Sunday, December 18, 2011

Touring 19th Century Christmas

Last week, on my way back from Vidalia Georgia, I stopped at a Bookstore in Macon partly to find a book to read on the flight back and partly to rest my aching back.  After browsing for an hour I decided on, A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens.  It hit me that while I have seen many versions of this -- Disney, Scrooged, and others; I don't think I had ever read the original -- good 19th century prose -- centered on the principle of giving to the poor.

Shauna and I attended the Christmas Concert at the conference center at Temple Square.  It was a beautiful production with a medieval theme featuring The Choir, orchestra, dancers, baritone Nathan Gunn, and story teller Jane Seymour.  The Christmas carol "Good King Wenceslas" was performed and was moving -- the first time I'd paid attention to that poem.  Again written in the 19th century by John Mason Neale.  It is about the good king in the 10th century as he reaches out to a poor soul -- worth pondering.

While these are prose and poem that warms the heart, what could be written of our lives and times?

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Touring -- Musing

Boys came over

2012. I am far from where I could have imagined I would be -- if I would have imagined it. Clarification -- imagining now how I would have imagined being at this date had I imagined it at all. But, the imaginations of youth are so… what? without the faithless wizened cynicism that only age can bring?

I saw myself standing on the small front lawn of a rambler-sized red brick house as happy and fulfilled as any man could be. It goes deeper than that but... you get the point. It was simple, it was fulfilled, it was the picture of a contentedly lived life.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

I thank you for your support

Because of your overwhelming response to my pathetic plea for attention (6 comments, a record), I will include 1 photo of Vincent and myself (thank you Shauna) at our "holiday kickoff party," and 1 musing:

As I sat just a few days ago and dated a page in my journal I realized that not long from now we will be living in the year 2012.  I don’t know how anyone else has viewed this but I have not put a lot of thought into living beyond 2012.  About a month ago I was on a plane returning home from Chicago when I got into a fairly philosophical conversation with a gentleman who thought that  he would like to live until 70 years of age (useful physical age), then just disappear.  I shared my similar thoughts about living until 55 then heading off into the desert never to be heard from again – like an old dog. 
Is that what dogs do?  When I was about 8 years old my dad said that our dog Abby had just left home one day, because she was old, and wandered off into the desert.  Before I do this I better check to see if this is what dogs really do – we later found out that Abby had been hit by a car, and that dad knew it but thought that the wandering in the desert story was preferable.  Now I'm not sure what to do.

Sunday, November 27, 2011


Since the iPhone I have not been taking many pictures.  Also, I am not sure that "Melon Tours" really works any more (if it ever did).  Also, I don't know who the audience is here -- aside from my wife and a portion of our children.  So, this blog could get renamed to Melon Musings, which might just end up being some short cryptic blurb that emanates from me or my journal, like:

... Shauna and I are sitting on the deck writing in our journals with the sun beating down on us – it is very pleasant on this Sunday afternoon.  It has been a pretty good Thanksgiving holiday.  We went to Church in our old 10th Ward.  Sherri Wagner and Chris Durham spoke on gratitude, along with trials I guess – why do trials get talked about even when the topic is “be of good cheer?”  In High Priest quorum meeting I saw a lot of the old guard there.  Woody Wagner is now in the Stake Presidency with Presidents Frei and Ence.  Bishop North is driving trucks in North Dakota along with John Boyle and Ken Earl on contract for some oil hydraulic fracturing that’s going on there.  People are still struggling along – at least those that are still with us in quorum meeting...

Sunday, November 6, 2011

A Melon Smorgasborg

The little brothers

Falling for each other

A bunch of Daltons circa 1979

Linc being Ernest

Hands full

Hermana Dalton pre-Barcelona

A better shot of Mr. Penton

Pete & Clint w/same hairstyle

Linc hugging sisters

Luke now builds snowmen w/Cole

Super Chunk

Yikes! here we go again


Monday, October 31, 2011

One more Pumkin

So, I can't seem to edit/rotate my pics from my iPhone.  I send the pic from my iPhone to my gmail account, and, eventhough the pic on the iPhone is portrait, it shows up as a jpg in the email as landscape (like you see).  So, I get into it and edit the photo back to portrait.  Then I insert the photo to blogspot and its back to landscape!

Cute pumpkin anyway.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween Tours

 Max climbing

Sideways Cole

sleepy Vince

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Tour Valencia via Barcelona con mi hija-hermana

After about 8 weeks Hayley arrived in Barcelona from Madrid...

She received a cute companera espanola, Hermana Martin from Cadiz, and they are pointing to where they are headed -- Valencia!

The train station in Barcelona where her parents bought tickets to France 3 weeks ago...

Montjuic in Barcelona with President and Sister Hinckley

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Finishing off the Tour de France

Taking the fast train to Paris from Lyon, looking all... nondescript.

Look where the Monaco F1 GP is held.

Shauna in the Marseilles Train Station

Shauna on the path to Monte Carlo.

Grace Kelly (on left)

More Monaco

And more...

Ice cream in Antibes

Club Med Antibes

Black Yacht Antibes (lots o' these)

Last night in Paris

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Melon Documenting Shauna's Meanderings

Shauna in Paris CDG...

Shauna catching a bus...

Shauna figuring the Metro...

Shauna riding a train at 300 km/hr...

Shauna with Goudi's Sagrada Familia...

Shauna checking on what Rick Steve has to say...

Shauna posing with Goudi's Parc Guell...

Where's Shauna?  Parc Guell...

Shauna with her companion on gondola to Montjuic...

Shauna observing Club Med from Montjuic..

Shauna is not done yet!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Melon meandering

Work has been just about as intense as I can ever remember it being.  Our new CEO asked in one meeting, "what am I paying you guys for?  I guess it was rhetorical because no one said a thing.  Remember The Del on Coronado Island?  That's where our "C-Suite" is having a strategic planning meeting.

Anyway, lately it has been work all the time and Church work a little of the time.  So, late at night, I have been looking for the perfect motorcycle.  The criteria is always changing since I don't know what I would do with the motorcycle.  But, The KTM LC8 990 or Adventure Bike has come to mind.

This morning in Stake PEC our stake president, a banker by trade, counseled that we should live "below our means," among other things -- wise council.  It made me glad that I didn't buy that $13,000 motorcycle!  What I did do to satisfy that annoying itch was to buy a kit for my KLX450R that will make it barely street legal.  Then I will be able to hop on it and head up American Fork Canyon on the spur of the moment.

After getting completely frustrated with the front brake sensor and the DC power connectors (the instructions were very skimpy and written by someone who knew how to install the kit for some one who knew even more about the installation), I put it to bed thinking I would head to a real mechanic Saturday morning.

I found a mechanic who helped me figure out both problems quickly and didn't even charge!  This was a major motorcycle mood changer.  I'll finish it when I get back from the MRO, the NBAA, and the MARPA.

Hayley's in Ogden waiting for her VISA to Spain.  We talked to her Thursday evening for 5 minutes.  She sounded very good and happy.  We'll check out Barcelona next week to make sure it is safe for her.  I'll try to keep this blog up on some Spain and South of France goings on (in between work).

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Melon remembers last weekend

Papa, Dad -- July 14,1927 to September 10, 2001

9 11 - September 11, 2001

"And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers..." 
"...whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."