Friday, November 21, 2008

Hello From The Birmingham Airport

Well I'm just sitting here waiting for my plane to board so I thought I'd take this opportunity to add a little to my blog. I know its been almost a week since my last post, so I'm trying to repent a little and get back on track. Airport are such a crazy place. They try so hard to keep everyone so organized, but it always just falls apart. This is not my first visit here in Birmingham, but it is my first visit flying with American Airlines. Unbeknown to me was American uses a different terminal that the previous airlines I've flown with. Unlike SLC airport, the two terminals do not connect with each other outside the security check-in. So after standing in one line, going through the whole ordeal, they sending me back out, and point to the correct terminal, just to do it all over again. I am sure glad I came with plenty of extra time to spare, or I'd be in a world of hurt.

Have you ever just sat there and watched people at an airport? I think you can see just about every type of person imaginable. Since most of my flights are never direct, I spend LOTS of time in connection cities. I'm such a lazy person, that sometimes just sitting there watching people is all the entertainment I need. From old to young, I've seen them all, and just laugh at what people do when they think no one is watching them. Such a joy!

The trip was a total success (at least so far), I left their office in good spirts, and made the most of my visit. In January I had a similar visit, but it was disasterous, nothing worked!! This time it was the complete opposite, it seemed everything worked as it was supposed. I was also able to dedicate some time in solving some other issues they were having. It was especially touching that many of their managers came to wish me off, even though I hadn't even helped them this trip. Just one of the perks of the job, seeing people happy...

Well I couldn't have a post without mentioning the BYU vs Utah game. It has been tough being away all week and missing out on all the smack talk. Luckily I did have the internet and could review whatever newspaper/blog update I could get my hands on. Tomorrow we can finally see who the winner with be. I have a good feeling that the Cougs will end up on top, but thats why they play the game right?

Well looks like my flight is just about to board, so I better make an ending to my post. Hope all is well with everyone!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Rivalry Week Is Here!!

So this is by far one of the funnest weeks in local college sports. The talk radio shows are going non stop. The local newspapers are writing non stop. The fans on both sides are talking non stop. Its BYU vs Utah and its being pinned as the greatest games in the rivalry to date. Never has both teams been ranked in the top 15 and have a combined record of 21-1. The stars are almost aligned for BYU to sneak a game from the Utes and find themselves in a BCS bowl game. I honestly don't care which bowl game BYU goes to, just so long as they beat those dumb Utes. The game personally is a toss up, its too tough to determine a winner. Vegas has put a 6 pt spread on the game in favor of Utah, but I am not buying in that. I think BYU can play against their defense, just can BYU play again their offense? I think we'll find out on Saturday.

I am bummed that I will be in Alabama starting tomorrow until Friday late evening. I will get to miss one of the funnest weeks of the year. I just love listening to both sides get heated up and watching the local media just add fuel to the fire. Nationally this rivalry gets lost behind Ohio St vs Michigan, Alabama vs Auburn, USC vs UCLA, but personally I think its the greatest rivalry of them all. I will only wear blue this whole week, anything with the color red has no place this week. I came across a hilarious Ute video a few months ago that I thought I would post. This just illustrates in a classic nature the Utah fan:

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Disneyland Top Rides

As most people can attest, I am a nut about Disneyland. Sure most people might find it weird for a almost middle aged man to have a near obsession with a park designed for kids, but I absolutely love it. I'm so excited that we've made this a yearly family trip, just something to look forward to every year. Thanks to the people at YouTube, I've been able to come across actual videos of people on the rides. I thought I'd list my favorites and try and include a video of each ride. So here we go!

1. Splash Mountain - This is by far the family favorite as well as mine. My sister Cyndel and I like to be in the front of the boat and try our best not to get wet. She has an added advantage of ducking inside the boat where I usually get the full grunt of it. Here is a cool video:



2. California Screamin' - I like this ride because its for adults. Any ride that shoots you off like a gun and involves a loop is my kind of fun. This ride is not for the kiddies or the old folks (even though I think my Mom is just being a wuss). The line can sometimes be pretty long, but I find if you get a FastPass then its not super horrible. Only problem is this ride is all the way at the back of the theme park, so kind of a long walk for a FastPass but oh so worth it!!



