Thursday, January 31, 2008

Play-Doh and Crayons

Sorry, couldn't pick just one.
Antioch, CA

I had an ALL STAFF meeting today and there was Play-Doh and Crayons on all of the tables to "entertain" us during the meeting. At the end, my department took it all so that it can be used in therapy. Tomorrow, for work, I will sort it by color and put it in bigger containers. I love my job.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Wild Rooster

Oakley, CA

These are the wild Roosters that roam my neighborhood at work. I'm sure there is a joke here but I won't attempt it.

(More Roosters)

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Fremont, CA

I had dinner with my Dad and his Girlfriend tonight.

(I've been having troubles with my shutter all day. Sorry for the blur.)

Monday, January 28, 2008

Sunday, January 27, 2008


Antioch, CA

This is my Puppy from my childhood. He went with me to every surgery, hospitalization, and doctor's appointment I ever had. My mother sewed his ears and tail several times before eventually she gave up. I wouldn't get a shot unless Puppy was getting a shot as well - so Puppy has gotten poked by nearly as many as needles as I have. Great companion.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Happy Early Birthday John

Pittsburg, CA

My roommate turns 40 on Wednesday, so we went out to dinner tonight to celebrate.


Friday, January 25, 2008


Oakley, CA

This is graffiti on the sidewalk near work. It used to say more and include a picture of what Phillip was sucking but the city of Oakley erased it. Now It just points to Phillip as being a chubby chaser.

Any way, every day I get out of my car and I think about Phillip. I wonder who Phillip really is and how much fat does he like to suck. And what type....cow fat, baby fat, political fat...I wish I knew who this particular Phillip is so we could get to the bottom of Phillip's fat fetish.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Chain Link

Oakley, CA

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


Antioch, CA

I am in the process of teaching an older gentleman how to use PAF. Tonight I was building an example.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008


Antioch, CA

For the second time in as many weeks I've had to add a key to my key ring.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Man Skiing

San Jose, CA

Tina and I went to the TECH Museum today where there is an exhibit titled Body Worlds.


Sunday, January 20, 2008

Sad Day in Football

Antioch, CA

Well today just sucked. I was rooting for the two teams that lost. Now we have a super bowl made up of the New York Giants and this team that are known cheaters.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Like Han Solo

Antioch, CA

For the second time in my life - I was part of an art project. (this is my first time) My friend Kate was taking a ceramics class this semester and the semester long project was to sculpt someone's face using clay. So I sent her some pictures and this is what she came up with.

(Shot with John's Sony Cyber Shot DSC-S650, and help from John)

Don't do drugs - You may get eaten

Right after 9/11 the government thought it would use the fear from terrorists to slow the use of drugs in America. They stated in commercial after commercial that by buying and selling drugs you were only helping to fund attacks on innocent Americans. It was an unbelievable marketing campaign that was just as successful as other battles in the War on Drugs. We have not been hit on US soil for over 5 years yet I still have friends using drugs.

So it is time for a change in strategy. Forget about the terrorists. Instead let's try terrified tigers.

In a recent report by the city of San Fransisco's Police Department, the three young men involved in the tiger mauling on Christmas Day had "smoked Marijuana at home in San Jose before going to the zoo. On the way to the zoo, the victims consumed alcohol." I can only see this naturally leading to a nationwide anti drug campaign.

A man in a tiger out fit comes onto the Screen and says, "If you smoke marijuana I will eat you."

A man with a scar across his neck will then come on the screen. "I only took two tokes and the tiger ate me."

Then there would be a video of a funeral procession, with the words voiced over. "Some people that smoke marijuana, and go to the zoo, DIE."

As a closing shot there would be a casket ready to be lowered into the ground and the visual of a tiger running and jumping on top and the voice over saying "So don't do marijuana or a tiger will eat you."

Watch for this ad in the coming months. I'm sure it will work better than other anti drug campaigns.

(For Dun: Egg, chick)

Friday, January 18, 2008


Antioch, CA

We had the girls over tonight for Apples to Apples and Sequence. Neither one of them wanted to get their picture taken, but the blond won 37 times; Her younger sister won 27 times; John and I tied for 23 in Apples to Apples tonight.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Happy Birthday Josh

Antioch, CA

According to Facebook, today is Josh's Birthday.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Carmel Covered Sky

Oakley, CA

I've had the first 30 seconds of this song stuck in my head all day, so I had to take a picture of a sunset tonight. Sorry for the power lines and I'm sorry for yet another sunset picture.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

the wine press

Oakley, CA

This was the picture I wanted yesterday.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Pine Fog

Oakley, CA

So I could have probably framed this better, but I was running late for work after my first photo location didn't turn out. Oh Well.


