Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Lost Day

I wanted to spend some time with the family this weekend and thought that the RV Show at the South Towne Expo Center might be fun. Ashton had plans, so it would only be Melissa, the boys and me. We decided to ride the Front Runner and then the Trax to get to the expo center. We got a late start because of running errands and didn't catch Front Runner until 1:30 pm. Due to the travel time it was 3:00 pm by the time we got to the show and it was CROWDED! The wait to get into some of the motorhomes and trailers was terrible. We lost the boys every once in a while just to make things interesting. Then it turns out that so many of the vehicles look alike and when you see one, you've seen them all. We decided to get dinner down there and the Ruby River Steakhouse was so slow that we had to leave without getting a chance to eat our dinner. We asked for take out boxes and they were even slow getting them and getting change from our paying the check. We walked as fast as we could to catch the Trax and missed it. We had to wait for the next one, only to get aboard an already crowded train. It turns out the Utah Jazz were playing and everybody was headed to Energy Solutions Arena for the game. I ended up standing the entire way to the arena protecting Jaxon on a seat in a separate from Melissa and Logan. We finally get to the Central Station and then the Front Runner still hasn't arrived and we have to wait 5 minutes. Then another 20 minutes before it left the station. Another 30 minutes and we were home...finally. We got home at 8:00 pm. Six and a half hours. Lost Day!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Federal Laws

So I bought a game and guitar for our Rock Band 2 on our Playstation3. The guitar it turns out would not work on the PS3 because it was made for PS2 only. The game I bought was the 80s Rock version of Guitar Hero also for the PS2. Guess what? It wouldn't work with the guitar from Rock Band 2. Geez! I took them both back to Target and approached the front desk. Since the guitar wasn't opened, they would refund the money I paid for it. The game though, because I had opened it to try it with our guitar, they could only exchange for the same title. WHAT? Oh yeah, Federal Copyright Laws prohibit them from even exchanging the game for a different title, let alone refunding the money. What a crock! Whose idea was this? It makes a person want not to shop anywhere for anything.

Thursday, February 19, 2009


When I was discharged from the USN in 1986, it was an honorable discharge under medical conditions. I contracted asthma while on active duty and could not maintain combat rediness. Thus, the military found a way to cut the budget by getting me out of service. After the discharge, I was evaluated by the Veteran's Administration and was declared 10% disabled and was awarded disability compensation. When discharged, I was given a severance package and that money had to be collected back, so it took 15 years for the Veteran's Administration to collect my severance back with my monthly check. Well, in November, I decided that I had enough of shortness of breath and went to the Disabled American Veterans Association and asked for help in getting re-evaluated. I had an appointment before Christmas and then one after for evaluation purposes. Today I received notice that they increased my disability award to 30% compensation. WhooooHoooo! With that size of award, there will be more benefits available and I will pursue every one of them because I deserve them.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Life Continues

Yesterday was a day for doctor appointments. Melissa had a root canal done at eight in the morning. She was all worked up on Sunday about it. Turns out it wasn't as bad as she thought it would be. Some soreness and a little sleepy after taking medication. Then in the afternoon, my dad had eye surgery to remove a cataract in his right eye. He is supposed to be re-evaluated today, but Mom says that he could see a little out of the eyepatch that he was wearing last night. I spent the time in-between watching "Casino Royale" and "Star Wars: A New Hope" with Jaxon and Logan. Ashton had his own thing he was doing. Life continues, no matter what we try to do to stop it.

Saturday, February 14, 2009


What a shame! There are two very inventive fellows at Piedmont High School in California that instituted a new way to set up an offense in football that allowed all members of the offense to be eligible for a pass. They called it A-11. Just this week the higher ups in High School football rules determined that their offense was illegal and outlawed the A-11 offense. It is a pity that the creative genius is being stifled. These guys wanted to help their students and instead they pissed off others who complained and got their way. Bunch of crap! See this Yahoo! article about it.



OK...In Utah winter has snow. But overnight we had lots and now I am getting sick of it. When will it stop. We stay inside and get on each other nerves. The boys fight over the Playstation 3 or the computer. Then, to make matters worse, we slept in and forgot to give the two oldest their medication. Now they have ADHD issues on a snowy day. Just more things to deal with.