Sunday, March 28, 2010

Touring St. George

Shauna headed south and left me to prepare and eat my "last meal" before I headed south to meet her as well as have an '"oscopy procedure." As you can see I am proficient in cooking. I grilled the last 2 pieces of bread (heals) with cheese and turkey inside. Then I carefully cut both burnt sides off for taste purposes. It was a lot of work but worth it!

Check out these beautiful women in front of some beautiful flowers at the St. George Temple.

Here we have the actual tree where the serpent tempted Shauna and turns out she was not much of a challenge.
Walked around and peaked into the old Atkin home. It looks very elegant inside. Excellent house but I'm a little concerned about its surroundings -- not a very "historical" setting (Ice Berg Drive In, Colf's Plumbing). Maybe if the historical district pushes 2 more blocks East in the next 5-10 years...

Friday, March 19, 2010

Trains, Planes, and Go Carts

Inspired by this "New Haven" engine from the golden age of trains and steel, I set out to create a go cart in the similitude of Hank Reardon's industrial, art deco America. With the train and the train engineer's uniforms, our team was only beat out in the "best theme" category (combo of car and uniforms)by...
the Flintstones motif, you should have seen the stoneagers!
While practicing we kept the train under wraps for maximum introduction value.
Mini Indy golf at Entrada. I asked Cole who he thought this was. He said Hannah.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Zen, Pirsig, Monson, and Melon

Robert Pirsig in his book of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance defined "quality" as that instant of being (in the moment), not looking forward nor looking back. Yesterday in Priesthood meeting Thomas Monson was quoted, and like Robert Pirsig, he defines the quality of life in the journey...
Whether you're feeling Melon(choly)... "If you have children who are grown and gone, in all likelihood you have occasionally felt pangs of loss and the recognition that you didn’t appreciate that time of life as much as you should have. Of course, there is no going back, but only forward. Rather than dwelling on the past, we should make the most of today, of the here and now, doing all we can to provide pleasant memories for the future."

Or whether you're feeling parsi(melon)ious..."If you are still in the process of raising children, be aware that the tiny fingerprints that show up on almost every newly cleaned surface, the toys scattered about the house, the piles and piles of laundry to be tackled will disappear all too soon and that you will—to your surprise—miss them profoundly."

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Mr (& Mrs) Melon go to Washington

I think because Hayley is out of country Shauna is tagging along with me. We did get to huddle with Ben, Candice, Drake, Zoa, and Aven in Fredericksburg and Williamsburg trying out hot tubs, swimming pools, and restaurants. Washington looked a little like SLC with the dirty snowbanks, broken limbs, and such from their snow storm. Shauna and I walked the George Washington Parkway Trail and thought it was "just fine!"

"Pizza head" Drake, his family, and we went to Church in Fredericksburg. The Bishop wanted to have us stand up and read our records into that ward. Apparently he had records for a family just our size.