Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Monday, July 30, 2007

helping John

Antioch, CA
My buddy John is nice enough to let me stay at his place these past few weeks. I decided to be nice to him and force him to clean his apartment. Oh the fun we are having!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Music & Birthday

John and I went to Vacaville tonight to see a musical thingy and stayed for a birthday "party" after.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

The Garage

My father was nice enough to store a bunch of stuff for me while I was in college. I'm hoping for a job offer in Colorado soon, so I'm trying to consolidate and shrink down my stuff, in preparation for the move. I've got some stuff in storage in Antioch, some stuff at John's and some stuff in my dad's place. The Garage was the last place I have stuff to find. However, as I started to sort this stuff, I found my stuff intermingled with so much other people's stuff. I decided to wait for my father.

A slice from life

I sometimes have the weirdest thoughts. Marc & I were driving to Oakland last night. We were in Concord when he looks at me and says:

Marc - Should I be concerned about the guy driving next to us with oxygen tubes in his nose?

Sean - No, I find it reassuring.

Marc - Reassuring? Why?

Sean - Because if this guy gets in a car accident, we don't have to give him CPR. We just grab the tubes out of his nose and shove them down his throat.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Thursday, July 26, 2007


I have a friend who is the top chef for one of the Fremont Paneras. Every time I'm in town, she treats me to breakfast. the only catch is I have to meet her at 7AM (!) when her shift is ending.

Usually I get keesh, but this morning was a blueberry muffin and two cinnamon scones.

(Beyond the Cut)

Wednesday, July 25, 2007


I'm in Fremont visiting old friends. I used to teach Will in Sunday School 4 years ago. He was a lot shorter then.

(BTW, the BFC on his shirt stands for "Boyfriend Club." It's a club for girls who go to one particular high school in Fremont and have BFs that go to another specific, different high school in Fremont. It's very exclusive.)

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Fine dining

Antioch, CA
California does have its perks.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Welcome back to Antioch

Antioch, CA

I'm in CA. An hour after unloading my truck and trailer, John & I stepped out the front door to see this going on. It's so nice to be back.

(Sorry - I didn't get the picture of the police officer pointing his gun at both of the suspects telling them to put their arms out like an airplane.)

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Salt for my Father

Taken at a rest stop near Wendover, UT. This picture is mainly for my father.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

puzzel pieces

Today we packed my trailer for the trip to CA. (picture may not upload - I'm using my laptop that sucks.)

Friday, July 20, 2007

SR 71

My father and I stopped in Ogden at the Hill Air Force flight museum on the way back to Rexburg. My father met my mother while he worked for Hill Air Force, so it was a double emotional experience - seeing both the planes he worked on and telling me stories about my mother.

(Beyond the cut)

Thursday, July 19, 2007

The reason Why

I was here on Thursday and that is the reason you didn't get this post on Thursday.
(I literally took the pic in the middle of the road, then turned 180 degrees and took the other pic.)


Wednesday, July 18, 2007


What a weird feeling (two of the pictures shot by guest photographer - my brother).

(Beyond the Cut)

Tuesday, July 17, 2007


For the past 2 years I've worked for Adaptive Services. This is my adviser Steve after he got done lecturing me about getting my degree in University Studies.

(Beyond the Cut - Snow)

(Beyond the Cut - Nature Park)

Monday, July 16, 2007

Temple and Chuckars

Idaho Falls, ID

I took Nina down to IF today and showed her the sites.

Sunday, July 15, 2007


Rexburg, ID
A friend made me home made (from scratch) rolls today. They were delicious. I have no clue why they are blurred.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Wheelchair basketball

Today was my last day with Adaptive Services and Wheelchair Basketball. In theory, Rec Sports has agreed to take on WCB in fall semester, so I'm thinking that this is probably the last WCB game BYU-Idaho will see.

Friday, July 13, 2007


I went to Island Park today for a sunset and saw a bunch of Crawdad carcasses.

(Beyond the cut)

(Beyond the cut - Bridge Jumping)

Thursday, July 12, 2007

The Anniversary

I've gotten some questions on what anniversary I celebrated last Saturday.

I want to start out with some background. I have hard time keeping to stuff and completing stuff. It took me about five years to complete my Associate Degree. It took me three years to get my BS and I'm not even done. I have SOOOO much more schooling to go. I got my eagle scout degree 3 hours before I turned 18 and only because I had a massive about of help and pressure for the last 6 weeks of my 17th year.

Even though I worked Pageant for 10 years, I must have quit at least once every year I participated in it.

Simply put, I often quit stuff and I don't accomplish stuff. This year has turned out to be one year that I've managed to accomplish a lot (internship, BS, photo a day, keeping to commitments to friends and family), but that is not usual for me.

Okay, that said, Ten years ago I made a choice that has been hard to keep but I've managed to keep for ten years.

