Friday, November 26, 2010

Aquarium at the bay at SF

The aquarium at the bay in San francisco was awesome.

San francisco tour: 1st stop coit tower

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving and making pumpkin pie

In Fallon Nevada making pumpkin pie until midnight.  

We made this thing from scratch (kind of). To tell you the truth, until about an hour ago, I had no idea that pie crust can be made by hand and that many argue it is better to make it than buy it. Anyway, I had a lot of time to think while I was crushing up the cookies and crackers, and I started wondering about the history of the pumpkin pie. So here is a quick excerpt from wikipedia. Enjoy!! 

 the pumpkin is native to the continent of North America. It was an early export to France; from there it was introduced to Tudor England, and the flesh of the “pompion” was quickly accepted as pie filler. The Pilgrims brought the pumpkin pie back to New England, but it subsequently died out in England itself.[1]




Friday, October 15, 2010

San Antonio Temple pic

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Lesson learned from soccer- finding the right position

When I was 10 years I was really good at soccer (That's what my mom always told me and I think I scored several times per game). For some reason since then I haven't played a lot of soccer and my skills have diminished yet I still think my mom would say I'm really good (I have the best mom). So for the last 4 weeks I have joined some coworkers to play in a rec league and it has been really fun for me but painful, as I realize that I am not that good. I run all around, tire after 5 minutes of sprinting towards a ball I can't catch, subbing out, then subbing in, and repeating the process. When I shoot I miss, or it gets stopped by the goally as it pitifully and slowly rolls into his hands. I played goally last week and I wasn't anywhere near the goal box when the other team scored. So I have been thinking a lot about soccer and how I can contribute to the team and help and not hinder them- and a few days ago I decided that maybe I was destined to play defense. So as hard as it was, I decided to just stay back and defend and all of a sudden I am noticably helping the team and not hurting them- the position plays to my strengths. And I was happy and the team was a lot happier and we did better.

So I was thinking how that is like life. We bounce around from job to job or position to position in life and we will always be mediocre or poor unless we find the right position and play to our strengths. When we discover our strengths and then use them, we are definitely happier and more helpful to others. It is usually a better use of time and energy to find and develop our strengths than it is to try to be the best at something we are not fit for.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Beautiful mountain view of fall leaves (Midway, Utah)

The view was amazing, it looked as if the mountains were on fire (not like the Herriman fire)

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Duke Ellington Orchestra and music appreciation

Last night we went to the Duke Ellington orchestra concert at abravanel hall. It was fun for about 30 minutes. I learned that I don't know much about Jazz or music or orchestras and the less you know and understand something the less you are able to really appreciate it- I think that is a universal principle. Perhaps that is why we are to constantly study the gospel of Jesus Christ. The more we understand the more we appreciate it tand the more we appreciate it the more joy and happiness we receive.

Hanggliding in Switzerland

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Zorb

A human is inside of these balls- like a hamster in a cage

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Swiss town gstaad

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Gstaad

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Clay tennis court

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Swiss lunch

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Switzerland temple

Goodbye Europe

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Video: Hanggliding in Interlaken

I went hanggliding today in Interlaken, Switzerland. It was amazing. About every 30 minutes today, I have turned to Michelle and reminded her that I was up in the air, flying like a bird, a thousand feet in the air- hanggliding. She rolls her eyes and reminds me she was watching and doesn't need so many reminders.

Michelle captured this video as we were closer to the ground. I thought it would be frightening or scary, but it was a really steady and unfrightening ride, even for me or those afraid of heights. In this video, we did a dive and some turns- like being on a rollercoster, but smooth as ever.

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More pictures to come when I get home and upload to computer.

Japanese Garden

Cool Japanese garden in Interlaken, Switzerland.

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Our Korean friends

We met these three awesome Korean on the train from Füssen and they taught us several words in Korean and we spoke for hours. We said goodbye as we headed off to Bern Switzerland and try went off to Munich. Two days later, as we were walking back from our hike up Harder Kuhn, which I will tell you about later, we saw them again and said hi, but thy were across a busy street and so we didn't talk to them.

Today, as I was about to run down the hill and take off on a hangglider, I saw one of them that was readying to go paragliding-

So at the bottom we all got together and took a couple of pictures.

