Wednesday, December 03, 2008

the last 3 days

My new license plates came today and I quickly mounted them on my car.

I got this cast on yesterday. only cost me $160! 6 weeks...6 weeks! I have midcarpal instability. the doc doesn't even know if this will help...just hoping. it is also the reason i am writing with little capitalization...

this is my graham cracker house, I made it at FHE on Monday. It won the best construction award. Yay for me!

Monday, December 01, 2008

My Trip to Arizona (abbreviated)

I spent a wonderful 9 days visiting friends and family. I saw Twilight with my sisters Krista, Brooke, and Kara. Brittany, being large with child(ren), couldn’t make the trip. We love you Britt and pray for you baby! We went to sushi afterwords and discussed what we liked and didn’t like. That’s not a blog I am going to write.

I babysat Krista’s little boys. Let me tell you, they are more than a handful; cute, loving and energy-sucking. You may know him as DR, Dan, pops, papa, grandpa, or just plain old Dad to me, came into town and celebrated Thanksgiving with us too.

I went to my doctor for a check up on my ankle. He said that one day I will need an ankle replacement, a day I dread. He gave me a steroid to help with the chronic pain. In that shot were some localized pain killers, Lidocane and some other 'cane'. It numbed my foot and for 2 hours I was pain free and it almost made me cry I was so happy. I wish it lasted.

I saw old friends and it made me want to live there again. I found myself driving the streets and thinking to myself, ‘I could live here again.’ Gavin got engaged too!

My phone charger broke the last day of vacation in Arizona. So instead of buying a new charger I decided to buy a new phone. I went with the new T-Mobile G1. It runs off a new Google operating system called Android. It is similar to the iPhone in that you can download applications to your phone and use them.

I got a couple of games, one of which is called, Zombies, Run! You plug in your destination address and as you drive you have to avoid the Zombies that are chasing you. It’s basically a real life Pac-Man trying to avoid the ghosts. I haven’t tried it yet but it sounds like fun. I also got one called scriptures which, when it gets working right, will allow me to access the Bible, Book of Mormon and the rest of them.

I really enjoyed the time off. I golfed, slept, watched Madagascar 2 (which made me cry I laughed so hard,) ate plenty, and spent quality time with friends and family. I can't complain.

Here are some fun websites:
Whiskey Militia
Busted Tees
Japanese Bug Fights

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Mr. Serve On

As part of my gig at work I serve legal papers. I am a "process server." Let me tell you something, I LOVE serving people. It is so fun for me for some strange reason. Let me tell you why.

Tonight I was getting my serve on and I show up at this guy's door, his little kids are running around inside, some stranger at the door, confused.

Me: Hey how's it going? Are you John Doe?
Dude: Yeah.
Me: Awesome. These are for you.
Dude: Am I getting served?
Me: You bet you are.
Dude: uh...thanks.

The door closes and for some reason I got all giddy! I'm skipping across this guy's lawn, smiling, jumping in the air and clicking my heels, singing to myself, "Yeah you just got served!"

The next guy I serve I had talked to on the phone earlier because I had to track him down and confirm that he was the guy. He was worried about the legal action he was becoming involved in. I talked him through it and explained that he is just a minor figure in the grand scheme of the law suit. Anyway, I show up and I talk to him a little more about what he needs to do and assure him its not him that they are after. I thank him for being so kind and helpful and he does the same. I walk away smiling again.

The last guy I served tonight, I was 4 of 5, was having a restraining order renewed against him. I had talked to his roommate yesterday when the guy I was serving wasn't home. I see the roommate outside and ask him if homeboy is home, "Yeah he's in there." Word up.

I go to the door and he answers.
Me: Are you John?
Dude: Uh...uh who?
Me: Are you John Smith Doe?
Dude: no. What is this regarding?
Me: I just talked to your roommate, he says you're here.
Dude: I uh, what's this about?
Me: Do you know a Jane Anderson?
Dude: Yeah.
Me: These are for you.
Dude: What is it?
Me: It looks like she wants to renew her restraining order.
Dude: Renew?
Me: (as I am walking away) Apparently she's got one on you right now.
I get in my car and I'm out.

