Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Dog Named Chester

I've always thought that Disney's The Kid was a pretty clever and funny movie.  One part that I particularly liked what when the kid asked his older self where his red truck and dog named Chester was.  I like that because all his future wealth and prestige didn't really mean anything to the kid because he grew up to be a nobody -obviously- since he didn't have his dog and truck.

These two Golden Retrievers really caught my eye because first off they are my favorite breed and second, I really think they photograph well.  So when I saw these two hanging out in a truck on San Juan Island, I just had to take a picture because, well, I really like Golden Retrievers.  Betsy and I and our friends Tucker and Misha took a ferry ride to this Island, it was a lot of fun.  I hope that when I grow up, I'll have my dog and red truck so I don't grow up to be a nobody.

Saturday, March 26, 2011


I was playing with a few test tubes and food coloring today trying to get a couple shots for a new brochure at work.  I think this is an appropriate time to sit back and enjoy the pretty menisci.

On another note, my roommate was watching the BYU-Hawaii game today.  For those that don't know, the Seasiders were in the NCAA Division II championship game today against Bellarmine.  I would have never known that if it wasn't for my roommate, like I said, that has went to BYU-Hawaii.  Unfortunately, the Seasiders lost today, but it made me wonder something.  The players from BYU-Hawaii are getting on a plane and traveling back to Hawaii tonight.  The folks from Bellarmine are hopping on the bus to go to Louisville, Kentucky.  Now my question:  Who are the real winners??  Okay, maybe sitting on the beach drinking an ice cold lemonade doesn't take away the pain of losing the championship game, but it sure doesn't hurt!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Into the Details

Here's a picture of the Salt Lake Temple; it's one of my favorite things of the city.  It always amazes me how captivating the exterior of this building is.  The lines, shapes, and angles of the building not only makes it a pretty building to photograph, but a pleasing building to look at.  The time and effort that the early saints put into the interior and exterior of this wonderful building is truly commendable.

There is a lot to learn from the legacy of the Salt Lake Temple.  The character and work ethic of the early temple builders prompt an introspective pause.  Many times, I forget about their example until I'm in or around the temple grounds looking at the effort they put into the details.  I look at my own life and realize that I'm still a long ways away from the character of those men and women.  I realize that I've hurt people, that I've taken people for granted, and that I haven't respected friends as well as I should have.  I also realize that I've said things and done things that I shouldn't have done.  I also know, though, that life is about being a better person, improving your character day after day.  Sometimes it may be slow going, but it's the persistence that counts.  So, as I look at the temple and think about the lives and characters of those early saints I acknowledge that I have a long ways to go, but I hope I'm getting there one step at a time.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


It's been a little while since I've put some pictures, so I thought I would get on it and put some up.  This is a picture of Bauer.  He's a Boston Terrier and also my roommate's dog.  Although he might be small in stature, I challenge you to take that little red chew toy that he is chewing on right now away from him.  He's pretty strong for his size and is quite good at tug-of-war.  Also, throw it down the stairs and you'll be amazed how he can run so fast down them without rolling end-over-end to the bottom.
This is one of Betsy's dogs named Jill, a cute little Chihuahua.  Compared to Bauer, she's quite a bit smaller and a lot more dainty.  It's the cutest thing to watch her get so excited when you say her name.  She'll do a little tap dance for you on the tile if you get her excited enough.  I guess she did a little too much dancing and was pretty tired for this picture.
And then there is Erin, and she is not a dog.  She's cute and smiley like she always is (right Ryan?).  I'm far from perfect with my post processing techniques so I'm always trying new things.  This way made her eyes really blue when in fact they are more greenish blue.  They are pretty, though, they'll just draw you in.
And finally, my dear grandmother on my dad's side passed away last week.  This is a picture before we left the cemetery.  It was a beautiful day celebrating her life and enjoying the company of her posterity (my cousins).  I'm grateful for big families and learned that she grew up in a family with eight siblings.  I was grateful to learn more about her life, she's a wonderful example to all her grandchildren.  It's a happy thought to think she's reunited with her husband who passed away shortly before I was born.