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August, 2008

  1. Disneyland is planning Sweet 16 party for Cyrus

    August 25, 2008 by Ryan

    AP – Published: Sunday, Aug. 24, 2008 1:06 a.m. MDT

    Disneyland has announced it will throw Miley Cyrus a Sweet 16 party Oct. 5.

    The party will accommodate 5,000 fans at a cost of $250 each.

    Cyrus’s actual birthday is Nov. 23.

    Wow! To be in Disneyland, with a crowd of only 5000 people, sounds pretty cool.

    Since it is a birthday party, are guests expected to bring gifts? What do you get for a mega tween pop-star who already has everything?

    And lets face it: I just don’t have a thing to wear to the party!

    Sorry Hannah – er, Miley – I’ll have to pass on this one. thanks for the invite anyway.

  2. A few traveling observations…

    August 14, 2008 by Ryan

    While on vacation or traveling, I like to eat an apple each morning for breakfast. I admit that don’t get my recommended servings of fruit that I should while at home, but when away from home, I do much better. I suppose it all evens out, with all the fast and greasy foods, or unusual eating schedules or portions or varieties I enjoy while on vacation, I consider that apple more than just a treat. It becomes my dietary salvation. Fiber is good for me.

    The more expensive the hotel is, the less likely they are to serve you a breakfast. Even at the cheapest of hotels, I can get a bite to eat in the morning. Or free Internet accesses, a pool, a gym, etc. But when my work has sent me to trade-show conventions — always picking hotels that I can’t afford — I’m never as impressed with those as I am with a good ol’ fashioned Best Western, or a no-name hotel along Harbor Blvd that offers me an apple to start my day.

    The drive across the deserts of Utah, Nevada, and Southern California are always a wonder to me. I live in a medium-sized city, and inside of the concrete jungle, I get the false impression that what I see – the compact, organized, bustle of the city – is natural. True, it is my habitat and home. Yet drive out of town a ways, and I am reminded that the “real” world is much bigger and very much different than what I think it is. The Lord could have been speaking to me when he reminded the people, “And I have given you a land for which ye did not labour, and cities which ye built not, and ye dwell in them; of the vineyards and oliveyards which ye planted not do ye eat.” (Old Testament | Joshua 24:13) My little world is small by comparison to the vast reaches of untamed nothingness that surround it. And as I drive along, there comes a small town here or there, I feel like they are islands of the reality that I know and am familiar with. Except for Las Vegas – that doesn’t look like anything I am familiar with.

    I am grateful to the planners to put that rest stop on I-15, just a few miles south of Cedar City. That little oasis of civilization is one that I was overjoyed to come across, in my hour of need. Remember the extra fiber from the apple-a-day? Enough said.

  3. Sad News

    August 5, 2008 by Ryan

    With all the sadness and trauma going on in the world at the moment, it is worth taking a moment to reflect on the death of a very important person, which almost went unnoticed to the world.

    Roland “Larry” Lawrence LaPrise, the man that wrote ‘The Hokie Pokey,’ died peacefully at the age of 93. The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into the coffin. They put his left leg in. And then the trouble started.

    (thanks Kristen!)