Sunday, January 13, 2008

burn like an oven

Antioch, CA

I have been having leg cramps all day. This is as far as I felt like walking.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Friday, January 11, 2008

Bomb Questions

Oakley CA

Someone called in a bomb threat at the middle school next door to where I work. So on my 5th day of work I had the opportunity to review the questions I'm supposed to ask when someone calls with a bomb threat. My favorite is "where do you live?" I wonder how many people are so smart to build the bomb but too dumb to forget to tell people where they live.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Photographer

Oakley, CA

A friend asked about my hair from yesterday's PAD, so here is a more up close picture of me. I was in the Oakley office today playing with the mirror.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Me reflected

Antioch, CA

My job has me in Antioch some days and in Oakley other days. This is my office on Antioch days. If you look really carefully - you can see me in the reflection of our mirror.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

My new office

Oakley, CA

I started my new job on Monday. This is part of my new office.

Monday, January 7, 2008

daily glasses

Antioch, CA

In an effort to reduce the number of dishes we wash - everyone in my apartment (and frequent visitors) are given assigned glasses. We wash the glasses once a week. The two blue ones are mine (water and juice); the glass one is John's; and the grey plastic one is Tina's.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Bread to Be

Antioch, CA

I miss the heat from summer. It took FOREVER for these to ripen.

Except for Melinda - I've never met any of the people that I view Photo A Day blogs with. Which made church interesting today. Suddenly in Sacrament I looked up and saw a little girl who I had only seen online before. It was a weird experience telling the mother that I recognized her child from this picture.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

The Bay - After the storm

Oakland CA

Friday, January 4, 2008

My mind in the gutter

Martinez, CA

Today in California we had a major storm come in and cause havoc. Two out of the 5 major bridges got shut down. Of those two - one had 4 (!) tractor trailer rigs get blown over. We had wind gusts of 40 to 80 mhp across the area and across the bridges.

I had to go to Martinez to sign some papers for a new job I start on Monday. In an act my father will probably not consider me wise for doing, I wandered down to the ocean to see how the storm had affected the beach. Take a look at the BTC pictures to see a comparison between the beach today and the beach in September. Please note that the log shown in the September picture I saw floating out in another part of the bay.


Thursday, January 3, 2008

It's time for Iowa to be known for something else

I know you have already read my rant on what a waste of money is spent on this thing we call an election. (After watching Charlie Wilson's War, you get a sense of how much money plays a part in stupidity and our government) I'm sorry but I'm going to rant again.

The first part of this rant is about Iowa. I'm sorry they weren't smart enough to invent ground hog day or some other frivolous holiday and that their whole existence comes down to something that happens every four years - but for crying out loud - do we really need to have a caucus? On CNN, FOX, and MSNBC's websites are articles explaining what a caucus is. Why is this? Isn't the whole point of living in a democratic society is to have a voting procedure that every person can understand without the use of a CNN flowchart? Why should we have something so complicated that more people are asking what a caucus is than those that are asking "when the hell will the boys in Iraq becoming home?" Should a free society be free of complicated voting practices.

This leads to me second part of the rant. Why do we have so many primaries before we make it to the actual vote. A football season only requires 16 weeks to declare a world champion. Why do we need to have caucuses and primaries that start in January for a Super Bowl game that isn't played until November? I think it is time that we have an overhaul of democracy. I'd like to suggest these rules:

A candidate and his/her party can only spend $100 million dollars total.
Primaries are held for all 50 states on one day (let's say March 15). What ever democratic candidate wins that day goes on to fight for the vote in November. The same goes for the republican party.
The November election is a popular vote and not an electoral vote. (Once again, democracy is insulted every time to have to have a flow chart to explain how democracy works. Democracy should be simple - whomever has the most votes wins. Done.)

I can't help but think this would help the process along a whole lot better. Let's go back to making democracy easy to vote on.

(If for no other reason - I'm asking this so that my night of watching TV is only interrupted twice. Once on March 15 and once on the second Tuesday in November. This will beat it being interrupted 80 times.)

