Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Our Instant-ly Ruined Pot...


I was cleaning up after dinner on Sunday when I noticed something strange.

That's strange, I thought. Did the lid on or Instant Pot always have that unusual shape?

The closer I looked at it, the more convinced this was not normal.

Crap.

We bought our Instant Pot just over a year ago and it's been fantastic. Like most things that I've found fantastic, I blogged about it back in January 2017. It was great back then and it's been a trooper for us ever since. We've used it at least once a week and many times more than that. So, when I was cleaning up dinner last weekend, I noticed a strange contour shape on the lid.


Yup--the lid melted.

I remember (vaguely...) hearing about pressure cookers having issues in the past. I didn't pay much notice. Why should I? Ours was working great. When I saw the misshapen lid on our Instant Pot lid, I thought back on those stories and I wondered if what happened to ours is the same thing that happened to theirs.

I checked the company website, got on an on-line chat, and explained the problem. They said "Check out our replacement lids." I did--all sold out. I don't know when they will be in stock. I asked about any type of warranty. They said "No." I then asked if they felt it would be safe to continue using our pressure cooker (I even included a picture of the lid malfunction...). They recommended we did not use the cooker. That makes sense--we don't want a defective lid keeping highly pressurized boiling water in its place.


Bummer.

Oh well--these things happen. I don't know how much it costs to replace the lid. We'll find out if we decide to do that. The strangest thing for me was trying to figure out how and when it happened. I don't remember it looking that way when we took it off to start dinner. And, based on the way it melted, the lid most likely was turned upside down. When it's upside down, it's also cooling down. Plus, I don't know of a place in our kitchen that could have caused it to get that hot, other than the stovetop. And that wasn't on.

Weird.

With the Instant Pot out of commission, we went back to the Crock Pot and it did a fine job. We just need to start the food preparation earlier, that's all. Still, I would like to know what happened so it doesn't happen again. We'll see if we ever find out.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

To My Daughter...On Her Birthday


I looked at the blog posts I wrote on April 24th going back seven years. I wondered if I wrote about my daughter on this particular day.

Turns out, I did.

Today my daughter becomes an adult, as far as the law is concerned, at least. She can vote. She can do other stuff eighteen-year olds do.

Parents often times talk about how fast their children grow--how time somehow got away from them. I remember hearing it. Now I'm saying it. I look at pictures of my baby girl and remember her falling asleep as I rocked her, singing to her and reading her stories, her laugh and smile, the way we did her hair with a single pony tail pointing straight up. She grew up with her mom and a house full of boys. She took gymnastics and later ballroom dance. Now she knits, she loves performing, she reads her favorite novels over and over again.


She's also spending time studying colleges and majors, figuring out not only who she is but what she wants to become. The joy of watching them grow up is in stark contrast to the pain of knowing those times are gone forever. There is opposition in all things, after all. The trick is to enjoy the journey. 

So, here's to you, baby girl. You can no longer be called that, at least in the eyes of the law, but to me some things will never change. I hope you have a wonderful birthday that will carry you throughout the year and for the rest of your life.

Love dad.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Jason King And Jon Grundvig's "Thomas Destiny"...A Book Review


When the main character of a middle grade story is named Thomas Destiny, you might think the story will be about something bigger than the normal day-to-day dealings of a jr. high school student. And when you throw in cover art by the supremely talented Carter Reid, you know the pages will contain monsters, magic, unique characters, and a rip-roaring story.

And that's what King and Grundvig deliver.

Thomas Destiny is a great little book. It's a fast read and even though it's official genre is "middle grade," I think it's more relatable to Young Adult, or in the very least, Tween. The cover gives a good indication of the type of action you're going to see in this book. There's death and blood and inter-dimensional travel, betrayal and redemption.

