Monthly Archives: September 2008

Meltdown

The U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass the bailout plan, giving the Dow it’s biggest one day point loss in history.
Dow: 10,365 -778
NASDAQ: 1984 -200
Citigroup bought Wachovia Bank as it collapsed. I’ve seen reports that 75% of Americans oppose the bailout plan because they don’t think Wallstreet should be saved. What they fail to realize is that if we allow Wallstreet to fail, Mainstreet will be right behind it. We don’t get to watch big financial firms fail and then go about our business like nothing happened. The credit market has been nearly frozen for two weeks. If these companies are allowed to go bankrupt, the money supply will dry up. Companies like General Motors, Ford, Caterpillar and Boeing won’t be able to borrow money to continue to operate their businesses. Companies won’t be able to make their payrolls. As this happens these companies will have to lay people off, which will seriously increase the likelihood of more foreclosures. People will no longer be able to borrow money to buy houses, cars, or send their kids to school. The entire US economy will collapse in to a depression. We are beyond talking about a recession at this point. We are back to 1929, when the government stood by and watched it happen. You can call it a bailout of Wallstreet, but it’s really a bailout of our economy and way of life. Now is not the time to point fingers and talk about what should have happened. It is time to take action to protect ourselves. We are at a point in time that most of us have never experienced. Hopefully our government can diffuse this nuclear bomb before it’s too late.

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Ricordi

It amazes me how certain tastes and smells can take me back to specific times and places. Tonight I mixed mozzarella, basil, tomatoes from our garden, olive oil, salt and pepper. It tasted just like it did when I spent the summer in Bologna with some of my closest mission friends in 1991. I made the same dish several times a week during that summer, and it will always hold fond memories for me. It makes me wish even more that I could return to Italy. Chissa’……

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CPR certified

Things haven’t worked out as I had hoped lately, but today I was able to become CPR and AED certified at work. It was something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time, so I jumped at the chance. I am part of our emergency response team, which is right up my alley. Some things were different from when I was certified as a kid, but the process is easy and straight forward. I had never used AED, but the machine tells you what to do at every step. This is something that I will try to keep current every two years.

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Catching up

I’ve been a slacker when it comes to my blog, so I need to catch up. I haven’t had an energy drink for over three weeks. The Beijing Olympics are over. It was cool to see Michael Phelps tear it up in the pool. Especially when the men beat France in the relay. It was a great performance to get the gold in all eight events in such a short time. Great prediction Ian Thorpe. Men’s and Women’s Beach Volleyball was exciting, as well as the Men’s Indoor Volleyball beating Russia and Brazil to bring it home after a 20 year hiatus. Mountain biking and BMX was exciting, especially since I couldn’t ride this Summer. Here is the medal count for the top five countries:
2008 Medals
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Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
USA 36 38 36 110
CHN 51 21 28 100
RUS 23 21 28 72
GBR 19 13 15 47
AUS 14 15 17 46

Mike Both and I have been riding the new singletrack trails in Eagle Mountain over the last two weeks. It’s great to see new trails out here. We are constantly plotting where to build the next one. I’m glad I can do some riding and hope to pull off a St. George bike trip in November.

I’ve also played volleyball twice in the last two weeks, and I’m better than I expected when it comes to serving with my left hand. Blocking is difficult when I only have one arm above the net, but I don’t want to risk a hard shop that would injure my shoulder. I’m just glad I can play.

Chuck Liddell fought Rashad Evans in UFC 88 last night. I fully expected Liddell to win the fight, so I was shocked when Evans knocked Liddell out cold. They exchanged at the same time, but Rashad landed first and hit Chuck on the button. I’ve seen too many fights where Chuck keeps his hands down, and he’s paid for it twice in 18 months. Quinton Jackson knocked out Chuck on Memorial Day weekend in 2007 and took the UFC Light Heavyweight title. Chuck’s next fight was against Keith Jardine, and he looked like he was afraid of being knocked out. Jardine took control, pressed the fight and got the decision. Chuck bounced back and manhandled Wanderlei Silva, and it appeared The Iceman was back. Chuck looked focused and ready last night, but he made the fatal error of leaving his hands down again. I would expect a fighter at that level to master the basic skill of protecting your head and face. I really hope he can bounce back from this defeat.

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