River of Rain

Antioch, CA

We finally got a decent storm into today which included some solid rain and some fast moving gusts of wind.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

John and Ron

Antioch, CA

I took John to walmart tonight and to repay me he agreed to get molested by Ronald for Photo a Day.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Top Ten of 2007

The now dead Fancy Simple challenged it's readers last week to figure out the top ten events in our lives from the past year. Not the top ten great things or the top ten bad things - just the top ten. I have been sitting here thinking about my top ten and I can't wrap my head around the whole year, but I will try to write out the list. (The list is in no particular order - number 10 is no less than number 2)

10. Sociology. I had about 18 major changes in my 3 years at BYU-Idaho. I just couldn't find something that spoke to my soul and my personality. I have been an Elementary education major, a biology education major, a speech and theatre major, a communications major, an English major, a recreation therapy major, a psychology major, a health science major and then lastly a sociology major. (The total is 18 after you include the many times I was an English Major and a psychology major.) In the end I graduated with a degree in underwater basket weaving (or University Studies as BYUI officially calls it). I did this because I wanted to be done and I knew (or at least I thought I knew) that I was going to flunk two classes required for a sociology degree. In hindsight - sticking around at BYUI to retake those classes wouldn't have been that bad. But I digress....I really liked the way I was able to look at the world through a sociology mindset. I was even willing to try to learn theories - which for the most part in English and psychology, I could care less about. It was a very rewarding major and I miss a lot of those classes.

9. Wheelchairs. It's not very often that I get a good idea that ends up SAVING money. But this year I did managed to have a great idea in that area of life. As many of you know - I started and ran successfully a young wheelchair basketball program at Brigham Young University Idaho. When we first started, we were renting chairs at $35 a chair per weekend. These chairs weren't court chairs and weren't made for high speeds or hand to hand ball combat. Someone in the school administration said that the School could buy chairs from the Church. So for $50 a chair, the school purchased these horrible chairs that were constantly in my repair shop being fixed. They were slow and unreliable, and, in the words of Melinda, "should be burned." One day I was reading the Scroll and found out that the school was always looking for ways to integrate classroom projects back into the campus. I got with a friend and we made a proposal to the administration and then to the mechanical engineering program to have them build Activities court chairs. A normal Court Wheelchair costs at least $1500. The students were to design chairs for under $200 not including labor. After labor, and with a lot of help from me, the Mechanical Design teams created prototype chairs for about $500 a piece. Instead of paying $15000 for ten chairs, my brilliant idea saved the school $10,000. Not bad.

8. Graduation. In case you missed this in the first one, I'm not very good at keeping to things I start, so it became a bit of a surprise when I actually graduated this year. Mark Twain once said, "I never let school interfere with my education." I spent most of my early childhood in and out of hospitals which meant my formal education was never a concrete process. Unlike other kids, I wasn't assigned nightly homework nor did I go to school every day. It was fairly common for me to start a school year and last until about the 1st week in November only to get sick and not come back until the middle of April. The rest of the time I was home schooled by school district assigned tutors and my mother (as long as it didn't involve math). This isn't to say I didn't get a good education - I did. I learned about the medical field and cheering up those that were down trodden and about fighting for those that are either to sick or weak to care for themselves or to those that don't know how to fight. My parents fought hard to get me the best health coverage. And they tried their best to get me a good school education as well, but it just didn't solidify. So it has made school very hard for me. I grow tired of school very quickly. So I am very happy to say that I graduated. No matter how many times i wanted to give up or tell the world to screw off - I made it to graduation. The degree may be in underwater basket weaving - but it will do for now. I may take the 5 required classes somewhere else and transfer the credits back to get the sociology degree, but for now - this will do.

7. Unemployment. I started working when I was 14 for a demolition company. In theory it was also a remodeling company, but I only worked demolition. Since then I have had a plethora of jobs. Every job I have ever applied for I have gotten. When I used to go job hunting I never applied for more than 2 or three jobs because I didn't want to juggle that many offers. Since July 18th I have received over 200 rejection letters from various businesses and occupations. I initially kept the first one because I figured it was a fluke. I have since thrown away or deleted all of them. I have found out that I'm not as unique or over qualified as I once was. It was a very humbling experience. I know now how much more I will appreciate my job when I get it. Equally as humbling was being without money. I've always been able to pay my bills and take care of myself. I wasn't able to get a lot of grants and loan money for my last semester at BYUI because it was my fourth straight semester. Then I graduated with no job. At first I wasn't as careful - but as the months of unemployment wore on I became more and more thrifty to the point that I only use money for three things now - food, fuel, and health. This has been very hard. I have wanted to spend money on other things but I just couldn't. I didn't buy a single person a Christmas gift this year. Even though that was extremely hard for me, I just couldn't afford to and still buy food or fuel or pay my utility bills. Being unemployed has definitely taught me some lessons.

