Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Goodbye, 2001 Taurus

Thomas was t-boned on Avenue B at 25th street a couple of weeks ago. The guy was from Alliance and evidently in a hurry and lost. He claimed to his insurance Thomas ran a stop sign, but there are no stop signs on Avenue B for miles. The car is totaled, and the guys insurance company is picking it up today.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Albuquerque Balloon Fiestival

Apirl and I went down to Albuquerque for the Balloon Fiestival. We tried to see one in Gering but the wind kicked up and they could not launch the balloons.

Friday, September 01, 2017

More Dreams

Last night was another dream. In this one April and I were contestants on a competition show like The Amazing Race. The task fell to me to perform a dance, but I could not do it. I kept getting more and more frustrated. That frustration has followed me all day. I've been coaching Thomas's indoor soccer team for about three years now. I wanted to have them practice shots on goal because I felt that was what was lacking last year. I still enjoyed last year. We did five tournaments and made second place in three.

Monday, August 21, 2017


The solar eclipse was today. There has been a lot of anticipation of the event and we are in the path of the total eclipse. The city of Scottsbluff warned everyone that gas might be short because of all the people coming to watch. That didn't really happen although there were a number of people on the path. I was lucky as I could just go out into my back yard and watch. I set up a camera to record it. I cut up one of the eclipse glasses we bought to cover the lens. I strapped the whole thing down with a couple of bungee cords so it would not shake.

I also tried to set up the old phones we have as cameras, along with the Kindle. That didn't work as well because I had trouble controlling the cameras and they would not stay where I set them.

I created a time lapse of the whole video. It is jerkly because I needed to adjust the camera to keep the sun in view (stupid rotating earth).

The moment of the eclipse was awesome.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Antelope Island

We went out to Antelope Island for lack of anything better to do.

I took a couple of pictures from the hill.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Toad's and Slackwater's Grill

Today we decided to go to Toads Fun Center in Ogden. The kids did go carts and video games, and my sister Susan joined us for a round of mini golf.

First there was the problem that the passenger window on the Explorer. Thomas went to roll it up and it would not work. While we were waiting for Susan to join us, Patrick tried to find a way to keep the window up.

His fix worked for the ride home, which was good as it rained much of the way.
Later I would read that this is a common problem with Explorers with several people posting it seems to happen on the window that is least used. This fits the case.
Go carts:


Later on we went to Slackwater's Grill.

They had a bean bag toss game, Frank and Thomas vs. Rachel and Patrick.

And the posed photo.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Rio Tinto

The boys, Frank and I went to see Real Salt Lake play Kansas City. First there was a little fun outside the stadium.

Frank, Thomas, and Patrick (I don't know the girl)

Frank and Thomas

The seats were good. We got there a little early and the stadium was pretty empty. It did get a little hot in the sun.

They had a fireworks show after the game. The crowd was allowed on the field to watch.

After the show we went to pick up Rachel at the airport. With the crowds and the traffic we ended up being a little late.