Thomas is your average kid. His adventure begins on a scout campout. Unfortunately for Thomas (and the rest of the troop...), Thomas accidentally unleashes a demon that spreads devastation and death. Thomas, along with another surviving scout embarks on a journey which leads the pair to another dimension where they battle monsters, zombies, and other evil forces all bent on Thomas's destruction. The boy becomes a leader of a band of unusual characters--from a untruthful druid to a green globule being that speaks a language only the druid understands.


I don't know which author is responsible for which sections of the book, but I have read several of Jason King's stories. Much of the humor reminds me of Jason. If you know him, you know he's a very funny guy. But humor is only part of what makes Thomas Destiny such an enjoyable read. The fantasy elements are top-notch, as good as many fantasy series written for older readers. If you're interested in ordering either the digital copy or the hard copy of Thomas Destiny, you can access the Amazon page: HERE.

The by line to the title is, The FATE of the Cosmos couldn't be in LESS capable hands. It's a good summation of what you can expect. If you're up for a good fast read fantasy, give this one a shot.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

You Never Know What You're Going To Get...When You Search For Something


After last night's Utah Jazz win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, the player of the game, Ricky Rubio, attended the after-game press conference wearing a F • R • I • E • N • D • S shirt. This caused me to remember a promotional ad NBC created back when they televised the NBA playoffs and when the show Friends was on the air. Many a Jazz fan commented on Ricky's shirt after seeing the press conference. And since we live in an amazing age, I googled the NBC ad and posted the link on Twitter.

You can see the ad: HERE. It's quite funny.

I'm sure if you spend any time on a computer at all you notice that whatever you search for will find eventually become an advertisement. 

Yup--you guessed it. Since I googled "Friends," I saw an ad for friends. Not the show, or anyone associated with the show, but--from what I can ascertain--actual friends. A link for me to find friends at Walmart. I guess they're just waiting for me to somehow pay for them and they'll become my new friends. And, as an added bonus, they're on sale--score!

I never did click on the link. Maybe I should have. I mean, who can't use more friends?

Saturday, April 21, 2018

I've Often Wondered Who Writes Those Messages...For One Day, I Knew


If you live in an area with a transportation system that has more than two lanes for its freeway, there's a good chance you've got those big signs used to notify drivers of current road conditions, Amber Alerts, and other warnings. Where I live, sometimes those signs are used  in a creative manner. There's a state employee (or employees...) with the job of coming up with those cleaver sayings, mostly to remind drivers to obey traffic laws including wearing seatbelts. Wearing seatbelts is a big one.

I've often wondered who comes up with them. A few days ago, I knew exactly who wrote one of the messages. I knew this because of a contest. A prominent state employee came up with an idea. Whoever came up with the best tweet in anticipation of the Utah Jazz vs Oklahoma City NBA playoff series, that tweet would be seen by millions of drivers.


There were some fantastic entries--the top 10 were tweeted. One was chosen. The first time I saw the sign was going to work. It was dark and my phone camera didn't quite catch the message. But driving home, I was able to get a couple of good pictures. The winning entry, if you can't read it, says, 

DRIVE SAFE: ZERO PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDER

Then the follow-up screen said,

GO JAZZ

The person who came up with the contest was Utah's Lt. Governor, Spencer Cox. The creator of the tweet and winner of the contest was Allison Croghan. To make the story even sweeter, Allison is a meteorologist for a local TV news station.

Though I don't have all the expensive weather equipment that are at Allison's disposal, I cannot say with certainty that we have been without thunder since that sign went up on April 16th. I know tonight, as I am writing this post, the Oklahoma Thunder are in town and playing the Jazz. Both teams will play again Monday night. If things go well for the home team, that'll be the last time Thunder is reported in the valley--at least until next season.

Friday, April 20, 2018

First World Problems...Missing The End Of The Game


I feel I should preface this post by stating we live in amazing times. Earlier this week a thought came to me as I drove to work. I have a car and can travel down a road in relative safety at a speed of 70 m.p.h. (the legal speed limit on that particular road...). In my car I was traveling faster than any human being born before the twentieth century had ever traveled.

