Here is another speech by Sir Ted Robinson.
Archives for 2010
This past week Roman Emerson and I traveled to Utah. We stopped in Flagstaff to hang out with a friend of mine Mike Wilson. He works for the Grand Canyon in the IT department. We visited a bunch of Native American ruins around flag staff. That was pretty cool. I was surprised at how many buildings there were that were still standing that were built by Native Americans. All of these were, of course, built from stone.
Then we visited the Grand Canyon, that is quite amazing. Now that I have seen down into it I want to hike down to the river. It was fun to take my boys and have them experience it also.
We hiked a bit, maybe a 1/2 mile on the bright angle trail. On the way down Mike Wilson ran into one of the head scientists and a colleague that were on their way out. They had been down checking air quality in the Canyon. Wow what a cool job, being able to hike into the Grand Canyon as part of your job.
Mike also told us about the cookies at Jacob lake, which we tried out, on our way to Saint George.
As we left Flagstaff on Wednesday morning it was 57 degrees Fahrenheit and about 110 when we pulled into St. George. It’s nice to feel the cold once and a while but I do prefer the heat.
The struggle between good and evil comes down to one thing, Freedom. The good want freedom, especially freedom to follow the dictates of our own conscience. The evil want to oppress and force people into doing the will of the leader. Amazingly, they tell the oppressed it is for their own good.
being July 4th, I am thankful for my freedom. All people are free to think as they wish. However to act and speak as I want and not fear for my life. That is the freedom I am thankful for. That is the freedom that really makes America great.
Most of the things that happened this week are great and one bad thing. First, but not the best, I finally got together with a couple of friends of mine and we traveled to Oklahoma City to check out the hail damage and see if we are going to give roofing a try in OKC. It was a good trip and we have decided to give it a try.
The best thing that happened this week was that I was able to hang out with Warren Coulam and His wife Deborah. It was fun to see warren again. I’ve only seen him three times since high school and two of those have been in the last couple of months. His wife is great, and has polished him up quite a bit. I think he’s more fun to hang with than in high school, I’m going to blame that on Deborah. I wish Amanda could have been there to hang out with us. If I can get some pictures I will post them here later.
I was also able to meet with a couple of people about business this week and one gave me, what hopefully will be, a great contact. Funny thing is that guy is in Oklahoma City. I’ll be going back up there on July 5th. Funny how things work out that way.
The bad for the week is that I hurt my back again. This is the second time in the last year. This has been happening occasionally for the last ten years. These last too times have been the worst. I am going to have to really figure out a way to prevent this from happening. This time it’s preventing me from going to scout camp. It’s hard for me because I know the boys won’t be as productive without me there. But I can’t do much about it.
So there it. The week was great, with just an annoying backache. Hopefully I’ll heal quickly.
Roman has wanted to drive since he was about 5. Golf Carts, lawn mowers anything. Here in Texas he can get his permit at 15. We thought we would just be able to go over to the DMV and get his learners permit. We had done some looking on the DMV website and called. Nothing was really that clear. We didn’t do it right and it’s going to take some more doing. Roman was pretty good about it. But I know he was disappointed.
Last week was stake conference and I had been meaning to write down a couple of stories I heard.
First was from the temple President now serving in San Antonio. I guess he’s had kidney problems most of his life and 30 years ago he had a transplant from his father. However, I guess it cuts the life of the kidney by about 25% if it is transplanted. So his transplanted kidney failed. His father is 81, but his kidney was worn out and it needed to be replaced. They had been looking for a donor among the family, but none were a match. President lee was thinking maybe this was his time. But he said the tender mercies of the Lord were shining upon him. There was a Lady in the stake that wanted to donate a kidney to her husband but she wasn’t a match. However she was a match for president Lee and President Lee’s son was a match for her husband. And so the transplants were made and were successful.
Coincidence, the president thinks not.
I love to hear stories where everything works out for the best. Someday I hope to be able to tell that stories like that for me. I already have a couple. But not one like that yet.
Life is full of ups and downs. I know my own roller coaster ride, and because of my ride I can see the ups and downs in the lives of those around me. Sometimes people post on blogs, Other times I just see it written in their eyes. I wish I knew how to ride mine better, I wish I could help other people with theirs. It’s amazing to me how many don’t want help, and many more don’t seem to know they need help.
I remember being younger and looking forward to school being out. Now that I have my own children I want their summers to be more productive than mine were. So It’s time to set some goals. This year with my work situation being a bit more flexible I think I am going to try to get my kids to study for the first 3 or 4 hours everyday. I am not sure how they are going to take that, but we are going to try. I need to find out from my kids what they want to accomplish, if anything, this summer.
I am also going to setup an exercise schedule, which I believe will also help them. Now that I am 40 I realize what a difference it would have made in my life if I would have become a better runner at an early age.
Big Hail, That’s what hit Oklahoma city last week. Here are a couple of videos. The first one you should turn the sound down. plus the camera work is pretty lame. Pool Video – Warning turn down sound
The second one is shot better and much better commentary. Better Commentary Some could argue this is part of the signs of the times.
About a year ago we had had some pretty big hail that hit Austin. I talked to a couple of people that helped fix roof damage. It is definitely an opportunity. So I started to talk to a couple of people to see if we can help with marketing and operations for some of the roofing companies. Like everything else it is going to be some work. I am just now testing the waters to find out how real the opportunity is. I should know in a week or two.
Hope I think keeps most of the world running. I get up every morning with hope in my heart. Maybe sleeping is a way to recharge some of that hope. at the end of the day sometimes I feel I am running pretty low on hope. Then I sleep and some of it is restored. However, it’s a bad day when I run out of hope before that day is through. I think Victor Frankl explained it best in his book “Man’s search for meaning” In the concentration camps in WWII the prisoners used cigarettes as money. When prisoners in the concentration camps started smoking their cigarretts that indicated they had nothing left to live for. In that extreme circumstance giving up hope meant they would probably die. Victor Frankl being a psychiatrist would try to help people find that hope.
Sometimes I feel like smoking my metaphorical cigarettes. I am sure many people do. Luckily I don’t live in those extreme conditions and usually can find my meaning before I die.
I look around at many people and wonder if they are smoking their cigarettes. I wish I new how to help.