Friday, November 04, 2011


The world is connected with a touch of a button. Instantaneous resolve is common place for things that once upon a time took great organization and effort to accomplish. New advancements are almost a daily occurrence. Thanks to all the brilliant individuals who exercise their noggins and use more than 10%.

An unfortunate byproduct...

More often than not you run into people that have such an entitlement state of mind. It seems to be more and more prevalent in the up and coming generations. They've grown up in a world that has everything at their finger tip with minimal effort required. When it comes to doing something 'old school' they're at a loss or overly inconvenienced by taking the necessary steps to get to the same result.

Work ethic.
Lets use those muscles that technology keeps dormant. If you haven't put any sweat into it what are you entitled to?

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Power of Choice

Decisions lead to consequences.
Consequences can be positive or negative.
Choice is the catalyst to a good or bad outcome.
Be prepared to live with the consequence that you've chosen.
Accountability is yours to own and blame has no place.
Live, learn, and grow is the power of choice.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Twenty Things to Remember--another mans' genius

by Wendy Michelle on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 7:55pm

1. Faith is the ability to not panic.

2. If you worry, you didn't pray. If you prayed, then don't worry.

3. As a child of God, prayer is kinda like calling home every day.

4. Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.

5. When we get tangled in our problems, be still. God wants us to be still so He can untangle the knot.

6. Do the math. Count your blessings. You'll be surprised.

7. God wants spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.

8. Dear God: I have a problem. It's me.

9. Silence is often misinterpreted, but never misquoted.

10. Laugh every day--it's like inner jogging.

11. The most important things in your home are the people.

12. Growing old is inevitable, growing up is optional.

13. There is no key to happiness. The door is always open. Come on in.

14. A grudge is a heavy thing to carry.

15. He who dies with the most toys is still dead.

16. We do not remember days but moments. Life moves too fast so enjoy your precious moments.

17. Nothing is real to you until you experience it; otherwise it's just hearsay.

18. It's all right to have a pitty party every now and again. Just be sure to wipe the table when you are done.

19. Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.

20. Don't wait for the storm to pass, dance in the rain.


If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you always got.

Thanks Grandma Cones

"Humans are creatures of habit and don't change"

"Humans are creatures of habit and don't change"

by Wendy Michelle on Friday, December 31, 2010 at 9:54am

My questions:

If this is a true statement then why is it that some strive to morph into what they think others want them to be? Stop acting.

Don't be a liar. This is a double edged sword. You're lying to others and especially to yourself.

Do strive to progress and improve yourself to reach your potential by learning from your experiences and evolving. There is a difference.

Think about it, if successful relationships are based on honesty and trust and you are not being yourself you have no ground to stand on. It's all an illusion.

Moral of the story:

Set yourself up for success by being yourself always, and the relationships in your life will mean something and progress. The ones that aren't meant to progress will fade away.

Friday, March 28, 2008

San Francisco, California
people are everywhere

the smell of the sea in your head

everything is built upon itself

great weather, tons to see or sea, heh

I can't wait to go back and play some more.

Until next time, I will see you soon.

wyoming? WHY NOT?


Jackson Hole


hours in a car

packed to the max

with a crew of fabulous and fun folks

we get lost in IDAHO, yikes! it's easy to get lost when there's absolutely nothing around to regain your compass

sleeping, singing, peeing, fueling, laughing, chatting, eating, picturing, etc.

J-Hole!!!! wahoo!!

this town's awesome

iditarod sled dog race starting line

tour of the town

BBQ for din din, best ever!

ski resort tour

watched the time trials of the sled races

headed to Obro's ranch

bunking in a cabin

cosy with the crew, movie time

oatmeal breakfast

snowmobile adventures for the activity

blazing trails and getting stuck

Obro to the rescue!

pics and snowballs

gear swap to keep warm

chili lunch with real elk meat in there, yummy!

let's make a fire!

get the wood, fire, gas and we were off to set stuff on fire! 'nough said.

find the perfect spot

fire is a blazing

hills to conquer

snow fights ensued

memories made

great burger dinner at a hole in the wall

pics on a huge jack rabbit

crash for the night

jedidiah's for breakfast and off through the blizzard we went

slow as we go

traction is a most for speed

snow is not the best for that

so fun!