And that's just one aspect of modern living. When I got to work I spent the day in front of a computer where I could do the work in one day it used to take a hundred employees weeks to do.

What does this have to do with missing the end of a basketball game?

Good question.

Remember back when a televised event took place and if you weren't in front of a TV, you missed it? It wasn't that long ago. Then a genius invented a VCR, and if you could understand it, you could record the event and watch it later.

But the VCR can't hold a candle to what we have now. Wednesday night the Utah Jazz professional basketball team played the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 2 of the first round of the NBA finals. Because we live in amazing times, I set the twenty-first century version of the VCR and recorded the game. Of course I checked the score after the game and was thrilled the Jazz prevailed. And since I had recorded the show, I knew I could catch every second of the back-and-forth, the battles down low, the thrilling ending.


It didn't quit work out that way for me.

Because the game went beyond the allotted time, my recording stopped with exactly two minutes left with the score Jazz - 97, Thunder - 93. In those two minutes of gameplay Utah would score six more points, Oklahoma City two.

I missed those two minutes.

First world problems.

I knew how it ended and if I really wanted to, I could track down the last two minutes on-line. The fact that I can even do that is mind-blowing when you think about it. Yes, we live in amazing times. And that fact that I was unable to watch the last couple of minutes of an amazing game watching amazing athletes is really no big deal.

When you think about it.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

When The News Crews Show Up To Your Work...


I pulled into the work parking lot yesterday at 6:20am. 

A news truck was already there.

I stopped watching local news years ago. I suppose it's good to be informed, but how many stories of suicides, bank robberies, domestic disputes turned ugly, hit and runs, embezzlement cases can one take? The answer--less than the number of stories out there. It just got to the point that when I watched local news, I lost all faith in humanity. Granted, they're supposed to report on "news," which, by definition, should be events out of the ordinary. Hopefully all those awful things are out of the ordinary.

Since I don't follow local stories, I had no idea why the news truck was there. I forgot about it when I got to my cubicle and began working. It wasn't until a co-worker came in and told me about a shooting that took place the night before did I take interest. By that time, a few other trucks had arrived. A UTA bus had a couple of windows shot out the night before. Thankfully, no one was hurt. You can read up about the incident from one of the local news stories: HERE.


Guns have been in the news a lot lately. This is not a post to condemn or excuse them. I can say had I been walking to the train station at the moment when whoever did this pulled out a gun and shot at the bus, I would have been scared to death.

I don't know if this event will make me follow local news more--it's possible. Still, I'd rather believe that people--in general--don't kill each other, don't steal cars, don't rip off older members of their church congregation, don't do inappropriate things to each other. Maybe ignorance is bliss after all.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Navigating The Magic...Another New Podcast


Last week I spotlighted a new podcast that focuses on traveling and Disney. This week I began listening to another new podcast. This one's entitled Navigating the Magic. There are many similarities between the two podcasts--both focus heavily on all things Disney, both are local (to me...), both have hosts married to each other, and I've personally done shows with both couples.

And both are making entertaining podcasts.

Navigating the Magic is a little more "seasoned" than the other podcast, Adventure is Out There. As of this writing Navigating has eleven recorded podcast, Adventure has two. 

Navigating the Magic is hosted by Holly and Jace. I met Holly two and a half years ago when she was a performer in Lagoon's Hackenslash Halloween show and I worked as a House Manager. If you know Holly, you know this woman cannot be stopped--in a good way. And because Jace is a supportive spouse, he was a regular guest at many a show. They're good people and they are more than excited about Disney.

Holly and Jace talk a lot about many of the "behind the scenes" of Disney. Holly worked in their Disney University program. And because we live in Utah and have a incredible amount of Disney fans--many of which have also been involved in both their university programs and shows--Holly and Jace have had guests with similar experiences on the podcast. It's been fun to hear about what it's like to be there, to do something very few can do.