On July 7, 1997, I made a promise to God that the next time I had sex, I would be married. Say what you want about my religious beliefs and how sex outside of marriage is or is not wrong. Putting all that aside, I made a commitment and kept to it. No matter how frustrated, depressed, angry or stressed I have been in the past, and knowing how good sex feels in relieving stress, depression, anger or frustrations - I didn't once go back on my promise to God. I didn't go back even though I thought long ago I'd be married (when I made the promise I thought it would only be 2-4 years before I was married).

July 7, 2007 was my ten year mark. I have successfully kept to at least one promise, one commitment.

To celebrate I went back to a place that holds sentimental value to me (my father and I went there for the first time 4 years ago. It was the beginning of a stronger relationship with my father). I went to Yellowstone to celebrate.

So, yeah - that's the anniversary I had.

Book Buy Back

Today was book by back. I made enough to pay for my cell phone bill and a third of my credit card bill. Oh, and I ran across nearly every girl that I've talked to, dated, or made out within the last year. And I passed them each about 8 times as the line weaved all around. Oh the memories.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

This was because of her

Two weeks after my mother died, my father & I loaded up a U-haul trailer and headed to Boise. My mother had willed stuff to people in Boise, Wisconsin and Arizona and my father and I were going on an amazing 15 day tour of the US to scatter my mother's stuff. Just two hours from my home, my father and I were in Sacramento when we were cut off by a truck. My father swerved and over corrected and we ended up jack knifing the truck and trailer. We came to a stop on the side of the road, facing the wrong direction with a huge dent in the passenger side of the truck bed. With the help of the Highway Patrol, we were able to get the truck turned around and were able to park it in a parking lot near a park in Sacramento. As our nerves settled, my father made a comment I will always remember,"Sean, these are the times I will miss your mother. She is no longer there to call and say 'We had a small accident, but everything is okay, now.' She always had a way of knowing when things like this happened."

Today was my last day in Drug Court. There were three graduations today (additionally I saw three clients go to jail for relapsing). Two of the graduations from drug court were in the morning in Felony court. The third was in Misdemeanor court this afternoon. The final one really got to me. As the judge called "Stacy" up, she began to weep - knowing this was the biggest accomplishment in her life. She talked about what the program had done for her life and how she had been and what she was now. To give her her plague, the judge called up "Stacy's" daughter and mother. All members of that three-generation-group-photo had tears in their eyes. The daughter (probably 16 or 17) cried the most at what her mother had become.
I'd admit, my eyes even watered up. It was a beautiful site. "Stacy's" whole family and sponsor and friends were there cheering her on. I heard her utter the same words I had heard so many years early, as she whispered to her daughter "I had a early tragedy, but everything is okay now."

I wish I had someone I could share this experience with. I wish I could come home tonight and go "Love of mine, I saw this incredible miracle today..."

Three years ago last this April, I moved from my home state and moved to Rexburg Idaho. I really only did this for one reason. I was in love with this beautiful girl who made me feel safe. She wanted to marry me and I wanted to stay with her forever. To do so, she strongly suggested that I would need a bachelors degree to pay for the children we were going to make with our love. I chose a school that she would feel comfortable attending or at least visiting. Then I spent six months here and everything went crazy. I flipped out and dropped out of school and moved to Oregon. I spent six months in Oregon before returning to BYU-Idaho where I spent another two years. I had 18 majors in the total three years. One week from today, I will graduate with a BS in Underwater Basket Weaving. It's not a perfect ending, but at least I'm "okay."
Lately I have been listening to Damien Rice's "Cannonball" and "Blower's Daughter." Additionally, there has been a lot of playing on the radio of Plain White T's debut song "Hey There Delilah" There are two lines that seem to hit pretty hard: "It's what you do to me." and "I can't take my eye's off of you."

On July 18, I will graduate and I so want to say to my mother and to KNJ: "I had a little trouble, but everything is okay now." But I can't, and for this reason, today's drug court graduation created mixed emotions. My mother wanted me to get a BS as did KNJ, it was because of them that next Wednesday will happen. And I can't tell them I'm okay.


After nearly 3 months of being in court every Wednesday, today was my last court day. Two clients graduated from drug court. Two clients violated their parole and went to jail. The top picture is of my happy court room. The other is the glass looking out over main street from just inside the court house.

(Beyond the cut)

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Soy sause and tub of sweats

Once a quarter, Drug Court goes out for their staffing meetings. So today we went to Old Fong's and I got this picture while we were staffing.

While I was at Fong's, my massage therapist was returning my flour bowl (she borrowed flour for some cinnamon roles). When I got home the bowl was on my bed full of goodies (most of which I have eaten).

Monday, July 9, 2007

Wiring on the trailer, again

Rexburg, ID
I FINALLY finished the wiring on my trailer today. This was the fourth attempt. In the end, I went back to a style my father and I did on my first trailer.

(Beyond the cut)

Sunday, July 8, 2007


Melinda and I went on a walk tonight.

