Friday, January 29, 2010

The Best of Men

My cousin wrote this on her Facebook account about her father, but I thought of Scotty when I read it. He really is the best of men.

"How beautiful is that home where lives a man of godly manner, who loves those for whose nurture he is responsible, who stands before them as an example of integrity and goodness, who teaches industry and loyalty, not spoiling his children by indulging their every wish, but rather setting before them a pattern of work and service which will underpin their lives forever." ~Gordon B. Hinckley

Sunday, January 3, 2010


Okay, so maybe we live sheltered lives, but some of the stuff we saw was pretty weird.

First was the "biohazard disposal" box in the restroom somewhere in Nevada. I guess it's okay to USE needles, as long as we dispose of them responsibly.

The boys wondered what was going on when we had to stop at the California border for the fruit fly inspector. I'm sure the rest of the world has experienced the huge toll gate system they've got going, and the guards who ask you if you have any fruit. That was a first for my boys and they wondered what country they had just entered.

I should probably not share this one, but oh, well. There was a woman in the bathroom at the San Diego Zoo who obviously had some paranoia problems. Or at least some big phobias. She was apparently afraid to sit on the toilet seat, which I know alot of women don't care for. But she was also, apparently, claustrophobic, so she didn't close the stall door. Weird. Really weird.

The last one is a fun one. Also from the zoo. In the parking lot as we arrived a fellow hollered at us from across the way, hey, congratulations Utah! Did you come to watch the Bowl Game? Hey you know that quarterback, Jordan Wynn? I was his Spanish teacher for three years!

I missed an opportunity there. I should have gotten my picture taken with him and posted it on Facebook!


Tara loves the elephants. Jared loves the tigers. Scott loves the lions. Ian loves the sun bears, and sea lions. I forgot what Kudi likes - the penguins? And I love the polar bears.

Or so we say.

We were facinated by the apes.

They had a big silver back gorilla that was HUGE. And we were so surprised to see the younger monkeys running after it and wrestling. I thought all the monkeys would be as afraid as I was, I guess. It was interesting to watch how they walk. I thought they made a fist and walked on their hands that way, but they bend their fingers at the first knuckle and walk on that little ledge. The orangutans hands were huge - twice the size you would expect them to be, even when you expect big.

And there was one little orangutan who stripped the leaves off a branch and poked it in a "termite mound". Her face was priceless as she very, very carefully slid the stick back out, so as to keep as much termite juice on it as possible. So funny.

Good memories. I'm so glad we got to go.