The hosts are upbeat and excited in their topic, which is a good thing when creating a podcast, because if they aren't interested and interesting, you won't be interested in their podcast as a listener. If you've ever wondered what it's like to work on the parks, interact with the patrons, and distribute that Disney magic, give this podcast a try. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Goodbye Pic Of The Day Album #13...Hello Album #14!


Yesterday I began a new Pic Of The Day album on Facebook. It's number 14. Each of the previous albums contains 200 photos, so as of last Sunday, I've posted 2600 photos in my Pic Of The Day albums. Looking back at Album #13, it contained a lot of memories. Here's are a few of my favorites.


The first pictures were posted back in September. The one with my son dressed as Link and a baby girl named Zelda was one of the first pictures in the album. 



Number 13 covered all of last autumn and this past winter. I saw pictures from Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas. I've got pictures from the show I did at Lagoon last fall, and the Christmas show my daughter and I were in. Good memories.



I included a picture of my favorite Superbowl ad, a sleeping dog, and the last picture of the album, a suggestion to make my son's banana bread better. Yes, there's a lot of memories that happened over the last couple of hundred days. If you have access to my Facebook photos, you can check them out, too. Yesterday I began Album #14. Let's see what the next two-hundred photos bring!

Monday, April 16, 2018

"Dad...You Want To Play A Game?"


Tonight, as I was about to write another blog post (and not really sure what I was going to write about--it happens sometimes...), my youngest son came in and asked if I wanted to join him in playing a game.

I could have said no--I've said no in the past. But I said yes.

Parents, as they get older, reminisce about remembering watching their kids grow up. We remember when the kids learned to ride a bike, learned to catch a baseball, or throw a Frisbee. We remember them climbing into our bed when they are scared at night or not feeling well. We recall loving to hear them laugh at our corny jokes or watch them experience a Disney movie for the first time. We remember all the good times and wish they would never stop.


Of course, do we remember thinking about work the next day when we're out on the street running behind our child hoping they'll not crash as they learn to ride a bike for the first time? Do we inwardly complain when a child climbs into bed thinking we won't get enough sleep? Do we think about how much it costs to get the whole family into the theater to watch a movie, a movie that you could just buy in a few months for the same price?

I think we conveniently forget those times.

I could have said "no" to my son tonight, but I didn't. And as my kids grow up, will they remember tonight's game? Maybe not, but I'd like to think they will. Personally, I hope I never forget.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

A Crooked Tree...


This morning, as I took a morning walk around the yard with my dog (she and I needed to be outside for totally different reasons...), I noticed our lone apricot tree. It's on the northeast corner of our strange-shaped lot, and it's crooked.

I remember hearing a story from about a man who planted a tree in his yard that grew crooked. If I recall the story correctly, he thought he could put a brace up and right the tree, but when he went to do it, even thought the tree did not look that sturdy, he found it did not want to grow the way he wanted. The morale of the story was to take action early in the growing process. Because if we are allowed to bend to the wills of outside influences, we may not grow straight and true.

I understand the lesson and even agree to the points. But something about it bugs me. When I look at my tree, I see something formed by its circumstances. The reason it bends is due to to the incredible east winds we have living on the side of a mountain.

You can't see it in the picture, but the base of the tree is scarred as if it was scratched by an animal, or nibbled away by a deer. It's amazing it's survived, to be honest. When I look at the tree, I see the tree's history. I see strength. I see a will to live, even with the elements seemingly conspiring against it. I see a little bit of myself in it--scarred by life.

I suppose, if I followed the advice of storytellers and arborists, I should take action--should have taken action years ago to make sure the tree has the best chance of surviving. I wonder if it is allowed to mature for years to come, will it tip over? I don't know. Across the street there's an apricot tree that's been there more than fifty-two years, longer than I've been alive. I wonder if our little tree will outlive my family.

Time will tell.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

James Alderdice's "Brutal"...A Book Review


It took me a few weeks to get through the audiobook of James Alderdice's Brutal. I usually listen while at work and work's been extra busy lately, so I wasn't able to finish the book in a speedy manner. In fact, I started it, listened to the first couple of chapters, then I took a break. I sent the author a message telling him I was enjoying what I had heard so far. He responded back thanking me for the kind words.

