Monday, October 31, 2005

I'm getting better!

I'm still coughing and sniffling but I'm not on my death bed anymore! I'm so happy! I stayed home from school so I could recuperate some more. But really its so I can take Ben trick-or-treating before it gets dark.

I'm taking it easy today. Didn't Ralph Waldo Emerson or somebody say that "The first wealth is health"? I'm happy I lost about 5 pounds by being sick but I'd rather be 5 pounds heavier and healthier. I need to get exercising again so that when the 5 pounds come back it will all be muscle instead of fat.

My new schedule was perfect for exercising at the gym. I can't wait till I can go back to it. I would like to run a marathon before I die. If my life could settle down, I'd actually do it. I tend to play much better paintball when I'm in shape too. I'd be better able to take care of Ben when healthy too.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Ben surprised Grandma Claudia today by coming to do the primary program. He was really cute and did his line well. During the singing part afterword he kept trying to get at the microphone and all the other sunbeams followed suite. The primary lady had to keep moving it out of reach while they sang. It was adorable, unless you were a primary leader.

I went in to train the new guy today after church and he didn't come. He stayed home with his wife who just had surgery. I could have stayed home too but I guess it turned out okay. I had to fix some backup issues and that would have been hard to do from home. So in the end it was a good thing.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

I won't let you be in my dream.

Last night I had a strange dream. I dreamed I was in the middle of a Star Wars movie with blasters blazing and light sabers twirling. Then Ben came into the movie and wanted to play too. I told him not to because it was "too violent". The movie then shrunk down to little action figures so that he could play with them. I guess I'm a hypocrite, indulging in violent dreams but not letting Ben in on them. Or maybe its just that I'm sick and I tend to dream strange things when I'm sick.

Last night I went to work and got talked into going home by Abhishek (coworker). He and the other night guy will cover for me. I went to Instacare to see if its strep or some othe horrific life threatening disease. They told me I have a cold. So I went home and found Ben up. We talked and snuggled for a bit and then went to sleep. I slept all morning too.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Flu Shots and Colds

Last night, Ben went with Grandma, Grampa, and me to get flu shots for the winter. The woman there said Ben was the best kid she gave one to. He didn't cry, or even flinch when they jabbed her with the needle. He just sat there and took it with a smile on his face. The kid in the next room was screaming uncontrollably for his shot.

As we were leaving he said that the doctor was fun and now it was time to go to the pharmacy. Apparently in his mind, all doctor visits end up with a trip to the pharmacy to pick up medicine. A lot of visits do.

I've picked up a nasty cold. I can't wait to be over it. I don't think I've had a good night's sleep in 3 days. I wake up with a swollen throat, plugged up sinuses and a pounding headache... just in time to train the new guy. The thought of the exhausting efforts of training is making me feel worse. It takes a lot of energy to ensure that the new guy learns how not to bring the entire business to its knees. I'd like to take a few days off just to recouperate but that would stretch our existing guys out, delay the new guy's training, and delay my return to mornings. I'm to tired to deal with that so I'll just work.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Life Update

The end is in sight. We have a new hire. I'll start training him on Wed. As soon as he is done, I can go back to the mornings. Yay!

In other news, I actually got together with Dave and Paul on Saturday. First time in a several months. Maybe I can actually get a social life of some sort. Which reminds me. I haven't seen Sarah in a while... On Saturday she gave me her email address though. I'm going to write.

I'm hearing through the grapevine that Malad is looking very promising. I would like Rachael and Robert to move there as does the entire rest of the family.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Conflict and Peace

I finally started reading, April 1865: The Month That Saved America. I'm only half way through it but it's really good.

To hold the Union together, you not only have to beat the separatist army but extend a hand of love and fellowship at the same time. That is really hard to do when you're daily killing their sons and brothers and husbands. Abraham Lincoln had the hardest task of any US president and he managed it well.

Lincoln couldn't do it alone though. He needed a counterpart on the other side also willing to facilitate peace. Robert E. Lee over the course of the war had gained the admiration and respect of his soldiers and the entire south. He could have ordered his men to disperse and begin a guerrilla campaign to continue the fight when his army was about to fall to Grant. Southern president Jefferson Davis wanted to extend the fight that way. Lee chose peace and reconcilation. It took trust in a Union that had many crying for his head.

