Posts made in August, 2000


By seven o’clock in the morning I was already in a pretty bad mood. I had gotten probably an hour of sleep last night and that hour was broken up into several periods of a few minutes each. During the night last night, our smoke alarms decided they had behaved long enough. Starting at 1:00 AM, they began to go off approximately every 20 minutes. At first I wondered if there were a fire somewhere and quickly made the rounds to each room...

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Tut, Tut, Looks Like Rain

Living in the southwestern desert, I am well accustomed to the scorching heat and dry air. In fact, when you move into the state of Arizona, you are given a list of catch phrases that you use whenever someone mentions the hot summers that we have. At the top of this list is the famous line, “but it’s a dry heat.” My oven is a dry heat too but I don’t go around sticking my head in it. Anyway, the one part of this climate...

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Back On the Road Again

After a whirlwind vacation, it was once again time to head for home. It is always hard to leave family especially after a brief visit. Trina and the kids are usually very emotional when we leave and today was no exception. As everyone said good-bye to each other, there were a lot of tears shed. We climbed into the car and began to drive to the freeway. It was at this point that I began crying too. Trina looked shocked as I rarely am emotional...

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Interstate Bobsled

It can never be said that I don’t learn from my mistakes. Today we began our road trip back to Phoenix from Idaho Falls. The trip through Salt Lake City was still fresh on my mind and I had every intention of finding an alternative route so that I wouldn’t be stuck in Utah traffic for two hours like on the way up. I was hoping that I could eliminate going through Salt Lake completely but Trina and the children wanted to stop and see...

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Here Fishy, Fishy, Fishy

When I was a small boy growing up in Idaho, my Grandpa Summers used to always take me fishing. That in itself would have been admirable and put my Grandpa in the hall of fame for grandparents. But he didn’t stop there. He would take all of my cousins with him. In all, there were 12 of us at the time. The one stipulation he had was that we had to be potty trained before we were allowed to go. Grandpa would load all of us up along with...

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Digital Potty Training

I always remember being in elementary school and discussing the invention of the automobile. When the horseless carriage came to be, there was a tremendous amount of resistance to this new mode of transportation. The stories went that those who had grown up with the horse scoffed at this loud and noisy invention claiming they would never succumb to having to travel in one of these new fangled contraptions. At the time, I thought this was...

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Surfing with the Flintstones

After a short night of little sleep, we were up and getting ready for the day. I had forgotten how small Idaho Falls was. While growing up there, it always seemed like the big city. After all, it was the third largest city in Idaho with a population of 40,000 people. We even had three high schools and four bowling alleys. It didn’t get much bigger than that. Somehow though, the state of Idaho seems to have missed the technological...

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Cruising the College Campus

As long as we were going to make a road trip, we decided that we may as well make good use of our time. Ashley, my oldest daughter, will be a senior this year. She has plans to go to college after graduation and at this juncture does not know where she wants to attend. She and I decide that a few campus visits are in order to help her make up her mind. She thinks that she would like to go to Brigham Young University in Provo Utah but she is not...

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Half the Fun is Getting There

With the Diamondbacks out of town for a six game road trip and a couple of days off, Trina and the girls decided they needed a vacation before going back to school. This coupled with the fact that Trina’s father has been in poor health lately made the decision to go quite easy. So to paraphrase the Beverly Hillbillies theme song, we loaded up the truck and went to Idaho, falls that is. It is a sixteen hour drive from Phoenix to Idaho...

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