Odd Fellows building moved!

A lot of people thought this odd building was going to crumble when they tried to move it today! But … it didn’t crumble at all! Instead it moved just like they had planned it to, well one foot anyway!

See it for yourself, watch carefully!

and Day 2 is more exciting to watch!

and yet more on Day 3 – a 180 degree rotation!

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Deja Vu – who?

About 2 years ago I woke up from a stressful dream, not really a nightmare but close! Yesterday my dream came true!

This is now my 6th deja vu experience! So here is my current list of deja vu’s:

  1. Walking into the cultural hall which was under construction at the Nottingham 2nd church.
  2. Sitting on a suitcase at the back of a mini bus! (Dream)
  3. Driving down a street in Edmonton, England!
  4. Talking to a co-worker.
  5. Walking into the Gymnastics arena at Las Vegas (I had never been there before!)
  6. Installing new credit-card terminals at work.  (Dream)
  7. Attending a conference, on the front row looking at a slide from a powerpoint presentation!
  8. Editing a training manual and suggesting a change!

What makes this one special to me is the fact that I had dreamt it! The moment seemed surreal to me as I looked around and recognised the events and colors around me! Call me strange but have you had similar experiences?

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Origin of Milk from a 2 year old perspective!

“Where does milk come from?” I asked Fiona, my 2 year old who will almost be 3 in 2 months.
“From the fridge!” was her cute reply!
After the funny looks she gave me from laughing at her reply, I asked her “ok, but who makes the milk?”, to which she replied “Mommy!”.

Which made me recall that our understanding of life is what we see around us. The experiences that happen to us and maybe more importantly the outcomes of our decisions. Life is really an experiment, in which we have the ability to put our perspective to action.

I’ve paddled in both the Atlantic and Pacific. Been to the furthest parts of the continental USA. Just to say to myself, ‘I’ve done it’.

To me, this is my way of pushing my understanding of what life really is. My little 2 year old, Fiona, is just embarking on her whole life journey. I hope she has a good one, full of excitement and beauty.

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Investing in stock: Ideas

I thought I’d put together a post about some different investing strategies that aren’t commonly thought about, which may be valuable source for somebody out there in the internet land! Please feel free to share your investing ideas.

1 – For Dividend paying stock only. Find out the ex-div date. The Stock will open up lower (traditionally the amount of the dividend paid out). On the ex-div date, If the stock heads north – go LONG, else if it heads south – go SHORT.

2 – Also for dividend paying stocks: Buy into the stock at least 2 weeks prior to the ex-div date. SELL 1 day before the ex-div date.

3 – When the market opens, look for stock with a lower than previous days closing that is heading either north or south. This idea mirrors idea #1.

4 – FEAR breeds selling! What’s the biggest fear driven report in your local newspaper! Betcha the stock falls like a rock. Good time to go short. Likewise if this is a commodity – like food / gas etc… good time to go long into a commodity.

Anymore ideas out there?

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Life is what YOU make it!

I was forwarded this email today and thought I’d share it with those who check out my blog.

John is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, “If I were any better, I would be twins!”. He was a natural motivator.

If an employee was having a bad day, John was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation. Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up and asked him, “I don’t get it! You can’t be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?”

He replied, “Each morning I wake up and say t o myself, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or … you can choose to be in a bad mood. I choose to be in a good mood. Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or…I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it. Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or… I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life”.

“Yeah, right, it’s not that easy,” I protested.

“Yes, it is,” he said. “Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It’s your choice how you live your life.”

I reflected on what he said. Soon hereafter, I left the Tower Industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it. Several years later, I heard that he was involved in a serious accident, falling some 60 feet from a communications tower.

After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, he was released from the hospital with rods placed in his back. I saw him about six months after the accident. When I asked him how he was, he replied, “If I were any better, I’d be twins…Wanna see my scars?” I declined to see his wounds, but I did ask him what had gone through his mind as the accident took place.

“The first thing that went through my mind was the well-being of my soon-to-be born daughter,” he replied. “Then, as I lay on the ground, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live or…I could choose to die. I chose to live.”

