rushed straight to the back room, and then shortly after in an ambulance, was rushed straight to the Regional Medical Center.

If I was a cat, I suppose I used up a couple lives over the next few months. My basketball career was over, but it was alright. I wasn’t really that good anyway.