why not

thanks for the fun times friends

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Butt Crack of Dawn

Ann Disaster is a close friend of mine and she was so kind to allow Christopher and me to join the show Jan. 20th.
The butt crack of dawn we all jump in the car and head to the station for our 1am-3am slot. Hyped up on sugar and sleep stupid we all get there ready to laugh and have a blast, subjecting the early morning listeners to our banter.
The topics of things such as Harry Potter and Sundance were on the agenda. Songs dedicated to each other and friends alike were made. New songs aired and dancing around the studio commenced.
If anyone ever has the chance to be a part of Ann Disasters show, JUMP. At the chance that is. It's the best kind of fun to have at the butt crack of dawn.

Sundance 2008

Thank you to my wonderful friend Christopher for the fun day in Park City, and free tickets to The Great Buck Howard, film starring Collin Hanks, Tom Hanks, John Malcovich, Jenny Blunt, Steve Zahn, and other wonderful actors.
Tom Hanks introduced the cast as well as the MAN from Play Tone.
Glene Close was in the crowd. As we entered she was chatting with friends outside the theatre so lucky me I saw her up close and personal like in passing as I entered. I said her name aloud and she looked me in the eyes in response to hearing her name and gave me a smile. She was such a pleasantly lovely looking petite lady.

To whom it may concern:
Please make this a film that I can buy.
Thank you,

Tuesday, December 04, 2007


People talk about doing stuff all the time but it's just talk. Not every one's all talk.


I mean, come on. Why would anyone in their right mind consider jumping out of a plane that had absolutely nothing wrong with it, Right?

To be honest, I'd never gave it that much thought. It had never been an option for me nor did i think it ever would be. I live in a world that every thing's possible, but making it happen is where it becomes impossible.

That was until i met CKrause and EHoffman. *

Impossibilities? Not for these two.

So, SKYDIVING aigh...

Out of nowhere CKrause turns to me one day and tells me that skydiving is on the menu of weekend activities. The invitation was extended for me to join the fun and my initial response was, Ya- right! The convincing/persuasion commenced from this point on. The closest thing to a yes that was given from me was a simple 50/50 shot that I'll go.

I commit.

Trying not to think about what I'm about to actually do, we get to the hangar where all the pros are prepping their gear and chutes. The people in that room were amazing to watch. The stories they must have and the things they must have experienced, wow! Tons of questions flooded my brain such as, how did they become skydivers? How long have they been doing this for a career? Where has it taken them? etc...

The previous jumpers videos are playing on the t.v. You can't help but become completely sucked into watching what's shortly to be your reality.

You release Skydive Ogden from any liability and fork over the dough to then get the party started. Get your harness on, you're fitted, adjusted and prepped. Meanwhile, they pair you up with a Jump Master of appropriate size and then your names are on the board.

Then you wait, chatting it up with your comrades to distract each other and fill the time.

The weather clears to perfect jump conditions. Why am I doing this, goes through your mind a zillion times. Why not seems to always be the answer.

It's GO TIME! The planes propellers rev up releasing a steady roar creating great effect. One by one names are called and your friends disappear into the plane. I hear my name and as I raise my hand I look down to find J.M. Carson already adjusting my straps.

Me: "So, you're my life line then?"

Carson: "Are you excited and ready to rock and roll?"

Me: "Sure, but more like terrified."

Carson: "I can tell. You're tense. Loosen up. You've got me. It's going to be great!"

He takes off around the desk, grabs a water and we head out to the plane. We're in the plane. He adjusts my gear a little and tells me to get out. Back out on the ground he tightens me up and back in we go.

I realize that I'll be the third jumper. There's a solo, then KDelis, and CCripps will go, then me. I'm chatting it up with KDelis as the plane climbs up and over the ridge of the mountains etc. while Carson is singing Edelweiss and drinking his water drooling it all over himself.

The door goes up and the air is cold which feels great. Laughing and banter continues as further adjustments are made to the straps. Carson tells me to lean forward and before I know it I'm sitting in his lap and strapped down so tight that I can hardly move a muscle. I'm all geared up and strapped down. He goes over the jump plan one more time: at the door take the catchers stance and cross arms over chest, he'll rock forwards, back, and then out we go.