“Weren’t you scared? Did you lose consciousness?” I asked

He continued, “..the paramedics were great. They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the ER and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read ‘he’s a dead man’. I knew I needed to take action.”

“What did you do?” I asked.

“Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting questions at me,” said John. “She asked if I was allergic to anything ‘Yes, I replied.’ The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled, ‘Gravity’.”

Over their laughter, I told them, “I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead.”

He lived, thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude… I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully.

Attitude, after all, is everything .

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Fun in 3D

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Indiana Jones and the Lost Brother!

Granpa Marc wrote about a recent adventure over the Memorial weekend.

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/268273/

Indiana Jones had some help from his Granpa to find Toby, who was the lost brother ;)

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Scott’s Las Vegas Meet

i Finally got around to editing Scott’s video of the Blackjack Gymnastics Invitational from earlier this year. Scott took 3rd place on vault and his team took 3rd place overall.

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Moving Quote (Ayn Rand)

“It is not in the nature of man—nor of any living entity—to start out by giving up, by spitting in one’s own face and damning existence; that requires a process of corruption, whose rapidity differs from man to man. Some give up at the first touch of pressure; some sell out; some run down by imperceptible degrees and lose their fire, never knowing when or how they lost it. Then all of these vanish in the vast swamp of their elders who tell them persistently that maturity consists of abandoning one’s mind; security, of abandoning one’s values; practicality, of losing self-esteem. Yet a few hold on and move on, knowing that that fire is not to be betrayed, learning how to give it shape, purpose and reality. But whatever their future, at the dawn of their lives, men seek a noble vision of man’s nature and of life’s potential.”

Ayn Rand: The Fountainhead 

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Stuck in the snow!

I think I can safely say that I’ve just experienced my worst commute!

It all started at 3:30 pm on Wednesday, February 13th 2008. We were told we could leave early due to the heavy snow. Everybody left expect me! I had the idea to wait and let the traffic calm down before I would start my trek home. News media was filled with congestion and it seemed to only get worse as the night crept on! One road was closed after another, it was then that I decided to join the jam!

Leaving work at 7pm I caught the UTA Trax (tram) heading south, which surprisingly was not affected at all! Arrived at Sandy and waited for my bus, hmmm maybe it will be late! We left Sandy on the 811 bus after 8:40 and headed south. The drive was fine until we reached the point of the mountain (a high point between Salt Lake and Utah counties).  As we started to wait I overhead a women talking about how she had been on the bus for 4 hours! Our driver was supposed to finish his shift at 6pm, but he was still driving at 10pm!

We arrived gradually in the most northern part of Lehi to a traffic jam! 2 major roads had been closed down and people were unable to get home. The bus driver didn’t want to follow his route and asked if we didn’t mind walking to our cars. It was a good idea since we were moving about 5 feet every 2 – 3 minutes! I walked about 1/3 of a mile, passing other occupied cars that were pulled off to the side of the road! After reaching my truck I turned on the ignition and waited for the traffic to loosen up.

Around 10:40 a guy approached my truck and told me a local church was open and that I could seek shelter there. Traffic in the direction of the church was non existent, I think partly because nobody wanted to venture down the back road due to the huge amounts of snow drifts.

I made it to the church and spent about 1.5 hours there waiting for the storm to die down. Which it didn’t so I finally gave in and started to drive home. I got about a mile away from the church and realized the road ahead was closed due to a snow plough blocking the road. At this point I should mention that my truck is a rear wheel drive and during my maneuver my front wheels went off the road. I used a bouncing technique to finally get back on the road and started for home using another route.

Apart from snow covered roads and a few snow ploughs, I was able to reach my house just after 1am Thursday morning!

Kristy (who was teaching her gymnastics class) was caught off guard and had to make arrangements for somebody to watch our kids,  since they were being watched by a baby sitter already. Kristy was unable to reach home so instead made her way to her mothers house and stayed with them till the morning.

All in all it was a commute that I will never forget. But I’m sure glad it’s over!

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