I’ll be watching the USA team lose the Ryder Cup on my DVR starting on Monday. Friday I’m heading out of town to go camping and hiking in southern Utah at a super cool place called Goblin Valley. It is the last week of summer so I’d better get myself smelling like that wonderful combination of campfire smoke and bug spray one more time.
Global warming? I think not
This is the earliest I’ve ever seen this. Evil frozen white things are falling from the sky. It is hailing on September 1st, 2008. Unbelievable.
Man what a great first day of college football yesterday. My little ole University of Utah Utes (the first non BCS team to go to a BCS bowl) go into the Big House and beat Michigan in front of over 100,000 people and millions on national TV.
The 25-23 score wasn’t really indicative of most of the game. Utah thumped Michigan in the first half and led 25-10 most of the way with nearly 5x the offensive output.
Our defense was huge, holding Michigan to a mere 36 yards rushing.
Congrats to my Utes. One down, 11 to go.
Today marks the 5th anniversary of the day my Mom lost her battle with lung cancer. I was holding her hand when she passed.
To this day, hospitals and sick people really hit me hard. When I see people smoking cigarettes I want to get up in their face, smack them upside the head and give them a piece of my mind. When I see teenagers smoking it really kills me.
My Mom was a straight shooter to say the least. No nonsense. Opinionated and not afraid to let you know it.
She was the best damn singer you ever heard. Back in the day she beat out Barbra Streisand for singing gigs before she had kids. In her 60’s she started singing again with a local big band. Man it was cool to see her on stage. I still remember the conversations: “Hi Mom. What is up?” Then she’d say “Sorry, can’t talk right now. I’m on the way to a gig.” Man that’s my line.
Mom and I golfed too
My Mom fit in very well at the country club. She got along so well with the ladies there. She had a good golf swing too. I still remember her unique waggle.
So here’s to you Mom. I’m tipping back a glass of wine in your honor.
Two months ago I camped at Canyonlands National Park with my two youngest offspring (I have three). We hiked over 20 miles in the desert heat of Arches National Park and saw most of the really great arches there. That was the best time I’ve ever had at my favorite place on Earth, Arches. One arch we visited was Wall Arch, the 12th biggest arch in Arches at 71 feet wide by 33 feet high.
This week something historic happened which may not happen for tens of thousands of years or more: Wall Arch collapsed.
Wall Arch before and after the collapse
I’m very sad about the collapse yet excited to have been around during a major geologic event in Arches’ history.
Here is a pic of the kids two months ago under Wall arch. I’m glad we weren’t more of a part of history than this.
Got out just in time!?
When you consider how small of an amount of time two months is in geologic time, we barely escaped the Wall Arch collapse with our lives.