13,000 feet. It's go time!

I'm out and we're fall/tumbling! Wind screams all around me.
Chin up, arching back, elbows out and feet to my butt.
Carson adjusts my arms and makes us spin to the left then to the right.
It doesn't feel like falling at all. The rush of air feels amazing like the rush of the ocean as a wave rushes over you. The view is an amazing quilt of colors and so far away. The parachutes deploy and yet there's yet another view. You float and how tranquil it is. The harness becomes a chair as you're released, you hold the guide lines. Pull on the left and you turn left and likewise for right. Pull both and you almost stop descending and hover. Hard right, creates a spin, whoa! Look up and check out your friends! Howdy! I hear the song from Snow White, Whistle while you work being sung over my shoulder and can't help but laugh. Birds eye view, what a way to see the world, soaring so high and free, floating and gliding above everything. So lucky, birds. Carson tells me how to land and we practice, feet out in front, and hands to my hips. Looking up again to watch my friends and give a Wahoo! They're all out and floating. KDelis lands. We land and it was smooth and right onto my feet. Every one's down and hugs are exchanged.


Q: Where's your hidden lion? Is he sleeping? Why not wake him up?

You think that you don't have it in you to even. Tell yourself otherwise and see what can happen if you do. It's worth the trip.

*There are only a few people that I've ever come in contact with that have his kind of energy. Crazy kid! To me it's a rarity, the mentality that any thing's possible only exists in the movies.

I've now met two individuals that live and think this way, CKrause being one and EHoffman being the other.

The World is My Playground.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

mmmm turkey

A-pants and i had the opportunity to cook thanksgiving din din for the other ward orphans

cooking one huge bird and all the trimmings were the challenges that came with this opportunity

the house didn't burn down which in my book means we succeeded

good turn out and full tum tums

what more can you ask for

Wicked in Hollywood

at the Pantagas(sp?) if you arrive a few hours prior to a show there is a lottery line that forms
everyone in line enters their name in hopes to win discount tickets to the next performance
we entered our names
when we came back a few hours later to watch them pick the lucky winners we realized that there had been about 200+ people that entered to win
13 drawings were made
two families entered and fortunately two people from each of those families names were drawn, which meant the entire family got in. Wahoo!!!
the last name was drawn and CK was all excited. i was already clapping and yelling for joy for the winner when i felt a nudge and heard that my name was the name called.
what? I won? woot!
two $25.00 tickets were mine to claim
front row and fantastic
what a show, building, cast and fun experience!
i'd see that show a 100 more times if i could.
must see play


Portland and Lake Oswego
fantastic public transit
Saturday market
clouds that never stop
the more amazingly interesting people
culture everywhere
amazing music
ocean at your fingertips
what a place
so far it wins the prize for my favorite

the Price is Right and Ellen D.

the Price is Right and Ellen D.
The process is long and interesting
people watching is a blast
lines form and reform
after hours and hours pass you finally get to enter the tiny room that is the set of the Price is Right
if you're in groups you are strategically positioned throughout the room
my "group" the Drew Crew was placed in the front row
the party wasn't started until the music began and to get warm in the freezing room the Drew Crew started dancing like there was no tomorrow.
after a few minutes others caught on and decided they wanted to have fun too and joined the party
inspiration hit and the wave was a must
i ran to one side of the room and as the 300+ audience members became aware of me the followed my lead in doing the wave. Wahoo!
that lasted an entire song and then there was more dancing
the show soon there after began
the announcer came out and instructed us on how things worked
Mr. Drew Carey came out and chatted with the crowd for a while... what an awesome man.
he did a shout out to the Drew Crew and thanked us for our enthusiasm
the perfect contestants were chosen and we were all ecstatic about those who were chosen. they all deserved to be on stage. Go Linda! what a sweetheart.
Linda didn't win but ended up with some fantastic prices.
after the show we were off to the Ellen show for the 6:00pm taping
they told us it would air on December 10th 2007 but it actually aired November 19th 2007 the same day that the Ellen taping did.
what fun! Ellen was a blast nothing but dance party and laughter
backstreet boys were the musical guest and Christina Applegate was the guest.
fun stuff