Saturday, July 26, 2008

The 100th Pinochle Game

Some of you may not know this, But Delena and I are huge Pinochle fans. Pinochle is a fun card game similar to Rook or Hearts. We have been playing for years. Two years ago we taught our neighbors the Fullers how to play the game. Since then, we play nearly weekly! About a year ago we decided to keep score. Last weekend in the heat of Pinochle battle we realized we were one game away from our 100th game since keeping score.

Tonight was the night! We had a big dinner and Delena baked a Pinochle cake. The game went forward. The first two hands set the girls back 760 points. But they rallied forward and made up

their deficit quickly. Most would have given up being negative 760, but the girls didn't. The boys

got a double pinochle pushing their points to 900. The girls then got a big hand and we ended up at 1360 for the boy and 1280 for the girls. Since the bidder goes out, we all went berserk for the final bid. I got it for 380 and my partner passed great. The boys ended up winning 1786 to 1410. It was a great game with tons of great plays. I can't believe they made up over 2000 points.

Our super bowl is now over. Final scores for the first 100 games. Guys 56 Girls 44. We will see you at the next 100 games.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Prof whose 'last lecture' became a sensation dies - Yahoo! News

Prof whose 'last lecture' became a sensation dies - Yahoo! News

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said, "The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight. But they, while their companions slept, Were toiling upward in the night." I have been moved by this phrase for sometime now. One person who I think exemplified what Mr. Longfellow was saying was Randy Pausch. I was saddened to here he succumbed to his cancer today. I have watched his "Last Lecture" about 10 times now and love it every time I see it. It was especially hard to hear of his death today, I was feeling tired and like not working hard. Then I heard of Randy's death and thought what he would be doing at this moment if he was still alive. Being tired would not be one of them. The world has lost another great one. We all know we can't afford to keep losing men like Randy. I wish the best for his family.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Scofield Triathlon

Back in April, Delena ran her first Triathlon in St. George. When she finished the race she told me about another Triathlon in Scofield, Utah. We often go fishing and camping there and so we knew the area well. She asked me if I would like to do it. I said, "No way, that is your thing...I am not going to do it." After about a month of her talking about it and having seen her do one. I started to think maybe I could and that it could be fun.

My biggest worry was the swim, you see I never could really swim as a kid; so I went up to Weber State and practiced a few laps for about a week. Then I came home and said, "I am mad at you, you have inspired me and I will sign up for the Scofield Triathlon." She was so excited.

Two months of training, three days a week, two times a day, finally paid off on Saturday. I was so scared and nervous. I had the swim down in the lap pool, but a lake is a whole other story. We had done a lake swim a few days before and I hyper-ventilated. What was I going to do at the race!

At the race, I had to run to the bathroom every 5 minutes because of my nerves. The called us into the water, I was so scared. Then the countdown began and finally the moment came--we were off. Before I knew it, we were done and we had finished, I survived! It was such an amazing accomplishment as a family. We had so much fun together and I am very proud of Delena and all her hard work to get here. She was so inspiring.

This is the breakdown of the event:

Swim - 1/2 Mile Open Water
  • Delena - 26 Minutes
  • BenJoe - 30 Minutes
Bike - 12 Miles
  • Delena - 50 Minutes
  • BenJoe - 1 Hour 1 Minute
Run - 5k
  • Delena - 33 Minutes
  • BenJoe - 32 Minutes
  • Delena - 1 Hour 57 Minutes
  • BenJoe - 2 Hours 11 Minutes

Below is a slide show of the event.