I then told him, it was pretty graphic--lots of violence.

He had a classic response,

"Well, it is titled Brutal."

Touché.

If you are prone to judging books by their covers, take a look at Brutal. What do you see, front and center? A bloody sword. That's basically what you're going to get in the pages of this book. A man who wields the sword has no name; he's known as The Sellsword, and he's very good at using that sword to end lives, and fight for justice.

In the world created by Alderdice, a sword must be used to battle the evil brought by paladins and wizards. The world is gritty, savage...in a word, brutal. The author puts you in the room, in the action. And how he describes the duchess, you'd swear she stepped straight from a Frank Frazetta painting.

I don't watch Game of Thrones, or other type shows. And truth be told, I might not have chosen this particular book, except for a couple of reasons. It's getting great reviews, and I know the author and want him to succeed. If you like a story that combines gore and humor and justice and evil and more gore, you'll enjoy this book. You can order it on the Amazon page: HERE. Give it a shot--it's both grim and dark. Well done, James!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Shoes...What Is It About Shoes?


I've seen the ads on TV, on the internet, even in print. What are they selling? Women's shoes. I think we all know someone who goes gaga over shoes. I remember seeing an ad on TV where you can sign up to receive a new pair of shoes every month for a low monthly fee. 

I thought, that's amazing. In no time at all, a person's house would be just full of shoes. How can anyone want so many shoes? I know they come in all shapes, designs, and colors, but come on--there ought to be a limit.

I don't have a lot of material things that I collect, but apparently, I collect shoes. I found and bought another pair today. I've got a lot of shoes. But am I as crazy about shoes as the people who have them sent every month?


I might be, but I don't think so. Here's why.

Last year the shoes I've been wearing to work for more than a decade decided to fall apart. They were so good, I decided to spend the extra money and spring for a new pair of shoes for work. I usually buy my shoes from a thrift store. Last month I scored on a couple of pairs of Allen Edmonds shoes. I didn't necessarily need them, but I bought them anyway. Both pair cost less than $10. That's hard to pass up.

Today, while browsing at our local thrift store, I found a pair of Vans. I've thought about getting a pair for a while, but I wasn't about to pay full price. Not because they're not good shoes--it's just I don't need them. I can't justify buying new shoes that I don't need.


Another reason why I don't think I'm like a shoe fanatic is because I usually buy name brand shoes. I found a pair of Converse lot tops at the thrift store--I bought them. Today it was a pair of Vans. If I saw a pair that looked like Vans but weren't Vans, I would not have picked them up.

I should probably get rid of a couple of the pairs I don't wear very often. Maybe I will. But there's a good chance I'll probably bring home another pair of someone else's shoes before that happens. That is, if I go gaga after them.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Adventure Is Out There Podcast...Check It Out!


Over the years I've had a love/hate relationship with podcasts. I was late to the party so when I discovered them, I dove in headfirst. I searched and subscribed to dozens and dozens of amazing podcasts. I'd do my best to never miss an episode. After all, I'm subscribing for a reason and that reason was to hear what they had to say.

But, it got in too deep. Even listening to podcasts at 2X speed, I simply ran out of time. I admitted defeat--I couldn't listen to them all. Now, I subscribe to about 20 podcasts. Most drop episodes weekly, a few more than that. I know I'm missing out on a lot of good information and entertainment, but something's got to give.

Today, for the first time in a long time, I checked out a couple of new podcasts. Adventure is Out There was one of them. I'll blog about the other one at a later date.

I must say I don't know how this one is going to go. They've only released one episode as of today, and that was basically, an introduction to what that the podcast is about and what to expect in the future. The main reason I decided to check out this new podcast is because I know the two people involved in its creation.