Some days are tedious and hard. Some are a breeze. Some days like today just make me giggly on the inside. I don't know why...but I like it.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Me for President!

Check out my new blog! The link is on the right. Its official, I am running for President! I even have a classy donation button for those of you who would like to support me. Check it out over the next few months as I will be laying out my plans and ideas.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Hopes and/or Dreams

So last night I was feeling a bit lonely and I ended up laying, lights off, half asleep, under the covers, in bed thinking about my life. I determined there were 4 things I wanted to do with my life. Hopes, ambitions, goals, dreams…call them what you will.

1. I want to get my poetry published in an honest to goodness book of my own. I’d like to have a reason to walk into Barnes and Noble or Borders. I don’t really care if it sells 1 or 1,000,000 copies; I’d just like to be a published writer. In this imagination I thought of several scenarios on what the book should be. I thought I could write a bit about each poem, what it was about, why I wrote it, who it was about…but then I thought that maybe just the raw poem would be good enough; that the reader could glean whatever meaning they wanted.

2. I want to invent something new and useful that would make me some money. I already have an awesome idea and last night the design came to me. Magnets. I have devised a new form of advertising. Some of you may know what I am talking about but I need to keep it something of a secret so no one steals my idea…it’s happened before. Yeah you Chase Bank and your texting people their account balances when they get low…THAT WAS MY IDEA 3 YEARS BEFORE YOU CAME OUT WITH IT. That’s beside the point. I need to figure out how to form the business model so I can make all the money on the ads not just the contraption that holds them.

3. I want to run for President. I already have some supporters from years or word of mouth campaigning.  But as I was thinking about policy and how to better the country a flood of ideas came to me about taxes, welfare, government spending, and more. I have great ideas. The problem here is that I am not a politician. I don’t like butt kissing, schmoozing, or any of that crap. I just like to keep it real. I have no doubt that I would be a good president. People would like me. I already have a motto, “For the Love…and the Plane.” (Let’s face it Air Force One is pretty rad.)

4. I want to get married. Duh. All of this thought came from being lonely initially. I needed a wife to talk to and hold. I had this vision a couple years back, it was my Bride and I, at the alter of the Temple, she was so beautiful and I was finally happy.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008


Here are some pictures of me in my Halloween costume. I was Towelie, a character from South Park. I had some help sewing it together but I made the eyes and mouth. I have provided a picture of the actual Towelie so you can the see accuracy.

Now most people don’t watch South Park so not many people knew what I was or who I was. That didn’t take away any of the personal satisfaction. I went to a dance party and since no one could see my face I just closed my eyes and danced. It was pretty fun

Let's just assume it would be fair to say that no one enjoyed my costume more than I did. Don't let the pictures fool you. *wink wink*

Friday, October 17, 2008

Rock Band Live Tour

I made it to a concert last night that featured my favorite band, Dashboard Confessional. I don't know what it is about them that I love so much. Maybe it was the timing in which I found them. No matter now, I'm hooked. They were the 3rd act in the Rock Band Live Tour, promoting the new game obviously. Here are a couple of pics from the show and some links to some videos.

These Bones

Widow's Peak - this one is loading slow...maybe not for you though.

This band came on before Dashboard and I figured I should represent...I rock plain white t's all the time.

I took this one myself. Not too shabby.

Chris Carrabba, songwriter, founder, guitar, vocals, piano...

Liz Drake, professional babe and Rockstar.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Me Getting Famous...Again.

I don't know how I do it but pretty much every time I go to a ReAL Salt Lake game a bit of fortune and fame follow me. This trip was no different. Watch the Video and you'll see. I don't know how long the link will last so sorry if you miss it. Here it is.

I also happened to make it on the Jumbo-Tron during the pre-game video. You may remember the picture of me at the "Celebration Station," that picture was the last picture in the slide show. I had enough time to yell, "Hey that's me! I'm Awesome!" Anyways...good times.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Fun With Facial Hair!

So I grew out a bit of a beard for about 2 weeks. The time came for me to shave (because I have an intramural soccer game at BYU and they don't allow facial hair.) I decided to have a little fun instead of just cutting it all off in one fell swoop. So let me know what you think!