3. Space Mountain - The ride has been made over since I originally went on it. I totally dig the make over and encourage all to take this one for a spin. They've added a "launch" to the beginning of the ride and speakers behind your ears. If at all possible try and sit in the front of the ride as it is by far the best experience. Since the entire ride is in the dark, taking a video would be next to impossible, but I'm going to post a video of the ride with the lights on:



4. Soarin' Over California - Words just can't describe how cool this ride really is. The ride simulates a fly over different locations in California as if you were on a hang glider. They even pump in different scents to match the location (orange tress, ocean water, etc.) I'm really excited to take my Dad on this ride since he's never been on it and its totally something he'd be into. Here is a complete video:



5. Tower Of Terror - I'm not a huge fan of big drops, but the way they ham this one up, it is a must ride. The whole story line, to how they decorated the hotel is classic. They even have the elevator attendees in character. I remember the first time we did this ride that we had to go back and get my Mom to ride it with us. Just a total blast..



6. Indiana Jones Adventure - This was the latest ride when I was a senior in high school. For some reason I remember it having 3 different options, and each just took a different track to the same destination. Still a fun ride for all of those who remember the Indiana Jones movies. Disney just has a way of making rides so cool. I particularly love being the driver, makes me feel more like a man!



7. Pirates Of The Caribbean - This is another one of those rides they made over, but unlike Space Mountain, they did not make it better. They've kept the basic set, but added in some aspects from the movies including Jack Sparrow. I'm not sure why I don't like things better, maybe its because I'm older, but it just seems not as cool. I still enjoy the ride and can't wait to go on the ride once again with my little nephews, they totally loved it!! Here is a video of the ride with extra's from Johnny Depp.



8. Haunted Mansion - The last couple of trips to Disneyland have been during the Christmas season, and they transform the Haunted Mansion into Holiday Haunted Mansion, which is all about The Nightmare Before Christmas. I actually like the transformation and enjoy the music they play during the ride. But I am ready for a change. Sadly this next trip this ride is schedule to be closed, most likely to change things back again.



9. Buzz Lighyear Astro Blaster - This ride is for both young and old. I always sit with my sister Hillary and we battle it out to see who can get the best score. The ride is similar to lazer tag as there are targets all throughout the ride and you obviously receive points for each target that you can hit. The cart you sit in is on a swivel, so you can spin 360's while shooting targets.
Here is a cool video:



10. Thunder Mountain Railroad - This is my sister Heidi's favorite ride so I am included it in my blog for her. Its a little old school for me, but I believe its one of the original rides when the park opened, so there are some cool things about it. Here is a video:



11. Matterhorn Bobsled - This is another one of my sister's favorites and again one of the original rides. I remember this ride from when I was a little kid and how scared I was of the Abominable Snowman. Now I think its a little crazy ride and I see why its always broke. But here is a video:



12. Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage - This is the newest ride at Disneyland, replacing the old submarine ride with a Nemo feel to it. Last year we waited in line 45 min's to get on this ride, but my nephews absolutely loved it.



13. Jungle Cruise - This is the final one I swear. No Disneyland trip is complete without the Jungle Cruise. This is actually another one of the original rides and its been going strong all these years. I actually enjoy the corney jokes the boat drivers tell and enjoy the feel of being in the jungle. Here is a video:



I hope you've enjoyed this video's as much as I have. I watch and remember all the fun times I've had with my family and look forward to many more visits to come. This year will be especially special since we'll have my Dad to join with us.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Boys Like Girls

So I saw this music video today while at the gym and I totally digged it!! This group sounds very similar to Dashboard Confessional. As soon as I got back to work I downloaded their entire album. The group is called Boys Like Girls and this song is called Thunder. As always enjoy:


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Monday's TV Show Line Up

No this is not a listing from yesterday's TV Guide, but I wanted to outline my top Monday Evening TV Shows as some readers may find my suggestions interesting?

