Best Day of the Year

Happy Birthday to Me!


I’d like to thank all those that helped make this year’s birthday one of the best.  I have such great friends and family that do so much for me.  Thanks to you all.

If you didn’t see them already, you can see a couple great posts from my Mom and my Wife.

And a couple good pics:

Me - 1984

Me - 1985

Oh, and today starts the Master’s tournament – could it get any better?
(even though Tiger is quite a ways back – he still has a chance)

Make People Feel Essential

I came across this page by the “Name Tag Guy” and I really loved it.  I wanted to emphasize a few points that I liked best.  (all credit to Scott, The Name Tag Guy)

First, he states that “making someone feel ‘important’ and ‘valued’ and ‘needed’ is a HUGE part of being an approachable leader.”  I’m sure all of us can agree with that whether we’ve been the leader or not.

I Appreciate You! –  I don’t think any of us hear this enough.  We need to KNOW we’re appreciated, not just hope that we are.  This will do wonders for anyone’s self-esteem if you just tell someone you appreciate them.  As a leader, I think this alone can help you get good, quality, hard work, out of any employee under you.  It will give them more pride in their work and will make them more loyal to you and the company.

Taking Notes –  This one he mentions a few times. Taking notes when someone is talking can make them feel important, as well as reviewing those notes with them later to let them know that you really listened to their ideas and put them to action.  Another cool idea was telling other people to “write that down for me” after they’ve expressed an idea.  I can see how this would make the other person feel more important by expressing their idea in writing, and it will also allow them to elaborate on the idea and probably come up with more details, or even more ideas, more often.  Love this!

Bring People Joy –  This is one that I think about often.  How can I bring Joy to those around me?  We’ve all heard that a simple smile to someone on the street can completely make their day – or even their week!  Have you done it?  I really can’t say that I’ve put the experiment to the test.  I am a true believer that Giving is far better than Recieving – Especially with Joy, when you give you will end up receiving much more Joy yourself.  I gotta try it and I’ll let you know how it goes!

Overall, this is an excellent article to read if you’re a leader yourself, or maybe dealing with a difficult leader.  A little appreciation can go a LONG way.

Drywall is Up!

Drywall is UP and the guys are coming back to mud + tape tomorrow.  It is so nice to have someone else doing the work – until I have to write that check at least  🙂   We’re so excited!  Doesn’t it look great?!!!

This is where our office/desk will be
Where my office/desk will be!!
Here is our Family Room
Our new Family Room

Beautiful Design

If you love of great design, you probably love great cars too.  I know I do.  This time of year I always find myself thinking back to the great city of Detroit where I served my mission.  It might be strange to some, but the reason I reminisce more this time of year over any other time is all because of the North American International Auto Show that happens every January.

Someday, I will fly back to D-town, check out the show and visit some old friends… but until I can afford that I’ll just have to follow the show from the internet.  Funny side-note: the Utah Auto Show also goes on at this same time… and believe me… its NOTHING like the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

This year more than ever I am thinking of beautifully designed cars because the New 2010 Chevrolet Camaro is scheduled to be available THIS spring.  I can’t wait to see it.  It is inspiring and motivating.  I hope to own one someday.  Is there anything more beautiful?  (besides my beautiful wife of course!)

No Complaints

Great quote I came across months ago, and I keep thinking back to it over and over again…

“Anyone who says that economic security is a human right has been too much babied. While he babbles, other men are risking and losing their lives to protect him. They are fighting the sea, fighting the land, fighting diseases and insects and weather and space and time, for him, while he chatters that all men have a right to security and that some pagan god – Society, The State, The Government, The Commune – must give it to them. Let the fighting men stop fighting this inhuman earth for one hour, and he will learn how much security there is.”  –  Rose Wilder Lane

I think that about sums it up. If there is one thing that I absolutely hate, it is hearing people complain – especially when they want someone else to fix their problems. Instead of complaining, why don’t we all just work a bit harder than we might have been used to when times were easier? If it gets worse, deal with it and do everything you can. AND… what gives the “media” (and those incredibly stupid people with no life that leave negative comments on KSL news boards) the right to say that I chose a stupid place to live being so close to a refinery. Who has that Right? I live there, not them… and I love it! There is no greater place in my opinion. I’m not stupid and I knew the refinery was there when I bought (of course) and I don’t expect it to move just because I live there. EVERY piece of property out there has its pros and cons and its up to each person to weigh the risks. Life is too short to spend time criticizing other people and their decisions just because they seem ‘out of the norm’. Those that have time for that kind of thing, will probably be left in the dust when someone comes up with that next great idea to solve the world’s problems.

I realize I’m complaining about complaints.  I’ll stop now.

The Country is Proud

It was my Grandpa Boynton’s funeral today.  What a great life this man lived.  He was loved, respected and admired by many in the community… as well as many within this great nation.

The absolute best part for me was the Military-Honors displayed at the cemetary.  It was the kind of thing that really makes you proud to be an American – and proud to know that somebody else cares about the service my grandpa willingly gave.