I had some good beard growing.

This is my tough biker gang look.

Ready to play!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Redemtion of Clint Mathis

There is a long story behind this but I will try to keep it short. For years I have heckled Clint Mathis, a professional soccer player. At one game, he had just gotten a yellow card for complaining to the ref. Sitting in the 10th row, well with in the range of my voice, I yell at him, "MATHIS! Quit Crying you baby!" He looks right at me and says, "F#@$ You!" and flips me off. Ever since then I have hated on him.

He recently got resigned by ReAL Salt Lake and I happened to be at the game. I made a sign. Oh I also happened to have field passes again.

He got subbed in and I yelled at him a bunch. After the game we had VIP access and Mathis comes walking out. I wanted to have him autograph my sign but was scared he might punch me in the face. He's quite a jerk on the field. I came down with a bad case of Patchitis and wussed out on all my chances to get his autograph so I took some candid photos.
There he is in the striped shirt.
So finally my friend Lydia goes up to him and says, "Could you sign my friends poster? You told him to F off once." Clint says, "I've said that to a lot of people," and smiles. He signs my poster.

Then we got the best picture ever!
He was super cool. I can say now that THE BEEF IS OVER! I won't hate on him anymore. I shall turn my heckles elsewhere. Thanks for being a cool dude Clint Mathis.

There is so much more that happened at the game that night that needs mentioning. We ended up with box seats that included a free buffet of Joe's Famous BBQ before the game.

Then we went down to the bean bag seats and threw out a bunch of mini balls to the 'regular' fans.

We got the first front row handicap parking spot. It was amazing. Everything fell into place. It's in the top 3 of the best games I have ever attended. So much fun!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Personality Profile...Part 5

This is the final chapter in the saga that is, Caleb Reeve's personality. I hope you've enjoyed the ride. I know its like 10 minutes of reading which scares most people away but for those of you who have decided to carry on and read, you know more about me hopefully. You know that there is more to me than just good looks and laughs.

Introduction to Extraversion

Some days you want to hang out by yourself, not answer the phone, and make the world go away. The next day you e-mail everyone, schedule lunch with a friend, and try to find an evening gathering to take part in. It may be the phases of the moon, or something you ate; some days are just like that. In actuality, your desire to be with others or to be alone reflects something deep in your personality. Some of us are more comfortable by ourselves or with one or two friends, while others of us crave the crowd and can't stand it when the house is empty or the phone doesn't ring. The following paragraphs describe your fundamental desires about being with other people; whether you are generally an outgoing person or more reserved, if you seek adventures with others, if you tend toward assertiveness or kindness.

When it comes to Extraversion you are:
Words that describe you:
  • Moderate
  • Amiable
  • Laid-back
  • Temperate
  • Relaxed
  • Poised
  • Civil
  • Uncommitted
  • Pleasant
A General Description of How You Interact with Others

Lucky you! You enjoy your own company as much as you enjoy the company of others. You are a great conversationalist and thrive in the wonderful kinds of connections you know how to have with your family and friends. You also equally enjoy your own company, whether sitting in a favorite chair with your book and soft music playing or meandering in the woods by yourself. You like coming home to your family or your roommate; but if no one is home, you find quiet, solitary time to be just as pleasurable. What a great combination to enjoy being outgoing and to be just as comfortable being reserved. Lucky you!!

Because you are so amiable and relaxed, you are comfortable with almost any group of family or friends. Whether they are pumped up and lively or calm and subdued, you remain at ease. If someone needs to take over the conversation, you are comfortable taking the lead; you can also lay back and let someone else be in charge. If the conversation gets rowdy, your moderate demeanor will often draw it down to a more temperate level. If someone in the group loses their cool, you will most likely maintain your poise, and if they get nasty you know how to keep a civil tongue.

You may find yourself out of balance on occasion. If you're alone too much, you may need to get in touch with someone. If you spend too much time with your family and friends, you may need to sneak off for a day by yourself, to putter and read and clear your head of the noise of too much conversation. When you're at your best, you live with a rhythm of time with others, time alone, time with others, time alone It's a satisfying, comfortable balance. Lucky you!