1. Chuck (NBC 7:00) - Chuck is a Drama/Comedy show that keeps you interested in the show from start to finish. Of course the influx of hot ladies in the show doesn't distract my attention at all! I've included a clip from yesterday's show below:



2. The Big Bang Theory (CBS 7:00) - Now this show is for the geek in all of us. The premise of the show is 4 geeky friends who all work together, one being a "genius" and an overly anal individual. They have a neighbor girl who is incredibly hot and doesn't understand their geeky ways. Her interaction with them can become quite humorous. Well here is a clip from last nights episode:



3. How I Met Your Mother (CBS 7:30) - This show has its hit or miss episodes, but the shows revolves around 5 friends, 2 of which are married to each other. My favorite character is Barney Stincile (Niel Patrick Harris), the womanizer of the group, he'll do anything to get a girl in the sack. Sounds like a great show right? Don't worry it relatively clean and harmless fun. Just some of his antics are down right funny. Him being a ladies man is some what ironic now that he's openly admitted to being gay. Anyway, here is a clip from last nights show:



4. Heroes (NBC 8:00) - This used to be my clear cut #1 show, but it has trailed off this season. Basically the show is about a group of people who have super human abilities. Just like in any comic book, some use the powers for good and some use it for evil. Lame summary I know, but here is a clip from last night show:



5. Prison Break (FOX 8:00) - The name of the show you would think explains it all. The problem is they escaped from prison in the first season and here we are now on season 4. I have heard this is the final season, I'm just not sure how creative they can get. But basically the show is about some prisoners who escaped from prison and our on the run from "The Company", which is a corrupt group with government ties. The show originally took place in Chicago, but through the seasons has been in Panama and is now in LA. I didn't get a chance to watch this weeks episode, so I will include a clip from last weeks episode:



6. Two And A Half Men (CBS 8:00) - This show is my favorite, but because my Tivo can only record two shows at a time, this one gets left behind. This show isn't for everyone, the crude humor can be distasteful for some, but I personally find it hilarious, and enjoy watching it. Here is a clip from the show:



Well I hope you've enjoyed my Monday Evening TV Lineup. It is one of my most favorite evenings for TV shows and I look forward to it every week...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Target Lady Video

I love these Target Lady Video's on SNL, her voice just crakes me up. This is the only one I could find online, but its still pretty funny:

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Halloween Fun

So Halloween is finally here and most importantly is GONE!! I kept things simple, no parties, just tagged along with my two nephews while they went Trick or Treating. It rained the whole time, but they were so fun. They had to talk with everyone who opened the door and they weaseled their way into more candy every time. I see a future in sales for these boys! To continue my Scrooge'ness, I returned home and watched the latest Indiana Jones movie by myself and enjoy some alone time.

Saturday involved sending back my Xbox 360 (was like saying goodbye to a family member), then settling in for a night full of good college football!!
The BYU game was once again a close one, but the visiting Cougars pulled of a very exciting 45-42 victory against Colorado State. Max Hall threw a TD pass to TE Dennis Pitta with 22 seconds left in the game to pull off the victory. This game was a battle from the very beginning. The lead switched between both teams the entire game and came down to which team would have the ball last. We also caught the end of the UT vs TX Tech game as well as the Utah vs NM games, both games were equally exiting with both going down to the last seconds.

Also started my Book of Mormon challenge/invitation last night. The bishop outlined his reading schedule starting with Ether then moving back to 1st Nephi. I enjoyed reading reading the story of the brother of Jared speaking with the Lord and manifesting his faith. Very enjoyable chapters..

Well that is my weekend in a nutshell, I've also included a little video my sister put together from Halloween night. Enjoy....

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