Grandpa Boynton

He was (and is) a “man of integrity” as was so many times brought up at the funeral.  I will forever admire his brick-laying work in various buildings and churchs across this valley.  I will never forget his hard work and dedication in building and maintaining the family cabin in the Uinta Mountains.  I will always remember a happy man that had incredibly hard-working values that the world just doesn’t see anymore… at 88 he got out and got his old tractor running just like he did every year so he could plow the fields behind his house for a garden.

Until we meet again…

See You Later

Tonight I was able to go with my girls, along with my mom and dad, to see my grandpa.  He had a stroke this morning and its getting worse.  I feel he is very close to returning to his sweetheart.

At just 4 days shy of exactly 60 years older than me, I’ve realized that he has been over 60 my entire life.  It is strange for me to think that even when I was 10, he was 70.  I think this seems so strange because I remember him as being full of energy and always happy.  I remember him at the cabin building brick fireplaces and always working to improve that ‘masterpiece in the Uintas’.  He loved the cabin.  Of all the memories I have of the cabin – the one that still stands out in my mind was the reprimand I received from my grandpa AND grandma (and mom and dad) after trying to “scare off” a momma moose and her very young calf from the front yard of the cabin.  Boy did I learn my lesson (thankfully).  Away from the cabin, I remember visiting them every Sunday having vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup – stirred together of course!

He is one of the greatest examples in my life and one that I will always look up to while striving to preserve and carry on the family name.

It was sad seeing him tonight.  As my mom put it, “for the first time, he looks 88.”  We spoke to him and I’m sure he understood most of what we said, but we couldn’t understand his replies except when we asked him how he was… “Oh, I am fine”.  We are praying his body doesn’t have to suffer much longer, though it felt his spirit was vibrant and probably anticipating this next step in his life.

As weird as it sounds to me now, all I could say when preparing to leave his bedside this evening was, “I’ll see you later, Grandpa”.  I regret now that it wasn’t telling him how much I loved him and what a great example he has always been to me… but… in reality, I will see him again – and I think that holds just as much power.

Thanks for all you’ve taught me, Grandpa.  I love you!  … and I will “see you later”.

Awesome Vacation

We (me, me and me) all know that I write mostly for my own benefit – a sort of journal for myself… so those stragglers that still seem to make it here, I hope you’ll understand the perspective I write from… and I hope you’ll come back.

I think its about time to re-live our most awesome vacation that we took a few weeks ago. I gotta say, I want to go back! Anyone ready?! It was so much fun. The purpose of our trip was to visit family in Washington and see my cousin get baptized. So, why not hit Disneyland on the way?!?! Now, I know that isn’t really “on the way” unless you’re like us and enjoy ‘scenic routes’ that take you 2000 miles out of your way. That is one thing about me… I LOVE to drive! I could drive from here to Detroit… again! and love every minute of it. But… I digress… Anyway, this was seriously the coolest trip ever and one that I will remember forever!!

Below is one of my favorite pictures that we took while traveling up the Oregon coast. Just Georgeous!
(and the 2 girls are pretty cute too!)

Oregon Coast

This trip enlightened me and gave me a new perspective. I don’t know why, and I had seen pictures of the Redwood Trees and the Oregon coast before, but as we were traveling it for ourselves I had never imagined it would be so incredible. The Redwoods were unreal. I had basically grown up in the Uinta Mountains, but the Redwoods were unlike anything I had ever imagined. The winding road of the “Avenue of the Giants” was the coolest drive ever! Huge trees, growing right up against the blacktop road. Stumps so big, it seemed you could build your entire house on top of it. Simply Amazing!

Seeing the huge Redwoods and the giant rocks off the Oregon coast, my perspective has grown. There is so much more to life, and more to our surroundings, than we usually see or think about. I know I get caught up in my day-to-day activities and don’t even think of anything existing outside of my short drive from home, to work, and back home again… not more than 10 miles round-trip. That seems to make my goals seem smaller, and my difficulties seem bigger than they should be.

Remember – The sky is the limit! Dream big, and dream outside the box… cause when you travel outside the box, you realize how much more is out there!

So, whats your score?

And NO, I’m not talking about your credit score – there could soon be another score that directly describes only you if you use Social Networks like facebook or MySpace.

I read this businessweek article and to tell you the truth, its a little disturbing to me.  Apparently, Google is looking for ways to get profitable advertising on social networks after losing big on their latest MySpace deal.  So, what is their latest idea to get valuable advertising directed at specific people?  How about we give everyone in the world a “Google Number”?  This is what scares me.  Google wants to use their same method of PageRank (the way they rank the importance of a website) to start ranking people depending on their influence and relationships with their friends.

“The new technology could track not just how many friends you have on Facebook but how many friends your friends have. Well-connected chums make you particularly influential. The tracking system also would follow how frequently people post things on each other’s sites. It could even rate how successful somebody is in getting friends to read a news story or watch a video clip”

This scare the socks off anyone else?  It is almost Halloween.