Negative Reactions Others May Have Toward You

You may occasionally run into problems with other people. Since not everyone is as balanced as you are, close friends and family may get frustrated with you, or you with them. They may be more sociable and outgoing, and find you too laid-back and relaxed. They want conversations to be lively and passionate while you keep things amiable and civil. Or others may be more quiet and reserved than you, and when you're in one of your more animated moments they may wish you would back off. You may be ready to put more energy into a conversation than they are comfortable with.

And your balance may be a problem. Other people may be consistently more sociable or more reserved than you, and find you to hard to read, some may even say you ride the fence. Others may find themselves envious of your ability to be outgoing at times, and at other times comfortably reserved. If you pay attention to pick up these cues you will be in a better position to know how you want to interact with such folks.

Positive Responses Others May Have Toward You

Most people will truly appreciate your flexibility in social situations. They will like you for your amiable warmth and your willingness to engage, and for your ability to sit back and let others take the lead or the spotlight. They will appreciate ways in which you temper what could become intemperate moments; by remaining poised and relaxed when others; temperatures are rising, you keep things civil and sane.

You are as good at listening and following as you are at talking and leading, and people will often appreciate your ability to adapt to the situation. Because you are sometimes outgoing and sometimes reserved, you will make most people comfortable in your presence, and they will truly enjoy your company.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Personality Profile...Part 4

Hey now! Big word! Glad I'm not the one spelling it. Again, for a refresher course, this is the personality profile I got from after I filled out their giant questionnaire. Still no matches. Its gotta be them, right? I mean, look how awesome my profile is...

Introduction to Conscientiousness

It's a work day, breakfast is over, and you're dressed and ready. So how will you approach the tasks at hand? Some people work best with a clear schedule, a set of priorities and a due date for every step in the process. Others are, shall we say, less regimented. They approach a task with as much imagination as organization, and with a willingness to bend and modify in order to exercise some urge of creativity.

How about you? Do you walk in a straight line toward a clear goal, or are you more likely to dance your way down whatever path will get you wherever it is you're headed? The following paragraphs describe ways in which you approach the tasks life brings to you, and to what extent you are focused or flexible in how you choose to proceed.

Your approach toward your obligations is:
Words that describe you:
  • Casual
  • Informal
  • Compliant
  • Reliable
  • Organized
  • Solid
  • Dependable
  • Uncommitted
  • Genuine
A General Description of How You Interact with Others

When you take on a task at work or at home, you are reliable; you get the job done. In an organized way, you define the goal, lay out a plan, figure how long the task will take, and get to work "solid and dependable you".

But and this is important you're not a slave to the plan. You're committed to it, but not chained to it; the connection is more casual and informal. You know that sometimes "the best laid plans" fall off the tracks; when this happens, you clean up the train wreck and start over, undeterred.

Though not happening often, when plans change, you're okay with it. In fact, sometimes you change the plan. It's too nice of a Saturday to finish organizing the garage. Let's go for a bike ride instead. True, the next rainy Saturday will likely find you back in the garage, but for now the work can wait.

What an interesting combination of qualities in you're organized, but casual; solid, but compliant; and dependable, but informal. At home and at work, people know they can rely on you. You take great satisfaction in knowing that people think of you as disciplined and responsible, but you also know that you have something of a free spirit in you, and when this spirit moves you, off you go, following the impulse of the moment. You are rightly proud of your work ethic, but you also enjoy your willingness to lay the tools down, crank up the music and play like a child.

Negative Reactions Others May Have Toward You

Some people live like Marines: duty-bound, disciplined and driven. To these people you might seem uncommitted; where they would never leave work for play or change plans in the middle of their life's forced march, you let the circumstance sway you and move in a different direction, and they don't understand.

Others live like kites on a string, attached by thin threads to the solid ground of responsibility and are blown about by every gust of impulse or imagination. To these people you might seem too cowardly, like you'll flirt with your impulses but never give in fully, play on a Saturday but never blow of the entire work-week to "follow your bliss".

While these Marines and kite-flyers might look down on you for your combination of focus and flexibility, others might be envious. They can't free themselves from a sense that they're not doing enough, or from the equally frustrating feeling that they're not free enough.

