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May, 2007

  1. Boy, we sure showed them!

    May 18, 2007 by Ryan

    “Boy, we sure showed them!”

    I was thinking that to myself as I pumped some more liquid-gold into my tank. That “Buy No Gas Boycott Day” thing really brought the pump prices down a ton.

    So thank so everyone who participated in the “Don’t Purchase Gas And Really Stick it To ‘Em!” Day yesterday. Or was it the day before? I can’t remember now. I didn’t buy gas either day, so I guess that makes me a double supporter of the event, huh? In fact, more days than not I don’t stop to buy gas. But as it turns out, I need some more now. Seems my car still used it even though I didn’t refill the tank on any of those days.

    Yep, I’m sure those oil guys got the message, loud and clear!


  2. New CD

    May 12, 2007 by Ryan

    Insasmuch as everyone is looking to this site for breaking entertainment news, I’ve just learned that InsideOut is pleased to announce that their sixth CD, Sharing Time, will be hitting store shelves soon (beginning May 29th)!

    For information, or to preorder the CD, go to their website: www.insideout-acappella.com. They have some really good, creative stuff.

    One sad note though – I know many of you are thinking this would be a perfect gift to buy and give to me. So before you rush out and get it, know Glorajean has already thought of that and called dibs on this one, so you will simply have to think of another gift. =)


  3. This Is a Complete Waste of Time

    May 12, 2007 by Ryan

    The comment Al Sharpton made about Mormons not believing in God is ultimately a waste of time. Yet I’m wasting my time to write about it. So here goes…

    From the best information I could piece together, there was a debate between Brother Sharpton and Brother Christopher Hitchens. Though they both might object to me calling them a “Brother” as Christopher is an atheist and Al apparently believes in a different God. But back to the story. I have heard two different titles to this debate. The local paper reported the title as “Is God Great?” while the official website for the audio of the debate calls it “God Is Not Great.” I have not bothered to listen to the audio – again, I think I have better things to do – but you can find it here: http://www.nypl.org/research/chss/pep/audio.cfm. And you can find the local paper’s article here: http://www.deseretnews.com/dn/view2/1,4382,660219900,00.html

    So, getting my details from the local paper which may or may not have printed the wrong title, Brother Hitchens had offered a ‘contemporary example’ of using religion to justify racism. A GOP presidential candidate, he said, was a member of the “so-called Mormon Church” that had taught “that the Bible separates the sons of Ham and makes them lesser.”

    Brother Sharpton is said to have agreed that there was no question about the civil rights movement being faith-based. “Let’s not reinvent Dr. King any more than we try to reduce God to some denomination or convention,” he said. He went on to speak about the religious roots of the civil rights movement lead by Martin Luther King Jr. And then he said added his now infamous comment, “as for the one Mormon running for office, those that really believe in God will defeat him anyway, so don’t worry about that, that’s a temporary situation.” I’m told that the New York Public Library audience then laughed. This is supposed to be able to be heard on the tape.

    So that is what he said, and a bit of the context in which he said it. The only GOP Mormon currently running for office, at least that I know of, Brother Mitt Romney, replied that it was “extraordinarily bigoted.” Brother Sharpton has explained that he was not referring to Brother Romney, but instead was speaking of his debate opponent, who is an atheist. I’m personally not buying into that explanation, but I’m also can’t really bring myself to care very deeply or become offended for a word.

    So now brother Sharpton is apologizing to everyone who is Mormon. He has called up and talked to not one but two Mormon Apostles, and told them that he is sorry for the misunderstanding and unintentional hurt he has caused. And he has announced plans to come to Utah to apologize in person and “open a dialog.” He has not announced where, but I am guessing he will open it right next to that new Wal-Mart in Sandy?

    Did I mention this is all a complete waste of time? What does he hope to accomplish? Does he intend to come and shake my hand and apologize to me too? If so, I say: Really, Brother Sharpton, no hard feelings man! Just don’t worry about it. I really don’t feel bad. You don’t need to go to all that effort. I imagine that the two Apostles that you spoke with on the phone the other day probably have other things on their schedule too, and it is really not necessary to come all this way to explain it all again, you know what I mean?

    Brother Romney’s spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom told the Boston Herald “nothing constructive would be served” by a meeting with Sharpton. I tend to agree, not just for Brother Romney, but for all of us here in Utah too.

    It really will just be waste of your time and my time, Brother Sharpton. I’m certain that your apology so far was just fine, and that the Mormon’s God loves you too.

    That’s really all I want to say. That’s actually a lot more than I wanted to even think about on this topic.

    *** And as if that wasn’t enough, I’ve added an additional thought later in the comments below! ***


  4. The Moment of Decision

    May 8, 2007 by Ryan

    It was a dilemma I was never expecting to deal with, but one that I fortunately was able to face.

    It was one of those things that I never thought I would be tempted with in my lifetime. But luckily, I had planned ahead; I had taken the forethought that, should the remote possibility like this ever actually happen to me, what I would do. And I had made a decision in advance. I was prepared with a response. Then, on the day that the opportunity presented itself, I didn’t have to even think twice.

    I knew what I should do.

    I should veer left.

    And on Thursday night, it happened. The choice was presented to me. Imagine, a clean-cut Utah Mormon kid. I was presented with the actual, real-life opportunity. It was thrust at me.

    I had one hour in Disneyland.

    From 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, when they closed for the off-season evening. And what did I do?

    I entered the gates, and went through the tunnel on the right. That was more-or-less out of habit, and looking back it was perhaps a mistake. It actually caused me to waste a minute or so of travel time, as I had to fight through a narrow parade time walkway in front of the Main Street Train Station to get to the left sidewalk. I recovered though, and pushed through, then up Main Street, past those who had stopped and yielded to the temptation to take in the parade. About halfway, my progress was held up by some teenagers who had stopped in the walkway; a group big enough that I was forced to stop momentarily. Seeing that they were not going to move, I snuck around them and continued on.

    At Refreshment Corner, I veered left, just as I had planned to do. I had only about 56-or-so-minutes remaining now.

    I went straight for Indiana Jones.

    The standby sign said 20 minutes. I looked around to judge what I could see of the crowd, and estimated that the time was probably high. I began my journey through the queue (I love that very well-themed queue). My instincts proved right; it was about a 10 minute wait. But just in case, I knew I had the fact that I was a single-rider on my side, and that bonus actually got me into the driver’s seat of our car – a position I had never-before ridden in.

    After this, I continued on to New Orleans Square, where I saw that Pirates had hardly a line. I hurried aboard, and saw the cursed treasure.

    Following that, time was very scarce. There would only be enough time to catch a ride on something very close. So I moved up the street and took a tour on the Haunted Mansion.

    And sure enough, at the end of my doom-buggy ride, the announcement was made. Disneyland had ended its operating day. (Oh, but for my convenience, Main Street would be open an additional hour – how thoughtful!) I exited the park, feeling grateful that I had been prepared enough to plan ahead, and know exactly what decision I should make, so that I could make the best use of my time and my one hour in Disneyland.