Monday, August 31, 2009

"G as in.....uh....Goonies?!?"

Please Please Please learn the phoentic alphabet correctly!!!

Maybe it doesn't seem like a big deal to you but for a person who works all day on a telephone, usually with poor reception, correct spelling can be a challenge...especially when everyone makes up their own "A as in Aunt" versions.

Folks this may come as a shock but there is an officially recognized phoentic alphabet used to spell and/or clarify over the phone/radio/etc. It is as follows:

A = Alpha
B = Bravo
C = Charlie
D = Delta
E = Echo
F = Foxtrot
G = Golf
H = Hotel
I = India
J = Juliet
K = Kilo
L = Lima
M = Mike
N = November
O = Oscar
P = Papa
Q = Quebec
R = Romeo
S = Sierra
T = Tango
U = Uniform
V = Victor
W = Whiskey
X = Xray
Y = Yankee
Z = Zulu

Trust me, its easier to memorize this than it is to try and make up your own on the spot becaus "B as in Bob" on a bad connection can sound like "T as in Top" or "D as in Daub"

Thanks.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

CELTIC FEST!!!


This Saturday is the first ever Cache Valley Celtic Festival and Highland games. It goes all day long out at the American West Heritage Center (the old Jensen Historical Farm). Mike and I will be there, so come out and say "hi" and enjoy the fest!

http://www.utahscots.org/

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Junkies

So now you all know we've got problems in out little version of Stepford. Most of them are annoyance, most of them are settled by simply discussing things and asking people to play by the rules.

But what do you when a family of addicts moves in and start to beg, steal, threaten, and destroy?

I would like to say that I'm compassionate...maybe they had terrible childhoods, maybe they have a mental illness, maybe they never had a shot. Do I bake them a cake and chat them up? Do I give them rolls of toilet paper and $5 bills when they come begging and twitching with that junkie itch? Do I hope that friendship and sympathy will help them?

Or...

Is that only enabling them? I firmly believe that the cure to any addiction starts within the addict themselves. Is it possible to inspire that desire or will it only leave you burned in the end? I've done everything I can think of to remove them from our area, because to me the personal safety of myself and my law-abiding neighbors comes first...is that so wrong?

Do any of you know how to help not just one person but an entire family of helpless/hopeless addicts change their hearts and their behavior without enabling them or endangering yourself?

Its getting to the point where I don't fee safe leaving my house after dark. Moving isn't an option. So what do we do now?

1st ever Cache Valley Celtic Festival and Highland Games!!!

This is going to be the last Saturday of this month. Check it out!

http://www.utahscots.org/

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Perseids Meteor Showers


Ok folks, August is the month when we can witness the Perseids Meteor Showers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perseids

Look to the North East sky around midnight, Perseus is the Y shaped constellation just below Cassiopeia. This year won't be as great as previous years... "In 2009 the peak zenithal hourly rate will be about 120, but fainter meteors will be washed out by a waning gibbous moon." I saw a huge meteor cross the sky back in July and I saw 2 early this morning when I took the dogs out.

So who's up for a meteor party? I figure we can try going up one of the canyon away from the light pollution in the valley. I'll be putting my shiatsu mat in the back of my truck and piling sleeping bags and pillows on it, it will be BYOMS...Bring Your Own Midnight Snack. Call me or leave me a message letting me know which night this week would be good for you, I was hoping to go out tomorrow or Friday.