Bless my in-laws.

It was 26 years ago today that they welcomed Erin Suzanne into the world.

Happy Birthday, darling. 

May the next 26 be as wondrous as the last.




Still haven't delved into Twitter.  I have a hard enough time staying current with Facebook.  Am I getting techno-old? Resisting the latest and greatest?! If so, convince me.

Wondered today what famous people (and other entities) who don't use Twitter would Tweet if they used the site...

@TSMonson: Don't get me wrong, but if I hear one more 747 spiritual allegory, Lufthansa is getting grounded.

@cbutt: lejislateiv seshun is goin good.  Twelth Grayd gotta go!!!

@jSloan: It's days like this that I think back to the good ol' days.  Heck, I even miss 'Tag.

@PoBAM: Let me be clear: Michelle and I have our issues with teleprompters.

@GBeckStar: Just heard about this "Tea Party" thing. Wondering if people really believe that I believe the things I say on air.  Have they heard of satire?

@Canada: Sucks to be America, eh, hosers?

@America: @Canada: You're still in Canada.

@Provo:  It's a good time to be me.

@SLC:  @Provo: You're still in Utah County.

@Sinatra:  Who is this Buble guy? Hey, Corlione, have you heard of this Buble guy?

@MeatLoaf: Remember me? I used to grace your kitchen table. Now you've gone all sissy "organic" on me. You used to be cool, American Dinner. You used to be cool.

@Toyoda: Man, this has been a bad couple of weeks.

@SHRBill:  I'm just a bill, just a multi-billion dollar failed bill.  And I'm sitting here stalled on Capitol Hill.  But I know I'll be a law someday, at least I hope and pray that I will, but today I am still just a bill.

@JimmerDette:  I. Am. Awesome.

@smire: Just heard about this "Team Edward" thing. I wonder if people really believe I believe the things I write? Have they ever heard of satire?

@DarthVader:  Had "the talk" with Luke & Leia today.  Went great, I think...but man they looked awkward. Kept scooting away from each other and blushing all the time. Guess this is what I get for being an absentee Sith Lord.

@Handiana Ryan: Planning another run at Star Wars, Indiana Jones, the Witness, and Jack Ryan novels in the next year.  70 is totally the next 30.

@chinesefood:  I'm delicious. But I kinda miss MSG.  We had a good thing.

@indianfood:  @chinesefood: sucka! You're /so/ yesterday's curry.

@pizza:  @indianfood: say that in forty years and you'll be in my ballpark, baby.


Stating the Obvious... w/ FEELING


Early morning, Salt Lake City. Still gray from clouds and sun that hasn't peaked over the mountains yet. Frosted windshields, but no snow to speak of.

I'm walking out to the car when I pass a pleasant looking woman. She's standing behind the car door, one leg tucked into the car, blowing on her cupped hands.

We make eye contact for a split second. We hold the other's gaze for only a split second, but that's enough. We know this kind of interaction requires a reciprocal acknowledgment of the contact, or else it just gets plain awkward.

"Morning..." she says, giving the end of the word a slight tug upwards.

"Morning." I reply, letting the word down slowly, signaling to her that, Yes, I was OK with our eye contact and I hoped she had a lovely rest of the day, but that was going to be the end of our conversation because I have to get to work and, let's be honest, I don't really know her and don't really care to get to know her.

It's cold. I make it to the car, rubbing my hands together. I get a text from my wife "Thank you for lunch. I love you."

It's not so cold anymore.


Today made me think about how wonderful the mundane can be. How the ordinary can be thrilling.

Think about it. I know my wife loves me. Most of the time.

But getting a text from her like that? It just makes my soul smile.

And then the one word interaction. This one caused me to think. What else do we say in one word that can have so much meaning as to replace a conversation? What would happen if we just had to rely solely on singular nouns and tone of voice?







I think you could say more than you'd imagine this way.

Language is fun.

Call me Captain Obvious.