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The Definitive 2007-2008 Catalog of Western United States Potties

So, I've figured it out. Remi is feverishly working on the definitive 2007-2008 Catalog of Western United States potties. I believe that we entered every bathroom at the ferry station, the aquarium, the marketplace, the restaurant, and basically everywhere else we visited today. Kristi and I really are happy to have the boy toilet-trained; now I just wish that his bladder was a little larger than a thimble.

Okay, enough potty humor.

We actually had a lovely trip to Seattle today by ferry. Although we forgot our camera (again), I think that the experience will remain memorable for a long time. The trip from Port Orchard to Seattle takes two ferries; one to Brewerton and then another to Seattle. Had I the camera, I would have taken a picture of the incredibly massive wake that the Brewerton-Seattle ferry leaves behind it. It was awesome. When we got off the ferry for the first time, I would have taken a picture of the largest hammer drill in the universe (of Josh) which was pu…

A 12-Hour Trip Stuffed Into 28

It's funny how kids can make a trip take longer. Actually, I have learned to multiply my travel time by 1.5 if I have my children in the car with me. For some reason, they need to stop to eat, go potty or just run around the car for 20 minutes straight, all at regular intervals of about 45 minutes. Interestingly, especially on long trips, they never feel the need to sleep.

Anyway, our trip to Seattle, Washington this week for a family vacation, while uniquely scenic outside the car, was no different inside the car. Zac figured out how to open water bottles, but not how gravity affects the situation when the water bottle is tipped over. Twice. Remi discovered that by drinking heavily from the water bottles, he could increase legitimate stop-offs by 30%.

However, Kristi and I did accomplish some goals that we set at the beginning of the trip. First, Remi never used a binki while in the car. Second, we only re-watched one movie. It was a VeggieTales movie, so I was okay with i…

The Jazz Pre-Season Begins!

The funny thing is that, being very nerdy, I naturally don't find a lot of point in a number of sports. I value athleticism, but not the warrior-like, adrenaline-induced behavior that certain sports seems to cultivate (i.e. football, hockey). On the other hand, I value skill and precision, but not watching it at a slow pace (i.e. baseball). Mostly, though, I think that I don't like being categorized with the stereotypical dad who does nothing but swig beer (or soda, in my case) all day, plopped on the couch watching his teams play.

A lot of this gets thrown out the window with basketball, though. While my wife has balanced me out quite a bit, since she usually goes to the Jazz games with me, I still classify myself as a fairly noisy fan in the crowds. I carefully follow the stats, analyze, and discuss ad nauseum with co-workers. I have trouble getting up to help my son with something (or leaving the house if it is on fire) if I'm watching a Jazz game. I exhibit sign…

A Thoelogical Offering

I am currently reading a fascinating book called, Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid. It is a long book, and I have finally broken the 600-page mark.

Anyway, the book starts out by referring to the Musical Offering that Bach composed based on a theme from Frederick II of Prussia. I have entitled this post, and the succeeding work implied by it, A Theological Offering for two reasons.

First, I refer myself to the following condition of English and its ability to make logical statements of truth or falsehood. Consider the statement "This statement is false." Is it true or false? From a logical sense, it is a paradox because, if it is true, then it is false, if it is false, then it speaks the truth. Somehow, our minds don't break though, because they operate on a higher plane that just language.

I showed this to a co-worker of mine, Chris, and he said that he felt that this wasn't a problem because you could just create a rule (thinking in the logical world…

General Conference Post-Game Show

This past weekend, the Church held its 177th Semi-Annual General Conference. This has become a major event in my life where I have the opportunity to listen to wise men and women on the subjects of family, spirituality, etc.. Their wisdom and devotion help me to learn lessons and grow closer to God much better than I could if I were just on my own.

Anyway, I'm out of time right now, but I'll devote an evening in the near future to beef up this post. The final word right now is that conference was wonderful, and I encourage any person seeking a relationship with God to participate, regardless of his or her religious persuasion.

A Call from Antonio, Part II

With Rosa's story in mind, I'd like to tell you about the day Antonio Santos was baptized.

It was March 3, 2002 in Castelo Branco, Portugal, which was my last Sunday serving in that city. My new appointment in the mission would be "Traveling Assistant," which means that I would have no area, but that I would stay with a different set of elders every week to train, etc.. I had three months left of my mission, so I knew that this new appointment would be my last. My personal proselyting mission, as I knew it, was ending in just a couple of days.

We were all so happy for Antonio because of his wonderful conversion story, which I'll not take the time to relate here. March 3 was the culmination of a dedicated conversion process on his part, including giving up smoking, etc., and devoting time to Church each Sunday.

The baptism was to immediately follow Fast and Testimony Meeting since some of our members traveled far to get to the meeting house, and it was better to …