(Beyond the cut)

Saturday, July 7, 2007


I went to Yellowstone today with a friend to celebrate my anniversary. Early on in our adventure we came across three buffalo in the road. The first pic is from me hanging out my window as the buffalo passed the very frightened motorcyclist. The second shot is from within my truck as the same buffalo passed us. I'm not sure why I rolled up my window to take the shot - it's not as if the buffalo couldn't have just broken the glass.

(Beyond the cut)

Friday, July 6, 2007

Cave Falls

I went to Cave Falls today on a blind date.

(Beyond the cut)

Pride Dreams and Location

When my mother was getting ready to die, she pulled me aside and told me she had some things she wanted. The first thing she wanted was for me to move back in with my father after she died. She knew I was seriously dating Krista and that Krista & I would soon be married, but she wanted my father and I to live together until then. She also asked me to speak at her memorial - to give the eulogy and to not talk longer than 15 minutes. I spoke for 30.

The last thing she asked me to do was to accept sums of money from my father while I was in school. At the time of her death, I had been accepted to Humboldt State in CA. (BYU-Idaho didn't happen until after she had pasted way.) This has been an assignment I have always struggled with. Except for a few minor things, I have always been self sufficient. I started working when I was 14 because I didn't want my parents to have to worry about buying me stuff.

I think one of the things that has been the hardest to get over is the pride. I don't like having to admit that I need money from my father and to go ask for it. Unfortunately, I've had to do that a lot this year. Except for trips to WI, truck insurance, and the medical bills from breaking my wrist, I haven't had to go much to my father for money, which I'm happy to say. Up until this year I have kept the cost of my education and living expenses down. However, this semester I got a smaller amount of student loans (because I went 4 semester's straight) and I didn't have a semester off to make extra money. Therefore - this semester has been a humbling experience - having to ask my father for help.

Dreams are a weird thing - I don't really have any. I was reading last night about Zooey Deschanel and how she knew at a young age that she wanted to be an actress. I have roommates that have known for a long time (since birth for Dal) what they wanted to be when they grew up. I honestly have no clue what my dreams are in life. I know what I'm comfortable doing, but I'm not sure beyond that. Because I don't know what I want to do, I'm graduating in 12 days with a degree in University Studies (or Underwater Basket Weaving as it has been called, by some). I know things I'd like to have, but I don't know exactly what I want.

I want a wife (or more appropriately - I want to be loved by a woman who isn't going to break up with me or die)
I want a job
I want to be out of debt
I want to be happy

One want that I recently discovered I have achieved was the dream of being happy by myself. For a long time, I couldn't do anything unless it was with someone. But now I have enough hobbies that I can be happy by myself. I randomly go on photo shoots (most recently to Mesa Falls). I can sit in my room or outside or wherever and carve wood (most recently my fish that looks like a dolphin that mated with a whale.) I can read (though, a strange thing has occurred there - I used to hate fiction and only read nonfiction. I'm reading more and more fiction and less and less nonfiction. I'm not sure why.)

But beyond that dream - I'm not sure I have a dream. Not a dream job, not a dream lifestyle, not a dream life. I wonder how you go about fixing that.

I have been looking for work for about 4 months now. I think the hardest part of looking for work is looking. After July 18th, I can go anywhere. I don't have a wife or a girlfriend. I'm tied down by debt, but I owe the federal government most of that and they will allow me to pay it off a little at a time.

So after July 18th, I could literally go anywhere and that is hard - because I'm looking everywhere. And there is so much to consider: Family in Wisconsin. Family in California. Friends in California. Friends in Provo. A strong desire not to live in Northern Illinois (My ex-fiance is serving a mission there). I need a place with an airport so my brother and father can see me and I (on the off chance I'm willing to fly over drive) can fly out. Someplace not to hot and not too cold (so Northern Montana is out, New Mexico is out, and Arizona is out). But beyond that - the sky is the limit. That is a huge haystack to find a needle in. I wish I could just settle my mind on a place and move there. Then finding a job would be much easier - because I'd be stuck with a 1-year contract and I would have to get a job there. I wish I knew where that place was.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Looking for work

Rexburg, ID

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Independence Day Parade and Fireworks

I've never lived anywhere where they drive a tank down Main Street to celebrate Independence Day. This was really cool.

(Beyond the Cut - Parade)

(Beyond the Cut - Fireworks)

(Beyond the cut - Bishop's House Party)

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Hobo Dinner

My roommates are going camping tonight. They made 24 Hobo Dinners (or tin foil dinners, if you will).

Monday, July 2, 2007

Wiring the trailer

Rexburg, ID

I spent this evening working on the wiring for my trailer, but after several problems, I was forced to stop and start again tomorrow. The trailer is legal in Idaho, but not anywhere else.

(beyond the cut)

Sunday, July 1, 2007


Because there is nothing to do in Rexburg on Sunday, my roommate tried teaching me how to shoot an air soft gun. I'm not very good, but then again, I haven't shot a weapon of any sort since I was 14.