Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Some days, I'm just not in the mood...

So, I've got this huge, six section physics exam this week. The last day I can take it will be Friday. Last week, I was prepping for it; using every spare minute I had to study everything from unit conversions to 1 dimensional linear motion to gravity, to friction forces to 2 and 3 dimensional motion, to....Ugh!!! Point is, I was doing it and feeling pretty good about it. Then, I had a long weekend.
Today is my first day back at school since the break. I made it to physics, though at 7:50AM, ten minutes late. I didn't want to listen to the lecture; honestly, it doesn't matter if you listen or not; you'll still have to study. I was distracted; reading the news online. (Ten or twenty years ago, who would have thought you could take a portable computer to class and use it as a TV?) Then, some lady in class was coughing incessantly; she always does, but today it was finally bothering me. Why the hell are you coming to class, spreading your germs? You KNOW you can just read the chapter and get more than you'll get in the lecture. Does she not think she's being the slightest bit inconsiderate of the rest of us; those of us with intact immune systems, but still susceptible to whatever bug she's throwing around?
Now, instead of being in the tutor lab, where I really should be, I'm sitting in the cafeteria, blogging. What can I say? I was hungry; didn't eat breakfast before I came to school this morning. And anyway, who can eat breakfast at 6AM? It's impossible, I tell you. Well, I've now eaten breakfast, but I am bothered by the fact that the lady at the register asked if I had one egg or two? She KNOWS those are powdered eggs; how the hell am I supposed to count that?!?! As I'm sitting here, near the TV (I can't see it, I'm always too far to the side, but I can hear it), listening to how the Jazz just traded Deron Williams to the Nets, I'm getting cranky. And what's up with that guy that walked by a few minutes ago, looking generally in my direction, and seemingly mouthing "F*ck You?" Probably just my imagination, but what if it wasn't? Does he hate my shirt? My hat? My face? Hey man, how about F*ck You!?!?!
This blend of Pepsi and Dr. Pepper is good though; bubbly and tasty, as well as super-caffeinated. I need that today. I need my mood altered. I need a different state-of-mind than the one I had an hour ago. Does that mean I just did drugs? I don't know; probably. Probably broke the Word of Wisdom, too. Nah, not really. At least not in the way I understand it. I actually think God doesn't mind that I drink caffeine, especially if it means I'll more easily be able to love my neighbor.
Hmmm.....I wonder what to blog about next time. Hopefully how I got an A on my physics exam. Was this too ornery? Was it too cynical? I warned you of that in the title though. Did you like it anyway? I feel better. I guess that's the point.
I realize that a picture of that golden eagle doesn't have anything to do with today's blog topic. But I like to include my photos, and it's the only thing I photographed over the weekend. Spread your wings and fly, people. That's inspiring, right?

Friday, February 18, 2011

Ugh...and he's a democrat, too...

This is heavy-handed, indeed. Take a deep breath, Montana.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Rocky Barker: Are wolves still ‘non-essential’ in the West? | Local News | Idaho Statesman

Rocky Barker: Are wolves still ‘non-essential’ in the West? | Local News | Idaho Statesman
The Obama administration had better do this right, if they want my support in 2012.

GOP budget bill lifts wolf protections -

GOP budget bill lifts wolf protections -

This will be OK, as long as the states are responsible with control over this species (Don't count on it). If Idaho, Wyoming and Utah would follow Montana's model and example, I'd be more comfortable.
But the GOP and anti-wolfers should be aware; The second you abuse this, it will be right back in the courts, and power will remain with the feds. The pro-wolf community has plenty of money.

Young lovers w/ Caribbean tans

Yeah, I know; this location gets overplayed. But it's literally right outside my apartment so, how can I not use it?
Vintage car, vintage guitar, look how incredibly in love they are!

You can't go wrong with water as your background, no matter what pond water looks like under a microscope.
They should have had a place like this to go with your girlfriend in high school. Who would have ever found you?
Him: Did that hurt? Her: Did what hurt? Him: When YOU fell down from Heaven? You know, cuz you look just like an angel.
This couple just got engaged, and just got back from a Caribbean cruise. Of course, they had perfect tans, while the rest of us were becoming ghostly white in our........what's the opposite of tropical paradise? Anyway, I LOVED shooting them. I rarely had to pose them. They just got in front of the camera took over. Great shoot.

So........I haven't blogged about school for awhile. How's that going, you ask? Well, let's say today is a bad case of the Mondays for me. I arrived at school 2 hours late. Actually, this has more to do with me NOT being able to wait to edit yesterday's photo shoot, so I was up until 1AM. That's not a good idea when you have to be in class at 7:30AM the following morning. Oh well, this way, it's done and I can study all week for my Physics midterm exam. I also have a Botany quiz in a little over an hour. I think I'm OK there. I'll need about a 20 min cram session just before I tackle that one.
School is going pretty well, all in all. I don't like physics any more than I thought I would. I will be glad to delete about 90% of it from my brain after the semester. Since I only have to take the GRE for grad school and not the mCAT, I'm not going to need any physics. (I'm sure it will help that I understand the basics when I get to P.A. school.) But the semester has been OK. Still adjusting a bit; I haven't found a great way to balance watching my son and studying while my wife works at night. We'll get there. It's a tough balance. I need to do homework. But I feel like I owe it to my son to play with him and be an involved father. Plus, I LOVE that kid and it's hard to ignore him for any length of time suitable for homework.
The weather is looking very Spring-like. As much as I NEED the 4 seasons, I am looking forward to Spring and those very comfortable 60 degree temps. I can't wait to get out and play a bit more.

Finally, it's Valentine's Day today. So, hug/kiss/fondle/squeeze somebody. And to my sweet wife: I love you, Baby!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Pics from the last week

It was such a nice, sunny day; Jericho and I went for a nice walk around our quaint downtown neighborhood. We took pictures, stepped in dog poo, and splashed in the puddles. And we couldn't do any of it, of course, without Jericho's best friend, "Po Bo." (Or so he believes).
I did a portrait session for a friend of mine, with his wife and son. I've known Robert for a few years. We used to train MMA together. They all were excellent subjects with their pretty eyes and winning smiles.
His little boy was a total ham for the camera, though he would get tired of me often and would need to take a break to play with Jericho's toys.
Such a nice Mommy/son shot.
This is our street. I wish Main Street was just a little more bustling with people and shoppers. The quiet is nice though.
This is a shot I did, with the help of my wife, to go with an article in the UVU paper. It didn't make it in though; instead, they used a lame cartoon.

Wolves = T. Rex resurrected?

I'm am disgusted with the Director of Natural Resources for Utah, Michael Styler. His comments show a lack of real knowledge of the issue, and a real bias for ranchers and "sportsmen," and against wolves and other natural predators.

He either knows nothing, or he has an agenda.