Monthly Archives: November 2008

Back to Iraq and stray thoughts

Shawn left to return to Iraq today. He will be done with his deployment in about three months. We were able to visit for about an hour today before he flew out. This was our private conversation about Apache helicopters. More to come on that? It’s nice to see that we were able to pick up where we left off. I will be doing a better job of e-mailing him this time. It’s time to do a better job on a lot of things. I’ve been off work since Tuesday, and it’s been a nice break. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to relax because I have to go back to work on Monday and start writing 17 reviews in five days, but I’ve done pretty well. Hopefully some things will work themselves out over the next 4-5 months. In any case, it should be interesting. That’s one of the reasons I keep a daily journal, so I can go back and see how things developed. It could be big, or it could be a non-event. Either way, I have what I need with my family and friends, and things seem to be getting clearer.

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Did you get your tickets to the gun show?

We went to the Crossroads of the West gun show in Sandy this morning. We got there early to get a good parking spot. The parking lot was fairly empty, so I was shocked to see how long the line was. I went from the north end of the expo center to the middle, then back around. I bet there were over 250 people in front of us. The ammo flew off the shelves. I guess people are worried about January. We were able to get a butane stove, rescue tape and several other things on our list. It was a successful trip.

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100 days

It’s been 100 days since I’ve had an energy drink. I’ve been going to bed earlier and trying to eat healthier. I am master of my own domain, as it were. I win.

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Election 2008

The 2008 Election is finally over. I’ve got to say that I was sick of seeing a two year campaign. It was nice to see an increase in voter participation. I don’t understand how you can live in this country and not cast your vote. People in other countries would kill for that privilege. I remember a picture that I put in my journal when voting was opened in South Africa. It was an aerial shot of thousands of people standing in line. Things didn’t go the way I had hoped, but we definitely made history as a country by electing a black President. Having missed the Civil Rights movement, I can’t fully appreciate what everyone experienced at that time, but it says a lot for our nation. I remember talking to my dad about the Berlin wall. He said he never thought he would see it come down in his lifetime. Times have definitely changed. I wish it meant that racism had been defeated, but that isn’t the case yet. I’m afraid that it will take several more decades to make that change. I hope I can see the day when a Jew or a Mormon can get elected, and that their religion won’t be held against them. We gave JFK the benefit of the doubt.

I hope Barak Obama can make the changes that we need as a country, but there is a lot of hard work. As I watched the crowds in Chicago last night, I got the impression that many people expected that things will change immediately. Big problems take big solutions, and that takes time. Many things need to be fixed, but not all of those are the responsibility of the government. I refer you to The Proper Role of Government by Ezra Taft Benson:

I hope things get better under Obama. He is not the man I wanted for President, but I do not wish him ill will. I hope the econmy will turn around and we will be able to protect ourselves from our enemies. I hope our elected leaders will make choices that bring the most good to the most people. I hope we can find other ways to meet our energy demands. And I hope we can remember that it was a belief in God that created this great contry.

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I suck

On October 8th we had a wellness screening at work. My blood pressure was good, but my cholesterol was high. I made an appointment to have a physical today. Blood pressure was still good, but my numbers came back high again.
Total cholesterol was 238. This should be below 200.
Bad cholesterol was 169. This should be below 100.
Triglycerides was 173. This should be below 150.
Good cholesterol was 34. This should be above 40.
I have to decrease the fat in my diet and increase my fiber and Omega 3’s. I have to go back to the doctor in 3-4 months. If my numbers don’t improve I will probably have to go in medication. Screw that. I will be a diet nazi and bring it down myself. But I still suck.

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