And here you are with your accomplishments and your pleasures, getting the job done but also getting your hair blown back as you run with the wind. As far as these people are concerned, you're lucky you've got the best of both of the worlds in which they feel they fail.

Positive Responses Others May Have Toward You

What a great life you have, and a great attitude to boot. You know when to buckle down and push ahead to get the job done, and you do it well. You know when to lay the tools of your trade aside, grab your kite and head for the meadow where you can run with the wind. Many people will see and admire in you this lovely combination of a person who can focus, but who is flexible enough to know when to let the spirit move you in some new and livelier direction.

It's a life they aspire to, and they delight in seeing it played out in your life. They may ask your advice and turn you into a mentor of the full and balanced experience. They will want to know how you do it, what the costs are, and if you get frightened that you're not working hard enough or playing often enough. They may make you think about your own life more than you have, so you can share it with those who want to emulate this balance between flexibility and focus. They may be correct lucky you!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Personality Profile...Part 3

So this topic is called Emotional Stability and Sexual Healing by Marvin Gay popped into my head. "And my emotional stability is leaving me...There is something I can do, I can get on the telephone and call you up baby." It doesn't have a lot to do with this topic really but I couldn't help but use it.

I will say that I am not sure I totally agree with everything this one says, but I am emotional. I don't mind sharing those emotions either. But I don't wear them on my sleeve or volunteer them. I don't throw the pearls out just because I have a multiplicity of them. That would be my only comment.

Introduction to Emotional Stability

We're born with the capacity to feel deeply, so it's as natural as breathing to experience a range of emotions. Fear and joy and sadness, anger and shame and disgust lie somewhere within each of us. Ah, but to what extent do we control these emotions, and to what extent do they control us? How you answer this question of how your emotions play out in your life has a great deal to do with your levels of personal satisfaction and with the character of your relationships with others. Do you manage your emotions well, keeping them in check with your thinking and your willpower, or are you someone who lets emotions have their way, giving in to the wild dance of feelings? The following paragraphs describe your emotional range in terms of being a person who is emotionally steady or someone who is responsive to whatever feelings swell up in you.

On Emotional Stability you are:
Words that describe you:
  • Open
  • Accessible
  • Too Sensitive
  • Reachable
  • Candid
  • Unguarded
A General Description of Your Reactivity

You are an emotional person. In some ways, we are all emotional; we feel joy, anger, sadness and fear; some of us more powerfully than others - and you more powerfully than most. Your emotions are closer to the surface, and your feelings more obvious to you than is the case with most people. You've got your life in a good place, your dominant mood is upbeat, and unless life has been particularly trying for you, you greatly enjoy the richness and intensity of life that being so open with your emotions brings you.

Sure there are times when your feelings come very close to the surface, and life becomes more complicated. At these times you may grow self-conscious, or feel a bit anxious. But all in all, you much prefer being open with your emotions, breathing in all that life offers, than shutting down any part of your emotional experience. Granted, there may be times when these emotions are hard but you realize that is part of life. And more often than not you feel enriched by your emotions, by your ability to be open to all that life brings you. You know that even when you have those times that get you down, there will be even more times when you see life in ways that others just can't.

Negative Reactions Others May Have Toward You

Undoubtedly you have met some people who get uncomfortable being around you because your feelings are so close to the surface. They may keep a bit of distance, especially around any subject that might trigger an emotional topic they are uncomfortable with. Over time, they might even stay away from you more and more. You will find you have decisions to make; do you temper your style for their comfort or do you hope they will find ways to become more comfortable with emotional expressions? Given the richness that seems to stem from your emotional life the most meaningful response is probably very apparent to you.

Positive Responses Others May Have Toward You

You are a cherished companion for those friends who can handle emotions well. They will appreciate the candor with which you express even difficult feelings like anger and fear. Your openness will make intimate conversations even more intimate, and make the connections between you as friends deeper and stronger. Some people who have trouble expressing their feelings might find in you a good example of how to be more vulnerable and more open. Your willingness and ability to share your emotions could encourage them to share theirs, and invite them into ways of being friends that will help enrich their lives.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Personality Profile...Part 2

This is part 2 of a 5 part series that will help you understand who I am a little bit better. For a little recap, I got this personality profile from eHarmony (who has yet to match me with any women, let alone the one of my dreams...