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Experiencing art when you know the artist adds another dimension to its enjoyment. I love reading books when I know the author personally. I've been fortunate enough to do that more and more over the last couple of years since I've been published. It means more. I want the book to succeed more. I felt the same way today while listening to the introduction episode this afternoon.

Personally, I'm not sure how relatable this podcast will be for me. I am not their target audience. Why? Because I don't travel and I don't go to Disney parks or resorts. It's not that I don't want to, but considering I've only been on one plane trip in almost twenty years, and I've been to Disneyland three times in my fifty-two and a half years, I doubt I'll be able to take advantage of the hosts' experience and wisdom.

I do wish them luck. If you're interested in learning more about Mo and Zack's takes on all things Disney, travel, and Disney Travel, click: HERE for more information, or you can find it on iTunes. I look forward to their next episode. It's going to be fun!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Selling Your Soul...For A Free Sub Sandwich


Several decades ago a local grocery store chain gave out little plastic cards to put on your keychain. The purpose for the little cards was to scan it each time you went shopping and you'd get a discount. People loved it and pretty soon, an average keychain had several little plastic cards from several different businesses.

The big question is, what were we giving up and for what cost?

I remember being in college at the time those cards first appeared. One of my professors explained that the main purpose of the little cards was not to give shoppers discounts on their items, but to give companies all sorts of information on the shoppers. It was explained to us that because of those little cards, a company could find out so much about the users. For example--if a family did all their grocery shopping at that store, the following things would be known just because they used that card:

The number of people in the family
The ages of the members of the family
The genders of the family members
What pets/how many pets the family has

And that's just the big things. Other things known:

Everyone's favorite foods
Everyone's favorite desserts
Special diets anyone is on

And by doing a little data manipulation, how much money the household makes.

I know I'm forgetting other things--this is just off the top of my head. The companies got all this information and they didn't even have to contact anyone in the family--ever. It's quite a sucess for those paying for the data.

I've sort of forgotten about how I used to think about those things way back then. Because data storage is so cheap nowadays, every store, every social network, every cellphone company, and every web browser collects information. We're so used to it, it's an afterthought that companies and governments know pretty much everything about us.

It wasn't the congressional hearings going on now that made me think of this again--it was the free sub sandwich I got at my local grocery store today. The sandwich was free because we've--over time--bought so many subs, they throw us a free one now and then. No, we didn't sell our soul just for a free sub. It was for everything else.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Aften Brook Szymanski's "Cheat Code"...Available Today

 

Today is the digital release date for Aften Brook Szymanski's Cheat Code, the newest publication from Immortal Works.

How cool is that?

I don't know anything about this book, other than it's Aften's first novel with Immortal Works. That, and what I read on Immortal Works and Amazon's website. You can buy the book from Amazon: HERE.

From the website:

GenE must outwit Codebreakers to win a high stakes (Real Player Game)RPG for terminal patients who made the 'Intelligence Donor List', where failure equals death in real life, and winning means eternal life. 

Teaming up with competitive gamers increases GenE's chances of surviving the challenges of each level, until she realizes her most trusted ally is using her. And rules? Rules are made to be reprogrammed, along with everything else.

I've not yet met Aften, but since we're both published through Immortal Works I follow her on social media. I can tell you she was absolutely ecstatic when she found out her story was picked up and going to be published. I remember that feeling. It's truly amazing. It validates all that work, all the doubts, the headaches, the writer's blocks, and the writer's blocks breakthroughs. 

I hope to read Cheat Code in the future. The above blurb sounds intriguing. In the ever-increasing technological world in which we live, the future is unknown and almost limitless. A story about a game where winning means life, and losing means more than just the game sounds good.

Congrats Aften! Well done.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Remember The Yugo? I barely Do...


I came across this add for a Yugo today. That's something I haven't thought about in a long long time.

I'm not that much of a car nut. I'd like to be, but certain things (like wanting to eat and wanting my family to eat, be clothed, and have a roof over their heads...) keeps me from driving the more expensive cars. And, in reality, a car is a commodity, something to be used up. It's something to get you from one point to another. That's how I view my daily driver. And the fact I don't have a car payment--and haven't had for almost a decade--makes my almost fifteen-year old car that much better.

