Hard to concentrate.

So, I find it interesting that I have so much trouble concentrating on things when I’m in a place that’s different than normal. Like right now, I’m working on Heather’s laptop in my mother-in-law’s basement. It’s a pretty good machine and has all the software apps I need and all, but I am sitting here looking ad some javascript that I wrote yesterday and it’s all pretty straight forward, but I can’t get my mind to grasp what’s going on with it…

Oh people…

So, I saw an article online at deseretnews.com today about some debate between cloth diapers and disposable. I’m sorry but those who are advocates of cloth are insane. I would really like to know if they also believe that disposable toilet paper is just a convenience as well, just as they claim that disposable diapers are. As I see it the more you have to handle human waste the more exposure to disease you bring to you family. I would much rather get that out of my house in one package, rather than have to rinse it out in a toilet – disgusting and a health risk – then collect enough to make a batch of laundry – also disgusting. All the while you get a build up of festering, disease-causing who-knows-what… Hippies…

Also there was this gem on another topic:
“We pay millions so that KOC (Kevin O’Connor – General Manager of the Utah Jazz) can progress these players through what should be high school and college levels playing, all the while paying them an NBA salary…”

Now this was posted by someone who is  a fan of the team. Where he gets the idea that he is paying the millions that the Miller family pays for the team’s payroll, I have no idea. As a fan I say that the Jazz are my team, but I also understand that this is only figuratively. They are not really MY team. The team is owned by the Larry H Miller Group, which is owned by the Miller family. So what the crap is this random fan talking about? I guess that those that go to the arena and pay for tickets for each game cumulatively pay millions all together, but even if you have season tickets or even a luxury suite you are not paying millions – thousands, not millions. Also you are not the responsible party for paying players. So here’s an idea, don’t bunch yourself with a family that has financial obligations in the millions, especially since this fan seems to know so little about what is going on with the team that actual game attendance is doubtful.

 This is probably the same type of person that thinks that the Jazz would be better off with someone else as coach besides Jerry Sloan, as if coaches of his caliber are on every street corner. OK genius, who do you replace him with? If you look through the world of  basketball who do you feel is a better coach? The only people who could possibly fit would be currently employed in San Antonio and LA and are not about to leave their respective locations. Really learn something about the system Jerry Sloan runs and then look at what other NBA teams do, Jerry Sloan is one of only maybe 20% of NBA coaches that really coaches and has a real system that is run. A system that has been successful for more than 20 years. What was the last thing you did that was successful for over 20 years?

Oh well I guess fans will be fans, and hey these kind of fans are the always the guys serving up treasures like this when the trade deadline comes around each year: “The Jazz should trade Carlos Boozer for Lebron…”

Yes, your sports genius never ends.

Exciting – for Heather

My baby cries and I bake stuff…

Ummmm

well, I haven’t written for a while. I’ve thought about it, but my writing efforts have lately been funneled into a little story I have floating around in my head that I hope to make into a book. Not necessarily a book anyone will ever read, but a book that will let me say in my insides “I’ve written a book, so I’m special”. It’s hard to write a book…

So I went to the Gym this morining bright and early. I really just wanted to go today and it seemed like the only time I would be able to go. Well I was right, 6:00 AM – 7:30 AM was the only time I ended up having available for the day, because once I got home I had to get ready to go to a primary activity and the we all went to Home Depot, spent loads of money on stuff for our flower garden and then spent the rest of the day putting all the stuff in place .This included putting in a new little sprinkler system thinger for just the flower bed which caused me to need to feed a bit piping under a side walk. Heather though I was retarded for wanting to do this, but well I usually am retarded, so not much new there. I also sliced a bit of funny pipe and didn’t find out until I turned on the sprinklers later and saw a flood come up in one spot. Yes I’m awesome – er retarded. So this all took like 3,000,000 hours or so, once that was done I went to Wendy’s where they decided for the – as usual – to give us something much different than I ordered, always and adventure ordering there…

Needless to say I’m tired and I think I’ll sleep for a week…

Season end

So, officially the Utah Jazz are in the Playoffs right now. That is really just a formallity though. This is a team that never really had a chance at making any real noise this year, and hopefully there are some changes coming.

Anyway this is how I see the playoffs going for this team. Getting killed in game 1 (already done). Making it closer for about 3 quarters for the second game in LA, but losing control in the fourth quarter. Then back in Salt Lake they will win game 3 by a narrow margin as Deron Williams and the other real players on the team give it one last gasp effort. That will lead to a narrow loss in game 4 – with the team being done after makig th epush for a single victory in the previous game. And game 5 will probably be decent for the first half before everyone involved truely concedes that the season is really over for Utah and the Lakers roll on to round 2 as the Jazz go home and clean out their lockers. It’s pretty sad, considering the talent on the Jazz team, the problem is that the players that really need to have the heart of a champion on this team to go with their talent seem to have donated their hearts to medical research. (Deron Williams is not included in that group, he has the right heart and the talent to be on equal terms with anyone in the basketball world). The players who do hustle and have the heart are just not quite the talent and the ones with the talent just don’t seem to be motivated. Can’t someone combine these players? What if you could take what Matt Harpring’s take on the game and transfer it to Boozer, or Memo?

Well this could always happen CLICK HERE

What a night, BLAH!

my awesome hair
my awesome hair

So, this is what my hair looks like after a night of throwing up, trying not to throw up, and trying to stay in bed while Ella spends the whole night trying to push me out. I think I’ll keep it this way.