Introduction to Openness

How firmly committed are you to the ideas and beliefs that govern your thinking and guide your behavior? Some people trust their current ideas and beliefs the way a climber trusts the mountain; whichever way they move, whether the climb is on a familiar trail or over new ground, there is something solid beneath them, something they count on.

For others, new ideas, new solutions to old problems, new beliefs that replace tired convictions are like welcome wind in their sails. They can hardly wait to tack in a new direction and ride a new idea through uncharted waters. If it's new, it's interesting, and they're ready to explore.

The following paragraphs describe your responses to new ways of thinking and believing. How do you handle new information? Are you more like the climber on a familiar mountain or a sailor with a tiller in hand and a fresh breeze to propel you? How you integrate and process new information about the world and about others is a core aspect of your personality.

On the Openness Dimension you are:
Words that describe you:
  • Accepting
  • Flexible
  • Educated
  • Self-aware
  • Middle-of-the-road
  • Proper
  • Distinctive
  • Indecisive
  • Adaptable

A General Description of How You Approach New Information and Experiences

Like someone who can sleep comfortably on either side of the bed, you are equally at home with ideas and beliefs that you have held for a long time and with new ways of thinking and believing that grow out of your intellectual curiosity.

Your sense of who you are and what your place is in the world around you rests on values and principles that are the solid ground you walk upon. You've tested them, they work for you, and much of the time you are content to trust them, that is, until some provocative new idea slips in from a conversation, book or some flight of your active imagination. "Hmmmm. What's this. Never thought of it before." And off you go, exploring.

Since you love to learn, you've always been teachable; you absorb new information, which means you are well-educated in things that matter to you. Sometimes your intellectual exploring will lead you back to where you started; the "next new thing" proves too shallow or impractical to you. But once in a while a new idea or belief will dislodge you from the ground you've stood upon; it is so compelling and persuasive that you step away from the tried-and-true and embrace this notion that is brand new to you.

Because you hold both solid beliefs and are open to new ideas, you are accepting of other people and other ways of thinking and believing. You are flexible enough to listen to something new and different, or something outside of your comfort zone; if it works for you, you'll take it in, and if not, you'll let it go. In this sense, you know who you are: you are neither closed-minded nor wildly open-minded, but walk somewhere near the middle of the intellectual road.

Negative Reactions Others May Have Toward Your Style of Thinking

Not everyone will be thrilled by your flexible, middle-of-the-road ways of thinking and believing. A few people are so taken with flights of imagination into whatever is new that they might find your commitment to long-standing values and beliefs too confining, if not too boring. Oh well; so be it. They'll just have to be in free-flight without you.

Others are content with the ideas that have served them and their culture well; they're not excited by the prospect of moving on. And some people are afraid of new ways of thinking because they are somewhat fragile; they have trouble maintaining their current worlds and don't want someone like you, for instance pushing out the edges of their intellectual cosmos. So don't be surprised if your solid values sometimes make people distrust you as an explorer, or if your flexible and open mind sometimes gets you criticized by people who walk away from the very same explorations that you find refreshing.

Positive Responses Others May Have Toward You

Many others will find you trustworthy and therefore an attractive companion on the intellectual journey. They will appreciate the combination in you of open-mindedness and a commitment to the tried-and-true. In an intellectual climate sometimes dominated by the extremes of either wild innovation or dug-in traditionalism, your moderate views and your proper acceptance of a wide range of possibilities will be a distinctive and refreshing quality. Because you join your curiosity to strong foundational ideas and beliefs and practical solutions to problems, people will trust your occasional explorations into new territories to be reliable, and not "something new for newness sake".

You are accepting of others, flexible in your own intellectual commitments, well-informed in areas that matter to you, and comfortably aware of who you are and where you stand. This combination will make you a desirable companion on the intellectual journey for many, many people.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Personality Profile...

So the other day I was watching TV and a commercial came on for eHarmony. I don't really believe in internet dating but something struck a chord and I had this thought, "What if she's on there?"

She's not.

