Tuesday, November 29, 2005

I feel better, now.

I am not going to explain why I feel better, but I will tell you what it is that makes me feel better.
My little mountain dwelling has access to one lone radio station on the AM dial and one other on the FM dial of my radio. Yes, I spend a lot of time on my iTunes, but I do like to hear the news or whatnot every once in a while. So, this evening I was listening to KSL 1160 and the funniest thing happened. The commercials (yuck!) were chugging along, and all of the sudden--nothing. That's right, nothing. The commercial abruptly ended midstream. Suddenly the announcer came back and bantered with his cohost about the window that had just popped up on his computer screen, "You have just committed a fatal error." The cohost started rambling about some other poorly-constructed gargle to fill the time until the computer could reboot. Computers aren't perfect, and neither are manually controlled tapes. Mistakes are bound to continue in even the most automated system. Why I bother to bring this up is between me and my roommateless walls. Just know that it makes me feel better. :-)

On the way to work this morning (6:19 AM, to be exact), KSL's precious computers went down again! I just can't stop laughing about this. It is great.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone from sunny Las Vegas! I am with my family in LV for another Matt soccer tournament. The tournament hasn't even started, but this has already been a good week for him. Yesterday, he was officially named to the Olympic Development Program's Region IV (the western US) team. Congrats, my brotha!
Ryan's Blessings: '05 Edition
1) Another great year with the best family in the world! The biggest event of the year has to belong to the newest dynamic duo. Kel and Scott got married and moved to Tampa and then Baltimore. They aren't able to be with us in Vegas, but we love them anyway! I miss you two! Keeping with twenty-three years of tradition and twin-like behavior, Chelsie got married less than a month after Kel. Clark, welcome to the family, as well.
2) I started my first job outside of the college sphere.
3) One of my best friends got married and had his first kid. Ben and Charity, you are the greatest. Thanks for all you do for me.
4) Lots of work with ATV News at USU paid dividends with an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. And more great work with USU earned us another round of Telly Awards.
5) I was able to watch my Aggies play in the first round of March Madness against another favorite team of mine, the Arizona Wildcats. The Ags fought hard, but the Cats were too much. Maybe this year...

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Potter & Friends

Yes, that is a picture of Hermoine from Harry Potter. Why? Because as with every Potter movie to this point, she has been the best part. Her accent is the best. Her witty quips are the best. Her intelligence surpasses anyone else in the movie. And, frankly, I'm not about to start posting pictures of Harry or Ron. Sorry, guys. I must give a big round of thanks to the Park City Education Foundation. They hosted the early release party in PC, and it was a blast. This is the only event of its kind in the United States. The PCEF and the merchants at Redstone did a great job creating their own Diagon Alley. The entertainment before the show was enough to keep a thousand kids and parents mesmerized in the freezing cold for the couple of hours prior to the showing of the movie. Every penny spent on tickets for this event will go straight to the schools in PC. Again, I have never seen parents who work so hard to fund extra programs for their kids. This is a great example for the rest of the country. It also proves, in part, why PC High School is ranked in the top 100 in the country.
As for the movie, I don't want to give anything away. I hate seeing previews of movies or reading about them before seeing them, so you are out of luck if you want an in depth review. It is sufficient for me to say that I enjoyed the feel of this movie more than the others. It had a lot of elements that showed a bit more creative diversity than I expected. The movie, however, is a bit more mature in theme than some of the others. These guys are, after all, growing up. I don't do the thumbs up or down thing. Nor do I care much for the star rankings. The bottom line is this is one of those great movies to see in a theatre. It is not likely to make it to my DVD collection (it takes quite a bit to be included there), but it may warrant another trip to see on the big screen.