I also recently watched a documentary on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Barak really did want peace. Yasser Arafat wanted it too but refused to take the risks that would begin the process. When Barak was voted out, Sharon came in and the peace process really had no chance. Sharon would talk of peace and then do everything in his power to undermine it. With Sharon and Arafat in power, peace had no chance. Arafat is now gone but Sharon is still around. When Sharon leaves will the new leadership on both sides really have a chance at peace?

It takes extroardinary people to make two warring sides forgive each other, Christ-like people. People who are willing to lose everything they have to ensure that others can gain. Hate and revenge have no place in the heart. And it can't be just the leaders. Everyone needs to take the higher road.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

What's with some comments anyway?

Okay I just published my last post about paintball and I noticed that I got a comment on my Iraq post. It has absolutely nothing to do with my post. It was just a random advertisement for someone else's site for low carb diet plans.

An earlier post I made about my courtship with Sarah ended up with a comment that was an advertisement for a dating service. At least that one was on topic ...sort of.

I'm beginning to wonder if attacking bloggers with ads is the new spam! When someone comments on my blog, I'd like it to be by a real person responding to what I posted. I don't want some random blog-spam-bot to send garbage to me or my readers. People who annoy me tend not to get my future business.


I gotta work on my skills. Paintball skills that is. I played at Paintball Addicts today (Hi, my name is Talmage and I'm addicted to paintball). I played with my pump to work on my aiming and snapshooting skills. I need a lot of improvement. I used to be really good at both but I got rusty as I played with my semi-autos for the last year and a half. I should go pump for the next while to work on that. I miss my lean and mean first shot take-outs.

The funniest thing that happened was being informed by my back player that the far left bunker had been cleared by him. I made a mad dash along the tapeline to backdoor the other team. Needless to say, there had actually been two players in that bunker and he hosed me whereas my 1 shot (remember, I'm playing pump) had already been spent on a midfield player as I ran past.

I tried to stop once I was hit but ended up sliding into the netting. The netting is where all the old paint gets swepped to be out of the way before the deep cleaning. It was messy but certainly a wild ride. The ref asked if I was okay as I laughed my head off tangled in the netting.

I love this sport!

Sunday, October 02, 2005

The Truth about Iraq

Recently I stumbled upon a blog from a historian imbedded with a unit stationed in Iraq. He really doesn't consider himself a journalist as he views most of the journalists in Iraq with disdain for shoddy journalism. He goes on patrols with "Deuce Four" and is on the bleeding edge of the war on terror.

And here is what CNN and Fox News aren't telling us. We are winning and winning handily. The Iraqis want us to stay. They are helping us. We are training their police and military forces. Their forces are taking up more and more of the duties. The Iraqi citizens believe in their fledgling government. They give the US and Iraqi forces leads on terrorist cells daily. Thousands of construction projects are going on across Iraq, everything from schools to power plants.

Michael Yon says that it is violent but the progress is steady and consistent. CNN doesn't mention the failed road side attack which led to the uncovering of an enormous weapons cash, shutting down of a foreign fighter importation route, and removal of several resistance cells in Mosul. He said that the foreign fighters are having to be drugged or blackmailed to become suicide bombers and once caught are singing like birds to route out their co-conspirators.

Yesterday, I watched one of his videos he posted to his site. A group of jihadists fired twenty mortars at a US army base with counter battery radar (in english you launch a mortar at us we can reverse calculate the trajectory and nail you right back). The counter battery was told not to fire. Instead one of our unmanned arial drones already in the air was directed to the launch site and the troops scrambled. The jihadists hopped into their van and drove off to drop off the various fighters at their homes. The whole time unknown to them the American eye in the sky was watching. After following the van for 45 minutes the van was stopped in front of a local police station where Iraqi and American forces took down those in the van without injury to anyone. Simultaneously raids were conducted on the homes of those dropped off also without injury. A cell was shut down and many weapons captured. A few additional leads were also uncovered for future operations. Not bad for an hour's work.

This unit is also sending a small Iraqi girl with severe illness to doctors in New Mexico to treat her. Her life expectancy has gone from a months to years. A family in Iraq is very happy. A family here in Utah is gathering school supplies to be sent to a US unit in Iraq for distribution to the children there. Many other units and people across america are doing the same thing. Food, clothing, school supplies, medical supplies, medical manuals. The Iraqis are grateful. They are gradually losing their decades long fear of the west.

I'm not finding these stories on the front page of the New York Times. The media is out of touch. The cry for pullout is ever increasing but the troops who are actually laying their lives on the line WANT to stay until the job is done and done right. The people demanding pullout are the ones whose lives are NOT on the line. The media is doing more damage than the insurgents.