Recently Read Books

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  • The Last Lion (volume III)- William Manchester and Paul Reid (non-fiction, Winston Churchill)
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  • Scorpion - (non fiction US Supreme Court)
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  • Childe Hassam -Impressionist (a beautiful book of his paintings)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Plans for Summer

Unbelievably it is almost summer. The Memoriable Day weekend always  seems like the start of summer.  I have been working in the yard a little bit every day and there is plenty of work ahead. Our yard is too big but I love it.  It has privacy and when you are in the back yard it feels as though you are in the great out of doors.  I have been thinking about what I want to do this summer and I have come up with a few things.

I want to walk more. One of the places I want to walk is up City Creek Canyon which starts near down town Salt Lake City. I used to live in the upper avenue section of Salt Lake City and when I did I walked City Creek Canyon often. During one period of time I walked up the Canyon several times per week.  The walk is on a paved road going up almost six miles to Rotary Park.  It is a beautiful walk.  Now than I live some 17 miles from downtown Salt Lake, I don't walk the Canyon.  This summer I am going to walk up the Canyon at least once.

I am going to take a chair to the farthest reach of my back yard and read.

I am going to have at least one breakfast and one lunch at Ruth's Diner in Emmigration Canyon.

I am going to go at least once to the Farmer's Market in downtown Salt Lake.

I am going to at least one Salt Lake Bees baseball game.  The Bees are Salt Lake's AAA baseball team.  The ball park is beautiful with its wonderful view of the Wasatch Mountains.

I am going to drive the Mirror Lake Road through the Uintah Mountains.

The Lovely Sharon and I will host her extended family party in our yard. Relatives from Nebraska, Texas, California and other locales are expected to attend.

I am going to have at least 4 cook outs on my deck with friends.

Of course I will play some golf, visit family and read.

I have meetings in San Francisco and will be accompanied by the Lovely Sharon.

The Lovely Sharon and I will plan an autumn hoilday to France .

I want to enjoy the flowers, the trees and, the birds in my yard.

Utah summers are wonderful and I plan to maximize my enjoyment of summer activities.  You never know what lies ahead in life.  This will be my last summer before I turn 60.  An odd thought to me.



Sunday, May 13, 2012

Lazy Sunday

I have been preoccupied with yard work durring the last few weeks and have been remiss in my failure to write for this blog.  Even thought today is a beautiful blue sky day in Salt Lake, I am taking it easy from yard work.  I bought a Sunday New York Times at the grocery store and took myself to breakfast.  I drove in Sharon's old red mustang convertible to IHOP.  I had the diet breakfast of scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage and pan cakes.  I finished reading the Times and the Salt Lake Tribune in the BudCave.

The Tribune had an interesting article about a highschool baseball teram in Phoenix ("Mesa Prep") that won the league's championship because their opponent ("Our Lady of Sorrowers"), forefeited the game.  Our Lady of Sorrowers chose to forefeit the game because Mesa Prep's  second baseman was a 15 year old female. The female plays vollyball and baseball.  She is an athlete.  She tried out for the boys' baseball team because the small school did not have a girl's baseball or softball team.  The boys team coach and the boys on the team were supported of her efforts to make the team and she tried out and in fact made the team.  Our Lady of Sorrowers refused to play baseball against a team that had a girl on it.  This story dumbfounded me.  This is not a story about girls boxing boys, or wrestling boys, or playing football against boys.  This is baseball, a non-contact sport. In my view if a girl can make the boys baseball team, my hat is off to her she should be allowed to play and be welcome to play. Being married to the Lovely Sharon, it is clear to me that I cannot beat her or most of her friends at golf.  I can't beat her at tennis.  She has a good mechanical mind, I do not. People have skills and talents that others do not. W why would anyone want to prevent that person from excelling.  If I were on a boy's baseball team I would have thought it was cool to play against a team that had a girl player.  I wonder what would happen if Our of Lady of Sorrowers math team were to compete against a school whose math team has a girl on it.

I visited my mother yesterday for an early mother's day.  I also visited my daughter-in-law Alli and my grandkids Kendall and Grant.  What a nice day.