I remember back in the 1980s Hyundai came out with a really inexpensive car. I remember the ads. For the price of a regular car, you could buy two Hyundais. I didn't know anyone that actually bought one, so I don't know if they were well-built or reliable. My guess is, they most likely weren't. Of course, Hyundais today have a much better reputation. I'd drive one in a heartbeat, if I could afford it.

Then there was the Yugo. I think, if anything, it was ahead of its time. On the roads today there are many small cars. Smart cars, Toyota Yarises, Fiat 500s are all over the place. They're small economical, and easy to park. The big difference between those cars and Yugos is, I'll bet we'll see those cars on the road in twenty years, not many, but I'll bet a few.

I can't remember the last time I ever saw a Yugo on the road.

The ad above makes the car sound fun, sporty, even zippy. I wonder if it was any of those things. I ran the numbers. in 1990, £3414 equaled about $5511. New cars around that time most likely cost between $5K to $10K. I suppose a Yugo was a cheap option.

Yes, ads make everything sound great. A quick google search pulled up zero Yugos for sale on Autotrader's website. And on ebay, the only Yugo thing you can buy is a car brochure. Funny, how a single picture and some ad copy brings back an entire product like that no longer exists.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

The Utah Jazz...Are In The Playoffs Again


Tonight the Utah Jazz clinched a playoff spot for the second year in a row. If you follow our local NBA team, making the playoffs back in the day was not just expected, but virtually guaranteed. 

Then the drought came. It was a long wait for last year's team to get in. And because of changes that happened to the team, many wondered if they'd return to the playoffs this year. I think many fans doubted it--especially back in January when they were not doing well.

That was then; this is now.

This team has been fun to watch. They've made me an engaged Utah Jazz fan. Of course, winning can do that for a lot of people. I realize, by getting involved in the games, I'm opening up my heart to potential heartbreak and emotional ruin. Still, I want to see how far this team goes--it could be far, very far.

The team is loaded with personalities, but one of the big reasons I've enjoyed watching their games so much is because of Donovan Mitchell. I borrowed the above photograph from social media. I also borrowed a video clip of a drive and an assist from the rookie. It took my breath away.


There's two games left in the regular season, then the playoffs. I'll be watching--or keeping track--by TV or computer or cellphone. I wish them well.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Posted A Picture From "UHF" Not Knowing How Many People Loved The Show...


A few days ago I needed a "Pic Of The Day." Actually, I need to find a picture to use everyday. Sometimes I find the picture early--other times it's a last-minute thing. While I was watching a movie, I realized I hadn't found my picture yet. Luckily for me, the movie I was watching was a classic, Al Yankovic's UHF.

I took the picture and posted it.

Then people came out of the woodwork on Facebook to let me know how they felt about the movie.

Turns out, they think about the show about the same way as I do.


UHF is not a high mark in cinematic excellence. In fact, it's a little slow. Then again, my wife and I watched Ferris Bueller's Day Off the other day and that's another film that's slow. Comedies have evolved over the years and movies we hold up as hilariously funny are still funny, but something's changed. And since the movie's not changed at all, it's us that's changed.


Here are some scene's from the movie. If you're a fan of the flick, you know I could have taken screenshot after screenshot, plastered them on this blog post, and still not gotten close to capturing all the great moments in the film. It is, after all, just a collection of sketches. But it's done well, and one of the characters is named Philo. I hope the character's named for the inventor of television, Philo T Farnsworth, a Utahn. Philo in UHF was played by Anthony Geary, another Utahn best known as General Hospital's Luke Spencer.


As I watched, I remembered parts and re-discovered things I had forgotten about. I don't think I'd want to watch the show over and over again. It would take away some of the charm. But re-discovering it after a long time, it's like catching up with a childhood friend and remembering just why you like them so much.