Tuesday, November 22, 2005

My Fair Lady - 10 Years Later

I hope you are all having a wonderful Thanksgiving week. On Saturday I had a wonderful experience. When I was in high school I was in the school play, My Fair Lady. This year my old high school is doing My Fair Lady again. Jon Eyre, one of my best friends from high school and also in charge of our 10 year reunion, organized that the original cast got back together to see the show. It was a wonderful experience to see the old cast and see a new cast perform one of the greatest plays we ever performed at Juab High School.

    The majority of the leads roles in the former cast (of nearly 10 years ago) got together to watch the show. We had a wonderful time talking about the show. I have been so against going home and remembering those times, but this really was wonderful. Also my wife got to see a little more about who I was and where I came from, she also got to meet for the first time people I grew up with. Surprisingly many of them already knew her because of this blog. They had been reading all about her or us for the past year.

    The cast did a good job, though it is hard to remember back 10 years, it seemed our cast was a little larger; non the less, they did a wonderful job on the show. The scenes were set up much the same as we had set them up; in fact many of the props were the same ones we used. I played the part of Alfie Doolittle and to see someone else play my role was amazing. Over all, they did a fantastic job and I was proud to see my old high school doing so well. Here is a picture of my character being played by another person:

Alfried P. Doolittle "Common Dustman", ALRIGHT LADIES

    The new cast had heard we were coming,I think Jon let them know we were coming, and they all came to meet us and to see what we thought of the show. Most of all Mr. Swenson our old Drama Coach was there and I was so happy to talk with him and see what he has been accomplishing. I remember theater being a big part of my life in High School and it is because of theater I went to Dixie State College. Unfortunatly the theater bug didn't really stay with me while I was at Dixie and I instead found Student Government. Well, because of that I met my wife, so I think it all worked out for the best.

Here are a few more pictures from the show:

Bull Fight

This is a picture of Higgins and Pickering in the bull fight scene, Joe Eyre and Scott Taylor were famous for this scene.

Get me to the church

Get me to the church on time! One of the songs I performed in the show. The blocking of this scene was similar to they way I had done it.

Speed Table

For those who were in the original show, you will remember playing a card game called "speed"; we missed a scene change because of this game. We had used this box as a table to play the game. It has since been repainted, but still exists today.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Husbands and Wives: Big Dreams on a Small Budget: Financial Tips for Newlyweds

Delena and I are not perfect financial planners, but I will say working for a Credit Union and a lot of talking has helped plenty.

Before Delena and I got married we discussed how we wanted to handle our finances. We both come from two completely opposite families when it comes to the world of finances. My family: Budget, Save, Enjoy. Delena's Family, Spend, Enjoy. That is it in a nut shell. Now both did save and have lived great lives, but finances were just handled differently. Further more Delena had lived on her own for a few years and has learned to truly value her money. When we first got married she was worried about losing her freedom of being able to spend her money.

This is how we made our plan: We decided each others money was each others money. We worked for it, it is ours. BUT! We have a lot of bills to pay and a lot of things to cover. So we decided which bills had to pay and who pay what of what. What is left is yours! Of course we have added a savings goal in there is well. This has worked pretty well, since I don't worry what she spends her money on as long as the bills are paid!

Over the past few months Delena has switched jobs and this responsabilities has have fallen more on me why Delena builds her paycheck back up, but we are doing well and so far no major bumps. I remember our honeymoon was different. In my family my dad always pays for everything on the trip, in her family her mom runs the cash! So when were counting our wedding money and getting ready to go San Fransisco, I said lets deposit it all in my account so I can handle the money for the trip. In her mind she heard, "BenJoe, gets all the money!". The whole honeymoon she was worried about asking me for money or what we could buy. When we got home we discussed it and she realized I just wanted to be the man on the trip, that was all. You can never communicate too much about finances.

Many of married friends also struggle with this issue. They are used to buying what ever they want when they want. Credit Cards come with this as well and before you know it you are in debt. I was talking to a friend just yesterday and she was bugged her husband spent money on the most stupidest things in the world, but then she buys 5 pairs of the same jeans and her husband thinks those are stupid.

Communication is the key, I have included with this post two articles I found about finances. They are a little preachy, but I like what it says.

Setting Realistic Financial Goals

Husband and Wive: Big Dreams on a Small Budget

I am interested to hear more of your peoples Ideas.