Saturday, January 19, 2002
So, it wasn't so much a "bagel date", per se, more of an early morning freeze party...
For all those whose curiosity was perked with the infamous "bagel date" entries, you may wish to go here to see the pictures. There's only three, no one was really excited about getting their picture taken that early in the morning. I'd rather keep those friends of mine than have them beat me silly from taking too many pictures. It was extremely cold this morning, especially for Arizona. At one point it availed me nothing to have arms, because those that i had were lifeless as could be. It was really fun though, the people in the pictures are Adam, Staci and Jenna. They are my friends from my home ward here in Glendale. We hiked around Thunderbird mountain and then feasted upon "hot bagels" and washed it all down with a strange carbonated fruit drink. "A single serving of fruit", the bottle said. Too bad i got half of it on me from shaking it up. Alas, twas only a half serving of fruit...You may also notice from the picture of me that i don't know how to smile. That would be because my face is frozen. Or maybe only half frozen? Everything came in half sizes today, so why not!
Hooray for replies, i got a good one from my friend Heather to Thursday's post regarding the memorial for the WTC disaster. You can find that post here, or you can go to my MSN site and search for it. I encourage anybody to tell me what they think about what i've written.
What? What's that you say?
I write about silly nonsense?
Here's to nonsense, in all of its countless forms.
Keep the faith.
posted by RyanDavid Burningham 11:02 PM
Friday, January 18, 2002
Posting by proxy...
A special thanks to my friend Dan for letting me use his computer. My other friend Eric came back from U of A to find his parents computer completely dead, so i let him borrow mine for the weekend.
I drove another 150 miles today for work, I'm half expecting my car to yell at me. Either that, or refuse to go anywhere anymore. Arizona roads can be torture, and the traffic makes it no better. Tomorrow: The fated bagel date. Too bad i forgot to call the person i'm going with...i ended up calling her at about 10:00 pm this evening. Yeah, that's me. I'm as smooth as silk when it comes to the women.
Hope your weekend is memorable.
posted by RyanDavid Burningham 6:55 PM
Thursday, January 17, 2002
Happy one-week to Outside...
It's been a weeks worth of writings and i'm feeling pretty good about the whole thing. Now, if i only knew how to archive these things i could make it so you wouldn't have to wait for a week's worth of writings to load. Oh well, i think it's just been one of those days, where nothing really made a whole lot of sense to me anyway. Even at work, whenever someone would ask me to do something, i would just look at them like they had 3 arms or as if they had just asked me to sprout wings and fly to the moon. I was supremely glad when 5 o clock rolled around. Oh wait, never mind, i left at 4:00. Yep, it was that long of a day...
Today when i was listening to the radio, the DJ said something that caught my attention. Apparently, someone has decided to create a statue memorial out of the now-famous picture of the three New York Firefighters hoisting the American flag over the rubble of the World Trade Center. I thought that was great. Then came this, that due to political correctness, they were going to make the 3 firefighters white, black and Hispanic. The men in that picture, however, are all white. Now before you get your knickers in a bunch, listen to me. I'm all for racial equality and not for pissin' people off, but let's get one thing straight. You do not rape history for the sake of being politically correct. Yes, i know black firefighters lost their lives in that fire. And many Hispanics perished also. But you know what? A lot of women died in that disaster too. Why not just put a 4th person in the statue and oh, let's make that one a woman. And hey, since we've already ruined the historical accuracy of that poignant moment, let's add a fifth person and make him gay. Then we won't piss anyone off. I honor and respect every single person that died that day. Regardless, one day i will visit this statue and, at the steps of this great tribute to the lost, i will shed the same tears of sorrow. But it breaks my heart that we take this insatiable desire to please people over the edge and shove aside fact for crowd-pleasing fiction.
*phew* I'm done now. See you on Friday.
posted by RyanDavid Burningham 7:12 PM
Wednesday, January 16, 2002
The world truly is a small place.
I had one of those experiences today that made me say just that. Today at institute, after nearly 4 years of no contact, I met the sister of the man that was to be my brother in law. I, being the loud nosey extrovert that i am, asked every person in my institute class what their name was and when i heard the last name of my sisters ex-fiancé (no, not dead. just in Utah, apparently), my jaw dropped to the floor. Equally, the person who i just met also had problems with their jaw when i told her my last name. There was a lot of talk of "how is she, how is he" nonsense afterwards, which i'm sure no one here really needs to know about. It was a nutty experience all the same. I'm just glad she married Kevin* rather than the other guy.
I committed myself to play basketball at 5:30am on Friday. 5:30. What was i thinking? Did i actually believe that i would be coherent at that hour? Let alone be able to move well enough to play. Ho boy, methinks i'm in for one long morning. What will probably happen is the alarm will go off and i will rationalize to myself all of my reasons for not getting up until it's too late to go. That's usually the way mornings work for me anyway.
I have a "bagel date" on Saturday morning. Just what is a bagel date you ask? Stay tuned and you'll find out...
*Paxman, Kevin. See relatives, marriage or People that i would like to beat in a vicious game of basketball
posted by RyanDavid Burningham 9:41 PM
Tuesday, January 15, 2002
Adventures at the local Fry's Food and Drug store....
Today i had my first solo experience with the "automatic checker machine thingies"** at such stores as K-Mart and the like. I was sent on an errand to purchase Pepto-Bismol for someone at work because, well, because he needed it. I am proud to say that thanks to that fine automated machine i was able to buy the pink ooze in less than 20 seconds. And to my amazement, i found myself giddy afterwards, saying such phrases as, "that was cool" to the local Fry's supervisor. What a nut case.
I received an email from my friend Mindy today. She said that one of the phrases that i said in a previous blog was straight out of british play entitled "Rosencrantz and Guilderstern are Dead." Never read it before, but it is now one of my goals to do so.
The door is always open.
**For lack of a better way to put it, sure why not...
posted by RyanDavid Burningham 6:20 PM
Monday, January 14, 2002
Picture of the day
Yep, this is what i do when i have nothing really fun to write. It's probably because i'm feeling just a bit too lethargic today about, oh, everything. I figure this picture will whet your appetite for things to come.
Postscript: I took this picture at the airport today, i just thought it looked neat for some reason.
posted by RyanDavid Burningham 9:06 PM
Sunday, January 13, 2002
I guess I'm in one of those moods again today.
I watch blessed little television as of late (due to the proliferation of the internet or the lack of quality programming, i know not which). So i was extremely put-off when i switched on the tube today to find out that the Simpsons was 7/8 of the way done. A little consistency is all i ask, just a little blasted consistency. Why start it at 6:30? It always begins at 7:00. So i was forced to channel surf, and i thought that i had found a suitable substitute for my evening with Larry Kings' interview of the stars of The Lord of the Rings...but when Sir Ian Mckellan described the joy he found in coming out of the closet and how it made the world a better place, for the world or for him i don't really know....i got severely disinterested and had to switch it off. Oh, well, lets move on.
What's on tap for the coming week? Promised pictures, for one. Maybe even a biography of one of my friends...
posted by RyanDavid Burningham 8:01 PM
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