Ironically, two of them are studying statistics and the other mathematics, Michelle got along with them really really well.

Monday, August 16, 2010

What?

We passed some time in the Lindau train station. Some photography class was taking place and so we got them to let us use this- I still don't know how it applies to photography, but it must somehow.

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Video: hockey game Füssen vs Red team

Walked around the town and then just wandered out of th town center and into a neighborhood a few blocks and stumbled upon two hockey arenas and entrance was free so the decision to watch and enjoy was an easy one.

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Video: füssen- view of river

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I am sure we don't pronounce these things correctly.


Lindau

Neuschweintstein castle

Sleeper train?

Trains lull Michelle to sleep. I am left writing blogs, thoughts, and emails, and taking in the scenery as well pictures.

Church, wrong train, Switzerland

Last night we found a place in füssen but afterwards we found out that the church was an hour away by train. Well, because of Michelle's navigation skills we got to church fine, due to my navigation skills on the way back we took the wrong train going in the wrong direction and costing us a lot of time and as a result it is midnight and we are still on a train, trying to get to somewhere we can sleep. Definitely an adventure.

We just got to Switzerland tonight.

A little card playing on the train

We used pretzels

Füssen: random pics

Cool church

Beautiful river on our walk.

Convinced Michelle to go watch a few minutes of a soccer game

A little of everything- duck, chicken, ribs, stuffing, ham stuff, beets.

Cordon bleu

Bumper cars in dachau

I am easy to spot in this video- for the first 10 seconds, I am the idiot whose car isn't moving, apparently you need to put the token into the car (not like lagoon or the u.s.a. Where the cars just go when you press the gas) after my car gets going the guy is standing on the edge of my car until I prove to be a terrible driver and he jumps off to save his life.

Also, I meant to hit that car at the end of this video even with the worker on my car, I gave him a chance to get off and he just stayed on my car.

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It was a blast.


Goodby Munich- hello Füssen

I have been calling it munchen.

Here is my beautiful wife with her backpack. Train from München to about 5 different cities and transfers (bus and train) so that we can go see the Neuschwanstein castle. But the ride was an adventure.

Jumped on this bus and we got caught behind a tractor on a narrow road for 5 minutes and I think it made us miss the train that would have got us to Füssen earlier.

If this picture shows up- remind me to tell you the story of our encounter with this person.

We finally made it to füssen and found a cool and inexpensive B&B.

Video: dachau Oktoberfest

Video of the small town oktoberfest.

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Warning: don't watch if you tend to get sick from moving video cameras


Bathroom art?

Looks like some of my art, ironically, I only find this awesome art in restrooms.

Dachau festival pic

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Dachau Festival

After the concentration camp we went to dinner and we saw all these ladies dressed up in traditional German dresses and the men in leprachaun shorts and cool shirts and vests and boots, and so after dinner I convinced Michelle that we should follow them and so we followed some people a few blocks to see where they were going and it was a huge carnival and a huge crowd of people eating and drinking pitchers (1 pitcher at a time per person) of beer, a band playing on stage, everybody talking and laughing, a waitress darting through the crowd carrying a full pitcher of beer that spills over the top and onto the floor, 10 people to a 6 person table and close to 200 tables- the whole town of Dachau must have been there.

It was just like you'd imagine or see in a movie with German's and lots of beer. We got through the walk way with no beer spilling on us and at the other end was a fair going on.

We walked around and got ice cream and people watched. Michelle let me ride in the bumper cars and after I figured out how to put the token in front so that it would go, I had a lot of fun and it was awesome.

I thought to myself. People really are the same everywhere- they may dress different and they may speak an unknown language, but they find joy and entertaiment in similar ways (and sadness and pain too). I saw a huge group of people enjoying time with their friends, riding bumper cars, playing carnival games, licking ice cream off a cone in the rain, and eating good food- people all looking for happiness ( I mean it is "the object and design of our existence") and I think and saw that many don't know where to find it.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

German food?

Baguette and tomato soup?

Frammkuchen

Delicious

Breakfast

Found this place at the train station- eggs, bacon and bread

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Me Sleeping up at Strawberry

Me Sleeping up at Strawberry
One of my favorite things to do, even with my shoe(s) on