I signed up and filled out all the crap and it has yet to match me with anyone. The one thing it did do was give me a personality profile. I like it. So here is the first part...I think there are 5 parts so come back for updates.

Introduction to Agreeableness

This section of your profile describes your interactions with other people. The ways we communicate our feelings, beliefs and ideas to others are influenced by our cultural backgrounds, the way we were raised, and sometimes which side of the bed we got up on this morning. Some of us are very mindful of others making decisions we hope will be in their best interests, even if it means sometimes neglecting our own interests. Others of us believe each person should be responsible for themselves, taking deep pride in our own character and independence with a firm belief that others are best served by doing the same. The following describes how you engage with others; illustrating the dimension of your personality that determines your independence or your desire to reach out and touch others in meaningful ways.

You are best described as:
Words that describe you:
  • Perceptive
  • Realistic
  • Demanding
  • Down-to-Earth
  • Hardnosed
  • Judgmental
  • Pragmatic
  • Skeptical
A General Description of How You Interact with Others

You are clearly a compassionate person; you believe that you should do unto others as you would have them do unto you, and you know that friends help their friends. But with you compassion is just one side of the coin; the other being a side that also expects others to hold up their end of the bargain. So you help others but it is with the expectation that others don't take advantage of you or try to put one over on you. In short, you expect others to treat you as you treat them.

And for those people who do ask for help when they should have taken responsibility for themselves? This is the time when your more hard-edged side comes out. You are skeptical of people when they expect others to bail them out of trouble; if they got themselves into the bind, they should work their way out of the trouble. If it's an emergency, or if it's a friend who has been there for you when you have had hard times, you are there in a quick minute. But you are a discerning person and to you there is a big difference between an emergency and a self-inflicted wound. You just look at the facts: how the situation developed, how serious the situation, and how they can or cannot get through things on their own. The history you have with the person and with similar situations will inform you whether this is or is not a time for you to get involved.

You also have some limits when it comes to being with people. Sure some people need to be with others all the time and seem to get recharged by helping out most anyone else. But that's not you. You know that you do best if you spend a fair amount of time on your own. Not that you are a loner, just that time spent by yourself is not wasted at all with you. You've come to understand that if you don't take good care of yourself, eventually you'll be not good to anyone, including yourself or others.

So your compassion is tempered by realism. Your sympathy for people in trouble is balanced by a critical evaluation of how they got themselves to the place they are. And you've learned to take good care of yourself, so you have something to give to your friends or others truly in need.

Negative Reactions Others May Have Toward You

Some people may see your practical style as lacking compassion. When your compassion is tempered, as it is at times by your discerning questions and careful consideration, it may seem to some like you have too much head and too little heart. And when you use time and energy to take care of yourself there will inevitably be some who see you as selfish and uncaring. But your approach is neither heady nor selfish. It is you. And unless your approach is causing you consistent problems in important relationships, there is really no reason to change. Your distinctive manner of having clear expectations for the relationships in which you will exert your energy is true to the core of you.

Positive Responses Others May Have Toward You

The truth is that most people respect someone who knows themselves and what they want. So even if some people don't get exactly what they want from you often they will leave with a deeper respect for you. Your frank and honest approach may help someone to help themselves when they didn't think this was possible, and they wind up better off: they're out of trouble, they did it on their own, and they have you to thank. And you were, again, true to yourself.

Friday, August 08, 2008

I Don't Know Much...but this is FUNNY

The song playing...or that should be playing right now on my player has a bit of significance. It will now and forever remind me of my brother-in-law, Dallas Tanner. We were out on the golf course this past Monday and for some reason this song popped into his head. He started singing it, but not in his voice, instead he imitated Aaron Neville, the guy singer. He's got a uh...unique voice which made Dallas's impersonation even better. It almost brought me to tears. The best was that he started substituting the words out for his own which made me laugh even hard. "I can't believe a bogeyed." All day we went back and forth singing in that voice about the days activities and events.