6. Nina. I'm grateful for the 4 months I had to date Nina. About four years ago I fell in love with a wonderful girl and she broke my heart into a million pieces. She had me jump through some hoops to prove my love to her and then she left me and that really sucked. I tried to recover as I slopped through the wastelands of dating at BYUI but I never really found anyone that I could fall in love with or who wanted to fall in love with me. As I told my father once, dating at BYUI is one continuous first date. After a while of dating at BYUI I became disillusioned with the idea of true love. If it existed - it didn't exist for me. Then came along Nina and I found out that I could still love again. I was able to remember and to feel what it was like to be in love again. Now - I realize you may be scratching your head saying "Didn't they break up rather loudly and don't talk to each other?" And, yes, you are right, but before it became very clear that we weren't meant to be, I was able to at least taste what love was again and it gave me a desire to seek it out in my life again. I gained hope. And for that - I am so thankful for Nina.

5. Friends and Family. I had a really enjoyable time this year with my friends and family. It was really great to have my dad and my brother at my graduation. It was nice going to weddings and memorial day events with friends scattered through the west. I really feel closer this year than any year prior to having a "best" friend again.

4. Independence. There is that old adage "You must love yourself before you can love another individual." Another version of that "You must learn to entertain yourself before you go about relying on others to do it for you." This year I became a lot more independent. I was more and more willing to leave my apartment and go places on my own. On hikes, to movies, or just on drives. I was able to find balance between me time, my entertainment and being with others. It was very nice to get to that point. I am able to entertain myself and to entertain others. I love that ability to step away from my TV and do stuff. I love that I don't need a group to get things done. There are times when it is nice, but it isn't required. The only negative I have seen from this new independence is that I need to tell people where I'm going. On a few different times, I have been on a hike or a drive where there aren't people for miles and the thought has crossed my mind "Hmm...If I get hurt or in an accident or something else, no one will know where to look for me. In Idaho that meant turn around and go back to where there are people and then call a roommate. In California it just means I need to get to the closest hill and get a cell signal so I can text someone and let them know where I'm at. In 2008, I'm hoping to get a little better at letting someone know where to start looking for my maimed body.

3. Developed Talents. This year was also a year of developing talents. I learned how to carve wood and shape wood to the point that they look like whales and earing boxes. I learned how to take better pictures. I'm relearning theatre design. I got to develop my construction design and installation skills. I had a lot of time this year to grow my talents.

2. Pounds gained and lost. I started out losing weight this year, then I gained it back, then I started running during the summer, then I stopped running and then I moved back to CA and stop exercising all together. I gained weight and lost weight. I ate right and then didn't eat right. This was a very imbalanced year but I'm glad I made so many attempts at getting healthier and staying that way. It creates a better foundation for 2008 as I strive again this year to be healthier.

1. PAD and inspire. My old boss Steve and I used to talk about legacies. He has often said that my legacy will be Wheelchair Basketball at BYU-Idaho. To be honest - that isn't the legacy I want. The legacy I want is to inspire people to do great things. At BYUI I was able to help one recently disabled young man see that his life didn't stop working just because his legs did. He was an avid basket player before his wreck. Then he was an avid video game player. He is now an avid basketball player both as a coach for a tradition team and as a player on a wheelchair team. Another young man I was able to work with was able to embrace his disability and to stop hiding from it. Once he embraced who he was as a complete person - he was able to be more attractive and is now married. I was able to work with the school and get a ramp and disabled parking available to best meet the needs of students with disabilities, which has inspired others to stand up for people with disabilities. That is my legacy at BYU-Idaho.
About a year ago, I found a guy online named Josh who ran a Photo A Day Blog. I loved that idea. After a very thoughtful gift from my father, I was able to start a PAD blog of my own. That single blog has inspired this one and this one, which inspired this one. What a great legacy to inspire others to share their lives more.
My sister-in-law once said, "I love my brother-in-law's photo blog because even though he is usually taking pictures of mundane things in his apartment it is great for his family who lives far away because you are then privy to little details about his life that just make you feel like you together, even when you are not."
What a great legacy - inspiring people to share the privy aspects of their lives.


Piedmont, CA