Being liked…

So I think most people like to be liked, and we try to be liked. Well sometimes we do things that cause certain people not to like us. Here’s the thing, I just have been thinking about this and well I think I have decided that trying to get people to like me is a pointless endeavor. The thing is that there are people that are compatable and there are others that aren’t. You can’t make everyone like you. The fact is that a lot of people are afraid of me for some reason. You see I’m not all bubbly and happy and I don’t act happy to see every single person that I ever come across and I tend to speak out when I’m upset. So I guess that makes me just a crusty person. If that’s the case, so be it. I have three of the cutest kids in the world who everyone wants to be friends with and a wife of said children, and they all think of me as anything but crusty. They matter more than anyone else in the world. I don’t go around trying to offend everyone in the world, I just seem to do it by nature. Also if someone does anything wrong to them I will do, as I feel I should, step up to their defense. This may mean I won’t make many friends, but I never have had many and well I’m an old dog, not time for new tricks…

So yeah…

Some thoughts for the times.

So, people are getting laid off all over the place. The place where I employed (as opposed to working freelance, which I do as much as working for someone else) just went through a round or lay offs. Other people I know have lost their jobs. When I heard about the people that have lost their employment it makes me really and truly sad. I have been laid off before by a .com company that was going under. I have lost my job 2 weeks before Christmas. Regardless of the time though it is never a good time to lose your job.

As for now I am not in danger of losing my jobs (freelance or otherwise). This I count as a blessing. One reason though is that at my regular job I have learned enough that I could step into about 95% of the positions here and do the job as good as anyone in the company. This is the makeup of my department, we are a group of versatile people who can do a myriad of things. Also though there have been those who have moved on to other places that has kept us from risking a loss. In this I have thought today about those with whom I have worked at this place that have moved on. I started here and the job I do now was going to change the whole company. Everyone was going to touch what I was working on in some way. Or that’s how they talked about it anyway… Well shortly after I started at this company one of the people I worked with, who had similar responsibilities left. No matter, I took over doing what she did and I could easily handle the overflow. Then the guy incharge of the whole operation left, he decided to go off to Hawaii and surf. Neither of these people were replaced, instead someone else was plugged in as a bandage and I once again stepped in and took over with no one there to support or direct me. And it was about this time that I started to wonder why I didn’t take the job offer from some other company a few months before, even though my current company matched their salary offer. I really think things would have been very very different, but who really can say…

So now I am still here, still doing pretty much the same thing, and having people around me leave either because they are scrambling to find another place to work or they no longer have a job at all. And as I see those in my department leave because they choose to and have found something else to do I wonder why it is that I didn’t take the other offers I was given. But then I realize that this place needs me and for now I need them too. I am going to be completely self employed some day, not just half-time. Working where I do now lets me build on what I really want to do, and even though there are other things I would rather be doing with my time than what I have done for almost the last 5 years I know that the pay off for my patience will better than just a more exciting job. And I am glad that I went into the industry I am in because I’m good at it.

I really hope though that those who are facing the uncertantity of being unemployed that you will some how be taken care of. I hope that help will come, like it did for me and my family in our rough times. And I am sure that we will yet have our own rough times and I just hope that the help will be there when we have our own.

Andy Pettitte, a pitcher for the New York Yankees has said he won’t play for them for a one-year, $10,000,000 (Yes that’s TEN MILLION) contract. He is stating this because the previous year he made 16 million.  I would like to formally announce to the Yankees that I am able to make that sacrifice, and unlike many professional athletes I believe I can feed my family on that – for the rest of my life… So I’ll waiting for my contract offer, I mean I don’t even play baseball and done really like the sport, but I think that an offer like this can change my mind on both.

Happy New Year

So it’s now 2009, and there are a lot of people spewing gloom and doom out in the world. Some are worried about the new President, and I’m heard some pretty absurd opinions about the man. This is what I know right now about him though, he is my president and I believe in this country. A lot of people felt it was time for a change, and this is a government for the people – by the people. That has been undermined in a lot of ways and I think that a lot of what this country is struggling with right now is in part because of this. Special interest, corruption, etc. I just really hope we have the right man in the white house of those who were running, and the fact is we’ll never know how it would have turned out otherwise. What is really infront of us is a job to do. It’s something that won’t be easy, too much credit hanging over the heads of the whole country. There are the fuel and energy issues, which will require a huge undertaking to resolve. There are the conflicts in other countries that we need to take care of in a correct way. There is the huge problem with the housing industry and there are 3 huge auto makers that are facing the possibilities of bankruptcy. Unemployment is high, people lose their jobs every day. Unemployment is pretty high, but if you know someone who lived throught the depression, ask them how that was. Yes we have tough things to face, but not any tougher than what generations before us have come through. We are not facing a war where millions of people die. We do not have the depression of the 1930′s. We are not all dieing off due to the plague. We do need to be smart though and do what we can to dig in. What that means for each person, I’m not sure. It may mean being thankful for your job and doing it well so that when an employer has to face the reality that it cannot keep all of it’s employees then you are the person they just can’t let go. It may mean being industrious and stepping out and starting a business of your own, rather than depending upon someone else for your pay check – this may be scary, but ask those who founded this country how it felt to go to war against one of the most powerful countries in the world. It may be volunteering your time or helping a neighbor or family member who is facing difficulties due to these struggles. That is for each person to decide. The real thing is though, I feel anyway, is that we all have been very complacent and comfortable in what we have been doing in this country and we need to stop doing that and get out and do something for the good. One act may not seem to change everything, but what if you had 300 million acts? That will be noticed.

Now I feel that 2009 has the potential to be a very good year for me and my family, I hope it will be for you. Let us not all become victims to fear and sit there while the walls crash in, but do something to make sure the walls get stronger.