Writing it down does no justice at all. You may not appreciate this post but I had to give you the reason the song is up there right now. When Aaron sings at the beginning of the 2nd verse...that's where the magic is. I hope you read this and can enjoy it for what it is. That's all you need to know.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Burraston Ponds

So I know you people, yes, you people, like pictures. (I think it is part of the dumbing down of America. The fact that you won't take the time to read this makes me a little upset because sometimes I have a lot to say but not a lot to look at. Yeah, I just called all of you dumb in a round about way.) But in order to satisfy your need for visual

I went to Burraston Ponds a couple weeks ago and got some pictures from my friends that I went with. I'm sure they have pictures too. Check out the Beck and Sifuentes blogs if you got some time.

This is the little Beckham Sifuentes

Me working on breakfast. That Lil Debbie sure knows what she's doing.

I'd like to call this a lateral dive. It's new

Boys will be boys. Dave, Jeremey and I testing the rope swings limits. It passed.

I held on to try and avoid landing on Dave...who landed on Jeremey.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

More from the Station!

More from the Celebration Station!

No I am not grabbing his Junk...Findley was under there somewhere.

Post goal, "these are the best seats ever."

From my Camera Phone, which is about 3 years old...

Monday, July 14, 2008

The Celebration Station!

Let's just say I have some good friends that love me. I got hooked up with these 'on the field' couch seats from my good buddy Johnny Recalde. This is after my friend Brad invited me to the game. Johnny calls and says he's got the hook up. So there we are on the field on some super comfortable couches. People are staring at us in pure jealousy. It helps that I am wearing a homemade shirt that says, "I'm Awesome."

During the 2nd half the subs were warming up and we told the players warming up that if they scored they needed to come to the Celebration Station, aka our seat. So Robbie Findley knocks one in points right at us and comes running.

Awesome right? I then click on the MLS League website and that is the main picture on the website. I'm working on getting in touch with the photographer so I can maybe get some prints of it.

This was my 2nd spat at international stardom. I was also pictured on the US Men's Soccer website a few years back celebrating behind the goal as Landon Donovan scored the 2nd goal against Costa Rica in a World Cup Qualifier.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Update from Utah

I have moved to Provo Utah. I am settled and doing well. I start a new job as a PI within the week. I live in South Provo on the way to Springville on South State Street. I live with a couple of guys, one of whom is Katy MacDonald’s cousin that I have met on occasion growing up. I just wanted to give a quick update to all those inquiries. I didn’t take any pictures of the move. A) because I don’t have a camera. B) I was too tired after moving it all to worry about it.

On another note, I had the opportunity to be a part of the Reeve Reunion 2008 in Midway Utah. This also gave me the chance to golf a little with my dad. We played the Park City Municipal Course. It was a lot of fun besides my poor play. The round was highlighted on the par 5 18th. I decided to borrow my dad’s driver and smash it. Half the time it is really ugly, the other half of the time pro golfers would be jealous. It happened to be the latter. 330 yards later my ball stopped in the middle of the fairway. The next shot was set up for a nice, easy 7 iron from about 180 yards out. Nailed it! I ended up getting a birdie on the hole and it made it all worth it.

Back to the reunion, I’m sure some pictures will surface somewhere but I don’t have any. It was a lot of fun to see cousins that I hadn’t seen in a long time. Those friendships and connections have not been lessened by distance or time. When you see them they are family and you love them as much as you ever have before. We talked and reminisced about the reunions of past years. It was fun. That is all for now.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

In Memoriam

As this move draws closer I am sad that I have to go. I like Arizona. I like the friends I have made, the family I have here,sibling lunches and judging cookie recipes, and the softball and soccer teams…all that stuff. It’s been a fantastic time.

I won’t always miss the 114 degree days we’ve been having but I’ll miss the monsoons that follow. The camping trips, shooting guns, rocking the quads, wakeboarding in March, scorpion hunting, floating the river, Mariokart on the big screen, karaoke, TNDC, trips to Utah, concealed weapons permits, Dashboard Confessional concerts,

The Waffle House at 2am, sporting events, driving with the windows down in December, and kicking it with my peeps... Needless to say I am sad to go. I would gladly stay if I had the ways or means but alas…I do not. I must go.

On to Utah. I make my journey in less than a week. I leave abruptly. I feel like I should be staying longer so I can say my last goodbyes. There always seems to be unfinished business.